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Monday, May 25, 2020

President's Perspective

Assessing the value and being deemed essential

By Andy Mills, President

I hope that this article finds you and your family safe and healthy. On behalf of our members, I want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, janitorial teams, sanitation workers, restaurant workers, grocery and pharmacy store workers, gas station attendants, and all who are on the front lines every day. This includes our government leaders, public officials, police, fire, and all those who protect us.

I’d also like to extend my thoughts and prayers to those of you that have loved ones and friends who have lost their jobs and/or family or friends to the virus.

As all of you know by now, real estate has been fortunate enough to be deemed an “essential business”, which allows us to continue buying, selling and leasing real estate in Ohio as long as we comply with the safety guidelines set forth by the State of Ohio.

There is no doubt that the way we are doing business today is different than the way we did in mid-March. I also have no doubt that it may be the new normal for the foreseeable future. However, what many of you don’t realize is that if it wasn’t for our government affairs personnel locally, on the state level, and at a national level, we may not have the luxury of still being able to practice real estate.

Each year, Columbus REALTORS® asks members to voluntarily invest $30 on their dues to CORPAC. The majority of our members aren’t fully aware of how those investments are used. I’m here to tell you that every dollar we collect goes to fight at the local, state, and national levels and to support issues and candidates who support the interests of REALTORS® and consumers and to protect private property rights.

We have had some major wins over the last few years that range from sign legislation to short term rental housing regulation, but none have been as big as being deemed “essential” during this pandemic.

What is it worth to you to be deemed an “essential business”?

Maybe the better question is, “Imagine if you were sidelined as a non-essential business, what would you pay to be back in business?”

That dollar amount is what I’d urge you to consider investing in CORPAC. A small investment to protect your business.

For those of you that are worried, invest $20 or whatever is meaningful to you. For those of you that have the ability, please consider being a major investor, a minimal investment of $1,000 per year. Our CORPAC dollars matter as we continue to fight for issues that impact our industry.

For more information or to invest in CORPAC, click here or email Ida Seitter.. Also, see the May/June In Contract magazine, page 32, for an update from your CORPAC Fundraising chairs on virtual investment opportunities coming in the next few months.

As President of Columbus REALTORS®, I’m asked regularly during interviews to share my thoughts on what this pandemic means for the Columbus market. I’m no different than everyone else in trying to see through the mud of the uncertainty that exists in our world right now. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it is having an impact on our market, the extent of which is yet to be determined.

One thing I am sure of is that, as an Association and as ColumbUS, we will get through this and come out stronger than we were before.

Please cherish the moments you were too busy to experience, or see, prior to this pandemic, and don’t forget to help those in need. Never in our lifetime has a home been so essential to our daily essence as people. What you do matters. Don’t forget that. Protect that.

We are, and will be, Better Together.

Stay Safe.

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