Partners Advocate at State Capitol

By Victoria Hecht
Communications and PR Specialist

If the early bird gets the worm, the early-rising REALTOR® gets his or her voice heard.

Each year Southside Virginia Association of REALTORS® members hit the road, with the association typically providing bus transportation, to Richmond for the Virginia REALTORS® Economic and Advocacy Summit, formerly known as REALTOR® Day on the Hill.

The event, during which hundreds of REALTORS® from across the Commonwealth unite to make their voices heard to Virginia’s lawmakers, is always held while Virginia’s General Assembly is in session.

Attendees kicked off their advocacy-packed 2018 visit with a general session examining real estate issues and potential legislation affecting their industry. Among the speakers were Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Virginia REALTORS President Jay Mitchell, National Association of REALTORS® economist Lawrence Yun and Stephen Moret, executive director of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. A Q&A session followed featuring Moret, Mitchell and Virginia REALTORS® CEO Terrie Suit.

During the afternoon’s luncheon Dr. Douglas Brinkley, author, Rice University history professor and a Fellow at the James Baker III Institute of Public Policy, explored the history of Virginia’s presidents.

After lunch legislators met in regional sessions with Virginia’s REALTORS® in attendance. During this time attendees shared issues and concerns of importance to property owners and the real estate industry, and the legislators gave updates from the General Assembly session. Virginia REALTORS® staff also shared updates with attendees.

A reception rounded out the evening before attendees headed home or, out to dinner, if they stayed in Richmond for the remainder of the three-day Summit.