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How Realtors® are Celebrating Realtor® Advocacy Month

by RAPB Communications | May 04, 2017

Protecting property tax caps, reforming estoppel certificate fees, and reauthorizing flood insurance programs are just a few of the public policy issues that Realtors® face on a national, state, and local level. The scope of a Realtors®’ services extend far beyond listing and selling homes. Realtors® are engaged in consumer advocacy, educated on property ownership issues, and ready to take action at a moments’ notice.

To highlight the importance of advocacy, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) is celebrating advocacy outreach efforts throughout three full weeks of May known as Realtor® Advocacy Month. Each week is designated to highlight Vote, Act, and Invest advocacy outreach activities.

How Realtors® are Celebrating:

  • VOTE • Week 1 • May 7 - May 13
    Pro-real estate candidates protect homeownership, and Realtors® have the  power to elect them by being registered to vote. Realtors® are registering during Realtor® Advocacy Month at: bit.ly/pbc-county OR bit.ly/slc-county
  • ACT • Week 2 • May 14 - May 20
    Realtor® Advocacy Month is the perfect time for Realtors® to sign up for  Realtor® Party Mobile Alerts. They are simply texting the word REALTORS to 30644 to stay current on important real estate issues.
  • INVEST • Week 3 • May 21 - May 27
    Realtor® representation in government is critical to protecting private property rights and homeownership, and in 2016, Realtors® raised an astounding $30,814,432 in political funds.

Recent Realtor® Advocacy Outreach Efforts:

  • Protect Non-Homestead Property Tax Cap
    Realtors® are working to pass a constitutional amendment to permanently cap non-homestead property tax increases to protect Florida taxpayers from  potential higher costs. Voters must protect the 10% non-homestead property  tax cap they approved in 2008 by passing the constitutional amendment in  2018. If the amendment does not pass, the cap will expire in 2019, leaving  business owners and second homeowners in jeopardy; if the value of a business owner's property increases significantly compared to the previous  year, they could see their tax bill skyrocket. Owners of investment homes  may also face tax hikes, which could result in higher rents.
  • Legislature Passes Estoppel Certificate Fee Reform
    Florida Realtors® scored a big legislative victory last month following the passage of a bill that caps estoppel certificate fees, among other changes. The passage of HB 483/SB 398, which is heading to Gov. Scott for his signature, completes a multi-year effort by Florida Realtors® to reign in the  unreasonable fees that some association management companies have been charging for estoppel certificates.
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Reauthorization
    With the NFIP expiring on September 30th, NAR is working closely with federal regulators and members of Congress to strengthen the program and clear the way for a private market to take hold; NAR has also issued a series of principles to improve access and affordability for consumers.

Sources: National Association of Realtors®, Florida Realtors®
 

The Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) is the 6th largest local association in the country representing over 15,000 REALTOR® members involved in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate throughout Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties. RAPB members are “The Voices for Local Real Estate,” providing consumers with real insight on the homeownership process with data accuracy and market expertise. Many of their members also engage in one or more divisions offered through RAPB, including the REALTORS® of St. Lucie County (RSLC), the Young Professionals Network, and the award-winning Global Business & REALTORS® Commercial Alliances. Looking to buy or sell property? Think local! Find your REALTOR® or property at
 
www.SouthFloridaPropertyMatch.com. 
 
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