Despite the rain and traffic, over 300+ REALTORS from across the state made the trip into Boston for our Annual REALTOR Day on Beacon Hill on Monday, June 4. This is our annual lobbying event when members talk to their state legislators about the issues that are important to protecting the right to freely buy and sell real property. This year’s keynote speaker was Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Here are the issues that REALTOR-members spoke to their legislators about: Click here for full explanation on REALTOR positions.
- Real Estate Licensing [Continuing Education]: H.123 (Sponsor: Rep. Theodore Speliotis)
– Increases continuing education requirements from 12 to 20 hours per two-year cycle
- Copper Pipe Theft Prevention/Abandoned Property Registry: H.3723 / S.2076 (Sponsor: Sen. James E. Timilty, 17 other legislators)
– Would regulate secondary metals dealing by putting in place registries for metal dealers and abandoned property.
- Homebuyer Assistance Programs H.4036 (Sponsor: Rep. Bradley Jones, Sen. Bryce E. Tarr, approx. 35 other legislators)
– Provides a $2500 closing-cost-assistance grant (subject to state funding) for qualifying first-time homebuyers.
- Local Imposition of Room Occupancy Tax H.787 (Eastham), H.3260 (Yarmouth), H.3560 (Falmouth), H.3842 (Brewster)
– Legislation has been filed by individual Cape communities during past several sessions to impose a room occupancy tax on private homes when rented out, no matter how infrequently.
- Real Estate Transfer Taxes: H:3313
– Discriminatory, unstable source of revenue.
– Equity stripping- payment of a sales tax can’t be financed.
– Prop 2½ voter approval process subverted.
– Barrier to home ownership entry
- Mandatory Energy Evaluations: S.1698