Marietta, GA – June 5, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Two members of RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, co-owner/broker Denny Jones and Realtor Carol Moson, were in Washington, D.C. in mid-May to take part in a Realtor rally. Attended by more than 180 Realtors from Georgia and some 13,500 real estate professionals across the U.S., the rally was sponsored by the National Association of Realtors to send a message to Congress that housing recovery and the numerous bills currently before Congress related to the housing and mortgage industries, are key factors that could affect the nation’s economic recovery.
Agents were in the U.S. capitol all week to meet one-on-one with members of Congress. Among the issues discussed were the national flood insurance program, FICA tax and payroll tax extensions, mortgage lending regulations, the FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and how history has shown that past economic recoveries have been greatly aided by the housing sector. Experts estimate, for instance, that more than $50,000 goes into local economies with every home purchased.
Denny Jones, who has been making trips to Washington on behalf of his profession to lobby Congressmen since 1979, used the national flood insurance program as an example. The real estate industry is lobbying for a five-year extension for this program. The proposal has been stalled in the Senate and keeps getting brief, 60-day extensions. However, if this program were to expire, which Congress has allowed to happen in the past, no property closings could occur in which flood insurance was required. This might not seem like a big deal if the home you’re buying is not in a flood plain. The problem is, someone else’s closing that indirectly affects your closing could be in that situation. It would create a domino effect of canceled or delayed closings. A closing four or five times removed from yours could hold up dozens of closings.
In addition to owning and running RE/MAX Greater Atlanta, Jones is the Federal District Coordinator for Congressman Gingrey. Realtor Carol Moson, who was also the Cobb Association of Realtors president in 2011, is serving this year as a Realtor Political Action Committee (RPAC) trustee and a Regional Director for the Georgia Association of Realtors.
At the rally, held Thursday, May 17, 2012, Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson served as keynote speaker. As he spoke to the crowd, he looked out on a sea of blue, as the agents wore blue Realtor t-shirts to demonstrate their unity. According to Denny Jones, “The rally went well and Congress was very receptive to what we had to say.”
To reach Denny Jones or Carol Moson or to learn more about the current metro Atlanta real estate market, call RE/MAX Greater Atlanta at 770-973-9700 or visit http://www.realestateatlantaga.net. The firm also has an active social media presence, so be sure to visit and follow the company on Twitter and Facebook for updates on the real estate market, mortgage rates and topics about metro Atlanta.
About RE/MAX Greater Atlanta
RE/MAX Greater Atlanta celebrated 25 years of selling metro Atlanta real estate in 2011. The company is co-owned by Ben Christopher and Denny Jones. Centrally located minutes north of Atlanta in Marietta, at 2050 Roswell Road, RE/MAX is the most recognizable brand in residential real estate today. In metro Atlanta, RE/MAX agents sold more homes in 2010 than any other franchise.
In 2011, RE/MAX had more closings than any other national real estate franchise (as reported to Real Trends). In fact, RE/MAX agents had nearly 600,000 transactions, which was 20 percent higher than the next franchise on the list. RE/MAX International also received the highest overall customer satisfaction rating in the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates Home Buyer/Seller Study for both home buyers and home sellers – the first time in the survey’s four-year history the same company has won awards in both categories.
Ben Christopher, 770-973-9700
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