Realtors pushing for pre-emptive bans on transfer taxes

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Having backed successful campaigns in at least four other states, Realtors are shelling out nearly $6 million in the hopes of banning real estate transfer taxes in Oregon through passage of a constitutional amendment that’s been panned as a "carve-out" for a single industry by another business association that opposes it.

There are currently no real estate transfer taxes in Oregon, except in Washington County, which imposes a 0.1 percent transfer tax, or $200 on a $200,000 home.