“Though we must be willing to accept that we need more housing, we must also embrace more people in the housing market because it is good for the community. It is good for local businesses, and it is good for the national economy.” — Dawn Ruffini, 2022 President, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®
“The AAPI community is undergoing a period of rapid growth, in sheer numbers and in cultural impact … At AREAA, we are proud and humbled to play our part in fostering progress that will lead to greater accessibility and opportunity for the growing AAPI community.” — Tim Hur, president of the Asian Real Estate Association of America
“What the pandemic did was take each and every one of us out of our comfort zones and force us to think beyond what we historically knew of our businesses. This is when we showed our true resilience as not only agents, but also as people.” — Arlene Castellano, Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network Chair
“By taking the right steps and avoiding the wrong ones, we can increase the presence of safe, reliable, affordable housing in Massachusetts, and bolster multi-generational income for all,” writes Melvin A. Vieira, Jr., 2022 president of the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®
The ongoing commission battle has one report calling for changes the NAR says could freeze many out of the homebuying process.
“Expect strong housing demand to continue and prices to increase, although both will likely moderate over the next 12 months,” writes incoming NAR President Leslie Rouda Smith.
Look through our top 5 Association News stories to reflect on the unique year in real estate.
The National Association of REALTORS® applauded President Joe Biden’s nomination of acting Federal Housing Finance Agency director Sandra Thompson to serve in a permanent capacity.. “Her talents and experience will benefit the enterprises, homeowners and home buyers and the mortgage-financing ecosystem,” NAR President Leslie Rouda Smith said in a press release.
As part of an ongoing relationship with the Food Recovery Network (FRN), the National Association of Realtors provided roughly 3,475 meals to Americans in the past six months, according to a press release.
“Here are two ways that Realtors can prove that we are invaluable resources regardless of market conditions.” — Dino Confalone, 2021 president, The Greater Boston Association of REALTORS®