Justify Your Existence

Blog Contributor Helpful Tools, Leadership, NAR, Political Action & Involvement, Professional Development 1 Comment

By Sam DeBord

Changes in technology are creating questions about the future roles of real estate associations, MLSs, and brokerages. As a result, REALTOR® association leaders have been increasingly focused on defining our value to members.

A good friend of mine, who was an engineer at Apple, used to recount Steve Jobs’ version of this value-seeking process. He’d walk into …

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Show Us Your #Y4YPN

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By Leanne Goff

Out here in Colorado, REALTORS® are pretty excited about YPN – so excited, in fact, that we want to shout it from the rooftops! But we’ll settle for shouting it from our smartphones.

This is what we’re coining #Y4YPN. We are producing video clips in the hope they’ll catch on and other YPNers from across the nation …

5 Simple Life Hacks to Boost Experience

Blog Contributor New REALTOR®, Professional Development, Rookies, Sales & Marketing 7 Comments

By Sam DeBord Real estate rookies can really kick start their learning experience by picking up some simple shortcuts from those who’ve been selling for many years.  These are just a few of the real estate “hacks” I’ve learned over the years from seasoned practitioners that improved my experience and knowledge in simple yet effective ways. 1. Know the Concierge …

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The REALTOR® Value Proposition: Do You Have an Elevator Pitch?

Blog Contributor Helpful Tools, NAR, Professional Development, realtors, Sales & Marketing 5 Comments

By Sam DeBord This week I’m in Washington, D.C., for the REALTOR® Party Conference & Expo, and it got me thinking: Some of the most interesting committees I’ve worked with lately have focused on a range of issues surrounding the value proposition for the REALTOR® brand. From a communications audit at our local board to a state/NAR combined idea building …

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Growing YPN Through Mentorship

Blog Contributor Mentoring, YPN Events 2 Comments

By Anand Patel A few weeks ago, Rob Reuter made the exciting announcement that the Young Professionals Network has grown to 300 networks (and counting).  This is a commendable feat in the short 4+ years YPN has been around. As a part of Florida YPN, I’m very proud that 12 out of the 26 new networks established nationally to date …

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Announcing No. 300

robreuter Professional Development, YPN News 1 Comment

By Rob Reuter, YPN Manager YPN has hit another milestone. On Thursday, Aug. 8 2013, the Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association in Florida confirmed the formation of their Young Professionals Network becoming the 300th network of YPN. In addition to establishing its 300th network, YPN also achieved the following milestones in 2013: More than 150 NAR Committee & Advisory Board …

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Thank You

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics, Personal Fulfillment 2 Comments

By Anand Patel “Why do you do this for free?” “What do you get out of it?” “When do you have time to make money?” “Why do you waste your time with that?” “What’s the point?” If you volunteer some of your time and talents to National Association of REALTORS® (or any other organization) at the local, state, or national …

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‘Tis the Season…

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By Melissa Krchnak ‘Tis the Season… To…Prep for Next Year. While I love to evaluate what I’ve done, I’m also ambitiously looking at 2013! I started planning for next year months ago and am putting the finishing touches on it these last few days of the year. I feel waiting until January to do business planning is missing the boat a bit. …

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NAR in Orlando: My Trip in a Nutshell

Blog Contributor Classes & Education, NAR Annual Conference and Expo, Professional Development, YPN News 1 Comment

By Subhi Gharbieh On Thursday, Nov. 8, my fellow Dallas REALTOR® Joe Atkins and I booked the 6 a.m. flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Orlando so that we could make it to the YPN Advisory Subcommittee meeting that started at noon. Being the responsible adult that I am (not), I tried to pull an all nighter so that I wouldn’t …