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State Call to Action: Oppose Budget Amendment to Increase Petroleum Reduction Deductible

A dedicated trust fund was established in the early 1990s which is used to reimburse homeowners and businesses for the costs associated with cleaning up petroleum releases. Owners of leaking tanks are required by law to report and cleanup the releases.

NV/RPAC Trustees

The NV/RPAC Bylaws outline the membership of the NV/RPAC Trustees. All Trustees are appointed to their terms by the NVAR Chairman of the Board and consist of:


The Committee shall be comprised of eleven (11) voting Trustees: 


  • Two (2) RPAC of Virginia Trustees representing NVAR, staggered three year terms; 
  • One (1) at-large NVAR contributor to Northern Virginia/RPAC, 2-year terms for each; 
  • Two (2) at-large members of the NVAR Board of Directors, 2-year terms for each; 
  • The Northern Virginia/RPAC Campaign Committee Chairman, 1-year term;
  • The NVAR Public Policy Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman, 1-year term for each; 
  • The Chairman of the NVAR Legislative Bill Review Committee, 1-year term; and,
  • Two (2) additional NVAR members, 2-year terms each.


Should one of the above members be unwilling or unable to serve their designated term, the NVAR Chairman of the Board has the authority to appoint an equivalent member to that position.

Trustee Info

The NV/RPAC Trustees


Candidate funding decisions are made by NVAR Realtor® members who serve as NV/RPAC Trustees. The eleven Trustees are appointed by the elected NVAR Chairman of the Board. The NV/RPAC Bylaws outline the criteria for becoming a Trustee, and include the appointment of the chairmen of the Government Affairs, Legislative Bill Review and NV/RPAC Campaign committees, at-large BOD members, and other at-large RPAC contributors.

Your local NV/RPAC Trustees are fellow Realtors® of both parties. They conduct interviews of candidates for state and local office and analyze candidate responses to NV/RPAC’s issue questionnaire. For incumbents, the Trustees review the official’s voting record on Realtor® issues, leadership positions, committee assignments, willingness to work with NVAR, and likelihood of being re-elected. NVAR lobbyists and members of the Trustees would have also met with the elected official during his or her term in office.

The Trustees leave their individual party affiliations at the door when making funding decisions, and support the candidates that best represent the views of the “Realtor® Party” on issues relating to the real estate industry and homeownership.


For additional information on the candidate endorsement process, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.


NV/RPAC Trustee Appointments

View a sample candidate questionnaire


What is the role of National RPAC, RPAC of Virginia and NV/RPAC?

National RPAC evaluates candidates for federal offices and, as a federal PAC, is the sole contributor to federal campaigns. NAR consults with the respective state and local associations on funding for candidates and incumbents.

RPAC of Virginia evaluates statewide candidates (Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General) as well as all 140 members of the General Assembly, in consultation with local associations.

NV/RPAC has the sole responsibility of reviewing candidates for local Boards of Supervisors and City Councils, and reviews General Assembly members from the Northern Virginia area.

 How are RPAC contributions used?

RPAC contributions are used to fund candidates for public office and to support issues campaigns that are in line with established Realtor® public policy positions. Each contribution is split between NV/RPAC (40%), RPAC of Virginia (30%) and National RPAC (30%).

 How are NVAR’s public policy positions developed?

NVAR’s public policy positions are updated yearly and included in the NVAR Legislative Program document. All NVAR committees and forums are asked to submit issues for consideration by the Legislative Program Task Force. The Task Force researches and discusses the issues and prepares a draft of the Legislative Program for the NVAR Government Affairs Committee. The Government Affairs Committee reviews the draft and makes recommendations to the NVAR Board of Directors. Ultimately, the NVAR Board of Directors approves the policy positions contained in the final Legislative Program. These policy positions are then used by the Trustees to evaluate candidates for office.

 On what policy issues does NVAR take a position?

NVAR’s positions encompass many policy areas and are not exclusive to one political party or viewpoint. Those include: affordable housing, transportation funding, eminent domain, POA and Condo association fees, zoning authority, real estate transaction fees, development costs and requirements, real estate licensing, private property rights, landlord-tenant agreements, environmental protection and many others. The issues in the current Legislative Program can be found on NVAR’s Government Affairs Web page under “Advocacy Priorities.”

 How are the NV/RPAC Trustees appointed?

The eleven Trustees are appointed by the elected NVAR Chairman of the Board. The NV/RPAC Bylaws outline the criteria for becoming a Trustee, and include the appointment of the chairmen of the Government Affairs, Legislative Bill Review and NV/RPAC Campaign committees, at-large BOD members, and other at-large RPAC contributors.

 What tools do the NV/RPAC Trustees use to evaluate candidates for open seats?

The Trustees may elect to take a position in an open seat race or to stay out completely. If they choose to get involved, the usual process is to invite both major party candidates for an in-person interview and to have them complete a written questionnaire on real estate issues.

 What tools do the NV/RPAC Trustees use to evaluate incumbents?

Trustees consider an incumbent’s voting record on Realtor® issues, leadership positions, committee assignments, willingness to work with NVAR, and likelihood of being re-elected. NVAR lobbyists and members of the Trustees would have also met with the elected official during his or her term in office.

 Is NV/RPAC bi-partisan?

None of the decisions made by the NV/RPAC Trustees are based on a candidate’s political party affiliation. NV/RPAC’s mission is not to change the balance of political power toward one party or another, but rather to work with those who are in office for the benefit of our membership. When participating in events hosted by a political party, NV/RPAC strives to contribute equally.  When contributing to individuals, support is given to those that have supported Realtor® issues. Issues outside of NVAR’s established public policy positions are not considered.

 Is there a political balance in RPAC contributions?

Contributions at the local, state and federal level closely track the respective make-ups of Northern Virginia’s local governments, the General Assembly and Congress. 

 How does NV/RPAC share information on candidates it supports?

NVAR publishes the names and party affiliations of candidates it supports on the Web site and in the NVAR News and Town Hall Notes publications. This information is also distributed through the Government Affairs Department booth at the Economic Summit and Annual Convention trade shows. In addition, all NV/RPAC activities and contributions are public record, available on



Interview Questions

Sample NV/RPAC Candidate Interview Questions


Land Use and Housing


For several years, Northern Virginia has struggled with the effects of infill development and “mansionization” on existing neighborhoods. What measures, if any, would you support to address infill development?


Despite the fact that localities have many land use tools at their disposal, some continue to look to the General Assembly to provide them with additional tools.  What is your position on the “land use” tools currently granted by the General Assembly? Would you seek approval for additional tools?


What are your recommendations on residential overcrowding?


What are your thoughts on Accessible Housing (Universal Design) incentives or requirements?


Adequate affordable housing remains a problem for the Northern Virginia area. Among the factors contributing to this problem are regulatory barriers, such as building code and zoning standards, “not in my backyard” sentiments from local residents, and loss of existing affordable housing units. What proposals would you advance to help ease the housing crunch?


Taxation and Government Authority


There are discussions taking place at the state level concerning reform of Virginia’s tax structure, particularly as it relates to business taxation like the BPOL tax. What are your thoughts on these proposals?


Legislation passed during the 2007 General Assembly session changed the basis of the real estate grantor’s tax to the higher of the “stated consideration” (sales price) or the “value of the interest”, which some Clerks of the Court have interpreted to mean the tax assessment value of the property. The tax assessed value may fall up to one year behind the actual market conditions and in today’s environment is likely to be above the fair market value of the property. Would you support legislation to return the grantor’s tax basis back to the “stated consideration,” or sales price, of the property conveyed?


Localities derive most of their tax revenue from fees on real estate holdings and transactions.  What is your position on transfer/recordation taxes, developer impact fees and real estate property taxes?


Elected officials must make decisions that will maintain the economic prosperity that makes Northern Virginia an attractive region in which to live and work.  They will also face continuing demands to pay for infrastructure needs.  Balancing these pressures will be a top priority in the foreseeable future. What policies would you advocate to sustain the economic prospects of Northern Virginia?


How would you address demands for increased infrastructure? What, if any, additional state or local funding sources for infrastructure would you support?


Virginia’s Dillon Rule grants local governments only those powers explicitly given to them by the Virginia General Assembly. What is your position on the Dillon Rule?


Transportation and Infrastructure


The Virginia General Assembly approved significant new funding for transportation in 2013. Now that funding has been approved, there are debates on how to best spend those funds. How would you prioritize both local and regional transportation dollars? What role would factors such as congestion relief, public safety and economic development play in your decisions?


What would be your priority recommendations for road and transit projects?


Do you support making the transportation trust fund “off-limits” to other programs?




Northern Virginia’s local governments are embracing new environmental initiatives to conserve natural resources and become more “green.” Some have proposed voluntary measures or financial assistance, while others would prefer mandated actions. What actions would you support in the areas of energy efficiency?


What is your position on requiring green construction practices, including LEED and other certifications? Do you believe that incentives should be provided to offset the additional costs of green construction?


What is your position on point-of-sale mandates, such as energy audits or system retrofitting, prior to the transfer of real property?


Would you seek additional authority from the General Assembly to implement energy conservation programs? If so, please explain.

 Virginia localities are currently revising their stormwater management ordinances to comply with new Chesapeake Bay clean-up regulations. If you were evaluating these proposals as an elected official, how would you balance the obligations on property owners with the need for an improved Chesapeake Bay?

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