the Wilmington Convention Center  |  September 15-18, 2018 Wilmington, NC
September 15-18, 2018

Legislative Impact

Stories with Impact: July

We need your help! Be the star of your own story. Learn how »

Real World Legislative Advocacy for NC REALTORS®: Why you don’t have to be a ‘House of Cards’ character to get important policy priorities passed

In many ways, the concept of “legislative advocacy” seems very daunting. Movies and TV have made the activity of lobbying or advocacy look like something only done by serious people in suits who spend their lives in dark, smoke-filled rooms and trade money for influence. While that makes for a good show or feature film, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Legislative advocacy is a critical component of the work of organizations, like NC REALTORS® because it seeks to ensure that the policies and laws of the state appropriately reflect their needs of our members and the state’s real estate industry.

Thanks to the support of our members, NC REALTORS® is afforded the opportunity to be a dominant force in legislative advocacy. But that is not just because we have one of the best lobbying teams in the business; it’s because we have each of you to be our advocates to your elected officials in your communities. As an organization with more than 43,000 members representing all 100 counties, we have the unique opportunity to directly connect to each of the 170 members of the General Assembly: you are their constituents!

We have numerous examples of how we have been successful in our advocacy efforts, but in each of them, member involvement has been a key component. Want to get more involved in our efforts? Check out this quick list of how you can be a REALTOR® Advocacy Super Hero and help our next important advocacy campaign!

How can you be a REALTOR® Advocacy Super Hero?

  • Respond to Calls for Action on essential REALTOR® Priorities
  • Have a direct relationship with a member of the General Assembly? Join the State Political Coordinator program and be our front-line assistance in communicating with them.
  • Come to NC REALTORS® Legislative Day (March 2019)
  • VOTE!
Be the star of your own story.

At the heart of America are cities, towns, and communities that are the pulse of all Americans – friends, family, and colleagues. It’s our communities, from coast-to-coast and small towns to urban meccas, that help make us who we are. They help to define us, celebrating, supporting, shaping, and lifting us in our time of need. Within every community are untold stories – of resiliency, hardships, growth, entrepreneurship, personal development, history, and homeownership – itching to be brought into the spotlight. It’s our mission to tell these stories and share them with the world as part of our #XCHANGE18 unconventional convention.

We need your help! As REALTORS®, you are epic relationship builders, close-knit community members, and master problem-solvers. You have your fingers on the pulse of the neighborhoods, towns, communities, and cities you live, work, and play in. These are your stories. Be the star of your own story by helping us bring them to life.

Below are the monthly themes we are crafting stories around. If you see a topic you identify with, please email Tracey Gould at

  • Workforce Housing/Jobs
  • Creative Use of Real Estate
  • Economic Development/Smart Growth
  • Advocacy and Legislative Impact
  • Education
  • Historic Preservation/Downtown Main Street Programs/National Small Business Week

Pre-registration for the Conference is closed. Onsite registration will be available.