Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Advocacy Success

Your Realtor® Advocacy team works tirelessly to protect the real estate industry. Although not an exhaustive list, check out recent victories that Realtors® can be proud of, including legislative, executive and judiciary branch wins.  

Affordable Housing - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Affordable Housing Programs:


Rural Housing

State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds:

Agency Confirmations - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

FHA Commissioner

FHA Director

Anti-Money Laundering - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Beneficial Ownership Rule

FinCEN Funding

Commercial Real Estate - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Adaptive Reuse Bills

EB-5 Regional Center Program:

Energy Efficiency - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

New Energy Efficiency Tax Credit and Rebate Programs for Property Owners

Fair Housing - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Increased Funding

Federal Tax - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Inflation Reduction Act

Flood Insurance - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Disaster mitigation and flood mapping

National Flood Insurance Program

Housing Finance and Assistance - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Homeless Assistance Program

Housing Counseling

LIBOR Transition

Rental Housing - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

CARES Act Notice-to-Vacate Requirement:

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Rental Assistance Funding

Violence Against Women Act

Small Business - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

SBA Programs

State and Local - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Rent Control

Student Loan Debt - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Fixes to Existing Programs

Relief for Borrowers at Fraudulent For-Profit Institutions

Technology - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Broadband Funding

SECURE Notarization Act

Transportation and Infrastructure - Realtor® Advocacy Wins

Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Funding

Coming soon: Brand New NV/RPAC Live from Richmond Series!

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Government Affairs Blog

What is Crossover And Why Does it Feel So Good

Feb 8, 2023, 13:30 PM by Grace Parr
February 7, 2023 was Crossover Day in the Virginia General Assembly. This annual day of celebration for some, and sadness for others, marks a sort of halftime in the Virginia legislature.

Yesterday (February 7) was Crossover Day in the Virginia General Assembly.  This annual day of celebration for some, and sadness for others, marks a sort of halftime in the Virginia legislature

In technical terms “Crossover” is a deadline for action.  It is the last day for a bill to pass out of the chamber in which it was introduced and move forward for consideration in the opposite chamber. In other words, a House bill must pass in the House of Delegates before it may be considered in the Senate, and vice versa. After crossover, the only bills each chamber may consider must have passed the other chamber. (As always there are exceptions, rules and procedures around any deadline, but these are rare).

Generally speaking crossover is celebrated because we have a much clearer idea of what is expected to pass and fail for the remainder of the session. The massive legislative workload has now been paired down, and Legislators can concentrate efforts on those issues that remain standing. For those whose legislation failed to advance, it is a day of mourning.    

In 2023, approximately 2,250 bills and resolutions have been introduced across both the House and Senate of Virginia and every measure received its day in Committee in only 20 session days. After crossover, only about half of those bills are still viable (under 1,100 bills remain alive) with many of those still likely to meet partisan defeat as they move across the capitol to the opposite chamber.


So where are the Realtor® Bills?

Realtors® have been tremendously effective over the first half of the session by passing three of our priorities through both the House and Senate. While each bill still needs to pass the opposite chamber, our strategy of having identical “companion” bills filed in both the House and Senate means both Senators and Delegates are already on record supporting the bills and they should continuing passing with no opposition.

  • The Resale Disclosure Act takes current disclosure language out of the POA, Condo, and Cooperative Acts and consolidates it within a new chapter entitled the Resale Disclosure Act and uses one term, “Resale Certificate,” for the disclosure information required to go from a seller to a buyer when a property is sold. HB 2235 and SB 1222 have passed the House and Senate.
  • Legislation to modify the enforcement power of the Common Interest Community Ombudsman over continuing violations of common interest community associations, HB 1627 and SB 1042, has passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
  • Our bill to add an additional 15 days to the timeframe a landlord has to provide an itemization of the damages and return a security deposit for the next year has also passed.  HB 1542 and SB 891 both passed unanimously. 


The Realtors® short-term rental legislation (aimed at exempting Realtor® managed properties from certain local restrictions) will head to the Virginia Housing Commission for study during the interim between sessions and is expected to come back in 2024.