April 11, 2013 — Austin

On April 9, approximately 2,000 Texas REALTORS® participated in the 2013 Legislative Hill Visits at the Texas Capitol. The event featured real estate professionals from all parts of Texas meeting with lawmakers from their home districts.

During the meetings, participants advocated for consumer-protection provisions in the property-tax loan industry, mortgage lending and the property-appraisal process. The theme of the day, however, was the importance of investing in the state’s infrastructure.

“Texas is experiencing tremendous population growth. We believe planning for that growth, particularly with regard to transportation and water infrastructure, is the best way to ensure the Texas economy remains strong,” said Shad Bogany, 2013 chairman of the Texas REALTORS®.

The group also took the opportunity to endorse a five-point transportation-infrastructure funding plan. “Texas is the most moved-to state because of job opportunities and housing affordability,” Bogany said. “We must plan for adequate roads to attract businesses, support our growing population, and protect our tremendous quality of life.”

Chairman Bogany concluded, “Today’s strong turnout sends a strong message to lawmakers that the Texas REALTORS® remains one of the most actively engaged organizations at the Capitol and it was a testament to Texas REALTORS®’ commitment to making this state an even better place to live.”