RPAC: Why I Went From Zero to President’s Circle in One Year

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By Rebecca Donatelli

The truth is, I had never heard about RPAC before last year. While I was attending the National Association of REALTORS® YPN Leadership Retreat in Chicago last year, a bunch of strangers (now some of my best friends) started talking about this thing called RPAC, and urging YPNers to take the “YPN Pledge.” Intimidated by putting money …

Clarksville YPN Events Shine

Erica Christoffer Being a REALTOR®, Young Pros in the Spotlight, YPN News 2 Comments

Part one in a series featuring the 2018 YPN Network of the Year recipients. In November, Clarksville Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network in Tennessee was awarded the small YPN Network of the Year. Based on membership size, Clarksville was up against 13 other YPN groups that applied for the 2018 honor in the small category. But a few key …

How Volunteer Work Benefits Our Business

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By Christina Pappas Growing up in a Miami real estate family, I always envisioned working with my father and grandfather. But before I jumped into the industry, I wanted to give my other interest a try: hotels. After graduating from Cornell University, I moved to Los Angeles to launch a career in the hospitality field. I landed a job at …

Why I’m Running for the Board

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By Nico Hohman

I am a 28-year-old broker-owner of my own independent real estate company, and I am running for a position on the board of directors for my local association, the Greater Tampa REALTORS®. The association has been around for more than 100 years and is over 10,000 members strong. It has been adding close to 125 new members every month …

5 Ideas For Your Next YPN Event

Erica Christoffer Being a REALTOR®, Commitment to Excellence, Networking, Outreach, Political Action & Involvement, YPN Events Leave a Comment

If you’re looking to strengthen member participation, breathe some new life into your YPN, or host an event that’s off the hook, then glean new ideas from successful events organized by networks throughout the country. 1. Trivia Night The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® YPN hosted “Trivia for TREPAC” on June 23. The trivia night featured food, prizes, and an auction to …

Commit to Being Better

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By Alyssa Hellman

As I write this blog post, I am sitting on a plane returning from Inman Connect, a week-long conference in San Francisco. The bi-annual event has been a non-negotiable block on my calendar since I first attended back in 2012. While the content and attendees change from year-to-year, there are a few staples that keep me coming …

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REALTORS® Discuss Safety on Today Show

Erica Christoffer Customer Service, Helpful Tools, Safety, Young Pros in the Spotlight, YPN News 8 Comments

Tamara Suminski, 2011 California YPN chair and 2014 president of the South Bay Association of REALTORS®, appeared on Today with 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron to discuss safety precautions REALTORS® are taking in wake of the horrifying kidnapping and murder of Arkansas-based real estate practitioner Beverly Carter. Among the changes to how Suminski conducts business, she has committed to never hosting an …

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NAR/Realtor.com® Agreement Part 1: Displaying Unlisted New Homes & New Home Communities

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By Sam DeBord The National Association of REALTORS® recently voted to approve updates to its operating agreement with realtor.com® and allow more flexibility for the Web site.  There has been a wide range of reactions from REALTORS®. This blog is part one of my five-part series in which I will discuss the propriety of the agreement. Let’s start with some …

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Agent/Broker Relationships: Who Wears the Pants?

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By Brandon Rodriguez When I first became an agent just shy over 7 years ago, I was a novice and this dichotomy was not apparent to me.  I was under the impression brokers were in charge.  They gave you a desk space or office, nice decorated conference rooms, brochures, and you could even do desk duty for them.  Not to …