This site is about the overreaching political power of the NC Association of Realtors flush with money from cashing in your equity 6% at a time, leaving you to pay for growth with property taxes, year after year, with or without cash flow. In the last few years NCAR has pumped millions of dollars into NC political campaigns at the state and local level. They have spent millions more to defeat Local Options for Local Governments with misleading ads.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Chatham County Laboratory

Chatham County has been a political laboratory for developers and realtors in recent years, as documented by Jennifer Strom in The Independent:

It started in 2002
How Bunkey Won: A Chatham County group tapped into Triangle-wide developers' coalition
Fast forward to 2006:
High noon in Chatham: County on edge as the primary election nears
These are legitimate groups:
The Chatham Coalition
Chatham Citizens for Effective Communities
Pittsboro Together
This is the official Chatham County information site:
Chatham Land Transfer Tax Referendum

The name "Chatham County Coalition for Homeownership" is deliberately chosen to sow confusion with the legit "Chatham Coalition". All counties should expect robo-calls and a last minute surge of disinformation, much of it sourced from Civitas and John Locke Foundation.

Rob Schofield had a good review of the disinformation being circulated about this complex issue:
One Size Does Not Fit All
Yesterday Chris Fitzsimon had an article summarizing the realtors involvement:
The Realtors’ misleading rhetoric continues

Having just flown over Chatham County this week it was dismaying to observe the pock-marked landscape with large swaths of cleared red dirt each relieved only by a handful of specks representing the first buildings of subdivisions and all within sight of the dried shores of Lake Jordan.

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