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January 1, 2011

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.
January 1, 2011

2011 Top Association Web Sites
The most effective sites—from the smallest REALTOR® associations to the nation’s largest—use focus and simplicity. By Carolyn Schwaar

24 of the Best
Judges chose the most creative, smart, and clever advertising and marketing pieces from REALTOR® associations nationwide.

Chair
A great year to be chair, seriously. By Steve Francks, AEC Chair

Briefing: REALTOR® association news, events, people, and programs.
By Carolyn Schwaar
January 1, 2011

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:
January 1, 2011
In his 25 years of executive recruiting for associations, Leonard Pfeiffer has placed CEOs into the top spots at dozens of new associations and MLSs created out of mergers. Here, he offers his advice to AEs facing the career uncertainty of a merger.
January 1, 2011

Chair
5 Reasons I'm Glad to Be an AE. By Steve Francks, AEC Chair

Briefing: REALTOR® association news, events, people, and programs.
By Carolyn

Schwaar

Getting It Done
REALTOR® AE magazine’s list issue is packed with timely tips, inspirational words, and valuable resources to help you run a successful association.

• Programs & Value

• Leadership & Outreach

• Management & People Skills

• Technology & Trends

• Resources &
September 1, 2010

By Alice Martin

“What would I do without my MLS?” Many association AEs—from large and small boards—who rely on MLS income to support other association activities are mulling this uncomfortable thought.

Whether you believe your MLS may disappear based on MLS consolidation trends, or you want to be proactive and lower your MLS income-dependence for tax or other business purposes, weaning your association away from MLS reliance is a good, timely idea. Here are some basic steps you can start with today.
September 1, 2010

By Masha Zager

“Real estate practitioners are very social people,” says Melissa Olson, marketing and communications manager for Metrolist Inc., a 16,000-subscriber MLS in Greenwood Village, Colo. “Everything you deal with in the REALTOR® world is geared around social networking.” That’s why Olson wasn’t surprised when Metrolist customers eagerly began adopting new social media tools, such as Facebook and Twitter.
September 1, 2010

By Carolyn Schwaar

From their iPhones, BlackBerrys, and Androids, real estate professionals are accessing listing data, market reports, virtual tours, and interactive maps. They can even use their iPhones as a lockbox key and buy a latté at Starbucks with their Android. In fact, nearly all REALTORS® under 40 (93 percent) use smart phones to conduct real estate business, according to a recent survey by the National Association of REALTORS’ Center for REALTOR® Technology.

So how are you reaching and serving members through their smart phones?
September 1, 2010

A Q&A with Cameron M. Paine, CEO of the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service and author of the white paper "How to Build a Statewide MLS (Or, Order from Chaos)." Who would benefit most from a statewide MLS?
September 1, 2010

By Lesley M. Walker

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