Central Texas Weekly Update - March 20, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Written By: TAR
The REALTORS® are coming ...

In two weeks, we will host our biggest grassroots political event of the year: REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol. Join us April 4 to share our message with lawmakers at the cornerstone event of our legislative advocacy.

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Legislative Liaison:First hearing on Senate’s property tax bill
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Written By: TAR

This edition of Legislative Liaison covers the status of the Senate’s property tax reform bill and what’s next for House’s school finance reform bill, plus a sampling of what’s happening at the Legislature next week and updates to HiddenPropertyTax.com you’ll want to share.

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Updates from the 3/9/2017 Cedar Park City Council Meeting
Friday, March 10, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

Last night the Association attended the Cedar Park City Council meeting to speak out against the section in their sign ordinance policy banning temporary signs off premises!

If you remember two weeks ago, the Association spoke out against multiple items on the proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance. Due to the actions of Christy Gessler two weeks ago, the city changed time frames for stakes and wood signs which affected the ability to place a for sale sign on property. The City Council unanimously passed the proposed changes on that section.

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Representing Homeowners When They Don’t Know They Need Representation
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Written By: Savannah Olson

Over the past several months, members of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® have been involved in working with city leaders in Cedar Park and Leander on their development of sign ordinances which impact REALTORS’ ability to market homes successfully. Association members Darian Rausch and Christy Gessler and the Association’s Governmental Affairs Director, Kent Prickett have been instrumental in shedding light on some problematic ordinances the cities were considering implementing. Although these ordinances create obstacles to REALTORS®, the bigger issue is how they cripple a homeowner’s ability to sell property.

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Legislative Liaison: The House’s Property Tax Bill
Monday, March 06, 2017
Written By: TAR

In this edition …

This edition of Legislative Liaison covers the latest property tax reform bill filed at the Lege, a school finance bill that may be coming soon, and three ways to prep for REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol.

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March TREPAC Newsletter
Friday, March 03, 2017
Written By: TAR

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’s meeting. This video will help spread the word about the value of TREPAC and provide Texas REALTORS® with a quick update about upcoming events.

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Politics & the Busy REALTOR®
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

Just the thought of politics can make some folks sick to their stomachs, especially since we just ended the most media-heavy and overwhelming presidential campaigns of all time. With social media, it seems that politics are always in your face, even if you try to avoid them.  It all makes me reminisce of the days when it was impolite to discuss money, religion, and politics.

No matter what side of the political arena you place yourself, it’s important to remember that as a REALTOR®, you have many voices advocating for YOU! At the federal level, NAR has lobbyists working in the best interest of homeowners and REALTORS®. If you attended the TAR Winter Meeting, hopefully you heard from Jamie Gregory, the Deputy Chief Lobbyist from NAR who explained the issues NAR is watching in D.C., including tax reform. NAR is working diligently to make sure that 1031 Exchanges and the mortgage interest deduction stay for a long time.

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Legislative Liaison: A two-week countdown
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Written By: TAR

In this edition …

This edition of Legislative Liaison covers an upcoming deadline for lawmakers, award-winning Texas REALTORS®, an easy way to stay engaged in your industry, and plans for your day at the Texas Capitol.

A two-week countdown

March 10 is a big day for the 85th Texas Legislature: It’s the deadline for lawmakers to file bills, and it’s the 60th day of the session.

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Legislative Liaison: The Hidden Property Tax
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Written By: TAR

It’s time to talk about the hidden property tax

Rising property taxes are forcing Texans out of their homes ... even as local officials claim they haven’t raised taxes.

Homeowners are frustrated. So, how can you help?

Visit HiddenPropertyTax.com for several consumer-focused resources:

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Legislative Liaison Update
Friday, March 04, 2016
Written By: TAR

Overall turnout was about 4.2 million; 2.8 million of those were on the Republican side—a number Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler called “unprecedented” and “historical”.

Nearly 1.4 million Texas Democrats cast ballots, which is more than 2012, but far fewer than 2008 (Clinton/Obama).

With 1,269,076 votes, Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman became the single highest vote-getter in a Republican primary in state history. Michael Massengale, who lost to Debra Lehrmann, also made some history. He became the first Republican primary candidate to receive 1 million votes in a losing campaign.

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