Greater Nashville Realtors has a strong culture of advocating for our neighbors and property owner rights. Our members volunteer thousands of hours, and invest significant funds, to support that effort. Two committees, Legislative and RPAC, have different roles in accomplishing that goal.
The Legislative Committee, chaired by Scott Troxel, is focused on current and emerging legislative issues, particularly at the local level. They have hosted several well-attended panels and speaker events to keep our members well-informed. This committee also has members who attend council meetings, speak on behalf of issues that are of concern to our members and communities, and participate in events that focus on transit, affordable housing, greenways, downtown livability, Chamber of Commerce community planning, and so much more.
The Realtor Political Action Committee (RPAC), led by chair, Denise Creswell, focuses on raising funds as a PAC to provide for local political advisers, along with supporting public office candidates and legislative issues. Currently, 37 percent of our members invest in RPAC, and 82 of our members are Major Investors who contribute a minimum of $1,000 annually toward property rights advocacy. Maintaining a focus on legislation and candidates that support pro-property rights, this nonpartisan committee can work with legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Both committees review candidates for public office and make recommendations for campaign contributions. They consistently meet with local council members to learn more about the work they are doing on behalf of their constituents and talk with them about issues of concern for housing, codes and zoning, as well as contractors, commercial property owners and managers.
Our entire membership has also recently participated in two national calls to action for the extension of the Flood Insurance Affordability Act, to make sure all our neighbors can have continued affordable flood coverage.
These two committees also participate with hundreds of Realtors from all over Tennessee advocating for property owner rights at the state capitol during Realtor Day on the Hill.
With the 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing this year, it’s been vital to continue the work that was started by previous Realtors to continue the fight against discrimination in housing. Realtors do more than sell houses; they continue to advocate for property owner rights and legislation that preserves those rights.