The PIN Magazine August 2017

Dear Esteemed Readers,

Every year, I do my very best to attend the National Association of Real Estate Brokers Convention. I have only missed one in the seven years since I became President of the Orange County Chapter. This year was very special because it was the 70th Annual National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) Convention, which was held from July 27th to August 2nd, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event was spectacular indeed. NAREB is an organization deeply rooted in real estate history; formed in 1947, it is the oldest national minority trade association in America. I could not have been more proud to have represented my chapter and The Power Is Now Inc.

One of the things I admire most about NAREB is that although its membership is mostly African Americans, they openly embrace memberships of all different races, colors and nationalities who are real estate professionals and share their vision of equal housing for all. NAREB has been fighting on the front line for housing for 70 years in partnership with the NAACP, The Urban League and The Congressional Black Caucus.

I am very proud of our former president Ron Cooper, who not only set new records in raising capital for NAREB (over $1.5 million), but is also the reason and vision behind NAREB’s goal of putting two million families into homes over the next five years. NAREB will achieve the goal because of President’s Cooper very fast run on the first leg of this 2m5 relay. President Cooper has delivered a smooth handoff of the baton to President Jeffery Hicks, who is off and running with maximum speed and a lot of heart.

President Hick just had open heart surgery three months ago, and he is already back on the job. President Hicks announce the collaboration with the Southern Baptist Convention to help us achieve our goal of 2m5. They have over 7.5 million members and could singlehandedly achieve the goal. In fact, their participation and other large faith-based organizations that will be joining NAREB may cause us to blow the goal out of the water. I hope so, because the goal is looking too small for me right now. I am more confident now than I have ever been that NAREB can achieve the goal. I am feeling that presidential RC Cooper confidence that our past president is known and respected for.

The weekend was a game changer for The Power Is Now, and I cannot wait to implement some of the exciting things I experienced over the four days I was in New Orleans. I also immensely enjoyed connecting with many Realtors from all over the United States. These enlightening conversations sparked future working relationships that I am very excited to start as the Power Is Now expands across the country. On Tuesday night, The Power Is Now held a reception with over 75 real estate agents in attendance. Lisa and I revealed our plans to expand our business operations across the States over the next four months. The response to the announcement was extremely gratifying and exciting. Many agents expressed their interest and desire to join The Power Is Now movement across the county. We are ready to take this to the next level.

On the cover of this month’s issue is the new president of NAREB, Jerry Hicks. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to our new president, and when I tell you he is the man for this job, let me just say, you are in store for some amazing new developments from Mr. Hicks. His leadership and organizational skills are going to benefit NAREB and all of us as Realtist.

If you did not have a chance to make it down to the convention this year, we will be recapping and sharing our Facebook live videos on our page all month long. You can believe that the momentum of this event will continue through the month of August and then some.

Along with our recap of the NAREB convention inside this August issue, we are also bringing you relevant real estate news and information that can help you grow as an agent and keep you on the cutting edge of this fast-changing industry.

This month has already started off with a bang, and I cannot wait to keep it going. So if you are in Oakland on August 20th, please join me as I co-host with our own Charlene Neely, City Managing Broker for The Power Is Now Real Estate Services Berkeley and Oakland California. Charlene and I will be conducting a Homebuyer’s Workshop at All Faiths Church in Oakland, CA. The workshop is free, and we will be discussing everything about zero down payment home loans. This is an event you do not want to miss, especially if you are a first-time homebuyer. For information regarding all our events and programs, visit us here:

Lastly, thank you for your continued support and readership. Our team is dedicated to you. We want the best from you, so we are dedicated to bringing the best of us. Please take a moment and share this magazine. Knowledge is power, and The Power Is Now.

Eric Lawrence Frazier, MBA