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TREPAC Accomplishments

2023 - Historic Property Tax Reform
Provided an $18 billion property tax relief package that included a $100,000 homestead exemption, $12 billion to buy down local school tax rates, and a pilot prpogram to impact appraised values targeted toward rental housing and small businesses.

2023 - Broadband Fund
Allowed more Texans across the state to access high-speed internet advancing educational and work opportunities in rural Texas.

2021 - HOA Reform
Provides Texans with a clear understanding of their communities’ management structures and practices: including a cap on resale certificate fees, increased transparency in HOA management, and better due process to resolve disputes.

2021 - Flood Disclosure for Tenants
Requires landlords to provide a flood disclosure notice before a lease is signed.

2019 - Ended Forced Annexation
Requires a municipality seeking to annex an area into its limits to hold an election for the affected residents to decided whether they wish to be annexed.

2019 - Supported legislation giving taxpayers more information about how tax rates are set and how to engage in the rate-setting process. Changed the rollback rate for most cities and counties from 8% to 3.5% and require voter approval to exceed the rollback rate.

2015 - Passed a constitutional amendment to ban any tax on real estate transfers and increase the homestead exemption to $25,000 in one motion.

2015 – Repealed a $300 fee that double-taxed brokers for their two year license

2015 – Supported substantial business tax relief with a 25% reduction in the franchise tax rate

2015 - Revised the property appraisal process to ensure equal and uniform property valuation.

2015 – Supported legislation to improve Texas roads by ending diversions from the Texas Highway Fund, decreasing bond debt, and allocate motor vehicle sales taxes to the state highway fund

2015 – Required a super majority vote and notification on the taxing unit’s website before a local taxing jurisdiction may increase a property-tax rate

2015 – Enacted protections against bad-faith claims of patent infringement against end users located in, or doing business in Texas.

2015 – Supported changes to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association to improve funding, efficiency, and private market participation.

2013 – Played a key role in addressing the state’s long-term water and public education needs

2013 – Helped enact critical consumer-protection laws in the property-tax lending industry

2011 – Fought for and passed a revision to the Deceptive Trade Practices Act that effectively exempts real estate brokerage from liability under the act—as long as the broker or agent hasn’t committed an unscrupulous or illegal act

2011 – Helped the Texas Real Estate Commission attain a self-directed, semi-independent status, insulating the agency from future state-mandated budget cuts and enabling TREC to better serve licensees and consumers

2011 – Passed a measure eliminating most future private transfer fees on real estate transactions

2011 – Enacted strong consumer protections in eminent-domain proceedings

2011 – Passed numerous HOA-reform bills that increase homeowners’ rights and promote more efficient, transparent and effective HOA management

2009 – Defeated multiple proposals to tax real estate, including several bills requiring the creation of a tax on every deed recorded by the county clerk

2007 – Prevented a property tax from being imposed on personal vehicles also used in the production of income

2005 – Codified regulations relating to a minimum level of service a real estate broker must provide to a consumer

2003 – Defeated a proposal which would have created a 1% real estate transfer tax on the sale or lease of all real property

2001 – Killed legislation that would have levied an 8% sales tax on the sale of all real property—commercial, residential, farm and ranch, industrial, raw land—all of it.

1999 – Established a much-needed consumer-protection statute requiring the mandatory licensing of mortgage brokers

1997 – Authored a constitutional amendment protecting a homeowner’s equity by requiring an 80% loan-to-value ratio on refinances, preventing borrowers from becoming upside down on their home loan

1993 – Required a seller of residential property to use a promulgated property-condition disclosure form, thereby decreasing liability on the seller and real estate licensees

What is TREPAC?

TREPAC backs local, state, and national candidates and elected officials who have a proven track record of protecting private-property rights, preserving the dream of homeownership, and supporting the vitality of the real estate industry.

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TREPAC Disclaimer

Contributions are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to the Texas REALTORS® Political Action Committee (TREPAC) and the Texas Association of REALTORS® Federal Political Action Committee (TAR FedPAC)—which makes contributions to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC)—are voluntary and may be used for political purposes. The amount indicated is merely a guideline, and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal, and the National Association of REALTORS®, Texas REALTORS®, and its local associations will not favor or disadvantage anyone because of the amount contributed. Until the RPAC annual goal is met, 70% of an individual’s contribution goes to TREPAC and may be used to support state and local candidates; the remaining 30% is sent to TAR FedPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116. (Exception: 100% of an individual’s contribution goes to TREPAC if the individual is an employee of an affiliate member of Texas REALTORS®.) After the RPAC annual goal is met, 100% of an individual’s contribution goes to TREPAC and may be used to support state and local candidates. You may contact the Texas REALTORS® political committee administrator at 800-873-9155 to obtain information about your contributions.

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