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Early Voting is now through Tuesday, May 2nd.

Cast your vote TODAY for Mayor, City Council Members, School Board Trustees, and MUDs in the Saturday, May 6 elections. The Houston Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors has made the following recommendations. Download the Recommended Candidate Ballot HERE. For a sample ballot, please select the county you live in. Sample Ballot for Harris County Residents Sample Ballot for Fort Bend County... 

HAR Recommends Voting FOR HISD Proposition 1

Due to a robust and thriving real estate market, Houston is considered “property-wealthy.” By law, “property wealthy school districts” can be required to purchase “attendance credits” from the State of Texas. In 2016, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) determined that HISD owed a payment of $162 million in attendance credits to the state.  The referendum was placed on the November 2016 election... 

Congressional Visits May 17-18

An Overview of NAR 2017 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is the largest professional trade association in the United States, NAR represents over one million residential REALTORS® and commercial practitioners involved in all facets of the industry, including brokers, sales agents, property managers, appraisers and counselors. NAR fiercely advocates... 

Vote FOR Proposition 1

Election Day is Saturday, May 6. Passing Houston Independent School District’s Proposition 1 is crucial to ensure Houston schools have funding to help students thrive. If the Proposition fails, it could mean: Letting politicians in Austin take our commercial property tax revenue Losing critical funding for our already struggling school district Businesses paying higher tax rates than their neighbors... 

REALTORS® Flock to the State Capitol for REALTOR® Day 2017

Approximately 2,500 REALTORS® and affiliate members from across the state of Texas gathered at the capitol in Austin on April 4 for REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol 2017. This number included a six-bus, 230-person delegation from the greater Houston area. HAR members, including HAR and TREPAC leadership, visited with state lawmakers on the following key public policy issues and related bills filed... 

April Showers? HAR TREPAC’s Got You Covered!

Join the Fort Bend Networking Group and Fort Bend PAALS Group for their luncheon on April 20 as they host the “Singing in the Rain” auction benefiting TREPAC 2017. Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on Linkedinshare via RedditTumblr itTweet about itBuzz it upSubscribe to the comments on this postPrint for laterBookmark in BrowserTell a friend  Read More →
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Governmental Affairs Update

What’s Happening at the Local Level? The Political Affairs division of the Governmental Affairs team has been busy scheduling and interviewing candidates for the Saturday May 6, municipal elections in Pasadena, Pearland, and Sugar Land. The Fort Bend Political Affairs Advisory Leadership (PAAL), chaired by Dionne Randle, met with unopposed Sugar Land Council Members Amy Mitchell, Bridget Yeung, and... 

Last Chance! Get Registered for REALTOR® Day at the Capitol

Time is Running Out! This is your last chance to get on the bus! Your HAR Governmental Affairs Department invites you to join your fellow Texas REALTORS® to attend REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol in Austin, on Tuesday, April 4. It will be an informative and most of all fun day in Austin as you network with fellow REALTORS® from all over the state and meet with your state lawmakers to discuss matters... 

Change is in the Air. Are You Prepared?

This year has certainly started off with a political bang as new elected officials in our state and national capitols settle into their roles and gain their footing. The HAR Governmental Affairs team is working hard to keep our members informed about new and proposed laws and regulations at all levels of government. The 85th Texas Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at our state capital... 

The Reason for Rising Property Taxes May Not Be What You Think

By Vicki Fullerton and Jaime Lee It didn’t feel good, did it? It’s the biggest check you’ll likely write all year. You just paid your property taxes. It’s no longer a matter of if your property taxes went up, it’s how much … but this doesn’t have to be the case. Take a second to review your property tax bill and you’ll likely see that the largest portion goes to your school district. In... 
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