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Two Great Candidates for First Vice President

This morning at the board of directors meeting, John Smaby and Joanne Poole gave eloquent presentations for election to first vice president 2017 of the NAR. The first vice president goes on to become president. In a vote reminiscent...

Democracy at Work: Hill Visit with Senator Crapo

I cannot think of another country in the world where any citizen can sit face-to-face with a lawmaker and discuss in detail issues that concern us. Senator Mike Crapo is considered one of the experts on Capitol Hill for...

Committee Participation

A large proportion of my business is representing commercial/investment clients. A few years ago, I began attending as a general audience member the open sessions of the Commercial Committee. I liked what I saw there and applied for a...

Senator Warren Sounds the Student Debt Alarm

Senator Elizabeth Warren (Dem. Massachusetts ) spoke passionately this morning about the crisis in student loan debt. Whether you agree with her politics or not, the issue itself is indisputable, and REALTORS® must take a leadership role with Congress...

Dr Yun Informs and Entertains

You don’t often see the terms “Rock Star” and “Economist” in the same sentence, but in the case of NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, the two apply. I have an undergrad degree in Econometrics and an MBA, and I...

Bob Woodward’s Brilliant Address This Morning

It is a long way to travel to this conference. You don’t get your usual sleep or exercise workouts in. Your business files and clients take second place: the best you can do is play catch up, returning calls...

Quick Takes – May 10, 2016

Can anyone make sense of the current American election situation? Maybe these two expert pollsters can at the Mood of the Nation session! Are pollsters a lot like weathermen, getting it right half the time? Packed house trying to...

Looking Ahead

I am driving from my very rural community to the nearest commercial airport two hours away. It’s early morning sunrise: there’s mist rolling across the fields, and a few deer look up casually from their breakfast foraging as I...