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Summer 2019 Austin REALTOR® Magazine

Why Do We Have to Get Political?

REALTORS® everywhere have an obligation to advocate on behalf of their businesses and their clients, and this spring ABoR members did just that. Assembling at Austin City Hall, the Texas Capitol, and even in Washington, D.C., ABoR members stepped up their game and became gleaming examples of what it means to be an active and engaged REALTOR®. Go to page 18 to see what we've accomplished so far.

The Benefits of Having a Flood Zone Determination

According to Atlas-14, an additional 3,200 buildings and other affected structures could be lacking the necessary coverage to protect business and homeowners alike from future flooding events. While ABoR continues to advocate for critical updates to our region's 100-year floodplain, agents can begin helping clients determine their various needs using MyFloodStatus. See page 12 for more details.

What Does An FPC Do, Anyway?

Without giving too much away, the Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) cultivates and maintains existing relationships with members of Congress, regularly communicating the REALTOR® position on key issues in our community. Flip to page 28 to get a firsthand account from Socar Chatomon-Thomas on what her role as FPC to Congressman Lloyd Doggett is like.

Master Negotiation Tips

There are five things you need to know to become a master negotiator, says Broker/Owner of Best Agents in Texas and ABoR instructor J. René Walker. Of course, those five things only scratch the surface. Go to page 30 to find out how to close the deal, and take your negotiation strategy to the next level with J. René.


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