As the most rural county in the nation’s second smallest state, Sussex County doesn’t always garner a lot of clout, especially when it comes to issues of national interest.
With more than a million members, the National Association of Realtors is America’s largest trade association, one that carries a lot of weight when speaking with a unified voice. And in 2014, one of that organization’s directors hails from Sussex County.
A former president of the Sussex County Association of Realtors, Lewes commercial Realtor Bill Lucks began his appointment with the national organization’s board of directors Jan. 1. He has been tasked with helping shape national policy and procedures for the rest of his three-year term.
“It was certainly a great honor when I heard I was chosen to serve on this prestigious panel of American real estate professionals,” says Lucks, who specializes in commercial real estate along the Delaware coast. “I take this responsibility very seriously and am happy to give my home state a voice on the national level, particularly as we tackle many of the issues important to those of us in the real estate profession.”
NAR directors serve three-year terms that begin in January and attend regularly scheduled meetings. They represent the Realtors of their particular state, with an overall responsibility to all Realtors in the country.
Lucks' position with the association affords him, and all of Sussex County, a voice when it comes to important issues facing the nation’s real estate industry. NAR members belong to one or more of approximately 1,400 local associations and 54 territory associations.
The board of directors votes and rules on a constantly evolving set of issues that affect property owners from coast to coast. Current issues that could affect the nation’s real estate industry, and thus the overall American economy, include flood insurance, evolving technology, regulatory concerns and issues involving internet safety.
“We appreciate that Bill has a seat on this prestigious board and can report back to us and to our state association on issues that are being discussed and debated nationally,” says Brad Riedle, 2014 president of the Sussex County Association of Realtors. “I know he will continue to do as good a job for NAR as he did during his years of service on our local board, including his year as president.”
The NAR Board of Directors meets two times a year, usually in May and November, to discuss issues facing the association. Special meetings are also called on an as-needed basis.
Lucks served as president of SCAOR in 2008.
To read more about issues related to Sussex County’s real estate industry, go to www.scaor.com.