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Combine these with specifics about your association’s unique benefits, charity work, discounts, and services, including home tours, state-run legal or technology hotlines, your homes magazine, the REALTOR® member roster, and the public side of your MLS, to create a convincing value statement.
As we all know, most of us stumbled into this business from some other career. I know, I know, a few of us actually planned to make association management a career (yes, I’m looking at you, Scott Brunner), but that’s pretty rare. I don’t know about you, but stumbling into AE world has been one of the best things that ever happened to me. Here are five reasons why I love what I do for a living.
Considering the launch of the REALTOR® Party and the heightened focus on political action leading up to the 2012 elections, it’s no surprise that an AE who embodies the REALTOR® association’s dedication to legislative advocacy is honored this year.
16 steps to finding a life-changing mentor
Whether it’s your state AE, a neighboring AE, another business leader in your community, or someone you find online, experienced professionals are typically thrilled to be asked to share their advice. Here are some tips on securing a mentor and ensuring a long and mutually beneficial relationship.
- List your top goals ...
5 things REALTOR® AEs need to know to effectively manage; 4 easy policy updates to save your association time and money; Associations’ 21 most common strategic plan goals; 3 things to avoid as an AE; 12 best practices for stellar customer service; 6 reasons your association’s directors micromanage; 3 steps to implement your strategic plan; 6 types of difficult people and how to deal with them; 10 reasons you need a lawyer; and the new and improved REALTOR® Association models planning tool.
How to uncover the value of every member benefit
Articulate the advantages of member benefits and identify programs that no longer offer a real member value in four easy steps.
Step 1. List every program, product, and service you offer, from telephone customer service and support to leadership training. Be specific and don’t list general categories, such as “...
Full-time REALTOR® association chief staff executives’ average annual base salary, 2010: $59,629
Median AE ...
MLSs eye tools to supplement property data with extras
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is moving forward with a negotiated licensing opportunity on behalf of the real estate industry with CIVIX-DDI, LLC, the owner of technology patents at issue in several lawsuits against MLSs in the past few years.
A series of YouTube videos created by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® to promote its services, resources, and tools for REALTORS®, won an EXCEL Award of excellence in June from Association Media & Publishing, formerly known as the Society of National Association Publications. View the videos at www.youtube.com/illinoisrealtor.
The REALTORS® Relief Foundation continues to raise funds to provide financial assistance to organizations in the Midwest and Southern United States, helping households impacted by the springtime tornadoes.
The Iowa Association of REALTORS® has partnered with a safety company to implement the Moby app, which enables REALTORS® to display their exact location to coworkers, regularly check in, and send an alert if they are in trouble.
The Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe) and the REALTOR® Association of Northwest Chicagoland (RANWC) announced merger plans in May, pending member approval.
Ifbyphone, a voice-based marketing automation platform, is the latest NAR REALTOR Benefits® Program Partner, offering two products to NAR members—Ifbyphone for REALTORS® and Ifbyphone for REALTORS® Plus.
NAR now offers REALTORS® access to an Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance program through the newest REALTOR Benefits® Program partner, Victor Insurance Managers Inc.
In just two years, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® awarded nearly $5 million in grants to state REALTOR® associations to fund affordable housing opportunities for working families.
Despite differing opinions in challenging times, we’re still a family. I remind myself of this often, as I hear from members about dues increases and housing market woes.
In May, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® introduced the REALTOR® Leadership Program (RLP), a three-part interactive course teaching the skills and knowledge necessary to lead local and state REALTOR® associations.
Based on current financial challenges, NAR has, reevaluated all of its programs and services and is no longer providing employees to deliver the services in its Association Outreach program.
Al J. Unser, CAE, CEO of the Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS®, retired in June after 20 years with the association.
After serving for more than three decades, Irene Vogel is retiring as CEO of the Greater Las Vegas Association on Dec. 31, 2011.
Julie Alert, Elkhart County Board of REALTORS®, Ind.
Steven Anaya, REALTORS® Association of New Mexico
Steven Bois, Rockford Area Association of REALTORS®, Ill.
Cynthia B. Butts, RCE, CAE, Maine Association of REALTORS®
Michele Caprio, RCE, Greater Providence Board of REALTORS®
Sheila Dodson, Coastal Assoc. of REALTORS®, Md.
The six association professionals below were inducted into the Dr. Almon R. (Bud) Smith, RCE, AE Leadership Society
These seven REALTOR® association executives earned their RCE (Realtor® association Certified Executive) designation after an extensive course of study and exam in May.
The Richmond Association of REALTORS®, Va., hosted a housing forum in March with special guest speaker U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) (pictured above center with REALTORS®), who is also a real estate lawyer and developer.
Leaders at the two Washington, D.C., area associations‚ Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors® (GCAAR) and Washington, D.C., Association of Realtors®—have found that a personal approach to RPAC fundraising is the key to success.