Real Estate

Message from the president: A heartfelt thank you

By From page HS6 | December 20, 2013

I feel honored to have served as president of EDCAR for two separate terms. As this term comes to an end, I still see some unfinished business.  Next year, as immediate past president, I will focus on a strategic plan for our association. My goal is to implement a plan, guided by coordinates that keep us on a safe and steady course throughout the next decade, to ensure our success for a healthy El Dorado Association of Realtors. Next year, we will be asking for your input and commitment to see this through.

I would like to thank the current Board of Directors for its diligent efforts to keep EDCAR moving forward in a positive direction. Also, I am very appreciative of the EDCAR staff for their efforts in implementing each project presented to them with skill and diligence. Lastly, I would like thank Executive Officer Phyllis Bartosh for all that she does to keep us on course.

Historically, this is the time of year for reflection, planning and strategy for next year. What did our businesses look like this past year; what would we do differently and what can we do next year to work smarter and more effectively with better results? “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them” is an adage usually attributed to Albert Einstein, who probably was the smartest man in the room. This Einstein adage is timely and deserving of some thought.

It’s especially timely as 2013, a year that saw some recovery in the real estate sector, comes to a close and some expect to see continuing (though slower) gains in 2014. Ask yourselves if you would suggest the same old financial strategies to clients, which could give immediate financial relief but, in the long run, might cause financial harm? Locally, would you support representatives who do not see the big economic picture but instead,stand behind impractical solutions or the same narrow thinking that have caused much harm in local economic stability?

Change our thinking
As we turn the corner from the past economic recession, we should be asking ourselves how to prevent another economic downturn and change our thoughts and actions to ensure the future health of our own businesses and the local economy for years to come. (They are connected, right?) As you make careful business decisions, you should also make careful, thoughtful decisions at the voting booth.

In real estate, I always advise my clients to put on their “business hats” and not get emotionally attached to a property until negotiations have been completed. I suggest that we do not get caught up in the emotional clichés and catch phrases that are used to push forward harmful laws and initiatives. How about electing officials who actually have been educated in community development? Has anyone considered that you cannot stop development? It happens, with or without permits. It is how development happens that will make the difference. We must revolutionize our thinking, our actions and have the courage to implement what is best for our local community. “Cliches of yesterday will no longer do today, and will, no doubt, be hopelessly out of date tomorrow.”

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