A Year of Connections
WHAT A YEAR. 2015 came with a great deal of change—a new brand, a new building, new partnerships, and much more. The Austin Board of REALTORS® and our members embraced the change and built connections across Central Texas through technology, education, and advocacy. We focused on connecting our members to the tools and resources needed to thrive in the local real estate industry and improve the lives of Central Texas families. Here’s a glimpse of what’s been accomplished in the last year.
The New ABoR Brand Headquarters
2015 began with a major facelift. It ushered in a new era of ABoR, and what’s transpired since is a direct result of the “Building Connections” brand. A new logo, tagline, and building were all launched at the new year.
The new ABoR Headquarters at 4800 Spicewood Springs Road shows a commitment to the American dream of homeownership and allowed ABoR to reinvest in the Central Texas community. The facility serves as an extension of the new brand and has been revered around the country from other Associations. It’s a second home for you, as an ABoR member, with space to meet clients, work for the day, host office meetings, and much more.
Not only does the building provide you with a tool to leverage for clients and agents, but it also serves the community at large. Numerous nonprofit organizations and local government officials have hosted meetings on site, strengthening our community and advocacy relationships. And as 2016 approaches, the new Canyon View Event Center will expand the facility to provide additional non-dues revenue for the Association, allowing ABoR to enhance member value further and increase the organization’s sustainability.
Empowering you with the MLS
The Multiple Listing Service continued to grow in 2015, working to provide a robust system for you and your clients. A number of major decisions were made this last year to continue supporting a cooperative and accurate data system. Included in the changes was the addition of a new strategic vision for ABoR and the MLS.
An orderly marketplace stems from cooperation among all parties involved in the home buying and selling process, which is why the MLS continues to expand resources available to you through the system. Providing your clients with the best possible service is a staple of the REALTOR® brand. To help facilitate this type of service, ABoR and ACTRIS upgraded the Matrix client portal to include sold price and sold date.
Centralized Showing Service (CSS) Scheduler was also introduced as a free ACTRIS tool and implemented within the MLS. As a listing agent, you’re able to use CSS to arrange and organize listings for buyers’ agents to know what days and times work for your clients.
This tool also allows for your clients to have as much control as they would like in setting, approving, and denying showing appointments. Through the CSS Mobile app or the online dashboard, you and your clients live the same experience and there’s no need for a call or text to see the listing.
Committees Taking Action
Part of what keeps ABoR in touch with the needs of Central Texas REALTORS® is the hard work of the ABoR committees, which are comprised of nearly 300 dedicated ABoR members. The collaboration between these committed members, ABoR staff, and the Board is what drives policy decisions that affect the Association and members. Throughout the year, dozens of committees met monthly and have recommended over 55 actions for the Board to consider—ranging from supporting advocacy efforts to improving the MLS with members and clients in mind.
2015’s largest committee adjustment was splitting the old ACTRIS/MLS committee into two entities: the MLS Operations and MLS Strategic committees. The MLS Operation committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Board regarding listing information according to ACTRIS Rules and Regulations, while the Strategic committee advises on MLS policies, data use policies, and AustinHomeSearch.com. The separation of the previous all- encompassing ACTRIS/MLS committee allows for more focused discussion among experts and better informed decisions regarding the MLS.
Wait there’s more to talk about!
Read more highlights from the ABoR Academy, Member Week, the Williamson County Office, ABoR Foundation, community initiatives, and TREPAC.
Download the full cover story in the Nov/Dec issue of Austin REALTOR® for more of ABoR’s 2015 year in review and accomplishments.