On Tuesday, February 22, 2011 I had the honor of attending the SC Association of Realtors (SCR) annual Legislative Lobby Day.  Over 200 of my fellow Realtors® met on the Statehouse steps in Columbia, SC to advocate on YOUR behalf regarding a couple of key issues:

  • Point of Sale Tax Update (H.3713)
  • Private Transfer Fee Prohibition (H.3095)

This was my first lobby day I have ever attended and can honestly say, it will NOT be my last!  

What is RPAC? 

Over the past year, I have been actively involved as a member of the Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) for the Greater Greenville Association of Realtors (GGAR).   For those of you who do not know about RPAC and think it is a party driven committee, it is not.  Since 1969, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. The purpose of RPAC is clear: REALTORS® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests. The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary contributions made by REALTORS®. These are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process. RPAC doesn’t buy votes. RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.   In fact, the money spent by RPAC is almost evenly split down party lines.

RPAC Advocates for Homeowners 

I am a member of this committee for several reasons...first and foremost I want to protect our South Carolina economy and homeowner's property values as much as I possibly can.  Awareness is the first step...  CHANGE requires Action!  I would like to ask my friends and family to contact their local state senators and representatives and let them know how you feel about these issues that impact the state of South Carolina's economy! 

Point of Sale Tax Hurts Us All

We are working with legislators to encourage them to pass an amendment to the Point of Sale tax that increases property taxes on homes, land and businesses when they are sold.   Because of this tax law, some companies have said they will not relocate or open new businesses in South Carolina!  You may be saying to yourself...so what?  Well if you do not think it will impact you, then consider this....

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey for 2010 "one job is generated for every two home sales".  

We cannot begin to recover our economy if we cannot attract new businesses or create jobs.  

I am closely following my SC State Senator, Lee Bright for District 12 and my SC Representative, Norman "Doug" Brannon for District 38.  Get involved!  Let your Senator and Representative know your position on these very important issues that affect us all.

More Details of How Private Transfer Fees could affect YOU...  Stay Tuned!

I will be talking about the Private Tranfer Fee in my next post.  To stay up-to-date on Greenville South Carolina Real Estate News, please subscribe to my blog.  Until next time, check out www.ItsJustNotFair.org for more information on Private Transfer Fee.

Tell Us What You Think

We'd love to hear from you.  Tell us what topics you'd like to hear about.  As a mom of two, I have other interests outside of the Real Estate world too!  Competition Cheerleading and Little League Baseball are two activities that keep me on the go, but I love to hear about Art exhibits and I am a self-confessed gadget freak.  What are your interests?  Until next time, wishing you the Best!

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I cannot even believe the Point of Sale tax was made a law to begin with. Why are we only now hearing about this? It seems like so much happens in government that is NOT for the people. I feel like the government and the constituency we elect to represent us should have one simple mission/obligation: to serve/protect the interests of the people. Thank you for your involvement. I guess I don't know what I don't know. Being informed on these issues is so important. Keep it coming! :-)

Posted by Rob Alexander on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 8:08am

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