The retail sector provided stable performance in 2013. Consumer spending remained steady through the year and notched a noticeable gain in the last quarter, as households’ wealth received a much-needed boost from both ﬁnancial and residential housing markets. Retail sales were up 4.2 percent in 2013 compared with the prior year, driven by a 9.8 percent gain in auto sales and a 5.9 percent rise in sales of building materials.
For the past 100 years, the National Association of REALTORS®’ Code of Ethics has remained a reliable guide for REALTOR® professionalism—and overall, REALTORS® do a good job of following it, say association executives, professional standards administrators, and trainers around the country. But what can be done to maintain or improve professionalism moving forward into the Code’s second century?
Getting REALTOR® champions—politicians in tune with the REALTOR® organization’s views—elected to public office has long been a priority. Since the laws governing campaign contributions were relaxed in 2010, more advocacy organizations have entered the arena with huge amounts of money for federal candidates. In response, REALTORS® have stepped up their efforts and engaged in nearly 500 state and local campaigns in the past two years.
In a world where a growing number of voices on a growing number of platforms are speaking on real estate topics, the National Association of REALTORS® is developing new ways to communicate to REALTORS® and consumers that the REALTOR® organization—at the national, state, and local level—is the leading advocate for the real estate industry and the nation’s 75 million property owners.