Hacker Connect January 16 in New York
An event for and by the real estate tech community

Editor's note: Since the Homestead Act more than 150 years ago, politics, policy and real estate have gone hand in hand. Today, politics and policy are even more central to a vibrant and functioning real estate market. In this special four-part series of stories during an election year, Inman News looks at the relationship between politics and real estate. (See Part 1: Democrats, Libertarians make inroads in housing; Part 3: Realtors have money, masses; and Part 4: People, money, issues drive housing's political agenda.) Environmental and growth policy issues are top priority for Valerie Hietala, a Realtor with RE/MAX on Anna Marie Island off the coast of Florida. Hietala taught environmental sciences before she started selling real estate. She admitted her career is often at odds with he...