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January 1, 2011

Mergers aren’t for everyone. Often there’s no overarching reason or desire to merge, but there is a middle ground. I’d bet any association could find at least one program, service, or event that would benefit from collaboration with another REALTOR® association.
January 1, 2011
• The Arkansas Association of REALTORS® in January appointed Mark G. Marchand as its new chief executive officer, replacing Andy Schaus. Marchand moved from the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® and was replaced by Richard J. D’Ascoli.
• The Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS® in September welcomed Anne Gardner, RCE, CAE, as the local association’s new chief executive officer. Gardner replaces Dave Phillips, who left in August to take over as executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS®.
January 1, 2011
An administrative law judge ruled that a broker acted in bad faith by registering two domain names, listonrealtor.com and listitonrealtor.com, and ordered the names transferred to NAR.
January 1, 2011
The popular business magazine SmartMoney named NAR CEO Dale Stinton to its annual Power 30 feature of the “World’s Most Influential Players.” The magazine recognized Stinton for keeping the country’s largest professional trade association “on the offensive” while real estate was struggling to recover from the mortgage crisis.
January 1, 2011
John Hicks, director of MLS training and outreach at Central Virginia Regional MLS, is the 2011 recipient of the Terry McDermott Community Leadership Award for
his work with the Joni and Friends camps for children with disabilities.
January 1, 2011

You may have heard RPAC leaders say this regarding the importance of REALTOR® political involvement:

“If real estate is your profession, then politics is your business.”

Well, the same saying applies to REALTOR® AEs: “If REALTOR® association management is your profession, then politics is your business.”
January 1, 2011
RAMCO (REALTOR® Association Management System Cooperative) the feature-rich, comprehensive association management system being created for all REALTOR® associations worldwide, now includes robust tech support through the Florida REALTORS® Technology Helpline Service.
January 1, 2011

These 22 benefits are provided by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® to all members.

Combine these with specifics about your association’s unique benefits, charity work, discounts, and services, including home tours, state-run legal or technology hotlines, your homes magazine, the REALTOR® member roster, and the public side of your MLS, to create a convincing value statement.
January 1, 2011
The Chicago Association of REALTORS® recently rolled out a new initiative to bring services and education out to larger member offices during three-hour visits. The C.A.R.2U programs hopes to bridge the gap between the association and members who do not regularly read CAR’s communications, and to enable staff to stay in touch with member needs and industry trends.
January 1, 2011
The Housing Opportunity Fund, a National Association of REALTORS® grant program, has presented $50,000 to 15 local and state REALTOR® associations to promote and expand affordable housing opportunities in their communities.

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