Members of the Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS® (PASS), Mass., came together for a social and charity event, the REALTORS® Got Talent variety show, to raise money for the Homes for Our Troops organization, which builds specially adapted homes for injured servicemen and servicewomen returning from combat at no cost to the recipient.
In the past year, when America officially ended the war in Iraq, REALTOR® associations across the country launched dozens of programs designed to help members meet the unique housing needs of returning veterans and military families. Association programs have also focused on providing information, such as special veteran home grants, loans, and financing directly to veterans.
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Signs of recovery may be emerging after an economic downturn that was both longer and more severe than most association leaders expected. But don’t exhale just yet. It’s time to get ready for life after the recession, which, experts say, may look starkly different than life before.
Every day, in each of our associations, we are living with the impact of the economy on our business—from membership levels dropping to the need to provide great services with fewer resources. Our communities, and the businesses of our members, have never relied on our expertise more than they do today. We must be relevant by providing services and benefits that will help practitioners not only survive, but thrive.
A Q&A wth Christine Todd, CEO of the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®.
Because the housing market has ebbed more than it has flowed in the past few years—causing reservoirs of new members, reserves, and assets to evaporate—the most American of things has occurred within REALTOR® associations: We’ve been forced to innovate.
Associations facing another year of shrinking membership and revenue need new ways to make money to fund association programs, pay staff, and stay viable.