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Community & Political Affairs Training

NAR’s Community & Political Affairs (CPA) has developed trainings and classes for state and local REALTOR® associations to increase REALTORS®’ involvement in the political process and to enable REALTORS® to become leaders in their communities.

Community Outreach Classes

The National Association of REALTORS® Community Outreach Department offers three classes to help REALTORS® build their business, create better communities;  develop partnerships;  and become leaders in their communities.  These classes will unlock new markets for your members’ businesses and expand their outreach in their local communities. The classes will teach your members how to find resources and partners; work and partner with community leaders and plan initiatives with partners to advance affordable housing opportunities and  create vibrant communities.  The classes are focused on our REALTOR® members but are also of interest to real estate professionals, non-profit organizations, lenders, local officials and others.

  • Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH): Focuses on how to form a team to work with local employers to discuss employer-assisted housing, EAH’s benefits and three options (homebuyer and homeownership workshops, one-on-one counseling and financial assistance) employers can implement to help their employees become homeowners or afford a home close to work.
  • Expanding Housing Opportunities (EHO): A four-hour course designed to educate real estate professional on the range of affordable housing opportunities and client seeking them.  Contact Wendy Penn at wpenn@realtors.org/202-383-7504.
  • Smart Growth for the 21st Century:  Gives you the strategies you need including defining smart growth, exploring the demand for smart growth, and understanding the value of smart growth.  Contact Hugh Morris at hmorris@realtors.org/202-383-1278.

If your association would like to offer the EAH or EHO class to your members, you need to become a Housing Opportunities Trainings Sponsor.

Note: If you offer one of these three classes to your members, you will meet one of NAR’s Consumer Outreach Core Standards. 

REALTOR® Party/Convio Training

The NAR REALTOR® Party Hub is a comprehensive, web-based grassroots communication system for online member outreach, engagement and mobilization that ulitizes Convio software. This software and training is available to any state or local association staff. NAR provides initial classes to help you use the software successfully as well as advanced topics classes designed to help you advance your Convio skills over time. Register for a class. Contact comments@realtoractioncenter.com.

RPAC Fundraising Webinars

NAR’s Community & Political Affairs Division offers regular RPAC Fundraising Webinars. The RPAC Fundraising Webinar Series is designed to help REALTOR® volunteers, as well as state and local association staff, acquire practical RPAC training skills without leaving the office.

Campaign Management School

NAR's Campaign Services will be highlighted in an informative and interactive day-long program which will include a refresher on managing candidate and issue campaigns, utilizing new tools such as social media and online advertising, and a briefing on how NAR Campaign Services can work for state and local associations. Professional campaign consultants will lead the discussions and there will be opportunities to talk with experts in various fields.  Contact John Winston at jwinston@realtors.org/202-383-1235.

Candidate Training Academy

The Candidate Training Academy was developed to give REALTORS® , REALTOR®-friendly candidates and those interested in running for a political position an introduction to and expectation of how run for office. This day-long, live training session gives candidates a valuable head start in their political journeys, as well as information on how to run successful campaigns.  Contact Kyle Lambert London at klambertlondon@realtors.org/202-383-1203.

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