From the Desk of 2017 WAR President Shelly Duncan,
As you begin planning 2017 I thought I would pass along the top 4 goals for NAR President Bill Brown and my goals for the upcoming year. My hope is that these will support our mission that “REALTORS® drive the Revolution within our industry” and “REALTORS® are the Key”.
2017 NAR President Goals
Goal #1: American Dream of homeownership-the country’s rate has fallen from 70% to a 50-year low of 63%. NAR will provide research & data to policy makers & public to illustrate that higher homeownership benefits economy & communities.
Goal #2: Retain mortgage interest deduction & property taxes for both primary and secondary residences & protect 1031 Exchanges which allow for investors to defer taxes on commercial property.
Goal #3: Retain the federal guarantee (GSE) in the secondary mortgage market. NAR is solidly on record in support of retention of the federal guarantee. We will lobby congress and the new administration heavily on this issue.
Goal #4: To educate members on how to create a strong financial future. REALTORS® are successful in their careers, but struggle when it’s time to retire. President Brown wants to develop and promote programs and resources that will facilitate saving for retirement. He has appointed a Presidential Advisory Group (PAG) to develop programs and ideas to help our members start thinking as early as they can about saving for their future.
2017 WAR President Goals
Goal #1: Create a Broker’s Toolbox to assist Brokers with a comprehensive list and information resources from opening a new office to business practices and ideas shared by Brokers across the state.
Goal #2: Professional Standards Citation Program will be modeled after NAR’s program to help alleviate grievance complaints. A citation program is a list of infractions that a respondent can pay the citation in lieu of a hearing. Typically, these are for violations to Article 12 in NAR Code of Ethics (advertising).
Goal #3: Property Management continues to be a topic membership is wanting more education and direction from WAR and WREC. A minimum “standard of care” through education/certification and clarification of statutes for property management vs sale/purchase are issues brought forward in the last forum.
Goal #4: Homelessness and more specifically “couch surfing” are at the top of my list of social and community concern this year. I am reaching out to local boards to offer their feedback on their local communities and programs. I am working with our Laurie Urbigkit, NAR chair to Housing Opportunities Committee to develop a pilot program here in Wyoming to address the teen homelessness problem.
NAR is in the process of a CEO search to replace Dale Stinton NAR CEO (retiring after 35 yrs) and have a hiring date planned for late summer.
After receiving notice of Guyla Greenly’s resignation to pursue other ventures, WAR was pleased to announce Steve Beazley as interim CEO. We will be reviewing the current hiring process and succession plan for the CEO. The position will be opened and interviews will be conducted during the spring and early summer with a targeted start date of late summer for the successful candidate.
NAR President Brown and I want to hear from you! If you would like to comment or offer suggestions, please email NARPresident@realtors.org or Shelly@ddrea.com .
You are the REVOLUTION!
Shelly Duncan 2017 WAR President