Government Affairs Update for July 2022

Bob Jones General News, government affairs

National News

NAR Sponsors NFHA Program to Expand Housing Opportunities for Underserved Groups:

The National Association of REALTORS® announced Monday its sponsorship of the National Fair Housing Alliance’s annual conference, underway now, and NFHA’s Keys Unlock Dreams Initiative to expand housing opportunities for underserved groups.

NFHA, a consortium of more than 200 private nonprofit fair housing organizations and state and local civil rights agencies from throughout the United States, is gathering in Washington, DC, this week to explore policies to remove structural barriers to homeownership for underserved groups and expand fair housing. NAR members and staff are participating in the nation’s largest annual fair housing conference, which NAR sponsored.

NFHA’s Keys Unlock Dreams Initiative focuses on ten key cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, Oakland, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. NAR committed to helping fund the initiative for two years, which has five primary goals:

  1. Remove structural barriers that perpetuate racial inequality;
  2. Expand affordable and fair housing options;
  3. Prevent an unbalanced recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  4. Empower consumers and stakeholders with critical information and resources; and
  5. Help close the racial wealth and homeownership gaps
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State News

Election day poll workers now qualify for Core Law credit:

On July 6, 2022, the Ohio Real Estate Commission approved three credit hours of Core Law for any real estate licensee who performs their civic duty as Election Day poll workers on Aug. 2, 2022 or Nov. 8, 2022.

The announcement came today from the new Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing Superintendent Daphne Hawk For those Election Day workers that hold an Ohio real estate license to receive continuing education credit:

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Study shows impact foreign buyers are having on Ohio’s housing market:

Foreign real estate buyers purchased $597 million of residential property in Ohio over the past year, according to findings of the recently released 2022 Ohio REALTORS® International Residential Transaction study.

The study, conducted by the Ohio REALTORS® Global Business Alliance in partnership with the National Association of REALTORS, provides insight on the level of foreign investment being made in Ohio’s residential marketplace.
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Local News

Ohio Supreme Court Justices Speak at the Dayton REALTORS®:

Supreme Court Justices Sharon Kennedy, Pat DeWine, and Pat Fischer stopped in to meet with Dayton REALTORS® members. The Justices spoke about the impact the courts have on the real estate profession and answered questions from the attendees.

Creating opportunities for REALTORS® to engage with elected officials on a personal level is an important part of Dayton REALTORS®’ advocacy efforts. If you have not yet attended a legislative talk, we encourage you to do so at one of our upcoming events. Our elected officials appreciate the insight and engagement that they receive from our members during these events and throughout the year.

Upcoming Legislative Speakers (RSVP in the Member Portal):

Montgomery County Treasurer John McManus
August 5th at 9AM: Register

Upcoming RPAC Events (RSVP in the Member Portal):

RPAC Road Rally
September 14th: Register

Community Engagement:

Dayton REALTORS® staff is continuously engaging with local elected officials and city staff to build relationships and to keep them updated on the latest trends in the real estate industry. This also creates opportunities to find ways our organization can partner with our local communities to enact policies and programs that grow homeownership in the Dayton Region.

Inflation: Dayton REALTORS® CEO Carlton Jackson was invited to take part in a roundtable conversation with Ohio State Treasurer Robert Sprague, Montgomery County Treasurer John McManus and other members of the business sector to discuss the impact of inflation in the Miami Valley.

Commercial: The Commercial and Industrial Committee met with City of Dayton staff to discuss their experiences working in the City of Dayton and the City’s future plans for developments and the investments the city is making with the American Rescue Plan Act funds. This was a productive conversation and will certainly lead to future collaborations.

The committees of the Dayton REALTORS® are working to bring a variety of speakers to speak with our membership. Our goal is to create a dialogue between public officials and the Dayton REALTORS® and our membership. If you have any questions on how to get involved, how to run for office, or the advocacy work of the Dayton REALTORS® please contact Dan Douglas at