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How and Why to Get Members Elected

January 1, 2011: 

Thousands of REALTORS® serve as elected and appointed officials in posts government bodies from county planning commissions to the U.S. Senate. The benefits to the real estate industry are clear, but what about the advantages to REALTOR® associations? Should you encourage members to run for office? The REALTOR® association government affairs pros we spoke to answered with a resounding yes.

Benefits of Sharing

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.

Curb Merger Job Stress

January 1, 2011: 

In his 25 years of executive recruiting for associations, Leonard Pfeiffer has placed CEOs into the top spots at dozens of new associations and MLSs created out of mergers. Here, he offers his advice to AEs facing the career uncertainty of a merger.

Elements of a Successful Merger

January 1, 2011: 

Recessions change businesses, forcing them to cut costs, change philosophies, or alter their structures to stay afloat. Often this means acquiring, merging, or cooperating with other companies to remain viable.

Getting It Done: Technology & Trends

January 1, 2011: 

Top tech tools & services developed by NAR in the past 5 years

Realtors Property Resource™ (narrpr.com): a national database of assessor, recorder, and mortgage data, MLS content, foreclosure information, demographics, neighborhood data, and more.

Second Century Ventures (secondcenturyventures.com): a venture capital fund focused on promoting innovation (particularly new technologies) in the real estate industry.

Blogs & social media, including 34 separate Facebook pages for individual association audiences, 13 blogs, and Twitter feeds.

Benefits of Sharing

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.

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