Promote Policies that Support Your Business: Invest in DARPAC!
Whether we like it or not, your ability to make a living as a REALTOR® is affected by the decisions made by government officials. That’s why the Dulles Area REALTORS® Political Action Committee (DARPAC) raises voluntary funds from REALTORS® in order to help elect public officials who understand the importance of homeownership and the real estate industry. In just the past few years, DARPAC helps fight off harmful legislation and promote policies at all levels of government that strengthens the real estate industry including:
Battling Rising Tolls on the Dulles Greenway
Continue to pursue ways to lower the costs of traveling the 14- mile Dulles Greenway, the most expensive road to travel on per-mile in the country.
Affordable Housing Needs Assessment
Convinced Loudoun County to formally assess affordable housing needs for future growth for consideration into new comprehensive plan
Overturned a Property-Stigmatizing Ban on Alternative Septic Systems
Advocated successfully to overturn a moratorium on alternative septic systems imposed to stop growth. Negotiated maintenance and reporting requirements in lieu of the ban.
Defeated a Mandatory “Warning-Style” Disclosure on Homes within the Limestone Overlay District (LOD)
Defeated a Loudoun County Board of Supervisors proposal to include notice on every property’s deed, subdivision and tax record warning prospective buyers that the house is subject to sink holes.
Prevented Future Theft of Open House and Directional Signs
Supported a proposal to disband a volunteer sign collection group which was creating an environment of theft of signs off private property
Home Inspector Licensing
Advocated for formal licensing of home inspectors to standardize training and compliance in that industry.
500% Oil Tank Repair Deductible Increase Prevented
Defeated an increase in the deductible that property owners, including YOUR clients, have to pay to have their leaking underground oil tanks cleaned up and repaired by 500%. The current $500 deductible was proposed to go up to $2,500.
Wiped out $200/per Day Sign Fines
Prevented a proposal creating daily fines of $200 for any sign in any public right of way.
Established First-Time Home Buyer Savings Plans
Virginians are now able to place funds in a bank, mutual fund, brokerage account, or almost any other investment and declare them first-time homebuyer savings plan accounts to be used for down payments and closing costs on first homes in Virginia. Account holders may contribute up to $50,000 (post-tax) and withdraw the principal and any interest earned up to a total of $150,000 without paying state taxes imposed on the account. Being prepared for those expenses is not only good for first-time buyers, it’s good for the entire real estate market
Negotiated a Lower Increase in the Northern Virginia Grantor’s Tax to Fund Transportation Projects
Successfully advocated the Governor’s office to lower a General Assembly passed grantor’s tax increase for congestion-relief transportation projects in Northern Virginia.
Preservation of the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID)
The MID is a remarkably effective tool that facilitates homeownership. Any changes that would limit or undermine current law will be opposed.
Thank you to those members who made an RPAC Investment of $99 and up in 2017:
2017 DARPAC Major Investors
Platinum R/President’s Circle ($5,000 +)
Gene Mock, Keller Williams Leesburg
Golden R/President’s Circle ($1,000 +)
Brad Boland, Keller Williams Dulles
Sterling R/President’s Circle ($1,000+)
Beckwith Bolle, Carter Braxton Preferred Properties
Sterling R ($1,000)
Omni Casey, Weichert, Realtors
Lars Henriksen, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Jacqueline Lawlor, Jack Lawlor Realty Co
Lee McGinnis, Keller Williams Realty
Shawn Milletary, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Shawn Mitchell, Modern Mechanical
Gwen Pangle, Pangle and Associates
Jim Stakem, Re/Max Select Properties Inc
Phyllis Stakem, Re/Max Select Properties Inc
Holly Weatherwax, Momentum Realty
Christine Windle, Dulles Area Association of REALTORS
Governor’s Club ($500-$999)
Rich Blessing, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Rick Cockrill, Keller Williams Realty
Margaret Halseth, Keller Williams Dulles
Nancy Pav, Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.
PJ Riner, Weichert, Realtors
Rebecca Vittitow, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Capital Insider ($250-$499)
Dwight Brooks, Weichert REALTORS
Michelle Campbell, Long and Foster Real Estate
Brenda MacEoin, ERA Teachers Inc.
Melody Visser, eXp Realty
Mike Wagner, Pearson Smith Realty
Rocky Westfall, Atoka Properties
$99 Club ($99-$249)
Anthony Arko, United Real Estate
Raymond Baumann, Baumann Realty
Dawn Billow, Compass West Realty LLC
Robert Butcher, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService
Margaret Burke, Re/Max Premier
Christine Covey, Keller Williams Realty
Edna Cross, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService
John Ferguson, J.T. Ferguson Real Estate
Robin Frank, Brown-Carrera Realty LLC
Kelly Gaitten, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService
Tania Gonda, Weichert, Realtors
Carol Kearney, Momentum Realty
Terry La Scola, Welcome Home Realty Group
Herbert Lisjak, Century 21 New Millennium
Christina Macro, Keller Williams Realty
Monica Mock, Keller Williams Realty
Brenda Morton, Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®
Sue Puleo, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService
John Reuter, Reuter’s Real Estate LLC
Kathryn Sink, Home for Leaders Real Estate
Guy Slone, Slone and Associates
Jim Sonnhalter, Keller Williams Realty
Sheila Stedman, Walker & Company Real Estate
Barry Taylor, Weichert, REALTORS
Carolyn Thomas, Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.
Mary Walker, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Your support of DARPAC is critical. Only because of past DARRPAC investments have the REALTORS® been able to successfully promote legislation that helps your business and fight off attacks on your livelihood. To ensure our continued success, please consider making a contribution by paying on-line or by downloading this form and faxing it to 703/771-9787 ! For more information, please contact Christine Windle, CEO, 703/727-2144 or email@example.com
Contributions to Virginia REALTORS® RPAC of are voluntary and are used for political purposes; they are not deductible for federal or state income tax purposes. Members may contribute more or less than the suggested amount and may refuse to contribute without reprisal. The National Association of REALTORS® or any of its state associations or local boards will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. NAR has established state Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocations based on anticipated National RPAC needs. Thirty percent of all Major Investor contributions are sent to NAR to be applied to the Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocation and are charged against the limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a with the remaining seventy percent maintained for state and local usage. Decisions regarding Virginia REALTORS® RPAC contributions to meet the Federal RPAC Disbursement Allocation will be made throughout the fundraising year.