The Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee
How TREPAC has helped you.
Support for real estate friendly officials:
If real estate is your profession, politics is your business. And no one protects the real estate industry and your bottom line like the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (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.
A Voice at the Capitol:
Texas REALTOR® volunteers and association staff craft the association's agenda for each session of the Texas Legislature. then during the session, they read every bill and work with lawmakers to promote that agenda.
The large number of Texas REALTORS® and the association's well-orchestrated grassroots programs enable the Texas Association of REALTORS® to exert a powerful influence on behalf of private-property rights and the real estate industry. We offer a myriad of tools to keep you up-to-date on public policy that affects your business.
- The Legislative Liaison e-newsletter (sign-up required)
- Texas REALTORS® Hill Visits
- Texas REALTOR® legislative contact teams
- Opportunity races
- Candidate Interview Academy
- State and national calls for action
Issues Mobilization - Local Issues Advocacy:
The Issues Mobilization Committee exists to help local REALTOR® associations identify and act on local ordinances that affect Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners.
Timeline – A History of Success
TREPAC has a long history of defending your earnings, preserving the health of the real estate industry, and advocating for property owners and real estate consumers.
- Supported a constitutional ban on any tax on real estate transfers and a $10,000 increase of the homestead exemption.
- Repealed a fee that doubled-taxed brokers for their two year license.
- Supported substantial business tax relief with a 25% reduction in the franchise tax rate.
- Required residential and commercial property appraisers adhere to "generally accepted appraisal methods and techniques" when using the equal and uniform provision for property valuation.
- Supported legislation for directing TxDOT planning, funding, and prioritization of future road projects, and ended diversions from the Texas Highway Fund to support the Department of Public Safety.
- Required Texas Mobility Funds to be used to decrease debt and eventually pay for roads without the costs associated with borrowing through bonds.
- Passed a measure to dedicate sales-tax revenue and allocate motor vehicle sales taxes to the state highway fund.
- Required a super majority vote and notification on the taxing unit's website before a local taxing jurisdiction may increase a property tax rate.
- Enacted protections against bad-faith claims of patent infringement against end users located in, or doing business in Texas.
- Changed funding structure of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association. Additionally, changed the composition of the board of directors and required a biennial study to promote private market participation.
- Played a key role in addressing the state's long-term water and public educations needs.
- Helped enact critical consumer-protection laws in the property-tax lending industry.
- Enacted strong consumer protections in eminent-domain proceedings.
- Passed a measure that eliminates most private transfer fees on real estate transactions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Defeated multiple proposals to tax real estate, including several bills requiring the creation of a tax on every deed recorded by the county clerk.
- Prevented an ad valorem tax from being imposed on personal vehicles also used in income production.
- Codified regulations relating to a minimum level of service a real estate broker must provide to a consumer.
- Defeated a proposal which would have created a 1% real estate transfer tax on the sale or lease of all real property.
- 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.
- Established a much-needed consumer-protection statute requiring the mandatory licensing of mortgage brokers.
- 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.
- Required a seller of residential property to use a promulgated property-condition disclosure form, thereby decreasing liability on the seller and real estate licensees.
TREPAC Award Levels
TREPAC is a voluntary, nonprofit organization that supports candidates for federal, state, and local office who demonstrate their support for private-property rights and the real estate profession. We would like to thank all the TREPAC investors for your past and continued participation.
RPAC Hall of Fame
RPAC Hall of Fame is awarded to members who have invested more than $25,000 throughout their career. This is a lifetime award achievement.
RPAC Major Investor Program
RPAC's Major Investor program consists of an elite and passionate group of REALTOR® investors who give a minimum annual investment of $1,000. Each first-tme RPAC Major Investor will receive a crystal plaque to commemorate their inaugural investment. The four levels within the RPAC recognition program are described below.
RPAC Platinum R Member
A Texas REALTOR® investing $10,000 in one year will be recognized as a Platinum R major investor and will receive a Platinum R lapel pin and a TREPAC jacket. Members can then sustain their Platinum R status with an annual investment of $5,000. Every year that you are recognized as a Platinum R major investor you receive a new major investor lapel pin and TREPAC jacket.
RPAC Golden R Member
A Texas REALTOR® investing $5,000 in one year will be recognized as a Golden R major investor and will receive a Golden R lapel pin and a TREPAC jacket. Members can then sustain their Golden R status with an annual investment of $2,000. Every year that you are recognized as a Golden R major investor you receive a new major investor lapel pin and TREPAC jacket.
If a member became a Golden R in 2001 or before, they can sustain their Golden R membership with an annual investment of $1,000.
RPAC Crystal R Member
A Texas REALTOR® investing $2,500 in one year will be recognized as a Crystal R major investor and will receive a Crystal R lapel pin and a TREPAC jacket. Members can then sustain their Crystal R status with an annual investment of $1,500. Every year that you are recognized as a Crystal R major investor you receive a new major investor lapel pin and TREPAC jacket.
RPAC Sterling R Program
A Texas REALTOR® investing $1,000 in one year will be recognized as a Sterling R major investor and will receive a Sterling R lapel pin and a TREPAC jacket. Every year that you are recognized as a Sterling R major investor you receive a new major investor pin and TREPAC jacket.
A Texas REALTOR® investing $500 to $999 in one year becomes a Capitol Club member. The member will receive a special commemorative Texas Capitol ornament.
Lone Star Statesman
A Texas REALTOR® investing $250 to $499 in one year becomes a Lone Star Statesman. They will receive a Lone Star Statesman lapel pin for each year.
110 Club Member
A Texas REALTOR® investing $110 to $249 will receive a 110 Club certificate.
Any Texas REALTOR® investing $35 to $109 is considered a member of TREPAC.
Ready to Invest?
Logon to www.texasrealtors.com and use your existing login or or sign up. From your "Dashboard" you will select the "Invest Now" link under the "My TREPAC" header in the right side navigation. Or, you can call the association for more assistance.