August in the Nation’s Capital means it’s time for Congress to take its traditional “summer recess.” But for REALTORS®, summer recess represents an important opportunity to directly engage in-district with members of Congress who look to us as the experts on issues that impact the real estate industry and private property rights.
By the Numbers
Number of Opportunity Zones throughout the U.S. created to drive economic growth through long-term investments in economically disadvantaged communities. REALTORS Property Resource® (RPR), a nationwide data resource and a wholly-owned subsidiary of NAR, has added a powerful new data layer that will allow REALTORS® to analyze and search for properties within Qualifed Opportunity Zones throughout the U.S. NAR’s newest community planning grant helps associations assist their communities make the most of Opportunity Zones.
Number of abandon homes in former industrial hubs from the East Coast to the Midwest. Learn more about the value of reducing vacancy and how formerly worthless properties are being turned into home in the latest Issue of On Common Ground magazine.
Amount of money that GADs donated to Project Connect as part of the GADs Give Back campaign during the 2019 GAD Institute. Project Connect is the only program in the Greater Cincinnati area exclusively serving children experiencing homelessness. Through a collection of stuffed hygiene bags and a GoFundMe page, the GADs collected hundreds of needed hygiene products and raised $10,500.
The REALTOR® Party At Work
Highlighted here are a few of the many REALTOR® Party success stories across the nation. These and others are cataloged in the Success Stories section on REALTORParty.realtor.
With a full-on campaign called ‘Hold the Line on Property Taxes,’ the Wisconsin REALTORS® organized a powerful response to the governor’s plan to lift a freeze on municipal and country property taxes. An Issues Mobilization grant helped them convince the state senate that the move lacked tax-payer support.
In a last-minute scramble to balance the state budget last year, New Jersey lawmakers set their sights on two real estate tax-targets that propelled the state REALTOR® Association into action: seasonal rental properties, and homes valued at more than $1 million. Calls for action got the message out to REALTORS®, who made their feelings known to their elected officials.
In Texas, where there’s no state income tax or a state-levied property tax, it’s the tax bills from your county, your municipality, your school district, and various other special districts that’ll get you. Texas REALTORS® have been battling the ‘Hidden Property Tax’ inherent in the system for years, and this summer, with a boost from a sweeping Issues Mobilization campaign, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act was signed into law.
Resources & Opportunities
Wondering how the National Flood Insurance Program impacts your state? Use these state information sheets to advocate for a long-term reauthorization measure before September 30.
See how the NAR building on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile will soon bolster the REALTOR® brand. Plus, the latest housing data — and how a Summer Splash challenge, started by young pros in California, has taken off while raising funds for the REALTORS® Relief Foundation—all in the new The Voice for Real Estate video.
NAR was recognized by the Business Intelligence Group as a global leader in sustainability promotion. The annual Sustainability Awards honor organizations that have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice, commending NAR for the work it’s done since implementing an association-wide Sustainability Program in 2017.
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.