Public Events: Associations evaluate housing fairs, first-time homebuyer seminars, and community festivals as ways to promote members.
By Steve DeBretto
This will be the third and final year the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® purchases booth space at an annual home show, the type of industry event many associations attend to build consumer awareness of Realtors® and showcase their expertise.
BY Laurie Janik
Every real estate transaction presents potential legal pitfalls for licensees. Combine an active housing market with an increasingly litigious society, and you have the recipe for lawsuits. Buyers and sellers may bring suits against brokers or agents for a variety of reasons, based on both statutory and common law.
As long as Realtor® associations have had Web sites, many have provided information on homebuying and homeselling. Recently, though, more associations are launching informational Web sites, for a variety of reasons, specifically targeting consumers.
By Bridget McCrea
The life of a lobbyist is one that not many people understand. Charged with persuading members of the government to enact legislation that would benefit their group—in this case the associations of Realtors®—lobbyists spend their days attempting to influence the outcome of legislation or administrative decisions.
A government affairs program that rallies members to take a stand on local issues isn’t just for state or large associations.
By C. Warren Wakeland
They’re Democrats and Republicans, they’re independents and social conservatives, they’re environmentalists and, sometimes, even Realtors®. The people we elect to make laws affecting our communities are as varied as the places we call home. But when it comes to gaining the backing of Realtor® associations, they must have one thing in common: support for the Realtor® organization’s political position.