The message to Realtors® Leaders in Chicago this past week was clear…It’s time to Seize the Day! Times have been tough for just about everyone connected to the real estate community. Homeowners have watched the value of their homes drop precipitously and the much heralded tax credit has weakened sales at a time which is traditionally the most active selling period of the year.
But real estate leaders in Chicago were not moaning and groaning. Yes, there was a realistic evaluation of the challenges facing the industry as well as a sober assessment from Lawrence Yun, NAR’s Chief Economist about the fact the the economic outlook remains unusually uncertain. A number of key issues on the national agenda were identified as potential flash points in the year ahead. These included: FHA Reform, the potential for restructuring of the Home Owner Tax Deduction, the future of Flood Insurance and general government policies regarding Home Ownership.
The conference featured mainly President-Elects from across the country and their respective CEO’s along with leaders from the National Association of Realtors® and key staff members. It was a great opportunity to touch base with leaders from across the country and compare notes.
I also appreciated listening to the current President, Vickie Cox Golder and Ron Phipps – 2011 President who delivered inspiring thoughts about the difficulties they have overcome and the importance of moving forward in a way which incorporates the best energy and insights of the leadership team within an association. It was well worth the time and I’m thankful that this opportunity was provided to me as I prepare to lead the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors in 2011 by God’s grace.