The Vermont Association of Realtors® and its more than 1,750 members are committed to preserving the dream of property ownership. These are our core values.
The Vermont Association of Realtors® (VAR) believes that the cost of housing development in terms of both time and money is growing. There are many contributing factors such as increases in mandated closing responsibilities, increases in property tax rates, increases to landlord oversight and regulation, impact fees and by the state’s lengthy environmental permitting process. We believe that housing in Vermont can be more affordable for all Vermonters by providing strong incentives for municipalities and private contractors to develop new residential housing in all price ranges.
VAR believes that a strong and vibrant economy is essential for Vermonters to pursue their dream of home ownership. Increasing Vermont’s competitiveness in the national and international marketplace will result in more and better jobs for Vermonters and increased revenue for state and local government.
VAR believes that sound fiscal policy is necessary to maintain a strong business climate and enhance future economic growth in Vermont. A consistent and predictable fiscal policy should be part of the overall plan and vision when budget decisions are made. State budgets should reflect the need for investment in areas that will create jobs and increase the tax base. High tax rates discourage business investment in Vermont and make homeownership more difficult.
VAR supports efforts to reduce and control property tax rates. High property taxes are a significant barrier to homeownership and reduce economic growth and activity.
VAR supports the continued growth of electronic commerce. The Vermont economy at the local, regional and state levels is a major benefactor of the vast and varied opportunities provided by e-commerce. However, Internet business opportunities face challenges like transaction taxation, protection of intellectual property, privacy and security that must be resolved as a matter of public policy.
VAR recognizes the need to protect and conserve natural resources to maintain Vermont’s unique environment through a fair, timely and predictable environmental permitting process that recognizes personal property rights and the necessity for economic growth and development.
VAR supports a balanced environmental permitting policy.
VAR recognizes the essential role of safe, dependable transportation systems for a sound economy. Highway and bridge construction and maintenance delays result in significantly higher costs, decreased safety, and less reliability, affecting all highway users including tourists, suppliers and employees. The use of transportation funds for purposes other than the construction, maintenance and repair of Vermont’s transportation infrastructure jeopardizes economic growth in the state.
VAR supports the traditional concept of allowing private sector businesses to operate free of unreasonable government regulations and workplace mandates.