From RLAH Agent & 2018 DCAR President Christopher Suranna:
As you’re likely aware by now, the DC Council’s Housing Committee passed the single-family exemption to TOPA last Friday. This was a major step, and we sincerely appreciate all of you who came to show your support!
This is far from a done deal, however. Next, the bill must pass a difficult hurdle: a full Council vote. That’s scheduled for March 6th at 10am, and we’ll need even stronger in-person support, so please mark your calendars. Before that hearing, however, we have a simple ask. We’ve heard certain Councilmembers are considering amending the delicately drafted bill, which we fully support in its current language. This is a serious concern because it would significantly reduce the bill’s impact. To discourage them from doing so, we need to flood their inboxes.
Here’s what we need from you:
- Please copy & paste the email addresses of the Council members into the “To” box in your email client. You should be able to copy and paste them all at once.
2. Copy and paste the following text into the body of the email:
I’m writing you today to ask you to please support Bill 22-0315, the “TOPA Single-family Home Exemption Amendment Act of 2018,” as currently written. This bill would address all of the major issues with TOPA for single-family homes, and I strongly urge you to support it as passed by the Housing Committee.
Thank you for your time.
3. Under “Sincerely,” add your name.
4. Press send.
That’s it. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 60 seconds. We have sent this out to all DCAR board and committees and I thought having more help from the RLAH family would be great.
Thanks for your assistance.
Let’s get this DONE!!
Jason, Justin and Jim visited St. Petersburg, Florida from February 7th-10th to join their Real Living Real Estate peers from 37 other states. There was learning, networking and even some fun mixed in.
On Day 1, Jason and Justin were asked to speak to the crowd about the story of our Relocation Department winning BGRS’s highest award in less than five years. The night was capped off with a welcome reception at a nearby venue where connections old and new were made and everyone shared the same brand.
Day 2’s morning was started by the Real Living Fun Run where our team was lucky to run in 67 degree weather instead of the below freezing temperatures we were experiencing locally in DC. Informative sessions from HSF CEO Gino Blefari, Real Living President Bob McAdams, and new COO Allan Dalton won everyone’s attention for the rest of the day. The guys even snuck away on Day 3 for a short walk to the Salvador Dali museum, which surely did not disappoint.
We always love an award ceremony where we win; and this was no exception. RLAH was awarded several top honors, including the Top Company in the entire franchise. Overall, the team was very impressed with St. Petersburg for its laid back atmosphere, great weather and walkable downtown with a plethora of restaurants, bars and shopping. But of course, the networking and learning with our extended Real Living family was really the highlight of the trip.