REALTORS® are the watch dog when it comes to cities passing ordinances and when the state and federal governments proposing laws that impact the commercial real estate profession.
The "REALTOR® Party" is the term the National Association of REALTORS® uses to describe their nonpartisan advocacy efforts to protect property rights and promote the industry. About 1/3 (or $40) of National NAR Dues are earmarked for REALTOR® Party activities. When combined with funds raised and distributed through the RPAC and Corporate Ally Programs, REALTORS® are consistently ranked among the top five advocacy organizations in the country (for 2016 REALTORS® were the second largest, ranked behind the US Chamber of Commerce.)
Participation in REALTOR® Party activities does not require REALTOR® membership in COCAR™, but Affiliate membership in COCAR™ is minimally required.
The activities sponsored by the REALTOR® Party represent one of the largest professional, nonpartisan advocacy groups in the country, with significant presence at the federal, state and local levels.
The COCAR ™ Advocacy/Government Affairs Committee is responsible for coordinating our association's interactions with local governments' legislative and regulatory activities: