Despite the federal government shutdown, we continue to work with congressional leaders and White House officials to minimize impacts of the shutdown on the housing market, and to ensure our 1.3 million members across the country are equipped with every resource necessary to continue operating as usual.
By The Numbers
The REALTOR® Party At Work
Highlighted here are a few of the many REALTOR® Party success stories across the nation. These and others are catalogued in the Success Stories section on REALTORParty.realtor.
This past election cycle, the Bay Area Association of REALTORS® decided it was time to take a more active role in choosing their politicians. With the help of the REALTOR® Party, the association developed a savvy selection committee that interviewed dozens of candidates, endorsed several, and achieved a whopping success rate.
With Advocacy Everywhere, Illinois REALTORS® Rally Peoria Voters against New “Parcel Tax” on Property Owners
The city of Peoria, Ill., was attempting to bridge a budget gap by imposing a new tax on property owners. With help from the state association, REALTORS® used Advocacy Everywhere to call voters’ attention to the threat and encourage calls of opposition to the City Council. Overwhelmed by the volume, the Council agreed to a compromise.
Greenville, S.C., faces a significant shortage of affordable housing, and the existing supply is diminishing rapidly. Using a Housing Opportunity Grant, local REALTORS® co-hosted a Housing Forum to show policy makers how they could break down barriers to developing housing in the essential “missing middle” range.
Resources & Opportunities
Wondering how the housing market in your state affects the local economy? State-by-State Economic Impact of Real Estate Activity reports outline the total impact of real estate–related industries on the state economy, as well as the expenditures that result from a single home sale.
The nation’s economic recovery appears to be firing on all cylinders, except one: housing. Housing supply and affordability have not kept up with demand, falling victim to labor shortages, regulations, and materials cost and supply. This edition of On Common Ground reviews the imbalance of the nation’s housing supply. It explores the causes and possible solutions, including emerging types of housing that show promise for delivering much-needed affordable housing.
Check out the 2019 REALTOR® Party Association Resource Guide to learn about resources for community outreach, candidate and issue campaigns, RPAC and political fundraising, member and consumer mobilization, and much more. Also, review the programs and resources that qualify for the new Vote, Act, and Invest Core Standards’ requirements.