There was no Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, or iced tea. The population of Las Vegas was 19--maybe 30 on a good day. And a U.S. postage stamp was 2 cents. A lot of things have happened to our quality of life since 1900--some good, some not so good. But what’s behind the tremendous changes we’ve experienced over the past century? There’s only one answer--people
One of our strongest tenets as REALTORS® is the protection of private property rights. We work hard to guarantee those rights as we advance in our profession and embrace our community. In this month of May, as we take time off for Memorial Day--and next month on June 14, Flag Day--we can reflect on how much those rights, founded in freedom, really mean to us.
The announcement of Homestore's acquisition of move.com started a flurry of letters to NAR from members concerned about how the deal would impact REALTOR.COM’s neutrality as a nationwide listing site for REALTORS®. NAR President Richard A. Mendenhall drafted the following response to members’ letters.
Homeownership among minority households hovers near 50 percent, but among white households, it averages about 72 percent. It’s only fitting for NAR, “The Voice for Real Estate ,” to take the leadership role in making the American Dream a reality for all Americans.
Our association executives have provided leadership, guidance, and stick-to-itiveness over the past several years to bring the real estate industry and its members, sometimes kicking and screaming, into the cyberage. We salute them; they’ve earned their spurs.
To be viable and responsible, a nation must guarantee equal rights for all its people. The United States is a country committed to equal rights and equal opportunity--and those rights and opportunities apply in housing, too.
REALTORS® must make no mistake about what this new century is and what it will bring. The Internet and globalization are transforming the real estate industry; consumers will demand more value from us. What they’re saying to REALTORS® is “Show me your e-competency."
An odyssey is a long journey full of challenges and triumphs. As we launch our voyage into 2001, an exciting year of change, I’m proud to be serving as your president. And as we embark, you have every right to know where we’re going and what horizons we seek.
The year 2000 has brought several exciting initiatives. REALTORS® have positioned themselves to influence key programs and to ensure that you remain the first point of contact in the real estate transaction.
One sign of professionalism in real estate is the designations we proudly carry after our name. As September is Designations Awareness Month, it’s a good time to focus on the ways you can advance your knowledge and business practice. A REALTOR® designation is a sign that you’ve accomplished this, and a sign of success.
It’s the pinnacle of our commercial real estate efforts—a place where you can learn the latest and transact business. You shouldn’t miss it if you want to know where the industry is heading. You have to be there.
Online home searchers are turning to real estate salespeople in ever increasing numbers, even more than those who don’t use the Internet. The effort you’ve put into becoming proficient online is paying off.
There’s a new dot-com opening every day, in search of a way to take business away from you. Our aim is to make sure the person in the center of the electronic platform is the REALTOR®. It’s better for the consumer and better for you.
It’s vital that you become not just good but proficient in using this new technology. Only the technologically proficient professional will survive. That’s what makes NAR’s March 31 launch of the REALTOR® e-PRO® Internet Professional certification program so significant.
NAR has taken the lead in bringing about some dramatic changes in the way commercial practitioners do business, particularly online. The most recent and most momentous is the strategic agreement between NAR, RealSelect, LoopNet, and several large commercial real estate brokerage companies to create the largest source of commercial property information available on the Internet.
The task of making REALTORS® more profitable and more successful never ends. Together we’ll build NAR into an even stronger and more vital force to improve the lives of our members in the 21st century.
The three-way agreement provides a framework for effective communication, delivery of products and services, and enforcement of the Code of Ethics. It also makes possible one of the most effective grassroots lobbying organizations of any kind, anywhere. No single-level organization is strong enough to do what we do.
The right to private property is a rallying cry for many in Congress and the state legislatures across this country. In fact, the United States of America was built--and has grown strong—on the preservation of this basic freedom.