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Communications/Marketing

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Education /Professionalism 

Small Associations (fewer than 500 members)

Commercial Association of REALTORS® New Mexico

For the first time ever, the Commercial Association of REALTORS® New Mexico is doing a major event entitled, "Intersections: Connecting Inspiration, Ingenuity & Commercial Real Estate."  This event includes the following associations:  CARNM, CCIM, NAIOP, ULI, SIOR, CREW, IREM and BOMA.  We are bringing in four national speakers and following it up with a cocktail reception to celebrate commercial real estate.  

We are asking sponsors and members to join us for the commercial real estate event of the year!

Large Associations (2,000 - 6,999 members)

Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®

This year as a member benefit we offered 3 FREE continuing education courses for our Commercial Investment Division (CID) members (over $150 value).   They could take all 3 classes or a combo depending on their needs for license renewal.  We offered the NAR Ethics course, our State's required Core Course, and 2 two hour commercial specific electives taught by Rob Nahagian.  Seeing as how CID dues are just $150 annually and include many other benefits in addition to the education, we had several people join CID who may not have otherwise. It was a great reward for members and a way to entice new members to join.  The classes were paid for by CID member dues revenue and a small grant from SC Realtor Education Foundation.

Pensacola Association of REALTORS®, Inc.

We hold a Commercial Forum on the first Thursday of each month. We bring in a local speaker to lead a conversation with our members about what's currently happening in our city and how it relates to the real estate industry. We have had an array of speakers visit the Association for our forum, from successful business leaders to the president of the University of West Florida. We have an excellent turnout for these events, and we have recently began to stream LIVE on Facebook for added viewers. Our members find these forums extremely helpful and beneficial to their business, as well as a great networking opportunity!

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Legislative/Advocacy 

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Technology/Data 

Medium Associations (500-1,999 members)

Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate / REALTORS®

At MNCAR we operate the MNCAR Exchange with our partners at Xceligent. On a quarterly basis we meet with our industry leaders in 5 categories; Office, Industrial, Retail, Investment and Research. In all the number of volunteers totals about 60. These important individuals review the data within the MNCAR Exchange to ensure accuracy and validity. A quarterly market report is then published and made available to members. All reports are available to the general public once a new report is published. Along with the market reports in each sector there is a Notable Transaction Report published, this report monitors the significant closings in office, retail and industrial lease / sales.  The best practice is the involvement of the members carefully analyzing the data to ensure usefulness for providing clients with accurate knowledge to provide them the best possible representation.

Large Associations (2,000 - 6,999 members)

Pensacola Association of REALTORS®, Inc.

In 2011, the Gulf Coast Commercial Multiple Listing Service was created to better serve agents practicing commercial real estate in the area. Over the past five years, it has developed into a well-known, quality system that serves the public and commercial real estate agents all along the Gulf Coast.
There are now six participating Associations along the panhandle, including the Pensacola Association of REALTORS®, the Emerald Coast Association of REALTORS®, the Baldwin County Association of REALTORS®, the Mobile Area Association of REALTORS®, the Bay County Association of REALTORS® and the Navarre Area Board of REALTORS®. The system currently has over 980 users, over 300 companies and over 2,500 active listings.
The Gulf Coast CMLS enables a local community of brokers, developers, appraisers and investors to share information and work together more efficiently!

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Community/Member Involvement and Networking 

Large Associations (2,000 - 6,999 members) 

Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® 

KAAR ties to all of the commercial area organizations, including CCIM, SIOR, IREM, & BOMA. In order to create a broader appeal, I include all organization's events & meetings on the commercial newsletter the association sends out so it increases these organizations' reach, and it gives our members more commercial activities & organizations to become involved with. Eventually, I would like to have a separate commercial website with all of it tied to a master commercial calendar. It can be very difficult for an association to create events or even classes for such a small portion of membership so this is one area where it makes sense to look outside the association and join forces. 

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