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Realtors® Rally Under the Shadow Of The Washington Monument

Rally to Protect Homeownership in DC

 

Yesterday was the Rally to Protect Homeownership in Washington DC.  According to the count by the National Park Service we were 13,000 strong on the grounds of the Washington Monument yesterday morning. 

The rally was not just a chance to stand around idly to talk about the value of homeownership but part of the annual mid-year conference held in DC every year.

Besides hearing from other Realtors® at the rally Sen. Johnny Isakson from (GA) and Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD) also spoke about the importance of homeownership to the American economy.   What they didn't say and might not have struck anyone but me was the Washington Monument is current closed due to a large structural crack.  No one can get inside to see the beautiful views of Washington DC from the top.  Thousands of visitors are turned away with no chance of getting inside the doors.  The same is now true with homeownership in the US.  There are thousands standing just outside the door of their new homes but they can't get in due to chagnes in mortgage lending and appraisal rules.

Shifting lending rules to a to a "one size fits all" mentality has kept thousands of qualified buyers from buying a new home.  Changing down-payment rules, increasing monthly mortgage premiums and reducing potential closing cost assistance are just a few of the changes FHA has put in place impacting most first time homebuyers. 

Making sure that Congress understands the negative impact of changing the current mortgage tax deduction would have on homeownership is major concern to anyone who owns or hopes to own a home in the future.  Holding lenders accountable to do what was annouced by the White Houses as part of the $25 billion settlement in March 2012 should be a top priorty.

Lenders have not stepped up to the plate to streamine the short sale process and assisting our military servicemembers with PCS orders.  Calls to lenders about new programs for assistance by my clients have meet with responses including "it takes time to roll out these programs" or "we are unware of any program changes."  Answers which continue to leave the financial future of homeonwers in the lurch.

Hopefully the noice from yesterday's Realtor® Rally to Protect Homeownership was heard on Capitol Hill and the meetings that took place this week will spur lenders to do the right thing now.



 

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Comment balloon 117 commentsCindy Jones • May 18 2012 07:29AM

Comments

Thank you for taking the time to attend and to give us your input!  I wish I could have gone!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 6 years ago

I like your opinion on this subject.  It's great that you attended the rally.  The Realtors are helping the consumers, and hopefully some of the "red tape" will get trimmed.  I wish I could have been there too.

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 6 years ago

Cindy- thank you for attending and sharing that with us.  When we lived in the area we were in DC for the July 4th weekend.  The area had experienced heavy flooding including some of the museums.  That day we could not get into the museum to see the Declaration of Independence.  A curator brought out a copy so that those who did come and could not get into the museum could at least look at the replica. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Cindy,

I love the analogy you tied together about home ownership and the monument. Right on target.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Did you know Johnny was a former Broker/owner?  One of my agents worked for his firm Northside for years.  I know he sees it from "our" side on a real business level and sadly little of his introduced legislation that I believe could help is ever brought to a vote.  I hate politics.  Had no idea the monument was closed.  My parents were just there.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 6 years ago

Cindy...I'm with Rich on this one a great analogy was drawn about the many waiting - so close to their goal but being held back by out governments lack of decisions.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) over 6 years ago

On the one hand it's good to know that our elected officials understand that we need more income (taxes) to help out our budget issues, doing away with the mortgage interest deduction is NOT going to help the economy overall.  Home ownership is a major part of our economy and anything that stands to halt growth there is not good for the country.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 6 years ago

Wow Cindy Great post and I am hitting the feature button and re-blogging it !

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 6 years ago

Cindy -- Glad you could attend, and share with the rest of AR.  Your analogy is exactly on target.  Keep up the great work, and enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 6 years ago

Susan-it was tough to take the entire day away from the office but worth the time to make our voices heard.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Christine-we have seen a scary erosion of homeownership and the government keeps putting in more roadblocks.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Thanks Cindy for being there to represent other Realtors , who could not be there.

What caused the crack to the monument ?  Was it the earthquake last summer ??

Posted by Irene Durocher, homesweethome4u@att.net (Coldwell Banker BUYERS AGENT) over 6 years ago

Kathy-very cool the curator brought out copies of the Declaration of Independence for you to see.  DC is full of history lesson for everyone.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Thanks Rich.  It was nice to spend the day with you and be there for this event.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Tammy-yes and he still pays his dues...or at least that's what he said.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Steve all of us are seeing the issues coming from underwriters piling on last minute conditions that have nothing to do with the buyer's ability to purchase. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Thanks Hannah.  It is time for all us to make sure there are no more empty promises to help the housing industry.  When I hear lenders saying "it takes time" it's nothing but a stall tactic.  You've been prossessing short sales for years it's not rocket science to take an application from a military family and saying "yes" we accept your PCS orders as a hardship. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Thanks Steve.  Anytime it's 70 degrees and sunny I"m going to be out enjoying the day.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Irene-yes it was the earthquake.  At first they thought it wasn't to serious but after scaling the outside of the building and closer examination it was determined to need major work.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Cindy- so very true. Hopefully our voices were heard yesterday and something good will come out of it. We need to open the doors a bit wider to allow more qualified buyers an opportunity.

Posted by Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403) over 6 years ago

Congratulations Cindy and thank you for attending in person! That sounds like a great turnout. Many issues need addressing, and lenders not stepping up to the plate and streamlinig the short sale process has been a major problem, and major factor that has kept the ecomony from recovering, and has kept unemployment high. Some lenders are pathetic and should be banned from even being in the mortgage business.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) over 6 years ago

Cindy, as a Realtor, a homeowner, and a tax-paying American, THANK YOU for attending this rally!

Posted by Donald Reich (Prudential Centennial) over 6 years ago

Wow Cindy. Hope you had fun there this week. 

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) over 6 years ago
Martha- I hope we were heard as well. Thanks for planning the wonderful dinner after the long day in DC.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago
Jeff lenders who were supposed to be stepping up to the plate are still keeping short sales stalled and not implementing the programs agreed upon. It's shameful.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago
Donald it was an honor to be able to attend and show my support for the value of homeownership.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago
Erica- helps when it is happening in your back yard.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago
Chris Ann the tax deduction is certainly a big agenda item this election year.
Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Thanks for the insightful post, Cindy.  Ironically, I'm on the wrong end of the coast.  Winchester had a pretty good showing of agents attend the meetings.  

Posted by Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) over 6 years ago

Thanks for the update from Washington DC.  I think it is important for our representatives to hear these points of view.  I am afraid, however, the mortgage interest deduction will soon be a thing of past.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 6 years ago

Cindy:

Sounds like you had a busy week.  A meet up in DC and a rally for home ownership.  You have been a buzy girl.  Thanks for attending, I appreciate it.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) over 6 years ago

I find it very difficult to believe they would do away with one of the biggest incentives to own a home -- the mortgage interest deduction. No senator wants to shoot herself in the head. Good for you for gonig to the Washington Monument. Last time I was there was 1969, and quite a different rally.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Thanks for carrying the message about the MID to Washington, D.C. on behalf of Realtors everywhere and on behalf of all of us who have mortgages on our homes.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) over 6 years ago

It's unbelievable to me that they would ever do such a thing. Why take away an incentive that encourages consumers to buy?

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

Cindy Glad you were able to give up your valuable time and Part Take on this important event! Thank you for representing me!

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 6 years ago

Hi Cindy,

Rally around the monument.

Sounded exciting. Glad you could go

Phil

Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) over 6 years ago
Cindy, thank you for attending the rallye for homeownership on behalf of all of us. Unless we make ourselves heard, the MID will remain an easy target and homeowners everywhere will be the ones who will suffer. Homeownership Matters!
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 6 years ago

Thanks for your great post..

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by George P. Cruz Sr., PSL FL CDPE, TRC, CIPS (DR Horton) over 6 years ago

I have a different point of view. While I think it's great that so many Realtors attended this event, I think it's more important that Realtors around the country are involved in their local politics to make sure that they are voting and supporting Congressman that will never vote for policies that challenge home ownership. If everyone had been vigilant locally then this would never be an issue. Does everyone know whether their local Congressmen voted for the Dodd Frank Bill which brought us the beloved HVCC and is now causing lenders to have a much more difficult job for certain types of loans. 

I don't think a Rally is necessarily a bad thing, but, making sure that those elected to Congress would never consider sponsoring bills or voting for bills that would threaten homeowership is much more effective for the long term.

Do your research on who you're voting for. Don't just believe buzz words -- make sure of where they stand and get research from many different sources--not just those that with which you are comfortable.

We've heard the term before-"Elections have consequences". The fact that this is even an issue that is up for discussion is a consequence of elections that have already taken place. It means that Realtors haven't been vigilant around the country in their local elections. 

 

Posted by Carol McCarthy, ABR (Realty World Select) over 6 years ago
Cindy....it WAS an amazing opportunity to be a part of the rally....thank you for the post!
Posted by Lori Dee Doerfler, Helping NEGOTIATE through the real estate noise! (Realty ONE Group, Mountain Desert) over 6 years ago

Dear Cindy -

Thanks for the full report.  In addition to all the Rally interactions, I bet it was great fun to see AR friends from other areas!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) over 6 years ago

Cindy, what a GREAT analogy!  I may have to quote you on this. 

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 6 years ago

Cindy, Great report and I have stood there by the monument. Guess I did not see the crack ; ) These are difficult time and making the right decisions will be crtical.

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 6 years ago

Cindy,

Thanks very much for being there at that rally.

Thanks very much for the essence of your message.....it is "right on"

This discussion is an important one and directly affects our way of life.

If there is anything we real estate professionals should be participating in......this is it.

I Google (Plus One'd) your post.....FYI.

Dave Gibbs
www.Your-RealEstatePro.com

Posted by Dave Gibbs, Broker Assoc, e-PRO, ABR, Green (Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors ) over 6 years ago

P.S......I also Tweeted your post.

We can use the Internet folks, the course of nations have been changed with these tools we now have.

Dave Gibbs
www.your-realestatepro.com

Posted by Dave Gibbs, Broker Assoc, e-PRO, ABR, Green (Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors ) over 6 years ago

Hi Cindy - If you haven't noticed, homeowners in the county are considered part of the rich, and under attack since day one from the admininstration. Every regulation passed since 2008 has made it harder to buy or sell a home, and just in case something really does get sold, it will have and additional tax starting next year as part of Obamacare.

The best thing that can happen for us is that he doesn't get 4 more years.

Posted by Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc (Benchmark Realty LLc) over 6 years ago

Great analogy, our mortgage environment truly is as broken as the Washington monument.  Thanks for attending and for helping to spread the message!

Posted by Chris Jenkins-Sarasota Realtor, "Expect Success" (PalmerHouse Properties) over 6 years ago
It was great to be there representing Oklahoma. Meeting out Senators and Congressman made me even more dedicated to RPAC. We are making a difference but the only way our state members there have the "political will" to help protect the American dream of owing a home, getting an interest deduction, having flood insurance, and our livelihood for the future, is with our money and our voice.
Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 6 years ago

Truth can be seen in humour and I just wanted to state:

It appears the Washington Monument is cracked and may not be stable.  DC has many politicians with the same characteristics.  Will we be able to structurally fix them also?

Keep Smilin'

 

Posted by Brian Schulte, SFR, Sierra Vista, AZ (Allison James Estates & Homes) over 6 years ago

I'm so glad you guys made it, I'm from Washington, D.C. and was planning on being there, but came down with pneumonia instead (not fun).  I wish I could have been there to network and added another voice to what's going on.  I too represent the Military Relocations, and recently my 5th call to chase, proved disheartening as well. 

I loved your analogy of the Washington Monument, and people are standing just outside home ownership (I might have to borrow that)

Saddened to that people are unable to see my beautiful city from atop the Monument or see the placards on the walls along the staircase   Last summers earthquake damaged it structrually and the National Cathedral as well.  So like home ownership it will be a process, and not a short one I'm afraid.   

Posted by Karen Butler, Destin/Fort Walton Relocation Specialist (RE/MAX Coastal Properties) over 6 years ago

WOW! Your analagy is spot on! Thank you for attending this important event! I just tweeted it! :)))

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 6 years ago

Fantastic metaphor Cindy, I was there at the rally, so proud to be there!

Posted by Sina Mollaan, ABR, GRI (W.C. & A.N. Miller, A Long & Foster Company) over 6 years ago

WONDERFUL post, Cindy!  And I love the analogy between the Washington Monument and the current state of Homeownership!!  I'll be sharing this on Facebook!

Posted by Michelle Fradella-Barfuss, Author of "Top 10 Mistakes Agents Make When Market (Marketing Coach - ERA Brokers Consolidated) over 6 years ago

Cindy, saw this on Hannah's blog as a reblog.  Some agents from my office and surround area traveled by bus for this event.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) over 6 years ago

Hi Cindy, how great is that to have the ability to go there and a be a part of it all!  

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) over 6 years ago

Very well-written post and great insights! Thank you for sharing.

 

Leslie Cain

www.lesliecainsells.com

Posted by Leslie Cain, ABR, SFR (RealEdge Real Estate - Lindale) over 6 years ago

Hi Cindy,  Glad you were there and willing to report back to us.  Looks like a terrific turn out.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 6 years ago

Carol, #42 has a different perspective and I agree, however, until voters demand term limits to reduce or eliminate corruption in Washington, the G factor and irresponsible politicians will continue to pander to their lobbyist and entitlement seeking constituents.

This was a political rally and a petition to support the initiative was circulated via email, which I signed but how many RE agents responded? Kudos to you and others who were able to attend personally, however, until this becomes a life or death issue, I'm not very optimistic that MID will continue.

Hopefully, I'm wrong, but our politicians have spent our nation into so much debt, that unless we change the landscape and eliminate the morons in Congress, many of the benefits we have will be swept away. The day of reckoning is coming soon.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Cindy - Thank you for blogging about the Rally.  It was a very well organized event and I was delighted to be part of it as well.  The realtor boards of the Eastern Shore of Maryland all got together and travelled by bus.  It was amazing to meet agents from all the USA who travelled to participate.   We need to protect the American Dream and hopefully we were heard!  Thanks again Cindy. 

Elizabeth Y Foulds, Lacaze Meredith Real Estate, St Michaels, MD

 

Posted by Elizabeth Y. Foulds, Your St Michaels Realtor (Long & Foster Real Estate) over 6 years ago

I went to the mid-year meetings in DC for many, many years and hate to miss.   In addition to the pollitical angle, it was a great way to network and get good ideas.    Maybe next year.

 

Posted by Mary Sheridan, Creative Marketing, Buyer Agency 423-943-7655 (Keller Willliams - 1033 Hamilton Place,Johnson City TN 37604) over 6 years ago

Thank you for reporting the event and your insight on the rally. I agree with Carol's comment #42, that it's important to be involved at the local level. A few of my board's leaders just got back from Sacramento and I heard their concerns of changes that may be coming our way that will impact not only homeownership but our business. When we realize we have a crisis it's difficult not to get involved.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 6 years ago

It must have been an awesome site - sorry I missed it, I really wanted to come down to DC for Mid-Year, but it just didn't happen :-(  Hopefully the folks on capital hill will figure out that when the housing market recovers so will the rest of the economy!  Thanks for sharing. 

Posted by Patty Mortara REALTOR CRS | Hunterdon County (NJ) (Hunterdon County Homes) over 6 years ago

I wish I thought the terms of the settlement would be enforced, but I don't see much hope.

Like all the government programs supposed to "help" citizens, it's all talk with no action. In their arrogance, the banks continue to do as they please.

Kinda like the old "Fox watching the hen house."

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 6 years ago

13000 heroes, hip hip hooray! ;)

Posted by David Evans, HUD NLB Cumming GA (RE/MAX TOWN AND COUNTRY) over 6 years ago

Add to everthing you've said the fact that the states are spending the 25 billion dollar settlement on bailing out themselves from the economic quagmire their in. So it ends up being a lose lose for the RE industry and buyers overall.

Posted by John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & Contractor (CREST BACKYARD HOMES, ON THE LEVEL GENERAL & FACTORY BUILT HOME CONTRACTOR, TAG REAL ESTATE SALES & INVESTMENTS) over 6 years ago
I was there and it was an awesome site. I took an Amtrak train from NJ at 5:45 am and caught the 1 pm return train. It was a long day but worth it.
Posted by Glenn Elliot (ERA Justin Realty Co.) over 6 years ago

Dear Cindy,

You must have been over a bit. Elizabeth's group was near us, because I could never forget those fancy crab hats.

Posted by Dörte Engel, ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland (RE/MAX Leading Edge) over 6 years ago

Those are some important topics.  Thanks for the post and the information.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Martha-absolutely.  It's time to push back on Congress to make the lenders follow through on all of the promises made and not kept.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Jeff-the lenders agreed just this past March major changes to short sales and to helping the military and yet to date the lenders seem to be seeing "what did we say that" and little or no real change is seen in the trenches.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Donald-you are welcome.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Erica-it helped to live in DC and be able to attend the event.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Mike-there were buses that came in from all over which was nice to see.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Joan-I think taking away the mortgage interest deduction would be the absolute wrong move by Congress.  It won't solve the debt problem and likely would hurt the housing industry even worse than the mortgage meltdown.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Evelyn-last week was busy and this week is shaping up to be even crazier.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Elizabeth-I can't imagine they would want to do away with the interest deduction.  Yes the rally's in 1969 were a bit different in DC.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

John-we have to continue to make our voices heard through election year and beyond for ourselves and for our clients.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Tammie-good question.  The only ones who know the answer are couching it in balanced budgets and not in reality.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Endre-you're welcome.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Phil-it was good to see such a positive turnout.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Silvia-homeonwership is one of the cornerstones of our economy. 

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

George-thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a great week.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Carol Ann-we don't have a different point of view at all.  The Rally was just one part of what went on last week in DC.  There were many meetings in legislative offices to discuss the concerns with the housing industry, the MID, national flood insurance and more.  Unfortunately even when a local, state or national representative says the right words that make you pull the voting lever for them they don't always keep their word when they get elected.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Lori-a great opportunity to have our voices heard in unision along with all of the meetings on Capitol Hill.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Lynn-yes it was. And meeting you this week was a wonderful treat as well.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Margaret-feel free.  It just struck me as I was standing there how ironic it was to know the Washington Monument had closed it's doors too.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Donald-the crack was a result of the Earthquake in the area last fall.  Both the crack in the monument and the crack in the housing industry need to be repaired.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Dave-thanks for the Google+ on the post.  We need to protect the MID and make sure lenders stop saying one thing and doing another.  It's time to right our industry.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Dave-and thanks for the Tweet too.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Larry-but I"m not rich and I"m a homeonwer :-)   It's going to be a tough election year.  Time to cut through the retoric and get to the meat of what's holding back our economy.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Hi Cindy, thanks for sharing.  I wish I lived closer so i could have attended also.

Posted by Bob Miller, The Ocala Dream Team (Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty) over 6 years ago

Chris-thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your week.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Joe-last week was the chance to let those representing us on the hill the importance of the housing industry to our nations economy.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Brian-there are a lot of politicians that need to be shown the door and then perhaps the American people's faith in our economny will be restored.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Karen-I"m not glad to hear another agent is running into the same stone walls I have with some of the big banks charged with helping our military.  Shame on all of the them.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

JOni-thanks for the tweet of my post.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Sina-glad you were able to be there too.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Rebecca-the bus I heard from the farthest distance away was one from Rochester NY.  There may have been others.  Glad your area was represented as well.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Sandy-one of the advantages of living just a few miles outside of DC.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Leslie-thanks for reading the post and have a great week.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Bill-I'd say 13,000 was a good turnout though it should have been 100,000.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Kimo-I'm not disagreeing with either yours or Carols' comments.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Elizabeth-who could have missed the crab hats!  Glad you came to the event too.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Mary-glad you have been able to make mid-year in the past.  It is very different than other NAR meetings.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Pamela-I agree staying connected with what is happening at the local level is important

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Patty-I agree I hope the folks on the hill get the message soon.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Hi Cindy, I was there and it was awesome. Thanks for your positive post. I hope everyone understands that one of the reasons for the Mid year meeting is for our(FPC) Federal Political Coordinators to visit their congressmen/women with their Realtor® members. We took 20-30 members from Montana to attend with each congressmen. 

Posted by Tim Lund (Coldwell Banker Western States) over 6 years ago

Cindy

Seems like a whole bunch of us from AR were there. It was very exciting and inspiurational, and hopefully will have an major impact and send the message the government needs to hear. I was only able to be there for about 45 minutes due to my meetings back at CRS late morning. It's very cool to see so many others getting involved in Realtor Party efforts.

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 6 years ago

Marte-you are right.  There seem to be no enforcement of the promises.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

David-yes it was great to see the sea of blue.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

John-someone isn't spending the money on helping the homeowners they promised to with the 25B bailout.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Dorte-couldn't have been to far away.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

You'r welcome Gene.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Bob-it was nice to see how many people did travel for the Rally and NAR Mid-Year.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Tim-thanks for your efforts on behalf on the homeowners in your area and homeowners across the  nation.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago

Jeff-yes as I read the comments and talk to folks AR had a good representation at the Rally.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 6 years ago
Well written post,Cindy, but the over 100 comments says it all. Linked here from Jeff's post!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) over 6 years ago

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