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12 Tips for Increasing Members’ Professionalism

January 1, 2006: 

1. Promote Pride
Make it a strategic initiative at your association to enhance the REALTOR image by enhancing members’ pride in being a REALTOR. Put this on par with helping members make money.

2. Publish Pride Stories
Feature a regular column on professionalism in your publications. It can detail best practices and recognize members for their exemplary ethical conduct. At the West Michigan Lakeshore Association of REALTORS, we dedicate an entire issue of our quarterly magazine to professionalism every year.

Free stuff for associations from NAR

January 1, 2006: 

Analysis of local legislation

NAR's Land-Use Initiative helps state and local Realtor® associations in their public policy advocacy of (or opposition to) land-use issues. Upon request, NAR will provide free expert analysis of the legal, planning, economic, and environmental issues surrounding legislative and regulatory proposals.

Primary contact: Bob McNamara
202-383-1268
bmcnamara@realtors.org

Secondary contact: Gerald L. Allen
202-383-1109gallen@realtors.org

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Education: Not Just for Members Anymore

January 1, 2006: 

If you want to positively influence the way consumers think about buying a home—and how they perceive Realtors®—you have to talk to them directly. At least that’s what some associations have decided. That’s why they’ve created programs that educate consumers about home buying, the real estate market, and the role of Realtors®. Here, the experts tell you how they’ve reached out to consumers and boosted their members’ image in the process.

Why Educate Consumers?

Commitments, Progress, and Pride

January 1, 2006: 

With the frequency of my travel this year as AEC chair, mostly to the NAR offices in Chicago, my 13-year-old twins decided to have some fun with good old Dad. At a recent Sunday evening dinner my son Mackenzie, said “Hey, Dad, I saw this movie the other day about a guy who had another family in a distant town . . . do you have another family in Chicago?” Then my daughter Mary got in to the swing by saying “Dad, remember my 13th birthday . . . oh, I forgot, you were in Chicago!” again, laughs all around the table.

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
Promotion/Marketing
Strategy: Create and mail one invitation to affiliates
Budget: minimal

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