License To Sell A Home ~ Politics And Real Estate Go Hand And Hand

Real Estate Agent


Tonight I received this email from my broker. 

I thought the issue was extremely important to all Realtors and wanted to pass it along.


  • I've heard that Cap and Trade contained a provision which could cause homeowners to retrofit their homes prior to selling them. 


We know that would be a huge financial undertaking for owners prior to selling a home.  Potentially it could deal a terrible blow to an already floundering Real Estate market.

Have you ever wondered what NAR does with some of you annual dues?  NAR hires lobbyists to fight, either for or against bills which directly affect our business.  NAR keeps on top of all bills and pending legislation that affect our industry. 

In case you have not kept abreast of the status of the Cap and Trade bill, this article might be of interest to you.

  • Often folks wonder why Political content would appear on a Real Estate social networking site.

Everything that goes on in Washington has a filter down effect.  There is hardly a bill being considered, or recently passed that does not affect every American household.  This is just one of them.

Hi Everyone,
I received an email the other day regarding "a license required to sell your home."  Some of it was true but NAR has been fighting it and has been successful so far.  This makes you feel good when you see that they are successful.  When you pay RPAC fees, this helps to fight laws that could have been passed. 
If you are interested, I have forwarded a paragraph on this directly from NAR's website.

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From NAR's website...

"NAR eliminated time-of-sale energy efficiency requirements from H.R. 2454: the American Clean Energy and Security Act before passing the House of Representatives. Those provisions would have prescribed energy audits and recording, public disclosure and MLS listing. NAR also succeeded in exempting existing residential and commercial buildings from state building labeling programs in the bill. The House bill also includes additional funding and guidelines for state governments to offer financial and other incentives to property owners who voluntarily improve the energy efficiency of homes. NAR is working to retain those exclusions as the Senate considers the House-passed legislation.

For more information, visit the American Clean Energy and Security Act page on

Here is more info from that page...

The American Clean Energy and Security Act

The U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act by Reps. Waxman (D‐CA) and Markey (D‐MA). Following NAR’s long‐standing policy to only take a position on legislation, or provisions within legislation that have a direct affect on real estate, NAR worked with our Congressional allies to strip the Energy Bill of provisions that would have adversely affected our industry.
After multiple consultations with the NAR Climate Presidential Advisory Group, the NAR Land Use, Property Rights and Environment Committee, and state associations who had dealt with energy audit legislation at the state level, the Land Use, Property Rights and Environment Committee directed NAR staff to concentrate on the real estate provisions in the bill.  As a result, NAR issued calls for action and made this a talking point for Capitol Hill visits during its recent Midyear meeting.
Overall, REALTORS® succeeded in making a number of positive changes affecting the real estate provisions of the bill. The House‐approved bill:
  • Does not create a federal energy audit requirement for real property;
  • Exempts existing homes and buildings from any federal guidelines for new construction energy efficiency information labels.
  • Prohibits the implementation of any labeling during a sales transaction.
  • Leaves the decision to states as to whether to require energy audits, disclosures, etc.
  • Provides property owners with significant financial incentives, matching grants and tools to make property improvements and reduce their energy bills;
  • Prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating residential and commercial buildings under the Clean Air Act;
  • Eliminated an early proposal to allow citizens to sue over minor climate risks under the Clean Air Act; and
  • Establishes green building incentives for HUD housing, including a loan program for renewable energy, block grants and credit for upgrades in mortgage underwriting.
For more information about the American Clean Energy and Security Act, see NAR's Information Pack.

What's Next?

The Senate must still pass its version of an energy and climate bill. If this occurs a House–Senate conference committee will be held to reconcile differences between the House and Senate bills.


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  1. Alice Linahan 01/13/2010 02:42 PM
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Alice Linahan
Voices Empower - Argyle, TX


Thank you for this very important information!!

I am going to reblog it!!

Have a great evening!!


Jan 13, 2010 02:37 PM #1
Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Bonnie - thanks for the update, with everything else going on, this needs to stay visible.

Jan 14, 2010 12:17 AM #2
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

Bonnie- Thanks for posting this. We all need to know about this stuff.

Jan 14, 2010 12:36 AM #3
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Alice, thank you for the reblog.  The more the merrier.

Jan 14, 2010 02:01 AM #4
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Mike,  who knows what closed door meetings are going on.  Next this will spring up and bite us.  My purpose was also to send a message to those members who seem to feel politics and real estate are unrelated.

Politics infiltrates every facet of our lives.  Adverse impacts will filter down directly and impact our industry.

As independent contractors we buy health care insurance.  We have a choice of which product to buy.  If health care reform changes that it has a direct effect on us, both financially and in the quality of care available to us. 

Tell me it is not related.

Jan 14, 2010 02:06 AM #5
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Kevin,  As Mike pointed out this issue has been eclipsed by the larger issues.  Perhaps by design.

Jan 14, 2010 02:07 AM #6
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