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As part of the District’s Public Health Emergency (PHE) declaration, a toll, or pause, was put into effect for the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) for the duration of the PHE. As a result, pending sales of rental properties were slowed or halted due to the inability to have meetings.

On Friday, Jan. 14, DCAR learned of a foreclosure moratorium bill authored by Councilmember Janeese Lewis George. Councilmember Anita Bonds included a narrowly written amendment that would extend the toll for the organizing phase of the TOPA process to March 31.

Shortly after, DCAR sent a letter to D.C. Council members urging councilmembers to consider passing the bill without the tolling extension, explaining that the omicron variant shouldn’t be a barrier for tenants and tenant advocates navigating the rules and procedures of the TOPA process when virtual platforms and other methods exist for holding meetings.

Councilmember Elissa Silverman reached out to DCAR after the letter was sent to broker a compromise on the amendment’s duration. Due to DCAR’s advocacy efforts and subsequent negotiations, the tolling duration was rolled back to Feb. 15. The bill now heads to Mayor Bowser for her signature.

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Congratulations to the following DCAR members who have been selected to serve on our 2022 Public Policy Committee!


  • Anthony Graham, Chair
  • Michael Arias
  • Terinee Bonds
  • James Braeu
  • Deirdre P. Brown
  • Chuck Burger
  • Elizabeth Burgess
  • Carol Lynn Calomiris
  • Thomas Castagnola
  • Amy Fisher
  • Virginia Gergoff
  • Olivia Kibler
  • Ellen Klein
  • Larry McAdoo
  • Hugh McDermott
  • Hillary Nash
  • Richard Pearrell
  • Jean Poitevien
  • Bonnie Roberts-Burke
  • Yanira Rodriguez
  • Marjorie Rosner
  • Frank Snodgrass
  • Annemarie Stephens
  • Michael Taft
  • Ansa Tyus
  • Tracey Williams Barnett



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On Dec. 15, 2021, we installed our 2022 DCAR leadership team, with Thomas Daley as our 2022 president. Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting & Installation and helped make it a success!

We are proud to present your 2022 leadership team:

Executive Committee
President: Thomas Daley
President-elect: Anthony Mancuso
Secretary: Stacey Barton
Treasurer: Colin Johnson
Immediate Past President: Frederic Bates

April Contee
Andrea Fleming
Jennifer Frewer
Samuel Medvene
Jean Poitevien
Bonnie Roberts-Burke
Ansa Tyus

GCAAR president
Harrison Beacher

Presidential appointees
Katalin Peter
Marty Stanton

NAR directors
Dianah Shaw
Christopher Suranna

Public Policy Committee Chair
Anthony Graham

CEO – Ex-officio
Scott Reiter

Thank you to 2021 President Frederic Bates and the entire 2021 board for your contributions. We are confident 2022 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 9. Additional information on the committee and committee requirements can be found on the application.

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Congratulations to our DCAR members appointed to 2022 NAR committees!

We are proud to share the list of DCAR members who have been appointed to NAR committees for 2022. Congratulations to all of you!

Do you aspire to be a national real estate leader? You can start by getting involved in your state REALTOR® association… and now is the perfect time. Starting Nov. 11, you can apply to serve on DCAR’s Public Policy Committee! It’s a great way to hone your leadership skills and increase your knowledge of legislative issues and association functions. In doing so, you set a course for further involvement in DCAR and opportunities to serve as a state-level director, officer or in a role at the national level.


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We are honored to announce the candidates for our 2022 DCAR Board of Directors! In compliance with Article IX, Section 1 of our District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® (DCAR) bylaws, the DCAR Nominating Committee has nominated the following individuals to offices on the 2022 board, as indicated, subject to their election by the membership.

The election will be held during our DCAR Annual Meeting and Installation on Wednesday, December 15 at 6 p.m. Registration details are coming soon.




  • President-elect: Anthony Mancuso, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Secretary: Stacey Barton, RLAH Real Estate
  • Treasurer: Colin Johnson, RLAH Real Estate

At-large directors up for election, two-year term:

(three to be elected)

  • April Contee, EXQ Real Estate
  • Jean Poitevien, AFREM Services
  • Bonnie Roberts-Burke, RLAH Real Estate

NAR director

  • Dianah Shaw, Power Consulting & Real Estate



  • Immediate past president: Frederic Bates, eXp Realty, LLC
  • President: Thomas Daley, Keller Williams Capital Properties

Directors completing their current two-year term:

  • Andrea Fleming, Keller Williams Capital Properties
  • Jennifer Frewer, Keller Williams Capital Properties
  • Sam Medvene, Century 21 Redwood Realty
  • Margaret “Ansa” Tyrus, Re/MAX Allegiance

Presidential appointees (2): To be determined

Public Policy Committee chair: To be determined

NAR director: Christopher Suranna, RLAH Real Estate

GCAAR president: Harrison Beacher, Keller Williams Capital Properties

Chief executive officer (ex-officio): Scott Reiter


Additional candidates for these offices can be nominated by a petition signed by at least 5% of DCAR’s REALTOR® members and emailed to Scott Reiter, Petitions must be received by Friday, November 26, 2021.

Thank you in advance for your participation in our upcoming election!

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The 2021 District of Columbia Association of REALTORS®’ REALTOR® of the Year is Kymber Lovett-Menkiti. She served as DCAR’s 2020 president and has been a DCAR board member since 2017. She is president of Keller Williams Capital Properties (KWCP) in Washington, D.C. and is also the regional director of Keller Williams for the Maryland/D.C. region.

Prior to her roles within KWCP and the Keller Williams MDC Region, Kymber was the president of sales for The Menkiti Group. Under Kymber’s leadership, The Menkiti Group sales team assisted over 2,000 first-time homebuyers and has brokered the sale of over $1B in residential real estate. In 2018, Kymber was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 Honoree.

Kymber previously served as Rookie Committee chair for the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® (GCAAR) and she was the 2011 GCAAR Rookie of the Year. In 2018, she was appointed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve on the District of Columbia Arts Commission, where she continues to serve. In 2020, she was named to Mayor Bowser’s Re-Open Task Force.

She is the board chair for the Capital Properties/Menkiti Group (CPMG) Foundation and is a board member of Step Afrika and Crittenton Services of Greater Washington. Kymber is a graduate of James Madison University and Bryn Mawr College. She is a proud Ward 4 resident with her husband and four sons.

Congratulations, Kymber!

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Are you looking to be more successful? In this exclusive virtual presentation, New York Times bestselling author Shawn Achor will discuss his research about how happiness, optimism and social connection are the fuel that yield higher success rates. Learn how to incorporate Shawn’s formula for success to unlock your potential and create a more positive and rewarding environment in your personal and professional life. Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., for this free event!


About Shawn

After spending twelve years at Harvard University, Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn has lectured or worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon and the White House. Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage (2010) and Big Potential (2018). He has now lectured in more than 50 countries speaking to CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, schoolchildren in South Africa, and farmers in Zimbabwe. His Happiness Advantage training is one of the largest and most successful positive psychology corporate training programs in the world.

Shawn’s research has been published in the top psychology journal for work he did at UBS in partnership with Yale University to transform how stress impacts the body, and he recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house to discuss his mission to bring positive psychology to the world.


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D.C. officials announced last week that more than $143 million, or 70 percent, of the $200 million federal rent relief money had been dispersed to D.C. residents. Under federal guidelines, D.C. was at risk of losing the funds if enough weren’t distributed before the end of September.

The results are a solid win for DCAR members. Since StayDC’s rollout, DCAR has promoted the valuable resource available to small housing providers and tenants. DCAR members have participated in the program and helped to educate their fellow community members about the application process. DCAR’s outreach, along with that of city officials and other organizations, has ensured much-needed funds are reaching those in the District who need help and ensured that we don’t lose pivotal federal dollars in D.C.

Information about D.C.’s eviction moratorium, including a timeline of when the rollbacks will occur, is available on DCAR’s Small Housing Provider page.

If you are a small housing provider and need help making ends meet, or if you know someone who’s behind on rent and utility bills, help is available through the STAYDC program. Call 833-4-STAYDC (78-2932) or visit

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Are you looking for an opportunity to leverage your leadership abilities and make a positive impact on the REALTOR® community in the District of Columbia?

DCAR is now accepting applications for six open, elected positions available on our 2022 DCAR Board of Directors. The DCAR board is a diverse group of talented individuals that guides the District of Columbia state association to serve in the best interest of its members.

As a member of the Board of Directors, you can help shape the direction of DCAR, be an influential voice for the association and advocate to protect and enhance the industry and your D.C. community.

There are six positions available on the 2022 board:

  • President-elect (1-year term)
  • Secretary (1-year term)
  • Treasurer (2-year term)
  • Three at-large directors (2-year term)

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 12 at 5 p.m.!