As you’ve gone about your summer showing homes and hosting open houses, you have undoubtedly come across political signs set up in yards, glossy print campaign literature stuffed in doors, and you may have even see a candidate or two canvassing a neighborhood. Yes folks, this is an election year. And not just any election year, but one featuring, arguably, the two most polarizing and controversial candidates in the history or our republic.
Regardless of how you may feel about Hillary or Donald, remember that what happens in “down ticket” (Minnesota Legislature, county, municipal, school board) elections will have the most direct impact on your daily life as a REALTOR®. Don’t be so quick to throw those lit pieces away, change the channel when the ads interrupt your favorite show, or slam the door in that candidate’s face. This fall, don’t let over saturation or controversy get you down. Embrace this election, because like the change of seasons, the wheels of government will continue to grind and affect your business life whether you are ready for it or not. But unlike the weather, we humans do have a say in the government we get – if we are willing to engage in the process. The people who are campaigning this summer will be the same folks who will be crafting Minnesota’s regulatory, fiscal, and social policies next fall… policies that will affect your business and the homeowners you serve.
As your “watchdogs” at the State Capitol, we invite and encourage you to find out who your current legislators are and their voting record on REALTOR® related issues. When the political literature starts to arrive or a political discussion arises, take a moment to engage. Find out how your local candidates feel about issues related to homeownership and the real estate market. This isn’t a request for a political contribution. Rather, it’s a invitation to get up to speed on an element or your business that you may have been overlooking.
The Minnesota REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.