Starting about mid October, members will be able to renew eBooks via their online bookshelf. As shown to the left, three days before your title is set to expire a ‘renew’ option will appear in your online bookshelf.
If the arrow is green, that means a renewal is possible. If the arrow is gray, that means someone has already placed a hold on the title and you might not be able to immediately get the title. You can still click to renew and you’ll be added to the wait list which shouldn’t be too long.
A few things to remember:
- A renewal works pretty much the same as putting the book on hold. When your current lending period ends, the title will expire and disappear from your bookshelf. You will then receive an email where you can re-checkout and download the title.
- Unfortunately this means you will lose your bookmarks, notes, etc. If you’re planning to renew, make a note of where you are in the book for easy access after the title refreshes.
- If you click renew and someone after you puts the title on hold, you’re safe. You still get first dibs. If someone puts the title on hold before you, you are simply added to the waiting list in first come, first served order.
- You can only renew titles one time. Though of course you could simply go back into the collection, find the title, and re-check it out. There’s no limit on the number of times you can re-check out a title, just on using the convenience of the renew button.
If you have questions, please feel free to give us a call. We’re here to help!
Editing Facebook posts, Google is 15, Banned Book Week
Have you ever finished a status update to Facebook only to notice a typo or – even better – a ridiculous auto-correct from your ‘smart’ phone? Never fear! Facebook just announced you now have the ability to edit your posts even after they’ve gone up. Viewers will still be able to see the original boo-boo if they care to dig a bit, but for one I’m thankful! Now available for Android and the web, coming soon to iOS (Apple).
Google is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Want to see how it looked back in the beginning? Go to www.google.com and type ‘google in 1998′ in the search box.
iOS7 is a week or so old and the complaints keep coming. If you need a good grumble here are 11 complaints about iOS7. Still not upgraded? Want to do a bit more comparing of iOS6 vs iOS7? Business Insider gives you 23 side-by-side comparisons of the two versions. Forbes offers 15 tips to make the changeover easier.
Social media and computer culture has appropriated lots of old typewriter symbols for their own use. Learn about the history of #, @, and other symbols.
Wondering about how the Affordable Care Act AKA Obamacare will impact you? Good Morning America via Yahoo! has some good info on Heath Insurance Exchanges. And Inman suggests looking at NAR’s Health Insurance Marketplace after Oct. 1 to compare rates with your state exchange.
Do you ever browse through Google Streetview on Google Earth or via Google Maps? Seems like lots of people do, finding most everything. A story this week was sweet when a man found a picture of his late grandmother sitting on her front stoop reading the paper in the sun. You could even see the leaves that he’d raked earlier that day and bagged in her driveway.
In late July 1917, REALTORS® from all around the United States and Canada descended on Milwaukee, WI, site of the 10th annual convention of the National Association of Real Estate Boards. The mayor of Milwaukee opened the convention, followed by speeches and presentations on housing laws, homebuilding, land title systems, and financing techniques. Towards the end of the first day of sessions, everyone filed outside to pose for a giant group photograph.
Of the 1,384 registered attendees, roughly 1,000 of them are depicted here outside the Milwaukee Auditorium, where the convention sessions took place. A small, somewhat blurry version of the photograph was published in the August 1917 issue of the National Real Estate Journal as part of its convention coverage, but the original is over three feet long and full of sharp details.
Included in the crowd are several important figures from NAR’s early history, including R. Bruce Douglas, the second CEO of the National Association (and 1917 president of the Milwaukee Real Estate Board); Tom Ingersoll of Los Angeles, Douglas’s successor as NAR chief executive; William M. Garland, also from Los Angeles, president of NAR in both 1917 and 1918 (and the only person to have held that office for more than a year); and past NAR presidents William W. Hannan (1909), Samuel Thorpe (1911), Thomas Shallcross (1914); Walter Collins Piper (1915), and Henry P. Haas (1916). The cluster of sign-wielding REALTORS® at the back of the group is getting a head start on promoting the 11th annual convention.
The NAR Archives extends its thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS® for their generous donation of this fascinating piece of REALTOR® history and for the opportunity to share it with NAR’s members. View the full photograph in detail on our Flickr page, or, if you happen to be in Chicago, visit the NAR Archives to see it in person.
New iPhone, new iOS, best apps, and a bookless library
Apple launched its latest iPhone last week. Models go on sale this Friday, Sept. 20. The reviews are starting to come in from early users. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal says “If you are an iPhone fan with any model older than the iPhone 5, the new 5S will be a big step up.” Walt’s colleague, Lauren Goode, reviews the iPhone 5C over at All Things D and says the new colorful plastic-backed phone is solid, and not a ‘tacky plastic phone’, but also doesn’t have the ‘latest and greatest hardware’.
All those fancy features in Apple’s new software release, iOS7, have the potential to ruin your battery life. TAUW gives some advice on how to stop iOS7 from killing your battery. And if you haven’t upgraded, maybe you should wait. But of course, you already have anyway, haven’t you? Not happy with some of the features? Britain’s Telegraph newspaper gives some tips on how to disable some of iOS7′s more annoying features.
Time just came out with it’s annual 50 best iPhone apps – how many do you use?
Reuters reports that losses due to the flooding in Colorado will amount to almost $2 billion dollars—half from housing and half from commerce/government. The fierce floods have resulted in 8 deaths. The Colorado Association of REALTORS® is finalizing two plans to help Colorado REALTORS® and members of the public, and help through non-profit organizations. Results should be finalized by next week. Please check back with the Colorado Association of REALTORS® website as more information becomes available.
Wearables (think Nike FitBand) aren’t just for adults anymore. There’s a new crop of startups hoping to give parents peace of mind and deliver more insights about young children and their sleeping patterns through wearable devices for babies.
Agents will go out of their way to get noticed, but would you appear in a bikini? make a rap video? get a tattoo? All of these have been done. It’s an annoying slide show on bankrate.com but still interesting.
San Antonio recently opened a library…with no books. It claims to be the nation’s first all-digital library. Don’t have a Kindle? You can check one out from the library too!
Today we received a message from our eBook library partner, Overdrive, outlining an issue with Apple’s latest smartphone software, iOS7:
Apple released iOS 7 yesterday and many of your Apple users may have upgraded their device(s) or will be upgrading in the near future.
When an existing OverDrive Media Console (OMC) user upgrades to iOS 7, the app will fail when trying to open a DRM-protected eBook. New or first time users of OMC are unaffected by this issue.
We are resolving the issue but in the meantime, here are immediate remedies for users:
1) Re-authenticate the app with their existing or a new Adobe ID. Refer to the iOS section of this Help article for assistance. (Recommended)
2) Uninstall and re-install OMC which will also require the user to re-authorize with Adobe. IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear a user’s bookshelf, history, and app settings.
Audiobook users won’t notice that anything is different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks they already downloaded to OMC before upgrading to iOS 7. A user will receive an error message informing them to download the title again.
We encourage you to share this information with your users via email, Facebook or Twitter. Please be sure to follow our Digital Library Blog for the latest updates.
We apologize for the inconvenience
I updated my phone last night and tried accessing the overdrive app this morning with no luck. As I didn’t have any titles checked out that I hadn’t finished, I simply deleted and reinstalled the app. Once I signed in again with my Adobe ID, I was able to check out and download titles as usual. I did lose all my titles from the device, though by signing in to ebooks.realtor.org and looking on my bookshelf I was able to re-download titles.
iOS7 will work not only on Apple’s new iPhone 5S and 5C but also on Apple’s full line of iPhones from version 4 to present, iPad 2 and 3, and the 5th generation of iPod Touch. More than likely in the next few days you will be prompted to download the software by your device.
New iPhones, 1986 House, and flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th
Apple rolled out its latest model of the iPhone this week, the iPhone 5S. Additionally it presented its cheaper version, the iPhone 5C. If you’re ready for an upgrade, which model is right for you? Lifehacker breaks it down in their comparison. The short answer: the 5S is more future-proof (faster processor to handle apps and functionality over the next two years if you’re starting a new contract), while the 5C is fine if you’re not an intensive gamer or power user.
Your purse is your mobile command center. (You should be able to live out of that thing for a least a week.) But it’s not all Mentos and lipstick–read on for the 30 tech items you’ll want to toss in your bag this season, whether you’re sporting a tiny crossbody or a dusty rucksack.
If Google put your house on Street View between 2007 and 2010, the company might (eventually) owe you money.
Maybe you remember the PBS show “1900 House” or some other version where a family agrees to live with the technology and life of the past to see how they react. Well, a family in Canada is doing something similar, living the lifestyle of…1986. The parents felt their children were too absorbed by tablet computers, the internet, and gadgets in general rather than playing outside. So they decided to bring everyone back to the year they were born. The moved into a house from the era, put away all their modern technology and settled into VCR tapes, a rotary phone, and original Nintendo.
I drink Starbucks iced tea all the time. Glad I learned the secret tip about no water! These tips are great if you go to Starbucks once a week or twice a day.
Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki apparently were not too bothered. Friday’s flight was almost full.
This week’s internet sensation: a frog photobomb captured by a remote camera during NASA’s launch of its LADEE spacecraft in Virginia.
NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection.
Members can also borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library Catalog for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800.874.6500 for assistance.
Brain Fitness for Women
by Sondra Kornblatt
Did you know that women have 70,000 thoughts per day and one person’s brain generates more electrical impulses each day than all the telephones in the world combined?
In Brain Fitness for Women, health writer Sondra Kornblatt offers an entertaining look at how women’s brains work: the physiology of women’s brains, new research in neuroscience, the differences between women’s and men’s brains, and how women’s brains age.
How to Think Your Way to the Life You Want
by Bruce Doyle
This accessible step-by-step guide simplifies the complex subject of how your thinking creates your life. You’ll delight in learning how thought works, and how your thoughts connect you with the universe. You’ll also discover why so many people place such a strong emphasis on the power of thought on the influence of beliefs, and on a positive attitude. In short, you’ll learn why thought is a basic building block of creation.
Designing Social Interfaces
by Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone
From the creators of Yahoo!’s Design Pattern Library, Designing Social Interfaces provides you with more than 100 patterns, principles, and best practices, along with salient advice for many of the common challenges you’ll face when starting a social website. Designing sites that foster user interaction and community-building is a valuable skill for web developers and designers today, but it’s not that easy to understand the nuances of the social web. Now you have help.
Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone share hard-won insights into what works, what doesn’t, and why. You’ll learn how to balance opposing factions and grow healthy online communities by co-creating them with your users.
A Better Way to Zone
by Donald L. Elliott
Nearly all large American cities rely on zoning to regulate land use. According to Donald L. Elliott, however, zoning often discourages the very development that bigger cities need and want. In fact, Elliott thinks that zoning has become so complex that it is often dysfunctional and in desperate need of an overhaul. A Better Way to Zone explains precisely what has gone wrong and how it can be fixed.
Beyond Privatopia: Rethinking Residential Private Government
by Evan McKenzie
Building an Emerald City
by Lucia Athens
A Guide to Impact Fees and Housing Affordability
by Arthur C. Nelson, Liza K. Bowles, Julian C. Juergensmeyer and James C. Nicholas
Housing Policy Revolution: Networks and Neighborhoods
by David J. Erickson
NAR members and Association staff can borrow up to three books for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10.
Members and staff can also borrow up to six electronic books, digital audios and/or videos at no cost, through the Virtual Library eBooks Collection.
Becoming a New Manager
Harvard Business Press, 2008
You’ve just been promoted to a managerial position for the first time – congratulations! But beware: the managerial role differs markedly from the individual contributor role. Go into the job with mistaken assumptions about what to expect, and you just may be blindsided by surprising realities. This book helps you lay the foundation for succeeding in your new role.
The End of the Suburbs
By Leigh Gallagher
Penguin Group, 2013
In The End of the Suburbs journalist Leigh Gallagher traces the rise and fall of American suburbia from the stately railroad suburbs that sprung up outside American cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries to current-day sprawling exurbs where residents spend as much as four hours each day commuting. Along the way she shows why suburbia was unsustainable from the start and explores the hundreds of new, alternative communities that are springing up around the country and promise to reshape our way of life for the better.
Smart Emotions: For Busy Business People
By Byron Stock
Byron Stock & Associates LLC, 2008
Smart Emotions is a “How To” book that teaches five simple techniques proven to increase resilience, personal productivity and Emotional Intelligence skills. By transforming negative, draining feelings into positive, productive emotions and actions, you can experience increased clarity, productivity, collaboration, creativity, focus, teamwork, communication, and more. Based on scientific research, the techniques have proven effective for over 15 years. They have helped people from all walks of life who work in all types of organizations around the world.
Be a Successful Residential Land Developer, 2nd Edition
By R. Dodge Woodson
This shrewd, up-to-the-minute guide shows you how to find and acquire prime properties that are true diamonds in the rough. You’ll learn the factors that determine whether you’ve got a good deal: engineering surveys, grading, water availability and drainage, utilities, traffic, and more. And once you’ve chosen your land, you’ll discover what you need to do at every stage to make your project succeed.
Coaching and Mentoring: How to Develop Top Talent and Achieve Stronger Performance
Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation, 2004
Part of your responsibility as a manager is to boost employee performance – and what better way to do that than through coaching and mentoring? Developing your skills as a coach and mentor will help you solve existing performance problems and develop employee capabilities. This book will help you identify the individuals who could benefit from coaching and mentoring and know the steps to take to do it right. Whether you are a new manager seeking to expand your skills or a seasoned professional looking to broaden your knowledge base, these solution-oriented books put reliable answers at your fingertips.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
By Sheryl Sandberg
Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential. Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.
The following Field Guides have recently been updated in the Library at Realtor.org:
Appraisal of Real Estate Offices & Selling Your Book of Business
Whether you own a real estate firm or are thinking of buying or selling one, it’s important to know what the business is worth. The following articles and studies can provide some insight into determining the value of a real estate firm and its assets.
Breaking into Commercial Sales
Though both the U.S. and world economies remain in a somewhat precarious state, the commercial real estate market has shown incremental improvements since the economic collapse of the 2000s. Navigating the commercial real estate landscape often requires deft knowledge and skill, but the resources below provide guidance and background on how to get started.
Commercial Property Management
Whether you are new to commercial property management or have been at it awhile, you’re sure to find useful information concerning leases, safety and security, marketing, and maintenance for commercial properties. You’ll have access to full-text articles, and book suggestions from the NAR library.
Effects of Hazardous Waste on Property Values
There are both pros and cons to living in an advanced industrial society. One of the ills of modernization is the hazardous waste that is often generated by manufacturing sites, energy facilities, and larger cities in general. Hazardous waste and its associated stigma can have serious ramifications on the value of the subject property, not to mention the values of surrounding properties and neighborhoods. This field guide explores how environmental hazards impact surrounding properties, appraisal issues, and more.
Housing Trust Funds
Housing trust funds are distinct funds, usually established by state or local governments, that receive ongoing public revenues which can only be spent on affordable housing initiatives, including new construction, preservation of existing housing, emergency repairs, homeless shelters, housing-related services, and multifamily building for nonprofit organizations. Over 650 housing trust funds in cities, counties and states generate nearly $1 billion a year to support critical housing needs, underscoring the integral role these funds play in the world of affordable housing. On this page you’ll find more information on the housing trust fund concept, case studies, how REALTORS® can establish and promote trust funds in their communities, the National Housing Trust Fund, and more.
Impacts of Animal Feedlots on Property Values
The potential environmental effects of animal feedlots, such as possible water contamination and foul odors, are a real concern for those living near one of these facilities. This field guide presents current government regulations, industry trends and studies on the impact of feedlots on surrounding property values. While most studies have found a negative relationship between feedlots and property values, a few have found a positive impact.
Inclusionary zoning is a land-use concept in which local ordinances require builders to include a certain amount of housing for low and moderate income households. In contrast, exclusionary zoning is a technique that effectively drives up the cost of housing, thereby excluding lower-income households from the community. Exclusionary zoning practices have been under attack in communities around the country for decades, most notably in New Jersey, where the historic Mount Laurel decisions have led the way in promoting inclusionary zoning techniques and creating affordable housing. This Field Guide includes background information on inclusionary zoning, case studies on what works & what doesn’t, considerations in developing inclusionary zoning ordinances, and information about Mount Laurel, NJ.
How much does the typical REALTOR® earn in a year? The material listed here includes statistics from NAR Research and other sources offering details about the income of agents and brokers and what determines how much they make.
Reducing Spam Email
Unwanted, unsolicited email is a frustrating problem for almost everyone who uses the Internet. Spam email clutters in-boxes, slows down web servers, and costs time and money to manage. Spam can’t be prevented entirely, but REALTORS® can reduce the amount of unwanted email that comes into their in-boxes. And on the flip side of the coin, REALTORS® who use email to find and work with clients can take steps to ensure that their own electronic communications aren’t seen as spam. Find out more about what spam is, how to reduce the amount of spam you receive and how to keep from sending it yourself with the articles, websites, and other resources on this page.
A real estate closing is a complicated process that can be managed smoothly for all involved. Find out the best ways to organize a trouble-free closing, tips for REALTORS® and homebuyers, and much more in the books, videos and articles.
Don’t underestimate the importance of a powerful sales meeting. Meetings are a necessary part of business. Find useful tips and links for planning productive sales meetings in a challenging market in this updated field guide. Get money-saving ideas for your business and yourself. We’ve gathered the best tips, websites and eBooks to help you out.
Social Networking for REALTORS®
Every junior high kid seems to have a Facebook page. Why should you, a real estate professional? Learn about social networking websites, see how other real estate agents have embraced social networking to increase their presence on the Internet to attract more clients, learn about the variety of social networking websites and much more.
Wind Farms and Their Effect on Property Values
Wind power is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity generation. While much past growth has taken place in Europe (Denmark derives up to 30% of its electricity from wind), wind power has recently made inroads domestically. This field guide explores the current state of the industry, examines real-estate-related research and its critics, provides wind maps and regulations to give an indication of where future projects might unfold, and gives resources, both critical and supportive, for further study.
Writing a Business Plan
Writing a business plan may seem a daunting task as there are so many moving parts and concepts to address. However, the NAR library offers a plethora of resources on this topic to get you started. Take it one step at a time and be sure to schedule regular review (quarterly, semi-annually, or annually) of your plan to be sure you on are track to meet your goals.
Working with Difficult Customers
Do you feel that you have to work with all clients, no matter how difficult they are? They may be more trouble than they’re worth. Find out how to deal with difficult customers, when and how to “fire” a customer, and much more.