The REALTOR® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS®, affiliate members, and REALTOR® associations, working to protect and promote homeownership and property investment. The REALTOR® Party speaks with one voice to advance candidates and public policies that build strong communities and promote a vibrant business environment.
About Calls for Action
When Congress is considering legislation that affects the real estate industry, the National Association of REALTORS® calls on its members to act. Simply by contacting your member of Congress through an email or a phone call, you can ensure that your business remains strong. NAR members join together and speak with one loud, powerful voice. The Maryland REALTORS® also conducts statewide Calls For Action that allow you to easily contact your legislators regarding state bills that may impact your industry. The Coastal Association of REALTORS® conducts Calls For Action among its membership for local issues. There’s power in numbers!
Say NO to a 20% property tax increase in Berlin
The Berlin Mayor & Town Council are considering a 20% property tax increase for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget. They are also discussing increasing the water rate by 5% and the sewer rate by increments over the next five years - 10% in the first year, 7% in the third year, and up to 5% in the fifth year. This increase could potentially be devastating for the town's real estate market. The number of homes sold in Berlin in 2018 compared to 2017 decreased by 3.5%. Between 2015 and 2017, the number of homes sold remained stagnant. The town can't afford to lose prospective home buyers and current residents, who could possibly flood the market with listings if they decide they can no longer afford to live in Berlin. The Coastal Association of REALTORS® is advocating for small, incremental increases to be implemented over several years in order to address Berlin's budget woes. Berlin property owners, both residents and businesses, have made large investments in the town and they deserve a chance to acclimate to a higher property tax rate. Sign this petition and attend the Monday, April 22, 2019 Berlin Mayor & Town Council meeting, which will be held at 7 PM at Berlin Town Hall, 10 William Street.