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Seven Predictions for 2013: The AKUS Experience


The Greatest Band in American Music

Once again, it is time for the world famous (in my own mind at least) annual tradition of making predictions for the coming year that are Guaranteed to be Wrong, or Your Money Back! This year, I thought I would pay tribute to the greatest musical act still working today: Alison Krauss and Union Station. If you haven’t experienced AKUS, please click on the embedded videos; you will become a fan. If you are not a fan, you should be. “But I hate country music” is no excuse when it comes to the awesomeness that is the Hall of Fame lineup of Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski, Ron Block, and Dan Bales.

My 2012 Predictions turned out to be mostly wrong, which is great news, since many of them were dire indeed. Here’s to hoping that my 2013 predictions will perform about the same.

Let’s get into it.

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Oh Lordy. Chicago (Association) Blows Up.

Image: Xaxor.com


I was going to just keep posting my series on REThinkFuture, but this development simply demands attention:

The Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) is suing Andrea Geller, a CAR member and agent for Coldwell Banker, for defamation for public statements she made on Chicago Agent magazine’s story on the impeachment of former CAR President Bob Floss.

The lawsuit, which seeks damages in excess $50,000 from Geller, according to a Chicago Tribune story on the lawsuit, is believed to be the first such lawsuit in the association’s 129-year history.

Oh. My. God.

I wrote a couple of months ago about the unfolding drama in GLVAR, in which three members of the Association are suing the Association, its past CEO, and possibly members of its Board of Directors, and said that was a story that Association leaders simply could not ignore. I could not imagine for a second that a mere two months later, a major Association would actually take the step of initiating legal action against one of its own members. For defamation.

I don’t know the specific facts behind this lawsuit, and I suspect we’ll find out over time, but… I have to ask the Board of the Chicago Association of REALTORS something: Y’all didn’t read my post on GLVAR, did you?

There are some vital takeaways in this story for other Associations.

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Association Leaders — This is One Story You Cannot Afford to Ignore


I’ve been really busy the last few days, but did not see anyone in the real estate media world — even bloggers like me — pick up on this extraordinary story:

Three members of the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors on Tuesday sued the trade association, its board of directors and its immediate past chief executive, Irene Vogel, alleging misappropriation of funds.

I’m baffled why the real estate media is not all over this story. Inman? RISMedia? AGBeat? Where you guys at?

So um, I guess I’ll take a few minutes to press this here Big Red Button to sound the alarm.

If you are involved with Associations in any official capacity — serve on the Board or as an Executive Officer — this is a story you cannot afford to ignore. Call your general counsel right now. Make sure your D&O insurance coverage is up to date, and consider increasing the limits.


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