Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties)

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Evelyn Kennedy
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Debbie:

Good question.  I have been involved in my local association for years and have chaired several committees.  Yes there is a benefit to be involved in my local association.  Mine is a small community and with my involvement comes the benefit of knowing almost all the memebers of my association.  When I make an offer or receive an offer from the people in my association, I know them and can use that knowledge to my benefit.  

Jan 23, 2015 02:30 AM
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Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
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Yes, I have been the Committee Chair for the past 3 years and just started a new term. Plus I am actively involved in Women's Council of Realtors and I am the current President of our chapter. I think it makes you a better Realtor, you get to know others in your community and you help set up programs for more training and events. Giving back to your association is so important plus we do turkey giveaways during the Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays to people in need. I always reccomend agents to volunteer their time. If you are putting in an offer on a house, maybe the listing agent might give you the added edge since they know you when their is multiple offers.

Jan 23, 2015 01:43 AM
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Cat Zwicker, CRS
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
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Participating in your association is not always about financial benefits. It is your opportunity to "sharpen your saw" and get an inside look on topics and issues impacting our profession as well as having a voice in the path our industry takes.   Down the road relationships grow and so do opportunities for referrals.  Overall growth and expertise in your field, knowledge of cutting edge technology or legal decisions impacting our work- I think  that's a benefit. Yes obviously I participate. 

Jan 23, 2015 03:04 AM
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Gene Cooper
Gene Cooper Realty - Fayetteville, NC
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Debbie, I have been active in my association for about 10 years and on the board for my second year.  I have a much better understanding of how the association actually works and I realize how few ever learn anything about their association or even care.  I feel for business purposes, the networking is valuable.  But mainly, it is just the right thing to do, give time to the association that supports you.

Jan 23, 2015 01:14 AM
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

When we become a Realtor, we take the Realtor Pledge which includes "to strive to serve well my community".  I learned years ago that decisions are made by the people that show up, so if I wanted a voice at the table, I had to show up!

I have served in many capacities including President of the the Ada County Association of Realtors in 2010, President of the Idaho Chapter CRS, and serve on the Board of Directors for the Intermountain MLS, and have been a State Director for the Idaho Association of Realtors.

Yes it takes time, but it is the right thing to do.  I have received referrals from agents due to my positions and it has helped me get selected over another agent, but that isn't why I do it.

Jan 23, 2015 01:10 AM
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Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist

Yes Debbie - we have wonderful educational experiences throughout the calendar year.  It affords opportunity to meet the creamof the crop...those seeking to add more value to their business and sponsors who are anxious to create alliances in this fasat moving socirty we now live in.

Jan 21, 2015 11:41 PM
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Jimmy Williams (352) 874-2354
Classic VI Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Networking and staying involved with the local political climate are two benefits I see in staying involved with your local board.

Jan 21, 2015 11:10 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I hear some say that they do it because it is the right thing and others so no way they don't have the time. I think it is like networking and helps build our professionalism.

Jan 21, 2015 10:17 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I am very involved. I love it. It keeps me clued in to what is happening in my business. I've been involved for over six years with my local board and i will continue to stay involved. 

Jan 21, 2015 01:59 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I have been active with our local MLS and on commitees, but I have to say, nobody from there has ever listed a home or bought one from me.  I think organizations outside Real Estate serves me best, although attending their functions are wrth listening to some of the speakers.

Jan 21, 2015 12:16 PM
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Yes I am quite active and especially on our MLS committee because I like to know what's coming and hopefully have some influence on the decisions. The networking is great too. Sure it takes time but its time well spent. Great topic!

Jan 23, 2015 04:58 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I was involved until I got too busy. But I always try to attend the membership meetings and partake in the training. The board also provides the benefit of remaining current on legislative issues or "big picture" trends headed our way.

Jan 23, 2015 12:03 AM
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AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
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Debbie - I have not been active in my association, as I find better opportunities to network, learn, etc through sites like ActiveRain and CRS events. 

Jan 22, 2015 05:16 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I like the idea of networking with other agents from other offices  this way. It helps when we have a transaction together.

Jan 21, 2015 10:52 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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Yes, I have been for the last 4 or 5 years.  I am taking 2015 off of being involved, then jumping back in!

Jan 21, 2015 11:32 AM
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Mark Wheeler
Roots Realty - Portland, OR

I am involved in our local association, our MLS & our state forms company. This has benefitted my buiness very much in that I am much more informed about issues & nuances of our profession. This helps me to be a better agent for my clients. As someone said in another comment, the committee I like the most so far is our Professional Standards Committee; the knowledge gained there is invaluable. I highly encourage all Realtors to attend their Professional Standards Committee meetings. The Professional Standards Academy classes are excellent too.

Feb 09, 2015 05:02 AM
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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I am a member, but I admit not that active in events.  I am involved in other civic groups and my professional group has not been that high a priority.  Maybe at some time in the future.  I will say I appreciate my local and state board more than the NAR.

Jan 29, 2015 11:20 AM
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

 Yes, I think the benefits are similar to AR.  Networking and becoming known in your field can only benefit you! I'm in talks with them now to teach a course at the new Scottsdale location!

Jan 28, 2015 09:09 AM
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Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

I have been involved with our local association ever since someone personally invited me to attend a meeting.  I currently serve as a State Director to represent our members at the state level.  I truly enjoy learning and being connected to what is happening state wide, not just in my neighborhood. My involvement serves everyone I work with since I am more knowledgeable about our industry.

Jan 24, 2015 01:36 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I too am active and there was a period of time I took a breather and was not nearly as involved. Now I can say I really enjoy it and try to fully use the Association's benefits and training programs. I feel like I am giving back.

Jan 23, 2015 12:50 PM
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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The local MLS is a great resource for agents, so the benefits are available if necessary. Involvement is a time issue for me but fortunately there are agents who serve and I applaud them for their service.

Jan 23, 2015 12:20 PM
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Marilyn O'Donoghue
Long & Foster Avalon - Avalon, NJ

I have been remiss in not participating nor volunteering.  I will make it a goal for 2015-thanks for the nudge!

Jan 23, 2015 08:25 AM
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have been on a number of committees and to date the one I enjoy the most and feel useful in is the Professional Standards Committee.  It has not brought me any business however, it builds reputation in our small community.

Jan 23, 2015 07:01 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

AJ, I can't speak for every association but mine has very good networking opportunities and free education.

Jan 22, 2015 07:17 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Gita, I like the networking too.

Jimmy, Very true words, it is so much easier to stay abreast of what is happening.

Eileen, We had an educational event today and it was free and a wonderful day of learning.

Jan 22, 2015 04:27 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Actually, Debbie Reynolds I should - though no benefits that I can think of.

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 PM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not anymore.

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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Not as involved as I would like to be, very busy right now but in time I will get more involved.

 

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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

At one time I was on the board...

May 18, 2017 05:43 AM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have chosen to be involved too. I like giving back and also knowing what is going on in the industry. It is a volunteer job and by doing that I get to know others that are involved. It makes it easier if I have to do a deal with one of those agents too.

Feb 09, 2015 06:07 AM
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Carolyn Shipp
Source 1 Real Estate - Mineral Wells, TX
Mineral Wells Texas Real Estate

I am active and have been for several years, but have not found that it has been beneficial.  I'm on our MLS committee and our NTREIS committee.  I have also been involved and graduated from our Texas REALTOR Leadership Program.  Unfortunately, our "local" association is not so local.  It is about 25 miles from us and there are a lot of things we miss because of this.  It is also very large and many agents get lost in the shuffle.  Our association encompasses agents that live an hour away and that is definitely not a plus for them because they don't get any representation for their area.  

Feb 04, 2015 12:25 AM
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Debbie - yes I think it's a personal and professional benefit Debbie.  Being known and creating friendships is personal, but due to that friendship we might learn of something before others that might help our business!

Jan 28, 2015 09:11 AM
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MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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I gladly participate in Association trainings and events.

Jan 24, 2015 12:29 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Praful, There is much discussion about this in the air. I am involved but am a small percentage of about 25%.

Jan 21, 2015 12:02 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Do you feel Evelyn that is benefited your business or you personally?

Jan 21, 2015 11:43 AM