New and Updated in the Library – February 2016

The following Field Guides have recently been updated in the Library:

Using Privacy & Security Features in Social Media

For most REALTORS®, social media has become an integral part of their marketing and communication efforts with clients, family and friends. This new media also brings with it some concerns over privacy and security. The rules of the game keep changing. Gone are the days when ‘default’ options are good enough. This updated field guide will give you background information on concerns with various popular social media sites as well as provide tips and suggestions to protect your privacy and identity.

Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Over the last 50 years, the U.S. real estate investment trust (REIT) industry has become an important segment of the U.S. economy and investment markets. REITs also make a good entry point for everyday consumers and small investors to break into real estate investing. This field guide gives some background on REITs and information on how to add them to your portfolio.

Establishing a Charitable Foundation

Making the decision to establish or participate in a charitable foundation can be tough, especially in light of the many financial variables affecting associations in today’s economic times. The resources presented here can help facilitate this decision-making process. You will find information pertaining to tax and legal issues, fundraising, as well as general tips on how to start a non-profit. You’ll also discover a wide assortment of useful web sites as well as many valuable resources available from NAR.

Association Mergers & Partnerships

Mergers and partnerships can be advantageous to a Board or Association for a variety of reasons, including: overlapping markets, similar services, geographic considerations, cost-savings, membership benefits and wider recognition in the marketplace. And, in light of NAR’s Organizational Alignment Core Standards, more boards and associations may be looking at mergers as a viable option. In fact, some local associations that are considering a merger are even considering a “chapter” structure in order to preserve their identity.  This Field Guide will provide you with information regarding association mergers as well as information specific to REALTOR® Association mergers. Plus, you’re sure to uncover valuable information pertaining to nonprofits in the collection of eBooks offered to you for free from NAR’s eBook collection.