NAR MIDYEAR REPORT
In May, I attended NAR’s midyear legislative meetings in Washington, D.C. along with Jeff Doxsee, TBR President-Elect. TBR Executive Director Steven Louchheim and Paul Galloway, Manager of Association Technology, also attended, as did TBR members Bert Bevis, Patti Ketcham, and Rae Roeder.
Items approved by the NAR Board of Directors:
- Approval of the 2014-2016 operating budgets.
- Approve continuation of the $35 member assessment for the Consumer Advertising Campaign, formerly the Public Advocacy Campaign. The campaign promotes the value of REALTORS®, homeownership, and the value of owning real estate as an investment.
- Election of Florida’s own Tom Salomone as NAR 2014 First Vice President. Tom will be NAR President in 2016.
We met with Rep. Southerland and Senators Nelson and Rubio to promote REALTOR® and homeownership interests. The following talking points highlight the Federal issues we discussed:
- Preserve the mission and purpose of the FHA program. NAR supports H.R. 1145, legislation that provides FHA with the flexibility to make necessary changes, provides protections to taxpayers against lenders who make errors of material fact, and improves program oversight.
- Preserve homeownership tax policies. NAR opposes efforts to alter or eliminate the mortgage interest deduction (MID) for primary and second homes, and maintains that property taxes should not be considered “income” subject to federal income tax. Additionally, Congress should maintain the capital gains exclusion for sale of principal residence.
- Restructure Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, and encourage the return of private capital so that affordable mortgages are available to consumers.
Local Leadership Idea Exchange
Jeff and I met with leaders from other medium-sized local boards to discuss ideas and issues— flood insurance, Realtor.com, REALTOR® brand awareness, board leadership development, social media, non-dues revenue, to name a few. We learned how other local boards conduct their their business and membership meetings, addressed the issue of broker involvement to encourage agent participation, and the ways we can use technology and social media at the local level to enhance communications.
Left to Right: Steven Louchheim, Keith Hodges (President-Elect, Bay County Association of REALTORS® ), Stephanie White (Executive Director, Bay County AOR), Bert Bevis, Rep. Steve Southerland, Alan Graham (Governmental Affairs Chairman, Bay County AOR), Frank McClean, Vince Price (President, Bay County AOR), Jeff Doxsee.
EDUCATION AT TBR
CATRS Technology Forum and District 8 Summit. The Tech Forum held on May 30th sold out three weeks in advance—so you won’t want to miss it in 2014! The event kicked off with presentations from candidates for 2014 Florida REALTORS® office, brought us the latest technology info to apply to our business, and ended with a post-event social hosted by Florida REALTORS®. The tech discussion was lively and fast-paced, never boring or above our heads (even when the talk was about the “cloud”).
Lunch & Learn. TBR has REP classes (many classes for one low price, including technology and CE). We have monthly hands-on MLS training (offered at no charge). Now, we’re hosting Lunch & Learns—have lunch, learn about a current topic, and leave with the knowledge you need…now! Last week, we had a big crowd with us to learn about REOs and foreclosures; on June 20th, we’ll lunch and learn about hurricanes and insurance; and coming soon—photography. No cost to register, plenty to gain! For more information on the program—maybe you have a topic to share with us—contact Sonia Jewell, Education & Events Coordinator, Sonia@TBRnet.org.
Affiliate Showcase, July 2, 9 a.m. This quarterly event, held during our regular Tuesday morning marketing slot, is popular with our Affiliates and REALTORS®. Networking at TBR is a great membership benefit, and this trade show event is the perfect way for our Affiliates to get the word out on their products and specials, to connect our REALTORS® with the services they and their clients need.
Frank A. McClean
2013 TBR President
Community Property Management, Inc.