Kim Bass: Realtors Meet in D.C. For Hill Visits And Presidential Address

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - by Kim Bass, president, Greater Chattanooga Realtors
Greater Chattanooga Realtors Joyce Smith, Christy Auld, Kim Bass, Ron Tucker, Carol Seal, Randy Durham, Jennifer Grayson, Travis Close, Jill Christy, Kathy Tucker, and Brandi Pearl Thompson
Greater Chattanooga Realtors Joyce Smith, Christy Auld, Kim Bass, Ron Tucker, Carol Seal, Randy Durham, Jennifer Grayson, Travis Close, Jill Christy, Kathy Tucker, and Brandi Pearl Thompson
Last week members of the Greater Chattanooga Realtors joined more than 10,000 realtors from across the nation in Washington D.C. Our purpose was to further our work with Congress to advance policy initiatives that strengthen the ability of Americans to buy, invest, own and sell commercial and residential real estate. 

This trip is so satisfying because we are able to see firsthand the importance and impact of advocacy on a state and national level. It reminds me personally that our business and the rights of property owners must never be taken for granted.

This year, we advocated for several legislative initiatives including equal protection for the LGBT community under the Fair Housing Act, housing finance reform, national flood insurance program reauthorization and housing affordability and accessibility.

We heard the latest market forecasts from National Association of Realtors (NAR) Chief Economist Dr.
Lawrence Yun, who was the keynote speaker for our 2018 Economic Update Luncheon co-hosted with the Home Builders of Greater Chattanooga. While in D.C., we even had the attention of the highest office in the land. Every year NAR invites the sitting President of the United States to speak to our group, should their schedule allow. The last president to address our conference was President George W. Bush in 2005. President Trump addressed Realtors saying, “Homeownership and what you do as realtors is a part of Americana. You work hard, you love people, you love this country.”

So why do we take the time to make this visit? 2019 National Association of Realtors President John Smaby put it best. "The day-to-day business dealings of realtors are directly impacted by the decisions made by our policymakers and regulators, making it vitally important for leaders on Capitol Hill to hear from our members.” 

As members of America's largest trade association, my fellow realtors and I know the importance of making sure our voices and the voices of homeowners from across the nation are heard. An app doesn’t advocate for equal protection under the Fair Housing Act. A website doesn’t fight for access to flood insurance. Realtors do. Realtors fight for homeowners because that’s who we R®.


Minor Home Repair Program To Kickoff Monday

Crye-Leike Welcomes Realtor Wendy Story

Crye-Leike Broker Susan Barnette Earns Commitment To Excellence Endorsement


The city of Chattanooga’s Department of Economic and Community Development will kick off its Minor Home Repair Program on Monday. The program assists low-income households in all nine City ... (click for more)

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announces that Wendy Story is now affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Ooltewah branch office as a licensed realtor. Ms. Story will serve the residential real estate needs ... (click for more)

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announces broker and Career Development Director Susan Barnette has earned the Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) endorsement from the National Association of Realtors. ... (click for more)


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Minor Home Repair Program To Kickoff Monday

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Crye-Leike Welcomes Realtor Wendy Story

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services announces that Wendy Story is now affiliated with Crye-Leike’s Ooltewah branch office as a licensed realtor. Ms. Story will serve the residential real estate needs of buyers and sellers in Hamilton, Bradley and Sequatchie Counties. Ms. Story is a member of the National Association of Realtors and is an active member in her community. Ms. Story ... (click for more)

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