President’s Message: ‘I’m Asking’

January 28, 2020

- By Kurt Thompson

2020 is destined to be a GREAT year for the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®, and we look forward to you being an active part of it! In 2018, we began a quest to create an Association that was member-centric, transparent, and focused on providing outstanding service to our 25,000+ REALTOR® members across the commonwealth. In short, your leadership team is committed to not only ensuring that every member has an exceptional experience when engaging with the REALTOR® Association, but also that you have the opportunity to participate and contribute as a member of our REALTOR® family.

We are an association of members, by the members, and for the members. Our mission is to provide you with the tools, services, and education that will help you to be more successful in your business and help uplift our industry to the highest standards of professionalism. Our Association is strong because of the efforts of so many members like you that care about our industry, adhere to our Code of Ethics, and seek to operate your businesses at the highest possible level.

Also, as many of you have discovered over the years, the satisfaction we get from being in the real estate industry as practitioners is greatly enhanced by our connection to the REALTOR® Association and each other. The opportunities to engage in meaningful industry discussions, help move forward important initiatives, and participate in shaping our industry is extremely satisfying. Not to mention the significant positive impact we have on our members and the homeowners of Massachusetts. I have always felt that volunteer service has given me so much more than I have asked from it. I know my journey has been richer and more rewarding due to the experiences of being a volunteer leader.

I have also observed that there has been one common thread that is woven through the fabric of many REALTOR® leaders and volunteer members over the years. When asked how they got involved, they simply and inevitably say, “someone asked me to!”  A simple spark in a conversation with an engaged member that helped ignite and inspired their passion to become involved, and lead to their journey as a volunteer leader.

So, I am personally asking you to get involved in 2020. If you are not already engaged with the REALTOR® Association, please seek us out and find out what your association has to offer you!  Sign up for a committee during our open enrollment period. Come out to the MAR convention or take an educational class. Join us for some of the open round table discussions we will be having later this year or respond to a survey and let us know what your thoughts are, and what you would like to see.

Also, get engaged with your local REALTOR® Association; contribute by sitting on a committee, attend a local networking event, or avail yourself of the educational opportunities to learn about the cutting-edge information, tools, and techniques that can help take your business to the next level.

EXPERIENCE our REALTOR® culture for yourself! DEVELOP friendships with like-minded professionals that will last for years! BECOME an engaged member that will someday ignite the passions of those that come after you.