Carolyn Schwaar is the former editor of REALTOR® AE magazine.
Your Free Leadership Starter Kit
Check out the latest member benefits and online tools from NAR.
March 15, 2017
Interested in becoming a volunteer leader at your local or state REALTOR® association but not sure what the role entails? A new streamlined, free orientation course provides a comprehensive overview to give you the confidence you need to pursue a leadership role. This certificate online class, Leadership 100: On the Path to Leadership, available at the Center of REALTOR® Development website, explains how associations are structured, the responsibilities of volunteer leaders, some of the important decisions you’ll face, and the tough issues affecting associations nationwide. This hour-and-a-half online course—the first of three classes comprising the REALTOR® Leadership Program—will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to be a successful volunteer leader and take your career to the next level. Learn more at nar.realtor/rlp.
Smart Growth Info on the Go
On Common Ground, the National Association of REALTORS®’ free semiannual magazine presenting a wide range of perspectives on smart growth issues, with the goal of encouraging dialogue among REALTORS®, elected officials, and other interested citizens, is now available as a mobile app. Search for “NAR On Common Ground” in your Android or Apple store.
Your Membership Resources at Your Fingertips
Have you checked out your new personalized dashboard at the redesigned NAR Member Center, membercenter.nar.realtor? This redesigned page reflects your engagement with the national association and features information from your state and local associations, including events. The dashboard also displays the NAR designations and certifications you’ve earned and the committees and other groups you belong to. There’s even an option to customize your membership card.
A Verification Tool to Keep You Safer
REALTORS® have access to a new identity authentication service that can keep you safer on the job. Trust Stamp uses patented software to analyze hundreds of public records and social data to quickly provide reliable identification verification for real estate professionals when they meet new clients or other unknown individuals. The tool has the backing of the National Association of REALTORS®, through an investment by its venture capital fund Second Century Ventures. “Investing in a fast, convenient, and affordable tool like Trust Stamp to establish the identity and trustworthiness of a stranger will help REALTORS® stay safe and protect clients and their home or property,” said NAR president William E. Brown.
Through a program built for NAR members that requires a NRDS number so they can log in, Trust Stamp provides a real estate–specific webpage and mobile app. REALTORS® enter an individual’s email address or cell phone number in the tool that then invites the person to make a Trust Stamp profile online. It takes only a few minutes for clients to create a basic profile including a photo of their driver’s license, a selfie, and links to their Facebook profile or other social media accounts. When the process is completed, REALTORS® receive notice with an individual’s verified name, photo, and “trustworthiness score.”
REALTORS® can create their own Trust Stamp profiles for free and receive discounted subscriber pricing to view Trust Stamps from prospective clients thanks to NAR’s investment in the company. Visit Trust Stamp’s real estate–focused page at truststamp.net/re.
Updated: October 15, 2021