August 3, 2019

NETAR honors senior member; Rogersville students gets $2,500 scholarship


2019 NETAR President

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and the Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors® (NETAR) honored a Carter County real estate veteran during NETAR’s recent membership meeting at the Ron Ramsey Agricultural Center in Blountville.  During that meeting, which included the association’s annual legislative update from Russ Farrar, Jimmy Street’s membership was upgraded to Realtor® Emeritus status.

Eligibility requirements for Realtor® Emeritus status include NAR membership for a cumulative period of 40 years as a Realtor®, Realtor®-Associate, or both. Applicants must have also completed at least a year of service on a committee at the local, state or national level.  Once the Emeritus Status requirements are met and the member’s application approved by NAR’s Board of Directors, further payment of dues are waived. The member is also identified with a Realtor® Emeritus pin.

Street obtained his real estate license in 1972 and began working at Range Real Estate and Auction in Elizabethton. Street’s Realty was launched in 1975 and continued to do business from its Main Street location in Elizabethton.

Karen Randolph presents Realtor Emeritus
certificate to Jimmy Street

Street said he has watched his community make a transition from an industrial base to “basically a bedroom community. I still find it (real estate) exciting. It’s not like what you see on TV, but if you can help people with their housing and real estate needs and make a living at it, it’s rewarding.”

One frustrating change Street said he seen in his more than four decades in the real estate profession is the amount of red tape, regulation, and paperwork.  Congratulations Jimmy Street on your longevity in an industry designed to serve the public.

A listing of NETAR members who have received Realtor® Emeritus Status can be found on the association’s website at

During his address to members, Russ Farrar entertained and updated us on the legislative successes and challenges Tennessee Realtors® faced during the recent legislative session.  A high point to the update was an acknowledgement that after being on the table for several years, the legislature repealed the professional privilege tax for brokers.  Farrar also emphasized that the process of watching and acting on bills that are introduced every year in Nashville is an important part of the state and local associations’ role in promoting and protecting property rights.  “We are going to be watching out for increased fees and tax increases that always seemed to be dumped on Realtors® instead of spreading it out and making it a fair tax to everyone,” he said. A Times-News report on that Farrar’s briefing can be found at

Members returned to the Ramsey Agriculture Center a day after the membership meeting and legislative update when the Tennessee Realtors® Executive Committee’s 2019 Leadership Roadshow rolled into town.

A highlight of that meeting was the presentation of a $2,500 Tennessee Real Estate Education Foundation (TREEF) scholarship to Maria Howard of Rogersville. She will be attending Georgetown University this fall.

Maria Howard of Rogersvillell receives a TREEF schoarhsip from 
Aaron Taylor, TREEF Trustees President;
Steve McDonald, Professional Development Director;
and Kathy Tucker, 2019 President of Tennessee REALTORS

Three TREEF scholarships were awarded this year. The scholarships honor Stephen Harding and Linda Woods, who each retired in 2017 after 44 and 48 years, respectively, after dedicated staff-leadership service to the state association.

NETAR is the voice for real estate in Northeast Tennessee. It’s the largest trade association in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia region representing over 1,200 members and 100 affiliates involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Pending sales, monthly Trends Reports, and the regional market analytics can be found on the NETAR websites at .