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The brand new DCAR website is here!

There are other changes in the works, some of which have already occurred behind the scenes, some of which are happening now, and others are coming in the near future, but we wanted to take a brief moment to re-introduce ourselves to you, whether you’re one of our more than 2,800 members, or simply a member of the public who wants to know who we are and what we do.

The District of Columbia Association of REALTORS®, also known as DCAR, has been around for more than 100 years. We won’t go into the history of our association here, because we have all of that in full detail right here. Make sure to acquaint yourself with the association via our history book and videos.

If you’re unclear of what it is exactly that we do, either in the long term or on a day-to-day basis, perhaps this will help. In (very) short: We fight for the things that are important to REALTORS® in the District. But don’t let that simple understatement speak for itself; take a moment to read through some of the work that we do to get a feel for what DCAR is.

The Association is headed by CEO Ed Krauze, Government Affairs Director Katalin Peter and Communications/Member Outreach Specialist Bryan Frantz. In addition, many of our members spend countless hours volunteering to help guide DCAR in its various endeavors, and we would be nothing without their incredible work. You can see who we’re talking about here.

DCAR is sometimes confused with GCAAR, the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS®. DCAR exclusively deals with DC matters, while GCAAR deals with DC matters and Montgomery County matters, but there is more to it than that. A more thorough explanation of the distinction between the two associations, and a breakdown of how the REALTOR® association structure works, can be found here.

Much of what we do concerns legislative affairs. Put simply: We fight to protect the rights of homeowners, we work to make sure only necessary regulations regarding property rights are passed, and we help make it easier to put people in homes. For a brief summary of where we stand on some of the most pressing issues at any given time, head over to our policy positions page.

While our work most often requires time spent at the Wilson Building, the home of DC government, sometimes we’re asked to give public comment outside of the hearing rooms. For example, we spent some time with NBC4 over the past few months to help shine a light on a law we’re working hard to get amended. You can find links to those appearances, and any other media information you might need, here.

If you need any tools or tips on buying, selling, renovating or renting out a home, our resources page has plenty of good information for you to browse.

And if you’re just totally lost by all the many acronyms and abbreviations thrown around on this website, hopefully our glossary will clear things up for you.

That’s just a quick tour of DCAR. There’s plenty more to the association, and its members, and we hope you’ll spend the time taking a look around the new website. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or anything else to say, please let us know. Here’s how to reach us.

Thanks, and come back soon!

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