The Texas REALTORS® Issues Mobilization Program is designed to help local REALTOR® associations act on local issues that affect REALTORS® or private property owners. The program provides associations with funds or staff support to help fight for or against proposed local ordinances, ballot measures, or other issues.
Here’s how three local REALTOR® associations used the Issues Mobilization program this year.
The Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® successfully conducted a public education campaign in August that urged the San Marcos City Council to reconsider potentially harmful changes to the city’s land development code. After years spent updating the code, an appointed task force of diverse community members reviewed proposed code updates and provided the council with suggestions for making the code more inclusive.
However, the council instead considered proposed changes that would keep San Marcos limited in its housing options and make the housing development process overly complicated, time-intensive, and costly.
Thanks to REALTOR® advocacy through public education, the City Council ultimately agreed on several of the task force’s recommendations.The Bryan-College Station Regional Association of REALTORS® has been fighting to keep housing options available in College Station. Members of the College Station City Council are pushing for unfair ordinances against short-term and long-term rental housing options, including severely limiting how many unrelated persons can live in a home and eliminating many short-term rental options.
BCSRAR is working with community stakeholders to ensure housing access is preserved in the region.
The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® got involved when the San Antonio City Council was considering an ordinance that would have required residential landlords to take costly and time-intensive steps before giving tenants a notice to vacate for failure to pay rent. SABOR opposed the ordinance for multiple reasons, including legal concerns and the adverse impact it would have on landlords and property owners.
Along with dialogue and engagement among SABOR staff, members, and City Council, SABOR launched a call for action urging REALTORS® to contact their council members. In only two days, 632 members called and emailed their council members. Then, more than 100 REALTORS® attended a City Council meeting, wearing face coverings and armed with talking points. They shared emotional testimonies about the impact the ordinance would have on their businesses as “mom and pop” landlords.
These actions changed the outcome of the vote by educating the elected officials on the potential harm to the local real estate industry.
Visit texasrealestate.com/issuesmob to learn more about how the Issues Mobilization may be able to help your community.