Vote. Act. Invest.
These three simple verbs make a powerful statement when it comes to your membership in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
When you become a REALTOR®, you affirm the value of unity. You acknowledge that we can do more collectively than we could individually to advance the interests of our business and the property owners we serve. But my experience—with NAR and other organizations I’ve been involved in—is that just joining isn’t enough.
Like everything in life, what you get out of NAR is in direct proportion to what you put into it. With your vote, your action, and your investment, you help ensure that this organization can act effectively on your behalf.
Before you go to the polls, visit Political Advocacy to get educated on the issues that are impacting our business and to learn which candidates support the REALTOR® Party agenda.
Our national, state, and local associations are monitoring dozens of issues that are affecting or have the potential to affect your business.
When an issue becomes urgent, we need to make our voices heard—usually quickly. All year, for example, REALTORS® have been urging Congress to pass a comprehensive reform bill for the National Flood Insurance Program. But Congress left town for the Memorial Day recess without reauthorizing the program.
Suddenly, pending deals were in jeopardy, and questions arose about whether tax-credit deals in flood-plain areas would make the June 30 closing deadline.
In late May, we asked all members to write to their members of Congress and urge reauthorization of the NFIP. As I write this roughly 40,000 REALTORS® have responded. I’m optimistic that Congress will take action, both on the reauthorization and on our plea to delay the tax-credit closing deadline to Sept. 30.
Nearly a quarter of NAR members contribute to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. Those donors recognize that legislative priorities, such as preserving the mortgage interest deduction, keeping capital markets functioning, and setting rules that foster rather than hinder healthy markets, are essential to our business survival.
It’s important to remember that RPAC is neither a Republican nor a Democratic organization. Your contribution to RPAC helps us elect a Congress that understands and supports REALTOR® Party politics.
When it comes to politics, it’s vitally important that REALTORS® vote, act, and invest. If we don’t, someone else will surely fill the vacuum—someone without our perspective, expertise, or commitment to thriving communities.
Stay up to date on legislative and regulatory activities by taking action at the federal level on www.nar.realtor.