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Your Associationin Five Years

January 1, 2005: 

Forward-looking real estate industry pundits predict the future of your association and how to plan for smooth sailing today.

When you did strategic planning five years ago, did you foresee today’s still-booming market? Did you conceive of today’s alternative online business models or the threat of banks trying to get into real estate?

AEs Navigating the Information Highway

January 1, 2005: 

I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve felt like road kill on the information highway. Just about the time I figure out how to drive one new tool, another comes along. I was in total technology panic at the Association Executives Institute in Vancouver when Terry Penza told us she would be using text messaging for emergencies. Thank God we didn’t have any! I still haven’t figured out how to text a message, but I’m working on it.

Push Is On to Pass Health Plan Bill

January 1, 2005: 

Associations take grassroots action to keep the pressure on lawmakers to pass the Small Business Health Fairness Act.

State and local associations are following the National Association of Realtors¨' lead in turning up pressure on their congressional representatives to support the Small Business Health Fairness Act, H.R. 525/S.406. The legislation would give independent contractors--the largest segment of real estate practitioners--access to affordable group health insurance.

Sending Hope to Hurricane Victims

January 1, 2005: 

Hurricane relief efforts nationwide show the dedicated spirit and housing know-how of the Realtor® community.

Executives at state and local Realtor® associations mobilized their staff quickly to coordinate relief efforts for survivors after Hurricane Katrina hit in late August.

Polish Your Public Image

January 1, 2005: 

by Paul Beakley

Public Awareness: associations are building on NAR's national efforts to CRAFT Local Image Campaigns.

Around the country, associations large and small are building on the momentum of NAR's national awareness campaign, using local radio, print media, and television to put their own spin on things.

Masters of Change

January 1, 2005: 

This issue of RAE magazine is all about change and addressing issues like, What will associations look like in five years?

What will we look like in five years? Personally, I’m concentrating on growing hair and finding my cheekbones.