House to House: Thankful for Realtors®
By Emily Morgan, Director of Public Relations
Arkansas Realtors® Association
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I’m always a little more aware of my blessings during this time of year. Don’t get me wrong I’m always thankful, it’s just something about the holidays that makes me a little more sensitive to the fact of just how lucky I am. With that in mind, I wanted to point out how thankful we Arkansans should be with Realtors® working for us every day.
Realtors® spend every day helping to make the ownership dreams of homebuyers come true. They spend countless hours doing research to find the perfect home that will fit their clients’ needs. Each year they continue their real estate education to make sure they are on top of their game to exceed consumers’ expectations. Realtors® abide by a code of ethics to ensure that everyone involved in all real estate transactions are treated equally and fairly. Realtors® help people every day make investments into their future. They do their absolute best to make such a big moment in your life as easy and worry-free as possible.
Buying a home or other real estate property is more than just signing a contract. It involves loans, taxes, negotiations and a lot more behind-the-scenes action. Realtors® must coordinate with home inspectors, appraisers, title and escrow companies as well. It would be impossible to list all of the things that Realtors® do to complete buying and selling processes. But that’s not all they’re doing. Arkansas Realtors® are working with State and National Officials to make sure that obtaining loans and receiving fair taxations and tax benefits is still achievable.
Arkansas Realtors® are fighting for the American dream of home ownership and our current and potential private property rights. Backed by the Arkansas Realtors® Association’s Legislative Committee, Arkansas Realtors® have made efforts to fuel, stabilize, and reinforce the local and national real estate market. Realtors® across the nation made a trip to Washington D.C. this year to show our Nation’s leaders that that home ownership and commercial real estate investment not only matters but is vital to the short and long-term wellbeing of our Country.
Arkansas Realtors® also invest their time and efforts into their communities across the state. They hold numerous fundraisers for charities; charities such as Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and Special Olympics Arkansas. Since 1985, Arkansas Realtors® have raised well over 2 Million dollars so that Special Olympians can compete in local, state and national games. This year, Realtors® raised over $170,000 for Special Olympics Arkansas, an organization that is near and dear to many Arkansans. A group of Realtors® who sit on the Hearts and Homes of Arkansas board of directors meet every month to review applications and send grant money to those who were affected by the tornado.
Realtors® don’t just sell real estate. They’re working every day to make it possible for people like me and you to be able to invest in our futures and live the American Dream. And for that, I am very thankful.
House to House is distributed weekly by the Arkansas Realtors® Association. For more information on homeownership in Arkansas, readers may visit www.ArkansasRealtors.com.