So you belong to a local Realtor Association. My question is do you have your big toe in it or your entire foot?
The reason for this question is I have once again discovered a lot of big toes and very few entire feet.
Each year Realtors pay hundreds of dollars to belong to their local Realtor Associations. Yet their participation is dismal except for possibly 20% who do 80% of the work. (Pareto Principle).
This leaves this old Swedish brain rather befuddled. Why would anyone pay hundreds of dollars and not:
- Be active in the association?
- Read the weekly communications?
- Attend free events to expand their professional knowledge?
- Interact with other Realtors?
- Participate in special association events?
- Expand their network of affiliates such as home inspectors, appraisers, etc.?
- Decide to sit on the Board or a committee?
My personal philosophy is if I am going to pay to belong to any association, I believe it is my duty to know what is going on. Possibly this philosophy returns to my attitude toward “return on investment.” If I like what is going on, I become even more active. If I believe there could be positive changes made, I become more active to work toward those changes.
This personal philosophy helped me earn Rookie of the Year during my first year in real estate sales. This award was not for sales volume, but for being an active member within the Association.
Now going into my third year, I have been elected to the local Realtor's association board. Also, I currently chair the Professional Development Committee and sit on several other committees.
Finally, I have secured a couple of real estate sales referrals from other Realtors and have made some as well. These are a direct result of being active in my local Realtor association.
Years ago I heard this quote:
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
If your lack of involvement is because you have some issues with your association, then get involved. Be the change you want to see as Gandhi so eloquently said.
If you say you don’t have the time because you are so busy, then consider these words from one of my coaches:
If you don’t have the time to do it right,
when will you have the time to do it over?”
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