2013. I am one of those people who write out goals, track progress, re-adjust, write lists, and generally try to advance my life forward with self-improvement. That being said, blogging about real estate has been on my list since 2005. It is 2013 and this is my first official blog post. Why the procrastination? I was busy actually selling real estate, not just writing about it. I was meeting clients face to face and on the phone, valuing property, writing emails and “facebooking”. Then the Great Recession hit us and no one had anything good to say. My Mom always told me, “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all”. But I was angry and had a lot to say. Mad at the long list of culpable people and corporations who were responsible. So instead of ranting on FB and writing angry blogs, I decided I would get involved and change world, metaphorically speaking. I joined political organizations and read lots of books and learned more about really boring things like public housing policy and advocacy and who the players are that make regulatory decisions on our behalf in the real estate industry – which affect every American since every American needs a place to live. Now I am no expert, but I learned something very important – REALTORS are in the best possible position to use their influence to save our industry and protect housing for their fellow countrymen. It will take lots of us – a million of us actually – to pay attention to the public policy conversations, make our voice heard with our local political leaders, state and congressional elected officials. We have to know what is at stake in order to take a position. We have to be active in The Realtor Party since we are all dues paying members. So as much as I would like to never commit my thoughts to the cacophony that is the blogosphere, I have to use all available communication tools to get the word out. It’s a new year and we have a lot of work to do.
Beth Blevins is a ten year veteran real estate broker and former securities advisor as well as having ten years financial sales experience which included managing a branch bank and a large number of investment clients. Valuing education, Beth became a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), and Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) in her first two years as well as earn ing her broker’s license. A former RE/MAX Hall of Fame agent, Beth earned her spot on the Top 100 Agents in North and South Carolina for closed sales and achieved award winning production levels every year.