Professional Development Archive

What We Learned at the REALTORS® Conference: To Love and Support Each Other

Sitting around a table at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco, the four women seem more like they’re at a sidewalk café trading war stories about life, love, and happiness than at a business conference. The first...
November 11, 2013

What NAR’s Big Data Initiative is All About

Q&A with NAR’s new data analytics chief, Todd Carpenter NAR this week announced the launch of a division to analyze large amounts of NAR and other data to help members make better business decisions. The new division is called...
October 22, 2013

Surprised at Tax Time? Welcome, Friend

It seems like a no-brainer to deduct your home-office expenses at tax time, but how big of a deduction do you take? Victoria Gillespie, national director of business development for REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal...

Real Estate Connect, Day 1: Your Customers Feel Empowered, So Should You

Empowerment was the name of the game for Day 1 of Inman News’ Real Estate Connect in San Francisco. Consumer empowerment; technological empowerment and access; and the broker and agent DIY ethos were all on full display. Hear It...
July 11, 2013

Students Talk Practicality of REALTOR® U Masters Courses

REALTOR® University launched its Master of Real Estate (MRE) progarm last year and more than 60 students are enrolled now, making it one of the largest real estate graduate programs in the United States. It’s an online-only program, so...
June 19, 2013

NAR Leadership Ready to ‘Get in Trouble’

A standing-room-only crowd was on hand as members of the National Association of REALTORS®’ Strategic Planning Committee revealed a report Tuesday afternoon that summarized the results of a year’s worth of REThink sessions. Released at the Midyear Legislative Meetings...
May 14, 2013

5 Steps to Driving Creativity

Though he was speaking to an audience of association executives, entrepreneur and speaker Josh Linkner’s presentation this morning at NAR’s AE Institute in San Diego, Calif., was applicable to anyone who works in real estate. Linkner, who has started...

NAR Execs Make Most Influential List

Among those on Inman News’ latest list of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders were some familiar NAR faces, starting with 2013 president Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif. I profiled Thomas in the...

Stressed? Give a Grin

Smile. It’s a simple but powerful gesture. Smiling says something about your character. It puts people at ease, increases attractiveness, and it’s contagious. “Some of us need to have more peace in our lives. People want to be around...
November 14, 2012

REThink How you Position Your Business

Many of NAR’s initiatives to help keep REALTORS® at the center of the real estate transaction despite the flood of change that’s surrounded the industry over the years have come from NAR’s strategic planning efforts. NAR’s Second Century Ventures...
October 22, 2012