Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) May 23, 2014
Bill Gallagher, owner and instructor of Superior School of Real Estate, has been chosen as a National Association of REALTORS® RPAC Hall of Fame inductee. He and other Realtors from across the nation were honored in a special ceremony during the 2014 NAR Mid-Year meetings, in Washington, D.C.
“This recognition means a great deal to me,” Gallagher says. “My membership in RPAC symbolizes my commitment to the real estate industry through financial contributions and hours served over more than 30 years. We all need to give back to our industry, and the RPAC provides the perfect opportunity.”
Since 1969, RPAC (which stands for the Realtors Political Action Committee) has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR candidates across the United States. Involvement in RPAC enables real estate professionals to support candidates who understand the issues that are important to their livelihood and their industry.
“Real estate is our business and we need to maintain a high profile at national and state levels to protect the private property rights of individuals and promote the success of agents and brokers,” Gallagher explains. “We’ve learned that lobbyists are the key ingredient in giving us a voice through strong working relationships with elected officials. We need these lobbyists to learn, follow, track and report real estate issues to us so we can react appropriately.”
He says current issues facing the industry include real property tax deductions and flood insurance premiums, a topic that hits particularly close to home for property owners along the North Carolina coast. “We can’t change laws overnight and we all know it’s a long-term process to achieve the goals we want,” Gallagher says. “We need our legislators to be our friends and not our foes, and it takes time to build the support and the relationships.”
Gallagher, who teaches real estate courses across North Carolina, says in addition to meeting state legislators through his political involvement, he has also had a few in the classroom. “They come to earn their North Carolina broker’s license, and we talk shop and talk politics,” he says. “I’ve had the pleasure of teaching many elected officials, including Harold Burbaker from Asheboro, the former North Carolina Speaker of the House.” For his service to the state’s real estate community, Gallagher has been honored with the Leonard Craver Faculty Award for excellence in teaching in the Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) for the North Carolina Association of Realtors.
Gallagher says there’s no substitute for attending the annual convention of his state’s real estate association. “I always look forward to the NCAR convention because you learn so much more in person regarding national and state government issues,” he explains. His ongoing involvement in North Carolina’s real estate policy was key to Gallagher’s recent national recognition. “It means a lot to me to be an RPAC Hall of Fame inductee,” he says, “but the most rewarding thing of all will be if I can inspire my students to become active and involved in government affairs, on the local, state and national levels.”
About Superior School of Real Estate:
Superior School of Real Estate provides the tools, the resources and the connections essential to achieving success in the highly competitive real estate industry. Our programs are customized for students at every stage of their careers, whether earning their license, keeping up to date on the latest changes or learning how to give their existing business a boost. Beyond mandatory credits and credentials, we offer practical advice and proven strategies that have been instrumental in advancing the careers of thousands of licensees and Realtors® across North Carolina.
Everyone at Superior School shares a passion for helping clients attain – and often exceed – their goals. For more information, go to: http://www.superiorschoolnc.com.