The New Mexico Association of REALTORS® positions in front of the New Mexico State Legislature and also with New Mexico regulatory agencies, which may adopt rules affecting REALTORS®, real estate, or private property rights. NMAR’s legislative and regulatory positions are guided by the Quality of Life Statements.

An extensive REALTOR® volunteer network is active on government affairs issues through service on the Legislative Committee, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee of New Mexico (RPAC-NM), the Issues Advocacy Fund Committee, the State Political Coordinators (SPC) program, and task forces on special issues.

Sometimes a local board and state partnership may be the best way to address ordinances and rules passed by local governments. The National and State government affairs groups stand ready to assist the local boards and associations where possible.

Quality of Life Statements

The NMAR Quality of Life Statements guide the NMAR Legislative Committee and NMAR Leadership in setting legislative policy priorities for each legislative session.

Legislative Priorities


REALTORS® advocate for an increased housing inventory across New Mexico. REALTORS® support the creation of workforce housing, including affordable housing for veterans and seniors. REALTORS® support programs to curtail unsheltered homelessness.


REALTORS® oppose legislation that would seek to repeal the rent control prohibition in New Mexico. REALTORS® support legislation that encourages the construction of rental dwellings across New Mexico.


REALTORS® support fair property tax assessments and equitable tax policy. REALTORS® oppose transfer taxes on the sale or transfer of real property.


REALTORS® support legislation that provides jobs and encourages investment. REALTORS® advance initiatives that support a healthy economy in New Mexico. REALTORS® support statewide broadband availability.


REALTORS® support legislation that ensures that the availability and quality of water meet the needs of New Mexico and its people.

Legislative Committee
  • Isaac Romero, Chair – Commercial
  • Joshua Price, Vice Chair – Albuquerque
  • Coleen Dearing, Past Chair – Santa Fe
  • Clay Azar – Commercial
  • Paul Barry – Farmington
  • Nathan Brooks – Commercial
  • Todd Clarke – Commercial
  • Daniel Coleman – Roswell
  • Lela Holmes – Farmington
  • Kurstin Johnson – Albuquerque
  • Joe Ortiz – Santa Fe
  • James Russ – Ruidoso
  • Kent Simpson – Las Cruces
  • Allison Kuper Smith – Las Cruces
  • Diane Arnett Stearley – Albuquerque
  • Lois Sury – Santa Fe
  • JoAnne Vigil Coppler – Santa Fe
  • David Saavedra – Ex Officio/Government Affairs Director
  • Ashley Strauss-Martin – Ex Officio/General Counsel



David Saavedra, MPA
Government Affairs Director

505.467.6303 |

Second Session of the 56th Legislature (30-Day)

January 2 – January 12, 2024
Legislation may be prefiled

January 16
Opening Day (noon)

January 31
Deadline for Introduction

February 15
Session Ends (noon)

          March 6
          Legislation not acted upon by Governor is pocket vetoed

          May 15
          Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill
          or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date

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