That’s Who We R | Fighting for Our Community & Fellow REALTORSⓇ By Rhett Brown
May 14 2020
“That’s Who We R” functions as a rallying cry, instilling pride in REALTORS®’ everyday actions and all the ways they go above and beyond to improve the lives of their clients, consumers, and their communities (NAR Campaign). Clients and consumers who have used a REALTOR® know the value they bring to their individual transactions, particularly when it comes to problem solving. What isn’t as well-known is the value REALTORS® bring to the community, which is fighting for real property and small business rights, regardless of whether you own property or are a REALTOR®. As a director for both the local and state association boards, I have witnessed firsthand how well-respected and powerful our state and national lobbyists are through the relationships they build and their dedication to help our legislative representatives understand the importance of what we support.
When the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly brought about a huge change to our world, NAR worked swiftly, along with the state lobbyists, to urge our government to protect not only small businesses, but all independent contractors, not just real estate. That lobbying resulted in huge wins, as protecting independent contractors has previously been unprecedented. Greater Greenville Association of REALTORSⓇ (GGAR) and South Carolina REALTORSⓇ (SCR) advocated for REALTORSⓇ to maintain an essential status, so they could continue to work during the “Home or Work” executive order. We also fought to ensure that necessary government offices, like the Register of Deeds office, were able to stay open to continue to support REALTORSⓇ in their closings. We recognized that while we were still in business, it would not be business as usual. GGAR and SCR made resources readily available for the safest practices and creative solutions during this time.
I could not be more proud to be a part of a group of people who mobilize so quickly to be the voice of the community. They have supported everything from extending flood insurance to speaking on behalf of non-occupant home owners who have no voting rights on whether their property may be allowed short-term rentals. I am in awe of how our leadership nurtures relationships with other leaders in our community – locally, statewide and nationwide – so that when we need a “seat at the table,” we are welcome.
So, when you see our slogan: “That’s Who We R,” may it remind you that we “R” exceptional because we adhere to a code of ethics; we advocate for our communities, as well as our own members; we are backed by the nation’s largest professional trade association and we mobilize swiftly to advocate for our community. The “That’s Who We R” slogan signifies our values and is a reminder that we “R” in this together.