Advocacy

What is REALTOR® Advocacy?

KCRAR advocates on behalf of our region’s REALTORS® and property owners on policy initiatives that strengthen the ability of Americans to own, buy and sell property. We work as a part of the REALTOR®Party to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests and promote a vibrant business environment.

Kansas City Realtor Party
Residential and Commercial Forecast
  • Partner with regional economic development organizations on economic development efforts
  • Encourage REALTORS® to be more involved with local economic development (EDC) councils
  • Engage in global initiatives to increase business recruitment and foreign direct investment in the Kansas City region
  • Partner on inbound and outbound trade missions with countries who have potential for foreign direct investment
  • Advocate for policies and regulations at the local and state levels that will support business growth and job creation in the region
Rock the Block
  • Seek grant funding opportunities to hold first-time homebuyer resource events in underserved areas of the region
  • Partner with Habitat for Humanity and local cities on “REALTORS® Rock the Block”events to help improve the quality of local neighborhoods
  • Partner with interested cities and seek grant funding opportunities to hold citywide open house events targeted at first-time homebuyers
  • Advocate for policies that will reduce the regulatory burden on development and increase the supply of affordable owner-occupied and rental housing
  • Support local law enforcement agencies in order to help increase the safety of our neighborhoods and communities
School District Lunch & Learn
  • Partner with local school districts on programs to update REALTORS on district programs and trends
  • Advocate at both the local and state levels for responsible funding of local schools, higher education and vocational training
  • Engage in efforts to provide political support to local school board candidates
  • Partner with UMKC on leadership and real estate programs for current and prospective real estate professionals
  • Partner with local school districts on financial literacy and property ownership materials and programs
Congresswoman Sharice Davids
  • Advocate at both the local and state levels for more funding for all transportation networks, including roads, air, rail and trails
  • Encourage participation of REALTORS® on local transportation and planning boards, committees and task forces
  • Utilize placemaking grants to help local governments plan for infrastructure improvements to accommodate new development
  • Advocate at both the local and state level for more funding for maintenance, repair and expansion of water and sewer infrastructure

RPAC

Funds Raised in 2021 57%

Each year, KCRAR sets a Missouri and a Kansas goal for raising funds for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). The graphic above shows our progress at this point in the year for our collective goal.

Current Issues

2021 Missouri Property Assessment Appeals: Even though this is a biennial event, many homeowners may be unaware of the process and the fact that they can appeal the value of their property determined by the assessor. Especially in this unique market, homeowners may experience unexpected increases in their assessed valuations compared to those in 2019 and may be looking for expert advice and assistance. This is a great opportunity for REALTORS® to reach out to past clients and customers, offering to help them determine a fair assessed valuation and navigate the appeals process if applicable. Please note that appeals to the Board of Equalization are being accepted from May 1 to July 12, with hearings commencing in most counties on July 19. Learn More…

Major Investors

RPAC Major Investors Hall of Fame $50,000+ Lifetime Investment

Jim Gamble

T. David Rogers

Hall of Fame $25,000+ Lifetime Investment

Jeff Carson
Rob Curtis

Jeff Hill
Judy Miller

Dan ONeill
Brenda Oliver

Dan Sight
Pat Tholen

Golden “R” Investors $5,000+ Annual Investment

Jeff Carson
Heartland MLS
Jim Gamble

Jeff Hill
Bobbi Howe
KCRAR

Jennifer Langston-Justus
Andrew Mall
Kathy Minden

Brenda Oliver
Dan ONeill
T. David Rogers

Crystal “R” Investors $2,500+ Annual Investment

Tony Conant
Linda Cone

Kipp Cooper
Steve Johns

Lin Van Meter

President’s Circle $2,000+ Directly to Candidates

Jeff Carson 
Jim Gamble
Kipp Cooper
 
Alex Goering
Bobbi Howe
Jennifer Langston-Justus
Andrew Mall
Lin Van Meter
Kathy Minden
Brenda Oliver
Dan ONeill
T. David Rogers
Brent Sledd

Sterling “R” Investors $1,000+ Annual Investment

Larry Apple
Christian Barnes
Megan Bosley
Rick Bradford
Heather Broderick
Scottie Broderick
Tameka Bryant
Bob Bucher
Jodi Carpenter
Katherine Casey
Kathryn Clark
Marian Coast
Chris Collins
David Cooper

Marcia Cull
Cindy Cunningham
Dennis Curtin
Rob Curtis
Chris Cribb
Gregg Davidson
Gary Derks
Mary Edwards
Mark Emerick
Janelle Enderson
Kristi Soligo Fleshman
Kris Fabrizius
Katie Vielhauer Forrest
Majid Ghavami

Melody Ghavami
Terri Gilgour
Alex Goering
Aundre Gray
Yogendra Gupta
Julie Horseman
Judy Johns
John Ketchum
Greg Koons
Brad Korn
Lynne Matile
Judy Miller
Mark Neighbors
Kyle Niemann

Andi Pawlowski
Derek Ramsay
Sherrie Rickel
Edward Rippee
Dan Sight
Brent Sledd
Thomas Shaw
Andrea Sheridan
Crystal Swearingen
Johanna Swearingen
Pat Tholen
Randy Vanderpool