April 2018 President's Corner

Welcome to the April 2018 President’s Corner!

In just a few minutes, you can get caught up on all of the major happenings in and around ABoR.

ABoR Names Emily Chenevert CEO

As you likely heard last week, the ABoR Board of Directors made a strong and united decision last week to name Emily Chenevert CEO of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, effective immediately. After much careful deliberation and months of working side by side with Emily, the Board decided to forego the expense and time it would take to undergo such a search. Nationally, REALTOR® organizations are experiencing strong turnover in leadership, making the search for REALTOR® Association and MLS executives highly competitive.

Emily has been raised in this industry and represents both our history and our future. Our industry is experiencing a wave of turnover associated with our existing leadership aging out of their current positions. Association Executives and CEOs of MLSs across the country are retiring, leaving our industry’s largest organizations looking for the next round of leaders. Emily is a perfect example of the next step. She knows our history, has come of age professionally alongside our membership and now she’s ready to move us forward. Learn more about this decision at ABoR.com/CEO.

Your Vote Needed: ABoR Bylaws Change

Later this week, all ABoR members will receive an email from ABoR requesting your vote to approve or deny a proposed change our bylaws. As you know, any change to ABoR's bylaws can only take effect if approved by a majority membership vote. On April 4, the Board of Directors passed a motion to bring greater transparency and member engagement to our annual Board of Directors nomination process. These changes include:

  • Holding an annual Board of Directors election to ensure our members’ voices are always heard;
  • Refining the Nominating Committee makeup and scope to accommodate the annual membership vote, bring more transparency to the Board nomination process and ensure the committee membership is more reflective of our membership at large;
  • Reducing the number of signatures required from 5% to 1% of ABoR membership to secure a Board of Directors slate nomination by way of petition; and
  • Moving the nomination of the Secretary/Treasurer and President-Elect from the Nominating Committee and place it in the authority of the Board of Directors.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to cast your vote on this very important matter. In the meantime, you can email me at president@abor.com if you have any questions.

Stay in the Know About CodeNEXT

CodeNEXT, or the revision of Austin's land development code, is nearing the final phase of adoption and ABoR is working hard to make sure you're informed every step of the way. This week, all City of Austin residents will receive a public notice in their mailboxes with more information about CodeNEXT. ABoR has published this blog post to help you explain this postcard to your clients.

In addition, be on the lookout later this week for the launch of ABoR's new CodeNEXT website, abor.com/codenext. This helpful member resource will feature shareable videos and downloadable resources on the ins and outs of CodeNEXT.

Our April 25 Forum, Decoding CodeNEXT is already sold out, but no worries if you can't make it! We'll post the full Forum presentation following the event.

Tell Your Clients: City of Austin Carbon Monoxide Ordinance

As of April 1, almost all homeowners within Austin’s city limits are required to install carbon monoxide detectors in their home. This new City of Austin ordinance applies to almost every homeowner and property manager in Austin, so please take a moment to read up on this new ordinance and spread the word to your colleagues and clients. Learn more at ABoR.com/CO.

Don’t Miss These April Events!

This spring, the ABoR Calendar is packed with new and familiar ABoR Academy classes to "bloom" you into an experienced, knowledgeable real estate agent and fun events to expand your networking circle. See what new classes are on the radar and register at ABoR.com/Calendar.

April 19: March 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report
ABoR will release the March 2018 edition of the Central Texas Housing Market next Thursday, April 19 on ABoR.com. Check ABoR.com/statsmar18 that morning to download the full report as well as shareable infographics for the Austin-Round Rock MSA; City of Austin; and Hays, Travis and, Williamson Counties.

April 18: AYREP April Networking Happy Hour 
Enjoy the Austin sun and have a drink on us at AYREP's April Networking Happy Hour at 5:30 p.m. at Zilkr on the Park Condos. Bring a friend for a chance to win door prizes from AYREP Sponsors, Morgan & Award and Assurance Roofing & Exteriors! REALTORS®, entry is free! Let us know you're coming by RSVP'ing through Facebook.

April 24: TREPAC Beer Tasting 
Don't worry, "beer" happy because TREPAC Beer Tasting is almost here! Catch a game of corn hole with friends and enjoy tasty bites from Austin Beerworks, one of Austin's most well-known breweries, all while supporting TREPAC. Not a beer fan? Wine will also be available! Limited tickets are available for purchase here.

April 25: Rebuilding Together Austin Volunteer Opportunity 
After the CodeNEXT Forum, lend a helping hand with the ABoR Foundation! For the third year in a row, the ABoR Foundation and Rebuilding Together Austin are partnering together to rehab the home of a local resident. We need 30 volunteers to help us with light carpentry, exterior painting, and landscaping. No experience is required! Both half and full day shifts are available at bit.ly/RebuildingTogether2018.

The next ABoR Board Meeting is Wednesday, May 2. Join us in person, or via live stream at abor.com/board-livestream! You must enter your member credentials to view the live stream. 

As always, I welcome your feedback, comments, and ideas. If you have questions, you can reach out to me anytime on Facebook or email me directly at president@abor.com.

Thank you,
Steve Crorey
2018 ABoR President


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