Thanks for a great year as MAR prez
As I traveled across the state this year representing you, I have been asked on occasion by local association leadership how to better get the message across as to the value of being a Realtor.
Our associations at all levels actively promote the consumer value of your Realtor status. That helps our members’ public image, but we all need to do a better job of reminding ourselves about the value…the “what’s in it for me?”
If “membership has its benefits” to paraphrase the old American Express tag line, what are those benefits for us?
In wrapping up my year as your President I would like to share with you what I have seen.
If not for the Realtor organization:
* We could have lost the Mortgage Interest Deduction this year, as proposed by the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform.
* The Small Business Health Care proposal would be stuck in limbo somewhere instead of a real possibility in Congress. It has been the Realtors®, not the Retail Merchants or the Chambers or others which have rallied for affordable comprehensive health coverage.
* Federal Banks would be competing unfairly for your clients and customers, with all the competitive advantages of the Federal discount window while putting taxpayer dollars at risk.
* We would have transfered taxes all over Massachusetts chiefly because we continue to go to the mattresses whenever a proposal surfaces in our cities and towns.
* The media would continue to try to roll over our profession and the realities of the marketplace, the hyped myth of the real estate bubble becoming a self fulfilling reality, if not for the professional interviews and statistical research we supply the media on a regular basis.
* We’d all be fighting in court over disputed commissions and the like instead of agreeing in advance to arbitration, mediation and the Code of Ethics.