“Hello.  My name is Jeremy, and I was a cynic.”

I’m admitting in front of the world that when I first joined VAR five years ago, I was a cynic when it came to Association membership.  Groups I had been involved were riddled with problems; poor membership involvement, unclear directions, take your pick.  Membership in a trade association was, in my eyes, a waste of time and money.

Notice I said WAS.  This week, I’m at VAR’s Legislative & Education conference in Richmond and I’m admitting I’ve been  converted.  Today alone, I’ve  met with state Delegates and spoken at length about issues important to the real estate industry, had very honest and candid discussions with peers from around the state, and sat in on committee meetings that have inspired and educated.  I’ve got to tell you, I’m more and more impressed with this Association every day.  Things like VARBuzz.com and Ten Things To Know About VA’s Real Estate Market are helpful to us as agents, but they’re a small part of what’s happening here in Richmond.  Now that I’ve seen firsthand the vision VAR has for our Association, and the remarkable abilities of those here at the conference, I’m certain of it – VAR is setting the standard for real estate associations across the country.

Don’t believe me?  The National Association of REALTORS is here this week to watch and learn what your Association is doing, and they’ve certainly been taking a lot of notes.

Are you involved?  Beyond paying , are you getting involved at the local and state level associations?  If you’re not, you’re missing out.  I know I was.