This has been an incredible year for Texas REALTORS®.
We’re only at the halfway mark, and yet REALTORS® have already achieved several incredible successes advocating for private property rights at the local, state, and national levels.
Your efforts produced several incredible victories at the Texas Capitol, including reforms to the property tax system, much-needed funding increases to public schools, and allowing more Texans to access the hard-earned equity in their homes.
None of these successes would have been possible without you.
Your voice was heard loud and clear in March during REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol, when close to 3,000 Texas REALTORS® met with lawmakers to advocate for these and other bills to protect private property rights and the real estate industry.
Then, you continued to speak up in April by responding to a critical REALTOR® call for action urging the Texas House of Representatives to support property tax reform. More than 6,100 Texas REALTORS® sent messages to Texas House members, who passed the legislation to increase transparency for taxpayers and voter engagement in the property tax process.
In May, hundreds of Texas REALTORS® filled the hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to meet with Congress members from our state and discuss federal issues, including flood insurance, opportunity zones, and fair housing.
During the D.C. Hill Visits, Texas REALTORS® were honored to hear from Sen. John Cornyn and Sen. Ted Cruz, who shared their support of priority issues for REALTORS®.
But our power didn’t stop there.
Your voice went all the way to the White House, as the National Association of REALTORS® hosted President Donald Trump during NAR’s Legislative Meetings. NAR invites every sitting president to address our group every year, reinforcing the importance of real estate and REALTORS®’ role in helping more people become property owners.
As strong as we are federally, many of our greatest successes are achieved locally.
REALTORS® are dedicated to protecting private property rights at the local level—this year, REALTORS® successfully fought to end forced annexation in multiple Texas counties in the May elections, which paved the way for REALTOR®-supported legislation ending forced annexation statewide.
This time of year is often busiest for real estate professionals, so it speaks volumes that REALTORS® dedicate time to advocate for real estate consumers.
Our industry and our association remain strong because of you.