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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 a presentation held in November featuring a discussion on the current
CodeNEXT that will continue to contribute 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 Draft 3 is out!  The latest draft was released on Monday, Feb. 12. CTCAR encourages its members to view & comment on the code.  

Click here to learn more about the new draft.
Click here to view and comment on the code.
Click here to view and comment on the map.
Download the full copy of the code here.

Because this is the staff recommendation, all comments received on this draft will be compiled and provided to the Austin City Council, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning and Platting Commission for further deliberation.





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:

Tax Reform

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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