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:
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.
Extension of the Mortgage Debt Tax Relief to Distressed Homeowners
Support a continued extension of the exclusion from taxation of the “phantom income” generated when all or a portion of a mortgage loan is forgiven.
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.
Improved REALTOR® Safety
A felony charge was added for any criminal who lures or entices a REALTOR® to a property with the intent to do harm. The added felony will increase a criminal’s sentence by up to 6 years.
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.
Ban on Private Transfer Fee Covenants
Eliminated private transfer fee covenants, which would require future buyers or sellers to pay a transfer fee to whoever is designated in the covenant on all future transfers.
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.
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
Thank you to those members who made an RPAC Investment of $99 and up in 2015::
2016 DARPAC Major Investors
Platinum R/President’s Circle ($10,000)
Gene Mock, Keller Williams Leesburg
Golden R/President’s Circle ($2,500)
Brad Boland, Keller Williams Dulles
Sterling R ($1000)
Shawn Milletary, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Beckwith Bolle, Carter Braxton Preferred Properties
Jacqueline Campiti, Jack Lawlor Realty Co
Omni Casey, Weichert, Realtors
Lars Henriksen, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Ashton Hogge, Weichert, Realtors
Gwen Pangle, Pangle and Associates
Phyllis Stakem, Re/Max Select Properties Inc
Holly Weatherwax, Momentum Realty
Christine Windle, Dulles Area Association of REALTORS
Governor’s Club ($500-$999)
PJ Riner, Weichert, Realtors
James Stakem, Re/Max Select Properties Inc
Rebecca Vittitow, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Lee McGinnis, Keller Williams Realty
Capital Insider ($250-$499)
Dwight Brooks, Weichert, Realtors
Kelly Gaitten, Berkshire Hathaway Home Servic
Michelle Campbell, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Melody Visser, eXp Realty
$99 Club ($99-$249)
Shaila Millman, Century 21 Redwood Realty
Nancy Pav, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Michael Wagner, Pearson Smith Realty
John Ferguson, J.T. Ferguson Real Estate
Robin Frank, Brown-Carrera Realty LLC
Sue Puleo, Berkshire Hathaway Home Servic
Guy Slone, Slone And Associates
Lonnie Stock, ERA-Teachers, Inc.
Judith Rudat, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService
Timothy Schutte, Keller Williams Realty
Paul Brouwer, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
Brenda MacEoin, ERA-Teachers, Inc.
Leslie Wilson, Keller Williams Realty
Greg Davidson, Fairway Independent Mortgage C
Sandra Fletcher, Coldwell Banker Residential
Tania Gonda, Weichert, Realtors
Barry Tayloy, Weichert, Realtors
Richard Cockrill, Keller Williams Realty
Edna Cross, Berkshire Hathaway Home Servic
Rebecca Hanrahan, Hanrahan Properties LLC
Carol Kearney, Momentum Realty
David King, Long & Foster Real Estate Inc
John Reuter, Reuters Real Estate LLC
Jim Sonnhalter, Keller Williams-LoudounGateway
Charles Witt, NOVA Home Hunters Realty
Harry Yazbek, Coldwell Banker Residential Bk
Your support of DARRPAC 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, Director, DAAR Government Affairs and Communications, 703/727-2144 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributions are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes. Contributions to DARPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The Association will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contribution, and you may refuse to contribute without reprisal by the Association. 70% of each contribution is used by your State RPAC to support state and local political candidates. The other 30% is sent to National RPAC to support Federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a.