May 2018 President's Corner - The Austin Board of REALTORS®

May 2018 President's Corner

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Welcome to the May 2018 President’s Corner!

In just a few minutes, you can get caught up on all of the major happenings in and around ABoR.

ABoR Board of Directors and TAR Leadership Applications Open Next Tuesday, May 15

Interested in applying to serve on the ABoR Board of Directors or in a TAR leadership position? The nominating period will open next Tuesday, May 15. Applications will be accepted through June 30. Keep an eye out for an email from ABoR next Monday with more information eligibility requirements and how to apply.

This year's Board of Directors election cycle includes the new nominating and election process that was approved via ABoR membership vote last month. I encourage all of our members to visit ABoR.com/bylaws to review the new changes and check out our new Board of Directors Election timeline. You can also find a list of FAQs on our new nominating process here.

ABoR Foundation Bestows $56,000 in Scholarships to Central Texas Students

Last Thursday, the ABoR Foundation awarded college scholarships to 25 Central Texas students last week totaling $56,000! This is one of the highest cumulative scholarship amounts ever bestowed by the ABoR Foundation and is made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of ABoR Foundation donors. Recipients were selected based on academic merit, financial need, and interviews with a panel of judges.

2018 Summer Fan Drive Open Now Through August 30

Let’s keep up the momentum of giving back by having a big REALTOR® turnout for the Family Eldercare Summer Fan Drive, which kicked off on May 1. We all know how hot Texas summers can be. That's why the ABoR Foundation and Family Eldercare have partnered together to provide fans to Austin's most vulnerable residents and we need your help!

Donate a new 20" fan, a new 12" oscillating fan, or monetary donation to any AMLI Property or ABoR location now until August 31. Last year, 6,700 fans were distributed to over 3,200 households. Will you help us exceed our goal this year? Learn more and donate at ABoR.com/FanDrive.

Don't Miss These May ABoR Events!

The spring housing market isn’t slowing down, and neither are your ways to get involved at ABoR. Here are the events you don’t want to miss:

May 10: MLS Feedback Series iMLS Focus Group
The ABoR MLS is asking for your input on MLS products we offer (and even some we don't) by signing up for one of our exclusive focus groups. With the great role international real estate is playing in our industry, our first focus group on Thursday, May 10 will center around iMLS, a global listing distribution tool. Register for the iMLS Focus Group here. You can also take our MLS Feedback Series Survey to volunteer to participate in future focus groups this year.

May 15: April 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report
ABoR will release the April 2018 edition of the Central Texas Housing Market next Tuesday, April 15 on ABoR.com. Check ABoR.com/statsapr18 that morning to download the full report as well as shareable infographics for the Austin-Round Rock MSA; City of Austin; and Hays, Travis and, Williamson Counties.

May 18-19: Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam Prep Course
If you're interested in obtaining your real estate or broker's license, ABoR is offering a two-day Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam Prep Course on May 18-19 at ABoR HQ. The $90 course, which is highly recommended by previous students who have passed the exam, includes six practice tests and the option to retake classes for up to one year for free.

May 23: Spring Fiesta! REALTOR® + Affiliate Happy Hour
Celebrate spring at our Affiliate/REALTOR® Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. at ABoR HQ. Hosted by ABoR and AYREP, this FREE event will provide both REALTOR® and Affiliate members with professional headshots and chances to win prizes throughout the evening! There will be free drinks, great food, fantastic networking, and more! Register here.

May 30: Charting Our Course: ABoR May Town Hall
The Board of Directors has embarked on a process to modernize our Association's bylaws and make them more aligned with how our industry and our Association operate today. We're holding our May Town Hall to give members the opportunity to learn more and weigh in about this important process. And if you've ever wondered how our bylaws and governance policies work, you'll learn about that, too! Register at ABoR.com/MayTownHall.

May 31: ABoR Academy Digital Day
Growing consumer demands for immediacy and integrated technology are making digital expertise a must for today's real estate agent. Join the ABoR Academy for our inaugural Digital Day on Thursday, May 31 at ABoR HQ. Real Estate Tech Guru Craig Grant will lead two back-to-back classes that will teach you how to optimize the online presence of both your business and your brand. Earn 6 CE hours for attending both courses and save $10 by registering before May 17! Learn more at ABoR.com/DigitalDay.

Save the Date: Realty Roundup 2018

It's that time again! Pack your bags and hop in the car because we're taking The Great American Road Trip to Realty Round Up 2018, Wednesday, October 17! Maximize your event exposure to real estate professionals with event advertising. Booth prices and advertising opportunities are available to view and purchase on ABoRRoundUp.com. General admission ticket sales will go live on August 1, 2018.

The next ABoR Board Meeting is Wednesday, June 6. Join us in person, or via live stream at abor.com/board-livestream! You must enter your member credentials to view the live stream. 

As always, I welcome your feedback, comments, and ideas. If you have questions, you can reach out to me anytime on Facebook or email me directly at president@abor.com.

Thank you,
Steve Crorey
2018 ABoR President

 

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