The recent NAR convention just completed in Orlando, Florida. Many of the leaders of Active Rain attended and they celebrated big time. Here are a couple of valuable thoughts and observation about what we fondly call, "The Rain", as shared by a conference attendee. Aloha from Kauai...
Active Rain Praised at NAR for being One of Real Estate's Key Trends for Success!
That's right for those of you that did not make it to Orlando, or did not get to the Economic Issues and Residential Real Estate Business Trends Forum, you missed Active Rain praise!
Lawrence Yun, NAR's Chief Economist and one of USA Today's top market analysts and dynamic marketing strategist, Stefan Swanepoel gave a comprehensive forum about where the housing market went wrong and what we as REALTORS need to do to fix it. And, Yes, Active Rain is a part of the solution to the Global Economic Crisis. Well, AR may not be the only fix, but social networking sites for the Real Estate industry were a major part of Swanepoel's path to change the future of our industry.
I try to hear Lawrence Yun speak whenever I can. He is direct and to the point and his predictions or subtle remarks have proved to be strong pearls of wisdom, that I love to soak-up with a sponge. You can read or listen to Yun's economic theories and reports on www.REALTOR.org.
Swanepoel's approach to change beats anything that I have heard from a Political candidate in decades. He has been a part of starting Real Estate Wiki, which I found through Active Rain and is a good source for definitions and explanations of the terms we hear and read about within the industry.
The most important thing that I have learned while on Active Rain and while I have been attending these Conferences is that Real Estate is THE leading economic and social indicator. As REALTORS, not only do we hold our selves to a higher ethical standard, but we need to raise the bar to enter our profession.
As the preamble to the REALTOR Code implies, we have a greater duty to the national market security than we do to an individual sale. This point has been forgotten and these two seasoned gentlemen reminded me of this fact again, today! Not that they said this, but while hearing only 55% (if you were there you know) of the facts, their sentiments sparked this within my feeble mind.
Go forth and Socialize on Active Rain, and while you do so, you are helping change the image of our industry and working to turn the economy around through positive interaction! Come sing in the Rain with me!
Posted by proud Active Rainer Member- Jane Page Thompson, Aiken, SC
(Photos used in this post are from previous posts of mine and are from Stefan Swanepoel's website. I have only written about my recollections of their speeches.)
Ron Margolis, RA, CDPE, ABR Hawaii Life Real Estate Services 808.346.7095 email: email@example.com