Weekly Top Five, May 13, 2024

1 | Special message from Canopy president regarding NAR settlement agreement and practice changes 

Charisma Southerland, 2024 president of Canopy Realtor® Association and Canopy MLS, recorded this message to provide an update from the National Association of Realtors® Legislative Meetings in Washington D.C.
Learn more about the proposed NAR settlement agreement, the time frame for complying with the terms of the agreement, and when Canopy will be implementing the mandatory practice changes no later than Sat., Aug. 17.  She also announces upcoming dates for Broker-in-Charge Briefings, General Membership Meetings, and a Town Hall to keep members and subscribers updated and prepared for these changes.

2 | Virtual BIC Briefings: Legal Update/Practice Changes Resulting from NAR Settlement and Preparing for the Future 

This event is for brokers-in-charge of firms ONLY (Designated Realtors®/Member Participants).
Anne Marie DeCatsye, CEO, and Michele McCaskill, VP of Risk Management and Assistant General Counsel will discuss the impact of the lawsuits, NAR’s required practice changes to take effect on Sat., Aug. 17, compliance with the practice changes, and navigating compensation.
Other key topics include the value of the MLS and its relevancy beyond compensation, the status of forms and changes, what Realtors® can do to articulate their value, and the benefits of belonging to local, state, and national associations.
Register for the morning or afternoon session, Weds., May 22.  
Morning session from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon session from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

3 | Dedicate 20 minutes each month to be an advocate for the industry

The Advocacy Scoop is the only podcast that takes you inside the advocacy work of the National Association of Realtors® hosted by Chief Advocacy Officer Shannon McGahn and Director of Advocacy Communications Patrick Newton.

The Advocacy Scoop is dedicated to peeling back the curtain on the advocacy operation of the world's largest trade association. The real estate sector makes up nearly 20% of the entire U.S. economy, and NAR's advocacy work is critical for housing affordability and protecting private property rights. Listeners will walk away with a better understanding of how NAR’s advocacy operation works, its many successes, and how the advocacy team is faring on some of NAR’s biggest legislative fights.

The first three episodes are now available. Listen and subscribe to the Advocacy Scoop.

4 | Show the value of a Realtor® by knowing your stats 

The April 2024 Charlotte region press release has been posted to both CarolinaHome.com and our member website (log-in required). Use the release, talking points and infographics to jump-start conversations in your blog posts, videos, and social media! Users can also find infographics and other graphics under “Market Stats” at CanopyGrabandGrow.com.  


The Asheville Region, Catawba Valley Region, and South Carolina Counties releases are coming soon!

5 | Looking for a volunteer opportunity?  Consider registering for Project R.E.A.C.H.   

Project R.E.A.C.H. (Realtors® Engaging and Creating Hope) is an annual, hands-on group community service experience created by Canopy Housing Foundation. Join fellow Realtor® members on Wed., June 12, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and engage in a planned volunteer activity at one of five different nonprofit organizations that impact the Charlotte area. Afterward, celebrate the day’s experience over lunch with all volunteers and the Foundation staff!

Registration is limited to 125 Realtor® members, so register today to participate in Project R.E.A.C.H.