Government Affairs

WSRAR                     HBAWS

Who We Are:
In 1994 our local Home Builders and REALTORS® joined together as Partners in Housing to work jointly on governmental issues that affect our industries and our communities. Since then, the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem 500 members and the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS’® 1400 members have been working closely together, along with other organizations and local government officials, to help build strong, viable communities in Forsyth, Davie, Stokes, Yadkin and northern Davidson Counties. Two of our major goals are to keep the American Dream of home ownership alive and to enhance the livability and quality of life of our communities. WSRAR and HBAWS share a Government Affairs Director, Troi Hicks, who can be reached by email at

We Promote:

  1. Free enterprise and property owner rights. We believe that political stability and economic prosperity are achieved when individuals have the freedom to operate in a free enterprise system and when the rights of individuals to own, use and freely transfer real property is protected.
  2. The importance of homeownership and the real estate and building industries. We believe that homeownership contributes to community responsibility; and civic, economic, business, and employment stability and family security. Homeownership merits its status as the core of the American Dream, and housing and those who provide it are a very significant part of the strength of this nation.
  3. Housing affordability and equal opportunity. We firmly believe in equal opportunity in housing and that every individual should have the opportunity to live in safe and decent housing. The economic environment must generate an ample supply of affordable and accessible housing and financing.
  4. Smart Growth .The sometimes competing demands of property owners’ rights and economic opportunity, and the demands of growth must be balanced as communities struggle to develop land use polices. Balanced approaches can maintain economic opportunity and improve the standard of living for all, while also conserving the environment.

Helpful Links

Legislative Days Information

City of Winston-Salem

       City of Winston-Salem Planning Division
       City of Winston-Salem Inspections Division
       Winston-Salem Inspections/License Portal
       Winston-Salem City Council
       Chamber of Commerce
       Stormwater/Erosion Control
       Zoning & Subdivision
      Piedmont Triad Partnership
      Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
      Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership

Forsyth County

       Forsyth County Board of Commissioners
       Forsyth County Board of Elections
       2017 County Tier Designations

Find Your Representative

       Forsyth County
       Davie County
       Stokes County
       Surry County
       Yadkin County

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