REALTORS® have a special responsibility to speak up and advocate for policies that keep the real estate market healthy and balanced for their clients.

You and your clients feel it every day: the inventory crunch. Buyers are frustrated with too few options on the market, and you might be feeling stuck, wondering what you can do to make the situation better. You’ll find that your voice as a REALTOR® is one of the most important tools you have to create change for your clients. (That’s such an important concept to understand that the National Association of REALTORS® is on a national Riding with the Brand tour to promote the collective power of REALTORS® in all 50 states. Get updates from the road.) Drive With NAR host Marki Lemons Ryhal talks to two REALTORS® on both the residential and commercial sides of the business about the inventory issues in their communities and the action they’re taking to help fix the problem.

Bernice Helman

Bernice Helman is a regional vice president for Coldwell Banker Real Estate Group and manages the firm’s operations in Indiana. She served as president of the Indiana Association of REALTORS® in 2020. Currently, she volunteers as an NAR federal political coordinator for Rep. Jim Baird, and she chairs NAR’s Public Policy Coordinating Committee. Helman will be an NAR regional vice president for Region 7 in 2024. The National Association of REALTORS® recognized Helman in 2013 with a Good Neighbor Award for community service, and she also was honored in 2014 with a Coldwell Banker Hero Award for community service.

Kevin Rocio

Kevin Rocio is an award-winning veteran in the Chicago real estate market. With his ROC Advisory Group, he brings a vast array of experiences in all areas of real estate, including commercial, residential, financing and development. In 2011, Rocio joined the @properties family and quickly rose to become the number one commercial real estate broker in sales the following year. In 2014, he was accepted into the CCIM Institute. In 2019, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® honored Kevin with the REALTOR® Achievement Commercial Award for his outstanding contribution to the world of real estate in Chicago.

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