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  • Legislative Successes

    Summary:

    Coming into the 2017 Legislative Session we knew two things. First, because of a Supreme Court order, the Legislature was going to have to spend significantly more money on K-12 education. Second, we knew that real estate and REALTORS® were in the cross hairs on where that revenue would come from. With a final budget vote taken on June 30th we can now tell you who the winners this session were - schools in our communities and also small businesses like yours.

  • Call to Action - Oppose Increase of the REET

    Summary:

    Increasing a real estate tax rate that is already one of highest in the country, and is not a fair or stable revenue source, will hurt affordability for homeowners, businesses, and renters. REALTORS® request you oppose increasing the Real Estate Excise Tax.

  • Bill Clarke Provides Hirst Update

    Summary:

    Washington REALTORS® Public Policy Director Bill Clark provides an update and much needed clarification on the Hirst Decision and WR's support for SB5239.

  • Call for Action Launched!

    Summary:

    On Monday, April 24, Governor Inslee called the 2017 Legislature into a 30-day Special Session to negotiate the 2017-2019 Operating Budget and to comply with the Supreme Court’s McCleary education funding decision. Washington REALTORS® recently launched an extensive media campaign opposing real estate tax increases. And while the budget and taxes will have top priority in the Special Session, we need you to ask your legislator for action on two important policy issues during the Special Session: fixing the Hirst water rights decision and addressing housing supply and homelessness funding.

  • Washington Real Estate Commission Opportunity

    Summary:

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee will be appointing a new member to the Washington Real Estate Commission later this summer when Commissioner George Pilant of Tacoma concludes his twelve years on the Commission.

Government Affairs Resources

Community planning information and government affairs efforts. Discover a wealth of research, policy briefs, studies, issue and position papers, model ordinances and toolkits for making an impact!
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Legislative Session

Find current Legislative Session information and Washington REALTORS positions.

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REALTOR® PAC

With our secure, Online RPAC investment site, it's easier than ever for busy REALTORS® to protect their business. Invest to ensure that when government acts there is no harm to real estate, no new taxes and no added unnecessary complications to the real estate transaction.

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