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Front Page - Friday, March 16, 2018

Own it! Realtors' campaign urges owning more than home

The National Association of Realtors has chosen “Own it” as its theme for 2018-2020. During my year as our local association’s president, Greater Chattanooga Realtors’ will embrace the theme by “owning it” in various ways throughout 2018.

Right now, you might be thinking, “What does ‘Own it’ mean? I’m not in the market to buy a house.” Allow me to elaborate.

NAR’s President Elizabeth Mendenhall perfectly summed up the meaning by stating: “We absolutely have the power to make a difference.” What that means to each individual is different, but in general, it means fully committing yourself to whatever that goal is.

Maybe your objective is to volunteer more, be more focused on advancing your career, revisiting your New Year’s resolution, conquering a home project you’ve been putting off, or spending more time with your family. No matter what your personal goal is, “Own it” and do your best to make it happen.

One way Greater Chattanooga Realtors will be “owning it” in 2018 is by dedicating time and resources to our community partnerships, which include Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area and the Snack Pack Ministry.

On April 9, we will host a fundraiser event, benefitting Habitat, that will include a golf tournament during the day and evening events with live and silent auctions. All proceeds will go directly to Habitat, which helps our community.

We are also recommitting to our partnership with Snack Pack Ministry. On May 2, we will be presenting them with a check to help support their mission of putting food in the hands of disadvantaged children in Hamilton County.

We encourage each of you to find your purpose, or a goal, for 2018 and make it your personal mission to accomplish it. Reach out to a local charity and see how you can be involved. Contact a school and see if they need certain supplies you can donate.

Find your way to make a positive impact and “own it.” Make it happen. Together, we can continue to make the Greater Chattanooga region a wonderful, beautiful place where everyone thrives.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors is “The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga.” A regional organization with more than 2,000 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is one of some 1,300 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors service Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.gcar.net or call (423) 698-8001.