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January 1, 2006

By Bridget McCrea

For Keith Holm, executive officer of the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors® in St. Paul, Minn., there’s nothing more interesting than sharing the history of organized real estate. But for the association’s 4,500 members and the 100–150 licensees who join every month, nothing could be less interesting.
January 1, 2006

Data for Dollars?
Uses for MLS data run the gamut, but who’s selling what to whome these days?
January 1, 2006

Risk management is consistently cited by Realtors® as a key business concern. That’s why to help our members better manage their risk, the San Diego Association of Realtors® created a comprehensive, custom education program, the Risk Management Specialist (RMS) certification. (Editor’s Note: The certification is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by NAR.)
January 1, 2006

by Robert Golden, AEC Chair 2006
The 2006 NAR Association Executives Institute has come and gone, and it was a great one. Thanks to David Phillips and the entire AEI board for putting together an excellent event. I really enjoyed Reno, particularly the Lake Tahoe area, which is such a beautiful part of our country. I know that many of us found the Reno Hilton to be a bit “dated,” but then again we’re all so spoiled with the many phenomenal hotels and resorts we visit. (Last I heard there were still AEs in the casino.)
January 1, 2006

It energizes you. “It got my creative juices flowing again. The wealth of knowledge gained by reviewing all the information to prepare for the exam was a great refresher and motivator. I’m proud to have earned the designation and encourage others to ‘Just Do It.’ ”
—Pamela Krieter, rce, Realtor® Association of West/South Suburban Chicagoland
January 1, 2006

1. Promote Pride
Make it a strategic initiative at your association to enhance the REALTOR image by enhancing members’ pride in being a REALTOR. Put this on par with helping members make money.

2. Publish Pride Stories
Feature a regular column on professionalism in your publications. It can detail best practices and recognize members for their exemplary ethical conduct. At the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS, we dedicate an entire issue of our quarterly magazine to professionalism every year.
January 1, 2006

Analysis of local legislation

NAR's Land-Use Initiative helps state and local Realtor® associations in their public policy advocacy of (or opposition to) land-use issues. Upon request, NAR will provide free expert analysis of the legal, planning, economic, and environmental issues surrounding legislative and regulatory proposals.

Primary contact: Bob McNamara
202-383-1268bmcnamara@realtors.org
January 1, 2006

If you want to positively influence the way consumers think about buying a home—and how they perceive Realtors®—you have to talk to them directly. At least that’s what some associations have decided. That’s why they’ve created programs that educate consumers about home buying, the real estate market, and the role of Realtors®. Here, the experts tell you how they’ve reached out to consumers and boosted their members’ image in the process.

Why Educate Consumers?
January 1, 2006

With the frequency of my travel this year as AEC chair, mostly to the NAR offices in Chicago, my 13-year-old twins decided to have some fun with good old Dad. At a recent Sunday evening dinner my son Mackenzie, said “Hey, Dad, I saw this movie the other day about a guy who had another family in a distant town . . . do you have another family in Chicago?” Then my daughter Mary got in to the swing by saying “Dad, remember my 13th birthday . . . oh, I forgot, you were in Chicago!” again, laughs all around the table.

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