The More You Know - March 2017


Property rights, education and beach nourishment – the North Carolina General Assembly has taken up several bills or recommendations on these issues over the past few weeks and we believe you should be armed with the facts. Here’s the scoop:

Get off my lawn!!

  • Representative Chuck McGrady introduced House Bill 3, which proposes an amendment to the state’s constitution as a way to limit the government’s use of eminent domain to seize private property. For more information, please click here.

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  • The North Carolina General Assembly is considering recommendations for creating a recurring beach nourishment fund to maintain the state’s natural landscape along the coast. Experts suggest that the state would need $50 million annually to support this fund into perpetuity, which may result in a tax increase.

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  • House Bill 13which now heads to the North Carolina Senate, would cap K-3 class sizes at 22 to 24 students to avoid cuts to arts and physical education classes following an unfunded mandate last year.

Schools out…forever?

  • As of Feb. 27, 19 bills covering 36 school systems (out of 115) have been filed to remove provisions regulating when schools can begin and end instruction. If successful, these bills would allow local school boards to regain control over their own calendars.

Stay tuned – as always, the NC Homeowners Alliance will track these proceedings and provide you with updates when we hear anything new.

The More You Know - February 2017


Just when you thought voting was behind you, the United States Supreme Court decided to weigh in on North Carolina’s politics. Here’s the scoop:

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• In November, a federal three-judge panel of the Middle District Court issued a ruling that ordered state lawmakers to redraw 28 legislative districts by March 15, 2017 – citing that those districts were racially gerrymandered and therefore unconstitutional. These changes also directed the state to hold special elections in 2017.

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• In December, Speaker of the House Tim Moore and Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger, represented by state attorney Paul Clement, submitted an emergency request to Chief Justice John Roberts asking him to issue a stay on the federal court order mentioned above until an appropriate appeal can be filed by the state.

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• In January, Chief Justice Roberts issued an order temporarily blocking the special elections while the Supreme Court decides whether to take the case. If they take the case, the block will stay in place until the case is decided. Unfortunately, this leaves legislators – and their constituents – uncertain about what 2017 will hold for policy and discussion on important issues including the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID), homeowners insurance rates, regulations and more.

Stay tuned – as always, the NC Homeowners Alliance will track these proceedings and provide you with updates when we hear anything new.

The More You Know - January 2017


January marks the beginning of the long session at the NC General Assembly. The Alliance will be watching as our legislators work on important legislation relating to homeownership. We will be specifically interested to see if there are any changes or progress on the following key issues:  

  • Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) - In last year's short session, the NCGA maintained the $20,000 cap to the MID. We hope the MID is protected in the long session as it is one of the biggest and most important boosts to working families across the state. We're counting on legislators to oppose any efforts to repeal or reduce this vital deduction that our families depend on.
  • Homeowners Insurance Rates - NC needs greater consumer protection for homeowners insurance rates, the process by which rates are set should be fair and transparent. Insurance companies shouldn't be allowed to circumvent the legal process and force property owners to pay higher premiums through Consent to Rate letters.
  • Economic Development - Our North Carolina economy is growing, and the NC Homeowners Alliance is committed to standing up for economic opportunities for every citizen in our state. One process by which the General Assembly will stimulate the economy is through economic development. The Alliance will be sure to monitor the General Assembly's progress and notify you regarding the effect development policies will have on your local communities.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or other pieces of legislation that concern you. We want to know what's important to you in your community and always value your feedback. We want to be a voice for homeowners at the legislature, so we need to hear from you!

Protect Our Neighborhood Roads

As we approach the end of this year's legislative session, there are still important homeowner issues to address. Senate Bill 778 seeks to alleviate the problem of "orphan roads" across the state.


Having quality infrastructure is a key component of strong communities, and an established, maintained road system is one of its most important parts. But in many communities across North Carolina, that is not possible because of nonexistent or otherwise complicated road maintenance agreements. This has led to “orphan roads” in subdivisions throughout the state, placing the burden for improvements on homeowners. The costs for these improvements can be exorbitant, causing roads to fall into such states of disrepair that emergency vehicles and even school buses won’t travel them.

The legislation will:

      • Save homeowners from costly repairs in the future through performance bonds that ensure the necessary road work is completed up to state standards and ultimately accepted by NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) into the road system.
      • Ensure new homeowners' piece of mind. This bill requires that NCDOT work with each county to develop a database which includes the classification (public/private) for each road in the county. This will allow consumers to be knowledgeable about their purchases and provide comfort to lending institutions in transactions.
      • Protect homeowners by creating reliable infrastructure in new neighborhoods.

This legislation represents a huge step forward in protecting homeowners and property values. Be on the lookout for your chance to tell your legislator about the importance of this bill!

Support for the Connect NC Bond in the News



Follow along with the Alliance's coverage of the Connect NC Bond Referendum here! We'll be posting letters to the editor and opinion pieces from concerned homeowners across the state. Join us in raising your voice in support of the bond campaign. If you are interested in submitting a letter to the editor to your local paper, let us know at

To learn more about how the bond will help your area, visit our website for an in-depth look at how the bond will be distributed across the state.

We're starting off our coverage with an op-ed from Chapel Hill resident, Mark Zimmerman about the bond's impact on his area.

Chapel Hill News:

Mark Zimmerman: An easy choice on the ballot March 15

"Who will benefit from the bond? Well, the bond drafters were smart. They spread the wealth across the state. Seventy three counties will receive funds directly; the rest are eligible to get water and sewer projects. Fifty eight community colleges and all 17 campuses in our university system will receive the lion’s share of the dollars. Agriculture, our state’s largest industry, will benefit from a new plant science complex, assisting farmers small and large."


This past Monday, Alliance member, Billie Green spoke in the Asheville Citizen-Times about how the bond will benefit the western part of the state.

Asheville Citizen-Times

Billie Green: Connect NC bond will have tremendous economic impact

"I see how education, water infrastructure and natural resources impact job creation. I’m also a strong supporter of the North Carolina Homeowners Alliance, urging you to vote yes for the Connect NC bond referendum....The Connect NC bond will strengthen neighborhoods and communities by improving property values and raising the quality of our citizens’ lives. Let’s make the smart move and invest in North Carolina’s future."

Shelby Homeowners Thank Speaker Moore


This past December 9th, the NC Homeowners Alliance sponsored a town hall with Speaker Tim Moore at the Scruggs Center in downtown Shelby. It was a great opportunity for Shelby homeowners to hear from the Speaker about what our state legislators are doing to protect the rights of NC homeowners. The forum provided insight into last year's legislative session as well as prepared attendees for the issues that may be covered in this year's short session. For more information from the Shelby Star, click here.

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The Alliance will be hosting events like this across the state this year to keep homeowners in the loop about issues that concern them. If you would like to see us in your community, visit our website to see when we will be in your area. Don't forget to share us with your friends, family, and neighbors!


Young Renters Want to Buy Homes

After learning that 51% of renters are over the age of 40 last week, a new survey from the National Association of REALTORS indicates that 94% of young renters (individuals under the age of 34) want to buy a home in the future.

Despite the overwhelming desire to buy a home, young renters mention two key reasons for continuing to rent over purchasing. Those surveyed identified the need for the flexibility of renting as well as their inability to afford and finance a home as the reasons they continue to rent.

The NC Homeowners Alliance continues to push for common sense legislation to ensure that young renters can become homeowners without having to face unnecessary barriers. Please check out the article below for more information on the survey results!


Renter Age in US Increases in 2015

A Harvard University study finds that 51 percent of US renters are now over 40 years old, showcasing the decrease in US homeownership.

Over the past twenty years, there has been an eight percent increase in renters over 40, which highlights the lasting impact of the housing and financial crisis. The NC Homeowners Alliance is dedicated to promoting homeownership in North Carolina and we want to keep our members informed of the latest housing market information. Please take a moment and check out the article below for more insights on homeownership. 



Governor Proclaims "Historic Tax Credit Day"

Today in Burlington, Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed today as "Historic Tax Credit Day" in celebration of the reinstatement of this vital tax credit. The Homeowners Alliance, with support from over 16,000 homeowners statewide, helped push this tax credit back into favor with NC legislators.


The Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) will be a crucial part of revitalizing towns across the state and increasing the value of homes in those areas. The HPTC is one of several legislative issues the Alliance has been working on over the last 18 months to protect homeowner rights. Read the article here to learn more about the impact homeowners like you can have when united behind a common cause.

Local Talk Show Hosts Homeowners Alliance

Last week popular Eastern NC radio show "Talk of the Town with Henry Hinton," hosted Mark Zimmerman, chairman of NCAR's Government Affairs Committee, to speak about the NC Homeowners Alliance. 

Zimmerman described the importance of protecting the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) for homeowners as budget negotiations continue at the General Assembly. He also detailed the unique nature of the Alliance as a grassroots organization and the significance of homeowner involvement. Zimmerman said, "This is an organization that is empowering homeowners to bring their concerns directly to legislators...this is the first time that homeowners have had a collective voice to speak on their own behalf." Thanks to Mark Zimmerman for his commitment to the Alliance and for speaking on our behalf. Click on the image below to listen to the interview and let us know how the Homeowners Alliance can help you!