Happy New Year to everyone!!! As you are establishing your resolutions for the New Year, it is my hope that high on your list will be more involvement in our REALTOR® association or the community for which you live and work. Dick’s theme this year “All Together” inspires all of us to work harder on issues both inside and outside of our organization that will benefit our members and the consumers that we serve.
During my travels in 2007, I have enjoyed visiting with leadership from individual states to find out what members or associations are doing to help our image with consumers. Ilene Kessler, President of the Maryland Association of REALTORS® started a financial literacy program in her state that helps children in high school (what better time to learn about finances) learn the in and outs of purchasing a home. Her program has earned state wide recognition from Governor O’Malley. Because of the success of this program, children, parents, teachers, elected officials and consumers in Maryland know that REALTORS® care about their future.
In 2008, it is my hope that each of us can consider a new way to reach out to the consumer and improve their understanding about the real estate transaction. All my best to you in the New Year! — Vicki Cox Golder, 2008 NAR First Vice President