September 2019

GADFly Newsletter – March 2020

In This Issue…


COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Advocacy FAQ
NAR’s Federal Advocacy team has been working closely with Congress and the Administration to ensure the interests of REALTORS® and their clients are protected in any federal action in response to COVID-19, in addition to minimizing transaction disruptions during these very difficult circumstances. As the actions out of Washington evolve daily, below are a number of Q&As to address the ongoing fixes being proposed and implemented in response to the pandemic. Congress has passed an $8 billion stimulus package providing emergency funding to fight COVID-19 — the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) — and is currently working on a third stimulus package — the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). More legislative packages targeted at specific industries are expected after the third phase. We will update this document as events warrant. NAR is also providing Coronavirus resources for property owners.

Legislative Session Changes
Given the COVID-19 response nationwide, there are constant changes to state legislative session and local government calendars. NAR is seeking your assistance in the form of crowdsourcing information, so let us know of any legislative session changes by clicking here. If you have questions or feedback on proposed state or local policy in response to COVID-19, contact Melissa Horn, State and Local Policy Representative, at mhorn@nar.realtor.

Community Outreach Grant Extension Process
As you may know, state and local associations receiving approval for a Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth, Placemaking or Fair Housing  grant must use the award within one year or be forfeited back to NAR. If your association is participating in an activity supported by a grant that has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 that impacts your ability to meet the one-year deadline, please contact Christine Windle at 202-383-1135 for an extension. Extended Community Outreach grants activity must be completed by October 31, 2020.

March 27: Virtual Communication in the Age of Social Distancing Webinar
Join us for a “Virtual Communication in the Age of Social Distancing” webinar (A 2020 Joint AE Institute Virtual Session) on Friday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Associations, like the much of the world, are quickly realizing that in order to carry on “business as usual,” they need to adopt new tools and resources to communicate differently. Hear from NAR and your peers on how they are moving forward to communicate virtually with membership, committees, course attendees, etc. through various online platforms. Find out which platform best fits YOUR needs! One-hour webinar including Q&A. Register Today.

Advocacy Resources

2020 Census Toolkit Now Available
The 2020 Census is now available for households to complete online at 2020census.gov, by phone, or by mail. The 2020 census is important, because the data collected helps the federal government, state and local governments better understand communities across the country.  The data is also used to help for emergency preparedness and response, such as the COVID-19 pandemic that we are currently facing.  Census data is also used to ensure federal funding for roads, hospitals, schools, libraries, and more.  Additionally, housing data and information is also collected so that NAR and the real estate industry can better understand housing needs, demands, and trends. Check out the Census Toolkit for resources to promote the Census to your members and use the hashtag #RealtorsCount. To learn more about NAR’s partnership and to find resources, visit nar.realtor/census.

Celebrating Fair Housing Month @ Home, Toolkit
Each April, REALTORS® observe the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act with events featuring speakers, training, and fellowship as we educate ourselves about the past and recommit to expanding equal housing opportunity in the future. This year, as public events shut down to slow the spread of coronavirus, we find ourselves in uncharted territory. NAR and our state and local associations are stepping up in these unprecedented circumstances to provide members with information and tools to bring Fair Housing Month home while we practice social distancing.

In the coming week, NAR will roll out a Fair Housing Month toolkit tailored to observe the occasion from home. The toolkit, which will be made available on Realtor Party, will include:

  • A message you can send to members, customizing with your association’s recommended Fair Housing Month @ Home activity
  • A list of recommended Fair Housing Month activities and resources you can sponsor for members to access from home, including book, movie and podcast recommendations, websites and articles to peruse, and options for online training
  • A Fair Housing Month declaration for your local elected body
  • 2020 Fair Housing Month Poster
  • 2020 Fair Housing Month Letterhead, PowerPoint Template, Digital Banners and Social Icons
  • Fair Housing Facts that you can promote on social media throughout April

Fair Housing grants are available to host online events or fund other Fair Housing Month @ Home activities. If you need more information, application deadlines and/or clarification about whether the event meets grant criteria, contact Hugh Morris. We are moving quickly to adapt to these changed circumstances. Please reach out to Bryan Greene with any questions as we work to get these resources live.

Advocacy Territorial Jurisdiction Maps – Counties Now Available
The Advocacy Territorial Jurisdiction Map shows the local association territorial boundaries for all of the local associations in the country by state. The association boundaries are visible by U.S. Congressional District, state house and state senate districts. We have now added counties to this list so that local associations can view their boundaries based on county. If you have questions, please contact Gerry Allen at 202-383-1109.

Independent Expenditure & Issues Mobilization Programs Continue
While government operations at all levels are in a state of flux at the moment, state and local legislative activity will resume at some point.  Elections are still happening this year despite having been postponed. If you have REALTOR® Champions you’d like to support for state or local office, please contact Mitchell Norton to discuss a possible independent expenditure campaign.

The Issues Mobilization Program continues to operate and is available to help you prepare for upcoming legislative activity and ballot measures. For any assistance you anticipate in the second half of 2020, now is a good time to connect with us. The earlier you reach out, the better able we are to provide the assistance that you need.  For more information, contact Joe Maheady at 202-383-1006 or John Winston at 202-383-1235.

FPC Quarterly Field Reports Due Next Week
The 1st quarter of 2020 is coming to a close as is the deadline for FPC field reports. There are just 5 days left until the end of the quarter. Please help ensure your FPCs are 100% on their field reports. A big round of applause to those states that are already 100%. If you are not sure whether your state is 100%, you can check the FPC field report tracker to see which of your FPCs are outstanding. A step-by-step process for generating these reports is available online.

REALTOR® Party Leaders Available for Virtual Meetings & Events
Beginning April 1, the 2020 REALTOR® Party Travel Team are available to “dial in” and speak to your group if your association is hosting a virtual meeting or event. Offerings are quick, 5- to 10-minute issue overviews on topics such as GOTV (Get Out the Vote), Voter Registration, Fair Housing activities, Community Outreach programs, and other REALTOR® Party programs and services. To schedule, please contact Vanessa Lopez at 202-383-7509.

Engage Consumers in Your Community
The Consumer Advocacy Outreach grant offers your association the ability to apply for money up to $35,000 to engage with a powerful collective of consumers in your community and advocate for public policy issues that impact homeownership and property rights. Apply now or contact Erin Murphy at 202-383-1079.

Can’t Hold Your Event In-Person? Use a Community Outreach Grant to Host it Online
Leverage a  Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth and/or Fair Housing grant to position your association as a leader by hosting an online event addressing affordable housing challenges, community planning and development issues, revitalization opportunities and fair housing education. Need help brainstorming an idea for a grant? Sign-up for a virtual one-on-one consultation session with staff. If you need more information, application deadlines and/or clarification about whether the event meets grant criteria, contact Wendy Penn for Housing Opportunity or Hugh Morris for Smart Growth and Fair Housing.

NAR Helps Associations Address Abandonment and Blight
Local associations may apply for the opportunity to hold either a place-based training or receive a technical assessment to identify ways to tackle vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties. NAR will provide planning assistance and cover part of the program costs. Complete the interest form by May 1, to be considered.  If you have questions, contact Wendy Penn at 202-383-7504.

New Walkable Communities Resources
Walkable communities are becoming the latest trend in real estate and REALTORS® need to be aware of how the demand for walkable communities impacts real estate and their business. We have developed three new resources to update REALTOR® associations, and REALTORS®, to help them advocate to make their communities more walkable. Take a look at  Walkable Community Overview for REALTORS®,  Advocating for a More Walkable Communities, and Walkable Community Workshop How-to Guide. For more information, contact Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157.

New Resource for Revitalizing a Downtown
The Main Street® Downtown Assessment How-To Guide will help you to organize and conduct an on-site analysis of the challenges, issues and opportunities in a community to initiate the revitalization of its downtown or commercial district. The Smart Growth Action Grant can help fund this Assessment. And see how a REALTOR® association engaged in a Main Street Downtown Assessment to turn their downtown around and how another one got media coverage for their assessment. For more information, contact Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157.

 

RPAC NEWS

May 31: 2020 President’s Circle Deadline
The deadline for President’s Circle members to invest their first $500 is May 31, 2020. For more information regarding President’s Circle, contact Avery Walker (202-383-1268).

April 7, RPAC Webinar: RPAC Online Posting Training
Did you know that RPAC-related information on social media and websites is subject to both federal and state election laws? Liz Demorest, RPAC Fundraising Manager, will review how to apply PAC fundraising laws to social media posts and website content. This interactive webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 7 at 3pm EST. Register now! For more information, contact Liz Demorest at 202-383-1061.

RPAC Fundraising Goals
State and local associations have inquired about modifications to the President’s Cup and/or Triple Crown goals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this unprecedented state of affairs, NAR’s RPAC and Advocacy staff and leadership are monitoring the situation closely. At this time, we have not made any decision on whether to amend the 2020 goals but we will continue to consult with our RPAC and RPMIC leadership in the coming weeks and update everyone appropriately. For goal-related questions, please contact Lauren Colicelli at 202-383-1080.

RPAC Fundraising Guidance
RPAC fundraising staff and leadership recommend you follow CDC and relevant state/local guidance regarding postponing in-person events. If you are interested in fundraising options other than large in-person events, please check out our resources for online fundraising campaigns and phone banks. We encourage email campaigns with an educational focus and/or “soft” asks for now. You may also consider online auctions or raffles, where allowed by state/local law. For questions please contact Lauren Colicelli at 202-383-1080.

RPAC Fundraising Grant & Major Investor Event Program Update
If your association is postponing or canceling an RPAC fundraiser or Major Investor event that’s already approved using NAR programs, please let RPAC staff know as soon as possible. We only need the new date if an event will take place later in 2020. If a substantial change is being made, please reach out. A new application is needed if your event is postponed until 2021. For questions on the Fundraising Partnership Grant, please contact Liz Best-Bradford at 202-383-7582. For questions on the Major Investor Event Program, please contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

 

NAR Economic Outlook

Which States have Large Fraction of Industries Affected by Coronavirus?
While measures are being taken to keep people safe and avoid overloading the hospital system beyond capacity, they have an economic cost in terms of lost revenues, especially in states where these industries comprise a larger share of their economic output and employment should there be some temporary layoffs. States need to plan to mitigate these economic impacts.
Homebuyer Traffic Picked Up in February 2020 Amid Low Mortgage Rates, With Little Effect Yet from Coronavirus and Stock Market Decline
Home showings data from SentriLock®, LLC, a lockbox company, shows that homebuyer traffic increased in February 2020 compared to the prior month and one year ago.
Existing-Home Sales Housing Snapshot (Infographic)
February 2020 brought 5.77 million in sales, a median sales price of $270,100, and 3.1 months of inventory. The median sales price is up 8.0% year over year, and inventory is down 0.5 months from February 2019.
February 2020 Existing-Home Sales
Housing market activity this February jumped 6.5% from January 2020, and sales of existing homes improved 7.2 % from February 2019.
Using Vacant Malls as Coronavirus Health Care Emergency Armories
Shopping centers, both fully vacant and partially vacant, have close proximity to people, and their large footage can handle large cases as mobile hospital units, emergency mask production, storage of basic goods, etc.

 

For more information on NAR’s Economic Outlook, contact Meredith Dunn at 202-383-1207.

Message from the GAD Chair
Julia Parenteau
GAD Chair
Texas REALTORS®

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My fellow GADs –

It seems as though we’ve lived a lifetime in a matter of days. When last we spoke, we were coming up on Super Tuesday, excited for the prospects of a 2020 presidential election year. Today, the entire world has changed. Most of us have likely spent the last few days (or even weeks) grappling with whether your members will be physically able or legally allowed to continue working. We are coming to terms with working from home, figuring out the best lighting for Zoom conference calls, and in general trying to keep countless burning fires under control.

While all of this seemed previously unthinkable, take comfort in knowing that this is what GADs were made for. You’ve been trained in, and have a great instinct for, crisis mitigation. You are quick-thinking, fast-acting problem solvers. Though all the world seems upended, I have no doubt you will stretch your arms and minds around it to take control, for the betterment of your members and your communities.

Along with the team at NAR, Kelli and I have been working to determine how best to streamline communications and provide you with a central point for information as you work through the nuances of the Coronavirus pandemic. To that end, we will hold an All GAD meeting this afternoon, which we hope provides you some professional comfort and connection during a time when we’ve been necessarily isolated. We are also working to provide you with consistent and frequent updates on any relevant information as we learn it.

A few tips: first, keep at it. So many of you have had huge successes in the past week, and because you’ve had to move on to the next crisis, you don’t get the time to celebrate those successes, but they happened! Don’t forget how far you’ve come. Second, reach out. Keep talking to each other. If you’re part of the GAD mentorship program, please check in with your partner to see what they need. Third, take care of yourself and your family. Don’t forget to eat or drink water. Get a few minutes outside.
Never have I been so grateful for the non-stop GAD network, that has constantly and repeatedly shared valuable information, resources, and advice to any fellow GAD that needs it. I’m charging my phone about four times a day because of all the calls, texts, emails, and video chats, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Perhaps Winston Churchill said it best: if you’re going through hell, keep going. Never, never, never give up. We’re right there with you.


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GADFly Newsletter – February 2020

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Schedule Changes for the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meeting

Please note the following schedule changes for the May REALTORS® Legislative Meeting.

Federal Priority Issues Briefing
The Federal Priority Issues Briefing is moving to 4:50 – 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 immediately following NAR 360 (from its previous 7:00 a.m. Wednesday timeslot.) This important session will now capture a much larger audience already in attendance for NAR 360. In addition, the Legislative Talking Points will be incorporated in NAR 360. These changes are in response to attendee feedback to provide a deeper discussion of legislative issues.

NAR 360
NAR 360 is moving up 15 minutes to 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. This change provides time for the Federal Priority Issues Briefing immediately following and aligns with the Annual Governance Meetings schedule for NAR 360.

FPC Meetings
Also on Tuesday, May 12, the Federal Political Coordinator Roundtable and the Federal Political Coordinator Breakout Sessions have been flipped. FPCs will hear the big-picture policy overview before they breakout into smaller groups to discuss those initiatives. The Roundtable is scheduled from 12:30 –2:00 p.m. with the Breakout Sessions from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

General Session
The General Session on Wednesday, May 13, will be presented from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (instead of 8:30 –10:00 a.m.) to allow more time for members to attend other meetings that morning. Details on the theme and speakers for this program are in development.

View the entire schedule of Legislative Meetings.

GAD Resources & Information

Welcome Chrissy Garavaglia!
The Advocacy Group is happy to welcome Christina (Chrissy) Garavaglia as the new Political Advocacy Manager working with the Campaign Services & RPAC Team. Prior to NAR, Chrissy was the Director of Government Affairs for the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors® in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chrissy’s background in politics is extensive and includes senior policy advisor on housing for the city of San Jose, and she managed successful political campaigns and worked on housing policy for a member of the California State Legislature. Chrissy’s email address is cgaravaglia@nar.realtor and her phone number is 202-383-1175.

Planning Your Independent Expenditure Campaign
With primary election season in full swing, it’s time to think about which candidates in your area are REALTOR® Champions, but the clock is ticking. Associations wanting to help state and local candidates with independent expenditure campaigns will need to have funds approved six weeks prior to their primary in order to have the full slate of campaign activities on the table, including direct mail, online ads, phone calls, and more. After that, timelines get narrow and options become limited. If you have a candidate for state or local office you’d like to support this primary season, contact Mitchell Norton ASAP.

Are Your State Legislators or City Council Voting on Real Estate Policy?
Add hundreds (or thousands) of consumers voices to your advocacy efforts. You can target consumers in your state or local communities (or even by zip code). Set up a Consumer Call for Action and make homeowners aware of and ensure they support your real estate legislation. Contact Erin Murphy at 202-383-1079.

Online Campaign Training for REALTOR® Candidates
The online version of the Candidate Training Academy is now free and available to any member or staffer with a NRDS number.  Please encourage any member who is considering a bid for state or local office to check it out. The course is divided into five modules: What it Takes to Run for Office; Writing a Winning Campaign Plan; Developing Your Message or Story; Raising the Money Necessary to Get Your Message Out; and Tactics for Communicating Your Message to Voters. The modules include quizzes, videos, and other interactive features.  For more information or questions, contact John Winston at 202-383-1235.

Can I get a grant for that?
Secure your spot for a 15-minute, one-on-one, Community Outreach Coaching at AEI to learn critical steps to success for developing grant ideas and writing a compelling application. REALTOR® Party Community Outreach grants help your association be leaders in Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth, Placemaking and Fair Housing initiatives and activities.

Take the Lead with Diversity
Enhance the inclusion of diversity in your association and collaborate with local chapters of national multicultural real estate organizations to strengthen your leadership, expand your association’s influence, and engage diverse market perspectives through the updated Diversity and Inclusion Grant program. For more information, contact Fred Underwood.

Bolster Fair Housing Education and Initiatives
Leverage the Fair Housing Grant Program to support fair housing-related education and partnerships with local agencies or organizations that specifically furthers the fair housing mission. For more information

NEW! The Broker Involvement Grant is now the Broker Engagement Grant
The Broker Involvement Grant has been renamed and expanded to the Broker Engagement Grant! As part of the new Broker Engagement Initiative, the grant provides reimbursement of up to $5,000 to local and state associations working to increase broker engagement.  Application due dates for 2020 are March 15, June 15, and September 15. For more information, contact Penelope Evans at 312-329-8267.

RPAC NEWS

2020 President’s Circle Rounds & Deadline
The President’s Circle launched its second round for 2020 on February 25, consisting of eight REALTOR® Champion candidates. The deadline for President’s Circle members to invest their first $500 is May 31, 2020. For more information regarding President’s Circle, contact Avery Walker  at 202-383-1268.

Deadline: RPAC Major Investor Recognition
Make sure you and your members are recognized as RPAC Major Investors in time for the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. All RPAC investments must be submitted to the NAR Finance Office no later than Wednesday, April 15, 2020 to meet this deadline. For more deadline information, contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

2019 Local President’s Cup and Local Triple Crown Winners
Congratulations to the 428 local REALTOR® associations that won the President’s Cup and the 444 local REALTOR® associations that won the Triple Crown! These awards reflect the hard work of local association staff and leaders like yourselves who have met their RPAC and advocacy goals. Please contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029 with any questions.

NAR Economic Outlook

January 2020 Foot Traffic – The foot traffic index increased 6.2 points in January from the prior month and was unchanged from one year ago.
Existing-Home Sales Housing Snapshot – January 2020 brought 5.46 million in sales, a median sales price of $266,300, and 3.1 months of inventory. The median sales price is up 6.8% year over year, and inventory is down 0.7 months from January 2019.
REALTORS® Confidence Index – Nineteen percent of sellers offered incentives such as paying for closing costs (8 percent), providing warranty (8 percent), and undertaking remodeling (4 percent).
Marijuana and Real Estate: A Budding Issue – The recent string of state-level marijuana legalization continues to impact commercial property demand and residential housing decisions throughout the United States.
Metro Home Prices Rise in 94% of Metro Areas in Fourth Quarter of 2019 – The vast majority of metro areas saw price gains and very small increases in inventory in the final quarter of 2019

 

For more information on NAR’s Economic Outlook, contact Meredith Dunn at 202-383-1207.

Message from the GAD Chair
Julia Parenteau
GAD Chair
Texas REALTORS®

cadyThomas2.jpgLess than one week to Super Tuesday! Get excited y’all, it’s about to get real. Maybe we’ll all be able to watch TV for a day without being bombarded by presidential candidates? A girl can hope anyway.

Last week, NAR held the first 2020 New GAD/AE Advocacy Orientation program at the Washington, D.C. mothership. Nearly 40 New GADs (and 5 AEs!) attended and got an overview of the REALTOR® Party in all its bipartisan, highly resourceful glory. Our new colleagues (pictured here) come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and the vast majority have a government affairs background, including legislative, campaign, and communications roles.

It was great to see the group get to know each other over the two days (perhaps forging the beginnings of lifelong friendships!), and dive into the many opportunities that NAR and GAD Nation provide for us to be successful in our advocacy efforts. I hope you will join me in welcoming them to the GAD family. It helps us all to build new relationships and hear fresh perspectives from people who have had different experiences than our own. Say hi to these folks when you see them (and ask them about their theater backgrounds…).

https://d3dkdvqff0zqx.cloudfront.net/groups/nar/images/0220_gadflygroup.jpgAnother good way to get to know your new counterparts is to sign up for the GAD Mentor program. New GADs are given the opportunity to be paired with experienced GADs (GAD Mentors) to help acclimate them to the organization and provide guidance on issues relevant to our job and industry. If you’re interested in participating, just send me an email.

Speaking of new people … if you haven’t heard the news yet, one of our own is heading to Washington. Christina Garavaglia, former GAD at the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, has joined NAR as the Political Advocacy Manager. Congratulations, Chrissy!

Finally, it’s time to start thinking about your future. For any state GAD who is considering a run for 2020-2021 GAD Vice Chair, letters of interest are due to Chrissy Garavaglia by April 30, 2020. Per our Policies and Procedures, the Statement of Interest should include your qualifications, reasons for seeking the position, an indication of support from your association executive, and an affirmation of interest in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position. The names of verified candidates will be announced during the GAD meeting at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings. The Vice Chair shall be elected at the GAD Institute by a majority vote of those members present.

Now, get out there and win all those primary elections. I can’t wait to hear about your successes when we meet again in May!


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GADFly Newsletter – January 2020

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Important News about the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meeting

Please note the following schedule changes for the May REALTORS® Legislative Meeting.

Federal Priority Issues Briefing
The Federal Priority Issues Briefing is moving to 4:50-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 immediately following NAR 360 (from its previous 7:00 a.m. Wednesday timeslot.) This important session will now capture a much larger audience already in attendance for NAR 360. In addition, the Legislative Talking Points will be incorporated in NAR 360. These changes are in response to attendee feedback to provide a deeper discussion of legislative issues.

NAR 360
NAR 360 is moving up 15 minutes to 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. This change provides time for the Federal Priority Issues Briefing immediately following and aligns with the Annual Governance Meetings schedule for NAR 360.

FPC Meetings
Also on Tuesday, May 12, the Federal Political Coordinator Roundtable and the Federal Political Coordinator Breakout Sessions have been flipped. FPCs will hear the big-picture policy overview before they breakout into smaller groups to discuss those initiatives. The Roundtable is scheduled from 12:30-2:00 p.m. with the Breakout Sessions from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

General Session
The General Session on Wednesday, May 13, will be presented from 8:00-9:30 a.m. (instead of 8:30-10:00 a.m.) to allow more time for members to attend other meetings that morning. Details on the theme and speakers for this program are in development.

You can view the entire schedule of Legislative Meetings here.

Advocacy Resources

Online Campaign Training for REALTOR® Candidates
NAR will soon be launching an online version of our Candidate Training Academy that will be free and available to any individual with a NRDS number. The course is divided into five modules: What it Takes to Run for Office; Writing a Winning Campaign Plan; Developing Your Message or Story; Raising the Money Necessary to Get Your Message Out; and Tactics for Communicating Your Message to Voters. The modules include quizzes, videos, and other interactive features. We will be periodically sending GADs a list of any of their members who have completed the course. Members are also encouraged to reach out to their state or local association before making any decision to run. For more information or to preview the course, contact John Winston at 202-383-1235.

Hosting In-Person Campaign Trainings for REALTOR® Candidates and REALTOR® Champions
NAR will continue to pay consultants and NAR staff to lead in-person candidate trainings at your association. However, there are only about six training spots left for the year. Please contact John Winston at 202-383-1235 as soon as possible to book your training. To host a training led by NAR staff and consultants, you must guarantee at least 20 attendees at your event. If you would like to lead a training or have a local consultant lead the training, NAR will have a revised set of slides and participant guides available to send to you by the end of February.

Issues Mobilization Housing Affordability Initiative
Similar to what we’ve done with other issues in the past with first-time homebuyer savings accounts, the Issues Mobilization Program announces the rollout of an Initiative to assist state and local associations in proactively addressing your housing affordability problems. The Initiative offers a menu of services, from which you can pick and choose, to assist you in: Assessing your housing affordability situation, Developing ideas for addressing it, Laying a foundation with quality research, Drafting legislative/regulatory language, and Undertaking an issue campaign to achieve your goal. Services under this Initiative will be customized to fit your needs. For more information, contact Joe Maheady at 202-383-1006 or John Winston at 202-383-1235.

State Associations: Apply for a 2020 REALTOR® Party Conference Grant
Consider applying for our REALTOR® Party Conference Grant as you plan any upcoming Advocacy or REALTOR® Party related conferences. State Associations receive a minimum reimbursement of $5,000 to host an educational or fundraising conference. Grant is limited to state associations and also requires a NAR Representative to speak on NAR programs. Apply now or contact Vanessa Lopez at 202-383-7509.

Meritorious Service Award Deadline: February 17
NAR is now accepting nominations from your state for the 2020 FPC Meritorious Service Award. Each year, NAR recognizes two outstanding Federal Political Coordinators for their exceptional service to NAR with this esteemed award. These recipients are the best of the best of our FPCs, those who truly believe in and advocate on behalf of the REALTOR® Party. Recipients meet a rigorous set of criteria that set them apart from other FPCs. View the list of former MSA award winners and criteria for receiving the award. The Meritorious Service Award nomination form can be accessed on the REALTOR® Party website. The deadline for nominating a deserving FPC is February 17, 2020. If you need an extension or have any questions about the MSA award and process, please contact Victoria Givens.

State Key Contact Grant: NAR Accepting Applications
NAR is once again accepting applications in 2020 from states interested in up to $10,000 of assistance toward building a state key contact program between REALTORS® and state legislators. Many states pattern their key contact program off of NAR’s Federal Political Coordinator Program, appointing one REALTOR® to serve as the face and voice of real estate to key legislators within their state. The grant provides resources and consultant expertise to help you create, grow, or revise your REALTOR® grasstops advocacy program including: recruitment tools, hosting a key contact training, providing training materials to new key contacts, and building out an infrastructure to measure success. States can apply for the State Key Contact Grant online. If you have any questions or would like more information on specifics of the program, please contact Victoria Givens.

Community Outreach Update

New Director of Community Outreach
Please welcome Christine Windle as the new Director, Community Outreach. Christine most recently served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS® (DAAR) and prior to being the CEO, Christine was the Public Policy Director for the Association. Before joining DAAR, Christine was the Community Development Policy Representative at NAR, where she served as the staff executive for the Smart Growth PAG and Housing Needs Committee. Christine has earned her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Economics. As the Director, Community Outreach, Christine will lead the strategic direction of the Community Outreach programs, grants, and services which include the Community Outreach grants, Land Use Initiative, and other community-based programming. Additionally, she will be the key contact to the GAD and AE world as related to her position. Christine can be reached at cwindle@nar.realtor and 202-383-1135.

Weathering the Storm (or Fire): How do Communities Plan and Design for Resiliency?
The latest issue of On Common Ground (Winter 2020 Edition) focuses on adaptation and resiliency planning, sustainable rebuilding, smart development collaboration, and a spotlight five local and state associations actively engaged in these issues. More than 35,000 copies are distributed to state and local associations and elected officials. Are you on the list? If not, contact Catherine Mesick. Check out the online version or download the OCG App (Mac | PC). For more information, contact Hugh Morris

Champion Industry Issues with Community Outreach Grants & Services
Make plans to leverage REALTOR® Party Community Outreach grants designed to help your association engage in addressing affordable housing challenges, community planning and development issues, revitalization opportunities and fair housing education, initiatives and activities. Grant applications for Housing Opportunity, Smart Growth, Placemaking and Fair Housing are available in easy-to-access online application forms (login required).  All grants offer a level 1 (up to $1,500) and level 2 (up to $5,000). Associations must commit 10% of the amount approved, and may receive one grant per level each year. For inspiration, take time to explore association success stories, access state and local activity, and review Core Standards.

If you need more information, application deadlines and/or clarification about whether the activity or program meets grant criteria, contact:

If you have an idea for a grant but not sure where to begin or need to brainstorm on a local or state issue, contact Christine Windle, Director, Community Outreach.

Use the Land Use Initiative to Support Your Advocacy Efforts
As a community leader, your association helps to create a positive real estate and business environment for your members and community. Often proposals that may do harm arise quickly and require expert analysis. The Land Use Initiative will analyze and provide talking points for proposed legislative and regulatory land-use, and real estate transactional, measures – comprehensive plans, amendments, legislation, ordinances or regulations – that impact the transfer of property and/or the interests of REALTORS®. For more information and quick turn-around, contact Holly Moskerintz.

RPAC News

RPAC Fundraising Goals
2020 RPAC Fundraising Goals are now available here! Associations must meet or exceed these goals to achieve the 2020 Triple Crown and President’s Cup Awards. Contact Lauren Colicelli for more information at 202-383-1080.

2020 President’s Circle Launched
The President’s Circle launched its first round for 2020 on January 23, consisting of the national party committees and FPC’s contributions to the re-election campaign for their member of Congress. The deadline for President’s Circle members to invest their first $500 is May 31, 2020. For more information regarding President’s Circle, contact Avery Walker at 202-383-1268.

NAR’s Economic Outlook

Pending Home Sales Rise 1.5% in September – The Midwest and South recorded gains, but the Northeast and West reported declines in month-over-month contract activity.
Existing-Home Sales Climb 3.6% in December – Although the Midwest saw sales decline, the other three major U.S. regions reported meaningful growth last month.
REALTORS® Confidence Index – Properties were typically on the market for 41 days (46 days in December 2018).
Waning Affordability Contributes to Slower Job Growth – Metro areas where affordability has worsened over the last five years have seen a decline in job growth during that same period.
2019 Q4 Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey – Across nearly all groups surveyed, the majority feel that now is a good time to buy a home.

For more information on NAR’s Economic Outlook, contact Meredith Dunn at 202-383-1207.

Message from the GAD Chair
Julia Parenteau
GAD Chair
Texas REALTORS®

cadyThomas2.jpgIs it just me, or has 2020 come roaring in like a lion? Primary elections, association conferences and installations, the beginning of legislative sessions for many of you, city councils eager to get back to work after a long, lazy holiday season… it suddenly feels like a tidal wave of meetings, candidate requests, and twinkly evening events is taking over our lives.

In the midst of all of that, your GAD Advisory Group is hard at work planning for the 2020 GAD Institute, REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, and other professional development opportunities. As these sessions slowly take shape, I’m getting more and more excited about what each of those sessions will have to offer GAD Nation. From in-depth policy issues discussions to using your creepy powers of Big Data for good, this year’s conferences should have something for everyone.

Speaking of using your powers for good, be sure you’ve given yourself adequate planning time to tap into NAR’s Campaign Services if your association is engaging in spring primary elections. Need help with an independent expenditure? Contact Mitchell Norton. Need to make sure you have more voters show up for your preferred candidate? Consider starting with a Voter Registration campaign.

Working on something more nuanced or complex (of course you are!)? Your fellow GADs are here to help. Use the GAD Facebook group to get input and ideas on whatever you’re working on.
For all the advanced planners in the group, here’s some key dates to make sure you have blocked off:

February 20 – 21: New GAD/AE Orientation (Washington, DC)
Varied dates, primary elections!
May 11 – 16: REALTORS® Legislative Meetings (Washington, DC)
July 14 – 16: GAD Institute (Philadelphia, PA)


GAD New Year’s Wishes

May all your bills be undebated and fully supported (and may all your opponents’ bills falter),
May all your chosen candidates be personable and scandal-free,
May all your Councils be reasonable,
and may all your REALTOR® conferences go off without a hitch!


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GADFly Newsletter – October 2019

In This Issue…


2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Please mark your calendars for the GAD meetings below.
Friday, November 8

  • 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
    Federal Issues Update
    Moscone West, Rooms 2001, 2003, 2005, Level 2
  • 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    State and Local Issues Policy Committee
    Marriott Marquis, yerba Buena Salon 13, Lower B2 Level
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    RPAC Management System – Best Practices and Fundraising for State Associations
    Marriott Marquis, Pacific H, Level 4
  • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
    Advocacy Everywhere – State Association Meeting
    Marriott Marquis, Sierra C, Level 5
  • 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    RPAC Events Using the PAC Management System
    Marriott Marquis, Pacific H, Level 4
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    Advocacy Everywhere: Concierge Services for Local Associations
    Marriott Marquis, Sierra C, Level 5
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    RPAC Online Fundraising Campaigns
    Marriott Marquis, Pacific H, Level 4
  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    GAD Reception, Harborview Restaurant, 4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level, San Francisco
    Sponsored by San Francisco Association of REALTORS® and Airbnb
    Please R.S.V.P. Here

Saturday November 9

  • 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
    GAD Advisory Group Meeting (Closed Meeting)
    Park Central Hotel, Olympic Room, Second Level
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 p.m.
    GAD Meeting
    Park Central Hotel, Franciscan Ballroom, Third Level

    • State Breakout location:
      Concordia Room,
      Second Level
    • Local Breakout location: Franciscan Ballroom,
      Third Level

State/Local Breakouts (taking place at the front of the GAD Meeting)

  • 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
    Federal Legislative and Political Forum
    Moscone North South, Esplanade Ballroom, Upper Mezzanine Level
  • 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
    RPAC Major Investor Evening – Sterling R, Crystal R, Golden R, Platinum R, and Corporate Platinum R (invitation only)
    USS Hornet, 707 W Hornet Ave., Alameda, CA

Neighborhood Revitalization Walking Tours
As a GAD, you are invited to attend one of two neighborhood walking tours in San Francisco at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo on Thursday, Nov. 7 or Friday, Nov. 8. On the 90-minute tours, you will see how new development projects are changing downtown neighborhoods in San Francisco. You can either walk or take a short Muni ride or Uber to the starting points. You must RSVP as space is limited to 30 people on each tour. To RSVP, email Holly Moskerintz, and include in the email (1) your name; (2) the name and day of the tour you would like to attend; and (3) the name of your association.

Advocacy/RPAC Dates, Deadlines, & Resources

Nov. 9: RPAC Major Investor Reception  
The RPAC Major Investor Reception will be held Saturday, November 9 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm aboard the USS Hornet. The USS Hornet offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge, and its exhibits include vintage aircraft as well as Apollo moon artifacts. We hope to see you and your fellow 2019 Major Investors there! For more information contact Beth Brittingham at 202-383-1209.

Nov. 18/27: First Issues Mobilization Application Deadline for Assistance in 2020
The Issues Mobilization Program provides financial and technical support to state and local REALTOR® associations to assist in addressing public policy issues that impact REALTORS® and the real estate industry. As we near the end of 2019, we’re shifting our focus to 2020 and any assistance on issue advocacy efforts that state and local associations might need in the coming year. The first Issues Mobilization Committee meeting at which associations can request funding for 2020 issue campaigns is the December 4, 2019 meeting in Austin, Texas, during the REALTOR® Party Training Conference. The earlier you connect with us, the better able we are to assist you. The deadlines for submission of grant applications for consideration at the December 4 Committee meeting are: Draft Deadline – November 18; Final Deadline – November 27. For more information, contact Joe Maheady at 202-383-1006 or John Winston at 202-383-1235.

Dec. 18: Year-End RPAC Transmittal Deadline
The final deadline is quickly approaching for individuals to be recognized as NAR RPAC Major Investors and for associations to receive credit toward their 2019 fundraising goals! National RPAC requires that all funds, with appropriate back-up documentation, be received in the Chicago Finance office by close of business on Wednesday, December 18. For more information regarding RPAC deadlines, cotact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

Dec. 18: RPAC Hall of Fame Deadlines
The RPAC Hall of Fame eligibility deadline is December 18. Eligible members and staff must meet the $25,000 minimum threshold by the end of the previous fundraising year. The deadline for the nomination form to be submitted to NAR by the state is January 31, 2020. To access the guidelines and nomination form, for questions regarding the Hall of Fame, or to verify an investment history total, contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

Dec. 18: RPAC Fundraising Partnership Program Reimbursement Deadline
Reimbursements for the RPAC Fundraising Partnership Grant Program are due on or before the RPAC year-end transmittal deadline of Wednesday, December 18, 2019. No 2019 reimbursements will be processed after that date. For more information on updated grant policies and procedures, contact Lauren Facemire at 202-383-1080.

Last Chance for Consumer Advocacy Grant
The year is winding down, but there is still time to submit your Consumer Advocacy Outreach Grant request. The grant offers your association the ability to engage with a powerful collective of consumers in your community and advocate for public policy issues that impact homeownership and property rights. Apply now or contact Erin Murphy at 202-383-1079.

Do You Have a New GAD Staffer?
Update GAD contact information in NAR’s GAD Directory. Are you a new Government Affairs Director, serving your association in a GA or REALTOR® Party capacity? Please add (or remove) any contact information there. Help us keep this list accurate and up to date. Thanks,

NAR’s Economic Outlook

Pending Home Sales Rise 1.5% in September – The Midwest and South recorded gains, but the Northeast and West reported declines in month-over-month contract activity.
Foot Traffic: September 2019 – Home showings picked up in September as mortgage rates continued to trend down, making a home purchase more affordable.
The Real Estate Mantra: Locate Near Public Transportation – This study compares residential and commercial property sales near fixed-guideway stations with those in areas without public transit access.
Top Vacation Home Counties – NAR has identified vacation home counties, the least expensive and most expensive areas, and the income profile of buyers who can afford to purchase a vacation home.
Remodeling Impact – This report looks at the reasons for remodeling and the increased happiness found in the home once a project is completed.

 

For more information on NAR’s Economic Outlook, contact Meredith Dunn at 202-383-1207.

Message from the GAD Chair
Julia Parenteau
GAD Chair
Texas REALTORS®

cadyThomas2.jpgIn just one week, many of us will be convening in San Francisco for long days of committee meetings, member management, and – the best part – GAD connections. We’ve got a lot of great things planned for your time at the 2019 REALTORS® Conference, including presentations from your fellow GADs and NAR staff on the best ways to utilize REALTOR® Party programs and financial resources; special guests from Airbnb; state and local issues breakout discussions; and of course the GAD Reception, co-hosted by the San Francisco Association of REALTORS® and Airbnb.

The State and Local Issues Policy Committee has assigned GADs serving on that committee to six “Policy Modernization Work Groups.” These work groups have been tasked with reviewing NAR model policy positions related to:

  • Rental housing, general housing, and public education,
  • Spending limitations, tax limitations and internet tax policy,
  • Community service, community development, and member involvement,
  • Growth issues, land use, and impact fees,
  • Tax-exempt properties, property rights, and confiscation of real property, and
  • Transportation.

Proposed changes will be presented to the State and Local Issues Policy Committee at their meeting on Friday, November 8, 9:00 – 11:30 am PST at the Marriott Marquis Yerba Buena Salon 13. GADs are welcome to attend and provide comment. The Committee will consider these proposed changes for approval at their May 2020 meeting in Washington, D.C., so there will also be additional time to submit comment before the policies are finally adopted.

For those of you participating in the GAD Mentorship Program, San Francisco will be a great time to meet up with your partner for a quick in-person chat. Maintaining those relationships can be a lot easier once you’ve been able to put a face to the emailer.

If you’re not a long-time attendee of the REALTORS® Conference and have any questions about which sessions to prioritize or need other pointers for navigating the biggest REALTOR® event of the year, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can always reach me at the conference (or any other time) on my cell at (763) 232-9055. But before we get to San Francisco, many of us have elections to finish. If you’re in one of the 39 states that has some form of early and/or absentee voting, hopefully you’re already seeing lots of ballots roll in. While typically, off-year elections have lower turn-out than presidential and midterm election years, this November could be a good indicator of 2020 public engagement (aka: how mad is everyone, really?). I am very curious to hear how your local elections fare. Perhaps you’ll have a great Election Day success story to share when the GADs meet next Saturday!

Until then, Happy Halloween – I call dibs on the Fun Size Milky Ways.


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GADFly Newsletter – September 2019

In This Issue…


GAD Meetings at REALTORS® Conference & Expo

Please mark your calendars for the GAD meetings below. Rooms assigned at later date.

Friday, November 8

  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    GAD Reception, Harborview Restaurant, 4 Embarcadero Center, Street Level, San Francisco

Saturday November 9

  • 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
    GAD Advisory Group Meeting, Park Central Hotel (closed meeting)
  • 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    GAD Meeting, Park Central Hotel
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    State/Local Breakout Meetings, Park Central Hotel
  • 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    GAD Professional Development Session, Park Central Hotel

Neighborhood Revitalization Walking Tours
As a GAD, you are invited to attend one of two neighborhood walking tours in San Francisco at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo on Thursday, Nov. 7 or Friday, Nov. 8.  On the 90-minute tours, you will see how new development projects are changing downtown neighborhoods in San Francisco. You can either walk or take a short Muni ride or Uber to the starting points. You must RSVP as space is limited to 30 people on each tour. To RSVP, email Holly Moskerintz, and include in the email (1) your name; (2) the name and day of the tour you would like to attend; and (3) the name of your association.

Advocacy Resources

Issues Mobilization Assistance in 2020
The Issues Mobilization Program provides financial and technical support to state and local REALTOR® associations to assist you in addressing public policy issues that impact REALTORS® and the real estate industry. As we near the end of 2019, we’re shifting our focus to 2020 and any assistance on issue advocacy efforts that associations might need in the coming year. The first Issues Mobilization Committee meeting at which associations can request funding for 2020 issue campaigns is December 4, 2019 meeting in Austin, Texas during the REALTOR® Party Training Conference. The earlier you connect with us, the better able we are to assist you. And we’re not forgetting about 2019. Funding remains available to assist issue campaigns in the remainder of this year. For more information, contact Joe Maheady at 202-383-1006 or John Winston at 202-383-1235.

Oct. 15: Community Outreach Grants Extended Deadline
We have extended the final deadline to apply for a Community Outreach Grant – Placemaking, Smart Growth, Housing Opportunity, and Diversity – in 2019 from September 15 to October 15. After the October 15 deadline, applications will not be accepted until January 2020. For more information, contact Holly Moskerintz

Short-term Rentals Survey
With the recent uptick in state and local legislative activity on short-term rentals, we thought it would be a good time to take the pulse on how much activity there is at the state and local level. Please take a minute to take this short survey by Oct 1. For more information, contact Hugh Morris

Engage Consumers in Your Community
The Consumer Advocacy Outreach grant offers up to $35,000 to help your association grow a powerful collective of consumers advocating for public policy issues that impact homeownership.

Securing a grant for your association is easy:

  • Submit one grant application
  • Request a grant amount up to $35,000
  • Contribute 10% of the grant amount requested

By applying for the Consumer Advocacy Outreach grant, your association will be given resources to lead a consumer advocacy campaign and advance policies that improve the real estate market, increase consumer desire for homeownership, and strengthen the communities you serve.  If your association is ready to expand protecting and promoting homeownership, apply for the Consumer Advocacy Outreach grant today. For more information, contact Erin Murphy at 202-383-1079.

FPC 3rd Quarter Field Reports Due September 30
There are just 8 days until the end of the 3rd Quarter for 2019. Please help ensure your FPCs are 100% on their field reports. A big round of applause to those States where 100% of the FPCs have already completed their reports. If you are not sure whether your state is 100%, you can check the FPC field report tracker to see which of your FPCs are outstanding. Follow this step-by-step process for generating these reports. Please reach out to Victoria Givens with any questions.

Do You Have a New GAD Staffer?
Update GAD contact information in NAR’s GAD Directory. Are you a new Government Affairs Director, serving your association in a GA or REALTOR® Party capacity? Please add (or remove) any contact information there. Help us keep this list accurate and up to date.Thanks!

RPAC Dates & Deadlines

Sept. 30: 2019 President’s Circle Deadline
All four President’s Circle rounds have launched for 2019. The full $2,000 investment is due by September 30, 2019. View the current President’s Circle Roster online. For more information, contact Avery Walker at 202-383-7510.

Oct. 16: RPAC Major Investor Recognition Deadline
Make sure you and your members are recognized as RPAC Major Investors in time for the 2019 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco. RPAC investments must be submitted to the NAR Finance Office no later than Wednesday, October 16, 2019 to meet this deadline. Click here for more information. For more information, contact Jackie Zaporowski at 202-383-1029.

Dec. 18: RPAC Fundraising Partnership Program Reimbursement Deadline
Reimbursements for the RPAC Fundraising Partnership Grant Program are due on or before the RPAC year-end transmittal deadline of Wednesday, December 18, 2019. No 2019 reimbursements will be processed after that date. Click here for more information on updated grant policies and procedures. For more information, contact Lauren Facemire at 202-383-1080.

Save the Date: RPAC Major Investor Reception
The RPAC Major Investor Reception will be held on Saturday, November 9 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. aboard the U.S.S. Hornet. The U.S.S. Hornet offers spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline and Bay Bridge, and its exhibits include vintage aircraft as well as Apollo moon artifacts. We hope to see you and your fellow 2019 Major Investors there! For more information, contact Beth Brittingham at 202-383-1209.

NAR’s Economic Outlook

2019 Q3 Homeownership Opportunities and Market Experience (HOME) Survey – In the third quarter of 2019, 63% of people believe that now is a good time to buy a home, which is down slightly from the previous quarter.
Existing-Home Sales Increase 1.3% in August – Last month three of the four major regions of the country reported a rise in sales, while the West recorded a decline.
REALTORS® Confidence Index – Twenty-one percent of sellers offered incentives such as paying for closing costs (9 percent), providing warranty (8 percent), and undertaking remodeling (4 percent).
Home Prices Appreciating Strongly in Less Expensive Midwest and South Metros – Amid tight supply, home prices are still appreciating in many areas, with home prices rising at a faster pace in less expensive metro areas and rising at a slower pace or even falling in more expensive metro areas.
July 2019 Housing Affordability Index – At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month and up from a year ago. The effective 30-year fixed mortgage rate was down from last month at 3.62% this July, and down nearly one percentage point compared to 4.75% a year ago.

 

For more information on NAR’s Economic Outlook, contact Meredith Dunn at 202-383-1207.

Message from the GAD Chair
Julia Parenteau
GAD Chair
Texas REALTORS®

cadyThomas2.jpgSeptember: Kids are back to school, commuter traffic has gone from bad to worse, Halloween candy is in stores, and Election Day is just 40 days away. It’s truly the best time of year!

One of my top priorities as your Chair is to facilitate more opportunities for GADs to share their knowledge and experience to better serve the REALTOR® Party, and I’m excited that we’ll soon see NAR’s 2020 Committee appointments rolling into your inboxes. We’ll also be seeking other, less formal ways for GADs to contribute to the conversation at the local, state, and national levels. There are so many ways you can have an impact.

Speaking of service, I’d like to one again thank everyone who applied to serve on the GAD Advisory Group. This appointment process is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, given the significant talent you all bring to the table.

With that, I’m delighted to introduce the members of the 2019-2020 GAD Advisory Group:

Kelli Walker, Vice Chair (L) – New Orleans, LA
Matthew Leger, Immediate Past Chair (L) – Palm Beaches, FL
Samar Jha, 2020 Local Host – Philadelphia, PA
Sherri Martin, 2020 State Host – Pennsylvania
Liz Peetz, 2021 Host – Colorado
Andrew Blackburn (L) – Raleigh, NC
Josh Dix (L) – Charleston, SC
Lacey Everett (L) – Indianapolis, IN
Jamie Horbach (S) – Iowa
Mike Kelly (S) – New York
Theresa Kuhns (L) – Hughesville, MD
Nicole LaSlavic (S) – Arizona
James Litz (L) – Beverly Hills, CA
Brad Mock (S) – Georgia
Seth Palmer (S) – North Carolina
Bo Patten (L) – Long Island, NY
Taylor Shanaman (L) – Tacoma, WA
Danielle Cone Scoggins (S) – Florida
Clarke Wise (S) – Mississippi

The Advisory Group is already meeting via conference call, working on preliminary plans for the 2020 GAD Institute and several professional development opportunities that will take place between now and then.

Continuing the great work of Chairman Leger and his team, the Advisory Group will be exploring potential study groups that would research hot topics and present possible solutions at the 2020 Institute. But before that work can occur, we need to know what the hot topics are! What do you see as the next up-and-coming issue in your state or community that could benefit from in-depth analysis?

And before everyone shouts “short-term rentals!” all at once, don’t forget that this year’s presentations included short-term rentals and housing affordability. Please send your ideas to Kyle Lambert London, or to me at julia@texasrealtors.com.

If Election Day is 40 days away, that means we’ll be headed to the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in 41 days – I look forward to seeing many of you there!


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Safety & Disaster Preparedness Dominate September

As the end of summer nears, our advocacy efforts are back in full swing! This month we celebrate REALTOR® Safety Month and National Preparedness Month. Throughout September, we are reminded of how these play out in our advocacy outreach efforts.

REALTORS® face job-related risks every day — working alone, meeting with strangers in unfamiliar places, and sharing personal contact information. While independence is one of the perks of our industry, it can leave us open to vulnerabilities. While we designate September as REALTOR® Safety Month to raise awareness of safety issues, it’s important for real estate professionals to stay focused on safety year-round. That why, more than a decade ago, we launched the REALTOR® Safety Program. The program provides members with safety education, tips, and countless other resources and tools at no cost, including the NEW REALTOR® Safety Network. The program covers a range of topics, including cybersecurity and data privacy — two hot topics for advocacy. The aim: Help REALTORS® make it home safely to their family every night. Learn more at nar.realtor/Safety.

We’ve also partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for National Preparedness Month. When natural disasters like Hurricane Dorian strike, it’s essential that real estate professionals remain safe, but also to look out for their clients and their families so that they have the resources they need. This year’s theme: Be Prepared, Not Scared is an excellent reminder for us to ready ourselves and our clients for natural disasters, and help families in the wake of a tragedy by raising awareness about disaster risks and the simple, proactive steps everyone can take. Visit ready.gov/september for shareable content, graphics, and videos throughout the month. The resources also offered on NAR’s Disaster Preparedness Resources are a valuable asset that can help build a culture of preparedness and ready the nation for catastrophic disasters.

According to FEMA, just one inch of water can cause $25,000 of damage to your home. As floodwaters rise, so do the costs of repairing your home and replacing the things inside of it. Heavy rains or hurricanes that lead to flash flooding highlight the need for the National Flood Insurance Program. Learn more at realtorparty.realtor/nfip.

As with every natural disaster, we encourage you to make a donation to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation. Over the past 18 years, the foundation has collected and distributed more than $32 million in aid for some 80 disasters in 39 states and territories since it launched after the September 11 terrorist attacks. It’s helped more than 13,000 families. Every dollar goes directly to victims of disaster, and NAR covers 100% of administrative expenses. Donate today.

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