This year the theme of the NAR Midyear Meeting was Homeownership Matters. Our NAR President Moe Veissi delivered a speech that inspired all of us to stand together and be a part of the solution to secure the future of homeownership! For the first time ever our group joined over 15,000 REALTORS in a REALTOR RALLY to Protect the American Dream at the Washington Monument! Many inspirational leaders spoke throughout the morning delivering the same message to REALTORS across the nation: “EVERY HOME WE SELL; WE STRENGHTHEN AMERICA”(go to http://tools.realtoractioncenter.com/virtualmap/ to view some of the videos from the NAR REALTOR Rally).
The Midyear Legislative Meetings represent a unique opportunity for REALTORS® to meet with their U.S. Senators and Representatives and communicate the issues critical to their business, community and the consumers they represent. This year the Arcadia Association of REALTORS met with David Dreier our U.S. Representative for California’s 26th congressional district to express our views on the critical issues Congress is currently facing as it relates to your business such as taxation, real estate finance, appraisal issues, property insurance, as well as short sale and bank owned property problems.
As President of the Arcadia Association of REALTORS I was honored to be a part of a NAR Strategic Planning Session called Rethink: The Future of Real Estate. It was a special session brainstorming about the future of our industry. It was refreshing to hear the discussions in the room about where our industry may be headed. We spoke about ideas such as, “Big Data” and “It’s about working with the competition.” I also heard many discussions in the room regarding the need for younger and more diverse leadership at AAR, CAR, & NAR. I hope this article inspires all REALTORS, regardless of age, to become involved with our association and the future of home ownership (see me to find out more)! It’s about time we start really thinking strategically about our industry’s future and how we can make a difference in our communities!
“Willing is not enough; we must do” (Johann Wolfgang van Goethe). Take control of the future of your business and “do”. I appreciate this opportunity to serve our membership as the President of the Arcadia Association of REALTORS. I am proud to be a REALTOR and I hope you are too! Join a committee… get involved… and I look forward to seeing you all in Washington DC for NAR one day!