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“Why Didn’t I Say That!?”

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By Anand Patel We’ve all been there before:  You’re at an important meeting and asked a question that you just can’t seem to formulate the perfect answer to on the spot. But, 30 minutes later, on your way home as you replay the meeting in your mind you come up with numerous things you wish you had said earlier.  Now …

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Taking an Active Role Within Your Association is Easier Than You Think

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By Brooke Wolford I recently had a meeting for the Metro YPN committee of the St. Paul Association of REALTORS®.  Ron Covert, chief executive officer, joined us to see what was going on with our newly-revamped YPN. One of the questions he asked us was, “How do we get the younger generation involved with the association?”  Seems like a relatively …

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What I Learned at Leadership

Blog Contributor Classes & Education, Helpful Tools, Professional Development 5 Comments

By Lynn Minnick I was lucky enough to have been picked to participate in NAR’s Leadership 200 and 300 classes this week at my association.  I say lucky enough because we’re the largest association in our state and there were only 35 seats open.  Last summer I was involved in our two-day strategic planning session, which was a first for …

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YPN Rocked 2011

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By Brooke Wolford

This year was truly amazing for my fellow YPN’ers.  I don’t think I have ever been so proud to be a part of YPN. The Young Professionals Network has grown so much and our presence has become very well known. Nobody can deny the fact that we are leaders in the real estate world.

I remember when …

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The Lost Art of Losing

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics, communication, ethics, MidYear, Professional Development 3 Comments

By Chris Nichols Monday night on my flight home from the National Association of REALTORS® Midyear meetings in Washington, D.C., I noticed that the flight was offering free satellite TV and it just so happened one of my favorite shows was on – Survivor. I have been a fan of the show for all of its 22 seasons, and every season …

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Let’s Be Part of the Solution

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Classes & Education, ethics, Helpful Tools, Professional Development, YPN News 3 Comments

By Stefanie Hahn At the recent REtechSouth conference in Atlanta I had the chance to see Robert Hahn of 7DS Associates speak on a subject he titled, “A Time for Greatness.”  This presentation was geared to association execs and REALTORS® who are leaders within their organizations – a group well represented in the RETSO crowd.  Since YPN has given me …

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Taming the Lion Inside

Blog Contributor Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development, Young Pros in the Spotlight 9 Comments

By Brian Copeland I recently had a lively discussion with one of my Baby Boomer, dearest real estate friends on the phone.  Of course, it was on the phone, that’s what Baby Boomers do.  They want to meet and talk on the phone all the time.  I had asked her if we could just e-mail, but she insisted on a …

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New Kid at the Business Meetings

Blog Contributor Personal Fulfillment, Professional Development, YPN Chapters 12 Comments

By Stefanie Hahn In an interesting change of pace, I am writing this post from our state REALTOR® Association meetings. I wish you were here.  No…I really wish you were here. According to the National Association of REALTORS® 2009 Member Profile, 15 percent of our industry is age 40 or under.  At these meetings, there aren’t even 15 people who …

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Midyear: Get It? Got It? Good!

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, MidYear, NAR 4 Comments

By Toby Boyce As I flew home from the Midyear Meetings, quite a few things were rolling through my head. Like, why did the engines just get really quiet? I apologize, self-preservation mode there for a second. Now back to our originally scheduled programming. This year’s Midyear was my induction into a national event — and I must say, I’m …

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For the Members, By the Members.

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, NAR, Personal Fulfillment 10 Comments

By Nobu Hata Much has been made the last couple of weeks about two online “conversations” that permeated the real estate socialwebs.  One, an “Open Letter to NAR President Vicki Cox Golder” regarding the disconnect between us REALTORS® and NAR Leadership.  The other, the need for professional standards within our industry — the conversation raged among a handful of practitioners …