Through the CARW Advocacy program, members always have a seat at the table for important conversations about local, state and national policy affecting the commercial real estate industry.
In partnership with the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), CARW provides an aggressive and comprehensive platform that works to foster growth and development and unleash regulatory burdens on commercial real estate professionals and transactions.
Public policy is often times quietly created and implemented without proper communication to the people and businesses. CARW educates members on all new and changing policy as it relates to the commercial real estate industry through communications, committees, legislator and leadership visits and engagement opportunities. We work with experienced professionals to execute our goals and objectives on the local, state and national levels.
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CARW Legislative Priorities
CARW focuses on a wide range of policy initiatives grouped into broad themes designed to address various issues impacting the real estate industry, including:
- Infrastructure investments
- The real estate development process
- Protecting private property rights
- Removing hurdles to successful real estate transactions
The development of the legislative agenda is a collaborative process that reflects input from individual REALTOR® members, local board staff, WRA public policy committee members and other individuals. The issues are identified based upon recurring themes involving regulations at the local level, regulatory trends from other states, calls to the WRA Legal Hotline about transactional matters, or court cases involving important real estate issues.
Our government affairs agenda seeks input and bi-partisan cooperation as legislation is introduced and passes through various stages of the legislative process.
We invite all interested members to participate in our Policy Committee, which meets monthly, to review in advance legislative agenda items.
If you have questions, please contact Tracy at [email protected] or 414.271.2021 x1
For a list of Commercial REALTOR® Priorities
RPAC stands for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. A PAC is a legal means by which interested individuals with common goals, like a trade association, ban together for the purposes of political action. The best way to positively impact issues such as property taxes, health care and protecting the rights of property owners is through RPAC, a real estate professional’s vehicle for political action.
Direct Givers Conduit
The Direct Giver Program serves as a personal donation “checking account” for individual members. The account is established and remains under your name. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) trustees and staff keep records and make recommendations for political contribution from your account, however, you have the final decision on any disbursements from your account. Contributions to federal, state and local candidates are distributed on a Direct Giver check. Each contributor is individually listed with an accompanying cover letter to the candidate’s campaign. A contribution check may be sent directly to a candidate for your convenience, or to you personally to deliver it to the candidate(s) you have chosen.
The advantage is both you and CARW are recognized for your contribution. It’s like getting twice the bang for your buck!
Out of State License (OSL)
In January 2015, a new voluntary option became available in Wisconsin that permitted a Wisconsin firm, or an in-state licensee (ISL), to allow an out-of-state broker (OSL) to provide limited brokerage services in Wisconsin. Wis. Stat. § 452.137 allowed Wisconsin listing firms to either enter into a referral arrangement with an OSL or enter into a cooperative agreement with an OSL. Therefore, the ISL remains at the helm of the transaction while offering flexibility, if desired, to an ISL that is okay with an OSL participating in a transaction.