Milestones to the Future
Milestones to the Future
When you consider the objectives set forth in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ strategic plan, you can pretty much boil them down to three critical points. NAR is here to advocate for the rights and interests of real property owners and our members (no other organization speaks with our strength and our history); to provide our members with the programs, products, and services that will help them in their business; and to continually raise the competency and professionalism within our industry.
If you are committed to a career in real estate—and to the notion that real estate is an integral part of not only America’s economic health but also its social and cultural fiber—then you know that these are long-term aspirations. There’s never a point at which we can say, “Everything is completed.” The search for a better method is why we plan. However, we are always making progress, and I want to bring your attention to some important 2012 dates:
Feb. 27: This is when REALTOR® University began offering courses toward a master’s degree in real estate. RU, which also offers valuable professional development and continuing education, is one important answer to the question, “How can I raise the bar in my personal and professional approach to my business?” Master’s courses are offered six times annually in eight-week sessions and are taught by Ph.D.–level academics and practitioners. Learn more by visiting www.REALTORU.com.
April 2: NAR launches a new program called Member Value Plus, or MVP. It will encourage, and reward, your engagement in NAR programs and legislative calls for action. With MVP, when we win, you benefit as well, through your participation and the rewards you receive alike.
May 17: During our Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, REALTORS® from across the nation will converge at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on the morning of May 17 for the Rally to Protect the American Dream. We’ll send a strong message to members of Congress and to the President: “Do no harm to a recovering real estate industry.” We have secured a lawn in front of Congress, there will be music and speakers, and we expect a strong contingency of lawmakers. Please join us for this event. Now is the time to make your voice heard! Learn more at REALTORrally.org.
Dec. 31: The REALTORS® Code of Ethics is a living document that we review every year to ensure it remains current with the times. So that your last reading of the Code doesn’t date back to your new-member orientation, we require you to have training every four years to retain your membership, and Dec. 31 is the deadline for the current four-year cycle. Don’t wait until the last minute. Complete the free training online at REALTOR.org/COETraining.
Thank you for your involvement in NAR, and remember, REALTORS® are the Heart of the Deal!