- Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 19:46
- Written by Super User
On Thursday at the Realtors® Conference and Expo in Orlando, the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors® (WRAR) earned high honors by winning the 2012 GABBY Award for Best Local Advocacy Campaign. The award is presented by the National Association of Realtors® and has awarded for the success of the organization’s Call for Action last month against proposed insurance rate increases in N.C. WRAR was selected as the winner after being named one of three finalists nationwide.
The campaign urged its members and Wilmington area homeowners to take action by sending N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin an email asking him to deny rate increases which were proposed by the N.C. Rate Bureau. The Call for Action generated 658 responses which was the highest by any other local association nationwide – approximately 33% of WRAR’s membership and affiliated organizations. This impact helped influence Commissioner Goodwin to deny the rate increases and call for a hearing on the matter set for June 3, 2013 at 10 a.m. at 430 N. Salisbury St. in Raleigh.
“This award is a great honor for us. It symbolizes the dedication and success of Realtors® in standing by their clients and preserving their private property rights as homeowners,” says Ashley Garner, 2012 WRAR President. “We firmly believe that the state of the housing market is the most important factor to our recovering economy. A fair, balanced approach to the insurance rate making process in North Carolina continues to be an extremely important issue for us as an organization and industry. If implemented as it was in 2009, the rate increases would have been a crippling blow to that recovery process.”