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HAR’s Role in Governmental Affairs and Advocacy

As we look ahead to the 2020 election season, it is important to remember your HAR Governmental Affairs and Advocacy Department. Being a member of the Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) makes you part of one of the most powerful and influential advocacy groups in the country. REALTORS® lead the way in advocacy, by fighting for private property rights, promoting homeownership, and helping to build strong communities. 

REALTORS® are not focused on right-wing or left-wing politics, but solely on the issues that matter for homeowners and real estate industry practitioners. The Governmental Affairs and Advocacy Department is committed to keeping you abreast of policy changes and issues that impact your business every day. HAR staff and volunteer leadership work closely with local, state and federal lawmakers, governmental entities, and affiliated industry organizations to protect both you and your client’s best interests. 

2020 Areas of Focus 

This year we will be focusing on the following issues which impact both REALTORS® and consumers:

  • Flood Mitigation & Resiliency 
  • Infrastructure & Transportation 
  • Tax Reform 
  • Public Education & School Finance 
  • Grants & Community Outreach 
  • Housing Affordability

Get Involved

Active engagement in political activity is the right of every citizen but is a responsibility for every REALTOR®. HAR is member driven, and for HAR to remain on the cutting edge of governmental affairs and advocacy we need you!

Quick ways to get involved:

  • Respond to “Calls for Action” from HAR, TAR and NAR.
  • Make sure you are registered to vote and vote in every election.
  • Attend city council meetings, commissioner’s court meetings and other civic engagement meetings in your area.

If you have questions or concerns about issues impacting the real estate industry, please feel free to contact me at amber.burton@har.com.

Amber Burton-Alfred

Amber Burton-Alfred

Director of Governmental Affairs & Advocacy
amber@har.com

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