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September 1, 2011

By Carolyn Schwaar


What would the real estate industry look like without the leadership of REALTOR® associations and volunteers?
September 1, 2011

By Melynn Sight
September 1, 2011

By Amy DuBose

Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how a local association can make a difference in the national scope of politics and change in our country. It often feels as if we’re too small to have an effect, have
too few resources, and even fewer hours in the day to devote to advocacy. With this mindset, no wonder so many small associations pass the responsibility of political advocacy on to larger or state associations.
September 1, 2011
A Q & A with Robert Broome
Over the past 11 years, Robert Broome, director of governmental affairs for the Atlanta Board of REALTORS® and the Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®, has championed the REALTOR® -legislative and regulatory agenda. His twin passions for REALTOR® issues and politics have threaded themselves through his career as a GAD (formerly of the Tennessee Association of REALTORS®), a contract lobbyist, a public relations consultant, and a political consultant.
September 1, 2011
If you own a home, chances are you’ve invested more than money; you’re likely invested in the surrounding community, as well. Studies show that homeowners are more likely to be involved and engaged in local issues than renters. The schools and local retail shops grow in importance to homeowners as they become part of the fabric of
the neighborhood.
September 1, 2011

By Finley Maxson

As more states enact legislation providing legal recognition to same-sex couples, you may wonder about the differences between same-sex marriage and civil unions (or domestic partnerships),
as well as how these laws might affect a REALTOR® association.
Confusion over differences in partnership laws
July 1, 2011
DataViz “Documents to Go.” DataViz lets you create and edit Word and Excel files and PowerPoint presentations, and view PDF documents.
NAR Express. Real estate news, research, opinions, events, and calls for action from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
July 1, 2011

Top tech tools & services developed by NAR in the past 5 years
Realtors Property Resource™: a national database of assessor, recorder, and mortgage data, MLS content, foreclosure information, demographics, neighborhood data, and more.
Second Century Ventures: a venture capital fund focused on promoting innovation (particularly new technologies) in the real estate industry.
July 1, 2011

Show me the money
Full-time REALTOR® association chief staff executives’ average annual base salary, 2010: $59,629
Median AE salary by association size, 2010:
Small: $26,000
Medium: $62,400
Large: $125,000
Mega: $160,000

Average 2010 REALTO​R® association income & expenses
Small associations (fewer than 500 members)
Dues revenue: $71,763
Non-dues revenue: $75,811
Expense budget: $150,046
July 1, 2011

How to uncover the value of every member benefit
Articulate the advantages of member benefits and identify programs that no longer offer a real member value in four easy steps.
Step 1. List every program, product, and service you offer, from telephone customer service and support to leadership training. Be specific and don’t list general categories, such as “education” or “MLS.”

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