This morning, NAR’s Public Policy Coordinating Committee met, and had the opportunity to hear from Dennis Shea of the Bipartisan Policy Center. He shared with us the BPC’s recent report, “Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy“.
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I always look forward to Midyear and the Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) meeting we have with Congressman Rob Wittman. The purpose of the meeting is to update our Congressman on REALTOR (R)/ Pro-Homeownership issues and bill coming up, and to update them on how things are going back in their District. The talking points this year are;
- Restructure Fannie Mae& Freddie Mac and Encourage the Return of Private Capital
- Preserve the Mission and Purpose of the FHA Program
- Preserve Homeownership Tax Policies
This was my 4th year being on the FPC team. I have learned to not be surprised when we start to talk to Congressman Wittman about our talking points and he ends up telling us more about the issues.
Our meetings only last 15-20 minutes but it always leaves me with a feeling, I have helped Homeownership, just a little bit.
After the Young Professional Network (YPN) Advisory Committee Meeting yesterday. I started talk to Dom about this app called, Homesnap. The app is amazing! You download the app onto your phone. If you are driving around and see a home you like, just take a picture of the home, and the app will tell you all about it. The even cooler part, as a REALTOR(R), you can make a page as an Agent. Then you can invite your clients so they can use the app. Everything is branded to you that way. Also, you can track what they are looking at with the app.
After I finished speaking to Dom, I had already downloaded the app, set up my profile and invited 2 clients. It seems really helpful and will cut down on endless emails with random addresses. I say, if you don’t already have it, download it now!
It was a packed room with standing room only and many people could not get into the room. The members were interested and engaged in hearing about the data that has been gathered from across the country.
Due to the overflow attendance at today’s REThink session, “The Members have Spoken, Is Anyone Listening? REThink Data Revealed” they will be holding an encore session on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham, Blue Room from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Great information to share with your Local Association of REALTORS®.
Midyear kicked off this morning with a forum on real estate issues in the 113th Congress. We had the pleasure of listening to Jeffrey Birnbaum, a commentator and analyst, and Congressman Randy Neugebauer from the 19th Congressional District of Texas.
Mr. Birnbaum got the crowd going with his comment, “Congress does TWO things; nothing and overreact.” Following a discussion of the challenges most presidents face in their second term, he recapped some facing President Obama right now. The budget deficit was front and center of course. Which raises the issue of bridging that gap and the solution that many seem to throw around in DC is the Mortgage Interest Deduction (MID).
Birnbaum made the point that if Congress does the later, overreact that is, “You don’t want to be caught flat footed when they do!”
Thankfully NAR has been vigilant in their efforts to defend MID again this year. To learn more about the MID issue visit Mortgage Interest Deduction on REALTOR.org . MID will once again be a talking point at this year’s hill visits. You can download the talking point at Preserve Homeownership Tax Policies.
I will be leaving in 30 minutes to make my, hopefully, hour drive up to DC. In the next few days I hope to do learn as much as I can, from my fellow REALTORS(R), as well as, do my part to help. This will be my 5th Midyear. For the past 4 years, I have been a Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA). Not only do I get to meet with Congressman Wittman this year, I have the honor of serving on the Young Professionals Network (YPN) Advisory Board. Today I will be attending my first YPN Advisory Board Meeting and getting to meet the other board members from across the US.
If you do not hear from me again, I am stuck on 95.
Dont’ miss The Members have Spoken, Is Anyone Listening? REThink Data Revealed on Tuesday May 14th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. This update on the REThink initiative reveal the data and insights from the REThink workshops conducted during the past several months and collect your input on what to do next. Come join me and bring along a colleague to this unique discussion where you will be asked what you think NAR should do to position itself for future success, and given the insights from the more than 5,000 members who have participated in REThink. Be prepared and ready to share ideas, speak your mind and interact with members of the Strategic Planning Committee.
Leadership is Listening and Ready to Act!
NAR made a wonderful improvement to their registration process this year at Midyear. Instead of mailing out your badge and registration materials, you now get them on site via a very simple and easy process. And don’t forget, the best advice is always to get there early to avoid the lines!
It’s super fast and easy. The best part is it saves on printing and postage costs. Nice job NAR!!!