Some members of the Pinellas Realtor Organization were proud to represent the association during their meeting with Congressman Charlie Crist in Washington DC earlier in May. The group, led by Brandi Gabbard and Paul Hendriks, passionately advocated for common sense federal policy to reduce barriers related to homeownership, a sustainable flood insurance program, equal access to the Internet, and strengthening anti-discrimination laws.
PRO member and Chair of NAR’s Insurance Committee, Brandi Gabbard, moderated the ‘National Flood Insurance Program: Ongoing Regulatory Reform Initiatives’ panel. The panel discussed how FEMA and other government agencies are working to modernize the NFIP to make it easier for REALTORS, Insurers and homebuyers to purchase homes that require flood insurance. The most important take away from the flood insurance conversation was that every homeowner should protect themselves with some level of flood insurance, even if it isn’t required.
You can learn more about the NAR Mid-Year Legislative Meetings in the July PROView Monthly newsletter!
On March 13 citizens in 13 Pinellas County cities went to the polls to elect their leaders. PRO actively supported five candidates that were looking out for the best interest of private property rights, economic development, the real estate industry, and your business. All the candidates were vetted by an all REALTOR® volunteer committee and confirmed by the Board of Directors.
The successful candidates PRO supported were David Allbritton for Clearwater City Council Seat 4; Hoyt Hamilton for Clearwater City Council Seat 5; Sandy Bradbury for Mayor of Pinellas Park. PRO-supported candidates that didn’t win their elections were Damon Lister for Safety Harbor City Commission Seat 3 and Mel Lenehan for Mayor of Treasure Island. PRO was thrilled to support REALTORS® Lister and Lenehan and although they weren’t elected, we are proud of the campaigns they waged and the issues they championed. We hope both of them continue their public service in the future.
On Saturday, February 17th, grassroots volunteers canvassed Safety Harbor in support of Damon Lister, candidate for Safety Harbor City Commission.
Lister is a REALTOR with Park Property Group and is endorsed by the Pinellas REALTOR Organization and supported by PRO’s REALTOR Political Action Committee.
PRO’s Public Policy Committee identifies and evaluates political candidates that support real estate and recommends them to PRO’s Board of Directors for REALTOR Champion Fund support.
The City of Safety Harbor’s election is March 13th. The deadline to request a mail ballot is March 7th.
To get involved and support REALTOR Champion Damon Lister, please contact Joe Farrell, Director of Public Affairs, at JFarrell@TampaBayRealtor.com.
Current Tax Reform proposal threatens homeowners tax incentives.
As a REALTOR you have no doubt heard about tax reform plans from Washington, DC. Now Congress is threatening tax incentives for homeowners, like the mortgage interest deduction and the state and local property tax deduction. These incentives are critical for a strong housing market that creates jobs and builds stable communities.
Take action to tell Congress to reform our tax code AND protect middle class homeowners.
Learn more about this Call For Action: Realtor® Action Center
Learn more about Tax Refrom from NAR: Real Estate Topic/Tax Reform
WASHINGTON – Sept. 13, 2017 – On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Senate voted to pass a three-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that was scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2017; and on Friday, Sept. 8, the House of Representatives passed the legislation and President Trump signed the bill into law later on that same day.
For real estate practitioners, the pressure to close all deals that required flood insurance before Sept. 30 is off and transactions can proceed under their normal time schedules.
For Realtors, it means the National Association of Realtors® (NAR)’ Call for Action has also ended, concluding on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
However, the three-month extension was not NAR’s initial goal. The association had first pushed for a longer extension and necessary changes to keep NFIP viable. NAR says it will continue those legislative advocacy efforts for the 21st Century Flood Reform Act until the long-term reauthorization and reform bill is enacted.
“Extending the National Flood Insurance Program was a must-do item, and Congress delivered,” says NAR President William E. Brown. “That’s good news for consumers, as well as an opportunity for proponents of meaningful reform. With a short extension on their side, leaders in the House and Senate should continue work on the 21st Century Flood Reform Act to strengthen the NFIP and ensure the long-term certainty that current and future homeowners demand.”
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