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.
Now may be the best time to approach your board of directors or boss for that big raise. Although an annual 3 to 5 percent raise is the average in the U.S., real estate has had an exceptionally good run, driving up memberships and increasing demand for association services and products. Here are 10 tips for getting the raise you deserve:
1. List all programs, activities, and services of the association. (Refer to the Program Budget Worksheet online at REALTOR.org for examples of what should be included.)
2. Have all staff members estimate the number of annual hours spent on each program, activity, or service.
Do You Teach Enough?
Associations rev up education to draw members’ interest and increase revenue. By Elaine Gast
Not Just for Members Anymore
When associations offer programs for consumers, members reap the long-term rewards.
By G. M. Filisko
This is very cool. Serving as the Association Executives Committee chair feels like my turn at bat. I’m sure many of you remember playing baseball in the summer as a kid, waiting and waiting for your turn to step up to the plate and feeling that the game was up to you. That’s how I feel now.
Over the years people have asked me, “How did you get into the business?” Well, back in 1982 I simply needed a job! I’m sure many of you can relate.
As the average real estate practitioner’s economic outlook starts to dim in light of the industry cool down, some associations are experiencing an upsurge in Realtors® going head-to-head against one another in disputes over issues ranging from commission splits to client agreements. In short, when times get tough, the fight for every dollar can become relentless. And even if the dispute is not about commissions, AEs say that members realize today’s failure to stop poor or unethical business practices can lead to tomorrow’s lost commission.