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Front Page - Friday, March 15, 2019

Realtors lobby in Nashville for property rights

Tennessee Realtors President Kathy Tucker addressing Realtors during Day on the Hill. Tucker is the managing broker of Crye-Leike Realtors in Chattanooga. - Photograph provided

Forty-one Greater Chattanooga Realtors joined an estimated 400 other Tennessee Realtors on March 5 in Nashville for the annual Realtor Day on the Hill.

Throughout the day, Realtors from across the state met with elected officials to discuss issues pertinent to real estate and property owners.

“It was great to see so many of our Realtors participate in Day on the Hill. For many of them, it was their first experience with Realtor advocacy,” said Kim Bass, 2019 president of Greater Chattanooga Realtors.

This year, the state association, Tennessee Realtors, focused on maintaining affordable housing, protecting landlord rights and repealing the Professional Privilege Tax (a state tax paid for the privilege of having an active license to practice in certain professions).

“These issues not only impact Realtors but also many of our clients. For example, affordable housing is crucial in areas experiencing increased growth such as ours and must continue to be a priority so more people can attain homeownership,” Bass says.

“As a Realtor, I know the importance of building business relationships, and today, we’re building stronger relationships with our representatives,” Bass adds.

“I know who to call when there’s a real estate issue,” said Jill Christy, 2019 governmental affairs chair of Greater Chattanooga Realtors.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors’ governmental affairs committee examines policies that might impact the ability of Realtors to conduct their business successfully and ethically and promotes the preservation of the right to own, use and transfer real property.

Committee members work with elected officials on issues impacting property values and quality of life in Greater Chattanooga.

Source: Greater Chattanooga Realtors