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American Homeowner Education and Counseling Institute (AHECI)
REALTORŪ Magazine Web Site Review - You can tap into the growing low- and moderate-income homeownership market more effectively by positioning yourself as a resource on homeownership counseling issues. Counseling is becoming integral to the homebuying process now that public and private finance providers are reaching out more to low- and moderate-income homebuyers. What information do counseling agencies provide? How long do courses take? Is counseling required for everyone who applies for below-market financing? Do you have a choice regarding counseling agencies, and if you do, how do you tell a good one from a bad one? You can help your clients answer those questions by clicking on the site of the American Homeowner Education and Counseling Institute. The homeownership community is looking to this group to professionalize the counseling industry when its curriculum and certification standards are released early in 1999. Make AHECI's site as home base for learning more about counseling. Link directly to all the groups involved in development of the standards, including the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, and using an online form, order a preliminary look at the standards.

American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
REALTORŪ Magazine Web Site Review - At the American Society of Home Inspectors' site, consumers can bone up on the code of ethics to which ASHI members subscribe and read about the required minimum scope of any inspection, such as investigating the structure of property. Here you'll find plenty of links to consumer protection information, such as aluminum wiring hazards, lead in drinking water, and synthetic stucco. Find a list of professional inspectors in the area to which you're moving by typing in the property's zip code.

Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO)
Provides information for and about state licensing officials and license laws, including links to licensing agencies Web sites.

Employee Relocation Council (ERC)
"Relocation Universe" works as an online resource for real estate professionals involved in corporate relocation services. Includes directory of relocation services and brokers, articles from Mobility magazine, research summaries, publications catalog, etc.

REALTORŪ Magazine Web Site Review - How many of your clients, customers, or their children suffer from allergies and asthma? Probably a lot. And with energy conscious construction practices, homes have become more tightly insulated in the last few decades, resulting in poor ventilation and a marked increase in pollutants. So your environmentally sensitive buyers and sellers might appreciate healthhouse.org, sponsored by the American Lung Association of Minnesota. The site is simple to navigate and offers educational programs, materials, and services to address indoor air quality problems. Simple tip sheets provide inexpensive, do-it-yourself fixes for common home environmental dangers, such as store-bought cleaning products, which the Environmental Protection Agency regulates as pesticides. For example, use a cup of lemon juice and a cup of water as a grease cutter. Need a scouring powder? Use a cup of baking soda plus enough water to form a paste. The list also offers alternatives to laundry stain removers; toilet bowl cleaners; floor and furniture polishes; and fly, moth, and roach repellents, as well as tips to reduce allergic reactions, such as hayfever. Take a few minutes to answer a home checklist, and you’ll receive by e-mail customized tips and simple ways to improve your home's indoor air quality. Sometimes preventing home environmental problems can be as easy as changing furnace filters more often. A nifty, interactive house diagram points out 27 pollution sources in a home. Click on any number in the diagram and Healthhouse provides a description of the source, its health effects on you, and various steps to reduce your exposure. The site also offers performance standards for builders. Resources for builders include a builder training and marketing program and a homeowner education program.

Mortgage Bankers Association of America
Organization representing the real estate finance industry. Provides weekly news briefs, consumer information, glossary, and other materials for non-members.

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Organization representing the home building industry. Includes daily news updates, legislative information, housing statistics, ANSI standards for measuring square footage in homes, and general consumer information.

National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
REALTORŪ Magazine Web Site Review - It might be easier to sell that fixer-upper if you show buyers all the resources available at the Web site of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. NARI wants to help consumers avoid rip-offs, so the Web site includes a section called Red Flags. Sellers considering home improvements should click on Homeowner Help for a library of articles with tips on remodeling (check out "13 Common Mistakes in Kitchen Remodeling"). And be sure to tell sellers to click on The Master Plan for Professional Home Remodeling for information on how to interview a contractor, what to look for in a contract, and how to develop and maintain a sound budget.

National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers
REALTORŪ Magazine Web Site Review - A helpful informational site to direct new homeowners to, especially if they're among the approximately 42 million Americans who live in the country's 205,000 community associations, is www.nbccam.org. The Alexandria, Va.-based National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers administers a national, voluntary certification program for community association managers. Besides describing in detail what homeowners should expect from a certified association manager, the site offers a national searchable directory of managers by name and a bulletin board where consumers and managers can exchange information and questions on everything from reimbursing volunteer leaders for expenses incurred on the job to paying for a condo association Web site. NBC-CAM, created in October 1995, also offers a searchable research library through a link to the Web site of its parent organization, the Community Association Institute.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
REALTORŪ Magazine Web Site Review - If you market and sell historic properties, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Click on Preserving Communities on the front page, then on Marketing and Selling a Historic Home, and you’ll find information on the Trust’s Historic Real Estate Program and its benefits, which include credit toward state real estate license continuing education requirements in some states. And if you don’t mind waiting while your computer downloads pictures, click on Treasures in Trouble to see 11 sites that the trust considers "America's Most Endangered and Historic Places."

Real Estate Educators Association (REEA)
For individuals involved in development, delivery, or approval of real estate education. Contains a list of professional instructors, guest speakers, and education consultants, links to member web pages, and briefings on hot issues affecting real estate education.

Real Estate Information Providers Association
Web site for providers of information or information technology services related to real estate. Includes calendar of national real estate meetings and events, map of states requiring home sales price disclosure, and directories of software vendors, consultants, and other information service providers.