GADFly Newsletter – November 2023

GADFly Newsletter – November 2023


  • Nov 14 NAR NXT: GAD Reception, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Brewheim)
  • Nov 15 NAR NXT: GAD Meeting, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
  • Nov 15 NAR NXT: GAD Breakout Sessions, Noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Nov 15 NAR NXT: Major Investor Reception, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Dec 4 Champion Issues with Community Outreach Grants Webinar
  • Dec 14 RPAC State & Local Individual Year-end Transmittal Deadline


NXT: Don’t Miss These Meetings and GAD-Exclusive Reception!

Monday, Nov. 13

  • Lawsuit Update: Impact and Next Steps (In Person Only)
    • Location: Anaheim Convention Center, Room 257, 200 Level – North Building
    • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

  • GAD Reception (In Person Only)
    • Location: Brewheim (1931 E. Wright Circle)
    • Time: 5 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Special Note: This reception is exclusively for state and local government affairs directors. Don’t forget your conference badge!

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • GAD Meeting (In Person Only)
    • Location: Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Platinum Ballroom 1-2, Lobby Level
    • Time: 10:30 a.m. – Noon
    • Summary: Hear from Morning Consult on a recently completed national rent control poll and updates from your fellow GADs serving on NAR committees.
  • State GAD Breakout (In Person Only)
    • Location: Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Platinum Ballroom 9-10, Lobby Level
    • Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Local GAD Breakout (In Person Only)
    • Location: Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Platinum Ballroom 1-2, Lobby Level
    • Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

Click here to view the full schedule of meetings GADs should attend.

Watch NAR Board Meeting Virtually
To livestream the NAR Board of Directors (8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. PT) and Delegate Body (1-2:30 p.m. PT) meetings taking place at NAR NXT on Nov. 17, log in with your member ID. Please note the time zone.

Important Update on NAR’s National CFA
Following an unpredictable month on Capitol Hill, Congress is showing progress on advancing legislation needed to fund the federal government. This includes an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Leaders in the House and Senate are also discussing several stopgap options to continue their work past the current budget deadline of November 17.

NAR’s Advocacy team is in direct contact with congressional leaders on the status of government funding and continues to communicate our members’ priorities. Given this positive momentum, we do not plan to launch an all-member Call For Action at this time. We are also officially closing out the round one CFA on the Action Center. We will continue our strategic contact with Congress and keep you posted on any new developments while we are in Anaheim. Thank you for your ongoing support!

NAR Announces New Interim CEO
Nykia Wright, former CEO of the Chicago Sun-Times, will replace NAR CEO Bob Goldberg starting Nov. 20. Meanwhile, the association continues to conduct a comprehensive search process to identify a permanent CEO.


NAR Unveils Flood Disclosure Tracker
On Nov. 8, NAR unveiled a state flood disclosure tracker (click here). The association worked with the Legal Research Center to conduct a complete, thorough, and accurate survey of existing state disclosure requirements. Click here to read the press release.
Housing Data by Congressional District Updated
The state and district reports have been updated by NAR Research with the latest housing data and uploaded here. Questions? Contact Hua Zhong (202-383-1110).

Explore Fall 2023 On Common Ground (OCG): Zoning Innovation
Learn how land use controls, especially zoning, are changing to address housing demand, shifting demographics, and climate risk mitigation. Read online here or download the OCG app (Apple | Google). Are you on the list to receive a copy? If not, contact Hannah Dannenfelser or Hugh Morris.

Champion Issues with Community Outreach Grants and Resources Webinar
Monday, December 4th, 2-3 p.m. (ET)
Discover how to effectively leverage Community Outreach grants and resources to advance your association’s community development and fair housing advocacy, engagement, and educational initiatives. Gain valuable insight into funding levels, types of initiatives supported, eligible expenses, application and review process timeframe, new reimbursement deadline, planning sessions, and key points of contact.  Click here to register online. Questions? Contact Christine Windle (202-383-1135).

Download the NAR Mobile App
Don’t miss articles and the latest news from NAR! Download the app today (Apple | Google). Here are some of the latest articles on the app:


NAR NXT: RPAC Major Investor Reception Information  
We are thrilled to invite RPAC Major Investors to the NAR NXT MI event on November 15 at Knott’s Berry Farm from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Buses will begin to leave the Anaheim Hilton at 6:30 p.m. Entry to the park begins at 7 p.m.

We request all Major Investors wear their NXT badge and their MI pin throughout the night to minimize delays boarding the bus and receiving their ticket for entry. For more details on the MI reception logistics click here.

RPAC Major Investor Recognition Deadlines
Make sure you and your members are recognized as RPAC Major Investors by the December deadlines! Click here for all dates and important details. These are HARD deadlines to submit RPAC investments to the NAR finance office. For questions about RPAC transmittal deadlines, contact Peter Kelly (202-383-7599) or Debbie Frey (312-329-8565).

RPAC General Information
Please contact for any RPAC-related questions or concerns.


Illinois REALTORS® GAD Kristie Engerman was awarded a 2023 Presidential Medallion for her service and contributions to the real estate industry by Illinois REALTORS® Immediate Past President Michael Gobber. Congratulations Kristie!

Congratulations to Mary Hull-Drury on her new position as the Government Affairs Director for Washington REALTORS®! Mary has been part of Washington’s advocacy team since 2019 as the Commercial Government Affairs Director. Click here to read Washington REALTORS® press release.

Congratulations to the GADs who will serve on NAR committees for 2024! See the full list below.

  • Broker Engagement Council: Lacey Everett (MIBOR)
  • Business Issues: Darin Watkins (Spokane)
  • Business Issues: Kevin Besserer (Royal Palm Coast)
  • REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services: Genessa Casanova (Florida)
  • REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services: Erin Hervey (Missouri)
  • REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services: Matthew Leger (Broward Palm Beaches & St. Lucie)
  • REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services: Julia Parenteau (Texas)
  • REALTOR® Party Trustees for Campaign Services: Brad Ward (Michigan)
  • Communities of Interest: Leslie Cantu (Texas)
  • Consumer Advocacy Outreach Advisory Board: Dan Douglas (Dayton)
  • Consumer Advocacy Outreach Advisory Board: Chuck Liedike (Pennsylvania)
  • Fair Housing Policy Committee: Vincent Coleman (Columbus)
  • FPC Advisory Board: Brandon Alderete (Texas)
  • Housing Opportunities: Veronica Cardello (Ohio)
  • Housing Opportunities: Mary Lawson (Virginia)
  • Public Policy Coordinating Committee: Jackson Pineau (Minneapolis)
  • RPAC Trustees Disbursements: Cady Thomas (North Carolina)
  • RPAC Trustees Fundraising Committee: Tray Bates (Texas)
  • State & Local Issues Mobilization Support: Nate Parsons (Broward Palm Beaches & St. Lucie)
  • State & Local Issues Policy: Madison Cooper (Coastal Carolinas)
  • State & Local Issues Policy: Andy Gonzalez (Florida)
  • State & Local Issues Policy: Jamie McMillen (Akron Cleveland)
  • State & Local Issues Policy: David Saavedra (New Mexico)
  • State & Local Issues Policy: Kelly Stroup (Pennsylvania)
  • State & Local Issues Policy: Josh Veverka (Northern Virginia)
  • Sustainability Advisory Group: Alexis Lok (Orlando Regional)

Submit your own victories or share your fellow GADs’ wins with Jami Sims to be included in future editions of the GADFly.


Each month, state and local associations that achieved an advocacy win with the help of a REALTOR® Party grant or resource are highlighted in the REALTOR Party® Success Stories. Success stories created in November include:



NAR NXT, The REALTOR® Experience & Governance Meetings
November 12 – 17 | Anaheim, California
Click here for more information about registration and pricing.

2024 REALTOR® Party Training Conference
November 30 – December 2 | St. Louis, Missouri
This conference is by invite only. Click here to view the list of attendees.

Start Planning for 2024 NAR Events
The new year approaches (far too quickly) and shortly it will be 2024. Check out the list of upcoming events here to save the date for upcoming conferences.

Brandon Alderete
GAD Chair

A person smiling for the camera Description automatically generated with low confidenceNext week we’ll be in Anaheim for NXT, our annual conference, with a busy schedule filled with valuable information for all of us as we head into 2024.

One special event to add to your calendars is a GAD-exclusive reception at Brewheim (1931 E. Wright Circle) on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. right before NAR’s welcome event at Angel Stadium. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with colleagues you met at GAD Institute!

The next day, the GAD meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and we’ll hear from GADs about the important work each of their NAR committees are doing and a special presentation from Morning Consult on a national rent control survey that has just returned from the field. At noon, we’ll break into the state and local GAD breakout sessions.

Speaking of these sessions, in your comments from the GAD Institute survey, some of you expressed frustration with the topics and format at the local and state breakout sessions. We heard you. If you have a topic you want to discuss, fill out this confidential form, and it will be added to the breakout agenda.

We have plenty to discuss and, with the help of our awesome NAR staff, have put together a great program.

In addition to the GAD meetings, I strongly recommend you attend the Lawsuit Update: Impact and Next Steps on Monday, Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 257, 200 Level – (North Building). This important session will be in-person only.

As the legal process continues, the best thing our members can do is to continue to demonstrate value to their clients – and that goes for us too, GAD Nation! Take what you learn in Anaheim back home to emphasize the importance of REALTORS® to their clients and GADs to our REALTORS®.

I can’t wait to see everyone in Anaheim NXT week!


Brandon Alderete
512.573.3664 (m)


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