The Thanksgiving Season is a time when we celebrate what we are thankful for. For Many, that includes the home...
Thank REALTORS for who they R

The Thanksgiving Season is a time when we celebrate what we are thankful for. For many, that includes the home they own and often, the REALTOR® who helped them through the process of buying it.

From the first-time homebuyer who trembles a bit when they sign the papers for their first home, to the senior couple who needs support when they sell their family home to downsize, a REALTOR® holds their clients’ hands during huge life transitions.

What we do as REALTORS® goes far beyond a paycheck. We have a deep-seated desire to serve others with their dreams of homeownership. You see, “home” to us is more than a physical structure. Home is where we raise our families, put down roots, make friends and create lasting memories.

Our passion for homeownership translates into vigorous volunteer efforts to clear the obstacles for well-qualified borrowers to responsibly purchase a home and to contribute to the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.

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As the 2016 Washington Association of REALTORS® President, I have had a front row seat to witness the amazing community service and volunteerism of REALTORS across the entire state, whether it is the hundred Thurston REALTORS® painting over graffiti in downtown Olympia or Walla Walla REALTORS®’ 31st annual Care & Share Food Drive for their local food bank.

At the state level, Washington REALTORS® have worked successfully for years in Olympia to stop increased taxes on home sales that could put homeownership out of reach for many families. We have halted attempts to over-burden the real estate transaction, while working hard to increase opportunities for affordable housing choices. We are at the table on issues that affect our quality of life whether it involves housing, schools, roads, parks or safety in our communities.

President Signs Condo Relief Bill

Scores of our volunteer members flew to our nation’s capital this past May—many on their own dime and during a busy housing market—to urge members of Congress to support H.R. 3700 the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act”. It is a bill that eases Federal Housing Administration (FHA) restrictions on financing for condominiums, an affordable housing option for first-time homebuyers, seniors and low and moderate-income households in urban areas.

Among many other things, also explains that H.R. 3700 permits the USDA “to delegate to preferred lenders its loan approval authority for the Rural Housing Service’s single family housing guaranteed loan program”, streamlining the process.

With the support of the 18,000 members of the Washington Association of REALTORS® and the more than one million members of the National Association of REALTORS®, the bill passed with a unanimous, bi-partisan effort by Congress and was signed by President Obama, helping to keep affordable housing options and financing within reach for many Americans.

So this November, when you run into a REALTOR®* volunteering in your community, as they so often do, be sure to say thank you.

Not only are they professional real estate brokers who are committed to a strict Code of Ethics and work hard to bring you “home”, they are also those in our industry who have taken up the banner as the leading advocates for homeownership and improving and protecting our wonderful communities.

For REALTORS®, it isn’t just about business, it is who we R.



* Note: Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®; look for the REALTOR® logo when choosing your broker. It indicates they belong to the National Association of REALTORS® and pledge to adhere to a strict Code of Ethics.


Originally published in The Olympian

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