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The District of Columbia Association of REALTORS®’ (DCAR) leadership recently had a conversation with the deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development and the director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to discuss its concerns regarding the recent funding issues for the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP).

DCAR received the following information regarding the HPAP program:

  • All lender packages that were submitted by 11:59 p.m. on June 22, 2023 will be considered part of the pipeline and funding will be made available for them to close.
  • There are approximately 400 Notice of Eligibility holders who will not receive funding.
  • In FY ‘23 to date, DHCD has spent nearly $70 million for HPAP and has funded about 470 new homeowners – more than ever before.

On August 1, 2023, DCAR sent a letter to DHCD outlining its recommendations concerning HPAP and expressed its desire to be a partner with the District government in promoting and improving the program.

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On July 26, DCAR President Tony Mancuso, along with GCAAR President Avi Adler and GCAAR DEI Committee Chair Ileann Jimenez, served on a panel at a State of the Economy summit hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). They discussed the importance of DCAR and GCAAR and how they can help NAHREP members expand their business.

DCAR Board member and past GCAAR President Harrison Beacher served as the panel’s moderator as well as the Master of Ceremonies for the day.

Special thanks to DCAR Public Policy Committee Chair Anthony Graham and NAHREP D.C. Chapter President Kelly Ceron-Osorio for coordinating our involvement in this important event.

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Earning this distinction from your state-level association is an honor that will make you stand out among your colleagues and potential clients. Nominees must be Primary DCAR members who have clearly provided continuous, dedicated service to enhance the quality of the profession.

Submit entries using the DCAR entry form. Be sure to download the form to your computer and then go to File – Save As in order to save your application information into the form. If you are unable to save the information in your completed form, please print it out and scan/take a photo of it, then email it, in addition to one color head shot of each applicant, to contact@dcrealtors.org.

Head shots must be in .jpeg format at a minimum of 300 dpi resolution.

The deadline for submission is Friday, August 25 at 5 p.m. Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be announced in the fall.

Apply now.

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Hi, everyone.

Sorry to add to your inboxes right before the holiday weekend, but we know this issue is time sensitive and we want you to understand that we are aware and working on it.

On June 26, many DCAR members received a letter dated June 23, 2023 from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development informing them that the Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) was out of funds.

We are currently engaging with the District government at the highest levels to ensure our perspective is communicated and to stress the dire situation this places clients into. We have strongly expressed our concerns to the Bowser administration and the need to be transparent with the public regarding HPAP funding levels.

We are continuing to work on this situation. In the meantime we want to stress that, to protect your clients and yourselves when assisting clients with down payment assistance programs such as HPAP, we want to remind you that it is vital to use the Home Purchase Assistance Program/Employer Assisted Home Purchase (HPAP/EAHP) Addendum, which you can access here.

Please have a happy 4th of July and we’ll be back in touch with any updates soon!

Tony

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At the invitation of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Immediate Past President Thomas Daley and other DCAR representatives attended an open house on April 10 for prospective first-time homebuyers. The event highlighted the Bowser administration’s funding in her FY ‘24 Fair Shot budget proposal that will support Black homeownership for D.C. residents.

The proposed FY ‘24 budget includes $8 million to increase available down payment assistance through Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) and a $1.5 million enhancement for Heirs Property Services. Watch video of the event here.

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On November 2, the DCAR Public Policy Committee and DCAR Affordable Housing Subcommittee hosted “Vision Forward: Molding the Future of Housing in The District.” Watch highlights of the event:

 

 

The event included a “fireside chat” with At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds and an informative roundtable discussion featuring the following organizations:

  • African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP DC)
  • the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA DC Chapter)
  • the LGBTQ+ Real Estate Alliance
  • the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP DC)
  • National Association of Real Estate Brokers
  • Women’s Council of Realtors Greater Capital Area

This was the first time ever that DCAR has brought together all of these organizations to facilitate open dialogue about the challenges experienced by their members regarding housing and housing policy, with the goal of creating a better future for our region.

We thank DCAR Public Policy Committee Chair Anthony Graham and Vice Chair Hillary Nash for orchestrating this entire event, including bringing together our partner organizations together. And thanks to those partner organizations, as well as Councilmember Bonds and all of our DCAR members who helped to make it a success!

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On December 14, we installed our 2023 DCAR leadership team, with Tony Mancuso as our 2023 president. Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting & Installation and helped make it a success!

We are proud to present your 2023 leadership team:

Executive Committee

President: Anthony Mancuso
President-elect: Stacey Barton
Secretary: Sam Medvene
Treasurer: Colin Johnson
Immediate Past President: Thomas Daley

Directors
Harrison Beacher
April Contee
Jennifer Frewer
Jean Poitevien
Bonnie Roberts-Burke
Annemarie Stephens
Ansa Tyus

GCAAR president
Avi Adler

Presidential appointees
Anthony Graham
Hillary Nash

Public Policy Committee Chair
Anthony Graham

CEO – Ex-officio
Scott Reiter

Thank you to 2022 President Thomas Daley and the entire 2022 board for your contributions. We are confident 2023 will be another year of successes!

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Do you have a passion for public policy? Or a desire to work with local policymakers to consider measures that make a difference in your community? Now is your chance to apply to serve on the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS®’ Public Policy Committee!

The Public Policy Committee works with the DCAR Government Affairs team to analyze pending and proposed legislation in D.C. It establishes DCAR’s official stance on a variety of issues and ensures the association’s advocacy presence in the District.

Applicants should have an understanding of local legislation and politics. Selected committee members will be expected to actively participate in DCAR events, initiatives and activities at the Wilson Building.

The deadline to submit your application is Thursday, December 8. Additional information on the committee and committee requirements can be found on the application.

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All 10 candidates endorsed by the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® are projected to win.* DCAR supported the following candidates:

  • U.S. Congress: Eleanor Holmes Norton, PROJECTED WINNER
  • Mayor: Muriel Bowser, PROJECTED WINNER
  • Attorney General: Brian Schwalb, PROJECTED WINNER
  • Council Chairman: Phil Mendelson, PROJECTED WINNER
  • Council At-Large: Anita Bonds, PROJECTED WINNER
  • Council At-Large: Kenyan McDuffie, PROJECTED WINNER
  • Council, Ward 3: Matthew Frumin, PROJECTED WINNER
  • Council, Ward 5: Zachary Parker, PROJECTED WINNER
  • Council, Ward 6: Charles Allen, PROJECTED WINNER
  • State Board of Education, Ward 3: Eric Goulet, PROJECTED WINNER

DCAR’s REALTOR® Party Action Committee (RPAC) Trustees thank those DCAR members who have invested in RPAC, which has enabled us to produce and distribute information in support of our endorsed candidates.

* PLEASE NOTE: Election results remain unofficial until the Board of Elections certifies the ballots. 

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Frederic Bates served as DCAR’s 2021 president and has served on the Executive Committee since 2018. He was a principal broker with eXp Commercial & eXp Realty in Virginia and is licensed to practice real estate in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Fred has been active in DCAR for many years, having served on the Board of Directors beginning in 2014. Additionally, he served on the DCAR Public Policy Committee from 2013 to 2015 and the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors in 2021. Fred has also been active in the Washington, D.C. community. He served as a board member for the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) and is a Founder of Friends of Gompers Park and a Founder of Friends of 10th Street Park.

Fred earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint Louis University.