Akron Cleveland REALTORS® Converge on the Nation’s Capital

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REALTORS® and leaders from the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS® joined nearly 8,500 other guests from across the country in Washington, D.C., last week to attend the 2015 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

While in the nation’s capital, local participants met with Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, as well as Representatives Marcia Fudge, Dave Joyce, Marcy Kaptur, Jim Renacci, and Tim Ryan, and their staffs on Capitol Hill

Northeast Ohio REALTORS meeting with Rep. Dave Joyce

Northeast Ohio REALTORS meeting with Rep. Dave Joyce

to ensure qualified buyers and investors in the greater Akron and Cleveland communities have access to safe and affordable mortgage financing and protect and advance real estate-related policies.

“Attending the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo offers REALTORS® an opportunity to meet face-to-face with decision makers and be heard on the issues that affect the industry and consumers’ ability to buy, sell and invest in real estate,” said Sally Johnson, President of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®. “While meeting with lawmakers, regulatory officials and industry executives last week, REALTORS® urged support for the issues that are most important to the industry, communities and the clients that we serve.”

REALTORS®’ meetings with each of the members of Congress focused on important residential and commercial real estate issues to homeowners and investors here in Northeast Ohio, such as extending the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which expired at the end of 2014 and prevents distressed homeowners from facing excessive income tax bills on forgiven home loan debt.

Meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown

Meeting with Sen. Sherrod Brown

REALTORS® also urged lawmakers to protect commercial real estate related tax provisions, such as retaining like-kind exchange provisions and making permanent the 15-year depreciation period for leasehold improvements. In addition, REALTORS® advocated legislation to reform patent demand letters, set nationwide data security standards, and pass the Mortgage Choice Act to end discrimination against affiliated lenders.

“REALTORS® do so much more than list and sell properties. The discussions we had last week about greater access to safe credit, patent reform, mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief, and commercial real estate tax provisions will help advance policies that strengthen homeownership and property rights and make a positive difference for consumers and our industry,” said Johnson.

National Association of REALTORS® President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark., praised the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS®’ efforts to actively advance the real estate industry and provide a safe and affordable path to homeownership for Americans.

“Homeownership and commercial investment help build strong communities and families. With the current policy debates underway in Washington, it’s a critical time for REALTORS® to take action and help shape the future of real estate,” said Polychron.

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 Sally Johnson is the President of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS® (ACAR). ACAR’s mission is to empower its members to be professional, ethical and successful by providing exceptional services and protecting real property rights for all. We are the voice of real estate, dedicated to the excellence and advancement of real estate professionals. For more information, visit www.AkronClevelandRealtors.com.

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