If all the nearly 1.2 million REALTOR® members showed up at a NAR Conference, there is no city in the U.S. that could accommodate the crowd. So it is just wishful thinking to hope that all our REALTOR® colleagues could one day be together.
But what I want to say to those who did not attend, from those of us who did, is that it was worth the time away from business back home. There is no mistaking that the work we do at these meetings has a direct impact on our industry.
REALTORS® met in San Diego November 13 – 16th to discuss critically important issues—such as our stance on health care as well as energy legislation. FHA secretary Dave Stevens spoke on the reforms taking place in FHA lending. Legislative members took a bow for finally passing legislation keeping banks out of the real estate industry and getting the tax credit extended and expanded.
We saw for the first time the new NAR consumer web site, Houselogic.com. We also previewed the REALTOR® Property Resource database (commonly known as RPR), which will give every REALTOR®—at no charge—access to information on every property in the U.S.
We saw a demonstration of the improvements made to REALTOR.com. We received a report on the successful implementation of the Credit Union and how it has already serviced thousands of members. We heard from the Leadership Team that they approved an extension of the Right Tools, Right Now program that has helped over a half a million members.
If ever there was a doubt as to why we gather, NAR CEO Dale Stinton made it clear: Our Association knows its mission. We are to lead our industry into the future. We are to be bold and to think big. We are to keep REALTORS® at the center of the real estate transaction.
Why do I go to these meetings? Because it makes a difference in how I do business back home.
Now time to get back to business, back at home! — Steve Brown, 2009 NAR Liaison to Committees