Last week, leaders from the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® were in Washington, D.C. during the 2018 REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, to advocate for crucial real estate issues on behalf of current and future home and property owners across the country.

CCIAOR members met with Congressman Bill Keating and the staffs of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey. The meetings focused on several significant issues affecting the industry including fair housing, flood insurance and internet neutrality.

“REALTORS® are the leading advocates for homeownership and commercial real estate, which is why it is so critical that we connect with lawmakers and ensure they understand the issues facing the real estate industry and their constituents – of which many are home and property owners,” said Joe Arnao, the president-elect of CCIAOR, who was in attendance.

“Supporting home and property owners through smart legislation and regulatory initiatives is essential to advancing our nation’s economy, as well as our communities, so REALTORS® are continuing the fight to keep Congress’s attention on the issues that impact real estate the most,” Arnao continued.

CCIAOR members joined fellow REALTORS® acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and urged Congress to adopt sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under the Fair Housing Act to bring it in line with NAR’s strict Code of Ethics. Additionally, REALTORS® advocated for strong net neutrality protections, fought to extend and reform the National Flood Insurance Program and urged Congress to index homeownership deductions for future inflation and permanently extend the tax exclusion on mortgage debt forgiveness.

During the meetings, CCIAOR members also heard from industry experts and leaders, including Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Mick Mulvaney, who spoke about the latest initiatives out of the CFPB, plans for improved efficiency of agency operations, as well as his perspective on issues shaping the real estate industry.

In addition, attendees heard from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, who discussed the nation’s commitment to fair housing during the conference’s General Session and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri), who shared a personal story with attendees about the importance of safe and affordable housing for all Americans.

Read more about the issues CCIAOR members advocated for:

Support strong net neutrality provisions
Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program on a long-term basis
Make favorable changes to the tax reform law
Provide equal access to housing opportunities