Watchdog Report – February 26th


Your Western Upstate Association of REALTORS® is actively involved in local government.  From counties, to cities, to school boards, to the local utility district, we monitor and advocate for Realtor interests.  Our goals:

  • Maintain a vibrant and open market for real estate.
  • Protect private property rights.
  • Provide housing affordability and attainability for our community’s families.

To facilitate this effort, your association has asked a small team of members to guide our advocacy.  The Grassroots Government Affairs Team includes a few Realtors who are actively engaged in the association’s advocacy efforts, including supporting RPAC.

Where we stand

To facilitate our advocacy efforts and to make sure everyone is communicating the same message, your Board of Directors has approved several position papers on various issues that have been debated by our local governments:

  • Impact Fees
  • Vested Rights
  • Pending Ordinance Doctrine
  • Sign Ordinances
  • Zoning
  • Short-Term Rentals
  • Annexation

You can read a summary of each of these positions, and download the full statement of position, of each of these positions by clicking here.

From time to time, the Board of Directors will adopt other statements of position.  When they do, we’ll add them to our website, and I’ll highlight them in the Watchdog Report.

Support RPAC

RPAC is an important element of your Realtors Association’s advocacy program.  I encourage you to support RPAC and we make it easy to do so—we include a voluntary RPAC contribution on your annual dues renewal.  Simply pay it and you have support RPAC.  If you want to do more, it’s easy

Michael Dey, Director of Government Affairs