CCIM Feature

Policy Advocate

As a member of the CCIM Institute, you are fortunate to have a strong legislative advocate working on your behalf. CCIM, in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors and the Institute of Real Estate Management, is one of the most active voices on all aspects of real estate-related public policy at the local, state, and national levels.

A look at CCIM’s legislative accomplishments over the past year illustrates the value of this important member benefit. The Institute participated in several coalitions related to proposed federal rules on credit risk retention and commercial mortgage-backed securities. It also championed legislation to provide favorable direction on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s proposed rules and extension of the Small Business Administration’s 504 loan refinancing program and the National Flood Insurance Program. In the fall, CCIM shared a U.S. Presidential Voting Guide to help members understand the candidates’ initiatives that had an impact on the commercial real estate industry.

Perhaps the most large-scale legislative effort CCIM puts forth each year is the Capitol Hill Visit in the spring. CCIM invites you to join us for this critical day on April 10 in Washington, D.C., where you will have an opportunity to share insights on the legislative issues affecting commercial real estate with influential members of Congress. In addition, CCIM chapters that send an official representative to the Hill Visit will receive a $500 reimbursement for travel expenses.

I invite you to make your voice heard at the 11th annual Capitol Hill Visit and in your local and state legislative arenas by working with your CCIM Chapter. Take advantage of the benefits available to you through the CCIM Institute and display your CCIM designation. Remember that CCIM is your opportunity to excel.

Sincerely,

Wayne D’Amico, CCIM

2013 CCIM Institute President

wdamico@ccim.net

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