Published Wednesday, February 06, 2013
From Special Reports
Several Coweta County Realtors were among the more than 800 who participated Jan. 29 in the Georgia Realtors Rally for Homeownership on the front steps of the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta.
The rally was held in conjunction with the organization’s annual Inaugural Meeting. “We had a larger crowd than we originally expected, and the energy was amazing,” said Linda Mitchell with the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors. “It was inspiring to be a part of an event that promotes an issue that is so vital to the economy at every level.”
Governor Nathan Deal addressed the crowd, expressing his appreciation for Realtors and their dedication to preserving homeownership in Georgia, despite the challenges of the recent economy. He said he was confident that the real estate industry and the Georgia Realtors will lead the state out of this economic slump since real estate touches so many segments of the economy, Mitchell said.
Other elected officials who spoke to the Realtors included David Shafer, Senate President Pro Tempore; Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader; Rep. Roger Bruce of Atlanta; Rep. Virgil Flood of Tyrone; and Rep. Micah Gravely of Douglasville.
The Georgia Association of Realtors 2013 President, Robin Lance of Savannah, conveyed the unity among the Realtors as she addressed the crowd from the podium. “We join together today not as Republicans, Democrats, or Independents, but as Realtors representing 2.2 million homeowners in Georgia,” she said. “This group is completely dedicated to solving the housing crises in our state together.”
Coweta Realtors who participated in the GAR Rally for Homeownership included Jodie Shepard, Connie Peacock, Laura Crockerell, Luke Thompson, Susie Walker, Cincy Taylor, Vincent Truong, Jacqueline Troung, Linda Mitchell, Linda Huff, John Thrasher, and Joy Barnes. Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors Association Executive Karen Kurtz also attended.
After the rally on the steps of the capitol, the group met with State Representative Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, in her office to discuss important issues affecting real estate in Georgia.
The Georgia Association of Realtors is the professional association for Realtors in Georgia with approximately 26,000 licensed real estate brokers and salespersons engaged in all aspects of the real estate business throughout Georgia. GAR is the leading advocate for the real estate industry in Georgia.