I was just about to turn my computer off for the night on May 15, at about 10:30 p.m. when I decided to check my email one last time for the day. Much to my surprise I had an email with the Subject: White House Forum on Housing for Florida Leaders. Excitedly, I opened the mail to find an invitation from The White House, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for me to join senior Obama Administration officials and fellow Florida Leaders for a White House Forum on Housing, on June 4, 2012 at The White House. I couldn’t believe it, nor could I contain my excitement! The first person I emailed was my business coach Michael Maher. He shared my excitement with me and then we both carefully reviewed the invite again.
I responded to the invite and returned necessary paperwork to the appropriate people. Fast forward 16 days and here we are, tomorrow morning I will board a flight to Washington D.C. to see the sites and then attend the Forum. This morning I posted everywhere I could think of to solicit questions, statements and general comments from other REALTOR®s on topics and points that they would like to be addressed at the Forum. I have had a tremendous response and I am hoping to speak to several of the points brought up during the Forum on Monday. We have a conference call tomorrow afternoon with HUD and the White House Office of Public Engagement to preview the agenda.
Honestly, I’m so honored that I have been chosen to participate in this White House Forum on Housing. I believe that by contributing to these types of events and letting our government know how things are going “down here in the trenches” I can make a difference. It is my hope that by sharing and gathering information at this Forum I will be able to help not only my clients but all homeowners in the state of Florida. I fully intend to share all of the information I glean from this trip with anyone who wants to hear it or read it.
I’m not sure who else got an invitation to represent Florida at this event, but I will promise you this, I won’t be sitting there wide-eyed and in awe, I’ll be contributing and discussing the issues at hand and doing my best to help homeowners in my home state of Florida.
P.S. Stay tuned, I’ll write blogs as the days go by during my trip!