by Ryan J. Tucholski, RCE, AE of the 930-member Lakeland Association of Realtors®, Fla.
The first question you ask yourself when incorporating new technology may be, “What do Generation X and Y members want?” If the answer is daily RSS feeds of association news and education schedules delivered through iPhones, will you be ready?
If you’re facing an HR issue, you’re not alone! Welcome to your new HR Connection column. This is one of the many new services being offered by HR Connection, NAR’s Human
Resource Services for AEs. Send your HR- related questions to email@example.com. Selected questions will be answered in each issue of Realtor® AE magazine. This column addresses your questions on job descriptions.
What can I do to help my association staff do their jobs better?
Chances are, your association budget, like so many others’, got a little fat during the real estate boom years. Soaring memberships filled reserves and funded a range of new programs and services. But now, in the midst of a market correction in many areas, some associations find now is the time to prepare a leaner budget.
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
Dump old Appliances.
When you need to purchase new electronic items, make sure they are Energy Star compliant to reduce your power needs and your electricity bill in the long run. Replace that old fridge.
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.