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Data Security & Privacy

April 1, 2011: 

Does your state have data security laws that your association must follow? Does your state regulate what businesses must do in the event of a security breach? Does your state have laws requiring you to properly dispose of personal information or implement a written data security program? It very well could.

Virtual AEs, Actual Success

March 1, 2011: 

The days when REALTORS® sat behind desks waiting for potential clients to drop in are long gone. Today, REALTORS® work from home, from their cars, from Starbucks . . . anywhere. Now, many AEs are following in their members’ footsteps.

RAE spoke with several virtual and semi-virtual AEs about the benefits and challenges of office-less association management.

Where virtual works

Blending Resources: Association mergers and partnerships

January 1, 2011: 

Elements of a Successful Merger
By Jerry Matthews

Recessions force associations to cut costs, change philosophies, or alter their structures to stay afloat. Often this means acquiring, merging, or cooperating with other companies to remain viable.
• Why We Merged: AE Survey Results
• REALTOR® Association Mergers: 2000–2010
• Alternatives to Mergers
• Three Issues That Can Derail a Merger

AEC Chair Report
I have realistic optimism.
By Steve Francks

Top smart-phone apps for AEs

January 1, 2011: 

DataViz “Documents to Go.” DataViz lets you create and edit Word and Excel files and PowerPoint presentations, and view PDF documents.

NAR Express. Real estate news, research, opinions, events, and calls for action from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

Scan2PDF Mobile. Document scanning using your phone’s camera to convert one or more pages into a PDF. Like having a document scanner/photocopier/fax machine in your pocket!

HR Connection: Who Stays, Who Goes?

January 1, 2011: 

One of the toughest decisions to make in an association merger is how to merge staff. You—and your employees—know there’s no room for two education managers or two professional standards administrators. So, how can you blend, balance, and build the staff your new organization needs with the least amount of stress?

First and foremost, define the goals and initiatives of the merged association. It is only after you determine your long-term goals that you can select the staff with the skills you’ll need to accomplish them.

Small Board: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

January 1, 2011: 

Pooling resources can be cost-effective and joint events can be convenient, but even in today’s weak economy, many small-association AEs cite a wide variety of reasons not to merge.