During each Legislative Session, the Georgia REALTORS® fight hard to protect private property rights, as well as to safeguard the business practice of our members. Below are some highlights of the legislative victories we’ve secured under the Gold Dome to ensure the real estate industry in Georgia remains fruitful for our members.
- Defended REALTORS®’ ability to write special stipulations and provide advisement to their clients in the completion of a real estate contract.
- Passed legislation to allow appraisers to appeal at the state level if they are not fairly compensated by an Appraisal Management Company (AMC).
- Expanded the type of account options permissible for real estate trust accounts.
- Strengthened the rights of taxpayers in the appeals process.
- Passed legislation to allow financing of solar technology.
- Defeated efforts to provide super liens to condominium associations for unpaid fees.
- Prevented attempts to create new criminal penalties for hindering code enforcement officers.
- Defeated legislation that would have required all REALTORS® who sold property via competitive bid, sealed bid or silent bid, to be licensed as an auctioneer in Georgia.
- Passed legislation to reduce property owners’ liability in case of trespass.
- Protected private property rights by defeating language that would have allowed occupants of property to install solar panels, regardless of ownership status.
- Passed legislation to allow REALTORS® to engage in short sale transactions, which had previously been interpreted by the Banking Department as illegal.
- Successfully limited local governments’ ability to register vacant and foreclosed properties by creating statewide standards that all local governments must adhere.
- Protected REALTORS®’ ability to collect and distribute escrow funds.
- Worked with broad business coalitions to successfully strengthen laws to prevent metal theft.
- Prevented attempts to place a legal duty on real estate agents to provide their client's contact information to code enforcement officers if requested.
- Amended disclosure portion of real estate license law to protect our members from burdensome requirements and undue legal liability after members were sued for not disclosing MLS fees.
- Passed legislation to allow independent contractors to pool together for insurance purposes in Georgia.
- Defeated legislation to mandate a termite inspection prior to closing.
- Passed a $1,800 statewide homebuyer tax credit.
- Prevented statewide point-of-sale plumbing retrofit mandates.
- Protected water rights for Georgia property owners by preserving our riparian rights system.
- Passed legislation to regulate Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs).
- Ensured that private property owners maintain their right to dictate whether firearms are permitted on their property.
- Passed legislation to reform Georgia's property tax assessment and appeals process.
- Prevented local governments from registering residential rental property.
- Prevented cities and counties in Georgia from charging individual agents a business license fee for each jurisdiction in which they conduct business.
- Blocked a 6% state sales tax on real estate commissions.
- Prevented real estate brokers from paying worker's compensation for individual agents.
2015 GAR Legislative Accomplishments Recap
2014 GAR Legislative Accomplishments Recap
2013 GAR Legislative Accomplishments Recap
2012 GAR Legislative Accomplishments Recap