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What’s in this edition?

  1. Happening on Jones Street
  2. #HowDoYouBackthePAC?
  3. NC REALTORS® elected to board leadership posts
  4. Meet the Government Affairs Team
  5. Join the NC Property Rights Fund Board of Directors
  6. Lobbyist at Your Door 2.0
Happening on Jones Street

The General Assembly has taken another short break and will return next week.

Causey Reaches Settlement on Homeowners Insurance Rates

The Power of REALTOR® and Homeowner Advocacy on Important Issue

On September 27, Commissioner of Insurance Mike Causey reached a settlement with the North Carolina Rate Bureau regarding their proposed homeowners insurance rate increase. As you may remember, in 2018, the Rate Bureau, which represents companies writing property insurance in North Carolina proposed a 17.4% statewide overall increase in homeowners' insurance rates. After studying the data, Commissioner Causey negotiated a settlement for an overall statewide increase of 4%.

NC REALTORS® and the North Carolina Homeowners Alliance engaged in a comprehensive advocacy campaign regarding the rate request, including submitting more than 6,000 comments during the public hearing.


NC REALTORS® support Hurricane Dorian recovery activities

NC REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer Andrea Bushnell offered the following comments in response to the recent decisions made related to recovery efforts following Hurricane Dorian.

“While we were disappointed in the recent decision by FEMA to not provide individual assistance to those affected by Hurricane Dorian, we were heartened that Governor Cooper chose to authorize state funds to assist those affected,” said Andrea Bushnell, NC REALTORS® CEO. “While the extent of the damage was not as widespread as what was seen during storms like Matthew or Florence, the impact to the lives of thousands of North Carolinians was no less harmful. People lost their homes, their businesses, and the important components that make communities like Ocracoke and Emerald Isle vibrant for tourists and residents alike. NC REALTORS® is committed to supporting strong communities and we know that each of the areas will rebuild. In furtherance to that commitment, we are happy to announce that the NC REALTORS® Housing Foundation will be contributing to the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Funds.”

“The NC REALTORS® Housing Foundation is pleased to make this contribution to the Outer Banks Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Funds,” said Mark Connor, President of the NC REALTORS® Housing Foundation Board of Directors. “We look forward to continuing our work to provide housing opportunities through education and community-based initiatives including disaster relief.”


Meet the Government Affairs Team

Learn a little more about all of the great people working for you and with you

In this new section, we will feature profiles of each of the members of the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs team. We will be going in order from our newest employees to those who have been on the team for many years. This week, you get the chance to meet the Director of Operations and Economic Development, Mike Landes.

NAME Mike Landes
TITLE Director of Political Operations and Economic Development
HOMETOWN Pittsfield, MA
ALMA MATERS Columbia University (undergrad), The Jewish Theological Seminary (undergrad), Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy (graduate school)
FAVORITE QUOTE OR SOMETHING THAT INSPIRES YOU "Never mistake for malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity." - Hanlon's Razor
WHY DID YOU WANT TO JOIN THE NC REALTORS® TEAM? NCR is open to innovation in the grassroots advocacy arena in a way other organizations aren't. I'm a creative in a strategist's body, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to approach political communication from new angles in NCR's Government Affairs Department.
FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF My first real full-time job was as an English teacher in a magnet arts and sciences high school in the middle of the desert in Israel.


Join the NC Property Rights Fund Board of Directors

Accepting applications for at-large director

The NC REALTORS® PAC Trustees are now accepting applications from interested persons that wish to serve on the NC Property Rights Fund, INC., as an at-large director for a two-year term. It has been the practice of the NC REALTORS® PAC Trustees to select nominees based on "political acumen," meaning the person shall be defined as having substantial and varied political experience in the form of prior service within the REALTOR® organization as an NC REALTORS® PAC Trustee, a Federal Political Coordinator, Legislative Committee member or Statewide Leadership. Additional qualifications can include demonstrated support of NC REALTORS® PAC as a significant contributor, involvement and/or service on a political campaign as either a candidate or a volunteer, or service on a government board or commission.

Applications are due by Monday, December 2. You can find the application here.


Lobbyist at your Door 2.0

Accepting applications for at-large director

As we move into the fall meeting schedule, we wanted to revamp our Lobbyist at Your Door program to provide local associations and brokerages with some new opportunities to learn more about all of the services offered by the NC REALTORS® Government Affairs Department. From the goings-on at the General Assembly (FYI, they are still in session), the 2020 election season, or even how you can get more involved with our work on issues affecting your clients, your business, and your industry, we want to provide this resource to you. Contact Seth Palmer to get your association or office on our schedule. And keep watching for additional educational offerings through this and other Department programs.

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