Nearly 50 members of the Thurston County Realtors Association joined about 500 realtors from throughout Washington late last week for Washington Realtors’ annual Legislative Day, meeting with state legislators to discuss TCRA’s priorities for the 2018 Legislative Session.

Discussions with legislators who serve Thurston County centered around the residential and commercial real estate markets and how decisions made in Olympia impact home and property owners in their communities. Of chief concern for Thurston County Realtors: the county’s low housing inventory and the need for affordable housing choices to meet a growing demand.

The group also discussed regulations that directly affect both urban and rural housing supply, including the recently passed remedy to the Hirst decision. Realtors also brought attention to the impact of student loan debt on consumer purchase and homebuying patterns, as well as encouraging promotion of this year’s 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act that protects equal housing opportunities.

“In our profession, we are out serving people in our communities daily,” said Tonia DeBeaux of John L. Scott in Lacey, the current president of TCRA. “Realtors are one of the key groups that speak up for home and property owners and those who desire to be.”