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Spring Has Definitely Sprung

I don’t know about you, but I am relieved that the pollen has finally stopped coating my car the moment I’m done washing it. If I wanted a green car, I would have bought one! Now if only everyone’s allergy symptoms would finally clear up! Speaking of spring and everything that’s blooming, I was very happy to see how home sales and rentals throughout greater Houston blossomed in March. Our market... 

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Woodrow Wilson was president. Daylight Saving Time was enacted for the first time. World War I ended. Reverend Billy Graham was born. The Houston Association of REALTORS® (then known as the Houston Real Estate Board) was formed. All those milestones occurred in 1918. As we enter our 100th year of HAR this year, we have much to reflect on regarding how things have changed and how they have stayed the... 

Ratings, Rankings and REALTORS®

Whether it is Yelp, eBay or TripAdvisor, consumers look to ratings to make decisions about things they buy or places they go. Why wouldn’t they also want to know about the REALTOR® they hire for their largest financial transaction of their life? HAR launched the Client Experience Rating many years ago and was on the forefront of providing this service to both consumers and REALTORS®. REALTORS®... 

It’s Not Goodbye, But Until We Meet Again…

By the time you receive this magazine, the deadline might have passed to apply for one of the advisory groups or area networking groups. If it isn’t yet December 5 when you are reading this, I strongly encourage you to get involved with your Association. If you’ve missed the emails or postcards (for those 60 or so members who don’t have email addresses), it is dues time. Make sure you pay by... 

Still Much to Do Before Year End…

HAR membership dues once again remain unchanged from last year, but they are due by December 1, 2016. Make sure you pay by that date so you don’t have any interruption in your HAR membership services. You can learn more here. It is only with prompt payment that we are able to continue to provide all the great tools that you receive as part of being a member. Thank you for your continued membership.... 

Awards, Elections, Events and Exchanges

This is your opportunity to nominate someone who you think is worthy of one of the HAR’s annual awards—the REALTOR® of the Year and the John E. Wolf Community Service Award. You may find the nomination forms here. You may also read about the qualifications and nominate someone you know—or even yourself. Good luck! Speaking of the awards, we will have REALTOR® Celebration in December, but you... 

Summer is Almost Over, but Things Remain Hot at HAR

Let’s all congratulate the newly-elected 2017 HAR Board of Directors. There were eight open spots that needed to be filled. After weeks of campaigning for election to the HAR Board of Directors, we finally announced the new members of the Board who will serve in 2017. These eight new board members join the returning board members to help lead your Association next year, and their decisions can have... 

Don’t Wait to Educate

As we have energy and energy services companies reporting that many believe we have hit the bottom when it comes to the oil and natural gas markets, the greater Houston housing market hit a record high median sales price in June. Inventory is also creeping higher to bring us closer to a more balanced, healthy market. You may read all about the latest real estate statistics here. Pending sales also... 

Changes are Coming

The deadline to submit your form to run for the 2017 HAR Board of Directors is June 6, 2016, so make sure you read all about it here. The board of directors help establish policies that impact all of us, so this is your opportunity to really make a difference. If you aren’t quite ready to run for the board, you may look for the call for volunteers for the various advisory groups later in the year. We... 

It’s That Time Again…

Once again all of our younger members may apply for the 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate award. If you are under 40 years old, or know a deserving younger member, please see here for more information about the honor. You may ask any of the previous recipients about the encouragement it gave them, plus the marketing benefit of being able to say you were included on the list. It’s a great honor,... 
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