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Ten Things I Learned in NAR Leadership Academy

by Sarah Gustafson, Janice Mitchell Real Estate | Nov 06, 2018
I applied to the 2018 class of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Leadership Academy because I wanted to learn more about the structure of NAR and improve my leadership skills. Although I grew in ways I could not have imagined, one of the best parts of the experience was learning about all the resources available to us through NAR. So, with that in mind, I wanted to share 10 (of the many) resources you should know about. 

1. The NAR Library 
Did you know that NAR has a real estate library in Chicago that is staffed by five librarians? These librarians have access to over 12,000 books, reports, and guides that will answer almost any real estate related question you might have.

2. Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers Report
Did you know? Student loan debt is delaying 83% of non-homeowners from purchasing. This is delaying their purchases by as much as seven years. This is one of many findings in the report.
 A consumer-facing website that provides consumers with information and stories about home- ownership and what local real estate associations are doing in the community.

4.  Placemaking Grants
These grants provide up to $3,000 for an association to invest in their local communities to create new public spaces, gardens, dog parks, etc. This is our opportunity to give back in a very visible way. 

5.  Realtor® University
There is an online real estate master’s degree program available and the university is currently developing a bachelor’s degree program. 

6.  Commitment to Excellence
This is a new program that was launched at the NAR Conference & Expo in Boston. It is a interactive online learning platform designed to encourage a higher level of professionalism across the industry.

7.  A Global Perspective
In 2017, foreign buyers spent nearly $200 billion on US properties (commercial & residential). Is it time to expand your network?

8. Member Dashboard
See all of your NAR Involvement in one place.

9.  Good Neighbor Awards
Do you know an agent that does an outstanding job in their community? You can nominate them for an award that not only recognizes them, but also supports their charity. 

10.  Members
 Our biggest resource is our fellow members. Throughout my career as a volunteer, the most valuable resource to me has been the people I’ve been able to work with for the benefit of our association.

The Leadership Academy reminds us that our strength and our future rests within our membership and our future leaders. Being involved exposes us and gives us an amazing opportunity to get to know people from across the country with different backgrounds. These connections will become mentors, teachers, and friends. Hands down, this is our most valuable asset!

 These are a just a few of the member benefits and resources that I learned more about in the Leadership Academy.  I hope you will check them out and see how they will benefit you in your career, and your business. There is such opportunity for each of us to develop ourselves and further our profession. I highly recommend that you consider applying to a Leadership Academy at the local, state, or national level. The experience is absolutely amazing! 

Sarah Gustafson is 2018 graduate of the National Association of Realtors® Leadership Academy and a broker at Janice Mitchell Real Estate in Holden.