Of course, even in the best of times there are Minnesotans who cannot afford a home. That’s why during events like Minnesota Housing Day and NAR Midyear in Washington, D.C., we urged legislators to continue supporting affordable housing. This includes programs like first-time homebuyers’ savings accounts, down-payment assistance programs, and converting previous commercial or retail spaces into residential housing. The reality is, we’re years behind on inventory levels, and our work is just beginning on finding solutions for Minnesotans who want to become homeowners. But if we maintain our commitment, and remain open to innovation and change, we can move a long way toward achieving this goal within the decade.
Beyond the economy, there is the shifting nature of our industry itself. Some predict that it’s only a matter of time before the online model pioneered by Amazon will disrupt real estate as it has other industries. I’ve been licensed since 2005 and have heard about disruptors my entire career. Although technology is transformative and has increased consumers’ ability to virtually see and tour homes, it is also true that nothing replaces the person-to-person experience Realtors® provide. We are experts in our business, the market, and perhaps most importantly, our communities. As I remind clients almost daily, none of these online platforms have ever been in your home, and they do not know your neighborhood. So, while tools and technology change, people still buy homes from people. Realtors® are best equipped to facilitate these transactions and ensure equitable outcomes for everyone involved.
As I prepare to step aside and fully focus on my real estate business, I encourage MNR’s new leaders to keep one thing top of mind—planning. Take the time to get it right—but not too much time! A year goes by fast. By the time you feel you’re just getting things going, it’s September, and the year is almost over. Lean on your leadership team and reach out to past leaders. We’re always here to lend an ear.
Lastly, thank you to all the members of Minnesota Realtors® for your encouraging words and willingness to have productive conversations—even when the topic wasn’t fun. Remember, the association is yours. Please get involved and be part of the process. We all have a say in the future of MNR. Your time, talent and energy are vital parts of the equation. Serving as your president has been the honor of my professional life. I am forever grateful that you trusted me with this role.
Jason Miller | 2022 MNR President Premier Real Estate Services, St. Cloud, MN
This article appears in the November/December 2022 digital magazine.