By Steve Crorey • 2018 President

As consumers increasingly look for smartly designed, efficient and affordable properties, the tiny home movement is taking root across our country. In Austin, however, you’re much more likely to see a tiny home on your TV than on your block, as our city’s antiquated land development code currently prevents such properties from being built.

Through CodeNEXT, ABoR is actively advocating for a new code that allows for more accessory dwelling units and smaller lot properties to be built. Learn more about this important process and how you can get involved by visiting ABoR.com/CodeNEXT. You can access informational videos, a helpful conversation guide and more.

Are you an active ABoR volunteer leader and interested in taking your involvement to the next level? Starting May 15, you can apply to serve on the ABoR Board of Directors or for a TAR leadership position. Applications are accepted through June 30. You can review the application and eligibility criteria at ABoR.com/Leadership.

And finally, as both temperatures and the region’s housing market begin to heat up, don’t forget about our local residents in need. Join the ABoR Foundation and Family Eldercare in giving back through our Summer Fan Drive. A simple donation of a 20-inch box fan could save a life! Get involved at ABoR.com/FanDrive.

Three May Events You May Not Want to Miss

May 23: Join ABoR for a Spring Fiesta
To show appreciation to our members, ABoR and AYREP are excited to host our Spring Affiliate/REALTOR Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 23. We will offer FREE professional headshots and prize giveaways, and you can enjoy free drinks, great food and networking while you’re there. Bring a friend and register for this free member event at bit.ly/SpringFiesta2018.

May 30: Charting our Course: May Town Hall
The ABoR Board of Directors has embarked on a process to modernize our Association’s bylaws and make them more aligned with how our industry and our Association operate today. We’re holding our May Town Hall to give ABoR members the chance to learn more and weigh in about this important process, directly with the ABoR Board. Register at ABoR.com/MayTownHall.

May 31: ABoR Academy Digital Day
Join the ABoR Academy for its inaugural Digital Day on Thursday, May 31. National real estate tech guru Craig Grant will teach two back-to-back classes that will optimize the online presence of your business and your brand. Register by May 17 at ABoR.com/DigitalDay and save $10.

Save the Date: Realty Round Up 2018
Pack your bags for “The Great American Road Trip” at Realty Round Up 2018! Mark Wednesday, Oct. 17 on your calendar for the largest industry tradeshow in Central Texas. Check out ABoRRoundUp.com. RL