The Pinellas REALTOR® Organization and Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization (PRO/CPRO) periodically provides position statements stating the association’s opinion on issues pertaining to the real estate industry and the housing sector in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. The information contained within this document serves as a guide for lobbying and issue advocacy activities.
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All policy statements are approved by the Board of Directors and remain consistent with the organization’s objectives to:
- Unite those engaged in the recognized branches of the real estate profession for the purpose of exerting a beneficial influence upon the profession and related interests.
- Promote and maintain high standards of conduct in the real estate profession as expressed in the Code of Ethics of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
- Provide a unified medium for real estate owners and those engaged in the real estate profession whereby their interests may be safeguarded and advanced.
- Further the interests of home ownership and other real property ownership. To unite those engaged in the real estate profession in this community with the FLORIDA REALTORS® and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® thereby furthering their own objectives throughout the state and nation, and obtaining the benefit and privileges of membership therein.
- Designate, for the benefit of the public, those individuals authorized to use the term “REALTOR® ” or “REALTORS® ” as licensed, prescribed and controlled by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® .
In order to ensure that all citizens, especially our area’s workforce, have access to housing, REALTOR® Organization and Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization (PRO/CPRO) recognizes the need for the production and rehabilitation of quality, safe, and affordable housing. We will continue to work with our partners in local government and state government to ensure all monies collected by government for affordable housing should be used for affordable housing initiatives.
The PRO/CPRO considers affordable housing essential to the continued growth and progress of our communities. However, PRO/CPRO is opposed to any program that mandates the inclusion of affordable housing in developments. PRO/CPRO believes that mandatory inclusionary zoning puts an undue burden on developers and has the potential to stifle new development in Pinellas and Pasco Counties. It could also jeopardize our counties’ economic future. We believe that the current voluntary program that offers incentives for the inclusion of affordable housing is the most equitable, effective, and efficient method for providing affordable housing in Pinellas and Pasco Counties.
The importance of a stable, affordable, widely accessible property insurance market is key to a thriving housing market and resilient community. We focus on issues at the local level that could lower the cost of property insurance such as encouraging increased participation by municipalities in FEMA’s Community Rating System, increased building standards that create long term savings for property owners, and investment in infrastructure that protects communities from major storm events.
Real estate makes up 15%-18% of our nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in a given year. History has shown our economy is influenced by real estate, and the real estate industry is affected by the economy. REALTOR® Organization and Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization (PRO/CPRO) works with community partners on major issues that influence the general health of the local economy, and the vibrance of the real estate industry.
PRO/CPRO supports efforts to keep the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa Bay.
PRO/CPRO considers an adequate transportation system to be of the utmost importance. PRO/CPRO supports efforts to bring multimodal transit options to the region. PRO/CPRO believes that a robust bus system, adequate roadway infrastructure, and fixed guide way transportation are critical components to the Tampa Bay area’s long range planning efforts.
Recognizing that protecting private property rights is the cornerstone of the real estate industry, Pinellas REALTOR® Organization and Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization (PRO/CPRO) supports initiatives that are designed to protect these rights. PRO/CPRO is committed to supporting the ongoing efforts of both the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and Florida Realtors® (FR) that protect private property rights. PRO will oppose any effort to weaken Fifth Amendment rights, and will support legislation and regulatory efforts to expand these rights, which are inherent to all Americans.
Point-of-Sale (POS) programs pertaining to real estate can be ordinances enforced, taxes imposed, and/or assessments on property at the time it’s sold. The goal of most POS programs is to meet wide-scale infrastructure needs. Common POS programs are inspection and possible replacement of sidewalks, lateral sewer pipes, and other common infrastructure. Unfortunately, the programs add costs for sellers and buyers, deficiencies could be considered ‘material defect’, and they could complicate or delay sale of properties. Furthermore, they rarely accomplish the goal for which they were intended. PRO/CPRO opposes any efforts to attach a point-of-sale inspection provisions to real estate transactions
There is economic and community value to preserving residential and commercial properties, but said value should rarely outweigh the rights of property owners. Broad historic districts and third-party designations can limit property values, increase property insurance costs, restrict available housing, and limit the rights endowed upon property owners by the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment.
Quality of life
Tampa Bay has many attributes that make it known as an attractive place to live, work, and play. Pinellas REALTOR® Organization and Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization (PRO/CPRO) is proud to work with community partners to protect the exceptional reputation cultivated over time, and work to improve it.
Pinellas REALTOR® Organization and Central Pasco REALTOR® Organization (PRO/CPRO) opposes municipal ordinances that would restrict the efforts of PRO/CPRO and Florida REALTORS® to exercise their first amendment rights as it pertains to campaign communication by Political Action Committees (PAC).
REALTORS®, other real estate related professionals, and the financial services industry are considered essential. In times of pandemics, storms, and other societal impacts it is the prerogative of governments to take steps to protect the people and property of the community. Should the government feel the need to limit businesses from operating then they should exempt real estate professionals and other members of the financial services industry from any restrictions. Real estate is important as it facilitates the transaction of shelter and other property necessary to a safe and healthy community. Often these transactions are the difference between a family having a home or not, which can be especially dangerous in uncertain times. Furthermore, the real estate industry has developed technology, tools, and processes that limit or eliminate the risk and exposure of individuals in involved in a real estate transaction.