It’s always great to see REALTORS® put their money and efforts where their mouths are. Most people in life don’t. ~ Tom Salomone, Director of REALTOR® Party Activities
Success Stories Every month we highlight a few of the many My REALTOR® Party success stories across the nation. These and others are cataloged on the Success Stories section of the REALTOR® Action Center. Texas REALTORS® Put Their Grassroots to Work in Statewide Primaries “When Texas REALTORS® vote, Texas REALTORS® win.” That’s the slogan on the Texas Association’s web site -- and it’s exactly what happened in the statewide primaries this year. The 80,000-member Texas Association worked with their 89 local associations to endorse 99 candidates statewide, for offices from the U.S. Senate, to the Texas Railroad Commission to both houses of the Texas legislature, to a couple of seats on the state Supreme Court. They won 70 and have 14 pending in run-offs. The Texas REALTORS® got a big boost from $100,000 in NAR Campaign Services funds, which it used for direct mail, automated phone calls and development of a campaign web site. Read the full story Fredericksburg (VA) REALTORS® Use Murder Mystery Game to Boost RPAC Investments Murder for fun and profit? Seems unlikely, in an organization with as high ethical standards as NAR. But the 1,400-member Fredericksburg Area Association of REALTORS® (FAAR,) pulled off a fundraising coup by “killing off” the association’s President, Chip Taylor -- at a “Murder Mystery Dinner” at the local country club. With an RPAC Fundraising Grant from NAR, the association hired a company to script. They had a raucous good time and raised more than $4,000 for RPAC, with additional pledges still coming in. Who says Crime Doesn’t Pay? Read the full story Oregon REALTORS® Step Up to the Plate to Ban Transfer Taxes Oregon’s REALTORS® came out in force in May of 2012 to let policymakers know exactly what they think of the possibility of a new real estate transfer tax. In an energetic campaign to get a measure on November’s ballot opposing any new taxes on real estate transactions, the 12,000-member Oregon Association of REALTORS® (OAR) presented nearly 164,000 signatures to the secretary of state’s office. It needed only 116,284. Combining impressive grassroots efforts with funds from OAR and NAR’s Issues Mobilization program, the campaign involved polling, an interactive web site, a signature collection firm and direct mail. Read the full story SW Florida REALTORS® Promote Free Homebuyer Education The REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc. recently used a $5,000 Housing Opportunity Program grant to produce a video promoting their free Homebuyer Education classes. The 4,000 member association is working with the Lee County Housing Development Corporation to provide the free classes. Course materials are provided by NeighborWorks® America and include topics such as homeownership readiness, money management, the purchase process, and home maintenance.
Learn About Resources Check out the REALTOR® Party Association Resource Guide Wondering how your state or local REALTOR® association can kick up your community outreach and/or advocacy efforts? Check out the new and improved REALTOR® Party Association Resource Guide. You could be a success story waiting to happen. View and/or download the new resource guide Contact Bill Malkasian, NAR Vice President of Political Strategic Planning, for more info Get Your REALTOR® Party T-Shirts and More Love those blue REALTOR Rally t-shirts? Order more, along with bumper stickers, Vote/Act/Invest pins and balloons. Order REALTOR® Party Materials Share Your Success Stories
If you have an example of how your association put My REALTOR® Party resources to work to implement a successful advocacy or community outreach program, tell us about it. Email your stories to: email@example.com This newsletter replaces the NAR Weekly Report for this week and every second week of the month. My REALTOR Party News will publish next on September 13. If you missed a previous edition check out the My REALTOR® Party News Archive.
August 9, 2012
Dale Stinton, NAR CEO
Tom Salomone, Director REALTOR® Party Activities
Now and then we hear from some of you who say you want nothing to do with the REALTOR® Party. You say it doesn’t stand for the issues and candidates you choose to support. We ask you to reconsider. Take a look at some of these success stories and see how the REALTOR® Party unifies us on issues that matter to our industry. Many of your fellow REALTORS® are active citizens in our communities throughout the country -- fighting for candidates, issues, laws and regulations that positively affect not only the real estate community, but the community at large. We applaud those who don’t give up, and who continue to work diligently to protect the American Dream. Please take a moment this week to thank your colleagues who give of their time and talents to improve our communities and fight for public policies that help all of us. Dale Stinton and Tom Salomone
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