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30 collaboration ideas for better member service and association efficiency

January 1, 2006: 

Administrative Service Partnerships

1. Collaborate with other associations to provide a National Realtors® Database System data entry or point of entry (POE) person.

2. Create a single membership system that services multiple associations and is accessed via the Internet.

3. Outsource administrative functions to a private management company or another association.

Online Training: Outside the Class

January 1, 2006: 

By Masha Zager

Real estate education has to be two things: convenient and accessible. That's why Realtor® associations are thinking outside the classroom and expanding their online course offerings.

In response to association demand, commercial vendors have developed a wide variety of prelicensing and continuing education course offerings, and a lot of the continuing education courses are approved for continuing education credit in many states.

Get with the Program: Orientation programs have evolved to serve new-member needs.

January 1, 2006: 

By Bridget McCrea

For Keith Holm, executive officer of the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors® in St. Paul, Minn., there’s nothing more interesting than sharing the history of organized real estate. But for the association’s 4,500 members and the 100–150 licensees who join every month, nothing could be less interesting.

MLS OUTLOOK: Rethinking MLS revenue

January 1, 2006: 

Data for Dollars?
Uses for MLS data run the gamut, but who’s selling what to whome these days?

Take Members to a New Level

January 1, 2006: 

Risk management is consistently cited by Realtors® as a key business concern. That’s why to help our members better manage their risk, the San Diego Association of Realtors® created a comprehensive, custom education program, the Risk Management Specialist (RMS) certification. (Editor’s Note: The certification is neither affiliated with nor endorsed by NAR.)

The Realtor®-Habitat Gulf Coast Recovery Effort

January 1, 2006: 

NAR’s Operation Home Delivery is moving forward quickly with 18 state associations, as of July 19, contributing their $70,000 to sponsor a Habitat for Humanity house in the Gulf Region. Since NAR President Tom Stevens issued the challenge at the Association Executives Institute in Reno in April, NAR has received a great deal of positive feedback and support, said Amy Eichhorst, manager of NAR’s Housing Opportunity Program.