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The Central Texas Association of REALTORS (CTCAR), along with the Texas Association of REALTORS (TAR) and National Association of REALTORS (NAR), is working to keep you up-to-date on governmental affair issues affecting the commercial real estate industry.


CTCAR is passionate about keeping our community affordable for families to work, play and live. CTCAR has created a short five-minute video (see below) highlighting City regulations that are contributing to our community being unaffordable. Please view the video and forward it to others in our community. Your involvement in the ongoing CodeNEXT process is essential to keep our City affordable for all. Please take a moment to watch our video:


CodeNEXT Call to Action

Join CTCAR & ABoR as they host a "Call to Action" event on October 20th for CodeNEXT to align with Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan Priorities as presented by the Austin’s Urban Land Institute CodeNEXT working group.  We will feature several of the committee members who drafted this comprehensive white paper on why CodeNEXT should align with Imagine Austin.  Attendees will receive a copy of the white paper to keep. 





CTCAR is involved in City policies to keep you up-to-date on issues affecting the commercial real estate industry.  Here are some of the issues that local members should be aware of:


Parkland Ordinance

Tree Ordinance

Rough Proportionality


The Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) is active at the state Capitol to help pass good laws related to real estate and defeat the detrimental ones.  Below are some issues that could impact commercial real estate:

Hidden Property Tax

Country Rule Making

Eminent Domain

Central Appraisal Districts

Sales Tax on Professional Services

Sales Price Disclosure

Transfer Tax on Real Estate Transactions

View the entire list of Legislative Priorities for the Texas Association of REALTORS

The following are two bills supported by CTCAR that will have a direct impact on land use regulations:

HB1135 -  relating to enforcement of certain regulations by the acquisition of a conservation easement.

HB898 -   relating to the issuance of local permits by a regulatory agency of a political subdivision.

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) advocates on behalf of its members to foster a sound and dynamic U.S. real estate market that creates vibrant communities in which to live and work.  Specifically the following issues  currently being addressed that could impact commercial real estate:

1031 Like Kind Exchanges are in jeopardy of being repealed.

Immediate Write off of Commercial Building

Repeal & Interest Empress Deduction

Additional NAR initiatives that are of importance as identified by markets.



How to get involved?

  1. Attend CodeNEXT meetings.
  2. Sign up to receive the TAR Legislative Liaison during session
    • Update "Email Preferences" at the TAR website to receive newsletter).
  3. Donate to TREPAC which is one of the strongest Political Action Committee in the State of Texas.
  4. Join our Governmental Affairs Committee to be involved in CTCAR activities related to the above issues.











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