ADVOCACY

As a GMAR member, you are among more than 1 million Realtor® professionals nationwide who advocate on real estate and homeownership issues. The Realtor® association has a long and rich history of political involvement.

The Green Mountain Association of Realtors® works closely with Vermont Realtors® on a local and state level to ensure the success of our members and to safeguard the dream of homeownership for all Vermonters. Our advocacy efforts are rooted in a strong knowledge of land use policies, homeownership rights, affordable housing, private property regulations, environmental preservation, economic vitality and taxation issues. We play an active role in maintaining the quality of life Vermonters expect by staying involved in how decisions are made in the political arena.

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Realtor® Political Action Committee

One of our most effective tools as advocates is the Realtor® Political Action Committee (RPAC). RPAC depends on contributions from Realtor® members to help support candidates who support homeowners and the real estate industry. We consider these contributions an investment in your career. Find out more about RPAC, or make your investment today!

Read About Our Recent Successes

Read about recent our recent successes in Vermont.

TAX POLICY

2011: Defeated legislation that would have removed the mortgage interest and property tax deductions

2011: Defeated legislation that would have taxed services, including Realtor® commissions, and would have significantly increased closing costs

2012: Proposed legislation for a home improvement sales tax holiday

2013: Defeated legislation that would have imposed a $10,000 cap on the mortgage interest deduction

2013: Initiated a campaign to study education spending in Vermont and to explore potential remedies that would ensure quality education while reducing the property tax burden on Vermonters

 

REGULATORY/ENVIRONMENT

2011: Defeated mandate that would require a seller to conduct a home energy audit prior to time of sale

2011: Defeated mandate that a seller label the energy of their home, and that the information be disclosed at time of sale

2011: Defeated mandate that would require a seller whose home has a potable water supply to conduct a water test and disclose the results at time of sale

2012: Defeated a mandate that a seller conduct an online energy assessment of their home, and that the results be submitted to the VT. Dept. of Public Service and disclosed to a potential buyer

2012: Represented members and property owners on thePost-Irene Property Law Task Force

2012: Supported legislation to create a more predictable and timely permitting process

2013: Defeated legislation that would have regulated all development on shoreland properties in Vermont

2013: Defeated legislation requiring a seller to convey Residential Building Energy Standards certification at time of sale

2013: Defeated legislation that would change Act 250 criterion 9(f) to require all commercial development applications to include renewable electric generation

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

2011: Proposed legislation that would require residents who own a home on a private road to share the maintenance costs of the road. This legislation, which was signed into law, remedies Fannie Mae’s refusal to purchase mortgages on properties with no maintenance agreement

2012: Proposed legislation that would allow owner financing based on the Secure and Fair Enforcement Act. This legislation passed into law

2013: Proposed Employer Assisted Housing legislation that would support incentives for Vermont employers who provide home ownership incentives to employees.

2013: Proposed legislation that would require the licensing of home inspectors in Vermont.

2013: Supported efforts to relax requirements on commercial and residential Realtors® in regard to the size, frequency and placement of temporary real estate signs

2013: Supported legislation that provides incentives for neighborhood and downtown development within growth centers

 

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