REALTORS® Head for the Hill
May 10, 2019
Some 9,000 REALTORS® and state and local association executives are bound for Washington, D.C., May 13-18 to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill. At the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, members and leaders will gather to advance real estate and policy issues, including national flood insurance reauthorization, GSE reform to promote a stable and affordable source of mortgage capital to consumers, and housing affordability and accessibility.
President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver a speech Friday during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Read more.
“With 100 new members of Congress this year, we have a great opportunity to tell our story and let members know who we are,” says Shannon McGahn, NAR’s senior vice president of government affairs.
Another priority issue is garnering Congressional support for adding sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to the Fair Housing Act—protections already adopted in the REALTORS® Code of Ethics.
Top industry executives, regulatory agency officials, and political insiders will speak at this year's meetings. They include:
- Mark Calabria, director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency
- Peter Phelan, deputy assistant secretary for capital markets at the U.S. Treasury
- Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi and political strategist
- Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia and political strategist
REALTOR® Magazine will be there covering the issues that matter most to you and your business success. You’ll find all of our coverage, including reports from featured REALTOR® attendees, at REALTOR® Magazine Live.
One of the major highlights of this year’s legislative meetings is the 50th anniversary celebration of RPAC—among the most bipartisan major political action committees in the country. During the 2018 midterm elections, RPAC disbursed about $5 million in direct contributions to federal candidates and achieved a 93% success rate, making it the nation’s largest trade association PAC in terms of contributions to candidates.
Making a Difference on Capitol Hill
But the seminal experience for every REALTOR® who attends the May meetings is the opportunity to get face-to-face and talk policy with all 535 Congressional representatives in the House and Senate. “The meetings offer members the chance to have an impact on our issues and how we address priorities that affect homeownership and the real estate industry,” says John Smaby, president of the National Association of REALTORS®.
Nykea Pippion McGriff, an associate broker with Dream Town Realty in Chicago and a federal political coordinator since 2015, is looking forward to her seventh trip to Capitol Hill during the meetings. “Members of Congress benefit from hearing our stories. We talk about how legislation affects their constituents in their communities. We bring the consumer’s point of view to them,” she says. “I’m a political nerd. I love learning about the real estate implications of all kinds of legislation.”