Through Saturday, Realtor Bruce Ailion, an agent with RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, 2050 Roswell Road in Marietta, is joining 8,500 Realtors and guests, including 170 from Georgia, for the Realtor Party Convention and Trade Expo in Washington, D.C.
Ailion will advocate for policies to protect and advance investment in residential and commercial property and private property rights.
During the legislative and regulatory meetings, Ailion will attend information sessions about the top issues affecting the industry, businesses and clients. He will also meet directly with legislators, congressional and regulatory staff, and top industry executives working to provide solutions to these issues.
The meeting will focus on critical real estate issues, such as preserving the mission and accessibility of the Federal Housing Administration and Veterans Affairs home loan programs, protecting real estate tax policies — including the mortgage interest deduction — and reforming the secondary mortgage market.
During the week, Ailion and fellow Realtors will meet with high-profile guest speakers, including Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Carol Galante, NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun and Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss.
Recently, Realtors were critical in expanding legislation to extend Federal Flood Insurance, saving many homeowners from premium increases of 200 to 400 percent. At the state level in Georgia, Realtors were successful in advocating for funding of a copper sales registry, which will assist in the prosecution of copper theft.