My name is Glen Moss, and I am the Chair of the Leasing & Property Management Committee.
To begin, many considered my coming here today to be a lost cause; They may be right. However, if I can borrow a line from Rhett Butler in the movie Gone With The Wind, “Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.”
Recently, this Board designed and adopted a new Strategic Plan and is studying the possibility of having the Leasing & Property Management Committee dissolved.
My being here, is in response to help remove that possibility.
I understand; Organizations must move forward to survive, thus the need for a new Strategic Plan. It wasn’t long ago; I helped co-author the previous version. In was in that edition, we designed it with a solid foundation and one of inclusion and not exclusion.
In many ways, creating a Strategic Plan is like designing a house or a building. It requires serious architecture and engineering.
Growing up in Chicago, I became surrounded by great architecture and designs. My high school had a training partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology. Being one block away, I took classes in a building designed by Mies van der Rohe. He is the architect who believed “Less is more.”
I got married in a one-hundred-year-old church designed by Daniel Burnham. He is the one who created “The Plan of Chicago.” And, if you have ever seen the Chicago Lakefront Skyline, that was his brainchild.
But for me, being a home builder, my favorite is the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. There are over 80 of his homes in, and around Chicago which you can visit and tour.
I believe there are two examples in which this Board can learn from Frank Lloyd Wright.
The first one is this; He was always testing the limits of design and construction materials. However, he was not an engineer. On his drawings, he would make notations and call them “doubt lines.” The engineering department would check these and see if they would work in the field. If confirmed, they would proceed, if not, Frank Lloyd Wright would make modifications.
When members of our Committee, and some Board members, read the contours of the new Strategic Plan, they too discovered “doubt lines.” Our President, Steve Crorey, decided it needed review and asked Committee members for input. We quickly pointed out the failings of the design and would like to send it back for modification. Dissolving the Leasing & Property Management Committee should concern all members. Leases make up over 52% of all transactions in Austin. It gives our community the first touch, hands-on experience to the world of Realtors. The current Board is well intended but does not have the engineering experience of Leasing & Property Management.
The second example is this; The roof lines on many of Frank Lloyd Wright homes were notorious for leaking when it rained. A client would complain that when sitting in a chair, rainwater would drip from the ceiling. Frank Lloyd Wright’s response “Move the chair to another part of the house.”
I think you will agree, that is not an acceptable answer. However, that is precisely what this Board will be voting in dissolving the Leasing & Property Management Committee. If allowed, the new Strategic Plan would move the Committee to another part of ABoR, lessen its role, and become an advisor.
In my years of serving on this Committee, its members have given hundreds of hours to ABoR, without asking so much as a can of soda for remuneration. Most of the Leasing Modules taught in Texas were authored and designed by members of this Committee.
In closing, allow me to connect a pair of extra facts.
This body recently appointed me to serve as a TAR Director. I appreciate your support and discovered related items when doing my Director homework. Currently, TAR has no intention of dissolving their Leasing & Property Management Committee.
Additionally, in the TREC required four-hour Legal Update 1, the first 90 minutes is dedicated to Leasing & Property Management.
Why is it, both TAR and TREC feel what we do is essential, but the new ABoR Strategic Plan does not?
Thank you for your time and consideration.
P.S. Earlier, I mentioned the church which I was married. It is now 145 years old and still standing because of its design, architecture and solid foundation. Together, I hope we can build an enduring Strategic Plan worthy of all members.
To Steve Crorery, Emily Chenevert, ABOR Board Members, Membership, & the WWW:
Thank you tremendously for your direction & leadership.
I strongly recommend you consider both the upside & down-side of de-activating or re-organizing the existing L&PM Committee from its existing Committee status for the following reasons:
LMT, Professional Development, nor MLS has the expertise, leadership, and ability to fulfill the responsibilities of the Committee which I think will have negative consequences on the Board, Membership, and our civic duty to our community. If we are not a Committee, the continuity of what we deliver will be lost, not re-organized, lost.
If the L&PM Committee becomes a sub-committee or Advisory group, not only attrition will occur but I strongly expect you will not see the support from the industry experts that now serve in c coming years. If ABOR Board chooses to eliminate this expertise (re-organization will not work successfully), I know with certainty that 1) ABOR will make it through 2019, but 2) not without having to do a tremendous more work at Staff Level, 3) someone with 0 knowledge, ability, or care will be responsible for re-engineering a sub-committee absent the people that already serve you.
I wouldn't fire the ones that are doing the work.
Member, 2018 L&PM Vice Chair
Well written, I hope they understand that our committee is very important and impacts may lives on a daily basis. When the Real Estate mark crashed and people loose homes who do they turn to to find a place to live? If TREC the commission that allows us to hold a licences feels that Property Management is important then what was lost in interpretation when the current board took their Legal Update 1; guess it isn't important at the local local level!!
Make it a great day-
Good luck tomorrow!
Thanks Christi, I appreciate the support. Its all about our members and how we serve the community.
After years of increasing lawsuits and loss of RE licenses because of Property Management specific Violations, and because more and more individual agents have decided to try their hand at Property Management, it seems that TAR/TREC have finally understood that EDUCATION and AWARENESS of the PM segment of our industry is critical.
There's a whole section of the Texas Statutes that applies to Landlord/Tenant laws - it's not simple or something that can "sort of" be adhered to without huge liability to our Brokers/Agents/Clients we serve.
By having a local Committee focused on Property Management and keeping ABoR and its members updated on the industry's "hot topics" and figuring out how the segments can align has been a godsend (and something that I feel has put ABoR way ahead of other Boards). Especially having dedicated (and designated) industry-experts investing their time to contribute to helping our profession as REALTORS as a whole has been a huge advantage, whether it's been completely realized or not. Eliminating this committee/forum is CRAZY.
I used to be a member of the ABoR Education Committee (for many years) and all I have seen happening across these years is the elimination of committees and the many opportunities for Members to be involved in the decision-making process, to network with each other, and to see the Board as a true "association" that represented the interests of its Members and the many factions of the industry we specialize in. If we don't have those factions being reflected in our Board leadership and committees advising the Board, we have 'gaps'; with the Ordinances that are city or county-specific, we can't rely on TAR/TREC to make sure we are fully-advised (if anything, THEY should be relying on ABoR for that info).
As a Broker, I'm VERY concerned because of the proposed language change to make it even more specific that Brokers are properly supervising and training their Agents in whatever activities they practice.
I think it's safe to say that the greatest majority of residential Sales companies don't have a program for training their Agents in Property Management, nor do the Brokers take special classes for learning Property Management. Their greatest 'resource' for at least following the issues is either REALTOR Magazine or the emails distributed by ABoR. So if ABoR (the local body we count on to be informed and "expert" reference for our practices) phases out the Property Management Committee, what's the effect on our industry, our professionalism, and our liability when ABOR/TAR/TREC send us the letter about how WE weren't effectively supervising our Agents who were found to be practicing Property Management.
I think this needs a LOT more discussion before a swift vote of the Board removes representation of a whole segment of our Industry on the local level.
Greg A. Fedro, GRI MPM
Broker / Property Manager
NARPM Past Chapter/National Director