By now you've noticed that your professional organization, the North Carolina Association of Realtors, has spent your money to influence yet another community decision on transfer taxes. You and your fellow Realtors have tossed in more than $22 for every vote against the tax in Clay County.
Would you please help me understand why? I really don't get it. What exactly do Realtors gain from this kind of political bullying? And more to the point, what do communities and citizens gain when you force them to raise property taxes to pay for schools?
Some of my best friends are Realtors. They make huge contributions to the quality of life in many communities. Indeed, the North Carolina Association of Realtors could be an enormous force for good in our state. But I have such a hard time seeing why this issue is any of your business. I don't understand why you allow the leadership of your organization to run roughshod over communities where elected officials are trying to do the right thing.
If you're a Realtor, I'd love to see your thoughts on this issue. And if you're a leader in the North Carolina Association of Realtors, I'd love to see your letter of resignation.