It energizes you. “It got my creative juices flowing again. The wealth of knowledge gained by reviewing all the information to prepare for the exam was a great refresher and motivator. I’m proud to have earned the designation and encourage others to ‘Just Do It.’ ”
—Pamela Krieter, rce, Realtor® Association of West/South Suburban Chicagoland
1. Promote Pride
Make it a strategic initiative at your association to enhance the REALTOR image by enhancing members’ pride in being a REALTOR. Put this on par with helping members make money.
2. Publish Pride Stories
Feature a regular column on professionalism in your publications. It can detail best practices and recognize members for their exemplary ethical conduct. At the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS, we dedicate an entire issue of our quarterly magazine to professionalism every year.
Analysis of local legislation
NAR's Land-Use Initiative helps state and local Realtor® associations in their public policy advocacy of (or opposition to) land-use issues. Upon request, NAR will provide free expert analysis of the legal, planning, economic, and environmental issues surrounding legislative and regulatory proposals.
Primary contact: Bob McNamara
Secondary contact: Gerald L. Allen
If you want to positively influence the way consumers think about buying a home—and how they perceive Realtors®—you have to talk to them directly. At least that’s what some associations have decided. That’s why they’ve created programs that educate consumers about home buying, the real estate market, and the role of Realtors®. Here, the experts tell you how they’ve reached out to consumers and boosted their members’ image in the process.
Why Educate Consumers?
With the frequency of my travel this year as AEC chair, mostly to the NAR offices in Chicago, my 13-year-old twins decided to have some fun with good old Dad. At a recent Sunday evening dinner my son Mackenzie, said “Hey, Dad, I saw this movie the other day about a guy who had another family in a distant town . . . do you have another family in Chicago?” Then my daughter Mary got in to the swing by saying “Dad, remember my 13th birthday . . . oh, I forgot, you were in Chicago!” again, laughs all around the table.
Although several state and local associations have launched consumer-oriented Web sites providing free information on important housing issues, few have branded themselves strongly as Realtor® association sites. Many don’t even use the word “Realtor®” in their Web site address.