KAAR Members Join Statewide Day on the Hill

On Tuesday, January 30, the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors® took part in the statewide Realtor “Day on the Hill” at our state capitol. 

KAAR brought over 50 of the 400 Realtors who attended this important political advocacy event, which gives Realtors a chance to meet their elected officials and speak on issues important to Realtors and their clients.

KAAR's jurisdiction covers 12 counties in East Tennessee so its group split up into teams and met with a total of 15 legislators covering 5 counties that day: Lt Gov Randy McNally, Representatives Harry Brooks, Kent Calfee, Martin Daniel, Bill Dunn, Roger Kane, Jimmy Matlock, Jerome Moon, John Ragan, Rick Staples, Jason Zachary, and Senators Mike Bell, Dr. Richard Briggs, Becky Duncan Massey, and Art Swann.

Main talking points concerned bills on short-term rentals, the professional privilege tax, landlord rights, and foreclosure processing. Read and download the Tennessee Realtors Key Issues pamphlet here.

The day culminated with a group photo on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Here's what KAAR members had to day about Day on the Hill:

The chartered bus was awesome and we had so much fun! Jennifer (Roche) prepped us on the talking points, which made our meetings with legislators very enjoyable.
It was and wonderful opportunity and I enjoyed meeting my legislators! 
Realtor presence is very important. I'm glad KAAR is involved in protecting our industry.
This event really increased my knowledge about industry issues and everything our association is doing to help us and our clients.

Thanks to Janette Burgin and Lacy Smith Wallace, from Regions Bank/Regions Mortgage, for sponsoring the Day on the Hill, making it a free event for KAAR members!

For more information about KAAR's governmental affairs and political advocacy programs, contact Jennifer Roche, KAAR Governmental Affairs Director, at jennifer@kaarmls.com or 865.5888.6350.