Building Relationships for a Better Tomorrow

By MNR News posted 27 days ago

MN-RPAC helps elect candidates who understand and support Realtor® issues
At its core, real estate is a relationship business. Of course, we earn our living by helping people buy and sell property, but relationships hold it all together. And though it can be hard to see when we’re hustling from showings to closings and everything in between, those relationships go far beyond connections to clients and colleagues. As Realtors®, we’re part of an industry that touches the lives of everyone in Minnesota and across the nation. That’s why it’s vital for us to make our voices heard from the Capitol in St. Paul to the Capitol in Washington, D.C. 

Our organization—the Minnesota Realtors® Political Action Committee (MN-RPAC)—has spent decades supporting candidates who will work with Realtors® on issues important to our industry that advance homeownership and protect private property rights. By building relationships with senators and representatives on both sides of the political aisle, we advocate for legislation that puts more Minnesotans in homes of their own. Last year’s passage of the First-Generation Homebuyers Downpayment Assistance Fund allotted $150 million for helping homebuyers without enough savings to obtain grant funds for a downpayment. This fund will have a life-changing impact for thousands of families across the state, particularly those from communities of color.

We’re there for you in times of crisis, too. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota Realtors® (MNR) successfully advocated for real estate to be designated an essential service. This kept the doors open and the deals closing, paving the way for the greatest real estate boom in Minnesota history.
MN-RPAC is integral to ensuring the Realtor® voice is heard at the Capitol. MNR speaks up early and often when bills arise that would affect Realtors®, the real estate industry, or property rights. And that’s no small feat. In 2023 alone, nearly 7,000 bills were introduced in the House and Senate—a record number.
But our efforts don’t stop at Minnesota’s borders. In the early spring, the MN-RPAC team traveled to Washington, D.C. and met with our representatives from both parties in the nation’s Capital. There, we worked toward building bipartisan consensus on issues of critical importance, like preserving the independent contractor status of Realtors® in Minnesota and across the country. And supporting a long overdue increase in capital gains forgiveness for the sale of a primary home. This could make a huge difference for homeowners with a lot of equity who have been reluctant to sell. That would bring desperately needed properties to market, ultimately increasing the supply of affordable homes.
Of course, ultimately, MN-RPAC is a local advocacy organization. 70% of every dollar our members contribute is used to advance the rights and prosperity of Realtors®, the real estate industry, and property and homeowners in Minnesota.  And while the financial support of members is critical, relationships are what help get our goals across the finish line. Major Investors not only contribute through dollars but perhaps most importantly, with their time and connections. Using your deep experience, you can build relationships with elected officials, make your voice heard on important issues, and work toward a better future for the real estate industry. Along the way, you’ll further your career, contribute to the success of others, and help make Minnesota a welcoming home for generations to come. 

Wendy Uzelac
Broker, RE/MAX Thousand Lakes
MNR First VP & MN-RPAC Trustee
Member of MNR Board of Directors & NAR Major Investor Council