And, Now, for the Main Event! Posted by Dick

Looking at the title for this blog, you might think I am going to tell you about the latest fight on pay-per-view. Nothing could be further from the truth.

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a panel at the Main Event in San Luis Obispo. This annual event, coordinated by Jim Liptak, President of the California Association of REALTORS, earned its title because it draws more than 300 real estate professionals every year. Jim and his wife Sydney have been in the business for more than 20 years. They know what it takes to be successful in any market, and they did an outstanding job bringing people together for a meeting of the minds.

Jim asked me to talk about the resources NAR offers members to help give them an edge in the market. Also on the panel were Jeff Davis, Commissioner for the California Department of Real Estate, Leslie Appleton-Young, Chief Economist for CAR, and Scott Kucerik of CALMLS.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune ran a great story with highlights from our panel discussion. I encourage you all to read it and pass it along to others, as a great example of the positive news we are generating to help bring buyers back into the market.

Speaking of positive news, last week I had the opportunity to check out preparations for another “main event” – the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade. After spending some time at Festival Parade Floats in Pasadena, I am confident that we are going to have one of the most beautiful floats in the parade, celebrating all of the great work that REALTORS have done for the past 100 years to bring people “home.”

I encourage you to visit for details on how you can get involved in the float. And, stay tuned for a series of web videos documenting the construction of the float in the weeks ahead.

Until then, keep up the great work, stay positive, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! – Dick Gaylord, 2009 Immediate Past President.