The Wisconsin REALTORS® Association advocates every day on behalf of REALTORS® and property owners.
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We work for you by advocating for policy initiatives that strengthen Wisconsinites’ ability to own, buy and sell real property. We also work with you by providing a wide variety of resources to foster and harness our organization’s grassroots strength.

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Current Issues

Growing our Economy with More Workforce Housing

HELP PROVIDE HOUSING FOR OUR GROWING ECONOMY

Wisconsin employers are having difficulty recruiting workers to fill thousands of job openings due to a shortage of affordable housing options for workers.

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Holding the Line on Property Taxes

HIGH PROPERTY TAXES CREATE A BARRIER TO HOMEOWNERSHIP AND JOB GROWTH IN WISCONSIN

A home is the single largest investment an individual or family can make. When many prospective homeowners begin their property search one of the largest portions of this investment that they do not take into consideration is the property tax associated with the purchase.

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Homeowners Associations

A homeowners association (HOA) is a subdivision organization that creates and enforces rules relating to properties within its control. When a property is purchased within an HOA, the property owner and the property automatically become a member of the HOA and often are required to regularly pay fees.

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Equity Theft In Real Estate Foreclosure Sales

Wisconsin property owners work hard to own their home and land. Unfortunately, because of difficult times and other unforeseen circumstances, some end up losing their property due to foreclosure.  READ MORE

Addressing the 40-year Expiration of Access Easements in Wisconsin

Under current Wisconsin law (Wis. Stat. § 893.33), access easements automatically expire after 40 years unless renewed by re-recording the easements. The average Wisconsin property owner is completely unaware of the re-recording requirements and the automatic expiration of their easement. For property owners, sellers and buyers, it comes as a shock creating tremendous confusion and negatively impacting property values, to discover the easement providing access to the property has expired just as the property is going to be sold to a purchaser.  READ MORE

Discriminatory Covenants and Deed Restrictions in Wisconsin

Offensive, discriminatory covenants based on race and other protected classes appear in deeds and subdivision restrictions and covenants throughout Wisconsin. While illegal, this language remains on the title records and title commitment reports received by buyers looking to purchase these properties.  READ MORE

WRA Victories

Home Inspectors Accountability

PROVIDE CONSISTENCY FOR HOMEBUYERS

Home inspectors provide an invaluable service to prospective buyers and sellers. They create an atmosphere of comfort for both ends of a real estate transaction by allowing both buyers and sellers to be aware of any and all condition issues with a potential property.

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Restore Property Rights for Waterfront Property Owners

PROTECT OUR PIERS AND PUT A STOP TO DISAPPEARING DOCKS

For more than 140 years, all Wisconsin waterfront property owners had the right to place a pier to enjoy the Badger State’s wonderful waterways.

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Restore Property Rights for Waterfront Property Owners

PROTECT OUR PIERS AND PUT A STOP TO DISAPPEARING DOCKS

For more than 140 years, all Wisconsin waterfront property owners had the right to place a pier to enjoy the Badger State’s wonderful waterways.

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Grow Broadband Accessibility

HELP PROVIDE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACROSS THE STATE

Broadband internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity. The term “broadband” is used to describe high-speed internet access through various technology platforms such as cable, telephone wires, and wireless technologies. It gives users the ability to send and receive data at volumes and speeds much greater than “dial-up” internet access provided by traditional telephone lines.

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