NAR launched its Hurricane Katrina relief effort Aug. 31. In less than a week, we’d already received more than $1 million in contributions to the REALTORS Relief Foundation. That’s in addition to the $1.15 million contributed by NAR. But more is needed.
Our industry has made real progress in helping to bring equal opportunity to more Americans. Today, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reflects the diversity of our country better than at any time in our history.
The Member Profile is an important tool for helping NAR understand who you are as a professional and what you need from your association. The Profile also points up areas where NAR clearly faces a challenge.
The Small Business Health Fairness Act would give small-business owners and self-employed workers the same right to affordable quality health insurance as corporate employees and union members by allowing small businesses to band together, through their associations, to negotiate lower health insurance costs.
Accounting irregularities in the past three years at both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac leave little doubt about the need for change. But our industry depends on the right reform, not reform that will potentially weaken the GSEs and threaten our nation’s housing finance system.
Investing in the FamilyTime DVD, both for yourself and for your clients and customers, is one of those win-win-win situations we like to talk about in our business: It’s a win for your family, it’s a win for your clients’ families, and it’s a win for the REALTOR® family.
If you’ve watched the hoopla surrounding the Democratic and Republican national conventions, you don’t need any more speeches about unity. What you do need is substantive information that can help you make informed decisions on Election Day, Nov. 2.
A headline that focuses on the profit picture is too vague to have meaning. The public could read it and decide there’s fat to be excised from the transaction. Meanwhile, many brokers are breathing a sigh of relief that they’re starting to shore up their bottom line. Such a headline also paints the industry with broad brushstrokes.
NAR is cosponsoring “So Proudly We Hail,” a Smithsonian exhibition that unites the Iwo Jima flag with three other U.S. flags that played an important role in World War II. The flag that symbolizes our country also represents the underlying rights granted to all U.S. citizens, including the right to own and sell real property.
How does it feel? "It’s almost like when I had my first kid.” That’s how Danny Pita described getting the keys to his new home, a home he built with the help of National Association of REALTORS® members and Habitat for Humanity San Francisco.
We must keep working to minimize discrimination’s impact. That’s why we don’t just teach but also embrace the principles of fair housing. That’s why we encourage diversity in our communities and our profession. That’s why every April we celebrate equal housing opportunity for all.
A Web site that doesn’t falter, 24/7 access to e-mail and the Internet, and a secure database are standards we all need to strive for. That’s why the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is moving in the direction of developing technology standards for our industry.
We do work to make sure REALTORS® remain the first and central point of contact in the real estate transaction. It’s entirely appropriate that a professional association should do that. And besides, what’s good for REALTORS® is good for the American people.
Privacy is a hot topic. There are literally hundreds of privacy bills wending their way through our state legislatures and there’s likely more federal legislation on the way. Whether any of that future legislation affects our industry is up to us.
Focus on making safe choices and taking those extra steps that could save your life. Your family and friends don’t want you to become a statistic. Only you can take the steps necessary to ensure you don’t.