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Associations Launch Public Service Web Sites

January 1, 2006: 

Although several state and local associations have launched consumer-oriented Web sites providing free information on important housing issues, few have branded themselves strongly as Realtor® association sites. Many don’t even use the word “Realtor®” in their Web site address.

Cashing In on Events

January 1, 2006: 

As the real estate market cools, associations fear losing members . . . and their dues dollars. Can event revenue fill the gap?

Event: Free cocktail reception for affiliates only
Host: Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors®
Cost: $1,200 Profit: $25,000 – $45,000
PRIce to Attend: Free
Strategy: Create and mail one invitation to affiliates
Budget: minimal

10 reasons to establish a commercial overlay board

January 1, 2006: 

The number of local commercial real estate structures within local and state Realtor® associations has grown dramatically over the last five years. REALTOR associations across the country are seeing the advantages of launching an organization to provide programs and services for their commercial practitioners. Here are just a few of the advantages.

1. Grows your membership -- and your revenue.

2. Educates residential practitioners on the skills, experience, and background needed to be a successful commercial broker

Best Practices for MLS Data Security

January 1, 2006: 

By Todd Costigan

Foil Content Theft

You may refer to it as “data,” but to thieves, your MLS listings are valuable content. To secure your content, consider using a number of the following tools and methods.

Realtor® Association Education Directors to Launch Summit

January 1, 2006: 

The Wichita Area Association of Realtors® will host its first summit of Realtor® association education directors, Feb. 1-2 in Wichita, Kan. The summit aims to teach attendees how to design and deliver avant-garde education programs that are valuable in a fluctuating market.

Do You Teach Enough?

January 1, 2006: 

Thinking of boosting your educational programming? You’re not alone. Many associations have been bulking up their course schedules in response to surging membership, the increasing complexity of the transaction, and increases in state continuing education requirements.

Associations add courses with an eye toward meeting member needs and generating important nondues revenue along the way. Maybe it’s time to ask, do your educational offerings make the grade?