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Morris Was Right Man at Right Place at Right Time for Fair Housing Commemoration

Zeke Morris chairs the Fair Housing Act Anniversary Implementation Group, which was charged with this year’s commemoration of the 50-year anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968.  Coming off an emotionally charged week of Fair Housing-themed events, there’s...

BOD “Inspiration” Agenda Item a Was Major Understatement

The NAR Board of Directors agenda for yesterday’s meeting item two, “Call to Order” included the Pledge and “Inspiration.” In a secular, non-profit board meeting, “Inspiration” usually means some watered-down invocation that is so focused on being inoffensive that...

A No-Lose Race for First Vice President

Today NAR directors selected the 2019 First Vice President, who will become NAR’s 2021 President. I had the pleasure of spending significant time with both candidates over the last several months. By the time the election rolled around, I...

Historic Fair Housing Resolution Acknowledges Sins of the Past

In a historic moment at this morning’s Board of Directors meeting, Tim Hur, Chair of the Diversity Committee, read aloud a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the national Fair Housing Act of 1968. Significantly, and after months of...

Highlights from Hill Visits

As President of the Illinois REALTORS®, I represent a diverse constituency of 48,000 members, who cover markets ranging from sparsely populated rural areas to one of the world’s greatest large cities: Chicago. Our membership and our Federal Political Coordinators...

Carson Urges Audience Not to Repeat Mistakes of the Past

At the beginning of the opening general session, 2014 NAR President Steve Brown credited the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), which is an African-American real estate trade organization with leading the charge for fair housing, when NAR...

CFPB Chief: “No More Regulation by Enforcement.”

At the Regulatory Issues Forum, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Mick Mulvaney appeared to discuss powerful federal agencies with enormous, and largely unchecked, power to enforce various federal statutes, including RESPA. Mr. Mulvaney’s message was  clear: CFPB is...

Vicky Silvano Named 2018 Liaison of Global Business Alliances

Vicky Silvano was announced during the May 20th NAR Board Meeting as part of 2018 President Elizabeth Mendenhall’s Expanded Leadership Team. Silvano will serve as Liaison of Global Business Alliances. Silvano is a native of the Philippines, having grown...

Some RPAC Hall of Fame Inspiration

As a relatively young, relatively new person on the NAR involvement scene, I’ll confess to having my eyes start to glaze over at events such as the RPAC Hall of Fame Ceremony. Aside from a few folks–primarily from my...

An Inside Look at the Relational Magic of FPCs

FPCs, NAR’s army of Federal Political Coordinators, are a unique group of REALTOR® volunteers who are assigned to maintain relationships with specific members of Congress to keep them up to date on REALTOR® issues. In addition to leading Capitol...