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REALTOR® Issues at the State Capitol

February 19, 2020

This year's legislative session has quickly begun and issues that directly affect REALTORS® are causing a stir at the State Capitol.

With the 2020 legislative session starting off with a major battle over the Governor's proposed budget, the association is paying close attention to issues important to REALTORS®. Below is a look at GAR's 2020 Legislative Issues:

* SB 292 - Allowing local governments to ban the use of wood in framing in contruction;

* HB 523 - Preventing local governments from banning short term rentals;

* SB 322 - Allow provisions for impact fee exemptions;

* HB 829 - Allows for property tax exemptions for individuals over 65;

* HB 302 - Prohibits local governments from design elements in residential construction;

* SB 178 - Setting consistant fees for HOA Statements of Account;

These are just a few bills being worked on "Under the Gold Dome." To learn more about these pieces of legislation and other bills the Governmental Affairs Committee is working on, visit here.

Make plans to join your fellow REALTORS® as they meet with our elected officials to educate and advocate for our industry on March 3rd and 4th. If you have any questions, contact Governmental Affairs Director Aaron Johnson at 404-732-0631.

About the 400N Market Brief

The 400 North Association of REALTORS® (400N) Market Brief is compiled by Georgia Multiple Listing Service (GAMLS). For more information on details of this month's report, please contact the Association at 770.845.4008.

*Each month, the numbers reported for the previous month are updated to reflect additional recordings.

About the 400 North Association of REALTORS®

The 400 North Association serves as a central source of information for our members and our main focus are real estate education, the promotion of professionalism in our industry and representing our REALTOR® members with legislative initiatives to create positive change for the real estate community. Throughout its history, the 400 North Association has exerted its influence in civic affairs in its capacity of representing a substantial segment of the business community across the Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin area. The Association has contributed to various charities over the years by hosting fundraisers.

About First Multiple Listing Service

First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) is the premier data services provider for real estate professionals in Georgia. FMLS was founded in 1957 by a group of Brokers who wanted to share their listings and connect buyers and sellers.  Today FMLS is the largest MLS in Georgia & the 4th largest MLS in the United States, serving nearly 54,000 real estate Agents & Brokers.  For additional information or to start a discussion about how to partner with FMLS please contact join@fmls.com.

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