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Realtor Rally 2012: We were there!
NAI FMA Realty’s President Drew Stange was one of the 14,000+ Realtors in attendance at the National Association of Realtor’s (NAR) Rally to Protect the American Dream in Washington, D.C. on May 17th. Click here to see a picture from the Rally FanCam with Drew in the middle!
The Realtor Rally was part of NAR’s legislative outreach and provided opportunities for Drew and other Realtors to speak directly to our Congresspeople on specific issues facing property owners today. Why was this rally important? NAR reports that approximately $60,000 is pumped back into the economy with every home sale. Businesses want to be in a market that is vibrant and small businesses depend on a healthy housing market. All reasons why NAR advocates on behalf of Realtors and the communities they live in.
Congress heard from our representatives on a number of issues but those specifically affecting the commercial real estate market were:
- Further extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which provides affordable flood insurance. Floods are not just a costal issue; flood disasters have been delcared in all fifty states, and commercial properties are affected no less than residential. Take for example the floods last summer along I-29. NAR urges Congress to take up a five-year NFIP reauthorization measure to remove the uncertainty that has plagued the program as of late.
- Need for liquidity in the commercial real estate and multifamily markets. A shortage of available credit to small businesses and property owners can be by expanding credit unions’ small business lending and to create a covered bond market. A large wave of loans are set to mature in a few years and can result in higher loan defaults and delinquncies. Expanding access to credit is critical to allowing for further economic recovery.
NAR and Realtors…collectively working to keep the communities that we all live and work in vibrant.
The REALTORS Association of Lincoln participated in the Paint-A-Thon, a community event designed to paint the homes of elderly and disabled home-owners who are unable to do the work themselves and cannot afford to hire a commercial painter to do the work. Teams came together on Saturday, August 14th to paint the designated homes. This year marked the 20th year Paint-A-Thon has been assisting Lincoln homeowners.
Diana Schilf, NAI FMA, has been involved with the RAL team since 2001.
The REALTORS Association of Lincoln presented a $2,100 check to the The Food Bank and the LPS BackPack Program as part of the Make A Difference Day. The funds were raised from members of the Association, including associates from NAI FMA Realty.
The REALTORS Association of Lincoln had a team of commercial (including me) and residential REALTOR volunteers who painted a home at 5401 Pioneers Blvd. the week of August 8th as part of the 2009 Brush up Nebraska Paint-A-Thon. This community-based volunteer program paints roughly 40-45 homes annually of low-income elderly and disabled homeowners. RAL has organzied a team of volunteers for more than 15 years. I find this very rewarding and have been a part of the team since 2000! To learn more about Paint-A-Thon and/or how to apply for assistance visit the website www.brushupnebraska.org.
Small businesses are critical to the strength of our local and national economy. At the monthly meeting for the Commercial Brokers Committee of the REALTORS Association of Lincoln, Michael Niehaus, Lead Lender Relations Specialist of the U.S. Small Business Administration, spoke about the various programs and services they provide to small businesses. If you are looking to start a business or desiring to build and grow your small business, be sure to check out what SBA can offer at www.sba.gov/ne or contact your local lender.