By Suzanne Gantner • 2017 President

WCREALTORS has been a productive place this year with an astronomical amount of growth and change! It feels just like yesterday that our 2017 Board of Directors were installed, and a year has already completed, just in the blink of an eye. What happened at WCREALTORS in 2017? A better question would be “What didn’t?”

The Association hosted close to 2,000 students in various classes and educational seminars this year. A huge thank you to all of our instructors and professional development committee who helped make this possible.  Furthermore, would you believe that almost 1,000 people attended Association events in 2017? We had our first experience with the Super Bowl of Builders being held off-site at the Dell Diamond and had record number with over 500 folks attending.

The WCREALTORS Scholarship Foundation raised just over $11,000 this year to benefit graduating high school seniors. The Foundation awarded eight scholarships to deserving high school seniors to offset the exorbitant cost of secondary education.

Thanks to the intensified marketing efforts of the Association, WCREALTORS has dramatically increased our media exposure over the past three years. This year, it felt like we hit the tipping point, and our exposure accelerated. The Association has submitted almost 30 articles to various publications, and has appeared in multiple news stories updating the public on the real estate market across our favorite county.

Part of the strategic plan of the Association is to become the “Voice of Real Estate” across Williamson County; this goal is two-part. First is being the media go-to for all things real estate in Williamson County; the second is our political involvement. In 2017, WCREALTORS was instrumental in working with the City of Leander to re-create their sign ordinance which in turn saves the members money; furthermore, we attended and spoke at multiple City Council meetings in Cedar Park leading to the council withdrawing their new permanent ban on open house signs.

The Association also partnered with the City of Leander to obtain a $5,000 Smart Growth Grant from the National Association of REALTORS to assist the city in planning more affordable and diverse housing. This is the first time the Association has been awarded a RPAC Grant.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out the Williamson County Relocation Guide. Either stop by the Association to pick up your copy, or you can find a digital version of the magazine at wclife.org/magazine; from there you can even order a digital copy. Be sure to send this link to your clients and your friends.

I couldn’t talk about all the accomplishments of 2017, without mentioning Central Texas MLS. CTXMLS has added two new Association shareholders bringing the total count of agents to over 4,500. CTXMLS is an opportunity for agents to broaden the reach of their listing to agents on the southern and northern edges of Central Texas. With the addition of the CTXMLS and the increased educational offerings, it is safe to say that WCREALTORS has met and exceeded its goal of being the “‘nexus of education and information.”

Thank you again to everyone who helped make 2017 a rewarding year for the Williamson County Association of REALTORS. It has been my distinct pleasure to serve as your leader in 2017. I am excited to see the magnificent things Victoria Reviel will accomplish as your 2018 President.  RL