County, State and Federal Update, Week of July 31

In Calvert County this week, the Commissioners voted 4-0-1 to deny the incorporation of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates and the Lusby town center into "Calvert Shores". This was a multi year effort to create what would have been Calvert's third municipality. [more]


Charles Passes WCD 3-2: 9,500 Property Owners Affected

At the Charles County Commissioners on June 6, 2017, Commissioner Bobby Rucci made a motion to move the watershed district to a ballot referendum with Commissioner Debra Davis seconding the motion. [more]


For Immediate Release 6/14/17

After an eight month long battle on behalf of Charles County property owners and businesses, last week the Charles County Commissioners voted to approve the proposed watershed conservation district... [more]


Charles County Watershed Hearing - May 24

Thank you to our members for showing up in force at two Charles County watershed hearings on May 24th. Thank you to our members for showing up in force at two Charles County watershed hearings on May 24th. [more]


Southern MD Legislative Update - Mar 22
As our local county commissioners work through the FY2018 budget process, SMAR would like to update our members and followers on some highlights from around the region... [more]


Charles County Press Release 3/16/17
For Immediate Release-

Charles Co. Commissioners Lobby for New Impact Tax; Push Affordable Housing Further Out of Reach for Local Teachers, Law Enforcement, Charles Co. Residents [more]


2017 Legislative Breakfast a Success!
On February 13th, the SMAR Legislative Committee was honored to host the Southern Maryland Delegation for breakfast covering top REALTOR® issues...[more]

Update - On-Site Sewage Disposal System State Legislation
The House Environment and Transportation Committee created a work group chaired by Del. Lafferty to discuss on-site sewage disposal systems, including septic systems and it held its first meeting in Annapolis on July 27th. [more]


Maryland General Assembly Acts on Key Real Estate Issues
The Maryland General Assembly adjourned for the year.  Click below for an update on some of MAR's key issues, including: Open House Legislation and Septic Tank Requirements. [more]

National Flood Insurance Program Update
Realtors® and House Financial Services Committee Reach Agreement to Move Key Flood Insurance Legislation Forward. [read article]


Congress Moving Flood Insurance Reauthorization

The House of Representatives is moving seven different flood insurance reform bills.  The National Association of REALTORS® supports some of the bills but is concerned about a provision that would end the grandfathering of some properties.  Click on the link to the Flood Insurance Information page for the most up to date information on the status of flood insurance reform. [more]


Homeownership in the Crosshairs of Latest Tax Plan, Say Realtors®
WASHINGTON (April 26, 2017) – Major reforms are needed to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of current and prospective homeowners. That’s according to National Association of Realtors® President William E. Brown, a second-generation Realtor® from Alamo, California and founder of Investment Properties. [more]


VA Home Loan Program Marked by Strong Underwriting, but Appraisers Raise Concerns
WASHINGTON (April 4, 2017) – Challenges facing real estate appraisers servicing the Veterans Affairs were under Congress’s microscope this week as the National Association of Realtors® and other industry leaders took to Capitol Hill to hail the continued success of the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program. [more]