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President’s Message – March 2017

 

For more than 20 years, the Washington DC Chapter of the African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) has served its community and the real estate industry with the mission of enhancing the intellectual, professional and economic development of its members.  Because of its members and their commitment to the mission, AAREP has thrived in both strong and fragile markets, continuing to be an oasis for idea exchange, relationship building and deal making.

As we forge ahead in 2017, potential changes to the local and federal legislative environment pose a unique challenge for our community.  On the local level, we have an opportunity to shape how legislation supports our membership by working with the administration across various real estate related agencies to enhance opportunities for local, minority-owned businesses.  On the federal level, Congress is considering legislation that could dramatically reshape or cut important federal programs like the Historic Tax Credit, Low Income Housing Tax Credit and Choice Neighborhoods.   

As an industry, we know firsthand the impact public policy can have on economic development and opportunities for our communities and businesses.  It is critical AAREP answer the call to action for the benefit of all its members. 

To meet this challenge, we need to leverage our collective influence to ensure the voices of our members are heard. As such, AAREP has established a Legislative Advocacy Platform, detailing policies and initiatives that support our members and the good work they do in our industry.  We are excited to unveil our Advocacy Platform and hear feedback during our inaugural Legislative Committee meeting on April 12, 2017.  The Platform will be available on our website at www.aarepdc.org immediately following the meeting. 

AAREP consists of businesses of all sizes and individuals that represent every sector of the real estate industry.  We look forward to standing, united, and advocating for our collective best interests. 

 

Together, We March Forward.

Carisa Stanley

2017 AAREP President