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NAR’s Board Meets, Focuses on Fair Housing

Dues remain $150 but the Realtor advertising special assessment will increase by $10. 2019 Florida Realtors Pres. Eric Sain is Region 5 vice president.

WASHINGTON – Strengthening fair housing enforcement was a priority for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Board of Directors (BOD) during its Friday meeting. The governing body passed resolutions supporting fair lending provisions of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act – which prohibit discrimination in consumers’ access to credit – and urged state associations to promote legislation for minimum, universal fair housing education requirements for all real estate licensees.

According to an informal poll conducted during the meeting, the board believes legislative and regulatory advocacy – and the changing role of Realtors – will be top industry priorities over the next five years. Board members also said the biggest factor constraining inventory is a lack of new construction.

Member dues will remain $150 per year. The BOD also voted to boost support for the NAR consumer advertising campaign with an increase in the special assessment cost of $10 a year, bringing the annual cost per member up to $45 starting in 2023 through at least 2027. It’s the first increase since the “That’s Who We R” campaign was launched in 2019.

More BOD actions

Distinguished Service Awards

Cindy Chandler of Charlotte, N.C., and Chris McElroy of Fort Collins, Colo., were named NAR’s 2022 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award – the highest honor outside the presidency bestowed to an NAR member.

A 30-year industry veteran, Cindy Chandler is founder of The Chandler Group, a consulting and training company, and author of The Insider’s Guide to Commercial Real Estate (Dearborn/Kaplan Publishing, 2013). Chris McElroy, a Realtor for 45 years, is a broker associate and partner with The Group Inc.-Harmony.

2023 First Vice President

Kevin M. Sears, a broker and partner with Sears Real Estate in Springfield, Mass., was elected 2023 first vice president of NAR, putting Sears on the ladder to serve as NAR president in 2025.

Sears’ service to NAR spans 20 years, including terms as regional vice president in 2016, vice president of government affairs in 2017, and president’s liaison in 2019.

2023-2024 Treasurer

Gregory J. Hrabcak was elected to serve as NAR’s 2023-2024 treasurer. Hrabcak is a commercial specialist with HER, Realtors, in Westerville, Ohio, and heads the Central Ohio company’s commercial and property management divisions. His service to NAR spans 15 years.

2023 Leadership Team

  • President Kenny Parcell, Salem, Utah
  • President-Elect Tracy Kasper, Eagle, Idaho
  • First Vice President Kevin Sears of Springfield, Mass.
  • Immediate Past President Leslie Rouda Smith, Plano, Texas
  • Treasurer Gregory J. Hrabcak of Westerville, Ohio
  • CEO Bob Goldberg

Regional Vice Presidents

  • Region 1: Joanne Breen, Newington, Conn.
  • Region 2: Ilene Horowitz, Rockaway, N.J.
  • Region 3: Gail Renulfi, Hockessin, Del.
  • Region 4: Amy Hedgecock, High Point, N.C.
  • Region 5: Eric Sain, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
  • Region 6: Gary Reggish, Novi, Mich.
  • Region 7: Ed Neaves, Bloomington, Ill.
  • Region 8: Patty Zuzek, Burnsville, Minn.
  • Region 9: Steve LaRue, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Region 10: Cindi Bulla, Amarillo, Texas
  • Region 11: Kevin Sigstad, Reno, Nev.
  • Region 12: Connie Fogle, Sugar City, Idaho
  • Region 13: Geoff McIntosh, Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Source: REALTOR® Magazine

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