REALTORS®, Housing Issues Shine Brightly at GOP Convention

September 1, 2000

PHILADELPHIA—REALTOR® efforts were amply recognized by political leaders and party delegates here at the GOP convention, and that recognition wasn’t limited to words.

The Republican Party platform contains key NAR-backed planks, including protection for online data such as listings and maintaining a balanced environmental policy that keeps growth decisions at the local level.

The GOP platform also makes a strong statement about the importance of homeownership. The platform calls for continuing the mortgage interest deduction as part of any tax reform plan; creating a homeownership tax credit to help developers build affordable single-family housing; and enacting a downpayment assistance program to help first-time buyers.

The platform also urges cuts in capital gains taxes and help to localities that want to remove rules that drive up housing costs.

GOP leaders also had some nice things to say about REALTORS®. Speaking at a “Housing Opportunity” reception hosted by NAR and other housing industry organizations, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., thanked REALTORS® for their unwavering support of policies that promote homeownership and preserve property rights.

More than 100 REALTORS® were among the roughly 2,000 delegates at the convention, which nominated Texas Gov. George W. Bush the official Republican presidential candidate.

One of the youngest delegates at the convention was Anna Emerick, 20, a REALTOR®from Las Cruces, N.M. “Everybody should be involved in politics,” she said. “Policy decisions can have a huge impact on our lives.”

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