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January 1, 2008

Associations weigh the pros and cons of electronic publications vs. print

E-newsletters today are so easy, fast, cheap, and effective that many associations are asking themselves why they still have paper publications. Although there are considerable benefits to electronically based newsletters, there are still some drawbacks to consider.
January 1, 2008

Associations find creative ways to ease the financial burden some staff and elected leaders incur to drive to work and board meetings.

Lying in bed one night, Jeanette Newton, CEO of the Dulles Area Association of REALTORS®, had a brilliant idea for helping employees with the high cost of gas: a four-day workweek!
January 1, 2008

By Melynn Sight

You spend members’ dues dollars wisely: ample programs and services, reasonable staff salaryand benefits, prudent investments, and well-researched purchases. Yet, when it comes to sharing financial statements and budgets with the membership, AEs have differing views.

At one end of the spectrum are AEs who don’t hesitate when asked about sharing financials, as some have told RAE:
January 1, 2008

AEs agree, one of the best things you can do for your association and your career is to create professional relationships with other Realtor® association executives.
January 1, 2008

I admit I’m not too politically correct on the whole “green” issue. In fact, when I first heard about associations going “green,” I thought it meant I should take a trip to Ireland. But then I discovered that it had to do with being environmentally friendly.
January 1, 2008

Recruiting a diverse array of members and leaders is a task filled with potential pitfalls that can frustrate your good intentions. But the end result is well worth the effort. After all, diversity in leadership not only builds credibility in a diverse community, but also enables the association to better understand and meet the needs of its diverse membership. So how can associations successfully recruit with an eye toward diversity?
September 1, 2007

BY Amy Ritsko-Warren

he headlines have been ferocious. The national, regional, and local media have sunk their teeth into the real estate industry like insatiable beasts in a predator versus prey documentary on the National Geographic Channel. So do we “fight or flight”?

Although running and hiding is an effective course of action with some predators, it only incites the media. A “no comment” response not only implies you have something to coverup but also silences your voice in the conversation with consumers.
September 1, 2007

By Steve DeBretto

This will be the third and final year the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® purchases booth space at an annual home show, the type of industry event many associations attend to build consumer awareness of Realtors® and showcase their expertise.

“The problem with the home shows is that they aren’t buyer-specific,” says Eric Berman, the association’s communications director. Other booths dedicated to patios, hot tubs, or decking draw current homeowners looking for home improvement ideas, not potential homebuyers.
September 1, 2007

BY Laurie Janik

Every real estate transaction presents potential legal pitfalls for licensees. Combine an active housing market with an increasingly litigious society, and you have the recipe for lawsuits. Buyers and sellers may bring suits against brokers or agents for a variety of reasons, based on both statutory and common law.

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