Realtor association drops defamation suit against member who questioned finances

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The Chicago Association of Realtors and its CEO have settled a defamation suit they filed more than two years ago against a member who called for a forensic audit of the association’s finances.

The nearly 12,500-member association sued broker Andrea Geller in September 2012 after Geller alleged “irregularities” in the association’s finances and a lack of “checks and balances” to protect the association. The allegations appeared in comments Geller posted to a Chicago ...

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We Learned Some Things Podcast: #001 Show Notes – What is REach?

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In this new monthly podcast, join Constance Freedman, Managing Director of REach, and Chad Curry as they discuss what companies learn going through the REach accelerator. Episode 1 is an introduction to REach and a discussion of some of the companies who’ve participated in REach & Second Century Ventures.

SHOW LINKS:

  • Apply for this year’s class by 3/15.
  • A list of
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What We’re Reading: Feb 28-Mar 6

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K-Cup mountain, the end of circus elephants, and don’t forget Daylight Savings Time

The trouble with Keurig coffee maker-style K-Cups surfaced again this week in the media (they’re plastic and a garbage nightmare) as the inventor said he doesn’t even use them. Last year Keurig sold more than 9 billion of them. Yikes!

Ringling Brothers Circus announced that they are dropping elephants from their program by 2018 after fighting both animal rights ...

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A Look Ahead Podcast: Episode #005 – Interview with Tara Christianson – Part 2 of 2 – Australia, Internet of Things and Online Security

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Part 2 of our 2-part interview with Tara Christianson, with special guest Peter Brewer.

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From part 2 of our conversation with Tara Christianson and joined by special guest Peter Brewer. Discussion on tech and real estate in Australia, the Internet of Things and online security and password management.

Tara & Peter’s Links

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Selling International Developments: Possible profit center for REALTORS®?

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The recovering U.S. real estate market, strengthening dollar, and continued baby boomer retirement has brought an old niche international market segment back into focus: international developments.

Back in the late 1990s up until 2008, the U.S. second home market enjoyed a spectacular boom, making beachfront and second home destinations in places such ...

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A Smart Brain for Your Energy Usage and Improving Your iOS Workflows in Five for Wednesday

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In this Five for Wednesday, we’ll look at a way to monitor your energy usage throughout your home with a single device. We’ll also look at the Pebble Time (again…man, I think I really do want one) and a new service called Magic.

  1. The Neurio connects to your breaker box and wifi and with the use of an app you help it learn which devices are on so you ...
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Bring Them in With Style

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In our upcoming March/April issue, we have a feature about a consumer panel we brought in to give feedback on real estate professionals’ bios. One of the biggest complaints? Sloppy grammar and spelling mistakes.

Credit: DMedina 2014, Morguefile

Credit: DMedina 2014, Morguefile

As a writer, I don’t need much convincing as to the power of the written word. Real estate professionals, on the other hand, ...

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Top Field Guides for February 2015

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Field Guides are one-stop resource packages on dozens of subjects of interest to REALTORS®. On each page you’ll find links to articles, books, web sites, statistics, and other material on each subject. The list of the most-used field guides from Information Central for the month of February 2015 was released today:

  1. Field Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics
  2. Field Guide to Preparing & Staging a House for Sale
  3. Field ...
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Call for RPAC and Community & Political Advocacy documents for RARE

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The REALTORS® Association Resource Exchange (RARE) has been refreshed with an updated look and improved functionality, and we need your sample documents to make sure it remains a valuable resource!

What is RARE? RARE is a dynamic collection of sample strategic plans, vision and mission statements, job descriptions, employee policies, agreements, association programs, and more, contributed by REALTOR® associations for REALTOR® associations.

In support of the Core Organizational Standards deadline of June 30, 2015, this month we ...

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