September 2018 President's Corner

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Welcome to the September 2018 President’s Corner!

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

MLS & KEY Invoices Due This Saturday, Sept. 15

Your MLS subscription provides unrivaled benefits that speak to every aspect of your real estate business. From accurate property information at your fingertips, useful tools for your business, and Supra KEY & Lockbox service, access to the MLS delivers services that help you effectively market yourself and your listings. When submitting payment for your MLS & KEY invoice, not only are you maintaining an essential tool for your business, you can also help protect homeownership and our industry! I invite you to join me in keeping the voluntary $45 TREPAC contribution box checked. Your Board of Directors #BackTREPAC. Do you?

Avoid interruption to your services and submit payment for your Fall 2018 MLS & KEY Invoices by this Saturday, September 15.

What's Next for ABoR and ACTRIS?

During this month's Board of Directors Meeting, the Board approved 2019-2023 Strategic Plans for both ABoR and the Austin/Central Texas Real Estate Information System (ACTRIS). This is the first time in ABoR's 92-year history that two deliberate, strategic visions for both entities have been adopted, and your Board of Directors and I are excited about the increased member/subscriber value and growth that will soon emerge from these new plans.

Keep an eye out for an email from ABoR CEO Emily Chenevert later this week with more details about our new Strategic Plans and how you can have a role in implementing them.

As a result of these plans, members can also expect a change in ABoR's governance structure and the roles our committees play in shaping our organization. My fellow ABoR board members and I are working hard right now on changes to our ABoR Bylaws and governance policies (to be presented for a membership vote at a later date), as well as obtaining feedback from Committee leaders on where their committee fits under our new strategic visions for ABoR and ACTRIS. Proposed revisions to our ABoR Bylaws and governance structure will be discussed further in our October Board of Directors Meeting on Wednesday, October 3, so make plans to attend or listen in on the live stream if you can!

The bottom line is this: There are a lot of exciting changes coming to the Austin Board of REALTORS® and our MLS in the coming months. As a member-led organization, it is more important than ever for you to stay engaged and share feedback on how ABoR and ACTRIS can best serve you and your business. I look forward to hearing from you!

Coming Soon: 2019 Board of Directors Election + 2019 Committee Call

As your President, I encourage you to participate in our 2019 Board of Directors election October 15–19, 2018. As an ABoR member, you have the power to foster change by speaking up for whom should lead ABoR and our MLS. ABoR Primary and Secondary members interested in running in the election may be added by way of petition until October 1, 2018. To learn more about this year's candidates and the petition process, visit ABoR.com/Election.

In addition, the annual Committee Call for our 2019 committees will take place later this fall. Are you interested in getting more involved in your industry? Is there a specific area of ABoR or our MLS where you'd like to see change or think you can make an impact? Volunteer to serve on an ABoR committee! Stay tuned for dates...more details will be provided at Realty Round Up 2018!

New and Improved: AustinHomeSearch.com

In case you missed it, last month AustinHomeSearch.com rolled out a new responsive, modern home search experience. While the basic functionality has remained the same, users will see that the upgraded site has a more modern look, a new logo, and a more responsive design to help you search more efficiently on any tablet or mobile device. Check out the new site at AustinHomeSearch.com.

Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

September 20: 2018 Austin Young Real Estate Professionals (AYREP) Charity Bash 
Mix, mingle, and give back during AYREP's 2018 Charity Bash! This year's bash benefits Austin Angels, a local organization that offers support to children in the foster care system through intentional giving, relationship building, and mentorship. Fun fact: Austin Angels was the recipient of the ABoR Foundation's Most Worthy Citizen Award earlier this year — even more reason to support them! Invite your friends and colleagues for a snazzy evening, September 20 at Antone's starting at 7:00 p.m. Secure your ticket today!

October 17: Realty Round Up 2018
You're joining me for Realty Round Up, right? ABoR REALTOR® members have until Friday, October 5 to snag your FREE ticket to The Great American Road Trip! Join us at the Palmer Events Center, October 17 for a packed day of networking, FREE CE, and prize giveaways! In addition, there's still time to purchase a booth as well as secure your ABoR Foundation car raffle ticket for a chance to win a new Audi Q5! Buy two raffle tickets, get one FREE!

Ticket Information:

  • REALTORS® –  FREE through October 6
  • ABoR Affiliates or Non-REALTOR® members – $40
  • Non-Members – $60

December 7: ABoR Industry Awards & Installation
Save the date for ABoR's Industry Awards & Installation Friday, December 7 at the JW Marriott Austin. Join us at this annual celebration for drinks, dinner, live entertainment, and the presentation of ABoR's 2018 Industry Award winners! More details will hit your inbox next month!

The next ABoR Board Meeting is Wednesday, October 3. Join us in person or via live stream at abor.com/board-livestream! You must enter your member credentials to view the livestream.

Keep Sharing Your Feedback!

Thank you for joining me in focusing on the many opportunities ahead for ABoR and for Central Texas real estate. As always, you can reach out to me anytime on Facebook or reach the entire ABoR Board of Directors at board@abor.com.

Thank you,
Steve Crorey
2018 ABoR President

 

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