Government Affairs & RPAC
The West Volusia Association of REALTORS is committed to protecting the private property rights of homeowners by ensuring that an orderly and vibrant real estate marketplace exists within the community. The WVAR believes that all individuals should have the opportunity to purchase a home, have access to responsible credit, and be able to experience the American Dream of Homeownership. This task is not easy, but through the combined efforts of the National, Florida, and West Volusia Association of REALTORS, we can harness the power of over one million members nationally to ensure that resources and services are available on a local level to support or oppose legislation targeting the real estate industry.
To achieve this end and to better assist our members, the West Volusia Association of REALTORS provides the below Policy Positions to ensure that members are well informed.
These Policy Positions serve as a guide for lobbying and issue advocacy activities and are updated and approved monthly by the association's Board of Directors.
Current Policy Positions
Workforce Housing Funding
Short Term Vacation Rental
The West Volusia Association supports legislation that increases and protects funding for the state and local housing trust funds. Housing trust funds were established to help Floridians achieve housing security and are supported entirely by doc stamp taxes collected on every real estate transaction. The funds provide down-payment assistance, housing rehabilitation, and rental assistance to Floridians who need it most. We urge lawmakers to allow the housing trust funds to help families become homeowners through public-private partnerships that give back to the community.
The West Volusia Association supports Vacation Rental Legislation that respects private property rights and balances the needs of homeowners and communities. Recent technological advances have made it easier than ever for homeowners to capitalize on what for many is their largest investment, their homes and communities. However, many local governments have responded by attempting to establish burdensome ordinances, inspections clauses, and fees that are designed to limit the free exercise of private property.
REALTORS Political Action Committee - RPAC
What is a PAC?
Political Action Committee (PAC) — A popular term for a political committee organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to elect and defeat candidates. Most PACs represent business, labor, or ideological interests. PACs are an integral part of the political landscape. In order to protect the interests of Realtors® and Homeowners alike, the National Association of Realtors® maintains the Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and the Florida Association of Realtors® maintains the Florida Realtors® PAC. Together they ensure that Realtors® have a voice in their government and a pro Realtor® candidate in the election.
Why should I contribute to FLORIDA Realtors® PAC?
Florida Realtors® PAC is the muscle behind The Florida Association of Realtors®. It represents over 170,000 politically active Realtors® and allows them to take an active role in the Local and State Government process. Recent legislative and regulatory successes include…
The continued preservation of the mortgage interest deduction
Tax reliefs benefiting the real estate industry
Improving Federal mortgage programs and lobbying for affordable housing initiatives at the state level, allowing more families to become homeowners.
Eliminating burdensome regulations inhibiting environmental quality and healthy real estate markets.
How will my contribution be used?
100% of your contribution is used to elect pro Realtor® candidates. Florida Realtors® PAC is neither a Republican nor a Democratic organization. Your contribution to Florida Realtors® PAC is a vote for a pro Realtor® legislature, regardless of political party. With regard to the actual financials, Florida Realtors® PAC and RPAC are the same federated group, with contributions being split between local, state and national elections. Every dollar is split in the following manner:
30% to NAR – RPAC
45% to Florida Realtors PAC
25% to Local Associations
Does the National Realtors® PAC contribute to state or local candidates?
Under the cooperative agreements between the National RPAC and Florida Realtors® PAC, the responsibility for making contributions to state and local candidates is assigned to Florida Realtors® PAC.
Are contributions to FLORIDA Realtors® PAC tax deductible?
No. Contributions used for political purposes are not tax deductible on your federal income taxes.