This past month we had a record 100 new members complete our orientation course and join our Association! That’s an appropriate number as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our founding in 1917. While these new REALTORS® received a lot of information during the course, it doesn’t begin to cover the incredible benefits that are available to all of us as members of the local, state and national Associations of REALTORS® . I also cannot begin to share the wealth of research, education, services, advocacy, personal and professional development opportunities we as REALTORS® have access to.
Instead, I will offer a short list of key ways to plug in and get the most benefit from your membership.
Attend local REALTOR® meetings and programs to learn and to meet fellow Members
Get to know your WSRAR Staff
Engage in your Association, volunteer at the local level and then consider state and national involvement
Attend state meetings in April (Raleigh) and September (Asheville) to expand your network and grown professionally
Give to RPAC and participate in our advocacy efforts in support of homeownership and our profession
Support our efforts to give back to our community via the #GiveBack100
Help us celebrate our 100th Anniversary and kickoff the next 100, #WSRAR100
Learn about our state and national REALTOR® Partners programs for discounts on items you use in your career
Make friends! Our fellow REALTORS® make the best of friends!
Whether a new REALTOR® or a long-time member, if you put these 10 items on your “to do” list, I guarantee you will see a great return on any time or money you invest. I can personally attest that being engaged in the REALTOR® organization has been the best thing for my real estate business and my career and I know hundreds of successful REALTORS® who will tell you the same thing. If I can help you in any way as you look to be involved please let me know!
FROM THE DESK OF SAMUEL AUBREY
A Matter of Efficiency
Part III: Eliminating Redundancy
By Samuel Aubrey
How often are you repeating steps in a process in order to make certain you dot every “I” and cross every “T”? Many professionals see this form of redundancy as an acceptable practice because they haven’t devised a better plan. The reality is, when we repeat steps unnecessarily we are less efficient and are prone to compound the mistakes we may have already made.
Eliminating redundancy begins with a paradigm shift in our thinking that forces us to recognize or identify poor practices and processes we engage in. There is no manner of poor habit that will improve our practices or processes. We must embrace change as necessary in order for us to face our challenges head-on and make the improvements we must.
Previously, I shared with you the dangers associated with redundancy and provided examples on how to recognize inefficiencies in your workplace. Now that we have identified redundancies, here are a few steps designed to help you eliminate them altogether:
Design an improved business process that does away with the redundancy.
Modify systems so that everyone works from the same information.
Discover ways to consolidate and/or eliminate the redundant functions, by focusing on the business need for the function
Focusing on improvements to business processes is key to the successful elimination of redundancies in your workplace. The time is now to tackle these challenges. A better tomorrow awaits!
COMING UP NEXT WEEK
Tuesday, June 6
CE: BICUP with George Bell | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Masonic Center of WS | 4537 Country Club Rd.
CE: NCAR Residential Forms with George Bell | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | Masonic Center of WS | 4537 Country Club Rd.
Thursday, June 8
New Member Orientation | 8:30 a.m. | WSRAR Office
Online registration is preferred. To register for education classes and membership events, update your personal information, or pay an invoice, go to www.wsrar.com. Click on the green Member Services button on the top right. Use your NRDS# as your login and your password is the last 4 digits of your social security number.
June 22 Learn @ Lunch Time: 11:30 a.m.-Noon: Lunch | Noon-1:30 p.m. Program
Location: Allegacy Federal Credit Union | 1691 Westbrook Plaza Dr. | Winston-Salem
Speaker: Teddy Burriss, Burriss Consulting
Topic: Success Using Social Media
Sponsor: Allegacy Federal Credit Union Register at www.wsrar.com Members Free | Guests $20
Have you taken Continuing Education? All active licensees are required to take 8 hours of CE: 4-hour Update course and a 4-hour Elective course. Deadline is June 10. WSRAR will offer the following classes.
Tuesday, June 6 Continuing Education with George Bell -Register here
Take an online elective.
Online Classes with the CE Shop –Register here
How can I check my continuing education credits?
Log into your online license record to view your credits. To access your record, go to the Commission’s homepage (www.ncrec.gov) and click on “Licensee Login.”
You can also take classes online through the CE Shop.
Don’t forget to add your open house information to Matrix. The Open House search feature is one of the most popular tools on the MLS public website, www.triadmls.com and this information comes directly from Matrix. To add open house information to your listing, please bring your listing up in add/edit then click the Open House link (it is directly above where you would manage your listing’s photos.)
2017 Local Goal $26,354.50
2017 Totals: $20,268 from 429 Members
Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS® or any of its state associations or local boards will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your state PAC reaches its RPAC goal 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after the state PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.