March TREPAC Newsletter

Congratulations are in order! In our 2017 dues billing cycle Texas REALTORS® raised over $2 million for TREPAC and exceeded the national participation goal of 37%. But Texas REEALTORS® aren’t known for being good. We’re GREAT! Let’s use this momentum to push through our own state goal of 55% participation and $5 million!

Use the Chairman’s Report video above to present a “TREPAC Minute” at your next association...

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Joint General & Special Elections - May 2017

Seven municipalities in Williamson County will be holding city council and/or mayoral elections this May. If you have not yet registered to vote, please visit the Williamson County Elections Page to make your voice heard!  The Governmental Affairs Committee will be assembling an interviewing task force to interview contested races. To learn more about who is running for what position, please read below. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the Interviewing Task Force, please click here to read more

Sign Ordinance Task Force

WCREALTORS is happy to report that following a town hall style meeting with the City of Leander hosted by Stewart Title, an issue came up relating to open houses in Leander. At the town hall, there were announcements made about new Leander ordinances that would greatly impact all REALTORS® hosting open houses in the city limits.These regulations include sign placement, sign add-on's (such as balloons), registration requirements, permitting, sign location mapping and the fines associated with violations.

WCREALTORS set up a meeting with the City of Leander permitting and code enforcement department and had...

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Advocacy at WCREALTORS

As a REALTOR, you have many hands in your pockets trying to take your hard earned commission. Your Association works hard to ensure that the professional image of a REALTOR® is upheld. 

Advocacy is two tiered at the local association level. First, we have the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (better known as TREPAC). TREPAC is responsible for raising funds to back local, state, and national candidates and elected officials who have a proven track record of protecting private-property rights, preserving the dream of homeownership, and supporting the vitality of the real...

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Affordable Housing in the WC

WCREALTORS hosted the first of what we hope will be many future discussions related to affordable housing. This roundtable discussion, held on April 26th, was attended by REALTORS®, builders, lenders, developers, association members, local and state agency representatives, and housing advocates. Each shared insights from their perspective on the need for reasonably priced homes and the challenges and obstacles of providing such product to our communities.  Our purpose for this first meeting was to begin a dialogue among local...

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Governmental Affairs Committee

It is the mission of Governmental Affairs to identify, analyze and recommend association policies and issues on local, state and national political issues as well as identify candidates who embrace legislation to protect private property rights and the real estate industry. 

At the association, we are the REALTOR® Party: an energized movement of real estate professionals fighting to keep the dream of homeownership alive.  Now more than ever, it is critical for Texas REALTORS® to come together and speak with one voice about the stability a sound and dynamic real estate market brings...

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Your TREPAC Dollars at Work
The occupations fee that Texas real estate brokers pay when applying for or renewing their two-year broker's license was repealed and takes effect September 1, 2015. This is a $300 savings. Legislation passed this session giving Texas voters the chance to pass Proposition 1, which if passed could increase the homestead exemption and constitutionally ban real estate transfer taxes. Texas REALTOR® magazine outlines what TAR achieved at the Capitol this year
Played a key role in addressing the state’s long-term water and public education needs Helped...

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