Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Close Connections

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Close Connections

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Make the most of your IREM family relationships

REAL ESTATE, SO THEY SAY, IS ALL ABOUT LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. AND TO ME, BEING AN IREM MEMBER IS ALL ABOUT CONSANGUINITIES.

No, I won't repeat that three times. Actually, the first time I saw the word, I had to go to Webster's dictionary. Consanguinity: a close relation or connection.

Being a member of the IREM family is all about relationships and connections. And I rely on those connections to make my day, help with an issue, offer another way of thinking or tell me how a particular situation is handled in another part of the country. The thing is, as part of the IREM family, we are always able to contact someone within the family about virtually anything.

Indulge me a moment as I relay to you an encounter I had in Washington, D.C., one year ago at the IREM Leadership and Legislative Summit (LLS). During a free moment, I decided to finally write a note to Senator Grassley, the long-time Republican Senator from Iowa. I had meant to do it in previous years, but had not. I wanted to let Senator Grassley know that my very favorite high school teacher was Mrs. West, Senator Grassley's sister.

Mrs. (Lois) West was much more than a favorite of mine: I believe that much of my work ethic and my desire to succeed came in large part from her. She was an excellent teacher who taught me to persevere and strive to be the best I could be. She was an excellent role model for a small-town Iowa girl. I could do no better.

I only had a moment to pop into Senator Grassley's office and leave my handwritten note. …

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