There is no doubt that this year has been important for real estate and our economy on many different levels. What matters most to REALTORS® is how changes in the industry and government policy affect our clients, customers and our businesses.
One of my greatest concerns as an NAR leader is that members feel helpless; that they do not have a voice in the changes that are happening in the industry; that too many of us have spent our entire careers building something that may not survive the current downturn.
As the largest trade association in the world, yes, NAR’s voice on Capitol Hill is very important when it comes to resolving the issues facing the economy. Fortunately, members of Congress and regulators are seeking our input to solutions to this housing crisis.
Consider how much influence we have now, imagine what would happen if more of our members responded to NAR’s “Calls for Action” when asked to do so.
The new Broker Involvement Program is designed to give the principal broker a quick tool to enlist your company’s agents in bring to Congress’ attention issues of concern to you and your business. The program provides agents a direct communication link to their lawmakers and in just seconds allows agents to express their opinions on those business issues with a personal letter that’s ready for them to sign and send.
We have discovered in the past year that when brokers alert their agents to key issues, agents listen and respond. In fact, since this program was initially launched, we have gone from just 30 brokers participating to now well over 1,000. Our goal this year is a 15 percent response rate, and with your help, I am certain we will achieve it.
If you are a broker and would like to join the effort – or, if you are an agent and would like your broker to participate – please contact Ed Lawler at email@example.com. Your involvement in this important program will strengthen our REALTOR® influence in determining outcomes of legislation that is important to our industry.
Please don’t sit back and see what happens. You DO have the influence to shape our industry and your business. –Vicki Cox Golder, 2009 President-Elect