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Housing and Land Use Bills for Local Associations

The 2023 Washington Legislative Session is being referred to as “The Year of Housing.” The Legislature passed a record number of housing supply and land use bills intended to increase housing supply and reduce the time, cost, and complexity of the local permitting process.

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RPAC Did That!

RPAC Did That! A summary of some of RPAC's most recent legislative wins...

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RPAC Awards 2024

Your 2024 RPAC Award Winners announced during the 2024 Legislative Days event.

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A Successful Legislative Days Event

The two-day event was packed with meetings, networking events, a beautiful installation banquet, guest speakers and more. Furthermore, our members met with 119 Legislators on the Hill to help further REALTOR Legislative Priorities. Read the full recap...

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2274

Watch Washington REALTORS® Commercial Government Affairs Director, Riley Benge give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on House Bill 2274, Consumer Protections for Solicited Real Estate.

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2276

Watch Washington REALTORS® Government Affairs Director, Mary Hull-Drury give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on House Bill 2276, Real Estate Excise Tax (REET).

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2114

Watch Washington REALTORS® Commercial Government Affairs Director, Riley Benge give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on House Bill 2114, the bill's potential negative impacts on our state's housing market, and the stress its passage will have on housing providers in our state.

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Legislative Testimony 2024: SB5961

Watch Washington REALTORS® Commercial Government Affairs Director, Riley Benge give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on Senate Bill 5961, explaining how the passage of this bill in its current state will add pressure to our state's already stressed housing market.

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2008

Watch Washington REALTORS Commercial Government Affairs Director, Riley Benge give testimony to the House – Housing Committee on House Bill 2008: Creating a Taskforce on Housing Cost Driver Analysis on January 8th, 2024.

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Legislative Testimony 2024: HB2160

Washington REALTORS® Director of Public Policy, Bill Clarke, recently testified on HB 2160, which addresses Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).

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Kicking off the 2024 Legislative Session

As the 2024 Legislative Session kicks off, we aim to carry forward the momentum from the historic 2023 Washington Legislative Session, famously dubbed "The Year of Housing." During this period, a record number of pro-housing bills were passed, marking a turning point in our housing initiatives. Now, it's time for REALTORS® to drive housing progress even further!

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Combatting Misinformation

Question: Will upzones driven by 2023s HB 1110 and 1337, or locally-adopted zoning changes, cause existing single-family properties to lose eligibility for conforming financing or FHA- and VA backed loan products on a widespread basis? Find answers here.

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House Passes REALTOR® Priority Residential Lot Splitting Bill on Day 1 of 2024 Session

On January 8, the first day of the 2024 Legislative Session, the House of Representatives passed HB 1245 regarding residential lot splitting, sponsored by Representatives Andrew Barkis and Jessica Bateman.

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Congratulations NAR Committee Appointees

Congratulations and thank you to the following Washington REALTOR® Members and staff on their appointment to NAR's 2024 committee!

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Remembering Donna Wright

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of Donna Wright's passing on 11/29/2023 in Spokane, Washington. Donna was not only a dedicated REALTOR® but also a true leader in our industry for over 40 years.

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Register Now For 2024 Legislative Days

Registration is now live so don't wait to secure your spot for this exciting two-day event designed for members to be a part of the advocacy effort as we meet with Washington lawmakers to help them understand the challenges REALTORS® and consumers face in the market.

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105 MORE Ways Agents Who Are REALTORS® Are Worth Every Penny of Their Compensation

In addition to the list of 179 Ways agents who are REALTORS® are worth every penny, the National Association of Realtors® has compiled 105 more talking points designed to resonate with your clients, further substantiating the value that you as REALTORS® bring to the table. Embrace these resources, use them confidently as talking points, and let your unparalleled dedication speak volumes to those you serve.

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179 Ways Agents Who Are REALTORS® Are Worth Every Penny of Their Compensation

As the real estate landscape awaits significant change in 2024, it's crucial for you to be able to articulate your value with unwavering confidence. To empower you in showcasing your worth to clients, the National Association of Realtors® has compiled an exhaustive list—179 ways you contribute to the home buying or selling process.

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November is a time to recognize and honor the diverse traditions, cultures, and invaluable contributions of Native Americans. Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as American Indian or Alaska Native Heritage Month, has been officially observed since 1990, recognizing the remarkable contributions of Indigenous peoples.

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After the Verdict... Succeeding in the New Real Estate World

This is a time of rapid change in our industry, requiring calm and well-reasoned decision-making. Good decision-making requires a clear understanding of the facts, challenges, and opportunities.

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