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Consolidation: The Ideal MLS?

March 1, 2006: 

By Saul Klein

Many brokers today want a sense of “oneness” with their MLS. They want one MLS that covers their entire market and they want to pay one fee to oneorganization. They want to be able to serve on one MLS board, deal with one MLS vendor, receive their data in one format, and play by one set of MLS rules. Too often, though, multiplicity is the name of the game.

Copyright: Listing Ownership Under the Law

March 1, 2006: 

By Ralph Holmen & Marion Hanson

Although technology has made listing data more valuable, it has also made it more vulnerable. And protecting it isn’t easy. To keep data from being stolen, a host of technical and legal hurdles must be overcome—from securing copyright to determining ownership.

Here we’ll explore the legal issues raised by the need to better protect and manage MLS and listing data and take a look at efforts under way for providing better protection. 

MLS OUTLOOK: The future of the MLS

January 1, 2006: 

By G.M. Filisko

Tomorrow’s

MLS

Privately owned? Association-owned? Regional? National?Which Multiple Listing Service model has the best chance of becoming the MLS of the future in America?

Virtual Events: Web-based Conventions

January 1, 2006: 

By Masha Zager

Is a virtual trade show for you? Thanks to a growing variety of virtual-event software vendors, a more receptive (and time-crunched) audience, and statistics that show
massive time and money savings for exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees alike, virtual events are becoming viable options for associations.

Mentors Tell All

January 1, 2006: 

By Kelly Quigley

Reading books and taking classes go only so far in preparing you to be an association executive. The most valuable career guidance comes from successful colleagues who’ve been in the profession long enough to put things into perspective. Here, recipients of the prestigious William R. Magel Award of Excellence share wisdom with those fresh to the field of Realtor® association management.

Learn & Grow: Be a Better AE

January 1, 2006: 

By Carolyn Schwaar

Continuing education isn’t just for members. Whether you’re just starting out in association management or you’ve been doing it for decades, professional development keeps your skills sharp and your practices relevant. For less-experienced association executives, NAR’s professional development opportunities are critical; there’s nowhere else you can learn how to be a better Realtor® AE.

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