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Want to get busy in real estate? Plan a trip!

What I thought would be a mundane Monday searching  for sensible shoes,  relaxing and packing for our early Tuesday  flight into DC  has morphed into 2 offers,   a couple showings – one at 8pm tonight – , contract modifications, inspection negotiations  and 3 past clients wanting CMAs.     Thank goodness for technology!   Peers ask how I have the time to participate, I reply I can’t afford not to.  Being active in the association has made me a better Realtor®, and what I’ve invested attending state and national conferences has more than paid for the time and travel in closed business.  I’ve made valuable business contacts, remain current on policy, shared ideas and learned from peers from all over the country, and have made lifelong friendships.

I especially enjoy these mid-year meetings.  Washington DC is an amazing city – culturally, architecturally and historically.  The conference speakers are always outstanding, the leadership express sessions and committee meetings are packed with relevant information and our Capital Hill visits are empowering!  I look forward to sharing my experiences this week; hopefully you’ll find some benefit.  But till then, I need to find more caffeine…and some sensible shoes .

Karen Robertson

I'm a residential broker with Spring Realty in Shorewood, Illinois. I'm a past chair of the Illinois REALTORS®’ Public Policy MIG, Past President of Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®, have served on the National Association of REALTORS®’ (NAR) Conventional Finance and Policy Committee, and am thrilled to be the current Vice Chair of NAR’s Medium Board Forum, which is my favorite meeting to chair. I'm an RPAC major investor and political junkie. I thrive on the energy of Washington, DC, our ability to affect change, and the opportunity to meet new people and share ideas. I love the #PowerofR!

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