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Realtors Discuss Key Issues with Lawmakers

BOSTON — More than 400 Massachusetts Realtors traveled to the State House on June 21 to participate in the 31st annual Realtor Day on Beacon Hill. The Realtors attended meetings and visited with lawmakers to discuss the key issues that impact consumers, housing, and the economy. The keynote address was delivered by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.

“The huge showing of Realtors from across the state made the statement that our members are willing to speak up for their industry, private property rights and home buyers and sellers,” said 2016 MAR President Annie Blatz, branch executive at Kinlin Grover Real Estate on Cape Cod. “We want to remind our legislators that keeping the American dream of homeownership accessible and affordable is a priority.”

The Realtor Assoc. is the only group that actively represents homeowners and future homeowners to advocate for private property rights in Massachusetts.

“It is imperative we connect with our lawmakers to ensure they understand the issues that face the real-estate industry and their constituents — many of whom are home and property owners,” said Lou Mayo, president of the Realtor Assoc. of Pioneer Valley (RAPV).

Added Richard Sawicki, president-elect of RAPV, “supporting homeowners and property owners through smart legislation is so important for families, communities, and the state’s economy, so we will continue to work with lawmakers to ensure they are protected.”

Twenty-nine members and staff from the Realtor Assoc. of Pioneer Valley participated. The Pioneer Valley delegation included Al Acuna, Elias Acuna, Maria Acuna, Kelly Bowman, Shawn Bowman, Carolanne Bright, Maureen Coughlan, Peter Davies, Greg Dibrindisi, Michael Dombrowski, Patti-Ann Dombrowski, Sue Drumm, Corinne Fitzgerald, Christine Garstka, Sara Gasparrini, Shelley Gutowski, Dawn Henry, Sharyn Jones, Susan Mangan, Lou Mayo, Sue Moore, Sonia Quiles, Brian Risler, Russ Sabadosa, Rick Sawicki, Ben Scranton, Brian Sears, Christie Shea, and Clinton Stone.

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