REALTOR® Political Action Committee
What Is RPAC?
At MIBOR, we are committed to protecting your industry and increasing access to homeownership. Our staff works for you to build relationships where local legislation is made, and positively influence public policies that impact your business. More simply, we have your back so you can focus on your business.
The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), established in 1969, advocates on behalf of REALTORS® and real estate issues that benefit you and me. RPAC is member driven and non-partisan in its selection of candidates to endorse.
From city hall to the state house to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on your bottom line, and that of your clients.
RPAC has been successful on many issues, but we know there are still more on the horizon. For example, as our nation recovers from the pandemic, budgets are tight. Legislators will continue to look for revenue opportunities and expanding the sales tax on services is a primary contender. Expansion of this kind would include real estate services and your commission.
MIBOR continues to monitor emerging issues like this, and more, going forward.
Getting involved with The REALTOR® Party
Supporting candidates and campaigns and engaging in community outreach, the REALTOR® Party leverages the association’s best asset—its grassroots network of 1.4 million REALTORS® across the U.S. and its territories—to work hard on behalf of America’s 75 million homeowners and those who aspire to one day own property of their own.
Here are a few ways you can help the REALTOR® Party continue to make a positive impact on issues that affect the real estate industry, your clients, and your business:
VOTE FOR REALTOR® PARTY CANDIDATES
“REALTOR® Champions” are candidates that best represent the values and interests of our industry and the homeowners you serve.
Promoting and encouraging dialogue between elected officials and REALTORS® is key to our success.
MIBOR staff do not make endorsement decisions – REALTORS® volunteering as RPAC Trustees do.
ACT ON REALTOR® PARTY ISSUES
Let’s face it – when something BIG happens in the industry, you don’t want to be caught unaware.
To sign up for REALTOR® Party alerts to your mobile phone, you can text REALTORS to 30644, or follow this link to sign up. Messages are ONLY sent when action is necessary.Participating in community outreach efforts is another way to ACT and strengthen your community. Learn more at www.mibor.com/ecdc.
INVEST IN RPAC
In order for our healthy real-estate industry to grow and thrive, REALTORS® must be present and heard from in Washington, D.C., Statehouses, and City Halls across the country.
Your investment is crucial to the future success of our industry.
If we aren’t at the table, we’re on the menu. When your support protects your ability to do business, the ROI speaks for itself.
The REALTOR® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations working to advance The MIBOR RPAC Trustees are comprised of the following positions: Fifteen(15) REALTOR® members representing the geographic areas and divisions of MIBOR - Boone, Brown, Decatur, Eastern, Greater Downtown, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Montgomery, Morgan, Northside, Shelby and Southside; one (1) appraiser representative, one (1) commercial/industrial representative, three (3) REALTOR® members at-large, MIBOR President – Elect, one (1) affiliate member representative, and one (1) MIBOR member serving as an IAR RPAC Trustee.
Contact the committee liaison, Lacey Everett | Director of Political Affairs and Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or get involved.
Your 2021 RPAC Trustees
- Zach Miller – Chair
- Mandi Cheesman - At Large
- Lisa Treadwell - At Large
- Josh Hargis – Affiliate
- Jordan Kornmann - Commercial/Industrial
- Bernice Helman – IAR Trustee
- Phil Ludlow – Boone County
- Cameron Harris – Eastern
- Doug Dilling – Greater Downtown
- Kathy Hall - Hancock County
- Evan Elliott - Hamilton County
- Angie Garard - Johnson County
- Steve Thompson – Madison County
- Carole Snyder - Morgan County
- Annie Caruso - Northside
- Rob Lather - Southside
How does RPAC make an impact on issues that affect the real estate industry, your clients, and your business?
- Passed Montgomery County's first comprehensive plan
- Permanently capped property taxes
- Passed improved financing options for condos
- Defeated a local $25 permit fee proposal for real estate signs
- Stopped a proposal to require video inspection of the sewer lateral line at point of sale, which would have resulted in required replacement of pipes if they were not new PVC material, regardless if issues were present
- Stopped a rental ordinance in Greenwood that would prohibit a homeowner from renting their house for 3 years after taking ownership
- Serve on task forces and provide consultation to municipalities on sign ordinances
- Defeated rental registry proposals in Lawrence, Lebanon, Plainfield and Beech Grove
- Passed Lebanon, Crawfordsville, Carmel and Indianapolis school referenda
- Defeated $100 inspection fee for rentals
- Passed Marion County Transit Plan Referendum, which will result in a 70% increase of bus service for the entire county
- Short-term rental regulations
- Landlord registries
- Illegal sign ordinances
- Preserving private property rights and homeownership
- Defeating sales tax on commissions and services proposals
- Housing affordability - barriers and opportunities