Advocacy

About Advocacy

Welcome to the REALTOR® Association of Prince William Advocacy Page. An important component of your membership is becoming involved with the association’s advocacy efforts.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal.  For REALTORS® advocacy is supporting the members through our collective action to promote and protect YOUR interests before local, state, and federal governments. 

How does PWAR conduct advocacy?

PWAR builds and maintains relationships with elected officials, regardless of political party affiliation, to promote and protect REALTOR® interests in Prince William, Richmond and Washington D.C. Advocacy efforts are a combination of member involvement, supporting candidates for election and re-election, and lobbying government officials.

Why does PWAR need to promote and protect our interests?

Real Estate transactions account for more than $1.15 Trillion Dollars of economic activity representing more than 6 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.  A healthy real estate sector is critically important to the overall health of the United States economy.  The vast scale of the real estate economy makes it a target for legislative and regulatory proposals on every component of the transaction.  This scrutiny creates legislative and regulatory proposals that might be harmful to your business.  It is our local, state, and federal advocacy efforts that identify harmful from helpful.  REALTOR® advocacy means supporting the helpful and defeating the harmful.

Vote.

Support REALTOR® Champions at the national, state and local level in primaries and in the general election.

Act.

Join the REALTOR® Party Mobile Alerts system by texting ‘REALTOR’ to 30644. You’ll get automatic updates on the most significant federal issues. Respond to Calls for Action. There’s no simpler way to send your lawmakers a note on specific issues. All you have to do is complete the form and click ‘send.’

Invest.

Contribute to REALTOR Political Action Committee (RPAC). Your support ensures the future of the business. Find out more about RPAC.

The Broker Involvement Program

An effective way for broker owners and managing brokers to support PWAR’s advocacy efforts is to be part of NAR’s Broker Involvement Program

The Broker Involvement Program provides you with a quick and effective tool, no downloads, no cost, and you control access through the Broker Portal.

The Broker Involvement Program sets you apart from other participants in federal Calls for Action by branding the message from you, the broker-owner.  NAR research shows that nearly 40 percent of all responses on the Broker Calls for Action are from agents in the Broker Involvement Program. Your agents respond to your requests to take action!

Contributions to Virginia REALTORS RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes; they are not deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. Members may contribute more or less than the suggested amount and may refuse to contribute without reprisal. The National Association of REALTORS or any of its state associations or local boards will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. NAR has established state Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocations based on anticipated National RPAC needs. Thirty percent of all Major Investor contributions are sent to NAR to be applied to the Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocation and are charged against the limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116 with the remaining seventy percent maintained for state and local usage. Decisions regarding Virginia REALTORS RPAC contributions to meet the Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocation will be made throughout the fundraising year. The contributor certifies that they are at least 18 years old and are making this contribution with their own personal funds- not those of another person or entity, nor are they a foreign national or federal contractor.