The My REALTOR® Party Initiative—introduced at the August NAR Leadership Summit in Chicago—includes programs, consultants, and grants to enable every REALTOR® association to design its own customized package of community involvement and political leadership programs.
Taking an innovative approach to solving the home valuation problem, the Michigan Association of REALTORS® launched its own appraisal management company.
As part of what it calls a revisioning, the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS®, Colo., hopes to change its name to the Northern Colorado REALTOR® Association.
The NAR “Home Ownership Matters” bus visited the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® in July as seven area AEs gathered for their two-day annual “peer review” meeting. The bus has stopped at dozens of REALTOR® associations across the country, in addition to other locations, giving local association executives an opportunity to host events where they can speak out for home ownership.
The Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS®, Mass., presented a $2,000 housing and homeless assistance grant to the Friendship Home, which provides respite, support services, and other programs to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families within Massachusetts. The Plymouth associations nominated Friendship Home to receive the grant from the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®’ Charitable Foundation.
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has chosen 10K Research and Marketing, a wholly owned and operated subsidiary of the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS®, to produce its local Economic and Market Watch reports.
REALTOR.com® launched a global property listing site in October to build members’ business. The site aims to expand the exposure of United States property listings to international markets by offering home searches in 11 languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, Russian, Japanese Korean and Chinese.
Three associations in New York are considering a merger that would create the second largest REALTOR® association in the state with more than 9,000 members, according to the Westchester County Business Journal.
Politicians welcome all opportunities to issue positive press releases about themselves and tout awards they’ve won. But establishing the REALTOR® Legislative Champion award meant more to the Washington REALTORS® Association than publicity; it’s a way to thank elected officials that fought for real estate industry issues and home ownership.
Although the Realtors Property ResourceTM (RPR) enjoys data partnerships with more than 325 MLSs, representing more than half a million REALTORS®, the NAR subsidiary “has recently hit a wall of entrenched attitudes and business models,” said RPR CEO Dale Ross on the RPR blog in August.