Author Archives: Alice Martin

Martin Consulting Solutions partners, Alice and Don Martin, bring a wealth of experience in all things real estate and real estate associations to assist REALTOR® associations reach their goals and achieve success. Whether Solutions services are delivered individually or as a team, Alice and Don will meet and exceed your expectations!

Nominations, Elections…Oh, no!

Nominations, Elections, and Decisions. Oh, No! No worries. I am not going to talk about partisan politics. Now that we’re in the hot and heavy election season, it is a popular topic, however. But my topic today is going to be about YOUR association’s nominations, elections, and decisions. The decisions you make may determine the…

Yesterday is So Yesterday

Yesterday is So Yesterday As the Chicago spring arrives each year (and leaves a couple of days later, I think), and summer sets in, I can’t help but remember growing up in a small town in Iowa and the memories it brings. The wonderful smell of lilacs and the air after a spring shower. Easter outfits…

Three Things You Need To Know

Three Things You Need to Know There are some announcements you and your association leadership ought to know about. All three are related to your future in some way. Let’s take a look. 1. Most of you know this, but just in case, those proposed revisions to NAR Core Standards I wrote about in the…

Core Standards, Part 2… Will you be ready?

As many of you may already know, NAR has released the proposed amendments to its Core Standards as developed by the Core Standards Working Group. These amendments will be reviewed and voted upon at the upcoming meetings in D.C. in May. This post will give you quick look at the major highlights after I pose…

Tips to Avoid Bracket Busting

As March Madness ends this coming Monday, I find myself disappointed with the total failure of my NCAA basketball brackets this year.  For those of us who do these each year know, there were the typical upsets that hurt most of us but made a few of us heroes. Most of my bad picks this…

Resilience: Learning the Hard Way

Resilience: Learning the Hard Way We talk a lot these days about what makes a great leader. There have been hundreds of articles, programs, opinions, strategies – you name it – about this topic. But a leadership skill that doesn’t get mentioned much for either individual leaders or organizations is resilience.  I have given much…

Does Leadership Training Really Work?

September 2015 As many associations are thinking about or planning their new board orientation or other types of volunteer training, it may be time for all of us to do some re-thinking. Some of you may be saying: “we do this every year, and we have the same old issues and challenges coming up over…

Core Standards Year One – Planning Lessons Learned

It’s over. And your association passed the test – meeting or exceeding the NAR Core Standards by the first year’s deadline. What did you like? Dislike? What did you learn? Are you going to be better than before? If you were already meeting the standards, did the process remind you of some of the basics you may have…

Sharing Services to Meet NAR Core Standards: What a great idea!

I co-facilitated a shared services workshop at the NAR Annual Meeting in New Orleans earlier this month with Kevin McQueen and was excited to see the enthusiasm and ideas shared by the nearly 100 participants. The purpose of the workshop was: –to identify the benefits or partnering, brainstorm ways to share to meet the NAR…

NAR Core Standards Resources and Links

Want to know the latest NAR’s Core Standards and ideas about meeting them? I have included a few links to important information and tools for your easy reference. Core Standard: Unification – What the Devil Does That Mean? NAR’s Frequently Asked Questions NAR Core Standards NAR Compliance Criteria (pdf) NAR Core Standards Home page for…