Recent RPAC Wins!

The REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) gives REALTORS® a powerful voice to help develop, advance, and implement legislative objectives which affect the real estate business and the ownership and operation of real estate. RPAC supports pro-REALTOR® candidates running for public office. It does not matter if the candidate is part of the Republican or Democratic Party, as long as they are part of the REALTOR® Party.

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What has RPAC done for you, your business, and your clients?

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IN 2023, WASHINGTON REALTORS® RPAC LED THE CHARGE ON THE PASSAGE OF UNPRECEDENTED PRO-HOUSING LEGISLATION:

  • A bill requiring urban jurisdictions state-wide to allow homeowners to build up to two accessory dwelling units on their property.
  • A bill allowing duplexes and triplexes in a single-family zones. This will go a long way to expanding housing inventory, especially the ‘Missing Middle.’
  • Three separate bills improving the permitting process, including speeding up timelines and codifying what issues can and cannot ‘stop the clock.’
  • A ’Right to Cure’ bill, giving developers a chance to correct any building defects in a condominium before a consumer can use.
  • RPAC also effectively thwarted proposed increases in the Washington State Real Estate Excise Tax, ensuring housing costs and remain as low as possible for homeowners and potential buyers.

SOME OF OUR MORE RECENT LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES:

  • Insured that real estate was exempt from Capital Gains Tax
  • 2020 was the first time REALTORS® had access to unemployment benefits. In Washington State REALTORS® were protected as essential workers, only prohibited from work for less than 2 days during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, while other businesses were stalled on the sidelines, REALTORS® got back to work during Covid-19 crisis in a way that was safe for you, and your clients.
  • Decreased the Real Estate Excise Tax by 15% on all sales under $500,000 - putting nearly $1,000 back in your seller’s pocket.
  • Exempted REALTORS® from a 20% increase in the B&O Tax you pay - putting $250-$500 back in the pocket of our members each year.
  • Protected your Independent Contractor Status Beat back a bill that would have required any in house transactions to involve attorneys for both seller and the buyer.
  • Reformed condo liability laws so that more affordable condominiums can be built.
  • Passed a bill that encourages cities to allow responsible density-such as accessory dwelling units, duplexes and triplexes in single family zones and more.
  • Your local RPAC is always monitoring local municipalities to protect your industry and to communicate the urgent need for more housing.

Want to know more about what RPAC has done for you? Attend one of our monthly RPAC meetings.

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What is RPAC?

RPAC is the REALTOR® Political Action Committee, or the REALTOR® Party.

RPAC is the most bi-partisan major political action committee in the USA. We support candidates who support your business, regardless of their political party affiliation.

RPAC is the #1 largest trade association political committee in the USA.

RPAC works toward advancing public policies and candidates which build strong communities, protect property interests, and promote vibrant business environments.

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What is the purpose of RPAC?

To promote and strive for the improvement of government by encouraging REALTORS®  and the public to take a more active and effective part in government affairs.

To encourage REALTORS®  and citizens to understand the nature and actions of their government, as to important political issues, as to the records of office holders, and candidates for elective office.

To assist REALTORS®  in organizing themselves for more political action.

To support candidates for election to legislative and executive offices and to support the local, state, and national REALTOR® Political Action Committees. What is the purpose of RPAC? (PDF)