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Real estate: Understanding the value of a local real estate association


By definition, an association is a group of people organized for a joint purpose. So, we then find ourselves pondering what the shared objective of our real estate association is. To answer this question, we turn to our association’s mission statement, which lays it out very clearly: “Greater Nashville REALTORS® promotes the highest standard of ethics and professionalism in the practice of real estate and is the advocate for private property rights and the interests of REALTORS® and the communities we serve.”

Zach Opheim

This statement can be divided into two primary sections. First is the promotion of the highest standards and ethics of the agent body. The idea that there is a full-time organization to support the education, growth, and professionalism of our agents is unique in my opinion. Secondly, there’s a commitment to advocate for private property rights, the member body, and the surrounding community. I believe this component is what strengthens the bond connecting agents, the association, and the community.

High standards don’t come easy. It demands substantial effort and continued re-alignment to stay on par, especially in our ever-changing technological world. In this regard, our association excels. New agents have the opportunity to start off with the Launch Academy course, which immediately equips them with real-world knowledge and key fundamentals for success. This is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to educational resources offered. On average, the association hosts roughly 10-15 educational classes and events a month! If you do the math, that’s essentially a class every two or three days. There is no lack of opportunities if you’re looking to sharpen your industry knowledge, grow your leadership skills, or increase your professionalism.

In terms of advocacy, Greater Nashville REALTORS® succeeds greatly. Through active participation in committees, volunteer opportunities, and interactions with elected officials, our association not only leads in advocacy but empowers its members with direct avenues to advocate themselves. This component was extremely important during the COVID-19 pandemic when our local Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) advocated on our behalf to ensure that the real estate profession was included as an essential worker in the state of Tennessee. From our Board of Directors to the staff, our association stays hyper-focused on keeping advocacy for the agent, private property rights, and the community a top goal.

In conclusion, the resources don’t stop at our first-class local office. Our association is directly intertwined and associated with the Tennessee Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. The entire value of our association’s resources is impossible to capture in a short article. If you’re feeling motivated to get involved, learn more, or have questions about where to start, I encourage you to email any of the staff members, or the Board of Directors, or use the ‘Contact Us’ on their website. You will not be disappointed in what you find and don’t be afraid to start somewhere.

Zach Opheim is a REALTOR® with Compass and has been licensed for five years. He is a recent Leadership Academy graduate and a proactive contributor to the legislative and public education committees.