Greater Mercer County
Association of Realtors®, Inc.
1940 - 2015  Celebrating 75 years as the voice
for real estate in Mercer County, Pennsylvania

 

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Why is NAR fighting ‘Patent Trolls’?
The National Association of Realtors® issued a Call-for-Action to urge U.S. representatives to support H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits. A “patent troll” is a person or company that attempts to enforce patent rights against accused infringers far beyond the patent's actual value. Realtors® are targeted by patent trolls at alarming rates. That’s because the real estate industry relies heavily on technology and software products to market properties. Patent trolls exist solely to purchase old patents and to use the threat of expensive lawsuits to extort money from legitimate businesses. They target Realtors® using technology such as dropdown menus on websites; website mapping technologies; on-line search alert functions; and scan-to-email technologies. In Pennsylvania alone, nearly 460 patent-related lawsuits have been filed.
 NAR is part of the United for Patent Reform coalition with nearly 200 other businesses – from Macy’s to Adobe Systems to Facebook – to pursue comprehensive solutions to abusive patent litigation.
 
Click on the link above and complete the Call-for-Action to urge Congress to pass this common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and Realtors® from patent troll abuse.

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WHAT IS RPAC?
RPAC is a voluntary political action committee whose membership consists of REALTORS® and affiliates interested in actively and effectively protecting the real estate industry and the dream of homeownership by participating in government affairs at the local, state and federal levels.

What does RPAC do?
RPAC is the muscle of REALTORS® in Washington, D.C. RPAC represents over 1,100,000 politically active REALTORS® that Members of Congress want as their friends. Because of the combined strength of our members who contribute, through RPAC NAR has achieved many legislative and regulatory successes including:
• The continued preservation of the
mortgage interest deduction.
• 5-year Extention of the National Flood Insurance Program
• Extended Mortgage Cancellation Relief

Why should I contribute to RPAC?
When REALTORS® join together, they have a very powerful voice that is heard loud and clear. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee exists solely to further issues important to REALTORS®. It’s the only political action committee in the country that is organized by REALTORS® to promote and protect the dream of homeownership in America. RPAC works every day on behalf of REALTORS® so that you can practice real estate with the assurance that someone is fighting for you and the real estate industry.

How does RPAC protect the real estate industry and my business?
RPAC helps protect the industry by funding those candidates for elected office who best represent the concerns of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Party.

Is RPAC affiliated with either major political party?
No. RPAC is not affiliated with the Republican or the Democratic Parties and does not support one candidate over the other because of party affiliation. Instead, RPAC supports “REALTOR® Party” candidates, those who have indicated or demonstrated that they are interested in pro-REALTOR® or pro-business issues.


GREATER MERCER COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE

THANK YOU!
To all who participated
in the donation

of over 300 items
for our Fall Food Drive!

Benefitting the Mercer County Community Food Warehouse
Thank You!   to all who participated in our 2014 "Realtor Ring Day!" 
Your support is appreciated!!

Benefitting the Salvation Army, Sharon, PA