By: Tom Salomone 2016 NAR President
A few thoughts from last night…
REALTORS® build and strengthen communities. It’s what we do day in and day out. Helping a young family find the perfect starter home, assisting a developer scout a location for a new office development; we are helping to provide bright futures not only for ourselves, but more importantly, for our families, for our neighbors, and for generations to come.
When you’re stuck in traffic and rushing to get to an open house, or when you’re on the phone talking to a disappointed client, you may not be thinking big picture. You’re tired, you’re frustrated, but at the end of the day, you’re always making a difference. I’ll be honest, this job, the role of NAR president, can be exhausting…but in the best way possible. To serve REALTORS® who serve communities is an honor. Other than being a father and a husband, this is the most important role I will have in my lifetime. Most nights when it’s finally time to go bed, I hit the pillow, and I’m out. But last night was different. I struggled to find sleep.
I couldn’t stop thinking about the people of Belgium, the people of Turkey, the people of the Ivory Coast- communities all over our beautiful world who are grieving. In this time of tragedy, I am struck for words. But on behalf of the entire NAR Community, 1.1 million strong, we offer our sympathy, our prayers, and our support to all those impacted by these horrific events.
As REALTORS®, we build and strengthen communities. And we will continue to do so. No matter what. It’s just what we do.