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Document Retention: What Not to Trash

March 1, 2007: 

By F.P. Maxson

Have a document retention policy at your association? Never thought about it? Well, there are now new reasons you should. First, the recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) increase the need for an association to adopt a policy. Second, a good document retention system is an effective risk management tool.

Know Your Issues: 10 issues every association and member should understand.

January 1, 2007: 

Across the country, Realtor® organizations are shaping the outcomes of legislation and regulation on a wide variety of issues.

So what hot topics should set off your e-mail campaigns to legislators and get you to mobilize members? Here are 10 important issues you should know and what some associations are doing about them.

Taxes on Real Estate Commissions
Dozens of state associations continue to fight off lawmakers’ efforts to tax real estate commissions.

Legal: Alcohol Liabilities

January 1, 2007: 

By Isham Jones, NAR Legal Dept.

Festive to


Picture this: Your association hosts its annual holiday party for members and affiliates. An attendee drinks too much alcohol, gets behind the wheel of her car, and causes a fatal accident. The association faces legal action.

It’s a dreadful scenario to imagine, but for one Realtor® association, this was reality.

Balance Your Budget

January 1, 2007: 

By Carolyn Schwaar

Finance Q&A

If there’s one task many association executives feel ill prepared to handle, it’s budgeting. The legal and technical aspects of financial accounting can be tricky, and the abundance of paperwork can be confusing. RAE asked AEs to send in their financial questions and had NAR finance chief John Pierpoint offer his advice.

Web Site Redo

January 1, 2007: 

Web Site Redo
Here’s what to look for in a development company when it’s time to overhaul your association’s Web site.

By Bridget


Too Plugged In?

January 1, 2007: 

It never ceases to amaze me that in any given meeting of executive officers or Realtor® boards of directors, there is a huge assortment of technological gadgets. If the attendees emptied their pockets, purses, or briefcases, we would find at least one cell phone or BlackBerry per person, Bluetooth earpieces for half, pagers for several, and probably a quarter with laptop or tablet computers. You can always find at least two or three individuals typing away furiously under the table, trying to act like they are paying attention to the discussion.