So what did I do down there, you may ask? Well, in short -- as a current member of the C.A.R. Board of Directors, I attended meetings, meetings, and more meetings.
Did you know that the local, state and national associations of Realtors work to defend consumer private property rights? Lemme guess - your answer was no. Most people (heck, many Realtors for that matter) are not aware that we do this. We are constantly out trying to convince lawmakers that proposing pieces of legislation that do things like add more taxes to real estate transactions, require certain home retrofits at the point of sale, eliminate the mortgage interest tax deduction, and things of that nature are BAD ideas....while at the same time trying to convince lawmakers that proposing pieces of legislation that do things like prohibit advanced fee loan modification contracts, extend forgiveness of paying income tax on "phantom income" created by short sales, give additional rights to tenants of foreclosed homes, and things of that nature are GOOD ideas.