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The Realtor® Party

is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations working to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests and promote a vibrant business environment.

National RPAC Dollars at Work

Since 1969, the Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has promoted the election of pro-Realtor® candidates across the United States. The purpose of RPAC is clear: voluntary contributions made by Realtors® are used to help elect candidates who understand and support their interests. These are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by Realtors® in recognition of the importance of the political process. The Realtors® Political Action Committee and other political fundraising are the keys to protecting and promoting the real estate industry. 

Access all RPAC information at the Realtor® Party site

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State and Local Advocacy

The Florida Realtors® Political Action Committee (PAC) Major Investors are industry professionals whose goal is to promote homeownership for all and to protect Realtors® from burdensome regulations.

They know what it takes to get results that will help their bottom line, their industry and homeowners throughout the state. Their continued generous support opens doors to conversations with key leaders and helps elect candidates who are Realtor® CHAMPIONS.

If you believe in the concept that “you have to give to get,” then step up and become a Major Investor. Position yourself as a vocal leader in the industry, someone who truly is making a difference in Florida’s future and the real estate profession.

Your investment empowers Florida Realtors® and the PAC to act as vigilant advocates in Tallahassee for the real estate industry and homeownership.

Florida Realtors biggest legislative victories

  • Full funding of the housing trust funds ($370 million) — For the first time since 2006, lawmakers appropriated all funds available in the State and Local Government Housing Trust Funds for affordable housing programs. The full appropriation of $370 million includes $225 million for SHIP, which will result in an incredible increase in downpayment assistance, $115 million for SAIL and $30 million to assist Panhandle residents whose properties were devastated by Hurricane Michael.
  • Increased flexibility for affordable housing projects — The Legislature approved a measure that gives local governments increased flexibility regarding where they can build affordable housing developments.
  • Curbing emotional support animal certificate abuse — The Legislature passed a bill that will require a patient who needs an ESA certificate to see a licensed medical practitioner with whom they have an established professional relationship. The target of this new law is to reduce the abuse seen with online transactions to obtain these certificates.
  • Removal of blatant fair housing violations from documents — A bill was passed that removes discriminatory language from title transactions such as deeds, and expressly states the restrictions are unlawful, unenforceable and null and void. It also provides for summary removal of discriminatory restrictions from the governing documents of a property owners’ association.
  • $625 million for environmental projects — The Legislature continues to allocate record levels of funding for projects that help address Florida’s environmental issues. This year’s funding of more than $625 million includes money for Everglades restoration, springs protection, red tide research and a monumental amount of funding for wastewater facility treatment upgrades.
  • Another big step for water quality in Florida — The Legislature passed a comprehensive water quality bill that sets the blueprint for septic tank mitigation and replacement where available. It also addresses new reporting requirements for the agriculture industry and wastewater facilities.
  • Making commercial leases easier — The Legislature passed a measure that eliminates the outdated requirement in Florida law that requires two people to witness the signing of leases longer than a year.
  • Extending property tax benefits — The Legislature passed a joint resolution for the November 2020 ballot that extends the portability of a homestead property tax benefit from two years to three years.
  • Preventing unlicensed real estate activity — The Legislature allocated up to $500,000 to combat unlicensed real estate activity.

The Legislature also passed a multitude of other bills of interest to Realtors®. They include things such as fines for excessive wastewater dumping, additional remedies for nuisance properties, increased condo insurance coverage and protecting private property rights as communities manage their growth.

Additionally, many bills of interest made it far into the legislative process and will likely come back again next session for consideration. These bills include short-term rental regulation, further cuts to the Business Rent Tax, transfer fees charged by community associations, swimming pool safety and more. Florida Realtors will continue to work on these issues next year. 

The Realtor® Party is effective at all levels of government because of its grassroots strength. That strength is exhibited in advocacy as well as community involvement. The Realtor® Party works hand in hand with the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC).

NAR provides a wide variety of resources to foster and harness the grassroots strength of the Realtor® Party.

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