I love this political stuff. Thus I’m always surprised when Realtors® don’t understand how closely tied their personal success is to our collective Association success in our state capitols and in Washington DC. If you’re not at the table, you’ll probably be on the menu, especially these days when everybody’s being carved up.
But I’m betting that Realtor® response to this latest policy survey from NAR will have a response rate of 10% or less. Sad isn’t it? Yet only 18% of you managed to get off your asses for the 2 minutes it took to respond to the Call-for-Action to extend the First Time Homebuyer Credit – and that directly impacts your income for at least the next 5 months. Amazing.
Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet, NAR recently posted this survey so they’ll have a better feel for what you, the member, consider to be the most pressing agenda items for 2010. It’s a fun little Zoomerang survey, takes 5 minutes or so but they ask a lot of good questions.
Some will make you think in uncomfortable ways – for example take H2 & H3: are you in favor of federal legislation to boost home sales or otherwise contribute to our industry even if those policies will contribute to the budget deficit? Or, as congress looks for ways to reduce the deficit and pay for those programs that benefit us, do we allow them to put our sacred cows like property tax and mortgage interest deduction on the table?
I suspect most of us are adamantly opposed to federal pork and earmarks UNLESS they benefit us in some way. We hate the way YOUR congressman bellies up to the trough but OUR congressman by God better bring home the bacon or we’ll replace him.
Of course that’s just my opinion. I could be wrong.
And I hope I’m wrong guessing that less than 10% of you will bother to make your voice heard. But for that 10%, here’s your link.
H2. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:
Given the fragile nature of today’s real estate markets, NAR should support federal legislation that boosts home sales or otherwise benefits the real estate industry even if those policies contribute to a greater U.S. budget deficit and higher long-term interest rates.
* H3. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:
As Congress looks for ways to reduce the federal deficit and pay for new programs that benefit the NAR membership or real estate markets, such as healthcare reform or greater investment in infrastructure, changes to the tax benefits accruing to real estate (e.g. MID, deduction of property taxes, etc.) should be considered.
As NAR prepares its 2010 Public Policy Agenda, we want to hear from you. The link below will take you to a survey that asks for your views regarding federal public policy issues. If you’ve already taken the survey, please disregard this email – and thank you for your participation!
We hope you will take a few minutes to give us your thoughts. With your help, we can make sure that our public policy resources are targeted appropriately on the issues that matter most to you and your clients.