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December 29, 2019

Au Revoir, Adios, Goodbye 2019

BY KAREN RANDOLPH


KAREN RANDOLPH
2019 NETAR President

This past year has been a productive one for the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors® (NETAR). Earlier in March, the leadership boarded a bus bound for Nashville (before sunrise) and forged a trip to visit our state legislators. With over 50 Realtors® representing our local association, we stormed The Hill alongside other Tennessee Realtors®, to make our voice heard at “Realtor® Day on the Hill.”

This year, the Realtor® family tracked over 150 new bills or caption bills associated with homeownership and/or our industry. Our March trip to the state capitol would begin the introduction to advocacy as we train members to be involved in all aspects of real estate. Our leaders are more than houses. We monitor and fight for the rights of homeowners. Without our political involvement, the expense you pay to transfer ownership would be higher, and your interest would go unprotected.

Our membership increased by over 11 percent during 2019. Our continuing education offerings included a class assisting our members in earning the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation and two additional endorsements spearheaded by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR). We documented over 4400 hours of education to the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. In 2019, NETAR integrated the first “Education Blitz” giving our members free education to help sharpen their skills. Membership benefitted from additional free education by attending our “Coffee with a Cop,” Rookie Roundtables, and New Member Orientation.

Our members are involved with serving the community all year long, but in November, we made a concerted effort to promote our “Realtor® Week of Giving” dubbed “Realtor® Love.” Our committee focused and promoted love in action as our community benefitted for our acts of generosity.  Over 25 firms participated in this event by sponsoring, purchasing, providing, and securing items desperately needed by our communities. We reached out to homeless and underprivileged families, Veterans, shelters for the abused, and animal shelters, to name a few. Our family pulled together and made a lasting impact on those in need. In conjunction with our desire to serve those around us, we implemented “NETAR’s Good Neighbor Award” to recognize our members for their extraordinary service to our communities. Mr. Darrell Duncan was our first recipient and will represent our association on the state level.

In the rearview, 2019 was a year of success. Our market faced inventory shortages and still outperformed our previous years.  Our members invested more money in protecting homeownership than any other year, we attended conventions and conferences helping us be more innovative in serving our clients and customers, we partnered with many local charities to fill unmet needs, and we had fun doing it!  Here’s to you 2020 and all you promise to bring!

NETAR is the voice for real estate in Northeast Tennessee. It’s the largest trade association in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia region representing over 1,300 members and 100 affiliates involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Pending sales, monthly Trends Reports, and the regional market analytics can be found on the NETAR websites at https://netar.us/voice-real-estate-northeast-tennessee .

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