From books on Amazon to sellers on eBay, Web-savvy consumers have become ratings happy. And why shouldn’t they be? What better way to make an informed purchase than to read reviews from like-minded consumers? The review frenzy is not limited to goods, either. More and more consumers are looking for positive reviews to bolster their belief that they’re hiring the best architect, plumber, or (ahem) real estate practitioner.
By Bridget Mccrea
What can you do to help your association keep members happy and stay relevant as the housing market continues to stabilize?
The past five years have been a whirlwind for many association executives. The housing market was pumping, home appreciation was high, and sales were skyrocketing. Buyers were out in full force and membership numbers soared.
In response to information-hungry homebuyers who are constantly on the prowl for homebuying and homeselling resources, the National Association of Realtors® has adopted a bold strategy. Breaking out of the traditional mold, the association, whose mission centers around serving its members, now will serve consumers as well through a new Web site and other key initatives.
Regardless of whether your association is directly reaching out to and serving today’s consumers, it’s essential to understand how they affect the products and services you provide to your members.
Consumer preferences in communication and house features, not to mention the type of relationship they want with a Realtor®, all affect the way members do business. From online shopping to electronic forms to e-mail and text messaging, the homeselling and homebuying process is evolving.
By Julie Ziemelis
Action Beyond Size
Strength in numbers” is a popular axiom. However, when you have only 1,600 Realtor® and affiliate members and need to raise tens of thousands of
dollars to fund low-income housing grants, you need something more—spunk and enthusiasm.
The Santa Cruz Association of Realtors®, Calif. Housing Foundation sold 800 tickets and raised $63,000 for the second annual “A Taste of Santa Cruz” fund-raiser held Nov. 2, 2006, in Santa Cruz.
Why more associations are catering to homebuyers and homesellers with education, advocacy, and outreach.
By Bridget McCrea
By getting involved locally, associations and their members are increasing livability in their communities.
By Masha Zager
Charity work brings associations a sense of fellowship and service, plus valuable media attention. By Mary K. Fons
Chair Report: Too Plugged In?
By Walt Baczkowski
Executive Briefing: Association News and Events
By Carolyn Schwaar
2007 Winners: Outstanding Realtor® Association Web Site Contest
Nine association sites stood out as this year’s winners delivering true member service online.
By Carolyn Schwaar
Web Site Redo
What to look for in a development company when it comes time to overhaul your association’s Web site.
By Bridget McCrea
Summer 2007 Take Political Action
Picking a Winner
Tips and strategies from Realtor® association GADs on choosing candidates to back with your association’s support and money.
By C. Warren
Adopt these best practices from Realtor® association lobbyists to your political program. By Bridget McCrea
Know Your Issues
10 political hot button issues every association should know.
Although some areas of the country are experiencing dramatic real estate market fluctuations, others have not been so severely affected. This hasn’t stopped the national media from painting a universally grim picture from coast to coast. So in an effort to educate their community about true local conditions, many associations are launching their own public relations campaigns.