CABOR Leaders Join REALTORS® and Industry Leaders from across the Country to Engage on Real Estate Issues

Chairman Richard Sweda, Chair Elect Joanne Zettl, and Treasurer Seth Task, along with other members of the Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS® (CABOR) joined nearly 21,000 REALTORS® and guests from across the country at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo held in Orlando, November 9-12.

The year’s meetings encouraged REALTORS® to “discover your magic.” As the U.S. emerges from the recent national election, REALTORS® reflected on recent real estate successes and prepared to regroup for the road ahead. Attendees participated in forums and shared their insights into the challenges and opportunities of local markets across the country, examined how changing political and economic landscapes are likely to affect the real estate industry, and networked with colleagues from across the U.S. and around the world.

“REALTORS® are proud of the role we have played in the current real estate recovery,” said Zettl. “But we also know there is much to be done, as the country still faces significant economic challenges. As the leading advocate for private property rights, homeownership and housing issues, REALTORS® are committed to keeping real estate issues a priority on the nation’s public policy agenda, as well as helping consumers closer to home.”

For example, right here in Cuyahoga County, CABOR has worked on development of a vacant property stance, and continues to monitor city council meetings for ordinances that would create additional obstacles to home ownership like inspections tied to the sale of a property, sign ordinances and the like. CABOR and its members are also always on the lookout for positive programs that offer additional benefits to home ownership and incentives for home buyers.

Throughout the week, REALTORS® participated in forums, classes and workshops to gather the resources, information and skills necessary to help them positively influence their local communities and community leaders and help them effectively serve their buyer, seller and investor clients.

National Association of REALTORS® 2012 President Moe Veissi reflected on an active year of REALTOR® engagement and outlined the road ahead.  “This year, REALTORS® have shown their commitment to keeping the American dream of home ownership alive and accessible for future generations, whether they participated in the very successful REALTOR® Rally to Protect the American Dream in May or answered calls for action to extend important mortgage cancellation tax relief benefits,” said Veissi.  “On the commercial side, REALTORS® are working with Congress and regulators to accelerate depreciation rules, improve the availability of credit for small businesses, and increase the cap on credit union member business lending – all of which aim to support an ongoing recovery in the commercial real estate market.”

During the conference, Gary Thomas, a REALTOR® from Orange County, Calif., was installed as the 2013 NAR president. Acknowledging that the next few years will be pivotal for the future of homeownership and real estate investment in this country, Gary said, “REALTORS® know our country faces some tough choices ahead, but we also understand the vital role that real estate plays in both the long- and short-term health of this nation. Our country’s continued commitment to homeownership is part of what has made us strong; I think Franklin Delano Roosevelt said it best – ‘A nation of homeowners is unconquerable.’”

The CABOR leadership also had the chance to explore the latest industry innovations and stay up to date on how new products are transforming the real estate business, as nearly 400 exhibitors showcased the newest real estate products and services for the industry during the trade expo.

For more information or to find a REALTOR®, visit or call the Cleveland Area Board of REALTORS® at (216) 901-0130.


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