Last week, I hosted a free teleconference with a few friends, sharing what we thought were the "Best of the 2009 NAR Convention." If you'd like to listen in ......
I'd like to thank my friends who joined me in sharing their insights:
And also thanks to participants who were there that shared their insights: Bunny@BunnyMostad.com
3. The 2009 Profile of Homebuyers and Homesellers (and LOTS of other goodies!) is available by clicking the Right Tools/Right Now icon on the www.Realtor.org page
4. Bunny mentioned the David Knox video and Market Snapshot from TopProducer
5. Wynne mentioned Quantum Mail and ExpressCopy
6. This is the link I found on the REO Women's Network
7. The tapes of the education sessions are available at www.iPlaybackNAR.com or 1-800-241-7785 1-800-241-7785
8. The site to send videos to social media from your phone was www.qik.com
9. Paula sent these links for the information about RPR and more:
The National Association of REALTORS® is pleased to share some exciting news, exclusively for their members, from REALTORS® Federal Credit Union (REALTORS® FCU). REALTORS® FCU is pleased to offer a new limited-time Freedom Loan Special; get up to $5,000 cash at a fixed rate as low as 9.49% APR* and make no payments for 90 days**!
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Because REALTORS® face more on-the-job risks than many other business professionals and to help keep safety top-of-mind, NAR is offering quarterly free REALTOR® Safety Webinars led by industry expert, Andrew Wooten. The December 3 Webinar, "Identity Theft: Protecting You and Your Clients," offers several suggestions and precautions you should take to keep your personal information and property secure and what you should do if you are a victim of identity theft. The one-hour session will begin at 11amEST. Space is limited: register today.
To register go to... http://www.REALTOR.org/SafetyWebinar?&WT.mc_id=LS111809&CAT=Meet
REALTOR.com® is regularly adding free training and free downloads, and upgrading its product offerings with such tools as Buyer Assist, to help you increase your expertise, get more listings and sell more homes. The "See My Listings" Facebook widget is now available for you to download and post to your page on Facebook for free. Download today at www.BenefitsAtREALTOR.com and click the 'Free Download of the Month' tab.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPORT FROM NATIONAL CONVENTION
The Board of Directors had its first look at a powerful new database that will be available exclusively to REALTORS® beginning in April. The REALTORSProperty Resource will contain rich data on more than 140 million properties; the interface is made possible through the integration of technology and data, according to RPR CEO Dale Ross. NAR is investing $20 million for a five-year build-out, which will cover licensing and development of the front-end and acquisition of data from LPS, which operates Cyberhomes, and other sources.
RPR President Marty Frame walked the board through the site's features. Members will access the site using their NRDS number. They'll be able to view each property's characteristics and transaction history and add information based on their personal knowledge of the property. The system is expected to save members millions of dollars in data acquisition costs, and access to members will be free. NAR 2009 President Charles McMillan called the launch of RPR a "watershed moment."
The board also was given a tour of NAR's new consumer web site, HouseLogic, which launched its beta version on Nov. 12, during the annual conference. HouseLogic was developed by NAR to help its members extend their relationship with consumers through the lifecycle of homeownership and to provide an opportunity for homeowners and REALTORS® to speak together to federal legislators on public policy issues of common interest.
The site is a comprehensive resource for homeowners of the information they need to protect, maintain and enhance the value of their home. The site also gives members free access to various content packages from the site that they can use in their own marketing efforts, at www.houselogic.com/members.
The directors also took a number of actions on committee recommendations:
Multiple Listing Policy
Equal Housing Opportunity
Federal Housing Policy
Approved optional model language for local associations wishing to limit the number of members of the same real estate firm serving simultaneously on the Board of Directors.
Code of Ethics
Required that advertising by real estate "teams" meet the Code of Ethics "true picture" requirement by ensuring that firm names are displayed in a reasonable and readily apparent manner.
Added a Standard of Practice, under Article 3 of the Code of Ethics, to address misuse of lock boxes and other concerns related to unauthorized access to listed property. Amended Standard of Practice 11-1 to provide flexibility in information provided when clients require opinions of value or price that don't include all the elements currently required under Standard of Practice 11-1.
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