Vote for me as your real estate broker

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

Recently a long simmering, local political pot finally boiled over when the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that Tennessee counties with a charter form of government could indeed legally vote to limit the number of terms an office holder could serve.

In 1994 Knox County voters voted overwhelmingly to limit the number of terms an office holder could serve to not more than 2. The next year the Tennessee Attorney General issued an opinion that vote was invalid. No one bothered to challenge it because, after all, it was the state attorney general and surely his opinion was a good one.

In March of 2006  the Tennessee Supreme Court upholds term limits in Shelby County, which, like Knox County, operates under a charter with a term-limits provision. This set the stage for a similar ruling in Knox County which, not surprisingly, was handed down this past Friday, January 12th.

Now Knox County is faced with almost immediately replacing 12 local office holders including 8 county commissioners and the sheriff; a big scramble is on.

In 1978 I got my real estate license and since that time I've had the pleasure and privilege of helping lots of the same clients, customers, and friends (they're sorta all one and the same) buy and sell several houses and pieces of real estate each; multiple "terms of office" as their real estate broker of choice if you will.

The same people continued to elect me over and over, one great couple for as many as 6 consecutive terms.

We've always had term limits in real estate but it's voluntary on the part of the people that make the decision to continue to "vote" for us with their wallets and their confidence in us.

If we do a good job our 'voters' will continue to return us to office as their real estate broker; if not we don't need formal term limits, we just don't get elected again.

Vote for me. ;-)

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
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And your analogy is what shoots daggers into the arguments about price-fixing and monopolies and everything else.  Consumers choose agents freely, and if they don't like or want something, they won't select it (and it will then hopefully go away).
Jan 16, 2007 01:06 AM #1
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Fred Pickard
Fred Pickard Innovations Realty Inc - Hershey, PA
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Jim,

Please go ahead, I'll follow you anywhere. Remember, I voted for you for President of R.com

Jan 16, 2007 01:09 AM #2
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Kristal Kraft
The Berkshire Group Realtors - Denver, CO
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Jim ~ I'll vote for you.  I agree, if one does a good job they will naturally get "voted in" again.  There is no need to legislate "term limits".  All that does is delete the corporate memory.

As Realtors we understand, the public should and will choose who they do business with.  It's their right.

kk

Jan 16, 2007 01:31 AM #3
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Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Thanks Fred and Kristal, I appreciate your votes.

Voting for your real estate broker has always been a choice Leigh, hopefully it can stay that way.

My pal Blanche Evans of Realty Times voted for me as their "Busybody of the Year" a few years ago; thankfully I wasn't reelected. ;-)

Jan 16, 2007 01:37 AM #4
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Fred Pickard
Fred Pickard Innovations Realty Inc - Hershey, PA
Hershey, PA

Jim, I forgot about the Busybody of the Year thing.

Remember, we all decided we wanted to be Busybodies and Al gave us all a number.

 

I still am BB#43 in honor of Richard Petty

Jan 16, 2007 04:36 AM #5
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Kaushik Sirkar
Call Realty, Inc. - Chandler, AZ
No ballot box stuffing! ;)
Jan 16, 2007 11:51 AM #6
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Patricia Beck
RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realty

Six consecutive terms?  Impressive.  I agree with you, people will come back if you take care of them and it looks like you do Jim!

Jan 16, 2007 04:44 PM #7
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Jim,  nice analogy. I was about to move on half way through but since it was a featured post I figured it must be good.  I'm glad I read on.  I like how you made the comparison.
Jan 17, 2007 03:10 AM #8
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