Dear Fellow Newport County Board Realtors:
I have just returned from the mid year National Association of Realtors conference in our
Nation’s Capitol: Washington, D.C. and I became painfully aware that seismic changes are
on the way and I want to make it clear to you, my fellow Realtors that it is essential that you
remain informed and committed.
I went there representing you as Board President of the Newport County Board of Realtors.
The National Association of Realtor’s mid year meeting is always in Washington, D.C. so
that each State can organize a Realtor Day on the Hill. Our Day on the Hill was Wednesday
afternoon and I am proud to say we had a large group of Realtors from throughout Rhode
Island to help “present our talking points”. We had a great turn out because quite a number
of Rhode Island Realtors came on their own dime because they understand the necessity of
making sure our Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C. understand the role we
play in making the American Dream of Home Ownership a reality. I hope to see even more
Realtors from Newport County in Washington D.C. next year if possible.
We met with Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed personally and legislative aides from James
Langevin and David Cicilline’s office and shared with each of them our talking points.
After our “Day on the Hill” we were invited to a personal reception with Ronald Phipps, our
NAR president, at the NAR Washington office. Informal photographs are on the NCBR
Facebook page. Not surprisingly, Ron is admired by Realtors across the country for his
great leadership qualities.
One item on the agenda that was discussed in great length by Ron and other Realtors, both
from Rhode Island and other states, was The Political Survival Initiative which will be
funded by a $40.00 dues increase. This dues increase was indeed approved with no discussion
and so you will see a $40.00 increase in your NAR bill. This should not come as a surprise
since Linda Arcouette had sent out a survey many times suggesting that you responds to that
our Directors would have your input.
One positive item that will directly impact Rhode Island and was one of our talking points
was the necessity of the passage of the NFIP or Flood Insurance Reform Bill. Rather than an
annual renewal we want to see a five year extension and indeed this bill is now in process,
we hope, of passage and implementation.
Once again, major changes are in process and it is essential that you read our NCBR web
site and the NAR. Org web site at least once a week so that you will remain “in the know”.
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