I hope all of you were able to join us last week in Washington, D.C., for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo! More than 9,000 industry professionals to take an active role to advance the real estate industry, public policy and the association.
This conference, in the past, was perceived to be U.S.-centric and not applicable to our international audience. In recent years, however, we’ve recognized a shift in the role that NAR plays in our global partnerships. NAR is widely lauded overseas for our success in advocating the U.S. government on issues impacting the real estate industry. Our level of influence is regarded as one of the strongest in the world, and we serve as an example of how our global cooperating associations can lobby and even partner with their governments to achieve positive results for the industry.
Jamaica is one success story that comes directly from the opportunity to experience NAR’s legislative meetings.
“As a Jamaican, it was truly an eye-opener to join my Ambassador Association as they visited their representatives on Capitol Hill,” said Howard Johnson, REALTOR®, broker, and 2018 president of the REALTORS® Association of Jamaica. “They brought with them well-researched and poignant issues in order for their voices to be heard. This encouraged me to utilise ideas as to how to approach our very own government officials back here in Jamaica.”
“This trip enabled the REALTORS® Association of Jamaica to secure an appointment with the leadership of our country, both the current government and the opposition,” said Johnson. “We successfully lobbied for reduction in taxes as a result.”
Carlos Ipuche, the CMCPSI president in Buenos Aires, Argentina, also had an opportunity to visit Capitol Hill with Greater Tyler Association of REALTORS® (Ambassador Association to Argentina). He witnessed first-hand how important it is, and the opportunities that come from, partnering with government to improve the real estate industry, and this has helped him prepare for his upcoming meetings with the Argentinian government.
This year’s event marked the highest international attendance to date, with over 90 international guests from 27 countries. Delegates from Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine and the UK were all on hand to experience our REALTOR® advocates in action.
So, if you saw a few of our international friends in your meetings and wondered how an event based on U.S. legislation is relevant to them – hopefully this will give you some insight!
Cindy Fauth (AHWD, CIPS, ePRO, RCE) is Director of Global Marketing & Communications for the National Association of REALTORS® Commercial & Global Services division. She joined NAR in September 2009, and lends her expertise to the promotion and growth of the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, At Home with Diversity certification, and International REALTOR® membership, along with the many other programs NAR Commercial & Global Services offers.