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January 1, 2009

When I had the pleasure of meeting some of you during the AE Institute in Colorado, there was a consistent concern: What type of “reward” can I offer my staff during tough economic times, especially when bonuses and salaries are frozen this year and maybe next year as well.
January 1, 2009
Detail how staff can and should be using the technology at your association to avoid liability.
When President Barack Obama took office, he fought for the right to bring along his BlackBerry. If the president of the United States had trouble relinquishing his PDA, just imagine how difficult it might be for your staff to shelve their personal electronic devices or curtail Internet usage during working hours. Without a communications section in your employee policy establishing appropriate phone, fax, e-mail, and Internet usage, managing staff productivity could become a problem.
January 1, 2009

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets the parameters by which you determine whether or not a position is exempt or non-exempt from overtime.

But how do you make that determination? Well, contrary to popular belief, a position’s title does not determine whether or not a position is exempt or non-exempt. Rather, it is the position’s responsibilities, level of decision making, and other factors which are the criteria.

There are five categories by which a position can be considered exempt from overtime:


January 1, 2009

It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was first introduced to e-mail with a network called Wang-Net in the late ‘80s. This now archaic network connected the Illinois governor’s cabinet members to his office and little more. It’s a far cry from the technology discussed at the recent Association Executives Institute in Colorado Springs.
January 1, 2009

Find the programs and services your members really need—NOW!

By Bridget McCrea

There comes a time in every association’s life when its leaders must ask themselves whether they are truly offering the right mix of programs, products, and services to meet member needs. For many REALTOR® organizations, the time to ask that question—and to tweak as needed—has arrived.
January 1, 2009

By Leonard Pfeiffer

Association boards of directors often think your job is easy. When we sit with boards that have retained our executive search firm to replace a CEO (whether the person is retiring, leaving voluntarily, or being nudged out) we are continually surprised by the sheer volume of volunteer leaders who think they can do your job. How many times have you sensed that?
January 1, 2009

As each of us prepared for 2009, we did so with some trepidation, knowing that the 2009 housing market would parallel or surpass the 2008 drop in sales and home prices. Many association executives and REALTORS® have never experienced such a -market, and terms like “upside down,” “short sale,” and “mortgage crisis” simply weren’t in our vocabulary. So what advice is there for AEs and their members?
January 1, 2009

GADs from across the country say their legislative and regulatory battles are growing. From the U.S. Congress to local city halls, politicians are being asked to answer for a multitude of problems stemming from the real estate lending crisis. Many areas have shrinking property and transfer tax revenue, growing numbers of vacant and foreclosed property, and increasing rates of homelessness—all of which lead to increased regulation and legislation of home-owners, homebuyers and homesellers, and real -estate practitioners.
January 1, 2009

Not only are empty properties (foreclosed, partially constructed, and unsold homes) the settings for theft, but police nationwide cite instances of people moving into these houses illegally, youths holding parties, and even growing marijuana on the lawn.

Responding to concerns from its members, the East Metro Board of REALTORS®, Ga., is partnering with Newton County Home Builders and the local sheriff’s department to form a community watch program aimed at reducing the incidences of vandalism on foreclosed and empty houses on the market.
January 1, 2009

by Amy DuBose

We’ve heard many experts talk about generational differences within our culture today. Being 27 myself, I know what motivates me as a young AE. And although I can’t claim to know what motivates all young REALTORS®, I do have some insight. Looking to find out more, I called on young agents from around the country to tell me what makes them tick. Here’s a list of the top nine things that’ll get them going in 2009.

1. Know which benefits attract