I think I have your attention. They don’t eat their young (not that I know of), but….. they do eat their hands when it come to their industry. WE are our own worst enemy. How, you ask? Here’s how...
When NAR, IAR, and C.A.R. reach out to their members through a call to action due to critical legislation and rulings that can impact OUR/THE industry, or response is just "okay"... Then the word on the street is "they" (the associations) don’t support us, or else how could they have let that legislation pass?
In this past year, there have been several calls to action. Currently there is a call to action on a Four-Point housing stimulus plan; NAR says that less than 10% of the membership respond to calls to action--how many did you respond to?. For there to be effective policy changes that positively impact OUR industry, there must be a collective response so big and so loud that it simply cannot be ignored. We stand at the gate, protecting property rights for all. The only way we can protect those rights is by supporting each other and by responding in LARGE. This way, the gate is fortified.
President Dave Hanna recently posted on the C.A.R. Blog "Art of the Sale and Social Action", a worthy read. I extend this to "Social Action and the Future of Real Estate." We can learn from the best and the best has shown us the power of the individual, when fused together and united, gets a lot accomplished.
Let's rock this nation, get involved, and start shaping the future of real estate--the future of REALTORS--and keep the dream alive and healthy for all.