Two more endorsements were announced today by the Virginia Association of REALTORS® through the Virginia REALTOR® Political Action Committee: State Senators Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor and Mark Herring for Attorney General. On August 20-21, 2013, candidates for statewide office appeared before the RPAC Board of Trustees for separate and extensive candidate interviews. Further, each candidate submitted written responses to questionnaires developed for this race.
In a press release sent out today, the Virginia Association of REALTORS® through the Virginia REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) announced its endorsement of Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia. On August 20-21, 2013, both Mr. McAuliffe and Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli appeared before the RPAC Board of Trustees for separate and extensive candidate interviews. Further, each candidate submitted written responses to questionnaires developed for this race.
You may have noticed that this issue of Commonwealth has more than one cover. If you invested in RPAC in 2010, yours offers "Thanks for everything." (If you invested $99 or more it has a gold border to boot.)
And if you didn't invest? Let's just say the cover image isn't quite as friendly. If you didn't contribute in 2010, we included a handy envelope to get you started in 2011. For brokers, we even threw in a poster for the office.
The Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors® (WAAR) has already surpassed its 2011 RPAC Fair Share Goal. The 2011 campaign year kicked off on October, 1, 2010, and by the end of November (only two months in!), WAAR had already raised more than 109% of it Fair Share Goal (based on $20 per member). Additionally, WAAR's percentage of participation is already topping 37%, which is higher than the state's average participation rate for all of last year.
Congrats to WAAR, President Nan Piland of Liz Moore & Associates, and RPAC Chair Jim Mellen of ReMax Capitol on such success.
It's important to vote. You already knew that. But as government and the housing market have become increasingly intertwined over the past few years, your vote for a candidate has actually become more important than ever before: Your vote has become a vote for your paycheck, your income, your way of life.
Think about the important real estate votes that have been taken since the last election. Did you earn a commission from a transaction that involved the Homebuyer Tax Credit? That's just one example of how government involvement in the housing market affects Realtors.
Real estate is a heavily regulated industry. Realtors® are at the center of many policy decisions at all levels of government. VAR's law and policy team represents Realtor® and homeowner interests in the legislative and regulatory arenas at the state, local, and national levels. Below you'll find information and links to your main resources for legislative information during the General Assembly Session and all year long.
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