St. Charles REALTORS® (MO) Help Elect Real-Estate Friendly Board of Aldermen; Re-Electing One of Their Own, As Well

Five years ago, the climate for business and real estate in Wentzville, MO (an hour’s drive from St. Louis) was not good.  Since then, the 1,200-member St. Charles County Association of REALTORS® helped bring positive change for homeowners and the housing industry in Wentzville – by changing the makeup of the Board of Aldermen.  With the help of endorsements and RPAC contributions from the St. Charles REALTORS®, five of the six of Wentzville’s current Aldermen are “real estate-friendly”.  And, the President of the Aldermen, Rick Stokes, is an active REALTOR® in the Wentzville area.  Last spring, Stokes’ campaign for re-election to the Board of Aldermen became one of the first in the nation to benefit from an Independent Expenditure Grant from the NAR’s REALTOR® Party.

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Coalition of Los Angeles REALTOR® Associations Keeps Transfer Tax Increase Off the Ballot

Last spring, when the City of Los Angeles proposed solving its $230 million fiscal year budget deficit by doubling the documentary transfer tax rate to $9 per $1,000 of assessed value, REALTORS® took action – fast. Eleven REALTOR associations covering the Los Angeles metropolitan area put together a coalition – 25,000 REALTORS® in all – to mount a successful campaign against the proposed transfer tax increase. And, by the way, they offered a viable alternative for raising the needed government funds. Using their own resources, along with funding from the California Association and NAR’s Issues Mobilization program, the coalition conducted polls, drafted alternative policy language and distributed effective mailers, which helped to get the transfer tax proposal off the March ballot.

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