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May 6, 2015

A Social Networking Space for Members . . . That’s Not Online

By Amanda Sue Piltz, Communications Director, Scottsdale Association of REALTORS®
Would members want to come to our association office to drink coffee and check their e-mail?
We asked ourselves this question when we were designing our new Scottsdale Association of REALTORS® building and wondered whether we should include a space for members to network or do business with free Wi-Fi.
May 6, 2015

How to build a better online home for members and consumers.

By Andrew Sims, Communications Director, Birmingham Association of REALTORS®
How do we show value to members, paint a picture of better careers through education, and tell the story and power of the REALTOR® Party?
“We need a better website!”
May 6, 2015
Great websites are born from a clear purpose.
Purpose is the focus of the 2015 Outstanding REALTOR® Association Website Contest: What is the purpose of your association website?
What need are you trying to fill?
For many associations, and especially our winners, redefining the purpose of their web presence led them to remove the clutter and focus on a singular objective.
May 6, 2015
Even local real estate pros may not know every neighborhood in their city. That’s why the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® launched a new interactive neighborhood profile application on its consumer-facing website (stlhomeresource.com) powered by information from the REALTORS Property Resource®.
May 6, 2015
Online housing scams are persistent. After years of news reports alerting consumers to never wire money to rent a home they’ve seen only in photos online, they still do. News reports of families now homeless after being scammed out of a deposit are not only still prevalent but increasing, law enforcement agencies say. 
May 6, 2015

by Jarrod C. Grasso, RCE, CEO, New Jersey Association of REALTORS®
Inside and outside the office, the hyper-connected existence that we now all know to be normal has proven to have its ups and downs. As leaders, it’s up to us to develop ways to use technology in a positive, thoughtful way that positions our associations to stand out among the crowd and help us all get back in sync.
May 4, 2015
From August 1, 2015, any transaction involving a mortgage will use new disclosure forms created by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
May 1, 2015
On April 29, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act, or "PATENT Act" was introduced in the Senate.
May 1, 2015
The most popular reasons sellers decided to leave their home for another are quite simple—people moving to new areas and outgrowing their homes.
May 1, 2015
Perhaps the biggest concern of first-time homebuyers is how to pay for such a big purchase. Many cannot afford a large down payment.

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