The Association is committed to defending property rights, homeowner interests, quality of life, and economic development. As the largest regional professional association in the Cape Fear area, the Association has a duty to engage on behalf of its 2,250 members, which includes over 1,500 small businesses and corporations. By showing that REALTORS® are invested in the community through acts of good will, and actively engaging in the community conversation, the Association is able to effectively impact the rules and decisions that directly impact the community.
For these reasons, the Association has a robust governmental and community affairs program, together referred to as public affairs. This is important because real estate is the most regulated industry in America, for instance, banking is regulated at the federal level only, whereas real estate is regulated at local, state and federal levels. Action in the community, whether through REALTOR® Action Day each April, or testifying at a town council meeting is intertwined as both actions impact lawmaker relationships and community branding. Recognizing the equally important roles that governmental affairs and community affairs play, the Association has doubled efforts in the past two years, and expects this trend to continue modeling the National Association of REALTORS®, that expends 65% of total resources to this same end.
Community/Government (Public) Affairs is the new “core” value of the Association, with three primary goals:
1. Maintaining the agent as the center of the real estate transaction;
2. Representing the voice of real estate;
3. Engaging in the community conversation for active representation.
For more information and to sign-up, please contact Adrienne Cox.