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How Risky Is Your Blog?: A thorough blog policy can reduce liability

March 1, 2008: 

by Isham R. Jones

Hosting a blog can be an extremely effective vehicle for communicating with your members and the public. Like virtually any other business-related activity, however, hosting a blog creates the potential for legal liability for your association. Although the National Association of Realtors® is not aware of a state or local Realtor® association that has been sued over the content of a blog, here are some ways to significantly reduce your risk.

Them’s Fightin’ Words

How to Hire a Lawyer

January 1, 2008: 

Have the right association legal counsel at the ready.
By Katherine Raynolds

“Have you been injured and are in need of an attorney, but don’t know how to find the right one? We can help.” That quote may have been taken right out of a late-night commercial for personal-injury attorneys, but it may also be relevant to you. If your association doesn’t obtain adequate legal counsel when necessary, it may be seriously injured.

Tech a Step Forward: What the technology generation expects from your association

January 1, 2008: 

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?

HR Connection: Jobs in Writing

January 1, 2008: 

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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 hrconnection@realtors.org. 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?

12 ways to save, cut, and do more with less

January 1, 2008: 

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.

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