Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how a local association can make a difference in the national scope of politics and change in our country. It often feels as if we’re too small to have an effect, havetoo few resources, and even fewer hours in the day to devote to advocacy.
As more states enact legislation providing legal recognition to same-sex couples, you may wonder about the differences between same-sex marriage and civil unions (or domestic partnerships), as well as how these laws might affect a REALTOR® association.
Legislation to prohibit Private Transfer Fees before they become a problem in Michigan passed the legislature this summer, supported by the Michigan Association of REALTORS®.
After more than a year of research and planning, the Arizona Association of REALTORS® hoped to take its first step toward establishing a statewide multiple listing service this summer with the $4.75 million purchase of the state’s largest MLS, Tempe-based Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. However, the SouthEast Valley Regional Association of REALTORS® surprised the state in September by voting not to sell its interest in ARMLS.
More than 500 volunteers made the seventh annual REALTOR® Care Day a success, contributing time, sweat, and more than $40,000 to 32 beautification and rehab projects throughout central Ohio. Coordinated by the Columbus Board of REALTORS®, REALTOR® Care Day is an annual event that enables local members, affiliates, family, and friends to volunteer their time to show their communities that REALTORS® care.
The highest-profile REALTOR® advocacy effort in the New York State Association of REALTORS®’ 106-year history resulted in a victory for property taxpayers in June.