The Best of the 2009 NAR Convention

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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 ......

 the recording of The Best of NAR Convention 2009 call is here.

I'd like to thank my friends who joined me in sharing their insights:

- Paula Monthofer
- Amber Murray
- Wynne Achatz

And also thanks to participants who were there that shared their insights:
Some of the companies and resources mentioned were: for virtual tours

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Phone:  925 456-4567  925 456-4567
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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 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 or  1-800-241-7785  1-800-241-7785

8. The site to send videos to social media from your phone was

9. Paula sent these links for the information about RPR and more:

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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

The directors also took a number of actions on committee recommendations:

Multiple Listing Policy
Amended the Multiple Listing and Internet Data Exchange Policy to conform to NAR virtual office Web site (VOW) policy and to make clear that participants may not use IDX-provided listings for purposes other than display on their Web sites but are not required to prevent indexing of their Web sites by recognized search engines.

Equal Housing Opportunity
Amended NAR policy on equal housing opportunity to include opposition to discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Federal Housing Policy
Voted to seek changes in FHA policies to ease the purchases of condominiums, support elimination of certification requirements on VA loans, and allow VA borrowers to negotiate all fees and closing costs.

Professional Standards
Clarified that associations may take into account prior Code of Ethics violations and violations of other membership duties in considering applicants for REALTOR® membership. The current language inadvertently limits consideration to previous violations determined by other associations.

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.

Clarified the consequences of violating the terms of the dues exemption for referral licensees. Immediately upon so-called LFRO members engaging in any activities requiring a real estate license, they will be required to pay member dues.

Code of Ethics
Revised the Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual to allow associations to use e-mail to deliver notices related to administration of professional standards enforcement.

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.

Legal Action
Approved $401,660 to fund 11 legal cases, including a challenge to a municipal ordinance requiring sellers to have an inspection and certification of compliance as condition of sale and a challenge to an ordinance that would apply a business license tax to real estate licensees.

Constitutional Change
Approved constitutional amendments making procedural changes to election process for NAR offices and amended the Code of Ethics to specifically include land brokerage. Both the constitutional and Code of Ethics changes were approved by the NAR Delegate Body following the Board of Directors meeting.

Other Reports
Treasurer Jim Helsel gave the directors good news about NAR's financial picture, reporting that membership was nearly 12 percent above budget for 2009, resulting in a positive budget variance. Actual membership for 2009, as of Nov. 1, was 1,188,217.

Watch CEO Dale Stinton's exciting preview of the new consumer Web site, HouseLogic, and national property database, the REALTORS® Property ResourceTM, in this Nov. 6 Webinar - you'll hear about plans that will change the way you do business and help you serve customers better.
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About HouseLogic
HouseLogic, scheduled to launch Thursday, Nov. 12, is NAR's consumer-facing Web site that provides home owners with information about protecting, maintaining, and enhancing the value of their home.

Read more about HouseLogic on REALTOR® Magazine online.

About the REALTORS® Property ResourceTM
The REALTORS® Property ResourceTM, scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2010, is NAR's future database of all U.S. properties that will enable REALTORS® to better assist customers in a fast-paced world. Learn more about the REALTORS® Property ResourceTM.


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Comments (6)

Debbie Cullen
REMAX Realty Team-Cape Coral, FL - Cape Coral, FL
Your Cape Coral, FL Specialist

Thanks Joeann!  What a wonderful rap up for those of us who were unable to attend.

Nov 30, 2009 11:50 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Joeann, now that is a meaty report from NAR.

Thanks for all the updates on the standing committees. I had heard the MLS committee report but not the other ones, so much appreciated.

I took a look at HouseLogic last night and registered.

Will be interesting to see how consumers use this site.

Nov 30, 2009 11:57 PM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Darn, I thought you wrote NASCAR Convention.

Nov 30, 2009 11:57 PM
Marcia Hawken
Naples Luxury Specialist

Wow, what great info.  I am going to really zero in on your report this aft.  Thanks so much for sharing!

Dec 01, 2009 12:07 AM
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Thanks for sharing -I would have loved to been there!

Dec 03, 2009 12:36 AM
Michele Connors
The Overton Group, LLC Pitt & Carteret County - Greenville, NC
Your Eastern North Carolina Realtor

I did not go and this post is an EXCELLENT recap with useful info- I am forwarding to the gals in my office ! Thank you.  Membership above budget is a surprise..In my mind I assumed it would have dropped off that 12% in 2009.

Dec 10, 2009 08:07 AM