Welcome to the November 2018 President's Corner!
In just a few minutes, you can get caught up on all of the major happenings in and around ABoR...and get a sneak peek of a new member benefit arriving on Monday!
Thank you for joining me last month at Realty Round Up 2018. It was our biggest tradeshow yet - 3,000 attendees! - and hundreds of you cast your vote on-site for our 2019 Board of Directors Election. Get to know next year's Board members, and head over to ABoR's YouTube channel to watch the full keynote presentation from Joseph Rand of Better Homes and Gardens | Rand Realty.
TODAY is the LAST DAY for Bylaws Elections and Committee Applications
If you haven't cast your vote in this week's Bylaws Election, then stop reading this blog post and cast your vote now! The ABoR Board has worked hard with legal counsel all year to make our Bylaws more consistent with how our Association is organized and operates today, but ABoR members have the final say on whether these bylaws revisions should take effect. We'll announce the results of the bylaws vote early next week.
Today is also the last day to apply for an ABoR committee. We have a select number of 2019 committee positions available for ABoR members with experience in finance, investing, advocacy, or governance. ABoR volunteer opportunities build your network, bolster career experience, and directly impact the future of our Association. Committee members will be selected and announced next month. Will you respond to our Membership Call? Apply at ABoR.com/WeNeedYou today.
The Holiday Blitz Build is Back!
From November 27 to December 14, you can spend a day with the ABoR Foundation and Austin Habitat for Humanity for our 2018 Holiday Blitz Build. This year we're excited to build a new home for Jessica Foster, an AISD elementary school art teacher. All supplies will be provided on site, including hardhats, and no previous experience is necessary. Sign up today...it's always a lot of fun!
Raise a Glass for Our Industry Award Winners on December 7
We are honored to announce our 2018 Industry Awards Finalists. Selected anonymously based on their merits, we sincerely extend our congratulations to our finalists for the outstanding work they've done for our industry and our community. Learn more about our 16 finalists here.
And if you want to see who our winners are, join me in raising a glass to their success at our annual Industry Awards and Installation celebration on Friday, December 7 at the JW Marriott! This is going to be an unforgettable evening of dinner, dancing, music and more. Get your tickets at ABoR.com/Celebration.
And You Heard it Here First...
ABoR has an exciting new health care benefit, Remedy, launching this Monday, November 19! What is Remedy? It's urgent care on-demand, at a cost that's affordable for business owners and independent contractors. In other words, REALTORS® like you and me!
From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, Remedy makes same-day house calls in the Austin area, and video calls are available as well. ABoR is bringing this exciting new benefit to you at an even lower cost. Check back at ABoR.com/Remedy and keep an eye out for our ABoR Insider Digest with the full details on Monday!
Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!
Runoff Elections: December 11
It ain't over 'til it's over. ABoR has endorsed several candidates who are in runoff elections next month, and we urge you to keep up the vote. Remember, our elected officials directly influence the ordinances and policies that shape Austin's housing market and affordability...so we need your voice! Read more about ABoR-supported candidates at ABoR.com/VoterGuide.
Association Dues Deadline: December 15
A friendly reminder that your 2019 Association dues must be paid no later than December 15 to avoid an interruption in essential services. Remember, this invoice not only covers your annual ABoR dues but your NAR and TAR dues as well. But why wait until the last minute? Pay online quickly and easily via the ABoR Member Portal.
The next ABoR Board Meeting is Wednesday, December 5. Join us in person or via live stream at abor.com/board-livestream! You must enter your member credentials to view the live stream.
Keep Sharing Your Feedback!
As always, thanks for allowing me to serve as your 2018 president. I have truly enjoyed serving as your leader this year. You can reach out to me anytime on Facebook, or share your input on the Engage Portal. Have a great November and Thanksgiving Holiday!
2018 ABoR President