Taking It To the Hill

This was my 3rd year attending the MidYear meetings, however this was
my 1st time going on the Capitol visits with my state. It definitely
won’t be my last.

The day started with a fantastic lunch at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse.
In addition to all of the usual faces from Missouri, we had 2 special
guests from the Ontario Real Estate Association. They wanted to come
along on our state visits to see what issues are effecting us most and
to see how the whole process works.

Lunch at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse

After lunch, we broke up into groups and headed up to the Hill to
visit our Senators and Representatives. Though I’ve done this before
at the state level visiting with our local representatives, there’s
something different about being involved in the process in our
Nation’s Capitol. It’s energizing, invigorating, and motivating.

In our first visit, with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, approximately 17
Missouri REALTORS crammed into his office. When he arrived, we asked
how often his office is jammed full of people like this. He chuckled
to himself and said, “Only when you all are in town.” There’s
something completely gratifying knowing our presence is literally felt
there.

Meeting with Rep. Russ Carnahan

He listened to our issues and asked questions about how certain
programs where working in the real world. He seemed genuinely
interested in our concerns and wanted to know how he could help. He
also cautioned us that there are too many programs expiring before the
end of the year and not enough time to get it all done – which truly
is a harsh reality but one we must face.

The day continued with several other similar visits with Missouri
Representatives. And the feeling was the same at the end on everyone –
we’ve been heard. Now it’s time for the them to go do the job we hired
them to do. I end the day feeling proud and with a true sense of
accomplishment.

Missouri REALTORS® meet with Sen. Blunt

I can’t wait for next year.

Bobbi Howe

Bobbi Howe, RE/MAX Professionals of St Joseph, St Joseph, MO Bobbi Howe, CRS is a 2nd generation REALTOR® who grew up in the business. She is the 2013 President of the St. Joseph (Mo) Regional Association of REALTORS®, serving on the 2013 Missouri Association of REALTORS® Executive Committee, the National Association of REALTORS® YPN Advisory Subcommittee, and Council of Residential Specialists Educational Advisory Board. She was the 2011 St. Joseph Regional Association of REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year.

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