As you can see from the cover of this month’s magazine, our focus is TREPAC.  I’m sure you all know what TREPAC is, but just in case…  TREPAC is the Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee. Year after year, HAR is recognized for raising more money for TREPAC (and RPAC, which is the national version) than any other association in the state. Having just finished a state legislative session and having just returned from successful visits to our elected leaders at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., I can personally tell you that the REALTOR® voice is heard both because of our number of members and the amount of money we raise and contribute to candidates. Here you may read more about TREPAC and see the recognition of some local members who have shown a great commitment to making our industry better through the governmental process.

If you had told me or anyone else at this time last year that the months inventory would be at 3.3 in May 2013, we likely would have laughed in your face. But here we are. All across our area, we hear reports of not enough available inventory. At the same time, sales rocketed up 28 percent in May.  Eventually, we are going to reach a point where sales can’t keep up that pace because there aren’t enough homes to sell. Fortunately, we aren’t there just yet. You may read all about the latest market stats here.

In between trying to find some homes to list, I hope you will remember to vote in the HAR Board of Directors election. Voting begins on July 12 and continues through August 5. Many people have filed to run and to give back to their industry so please take a look here to see who the candidates are and vote!

For those younger set members of HAR, we once again ask for nominations for the 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate. Each year, a panel of judges wades through scores of applications/nominations to select the most well-rounded examples of what the future of real estate looks like. It includes sales, leadership and community involvement. If you know of someone who you think is worthy—or you think you might be, read more about the honor here.

If you know anything about me, you know that I am very active on social media. It is one of the ways I stay engaged with friends, family, and yes, clients—or potential clients. You can learn all you need to know about how to incorporate social media into your business by earning your Social Media Pro designation. The class will be held on August 26 and 27 and costs $149. You may read about the course and other educational offerings here.