Building friendships, opportunities, and profitability—that’s what great REALTORS® do!

Barbara Bush once said, “You don't just luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities.” That statement rings true in both our personal and our business lives. I believe most REALTORS® can attest to an infamous transaction that they "saved" because both REALTORS® were acquainted with each other, maneuvered through the tricky negotiations, handled the hurdles skillfully, and breathed life back into a dying deal.

With about 8,000 members in Columbus REALTORS®, many of us find it worthwhile to network with other members who practice the same real estate specialty or who share a similar interest. Whether interacting with other members in one of our nearly three dozen committees, or connecting through an institute, society, or council, there is value in finding your “industry home.”

The interpersonal relationships that are gained through industry networking allow us to communicate more effectively with colleagues, better advocate for our clients, and may allow an overly brief text to be received as the intended nugget of knowledge rather than a jolt of snarky snippets. With this challenging market, now is the time to network and build bridges with other professionals who are informed and involved.

From an affiliates committee to business technology and education to awards and recognition, there is something for everyone. But, did you know that Columbus REALTORS® has a wholly owned for-profit corporation, The Columbus and Central Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (MLS) and has an active political action committee (CORPAC) that supports political issues and candidates who promote homeownership and private property rights? Additionally, were you aware Columbus REALTORS® is especially proud to have our own 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity? Our Columbus REALTORS® Foundation (CRF) is considered one of the strongest local REALTOR® foundations in the country.

Columbus REALTORS®' committees are diverse and offer something interesting for all our association REALTOR® and affiliate members. So, I ask, “Where is your industry home?” Consider where your talents would best be utilized while offering an arena for you to network with other industry professionals who share your passion for a specialty or interest.

Aristotle is noted for saying, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution.” So, I invite you to be involved, stay connected and network with other active real estate professionals who have found their “industry home.” That is a real win-win: building friendships while growing opportunities.