It's Only Pork When The Other Guy Takes It - NAR Survey

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I love this political stuff. Thus I'm always surprised when Realtors® don't understand how closely tied their personal success is to our collective Association success in our state capitols and in Washington DC. If you're not at the table, you'll probably be on the menu, especially these days when everybody's being carved up.

But I'm betting that Realtor® response to this latest policy survey from NAR will have a response rate of 10% or less. Sad isn't it? Yet only 18% of you managed to get off your asses for the 2 minutes it took to respond to the Call-for-Action to extend the First Time Homebuyer Credit - and that directly impacts your income for at least the next 5 months. Amazing. 

Anyway, if you haven't seen it yet, NAR recently posted this survey  so they'll have a better feel for what you, the member, consider to be the most pressing agenda items for 2010. It's a fun little Zoomerang survey, takes 5 minutes or so but they ask a lot of good questions. 

Some will make you think in uncomfortable ways - for example take H2: are you in favor of federal legislation to boost home sales or otherwise contribute to our industry even if those policies will contribute to the budget deficit? Or H3, as congress looks for ways to reduce the deficit and pay for those programs that benefit us, do we allow them to put our sacred cows like property tax and mortgage interest deduction on the table? 

I suspect most of us are adamantly opposed to federal pork and earmarks UNLESS they benefit us in some way. We hate the way YOUR congressman bellies up to the trough but OUR congressman by God better bring home the bacon or we'll replace him. 

Of course that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. 

And I hope I'm wrong guessing that less than 10% of you will bother to make your voice heard. But for that 10%, here's your link.

H2. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:

Given the fragile nature of today's real estate markets, NAR should support federal legislation that boosts home sales or otherwise benefits the real estate industry even if those policies contribute to a greater U.S. budget deficit and higher long-term interest rates.

Strongly Agree .................... Neither Agree Nor Disagree .................... Strongly Disagree Unfamiliar with this issue
* H3. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement:

As Congress looks for ways to reduce the federal deficit and pay for new programs that benefit the NAR membership or real estate markets, such as healthcare reform or greater investment in infrastructure, changes to the tax benefits accruing to real estate (e.g. MID, deduction of property taxes, etc.) should be considered.

Strongly Agree .................... Neither Agree Nor Disagree .................... Strongly Disagree Unfamiliar with this issue

As NAR prepares its 2010 Public Policy Agenda, we want to hear from you. The link below will take you to a survey that asks for your views regarding federal public policy issues.   If you've already taken the survey, please disregard this email - and thank you for your participation!

We hope you will take a few minutes to give us your thoughts. With your help, we can make sure that our public policy resources are targeted appropriately on the issues that matter most to you and your clients. 

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Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
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Well I don't agree with RPAC, the extention or any federal aid for anyone or thing. The states should take care of their own and the government should just govern the states. As for me we sould do away with all Senators and Representatives and put the governor from each state doing their job with the president being the tie breaker. We have too many chiefs and not enough indians if you know what I mean. With the internet the governors can vote and never leave the state. Think of all the money we would save.

Dec 15, 2009 01:21 PM #1
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
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Gene - Thank you for posting this - I re- blogged it to get more exposure.

Dec 15, 2009 10:34 PM #2
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I try.  I try. 

However, almost every time I begin one of these surveys, my radar sees a hidden agenda. 

Yes, I am paranoid.

For instance:  "NAR should support federal legislation that boosts home sales . . . ."

I want to know just WHAT "federal legislation" they would recommend.  I want facts.  I do not respond to a selection of outcomes unless and untill they describe the programs that got us there. 

I believe that most polls are designed to produce a desired outcome to give the sponsor a statistic to use to promote their own agenda. 

The NAR supported the TARP, etc., etc.

How's that working out for us?????

Dec 15, 2009 10:35 PM #3
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
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Lenn - You mean you actually read what you sign or respond to? Please teach ou Congressman and Senators that wisdom.

Dec 15, 2009 11:31 PM #4
Gene Wunderlich
1st Action Real Estate - Murrieta, CA
Realtor & Legislative Liaison

Charles - No argument there. The self-perpetuating career politicians have taken this countryto the brink time and again and every time they 'fix' something the screwed up, they break something else and cost us even more.

Lenn - NAR has supported some questionnable programs in the past - TARP, HAMP etc. being some of those. It's a tough call - if everybody would agree to back off the pork barrell, it would be an improvement. But as long as they're giving away money we need to make sure we're getting our share - after all, it is OUR money.

Besides, it's easier to get by-in if your program is poorly or broiadly defined. When you provide too many details for detractors to shoot you down. That's why nobody knows what the hell is oin the current healthcare bill that will get passed anyway in all liklihood.

I agree on the purpose of polls geared toward an agenda. I especially enjoy the ones from the RNC (althouth the DNC is probably no different - I just don't get their stuff for some reason).

Do you agree we should defend our country against foreign invaders? Duh - no?

Do you agree that most liberals enjoy carnal knowledge with barnyard aimals? Duh - is that wrong?

Do you agree the Obama administration is spending us into oblivion? Yes. Just like his predecessor? and his predecessor? and ...

Thanks Nicholas

Dec 16, 2009 03:07 AM #5
Debbie White
Southeast Alaska Real Estate - Juneau, AK

I'm with Lenn on this one.  I answered the questions but probably didn't give the answers they wanted on the loaded ones.

Dec 18, 2009 12:59 AM #6
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