Consumer Advocacy Outreach Program Helps Seattle King County REALTORS® Share Advocacy Success
After years of stagnant condominium construction in the Seattle region, a coalition led by the Washington Association of REALTORS® was finally able to convince the state legislature to ease the legal restrictions that have discouraged development of this key “missing middle” housing. The National Association’s Consumer Advocacy Outreach Program helped the Seattle King County Association give credit where credit was due—to REALTORS®.
Nebraska REALTOR® Association Takes REALTOR® Party Show on the Road
REALTOR® associations of large, less populous states like Nebraska often undertake “road shows” to connect with members of distant local boards. This summer, the Nebraska REALTOR® Association took the REALTOR® Party on the road to acquaint members with all its efforts, accomplishments, and opportunities, receiving warm welcomes from North Platte to Scottsbluff.
Delaware REALTORS® Win Legislative Victory With Advocacy and Research
REALTORS® in Delaware used to be subjected to business licensing fees at the municipal level in addition to the state level. Using research to determine how much revenue was at stake, the state association took the results to the legislature via Advocacy Everywhere and face-to-face advocacy. HB 235 was signed into law in July 2019, eliminating municipal licensing for REALTORS®. NAR’s Advocacy Everywhere program is designed to expand the influence of NAR, state, and local associations on public policy and to increase member and consumer participation in calls for action.
Pacific Southwest REALTORS® Help Create Homeless Resources Website
Using a Housing Opportunity grant from the National Association of REALTORS®, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has sponsored the development of a website serving as a one-stop resource for those experiencing homelessness or near-homelessness in the San Diego area. The project honors the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.
Advocacy Everywhere Helps D.C. Association of REALTORS® Keep Property Taxes at Bay
When the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® learned on the eve of a budget vote that a city council member was planning to introduce an “emergency amendment” taxing homes valued at more than $1 million, it dropped everything and called in the REALTOR® Party. A timely Call for Action got a strong message through to council members, and the “mansion tax” proposal was shelved—for the time being.
Mississippi REALTORS® Secure Broader Broadband Access
REALTORS® know better than anyone that expanded internet access is the only way to increase economic opportunity and connect communities in rural and underserved areas. Harnessing the power of Advocacy Everywhere, Mississippi REALTORS® rallied voters to support the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, which finally permits electric cooperatives to provide broadband services in addition to electric power.
Lincoln REALTORS® Mobilize Voters to Support Roadway Improvements
Many of Lincoln, Nebraska’s streets were in disrepair, some to the point of impassibility. Using an Issues Mobilization grant, the REALTORS® Association of Lincoln took the lead in supporting a ballot initiative to fund critical road repairs.
Read more about these and other REALTOR® association community outreach and advocacy success stories at realtorparty.realtor/success-stories.