Your Big Brother

by Karen Dumond | Mar 04, 2014
When I read through the editorial for this issue, I can’t help but think that REALTORS® are lucky – they are lucky to have a ‘big brother’ looking out for them.
When I read through the editorial for this issue, I can’t help but think that REALTORS® are lucky – they are lucky to have a ‘big brother’ looking out for them.

Please don’t misinterpret the term because of the television show, “Big Brother.” The premise of the show is a group who are living together in a large house, isolated from the outside world and monitored by in-house television cameras.

I’m not suggesting that a REALTOR'S® ‘big brother’ is like the television show, quite the opposite. If you are from a large family like me, you may have had a big brother who was your protector, one who looked out for you. I have the same sense when reading
in this issue the several ways the REALTOR® Association protects on behalf of its members.

Fair Housing Month is a great example. NAR has designated April as Fair Housing month, a time to remind all of us of the Fair Housing Act, Civil Rights Act and the  REALTOR® Code of Ethics, all of which help members adhere to proper behavior and reduce the risk of violation of fair housing laws. On page 12, MAR’s General Counsel cites a couple of great examples of Fair Housing practices that members should heed.

MAR Free Forms is another way that the Association takes care of its REALTOR® members. MassFormsTM are written, reviewed, and monitored by Association attorneys so that members can work through transactions using forms that adhere to all relevant state laws, reducing the chance for unforeseen disputes. Then, members have access to those forms on a secure online platform, at no additional cost, through zipLogix, an easy-to-use platform with online storage. See more on the great features zipLogix has to offer on page 6.

One more of the many ways the Association advocates for members’ business is the On the Hill section on page 8 which highlights efforts the Association is making on behalf of its members on the legislative front. Flood insurance increases pose a huge threat to homeowners and the National Association is doing all it can to delay the tremendous increase in rates for homeowners situated in the new flood zones. Also, the Governor’s budget holds the threat of short-term rental tax, which negatively impacts
homeowners who rent to defray housing costs.

Who’s watching out for you? Your REALTOR® Association is like a big brother taking care of younger siblings. Always someone you can count on.