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Housing’s public policy agenda

Part 2: Politics and real estate

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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 her belief that there should be more caps on development and more green space established in her market. "As an environmentalist, I feel very strongly about growth policy, but it doesn't always go hand ...