(AREA Chair-Elect Kristie Kruger and AREA Chair Jennifer Gilbert)
As the weather gets colder and 2019 draws to a close, the season leads us to reflect on the year and set our goals for the new year.
Our Board is proud of AREA’s work to continue to increase member value without raising dues. In 2019 we released of our REALTOR® safety application subscriptions, launched an interactive and comprehensive Economics Dashboard and piloted the SAIT Leadership Certificate. For the first time, AREA members have been able choose from three options for their mandatory professional development and we added monthly In Your AREA podcasts to the informal learning schedule.
As we enter 2020, AREA continues to advocate on behalf of REALTORS® on the Real Estate Act. With the government timelines for consultation significantly shorter than usual, we have been working closely with the local Boards/Associations and the AREA Real Estate Act Review Working Group on a preliminary submission. Our hope is that we will come out of these consultations with a more open, transparent and effective regulator that is focused on protecting the public and has clear accountability mechanisms, including industry approval of bylaws and rules. We will provide an update once we hear from the government in January.
The holidays are a great opportunity to take a break, enjoy time with family, and reset before we enter a new year. On behalf of the Board of Directors and AREA staff, I would like to wish you all the very best this holiday season and a safe and happy new year.
See you in the new year!
Jennifer GilbertAREA Chair