Montana REALTORS Discuss Homeowner Issues With State Legislators
by HOM Editor
Montana REALTORS® are not only community builders they are political advocates, working to ensure that homeowners’ legal rights are protected and that they are given a voice in the Capitol. On February 15, a group of around 100 REALTORS® did just that by gathering together at the Montana REALTORS® Association (MAR) offices in Helena.
MAR assisted REALTOR associations throughout the state by organizing transportation so that REALTORS® from all areas could attend the event. Once assembled at MAR offices, the REALTORS traveled together to the state capital where they attended a rally and information session with Governmental Affairs Directors and guest speakers. Afterwards, REALTORS® spent one-on-one time discussing relevant issues with Butte-Silver Bow Legislators as well as others.
Rich Mayo, Vice President at MAR shared details about the event, “We welcomed the legislators to a luncheon in the rotunda of the capitol building. Tables were set up with elevated cards identifying the different regions of the state. Representatives sat at their respective tables with REALTORS® from their areas.”
Rocky Mountain Association of REALTORS® President Jennifer Shea touched on some of the topics that REALTORS® focused on during their time with state legislators. “We discussed water policies, mortgage exemptions, landlord tenant notifications, subdivision phasing, condominium and townhouse conversions as well as other bills facing both the Senate and House.” Mayo added that, “In addition to the conversation, we shared informational card packets containing perspective on all the bills we are working on and the rationale behind them.”
MAR felt that it was a very successful event with a lot of productive and healthy dialogue. “We are confident that the legislators left with a better understanding of what we are fighting for and why” stated Mayo. MAR plans to repeat A Day On The Hill next year and will continue to seek opportunities to advocate for homeowners.