Recently, Wisconsin Realtors Association got together and endorsed Scott Walker in the recall election, over the objections of many of their members and without even knowing who he will be running against. While they are long backers of republican candidates, having contributed $150,000 to Walkers first election, the actual realtors/members throughout the state are not very happy!
“It’s very short-sighted for an industry trade association leadership that has 100 percent of Wisconsinites as its consumer base to act in such a clearly partisan political way,” says Troy Thiel, a Realtor with Keller Williams Capital Square in Madison.
Thiel is a founding member of Real Estate Professionals for a Better Wisconsin (REPROS), a group formed last year after Walker began implementing some of his policies, including increased health and retirement contributions for government employees that had the effect of reducing their take-home pay, often by hundreds of dollars a month.
REPROS now counts more than 130 members from Rice Lake to Milwaukee, although that’s just a sliver of the 13,000 WRA members statewide.
Paul Kurensky of Northshore Homes in Milwaukee says he’s long been against the WRA making political endorsements. But he’s particularly bothered by what he calls the “knee-jerk” endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidates in the past, including Mark Green and Scott McCallum.
“Real estate agents aren’t a homogenous group any more than homebuyers,” he says. “By making these endorsements they just end up pissing people off.”
That is what is great about the free market system. If you think a 6% commission on selling your house, and resulting money being spent on the Walker re-election campaign you can always Do it Yourself! http://www.fsbowisconsin.com/