The Issues Mobilization Program helps local REALTOR® associations that have identified local ordinances that could affect all Texas REALTORS® or property owners.
How the program works
If a local association identifies such a proposal, it applies for assistance. Help may come in the form of political expertise, strategic guidance, marketing, and/or funding.
Recent campaign successes
A grassroots effort to "Bury the Lines" in Frisco
Texas REALTORS® in Frisco earned a huge win in favor of homeowners in June 2016 after a years-long fight to protect their property values. In 2013, an electric power cooperative announced its plans to erect 120-feet-tall electric transmission lines along two high-traffic roads near residential neighborhoods in Frisco.
The Collin County association turned to the Issues Mobilization Program to support its Bury the Lines campaign to get the word out. After more than two years of grassroots efforts and meetings between Frisco residents, city officials, legislators, co-op staff, and state regulators, they reached a solution agreeable to all parties.
Leon Valley's intrusive ordinance
Leon Valley, a city near San Antonio, sought to impose an ordinance that restricted the number of items residents may display in their front yards. This essentially would have created a city-wide homeowners association administered by local government. The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® applied for and received help from the Issues Mobilization Committee.
TAR staff worked with SABOR staff to implement a targeted campaign against the measure, including a website, mailouts, calls, letters to editors, and organized opposition at local meetings. Fliers included the city council members’ and mayor’s email addresses and encouraged recipients to send email against the ordinance.