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2013 in Review, a President's Message

What an amazing year it's been!

PatWattamWe hosted some fabulous education events, Pat Diamond and Ed Hatch provided amazing special sessions to help our members grow their businesses. We also brought in Chuck Bode for the second year in a row to help agents with CRS designations and provide invaluable CE opportunities. Look forward to three more CRS classes already scheduled for next year!

2013 brought so much new tech to help you work smarter! We:

  • Launched the Weekly Education Digest to respect your inboxes and help you plan ahead.
  • Launched "GBRAR Homes" apps for Android, iPhone/iPad and Blackberry, through an agreement with Smarter Agent
  • Expanded lists of IDX vendors to 27 providing members' lots of choices for IDX products and services.
  • Integrated RPR and ESRI Tapestry consumer segmentation data within the LACDB to create decision engines to assist in site selection and marketing of commercial real estate.
  • Released updated mapping platform in GBRMLS
  • Launched 10k Market Research Monthly Statistical Reports and Quarterly Market Video Updates - presenting market statistics in an approachable and beautiful way. Beginning in 2014 we'll be releasing monthly video updates!
  • Very recently, brought wonderful new MLS tools online for you, powered by CoreLogic, including integrated public records along with listing data and a platform for sharing MLS data from around Louisiana and across the U.S. Look forward to using these in years to come.
  • Released CloudCMA with GBRMLS data giving members opportunity to create stunning listing and buyer presentations. Full integration with List-it is scheduled for late January.

There was a lot of work with the MLS. There are many wonderful things coming our way in 2014. Exciting things. Things that will make our lives and business easier and better.

We raised a lot of money for LARPAC, through what has become the annual Cajun Cookoff and through LR-sponsored raffles, one for a fancy television and one for an amazingly generous offer from Linda Gaspard for a week in her beach home. GBRAR raised more money for LARPAC this year than in any other single year AND we had more people contribute than ever before! This is definitely something I want to see become a trend.

2013 has been a year of pretty steady market improvements. We've seen it in our professional lives. We've seen it in the number of new peers we have. This market growth also brought lots of positive press to our association. There were multiple interviews with radio and television stations. This helps spread the word of the REALTOR® brand and helps strengthen your business.

All of these accomplishments make for a great 2013. But, more importantly, they set GBRAR up for a fantastic 2014.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Pat Wattam
2013 GBRAR President

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