REBIC joined the leadership of the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association (CRRA) in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss housing issues with North Carolina’s U.S. Senators and Congressional staff during the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)’s annual REALTOR® Party Convention.
Our visit to Capitol Hill began in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building, home to some of the most dramatic Senate proceedings of the past century, including the Watergate Hearings.
At a breakfast hosted by the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® (NCAR), we joined members from across our state for an hour-long dialogue with Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D), who appeared separately to make remarks and answer questions about their positions on key housing issues.
And while members of the House of Representatives were back home for a District Work Week, we met with the Legislative Directors of Congressmen Robert Pittenger (R) and Richard Hudson (R) in their Capitol Hill offices.
Realtors® discussed a number of issues critical to the housing industry, including preservation of the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) in the federal tax code, protecting and strengthening the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)’s mortgage financing policies, and restructuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in a way that ensures the continued availability of affordable home loans.
REBIC and CRRA will continue to engage our federal legislators on these critical issues in the months to come. Thanks to all our Realtor® members who took the time to join us last week to bring the important message of homeownership to our nation’s capitol!
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