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Front Page - Friday, March 8, 2019

Advocating for homeowners is real job of Realtors




As a Realtor, my job isn’t just putting “For Sale” and “Sold” signs in the ground. And as the 2019 president of Greater Chattanooga Realtors, much of my job is advocating for the rights of property owners in our area.

As I write this, I’m on a bus with 40 other Greater Chattanooga Realtors. We’re on the way to the Tennessee State Capitol building in Nashville to join an estimated 400 Realtors from all over the state.

Collectively, we’ll discuss crucial real estate issues on behalf of current and future home and property owners across Tennessee.

This year, the state association, Tennessee Realtors, will focus on maintaining affordable housing, protecting landlord rights and repealing the Professional Privilege Tax.

These impact Realtors and many of our clients.

For example, affordable housing is crucial in areas experiencing increased growth, such as ours, and must continue to be a priority so more people can attain homeownership.

Realtors are the leading advocates for homeownership and commercial real estate, which is why it’s critical that we connect with lawmakers and ensure they understand the issues facing the real estate industry and their constituents – of which many are home and property owners.

Supporting home and property owners through smart legislation and regulatory initiatives is essential to advancing our nation’s economy, as well as our communities. That’s why Realtors are continuing to engage lawmakers on the issues that impact real estate.

We’re always fighting for property owners and for private property rights. That’s who we are.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors is “The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga.” A regional organization with more than 2,000 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is one of some 1,300 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors services Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. More at www.gcar.net or 423 698-8001.