Local Association Success Story Briefs

Miami Association of REALTORS® Expands Global Referral Network

Miami REALTORS® at their booth at MIPIM 2019

While exhibiting at MIPIM, the world’s largest real estate conference and expo, held annually in Cannes, France, the Miami Association of REALTORS® signed six new international agreements with fellow members of FIABCI, the International Real Estate Federation. Miami’s new partnerships with FIABCI chapters representing the Americas, Bulgaria, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Ukraine expand the association’s International Referral Network linking South Florida properties with more than 1 million real estate professionals around the world. For a full list of Miami International Partners, visit MiamiRealtors.com/internationalpartners.

Kansas City Helps REALTORS® Get Fit

The Kansas City Regional Association of REALTORS® is looking out for its members’ health and wellbeing by negotiating a new fitness program member benefit. KCRAR members have access to seven fitness facilities and 16 golf courses throughout the Kansas City metro through GreatLife Golf and Fitness for just $9 a month. “Because GreatLife understands that REALTORS® are tremendous ambassadors to sellers moving and buyers relocating to the area, they have created an unheard-of pricing structure just for our members,” said Kipp Cooper, CEO of KCRAR.

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Michael Graziano at Prince George’s County Association of REALTORS®, Md., found an attractive and economical way to decorate his classroom; program and product posters from NAR. Currently, 11 posters are available for free digital download in the REALTOR® Store at store.realtor.org.

The 600-member Northern Rhode Island Board of REALTORS® launched a video series to promote RPAC featuring its President Michael Lambrese and RPAC Chair Alexander Parmenidez. “We were able to use these videos as a new touch point to engage our members and ultimately get very close to our goal of 50% member participation—a new high for us,” says Maria Glanvill, Northern Rhode Island Board of REALTORS®. View the videos on YouTube; search for NRI Board of REALTORS®.

The Spokane Association of REALTORS® launched its new and improved website dedicated exclusively to open houses, spokaneopen.com, in April in conjunction with its popular open house weekend event, which is heavily advertised to consumers.  

Consumer Advocacy Outreach Program Helps Seattle King County REALTORS® Share Advocacy Success

After years of stagnant condominium construction in the Seattle region, a coalition led by the Washington Association of REALTORS® was finally able to convince the state legislature to ease the legal restrictions that have discouraged development of this key “missing middle” housing. The National Association’s Consumer Advocacy Outreach Program helped the Seattle King County Association give credit where credit was due—to REALTORS®.

Nebraska REALTOR® Association Takes REALTOR® Party Show on the Road

REALTOR® associations of large, less populous states like Nebraska often undertake “road shows” to connect with members of distant local boards. This summer, the Nebraska REALTOR® Association took the REALTOR® Party on the road to acquaint members with all its efforts, accomplishments, and opportunities, receiving warm welcomes from North Platte to Scottsbluff.

Delaware REALTORS® Win Legislative Victory With Advocacy and Research

REALTORS® in Delaware used to be subjected to business licensing fees at the municipal level in addition to the state level. Using research to determine how much revenue was at stake, the state association took the results to the legislature via Advocacy Everywhere and face-to-face advocacy. HB 235 was signed into law in July 2019, eliminating municipal licensing for REALTORS®. NAR’s Advocacy Everywhere program is designed to expand the influence of NAR, state, and local associations on public policy and to increase member and consumer participation in calls for action.

Pacific Southwest REALTORS® Help Create Homeless Resources Website

Using a Housing Opportunity grant from the National Association of REALTORS®, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has sponsored the development of a website serving as a one-stop resource for those experiencing homelessness or near-homelessness in the San Diego area. The project honors the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

Advocacy Everywhere Helps D.C. Association of REALTORS® Keep Property Taxes at Bay

When the District of Columbia Association of REALTORS® learned on the eve of a budget vote that a city council member was planning to introduce an “emergency amendment” taxing homes valued at more than $1 million, it dropped everything and called in the REALTOR® Party. A timely Call for Action got a strong message through to council members, and the “mansion tax” proposal was shelved—for the time being.

Mississippi REALTORS® Secure Broader Broadband Access

REALTORS® know better than anyone that expanded internet access is the only way to increase economic opportunity and connect communities in rural and underserved areas. Harnessing the power of Advocacy Everywhere, Mississippi REALTORS® rallied voters to support the Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act, which finally permits electric cooperatives to provide broadband services in addition to electric power.

Lincoln REALTORS® Mobilize Voters to Support Roadway Improvements

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Many of Lincoln, Nebraska’s streets were in disrepair, some to the point of impassibility. Using an Issues Mobilization grant, the REALTORS® Association of Lincoln took the lead in supporting a ballot initiative to fund critical road repairs. 

Read more about these and other REALTOR® association community outreach and advocacy success stories at realtorparty.realtor/success-stories.

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