We hope you had a wonderful and safe holiday season. Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier, or invest more time in what matters most to you, the new year is an opportunity to make (and sometimes break) resolutions, goals, and plans for the next 12 months. It also marks the start of many legislative sessions at the state and local levels.
We cannot stress enough how important it is to participate in your association’s political advocacy days. As the Leadership Team and NAR and association staff meet with elected officials, it makes a difference when you show up to City Hall and Town Council meetings. Hearing your stories and understanding the impact of proposed laws, regulations, and taxes small business owners, homeowners, and members of the community at large is part of what it means to be a REALTOR®.
As champions of home and property ownership, we have a vested interest in creating better places to live and improving the quality of life for residents. Working with public officials and partner organizations, we drive community and economic development by advocating for smart policies at the local, state, and national level. That’s why we fight to protect private property rights, and will continue to work at all levels of government to safeguard against threats to private property rights and defend equal access to housing and the removal of barriers that prevent the full, intended use of property.
In addition, 2020 is an election year. Make sure your voter registration information is up to date. Hint, hint, this is also a good excuse to contact your current and prospective clients to remind them to do the same.
We are currently working to plan the 2020 Policy Forum for the second year. This year’s event will focus on housing affordability — an issue that impacts towns and cities from coast to coast. Once again we look forward to welcoming and engaging in a constructive dialogue with members of Congress, regulatory experts, industry leaders, and like-minded organizations. Stay tuned to nar.realtor to learn more.