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CEO’s Message: The Value of a Collaborative Community

Our industry is currently facing an epic level of challenge and disruption.  The current industry environment is the most conflicted in recent history, with work on Project Upstream beginning in earnest at the end of 2015, following the execution of the UpstreamRE/RPR development agreement.  Under this agreement RPR, a wholly owned subsidiary of NAR, will […]

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Chairman’s Message: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

The end of the year always seems to arrive much more quickly than we expect. Most of us operate at a furious pace all year long, so when the holidays come around it’s often hard to stop and assess how we did. What did we accomplish? Did we achieve our goals? I want to take […]

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CEO’s Message: 2015 — A Year of Challenges, Lessons, and Achievements

Working on the various year-end administrative and reporting activities provides an opportunity to see the past year in big picture mode, putting the events, actions, and dynamics into perspective. This includes judging whether the organization’s challenges were met, making sure that the lessons learned during the year have been institutionalized, and ensuring that proper credit […]

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Chairman’s Message: Preferred Vendor Lists in the New World of CFPB

As brokers, we are accustomed to training agents on how to communicate their unique value to clients, particularly in a climate where online sites make it easy for consumers to initiate many of the home buying and selling steps themselves. One of the strongest differentiating factors may be that agents typically come with a valuable […]

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CEO’s Message: The Intended Consequences of Shared Marketplaces

Happy Broker, Happy Life I think it’s fair to say that all of us in the industry have learned (to turn a popular phrase) if the brokers are happy, the rest of us will find harmony in the industry attainable. The problem is for too long we ignored broker frustrations for whatever reasons; until they, […]

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Chairman’s Message: Avoid the Seasonal Slump, Maximize the Last Quarter

As brokers and agents emerge from the hot selling season, there is a natural inclination to look ahead to a welcome break during the holidays when prospective buyers and sellers put real estate goals on the back burner. This seasonal slowdown actually presents a golden opportunity for smart real estate professionals who look at the […]

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CEO’s Message: The Pace is Ramping Up

Over the past year, the MLS sector and MLSListings has increasingly found ourselves at the center of opportunity and transition with respect to several MLS issues and concerns. In the last month, activities surrounding a number of these matters have been ramping up to an even higher level. Given these dynamics there is little doubt […]

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CEO’s Message: Brokers Must Actively Engage Digital Disruption

Inman News publisher Brad Inman recently published an excellent article that featured an in-depth analysis of the impacts of digital disruption on the real estate industry. I would highly recommend that all brokers read the article, Who Faces Disruption in the Real Estate Industry. While much has been written at the academic level about the […]

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Chairman’s Message: Taking Your Safety Seriously

We don’t often think of real estate as a high-risk profession for violence. It’s easy to become so focused on the deal that we become complacent about personal safety. Solely by the nature of our work, REALTORS are vulnerable because we are often in situations with complete strangers. Last August, a REALTOR in Tampa Bay, […]

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Chairman’s Message: Business Beyond Peak Season

In real estate, there is a natural ebb and flow to the business. Peak season refers to those months where we see the greatest concentration on buying and selling in the marketplace. However, in a hot market, we see brisk activity throughout the year. Actually,  the true “dips” tend to be toward the end of […]

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