In market areas that have softened some, associations are reducing costs, which for some means staff cuts.
Even though your largest operating expense—staff—may seem like the best place to start trimming, there are many strategies for cutting your budget before turning to layoffs.
This issue of Realtor® AE magazine is dedicated to bringing you great ideas on how to leverage technology to benefit your association and members. In this issue you’ll learn how other associations are using and exploring technology, but don’t forget that technology will never replace human touch.
By Amy DuBose, Bridget McCrea, and Kevin Fritz
14 ways to green your office, save energy, and waste less.
From recycling paper to dimming the lights, every association can find simple and cost-effective ways to minimize its impact on the environment, save energy, and become an example for members and the community on how to be more environmentally conscious. Compiled by Carolyn Schwaar
As energy costs rise along with concern for the environment, more REALTORS® are asking for a new kind of listing data from their MLS: information on property energy efficiency and “green” features from Energy Star appliances and high-grade insulation to actual “green” home certifications are being added as categories in MLSs nationwide. Association and MLS executives are working fast to provide this new marketing tool so that members can meet the growing consumer demand.
The one practice that saves Realtor® associations thousands of dollars, leads to legislative victories, enhances members’ image, and benefits local communities is something we all learned in kindergarten—sharing. And ideal role models for how to share are association government affairs directors (GADs) who have formed a tight and mutually beneficial community through exchanging resources and experiences.