Some things are very, very good by themselves--like peanut butter, like jelly. But when you put them together, they become something else, something better. It’s a little like that within the leadership of our REALTOR® associations.
Life would be so much easier if we could see the future. There’s so much about it that’s hard to imagine and impossible to define. But if we stand together, our collective power will ensure that the future is ours.
It’s customary, and perhaps even expected, as we begin the new year to list the association’s achievements and to set the stage for the hard work ahead. Yes, we have a very full and challenging agenda facing us in 1999.
Technology is one factor enabling REALTORS® to go global. Another is the many resources available through NAR. If you have an interest in becoming an international specialist, your national association is there to help with top-notch educational programs and the highest- quality business referral base and services for international transactions.
REALTORS® Political Action Committee is truly both RPAC and our PAC, because it grants us the wonderful opportunity to band together to support our association and the best interests of the property owners of this great country.
When an idea comes along that advances understanding, education, and opportunity for homebuyers and homesellers, REALTORS® embrace it with enthusiasm. Such is the case with the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ diversity certification program to be launched in August.
Real estate may never be a nine-to-five profession, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the same benefits as those who work in the corporate world. The REALTOR® Member Benefits program directly responds to what you told us in surveys would be a significant member benefit—association-sponsored financial planning opportunities.
In many instances, what makes the difference between putting up a Sold sign and watching an individual American Dream evaporate is the special help available through the FHA's single-family mortgage insurance program.
Is it possible to use the words Washington power group and political fund-raising in the same sentence without a skeptical lifting of eyebrows? It is if the group in question is the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and the fund-raising in question is that sponsored by our own REALTORS® Political Action Committee.
What makes us such a success as a political force is also driving our success in areas that have little to do with politics. Technology. Professional standards. Education. By working together as association partners in these and other areas, we’re able to build on our strengths and shore up any weaknesses.
As a result of several actions taken during our annual convention in New Orleans, we’ve squarely faced what management consultants call the adaptive challenge. The approved restructure of the NAR Board of Directors is truly representative of where our industry is heading and will bring the right constituent mix.
Most congressional sessions are busy. Congressional sessions in election years aren’t only busy but also more ambitious. Lawmakers in Washington are gearing up for a year of far-reaching legislation that will affect your bottom line. But we’ll be ready.
Over the course of this year, we looked to improve relationships within the REALTOR® family, to better the business climate through legislative action, and to showcase our emerging online technology. Those efforts have shown positive results.
Eavesdrop on any group of business specialists these days and the discussion will invariably turn to what strategies people are pursuing to keep pace with accelerating change in their profession. REALTORS® are no exception.
As a charter member of the American Home Ownership Counseling and Education Institute, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is demonstrating its continuing commitment to increase affordable housing opportunities and homeownership.
A simple but often overlooked fact is that home ownership brings value to our nation. It provides social as well as economic benefits, gives people a reason to care about what goes on around them, and gets home owners involved in community causes--and these all make a big difference to the community.
For the first time in many years, the president and the Congress are thinking along parallel lines, not only about bringing the national budget under control but also about stimulating the economy by stimulating real estate.