Today was the day….it was a long day, but productive. Today was Realtor Day at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Approximately 2,000 Realtors from across the state arrived at Capitol Hill around 9am (which means we left Plano at 5am) and met with their respective Sentators and House Representatives.
The Collin County Association of Realtors had 2 chartered busses full of Realtors (and our affiliated partners) that arrived in Austin this morning. We met with Senator Van Taylor, and Representatives Jeff Leach, Scott Sanford, and Matt Shaheen. As Realtors we made sure that our legislators knew where we stood on key issues being discussed this legislative session. Some of the topics included:
- Property Appraisal Reform (uniformity in processes regarding property tax appraisal values)
- Property Tax Relief (increased homestead tax exemption)
- Transportation Funding (we need roads so that home owners can move around their cities)
Matt Shaheen, HD66 Scott Sanford, HD77 Jeff Leach, HD67 Van Taylor, SD8
Our Texas Realtors are actively doing our part to protect the best interest of private property owners and small businesses. The great news is that the politicians we met with today support our same core values of not only the Collin County Association of Realtors but also the Texas Association of Realtors. When we all work together for the same goals – the property owners win!
Not only did we have business to conduct….but Realtors also know how to have FUN! In addition to meeting with our local representatives in Austin, we also stopped over at the Texas Association of Realtors (TAR) building for a fabulous BBQ lunch. Many agents toured the TAR Building while others toured the Capitol grounds. Some just sat in the park and enjoyed the day catching up and networking with others in the industry. Of course on the way back home, we did make a stop at Buccees for snacks and drinks and then got home safely around 6:30pm.
So thankful that I work in an industry that really cares about the people we serve. I LOVE being a Realtor!