Illinois REALTORS® are In the Fight for Homeownership

Every year REALTOR® members from all over the United States come to Washington, DC to meet with their legislators to discuss the challenges we face as REALTORS® around the topic of homeownership.  If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit with your legislators, Legislative meetings are a great way to learn about the power of a large group investing a few days to lobby at the Captial at Washington, DC.  Not really sure where the term, “lobbyist” comes from? click here.

Even if you don’t feel you have the ability to engage with your legislator, watching and being in their offices provide great leverage for our states on the decisions made at a national level.  Learning and watching the process of being a lobbyist, even for a day, with our representatives shows that we value our industry.

As an Illinois REALTOR®, I was able to tag along with our Illinois FPC’s, federal political coordinators, and watch how they discussed issues that affect their constituents.  These visits were pre-scheduled meetings with their State Danny DavisCongressman and Senators.  Two of our local FPC’s, also licensed REALTOR® members, Nykea Pippion-McGriff and Cedrick Hunter, were well prepared on local issues for their communities.  They effectively discussed the issues of Short-sales, the homeowner tax credit deduction, and interest deduction.  They talked about the importance of making the Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Act a permanent Act for those that truly qualify for a hardship.  Many know that taking away credits that are associated with home ownership can devalue the benefits of homeownership.  Congressman Mike Quigley, Congressman Bobby Rush, and Congressman Danny Davis were extremely gracious with their time, they listened intently and offered their opinions on the concerns that were shared in the meetings.

We are more than just agents.  We are REALTORS® that sell real estate, invest in real estate, educate our buyers and sellers and FIGHT for the rights of our clients.  If you are not involved in your local communities or states, I challenge you, get in touch with your local Government Affairs director.  Then find out how you can help maintain the value of homeownership. Get involved.  Let’s fight for the rights of home ownership together. Mike Quigley

Carrie Bey-Little

Carrie Bey-Little, B.S., is a Certified Paralegal, Hootsuite Certified, DocuSign Certified, a C.E Instructor, C.E. Course Author, and Broker with Baird & Warner, IL. Carrie is the 2014 President for the West Suburban Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® in Illinois. She’s also produced television programming, and worked for McDonald’s Real Estate Division. Carrie is driven to motivate others to reach their professional goals, personal goals, and real estate dreams. As a C.E. instructor and trainer with Midwest Real Estate Data, she is able to educate 400 to 1000+ real estate professionals a month using the best MLS tools available in the United States. Carrie comes from the professional arena working with the latest technology as early as 1997 with NEC Technologies. She was an early adopter of social media, which gives her the experience to integrate tech into her training with a focus on making it practical for every real estate audience.

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