Camping when the stock market is doing better than ever

Affordable housing

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Real estate in a thriving economy

vacant storefront – Chisago city

Vacant store font

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Real estate with a weenie on top

butcher shop

butcher shop – Lindstrom MN

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We are all in politics

0.06% of NAR members made it to NAR midyear meetings this year.

Don’t judge me because I am among the one million two hundred ninety-two thousand NAR members who were not in Washington D.C. this week.

I am not wrong or a person who should be shamed and I don’t feel the need to thank the people who went. It looks like they all had a wonderful time, doing what they love with people that they love.

Attendees could be heard cheering the president as he bashed the media and called other politicians names that sounded like racial slurs. It was a proud moment.

NAR is the second largest spender on lobbying. The US Chamber of commerce is number one.

NAR is the largest trade group in the U.S.

Pharmaceuticals/Health Products is the industry the spends the most on lobbying. Followed by the Insurance industry. [that could be why drugs are more expensive in the U.S. than anywhere on the planet and why our health care is more expensive than in any other country but we die younger] – healthcare has become a luxury.

The real estate industry is the number 11 industry as measured by how much they spend.

To get a better picture of what NAR lobbies for:

Contributions to candidates: $3,467,367
Contributions to Leadership PACs: $972,000
Contributions to parties: $480,001
Contributions to 527 committees: $2,150
Contributions to outside spending groups: $12,349,694 [Open secrets]

67% of NAR members are women. [I like to throw that in]

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Good Friday and Passover

I invented a word yesterday.  “Marketunity™”

Marketunity™ is what holidays are for because they are an opportunity to market. Days that were once for religious observance are Marketunities™.  Christmas and Easter are the obvious examples.

I wonder what kind of marketunity™ Good Friday and Passover present and how marketers are taking advantage of them.  No one wants to miss a marketunity™.

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A mission of exclusion

I was reading (yes I read) a mission statement for YPN (young professionals network) a group within NAR. I think the group started because someone decided young people are better than old people and that more of them should be in charge. I digress.

In the mission statement was the phrase “like minded individuals” and the word “diversity”.  Seriously? Diversity isn’t about finding people from different ethnic groups who all think alike. What is the point of having a diverse group if they all think alike? What is the point of having any kind of a workgroup or committee if everyone on it thinks alike?

Why not just have that one handsome younger guy in a suit be the whole committee?

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A few thousand people are in the wrong positions

Change

After all these years I think I have the NAR problem solved. When a member complains about the organization or makes suggestions on how it can be improved members who are NAR volunteers and on committees dismiss the comment and end the conversation by saying “get involved”

Even though these people are “involved” NAR still struggles with appearing to be one of the last bastions of total white male dominance. Even the newest programs are structured on the old system that keeps friends working with friends and family and keeps out diverse members and new ideas.

I think that the wrong people are allowed to volunteer and am asking that the few thousand members who currently volunteer step down and let some of the other 1.3 million members get involved.

If NAR wants to change they need to start with a clean slate and get fresh volunteers that are not recommended or appointed by current volunteers or employees. To keep it simple members could apply for positions and their names could be drawn from a hat if there are too many applications.

NAR volunteers are proud of what they have accomplished. Some are second third and fourth generation members and volunteers.  Some believe they possess special qualities that the rest of us do not have yet they can not change the NAR and make it a more inclusive membership organization.

I am willing to take over at any time. I think most members would feel the change within the first six months.

 

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