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Capitol Insights is a new podcast offered by the WRA to discuss key advocacy issues that are important to property owners and the real estate industry. Capitol Insights delivers the latest real estate legislative developments so you'll stay up to date on legislative and political issues that affect the industry and your business. This new podcast features WRA staffers and members from around Wisconsin who discuss timely, relevant topics of interest. Simply tune in, listen and learn about the latest real estate-related updates at the state capitol.

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Featured Podcasts

Tom Larson, Cori Lamont and Joe Murray gaze into their political crystal ball and discuss how the outcome of the November 3 elections will influence legislation in Madison and Washington, D.C., over the next two years. What will the WRA and NAR legislative agenda include if we have divided government vs. single-party control? Listen in for 13 minutes and get the inside scoop on how the likely election outcomes will influence the REALTOR® agenda in 2021-22.

Do you ever wonder which programs your state association dues pay for? Listen to WRA attorneys Tom Larson and Cori Lamont as they provide a brief overview of the WRA’s advocacy within the judiciary branch of government, the Legal Action Program. Local, state and federal cases involving commissions, short-term rentals, moratoria on local development, wind siting rules, shoreland zoning and more are just some of the issues the program has been involved in. The Legal Action Program has the backs of REALTORS®, homeowners and property owners. It’s worth every penny and more!

On September 4, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared a temporary halt to residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Congress and President Trump did not, however, provide any additional financial assistance to help tenants and landlords during the moratorium. In this episode of Capitol Insights, the WRA’s Tom Larson and Joe Murray discuss the current number of evictions in Wisconsin as well as what the WRA and landlord associations are doing to educate Congress on the need for additional rental assistance to go along with the nationwide eviction moratorium.

Listen to the WRA's Tom Larson and Joe Murray discuss the current political environment in Wisconsin, including the presidential race and down-ballot races. Topics in this episode include Trump, Biden, and legislative election goals for Democrats and Republicans this fall. In just 12 minutes, you'll gain a better understanding of what to watch for on November 3.

Tune in to listen to Tom Larson and Cori Lamont of the WRA's public affairs team discuss legislation pending in the Wisconsin Senate that requires home inspectors to use the word "defect" in inspection reports when inspectors discover a clearly defined defect in the property. You'll gain valuable insights into why this common-sense legislation was necessary in the first place.

For some WRA members, cow manure and politics smell the same, and they don’t want to get too close to either one. But even if you don’t like the smell of politics, your engagement is critical because the stakes are so high. In this episode, WRA Senior Vice President of Legal & Public Affairs Tom Larson and WRA Director of Political Affairs Joe Murray discuss the importance of advocacy at the state Capitol in Madison and what this advocacy means to your bottom line. You are not required to plug your nose for this.

We have all heard reports that say residential rental evictions surged due to the Wisconsin eviction moratorium expiration in May. The real numbers show a 30% decline for the first six months of 2020 versus 2019. How can this be true, you ask? Listen in as WRA chief lobbyist Tom Larson and residential rental expert Tim Ballering from the Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin (AASEW) break down the actual numbers and provide valuable insights into the eviction issue in Wisconsin.

In the 2018 Movrich v. Lobermeier case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that riparian owners on a flowage do not have a right to place a pier. This decision could impact thousands of waterfront property owners by limiting their access to the water and decreasing the value of their property. WRA Senior Vice President of Legal and Public Affairs Tom Larson and attorney, land use and property rights specialist Larry Konopacki discuss the fallout from this decision and the status of legislation to restore the rights to place a pier in the Badger State.

Learn about the responsibilities and challenges from the leader of the state’s regulatory body for real estate licensees. Curious about the most common consumer complaint or how COVID-19 has impacted the profession? Chairman of the Real Estate Examining Board (REEB) Tom Richie will provide a glimpse of what it is like to be on the REEB and regulate the real estate profession.

Listen to Tom Larson and Cori Lamont of the WRA legislative team discuss the status of the WRA’s legislation related to home inspectors, the right to place a pier, the workforce housing shortage and disclosure reports. This brief yet insightful update will explore why these bills are still “pending” in the legislature as well as why these issues matter to both homeowners and REALTORS® in Wisconsin.

Tune in to hear what it’s like to practice real estate in a state that did not deem home buyers and sellers “essential.”

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