Government Affairs Resources

These pages have information to help you in your community planning and government affairs efforts as well as in your business. The following pages are indexed under 9 main topics. Just click on the general subject matter for 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

Legislative ReportWashington REALTORS® 2015-2016 Legislative Report is now available! This report includes summaries of REALTORS® priority legislation during the two-year legislative cycle, as well as information on key budget issues.  During 2015-16, REALTORS® passed a number of bills important to the real estate industry and property owners, while defeating a number of harmful bills and proposed tax increases – such as proposals to increase the real estate B&O tax and establish a capital gains income tax that would apply to income from certain real estate transfers.

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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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Government Affairs Updates & News
  • Demystifying Local Planning

    Summary:

    REALTORS® are encouraged to attend one of the three-hour local planning workshops that have been scheduled in several locations.

  • Want to join the CFPB’s advisory board and councils?

    Summary:

    They are now accepting applications.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 31, 2017

    Summary:

    Realtors support bi-partisan bill to improve housing affordability , address homelessness

  • WR Support for Improving the GMA, Housing Supply, and Low-Income/Homeless Housing Programs

    Summary:

    Lack of buildable land, low housing inventory, and skyrocketing prices continue to impact families in many parts of Washington State. REALTORS® are supporting a number of different proposals to address these problems that will assist buyers and renters at all levels of income and need.

  • Understanding the CAPITAL GAINS TAX

    Summary:

    As part of the 2017 Budget Proposal, Governor Inslee proposed a new 7.9% tax on capital gains income, similar to proposals in the Washington Legislature during the 2015 Session. While supporters of a capital gains income tax assert that it would apply only to assets that don’t currently generate any tax revenue for Washington State, or would impact only the “1%,” the reality is much different. Real estate and small businesses generate substantial tax revenues for Washington State and local government both during ownership and at sale.

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