NORMAN — More than 9,000 Realtors, including a group from the Oklahoma Association of REALTORS recently gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Realtors 2013 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo. Attending from Norman was Dan Quinn of Don Cies Realty.
Realtors met with members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation, including Sen. James Inhofe and Dr. Tom Coburn, as well as Reps. Tom Cole, James Lankford, Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin and Frank Lucas.
“We traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators about the issues that matter most to Realtors’ businesses, communities and the consumers they represent,” said Joe Pryor, OAR president. “It is imperative that we continue to advocate for public policies that promote sustainable homeownership and help move the real estate market forward toward a full recovery, and we are very grateful to Oklahoma’s congressional delegation for making time to speak with us about these issues.”
This year’s legislative meetings centered on a number of pressing issues affecting real estate markets and the nation’s more than 75 million current and aspiring homeowners. Those issues include the need to preserve the mission and purpose of the FHA, to protect homeownership tax policies and urge comprehensive restructuring of the secondary mortgage market.
“Realtors know that homeownership is an investment in your future,” Pryor said. “It’s also an investment in our country, because housing plays a critical role in the long- and short-term health of this nation. As an organization that advocates for private property rights, homeownership and housing issues, we are committed to keeping housing first in the halls of Congress and our Oklahoma communities.”