I knew health care reform would be a great topic for this column, but I didn’t expect it to be so daunting. With all the conflicting information available from so many sources, and many of the facts in flux, it’s no wonder this subject is a constant source of debate.
Google “Nick Kremydas,” CEO of the South Carolina Association of REALTORS®, and you’ll find links to his Facebook page, his LinkedIn profile, and his Twitter feeds (he has 2,287 followers and counting.). Then there are his YouTube videos, Ustream clips of his weekly appearances on South Carolina REALTORS®-TV, not to mention his member profiles on sites to which he contributes (including Inman News and RealTown.com). Clearly, Kremydas is not afraid of technology.
No matter where you live, you can help your members attract the growing international buyer audience. Skeptical? Just hear me out.
At a time when domestic buyers are hesitant, foreign buyers are eager. Last year, roughly $66 billion of U.S. real estate was sold to immigrants and buyers residing primarily outside the United States. NAR is working to ensure that your members are aware of these opportunities and equipped to successfully reach out to global and multicultural buyer groups in their areas.
If you attended the AE Institute in Dallas earlier this year, you learned plenty about today’s challenges in the industry, along with some solutions from AEs and others. I took the opportunity to survey AEs I encountered in the halls, on the elevator, and seated next to me at lunch with one vital question:
What’s your main challenge today and what are you doing about it?
Here’s what they had to say:
As technology plays an ever-increasing role in our lives and in businesses, CEOs are expected to navigate the virtual business world as expertly as they navigate the physical one. But make no mistake: The CEO should not be the CIO (chief information officer).
The extent to which an executive is involved with the technology side of a business varies depending on the industry, but one fact remains true across all industries: The CEO is there to run the business, not the Twitter account.
It’s not easy to attract the attention of busy REALTORS®. Associations must flex every creative muscle to produce promotional and advertising materials that will engage and inform.
REALTOR® AE asked associations to submit their best advertisements, flyers, event brochures, and other marketing materials to our 2011 competition. The result was more than 65 terrific pieces. Judges chose three outstanding examples and 21 favorites.
Massachusetts Association of REALTORS®