Elections Governmental Affairs

State Laws Go Into Effect

Please join the HAR Governmental Affairs Team in thanking our Greater Houston Area legislators who received TAR’s special recognition for all of their great work during the 84th Legislature: Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Senators Robert Nichols and Larry Taylor, and Representatives John Otto, Senfronia Thompson, Dennis Bonnen, Greg Bonnen, Wayne Smith, and Sarah Davis. Additionally, we would like to say thank you and farewell to retiring TAR Hall of Famer
Governmental Affairs

REALTOR® Ray Holztapple Re-Appointed to HCAD Board

At the December 9, 2013 Houston City Council meeting, HAR member Ray Holtzapple was re-appointed to serve as the City’s Representative on the Board of Directors of the Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD). His appointment is for a two-year term commencing on January 1, 2014 and ending on December 31, 2016. Ray just completed a two-year term on the HCAD board. Ray brings to HCAD his extensive experience in lending,
Elections Governmental Affairs

Early Voting for Houston City Council Runoff Election begins Wednesday, December 4

Early Voting: Wednesday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 10 Runoff Election Day: Saturday, December 14, 2013 Find your polling locations and times by visiting http://www.harrisvotes.org/  The Board of Directors for the Houston Association of REALTORS® recommends to our members the following Houston City Council Runoff Election candidates because they support: Private Property Rights Increasing Accessibility to Homeownership Market-based, Pro-growth Development Local Homestead Exemptions A Streamlined Permitting Process [caption id="attachment_15242" align="alignleft" width="574"]
Governmental Affairs Issues

HAR Offers Recommendations on Houston’s Proposed Land Development Regulations

At its January 2012 meeting, the HAR Board of Directors approved recommendations to City of Houston officials currently drafting changes to Chapter 42 of the Code of Ordinances.  The changes relate to the city's land development regulations and would include the expansion of the city’s “urban area” from Loop 610 to Beltway 8, clearing the way for developers to more easily subdivide lots and build townhouses or other high-density properties
Elections Governmental Affairs

HAR Engaged in Houston City Council Elections

After months of campaign activity to elect REALTOR®-friendly Houston City Council Members, voters agreed with two out of four of HAR’s candidate recommendations in the December 10 Runoff Election. The two losses were fellow REALTOR® Brenda Stardig, running for her second term, and Jolanda “Jo” Jones, running for her third and final term of office. Of the approximately 920,000 registered Houston voters, approximately 6% of voters determined the outcome of