By Carolyn Schwaar
Enticed by the promise of fast, low-cost elections with greater member participation and a lower risk of human error, Realtor® associations have flocked to online voting. While many associations use very simple online ballots, others have interwoven their online election programs with political outreach, membership surveying, course evaluations, and even opt-in and opt-out e-mail subscriptions.
Nothing can derail the steady progress of managing an association like losing a staff member. Whether a worker leaves or has to be let go, personnel changes affect the entire organization. Rest assured, though, you can make these transitions quick and less painful.
Rob Guilloz, director of information services at the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors®, Mich., recently became familiar with the pains of transition when his association lost three members of its staff in succession, starting with the executive officer.
Fourth Annual Outstanding REALTOR® Association Web Site Contest Winners
Today's best sites dazzle the senses and deliver the goods.
This year's best association Web sites came alive with brilliant photographs and interactive menus. There was a clear trend toward incorporating moving pictures and animation in a subtle and inviting way.
Although we could choose only six winners from the nearly 90 contest entries we received, there were dozens of others that impressed the 16 AE judges (plus four NAR staff judges).
How new technology tools and innovations will impact Realtor® associations.
A conversation with Mark Lesswing, vice president of NAR’s Center for Realtor® Technology on how technology tools and innovations will impact associations.
What impact will Wi-Fi computing have on associations?
Wireless connectivity has become an integral part of every day business for members. Therefore, it is essential for associations to demonstrate that they are "connected."
by Dan Rafter
Legislative impact: New political advocacy strategies help even small associations battle harmful New regulations and taxes.
Clyde Goodbread was asking a lot from the 290 members of the Amelia Island-Nassau County Association of Realtors , Fla. Goodbread, executive vice president of the association, needed members to agree to a nearly 100 percent increase in their yearly membership dues to hire a full-time government affairs director.
Forward-looking real estate industry pundits predict the future of your association and how to plan for smooth sailing today.
When you did strategic planning five years ago, did you foresee today’s still-booming market? Did you conceive of today’s alternative online business models or the threat of banks trying to get into real estate?
I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve felt like road kill on the information highway. Just about the time I figure out how to drive one new tool, another comes along. I was in total technology panic at the Association Executives Institute in Vancouver when Terry Penza told us she would be using text messaging for emergencies. Thank God we didn’t have any! I still haven’t figured out how to text a message, but I’m working on it.
Associations take grassroots action to keep the pressure on lawmakers to pass the Small Business Health Fairness Act.
State and local associations are following the National Association of Realtors¨' lead in turning up pressure on their congressional representatives to support the Small Business Health Fairness Act, H.R. 525/S.406. The legislation would give independent contractors--the largest segment of real estate practitioners--access to affordable group health insurance.