State Roundup: New Jersey and Michigan

March 1, 2004

New Jersey: Quick calls

To speed advocacy by its members on fast-moving legislative and regulatory issues, the New Jersey Association of REALTORS® has launched a system that sends e-mail alerts to self-selected members. The e-mail directs the members to the association’s Action Center Web site (at www.njar.com), where they can send a prepared letter to state lawmakers, regulators, or executives. “We anticipate another busy two years on the legislative front in Trenton,” said NJAR President Charles Oppler. “There’ll be an increasing need for NJAR and its members to be heard.”

Michigan: Quick growth

The Western Wayne Oakland County Association of REALT0RS® added an average 55 members per month to its rolls in 2003 (and January 2004), up from about 45 per month in 2002, says Christopher Courtney, GRI, the association’s president. At the same time, attrition is running low, about 18 percent per month, down from about 22 percent in 2002, says Dale Smith, the association’s executive officer. One reason for the strong interest in membership: laid-off executives from other industries seeking a new career, says Courtney.

Jane Adler is a Chicago-based freelancer writer.

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