The focus of this year’s AE Institute, March 16–20, Louisville, Ky., represents a shift from the association-building and management issues of the past to the issue of how associations can enhance their members’ business success.
The standard convention is a simple cyclical equation: Attendees pay a fee for education offered by the association, event sponsors pay a fee to get their products in front of those attendees, and these fees cover the cost of the event.
MLS and REALTOR® association chief executives and senior staff are among the most important people in real estate, according to Inman News’ “100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders: 2011,” released in December.
Only 20.8 percent of trade association executives are confident about the U.S. economy, according to a study by Association Trends.
After receiving its degree-granting authority in February from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, REALTOR® University, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ online education resource, began classes in its new masters degree program. RU is projecting 270 course takers in 2012.
To demonstrate the value of membership, NAR launched an online calculator that enables members to add up all the savings they receive from their many membership benefits, such as: free education, car rental discounts, free listings on REALTOR.com, dental insurance discounts, and much more.
In November, a federal judge approved a $2.38 million settlement in the antitrust case involving Pittsburgh-based West Penn Multi-List Inc.
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.
How did we end up with the word “REALTOR®”? And why do so many people mispronounce it?