If you happen to had instructed me years in the past that I’d be requested to guide the most important native REALTOR® affiliation in Georgia, the Atlanta REALTORS® Affiliation, I’d have thought you have been out of your thoughts. Nevertheless, right this moment I’ve been requested to do exactly that. The factor that makes that the majority rewarding to me, personally, is that the members requested me to guide them. It’s a humbling expertise to know that almost 14,000 members have chosen you to guide in these unprecedented occasions.
This 12 months, the platform of LOVE would be the basis of our work. Final 12 months was one of many hardest years for a lot of of our members in current historical past. The numbers are out and present that fewer properties closed in 2023 than in 2008. We’ve got many members who needed to make sacrifices in 2023 to proceed to pursue their ardour and serve their shoppers. I used to be not proof against that actuality, however I additionally noticed our REALTORS® face the inevitable and rise to the problem.
This 12 months, I need our members to really feel cherished by an affiliation that’s right here to serve them and our group. I need us to give attention to the wants of our members and the wants of our group. In a world the place there may be a lot division, I need us to deliver individuals collectively to assist provide you with options to our challenges.
In 2024, we all know that based mostly on present stories, we must always see rates of interest come down and, the truth is, we have already got. Whereas this can assist us encourage patrons to enter the market, we nonetheless shall be confronted with a scarcity of stock to maintain tempo with demand. Because of this costs are going to proceed to extend, thus limiting some patrons from the American dream of residence possession.
We, as REALTORS®, stand for shielding non-public property rights and being advocates for residence possession. The Atlanta REALTORS® Affiliation will proceed our focus into 2024.
Our committees are already engaged on occasions and methods to work with our group to deal with reasonably priced and equitable housing in all the communities that we serve. We’re working exhausting to seek out new and artistic options for patrons to afford properties at the same time as values proceed to climb. We’re centered on serving to educate our members in order that they have the best data and skillset they’ll as actual property professionals.
Among the new packages on the schedule this 12 months will embody harnessing synthetic intelligence in our enterprise, navigating modifications in our actual property contracts and never simply specializing in the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, but in addition on honest housing and equality for all. We proceed to construct partnerships with group leaders all through metro Atlanta to assist navigate the challenges of right this moment’s world.
You see, house is the place your coronary heart is. It’s a place of shelter from the chaos of the world and the place recollections are made and cherished. Dwelling serves as a mirrored image of somebody’s life. Proudly owning a house continues to be a dream of so many. Every day, I and our members get to get up and be a part of the unbelievable means of serving to individuals purchase and promote their properties. That may be a highly effective duty and one we don’t take frivolously.
It’s an superior feeling to know I get to guide such an unbelievable group of wonderful professionals. Our members are touching the lives of 1000’s of individuals every day. If anybody has the flexibility to share and instill LOVE in our group, it’s our members.
This shall be a tremendous 12 months for the Atlanta REALTORS® Affiliation and metro Atlanta! I’m past humbled and grateful to be a part of such an unbelievable group, and I’m honored to have been requested to guide in 2024! To our members, I’m grateful to function your 2024 president of the Atlanta REALTORS® Affiliation.
Kelly Guin Thrash is 2024 president of the Atlanta REALTORS® Affiliation.