The REALTOR® Party
Since the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) hired its first lobbyist in 1973, America’s largest trade association has been working together to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests and promote a vibrant business environment. In 2010-2011, NAR ramped up its efforts at the state and local levels by launching the REALTOR® Party Initiative. This included grants and tools to help state and local REALTOR® Associations run candidate and issue campaigns, and implement smart growth, housing opportunity and diversity programs, and much more.
As the only advocacy group in America that fights exclusively for homeownership, real estate investment, strong communities and the free enterprise system, the REALTOR® Party is not focused on the right, left or even the middle of the aisle; it is focused on the issues that matter to existing and future homeowners and the real estate industry.
Supporting candidates and campaigns and engaging in community outreach, the REALTOR® Party leverages the association’s best asset—its grassroots network of 1.2 million REALTORS® across the U.S. and its territories—to work hard on behalf of America’s 75 million homeowners and those who aspire to one day own property of their own.
In recent years, our local level activities have increased; REALTORS® have gained political clout through legislative victories in every corner of the country; and state and local REALTOR® Associations have expanded their community and political presence…all because of the actions of the REALTOR® Party.
The REALTOR® Party works hand-in-hand with the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC); however, RPAC is a voluntary program and provides the “hard” dollars the association uses to make direct contributions to national, state and local candidates. This partnership is what makes us a force to be reckoned with at the local, state and national levels.
Why Should I invest in RPAC?
RPAC is the muscle behind NAR. RPAC represents more than 1.3 million REALTORS® that members of Congress want as their friends. Recent legislative and regulatory successes include:
New Condo Policies Signed into Law; Rural Housing Service Loans Streamlined
CFPB Makes Clear Lenders’ Ability to Share Closing Disclosure in Proposed Rule
Drones Approved for Use in Commercial Real Estate Without Section 333 Waiver
Your state and local associations work to support legislation that promotes the dream of homeownership. Your IAR Governmental Affairs staff has been busy crafting legislation, sifting though countless bills, attending hearings, meeting with other interest groups, and lobbying state legislators on issues that could impact the REALTOR bottom line.
The 2019 IAR legislative meetings take place next week in Indianapolis, where members throughout our state will visit our local legislators and discuss various issues related to the real estate industry. If you are not attending, read the latest legislative update from your state association to stay informed on these important issues:
http://bit.ly/2019IARBillTracker (source: Indiana Association of REALTORS)
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