Policy Positions

Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® is the leading voice and advocate for real estate in Wake & Harnett counties. Each and every day, our REALTOR® Members and staff are engaged on both the local and state level to represent more than 10,000 dedicated and committed real estate practitioners. RRAR is dedicated to the protection of private property rights and the innovation of creating a more well-rounded community.

RRAR strongly believes in the participation of a REALTOR® as a catalyst in the most significant investment present and future property owners will make. To continue this belief, RRAR has supported efforts to protect the rights of property owners, to promote affordable housing, and to provide resources to guarantee every citizen the right to share in the American dream. Please follow the clickable link below for the full Policy Positions of our Association

I. PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS, EMINENT DOMAIN AND PLANNING ISSUES

1. Property Rights and Eminent Domain (Rev 4/2021)

The Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® (RRAR) supports policies that protect and enhance private property rights.
a. RRAR supports eminent domain authority only for public use (e.g., ownership by a public entity), as well as a broad interpretation of “just” compensation to include all reasonable and
necessary costs which result from exercise of such authority, not just the value of the property condemned.
b. Regarding potential property “takings” by federal or stateagencies, RRAR supports the due process requirements provided by the US Constitution and the North Carolina Constitution.
c. As a matter of fairness, government entities should be required to justify condemnation actions in order to ensure that they are both necessary and likely to achieve real and substantial community benefits.
d. RRAR supports the legalization of short-term rentals (STRs) that allow homeowners to rent out all or part of their home to generate personal income. RRAR views the capitalization of real property as one of the basic tenets of property rights and a foundation of building wealth. RRAR also supports the creation of STR rules that ensure the safety of communities with STRs present

e. RRAR supports policies enabling and supporting the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) as a function of responsible and affordable infill development. RRAR supports the use of ADUs for both rental and non-rental purposes. RRAR further supports regulations on ADUs pertaining to safety and privacy of both ADU tenants and neighborhood residents.

2. Public Private Partnerships (Rev 2/2020)
RRAR supports public-private partnerships that allow the private sector or non-government organizations to design, construct, and/or manage facility assets for public use.

3. Long Term Water Availability (Rev 2/2020)
Long term strategic resource management is key to our region’s continued success and our quality of life. Potable water, grey water, and sewer capacity all are key
elements of our long-term water needs. RRAR recognizes the need for continued conservation as good stewards of the limited resources we have.

RRAR supports:
a. Federal and state regulatory reform to permit additional water storage facilities or expanding the capacity of existing storage facilities through a recalculation of the formula used to determine allotment of water uses.
b. The conducting of a feasibility study and cost benefit analysis of the broader uses of grey water infrastructure required to achieve a high level of grey water usage.
c. The identification of a funding source and process for the systematic replacement and repair of aging water mains.
d. The identification and funding of new sources for future water resources to better serve the area.
e. The study and long-range planning of water resources to support current and future growth and density.
f. The promotion of resilient water resources in preparation of the area’s water needs.

4. Adequate Public Facilities Ordinances (APFOs) (Rev 2/2020)

RRAR opposes Adequate Public Facility Ordinances (APFOs) as they have the impact of pushing development to areas less likely to accommodate infrastructure needs and often lead to sprawl.

5. CAMPO Transportation Funding and the TIP (Rev 2/2020)

RRAR supports policies that will help cities, counties, MPOs, NCDOT, and the federal government accelerate the planning and implementation of needed transportation projects for our region.

6. Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) Programs (Rev 2/2020)
RRAR believes that if the Transfer of Development Rights Program is to be used, it must be strictly voluntary.
7. Managing Storm Water (Rev 2/2020)
Storm water run-off is a leading cause of water quality degradation in Wake and Harnett Counties. Federal and state regulations require on-site controls for managing storm water run-off, both during construction and after a site is established. RRAR supports reasonable, robust, innovative, and scientifically based strategies for reducing run-off.
a. RRAR supports user-fee based funding of storm water utility programs that assess costs based on impervious surface footprints.
b. RRAR supports prioritizing utility programs with those where a reasonable level of service can be attained.
c. RRAR supports grant or cost-sharing programs and other incentives for homeowner associations (HOAs) to coordinate their compliance efforts with the city, county, or professional storm water
management consultants.
d. RRAR supports municipal, state, and county efforts with homeowners and HOAs to achieve compliance.

II. COMMUNITY NEEDS AND INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

Revenue Streams (Rev 3/2022)

RRAR supports utilizing broad revenue streams to adequately fund community needs.
a. RRAR supports the use of property taxes as one mechanism to provide for community needs.
b. RRAR supports a property revaluation system that occurs at least every 4 years. RRAR also supports the ability of property owners to request a formal review of their assessed value.
c. RRAR supports the usage of General Obligation (GO) bonds as a mechanism for long term funding of capital needs.
d. RRAR supports the use of sales taxes as a means of funding community needs.
e. RRAR opposes targeted housing fees, impact fees, and taxes.

RRAR supports collaborative relationships among local Chambers of Commerce, City/County Economic Development Initiatives, and the business community.


III. EDUCATION ISSUES


1. K-12 Educational Positions (Rev 4/2021)
RRAR recognizes that quality public schools are a key factor in attracting economic growth and high quality of life that a vibrant community enjoys.
Everyone benefits from a strong public school system and all students are entitled to attend high quality public schools
that provide a sound education in a safe and nurturing environment.

RRAR supports:
a. the adequate funding of new schools and renovations of existing facilities to assure a clean, equitable, and efficient learning environment.
b. adequate funding to ensure access to high performing schools in close proximity to every residence in Wake and Harnett Counties.
c. a transparent, predictable, and consistent student assignment process.
d. policies that balance parental choice with efficient facility utilization.
e. cooperative and effective planning among municipalities, the
county, and school district to support the expected growth in student population.
f. competitive compensation for teachers and support staff.
The state government adequately fund the public school systems as consistent with the state Constitution to preserve lower county property tax rates.

2. Local and Regional Community Colleges (Rev 4/2021)

RRAR supports the adequate funding of capital projects that enable the training and retraining of the workforce with the skills necessary to fill available positions and attract new, sustainable jobs to the Triangle region. The intention is to increase employability of our residents and an expanded County tax base.

RRAR supports vocational training to provide employment opportunities, provide critical services to the workforce, and boost upward economic mobility

IV. BUSINESS ISSUES

1. Sound Lending Practices (Rev 2/2020)
RRAR supports state and federal lending practices that balance risk and responsibility while allowing for a competitive lending market for consumers.
2. Real Estate Sign Ordinances (Rev 2/2020)

RRAR supports signage rules that permit reasonable marketing for properties while protecting the aesthetics of the community. A uniform sign policy would enable competitive marketing and the ability to cross market more easily in several jurisdictions.

RRAR supports:
a. Signage permitted both on and off-site.
b. Off-site directional signage that is permitted on weekdays in addition to weekends.
c. Equity of enforcement by municipal governments of both REALTOR® signage and for-sale-by-owner signage.
d. Effective communication from municipalities with real estate organizations and businesses of rule or enforcement changes.
e. Promoting responsible sign placement and retrieval practices by REALTORS®. for homeowner associations (HOAs) to coordinate their compliance efforts with the city, county, or professional storm water management consultants.
3. Moratoria on New Residential Construction (Rev 2/2020)
RRAR opposes new housing moratoria except in situations of imminent health and safety concerns. The RRAR maintains a smart growth ideology, encouraging
economic prosperity for the communities of Wake and Harnett Counties. New housing and development create jobs, provide for ancillary services, and infuse capital into the local economy while simultaneously increasing the tax base. State statute currently governs the circumstances under which a moratorium can be enforced.

4. HOA/COA Disclosures (Rev 3/2022)
RRAR supports the disclosure of any and all fees to both parties of the transaction at time of offer. RRAR opposes excessive costs associated with Homeowners Associations and Condominium Owners Associations.
Specifically;
a. RRAR opposes excessive transfer/file/record change fees or capital investments that increase the cost to a new property owner when a property is sold or otherwise transferred from one party to another .
b. RRAR opposes excessive “working capital” fees that require homebuyers in new developments to make an excessive capital investment to support the establishment of a new HOA.

5. Professional Services Tax (Rev 2/2020)
RRAR opposes expanding the state sales tax to include real estate related services because it would have a significant negative impact on the real estate industry and consumers.

V. QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES

1. Housing Opportunities (Rev 4/2021)
RRAR is committed to supporting initiatives that will keep safe and quality housing available to all. RRAR promotes and educates REALTORS® about housing affordability and financing opportunities for the greater benefit of the community.

a. RRAR supports, and advocates strongly for, inclusive and fair housing policies, practices, and systems for all current and
future homeowners regardless of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
b. Creating and maintaining these inclusive and fair structures within our community and industry ensure that the real estate
market can thrive on the availability of diverse and affordable housing options and empower the professionals that ensure its success.
c. RRAR supports elimination of substandard housing through consistent enforcement of local building codes.
d. RRAR supports zoning classifications for all types of housing.
e. RRAR supports incentives that encourage redevelopment and infill projects that contribute to responsible community growth.
f. RRAR opposes mandatory inclusionary zoning programs, but supports local, state or federal incentives for profit or non-profit
development of sub-market priced housing.
g. RRAR supports the usage of federal, state, and local grants and private funding to achieve affordable and workforce housing goals,
and single and multi-family rental housing development tax credits.
h. RRAR opposes municipal rules or regulations that implicitly or explicitly circumvent state rules or regulations.

 


If you would like more information on the official Policy Positions from the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®, please reach out to Government Affairs Director Jordan Forrest Streuli.

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