Once a year, thousands of Realtors from all over the country converge on Washington, D.C., to promote and protect private property rights. The Realtors Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo is where members of the National Association of Realtors take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association. It is an annual event where Realtors can make a positive impact for their clients by attending special issues forums, committee meetings, legislative activities and the industry trade show.

Taking an active role in the Realtor organization as a leader in the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, Dorothy B. “Dot” Rhone , broker/owner of Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty Inc., Bloomsburg, participated in this event again earlier this month. Volunteering is hard work, time consuming, and full of opportunity to network. “Being in our nation’s capital with thousands of Realtors brings a strong sense of pride as we fight for private property rights when we march up to Capitol Hill and attend visits with our respective members of Congress about the importance of doing no harm to the housing industry,” said Rhone.

Realtors’ collective voices on Capitol Hill are sending a strong message by educating lawmakers on policy issues and expressing that home ownership is the foundation of the American Dream, and it is critical to keep it alive for future generations.

Federal Tax Reform
An important issue that was discussed was federal tax reform and the importance of maintaining the mortgage interest deduction as well as the protection of sustainable homeownership, including preserving the secondary mortgage market, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These components are critical to safeguard the 30-year, fixed rate mortgage and ensure families are not shut out of homeownership.

The tax code has historically promoted homeownership. This is vital to the housing market and the economy. Homeownership provides social benefits to communities, increases neighborhood stability and community involvement. America must continue to encourage homeownership.

Another important issue, especially in Columbia County as well as in other areas of the state, is the reauthorization of the Federal Flood Insurance Program without delay, including better mapping and private options.

In addition, as a Certified Residential Specialist designee and PA-CRS State Leader, Rhone completed a full day session to inspire, brainstorm and strategize with the CRS Outreach Mastermind Division. A highlight of the trip was the CRS Night Out, where members experienced a bit of Washington history with great food and networking perched atop the National Press Building within sight of the White House. The National Press Club was founded more than a century ago as a haven for Washington reporters and is now one of the most popular venues for events in downtown Washington.

Rhone is proud to have been a Realtor since 1985 and has been with Century 21 Covered Bridges since the beginning of her career. In addition to her devotion to her clients and her company, she is passionate about the Realtor organization and is involved at the local state and national level for the improvement of the industry and for the benefit of all her current, past and future clients.