I have had several local Realtors ask me about MidYear…what it means…what happens….how to navigate. Other contributors will have lengthier posts that tell the story better, but here’s one quick perspective.
1. You can see your legislators face to face. Talk to them about proposed legislation (like the removal of the mortgage interest deduction) or crappy existing legislation (the damn HVCC). Make your voice heard. Reach out to your clients and find out what’s important to them, and take those concerns directly to Washington. Social media is cool, email blasts help, but nothing is more powerful than looking directly into the eyes of a politician dead-on. (May 15 is the day for Hill visits, see your state folks for detailed times and DO NOT BE LATE>)
2. You can find out what our industry is up to. What is happening on behalf of members. What benefits are in the works? What is happening to make us better and more professional as agents? What are MLS activities? What is happening with the scraper sites (i.e. Zillow, Trulia) and how do we manage the data? If you’re not on a committee, you can still sit in on many forums and get yourself educated as you get your voice heard.
3. Learn a little something. The good folks at CRS will have a ton of free educational stuff, where you might find answers on where to find buyers and sellers-how to navigate multiple offers-where to find inventory-all of those super-important items. If you work with buyers, in fact, you can register for an entire day of buyer education HERE. (this all-day buyer class is less than $200).
4. My favorite is probably ‘lobby-con’, where you can have conversations with agents from around the country, from every walk of life and business style, networking and learning about the larger picture. It’s easy for us as agents to wind up with tunnel vision but important for our clients to understand that bigger picture.
Come on. Show up. Be involved. And if you feel lost or confused, reach out to me or any of the other folks who have been before-we will help you find a way to be a part of the solutions within our industry.
The MSM ignored us today. The White House ignored us today. Luckily the public knows that Realtors represent a huge section of the GDP. Pay attention, politicians. We are small business. We create jobs. We help sellers and buyers alike. We pay taxes. And we VOTE.
Just my two cents’ from the Professional Standards Committee here at NAR MidYear 2012. I think that as Realtors, boards, MLSs…we have to be more creative and be more open to what is good for the consumer and stop being so scared of what lies ahead. The future can be beautiful. If we get out of the way.
I swanee, I used to be able to remember everything. Phone numbers, addresses, names…but my iphone is so smart-it remembers for me and thus, I can barely tell you what I had for breakfast.
So you’re headed for DC for the meetings and the big Rally-and you want to avoid the nightmare that is akin to having a car in this city. The Metro system is fantastic in DC and outside of a few construction zones, is mostly on time. Download the iTrans DC Metro app for free (my favorite kind!). You will have an interactive map of DC-you can click on any station and see what time the next departures are-perfect for getting to that next meeting or just making to your restaurant on time. You will also receive alerts of delays, smart directions from one location to another, entrances and exits to the system, and more.
So in the interest of this being on the East Coast and at the end of the school year, I decided to bring the kids so they can see the sights and perhaps a legislator or two (never hurts a politician to see a kid!). I spent $2.99 on the DC With Kids app and have already enjoyed it at least $5.00 worth-you can use it as well, if you plan to break free of meetings at all. Within the app, you can hunt down Food Trucks (I’m looking for Sixth and Rye myself, @sixthandrye), find out the hours and tips for Memorials and Museums in town (even categorized by age group appropriateness), locate local shopping, etc.
And of course you already have the official NAR MidYear app (why, yes, it’s free!). You can save your meeting schedule, be alerted to the next round of meeting starting up, follow the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and keep abreast of how to get to and fro the different hotels and such.
And by the way-thank you to everyone who’s traveling into town in an effort to improve our industry!