Joe Hanauer of Laguna Beach, Calif., is principal of Combined Investments L.P., with interests in commercial real estate and diversified businesses. He also serves as director are Grubb & Ellis (NYSE), where he is its former Chairman, having led its financial restructuring; MAFB Bancorp, (NASDQ); Regit, Inc. (health and life insurance); and Netselect, Inc. Hanauer, a member of NAR's Executive Committee, also serves as a trustee of Roosevelt University, Chicago, and as director of the Eastern European Real Property Foundation. He is a past chairman of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies and former Chairman and CEO of Coldwell Banker's residential businesses, which he had responsibility for developing during most of the 1980's.
NAR recently launched a campaign to raise members' awareness of the value of their property listing information. Joe Hanauer provided the following opinion piece to respond to questions about intellectual property issues he's received from NAR members.