On The Menu

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It’s that time of year again — leaves are falling, sweaters are being pulled out of drawers and political signs dot our landscape.

The REALTOR® organization—from National to your local association—strongly believe that one of our most important jobs is advocating for our members. Why is that? Everything you do in your job—from getting licensed, to putting up signs, to the forms you use in the transaction—is controlled by some level of government. The moment you get your real estate license, you are greatly impacted by the rules passed in your City Council, County Council or State Legislature. We often say, “If you aren’t at the table, you may be on the menu.” Getting involved in local elections is a great way to make sure that REALTOR® interests are not “on the menu”.

This has become even more clear as we see a lack of affordable and available housing inventory all over the state. There are several reasons for this lack of inventory, but certainly one of the biggest reasons is the inability of many of our cities to adopt proper policies to help consumers achieve the American dream of homeownership. Recently, one city council member opined that he didn’t believe the laws of supply and demand applied to real estate—this, from a city council member serving a city with the median housing price of $800,000. Stories like this (and there are many, many more) are why we get involved in local elections.

Typically, an endorsement is made based off of an interview of all candidates in the race (there are exceptions for champions with a past record of supporting housing issues). These interviews stick to housing and land use issues to ensure that we only consider those issues that matter most to our members day-to-day business. The ultimate endorsement decision is made by REALTORS® who live and work in the communities that they are endorsing candidates in.

In any given cycle, the REALTOR® organization will endorse several hundred candidates regardless of partisanship, including Democrats, Republicans and Independents. We are proud of our record as the most bi-partisan large Political Action Committee in the State. While some may clamor against “special interests” getting involved in elections, our particular “special interest” is to have great communities with great schools, parks and transportation where people can live out their dreams. It feels like this is one special interest we can all get behind. As elections approach, ask your local association for a list of candidates they have interviewed and endorsed. Together, we can continue to help elect pro-REALTOR® candidates—a win for our business and a win for our communities.



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