TREPAC stands for Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee. It is a non-partisan political action committee that is focused on supporting candidates that support the rights of private property, homeownership, and the real estate profession. TREPAC focuses on having the right people in the right place at the federal, state, and local level. It is a completely voluntary, nonprofit organization that ensures the REALTOR® voice is heard in Congress and at the State Capitol.
The real estate industry faces constant legislative and regulatory proposals which can negatively impact your business. REALTOR® representation is huge for fighting these proposals that could potentially create barriers to property ownership, increase any costs of doing business and real estate transactions, and helps to maintain the positive environment we have in the real estate industry. Investing in TREPAC is the best way to be an advocate for your clients and insuring success for your business. You insure everything else in your life. Why not insure your business?
Timeline – a history of success
TREPAC has a long history of defending your earnings, preserving the health of the real estate industry, and advocating for property owners and real estate consumers.
2019 – Supported legislation giving taxpayers more information about how tax rates are set and how to engage in the rate-setting process. Changed the rollback rate for most cities and counties from 8% to 3.5% and require voter approval to exceed the rollback rate.
2019 – Supported legislation providing comprehensive reform of the state’s public school finance system and property tax system to lessen the burden on local property taxpayers while increasing the state’s investment in educators and students.
2019 – Supported legislation requiring municipalities seeking to annex an area into its limits to hold an election for the affected residents to decide whether they wish to be annexed.
2019 – Supported legislation to extend TREC for six years, maintain SDSI status, require additional reporting to the Legislature, Governor, and Sunset Commission.
2017 – Supported legislation prohibiting cities from imposing fees on all new residential and commercial construction.
2017 – Supported a bill providing buyers with information about the impact of nearby military installations.
2017 – Required cities in populous counties that want to annex an area to receive voter approval in the area to be annexed.
2015 – Passed a constitutional amendment to ban any tax on real estate transfers and increase the homestead exemption to $25,000 in one motion.
2015 – Repealed a $300 fee that double-taxed brokers for their two year license
2015 – Supported substantial business tax relief with a 25% reduction in the franchise tax rate
2015 – Revised the property appraisal process to ensure equal and uniform property valuation
2015 – Supported legislation to improve Texas roads by ending diversions from the Texas Highway Fund, decreasing bond debt, and allocate motor vehicle sales taxes to the state highway fund
2015 – Required a super majority vote and notification on the taxing unit’s website before a local taxing jurisdiction may increase a property-tax rate
2015 – Enacted protections against bad-faith claims of patent infringement against end users located in, or doing business in Texas.
2015 – Supported changes to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to improve funding, efficiency, and private market participation.
2013 – Played a key role in addressing the state’s long-term water and public education needs
2013 – Helped enact critical consumer-protection laws in the property-tax lending industry
2011 – Fought for and passed a revision to the Deceptive Trade Practices Act that effectively exempts real estate brokerage from liability under the act—as long as the broker or agent hasn’t committed an unscrupulous or illegal act
2011 – Helped the Texas Real Estate Commission attain a self-directed, semi-independent status, insulating the agency from future state-mandated budget cuts and enabling TREC to better serve licensees and consumers
2011 – Passed a measure eliminating most future private transfer fees on real estate transactions
2011 – Enacted strong consumer protections in eminent-domain proceedings
2011 – Passed numerous HOA-reform bills that increase homeowners’ rights and promote more efficient, transparent and effective HOA management
2009 – Defeated multiple proposals to tax real estate, including several bills requiring the creation of a tax on every deed recorded by the county clerk
2007 – Prevented a property tax from being imposed on personal vehicles also used in the production of income
2005 – Codified regulations relating to a minimum level of service a real estate broker must provide to a consumer
2003 – Defeated a proposal which would have created a 1% real estate transfer tax on the sale or lease of all real property
2001 – Killed legislation that would have levied an 8% sales tax on the sale of all real property—commercial, residential, farm and ranch, industrial, raw land—all of it.
1999 – Established a much-needed consumer-protection statute requiring the mandatory licensing of mortgage brokers
1997 – Authored a constitutional amendment protecting a homeowner’s equity by requiring an 80% loan-to-value ratio on refinances, preventing borrowers from becoming upside down on their home loan
1993 – Required a seller of residential property to use a promulgated property-condition disclosure form, thereby decreasing liability on the seller and real estate licensees
There are many different ways you can invest in TREPAC:
- Make TREPAC Investment PLEDGE
- Select your Pledge Level
- No payment is owed time of Pledge
- Payment Plans are available if you would like to pay over time
- All investments made go towards your pledge amount! See below for other ways you can invest!
- Participate in Annual TREPAC Fundraising Events
- Great opportunities to network, have fun, & contribute to a worthy cause
- There are multiple events through the year in person and virtually
- Check the Box when paying your Annual Board Dues at the end of the year
- This is a voluntary investment available to you in every Dues invoice
- You have the opportunity to make this line item auto-drafted for your convenience
- Make a one-time investment now
- This investment can be any amount
TREPAC is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that supports candidates for federal, state, and local office who demonstrate their support for private-property rights and the real estate profession. We would like to thank all the TREPAC investors for your past and continued participation.
110 CLUB MEMBER
- A Texas REALTOR® investing $110 to $249 will receive a 110 Club certificate.
LONE STAR STATESMAN
- A Texas REALTOR® investing $250 to $499 in one year becomes a Lone Star Statesman. They will receive a Lone Star Statesman lapel pin for each year.
- A Texas REALTOR® investing $500 to $999 in one year becomes a Capitol Club member. The member will receive special recognition that is selected on a yearly basis.
RPAC STERLING R PROGRAM
- A Texas REALTOR® investing $1,000 in one year will be recognized as a Sterling R major investor and will receive a Sterling R lapel pin and a TREPAC jacket. Every year that you are recognized as a Sterling R major investor you receive a new major investor lapel pin and TREPAC jacket.
RPAC CRYSTAL R MEMBER
- A Texas REALTOR® investing $2,500 in one year will be recognized as a Crystal R major investor and will receive a Crystal R lapel pin and a TREPAC jacket. Members can then sustain their Crystal R status with an annual investment of $1,500. Every year that you are recognized as a Crystal R major investor you receive a new major investor lapel pin and TREPAC jacket.
RPAC GOLDEN R MEMBER
- A Texas REALTOR® investing $5,000 in one year will be recognized as a Golden R major investor and will receive a Golden R lapel pin and a TREPAC jacket. Members can then sustain their Golden R status with an annual investment of $2,000. Every year that you are recognized as a Golden R major investor you receive a new major investor lapel pin and TREPAC jacket. If a member became a Golden R in 2001 or before, they can sustain their Golden R membership with an annual investment of $1,000.
RPAC PLATINUM R MEMBER
- A Texas REALTOR® investing $10,000 in one year will be recognized as a Platinum R major investor and will receive a Platinum R lapel pin and a TREPAC jacket. Members can then sustain their Platinum R status with an annual investment of $5,000. Every year that you are recognized as a Platinum R major investor you receive a new major investor lapel pin and TREPAC jacket.
RPAC MAJOR INVESTOR PROGRAM
- RPAC’s Major Investor Program consists of an elite and passionate group of REALTOR® investors who give a minimum annual investment of $1,000. Each first-time RPAC Major Investor will receive a crystal plaque to commemorate their inaugural investment. The four levels within the RPAC Recognition Program are described below.
RPAC HALL OF FAME
- RPAC Hall of Fame is awarded to members who have invested more than $25,000 throughout their career. This is a lifetime award achievement.
TREPAC Contributions are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Contributions to the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee (TREPAC), the Texas REALTORS® Federal Political Action Committee (TAR FedPAC), and the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) are voluntary and may be used for political purposes. The Association will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contribution, and you may refuse to contribute without reprisal by the Association. TREPAC initially receives each contribution, and a percentage of no more than 30% of each contribution is transmitted to RPAC via TAR FedPAC to meet TREPAC’s RPAC annual quota. RPAC supports Federal candidates with the contributions received, and those contributions are charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. §30116. The percentage forwarded to RPAC each month may be obtained by contacting the TAR FedPAC administrator at 800-873-9155.