Central Texas Weekly Update: June 5, 2017
Monday, June 05, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

Legislative victories for Texas real estate
The 85th legislative session ended May 29, and even though property tax reforms weren’t ultimately passed, Texas REALTORS® had a hugely successful legislative session on behalf of Texas real estate consumers.

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Legislative Liaison: Post-session recap
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Written By: TAR

In this edition: This edition of Legislative Liaison highlights Texas REALTORS®’ legislative successes, why the 85th Texas Legislature may not be done yet, and what Texas REALTORS® were doing in D.C. earlier this month. Texas REALTORS® had several legislative victories this session as the strongest advocates for Texas real estate consumers. Now several TAR priority bills are heading to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk to enhance disclosure, save real estate buyers from excessive fees, protect private-property rights, increase transportation options, and more.

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TAR Field Rep Weekly Update - May 30, 2017
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Written By: TAR

Legislative victories for Texas real estate! The 85th legislative session ended Monday, and even though property tax reforms weren’t ultimately passed, Texas REALTORS® had a hugely successful legislative session on behalf of Texas real estate consumers.

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Central Texas Field Rep - Newsletters
Monday, May 15, 2017
Written By: TAR

How you can help empower taxpayers in Texas. The Texas House of Representatives could consider an important bill for Texas taxpayers as soon as this week. The latest version of the House’s Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 2 (CSSB 2), known as The Property Taxpayer Empowerment Act of 2017, would provide all Texans more honesty and transparency at the local level when tax rates are set. This version of the bill also empowers voters to participate in the property tax process.

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Mortgage Interest Deduction & NAR
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Written By: Kent Prickett

A majority of Americans believe they pay too much in taxes. Currently, Ways and Means Committee of the United States House of Representatives is discussing ways to overhaul the U.S. tax system. The current speaker of the house, Paul Ryan, and fellow house republicans have put together a blueprint for their idea of tax reform.

Their blueprint, titled, A Better Way, has three basic principles

  • It reduces the number of tax brackets to four
  • eliminates all but two itemized deductions – the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID) & the charitable giving deduction
  • it increases the standard deduction

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Early Voting Has Started
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Written By: WCREALTORS

Elections are being held on May 6th and seven of our local municipalities will be on the ballet. Yesterday, early voting started across Central Texas. As our county continues to grow it is imperative that we vote for candidates who understand the importance of a healthy Real Estate environment and will protect the Real Estate Industry from harmful legislation.

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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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