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“The Members have Spoken, Is Anyone Listening? REThink Data Revealed”

Dont’ miss The Members have Spoken, Is Anyone Listening? REThink Data Revealed on Tuesday May 14th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.  This update on the REThink initiative reveal the data and insights from the REThink workshops conducted during the past several months and collect your input on what to do next. Come join me and bring along a colleague to this unique discussion where you will be asked what you think NAR should do to position itself for future success, and given the insights from the more than 5,000 members who have participated in REThink. Be prepared and ready to share ideas, speak your mind and interact with members of the Strategic Planning Committee.

Leadership is Listening and Ready to Act!

Heather Ozur

Heather Ozur, a REALTOR® for 17 years, is a Sales Associate with Keller Williams Realty, specializing in residential property. Heather and her team focus on listing and selling properties, in the Greater Palm Springs, CA area. With Women’s Council of REALTORS® Heather is serving as the 2016 National Financial Secretary. Previously, Heather has served as the 2005 Local Network President for Palm Springs/Desert Cities and the 2014 President for Women’s Council of REALTORS® - California. At the national level, she has served on various Steering Committees as Chair and Vice-Chair, Finance and Budget, Leadership Academy Faculty and on the National Executive Committee. In addition, Heather has been an active voice in the REALTOR® community since 2003. She has served as the 2010 & 2011 President of California Desert Association of REALTORS® (CDAR) and 2015 and 2016 as Secretary of Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® (PSRAR). In 2013, Heather was awarded the honor of CDAR’s REALTOR® of the Year. With the California Association of REALTORS®, Heather is currently a Director. She has served as a Committee Liaison and is presently a member of the 2016-2018 Strategic Planning and Finance Committee. At the National Association of REALTORS®, Heather has served as a 2011-2013 member of the National Association of REALTORS® Strategic Planning Committee, is the 2016 Vice Chair-Social Media Advisory and is a proud graduate of the 2012 NAR Leadership Academy. In 2015, Heather was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame for her lifetime contributions to RPAC. Heather has been able to network with REALTORS® and clients from around the global. She pulls from her understanding of technology, forward thinking ideas, and drive for real estate when working with others. Quickly, you will see that Heather focuses on the 3 P’s – Passion, Professionalism and Personality! Heather is a life learner and a social entrepreneur. In real life that means a Mom, wife, volunteer, speaker and REALTOR®.

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  1. Christopher Tscherne

    I regret that I am not able to attend but as a concerned Realtor I have much feedback to offer.

    If you could make this a contribution to today’s event, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Just like many other aspects of American society today such as family values, religious freedom, marriage, gun rights, free speech, etc… the idea of homeownership being a fundamental part of the American Dream, appears to be targeted for redesign.

    Evidence of this opinion is littered throughout the recent program sponsored by the Strategic Planning Committee of the National Association of Realtors, REThink: The Future of Real Estate.

    Based on its contents, the creator of this program, an outside consulting firm, believes that NAR members should embrace change to insure our survival and prosperity. We should avoid being the proverbial “ostrich with its head in the sand” and be open minded about the future. No one wants to be thought of as being the closed-minded ostrich.

    The creator’s manipulative intent with this obvious use of persuasive symbolism borders on insulting.

    While the program offers various scenarios about our future, the proposed scenarios offered appear to be pre-approved concepts right out of the global think tank playbook. In general, globalists, as they have come to be known, consider American sovereignty to be subservient to global initiatives endorsed by institutions such as the United Nations.

    In REThink: The Future of Real Estate, we are asked to consider two future scenarios.

    One future scenario, The American Dream Recaptured, promotes modest, green urban living near public transportation and rejects suburban development because of environmental concerns & the supply of natural resources.

    The second future scenario, The New American Dream, promotes not only urban living but vertical communities that offer shared housing, “leasership” versus homeownership, shared facilities, access to public services ….. a combination of features bordering on communal living.

    It is interesting that another future scenario was not offered. One that would have freedom loving pro-American Realtors push policy makers back to sound mortgage financing principles that lead to stable markets, and successfully protect the basic principle that served our country so well, the right to own and benefit from private property.

    REThink: The Future of Real Estate reveals that there are global minded thinkers that have been planning for some time to achieve for what most of us would think is impossible, the redesign of the traditional American Dream.

    In order for you to see the subtle evidence, you must be able to put yourself in the role of a globalist.

    Global central planners realize that the American experiment of self government and individual freedom has been so successful and so popular that in order to try to get people to take a different path, one can not blatantly expose a different plan but must slowly nudge and persuade individuals to believe that the American experiment is no longer a viable long term form of living.

    Globalists cloak their collectivist goals in the form of human rights objectives and environmental sustainability initiatives. These objectives can be made to appear compassionate while initiating programs that will ultimately lead to the demise of the American Dream as we know it.

    Let’s take a look at recent history to review some evidence that is only apparent with the benefit of hindsight.

    In 1992, President George HW Bush along with other world leaders, met in Brazil for a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. It was at this conference that world leaders ratified a program called Agenda 21.

    While Agenda 21 contains so many anti-American objectives that books have now been published on the subject, I would like to focus on Section 7 from which the following statements are sourced.

    “Providing Adequate Shelter For All”

    “7.6 The right to adequate housing as a basic human right is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.”

    “7.9 d. All countries should, as appropriate, facilitate access of urban and rural poor to shelter by adopting and utilizing housing and financing schemes and new innovative mechanisms adapted to their circumstances.”

    That was 1992. It was no coincidence that we first started to hear about the loan products that have come to be known as the infamous “sub-prime” loans in the mid-1990’s shortly after this conference. Looking back, I think we can all now comfortably consider these loans to fit the description of the financing schemes and new innovative mechanisms referred to in Agenda 21.

    Ironically though, the long term viability of these sub-prime loan products was anything but “sustainable,” a word that seemed to originate out of the Agenda 21 Conference and has been a catch phrase for the next decade and continues today in many aspects of our society.

    Your attention is brought to this aspect of Agenda 21 because it reveals the original source of the “sub-prime loan” concept but the underlying purpose had been elusive …. till now. …. till REThink: The Future of Real Estate.

    In one of the scenarios, the actor, portraying a future Realtor, suggested that their generation did not put the same value on homeownership as did their parents because they saw their parents struggle to maintain their mortgage payments or worse, lose their homes in foreclosure due to the sub-prime crisis.

    That future generation, having seen their parents endure a nightmare with homeownership, were afraid to take on the responsibility of owning a home and paying a mortgage. Instead they chose to embrace “Leasership” & communal living.

    Since globalists think and plan long term, even generationally, it is now evident that the sub-prime crisis is serving to influence a whole generation of young people that will look at homeownership with skepticism in the future.

    There is much more evidence to suggest that home ownership and private property rights are under attack.

    Why would any politician or policy maker in the middle of a recession even think of eliminating any of the incentives associated with owning real estate?

    It would only make sense if they believe that private property rights are dispensable and that the government or government endorsed conglomerates can do a better job of providing housing for the people. They just need a fresh generation of citizens that will embrace communal living and view individual homeownership as a needless financial burden.

    Policy makers will sugar coat government sponsored housing as being more affordable and more environmentally “sustainable” because we have to protect our natural resources for future generations.

    It is amazing how hypocritical the policy makers can be when talking about the environment and sustainability while they go about creating enormous amounts of “unsustainable” debt that will ultimately be passed on to the future generations they claim to be concerned about.

    As Realtors, we should acknowledge that the scenarios posed in REThink: The Future of Real Estate are in fact possible and maybe even probable if we choose to do nothing but remain passive participants …. while The American Dream is redefined.

    That being said we should use this program as a wake-up call.

    The scenarios presented should be rejected.

    We should make it clear that our National Association of Realtors should be steadfast champions and protectors of private property rights and the current American Dream of Homeownership.

    We must stand on principle at any cost.

    To NOT speak out on this matter is to endorse a future that would ultimately have the next generation of Realtors becoming mere rental agents for government sponsored housing.

    How sad would that be?