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Big Bucks in Banner Ads

January 1, 2005: 

By Paul Beakley

Have you tapped your Web site’s revenue-generating potential? Many associations are enjoying a steady stream of non-dues revenue by offering banner advertising on their association Web sites and MLS public home-search sites.

11 Ways to Encourage Members to Donate to Tsunami Relief

January 1, 2005: 

Associations are proving to be the backbone in the fundraising efforts for the REALTOR® Tsunami Relief Project. Already, NAR is nearing its goal of $1 million to be donated to Habitat for Humanity International for the construction of REALTOR® Villages. (Read more)

So how are they doing it? Below are just some of the ways associations are getting those checks rolling in and making the REALTOR® Tsunami Relief Project a success.

What your association can do to boost contributions to the REALTOR® Tsunami Relief Project:

AE Designation Boom

January 1, 2005: 

by Candy Roberts

RCE fever peaked in 2004 as a record number of association executives obtained their Realtor association Certified Executive designation. Last year, 42 AEs and staff specialists earned their RCE. That's the highest number since 1991, the first year of the program, when 39 AEs earned the designation.

Click Here to Vote: Update on e-voting

January 1, 2005: 

By Carolyn Schwaar

Enticed by the promise of fast, low-cost elections with greater member participation and a lower risk of human error, Realtor® associations have flocked to online voting. While many associations use very simple online ballots, others have interwoven their online election programs with political outreach, membership surveying, course evaluations, and even opt-in and opt-out e-mail subscriptions.

Smooth Staff Turnover

January 1, 2005: 

Nothing can derail the steady progress of managing an association like losing a staff member. Whether a worker leaves or has to be let go, personnel changes affect the entire organization. Rest assured, though, you can make these transitions quick and less painful.

Rob Guilloz, director of information services at the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors®, Mich., recently became familiar with the pains of transition when his association lost three members of its staff in succession, starting with the executive officer.

Political Face Time

January 1, 2005: 

All real estate is local, so the saying goes. Or is it?

Once a year, hundreds of Realtors® from across the country flood the halls of congressional buildings in Washington, D.C., to meet with their federal legislators and lobby for national laws favorable for real estate and homeownership.