Subject: Realtor® Update - July 2015


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REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley

REALTOR Update

 

July 2015  
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"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one."
- John Lennon





IN THIS ISSUE
  • New Member Portal
  • President's Report by Dawn Henry
  • 24th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament
  • Single family sales report
  • MAR Legal Hotline
  • Claim your free profile on realtor.com
  • The 4 D's of Agency
  • RAPV 100th Anniversary - photo from the archives 
  • Realtor Store
  • Eat, Drink & Raise Money!
  • ReStore seeks donations
  • Vital Signs
  • Membership Notices
  • Events and Education
 

 
Member Portal is now LIVE!

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The new Member Portal allows you to register for classes, membership meetings, and events, search for and connect with colleagues, check your education and event attendance history, print continuing education certificates, view committee information including current committee members, check current and past invoices, and invest in RPAC.

To login in, insert your 9-digit NRDS ID# as your User ID,  If you do not remember your number, click the link to the NRDS ID# look up page.  Your password is your last name.  This field is case sensitive.  The first letter of your last name needs to be capitalized.  





PRESIDENT'S REPORT
by Dawn Henry

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Realtor® Safety

Last September we were shocked and saddened by the murder of Arkansas Realtor® Beverly Carter.  Last week, it was announced that the wife of the man charged with the kidnapping and murder was sentenced to 30 years in prison.  She pleaded guilty to reduced charges for agreeing to testify against her estranged husband.  

This is a stark and sad reminder of the dangers we face in our business.  Here is a list of articles and tips about Realtor® Safety conveniently organized by category such as: Personal and Professional Safety, Cyber Safety, Safety at Open House and Property Showings, Safety for Rural Real Estate, Safety Tips to Share with Clients, and more.  Please take the time to review the material.  Share and discuss it at an office meeting.  


All members need to be vigilant.  There was a male agent in Arizona who went missing from a showing recently.  Violence knows no gender.  Be careful.




24th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

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One-hundred and ten members and guests participated in the 24th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament held at Oak Ridge Golf Course on June 18.  We thank our sponsors and all the players and the event co-chairs Marilyn Ghedini and Lisa Kraus.   The weather was good and as usual it was a fun time.

 

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The Winning Foursome (from left): Armind Dias, Nate Molta, Steve Salerno and Steve Rovithis 

All Winners!

Top flight: Tony Bernards, Joe Lafleur, Todd Freeman and Russ Poe

Nearest to the pin women: Karen Kopeski.  Nearest to the pin men: Todd Freeman

Closest to the line women: Brenda Cuoco
Closest to the line men: Henry Lafortune

Longest drive women: Carrie Hamel
Longest drive men: Rick Peterson 

 




Single Family Sales Reports 

Visit the MAR site to view:
  • Pioneer Valley SF and condo sales
  • Pioneer Valley sales by county
  • The western region
  • Other Associations and regions in the state

Some information on the MAR site is password protected and accessible only to members of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR).  Members will need their MAR login name and password.

Visit the RAPV site to view a 5-year history of sales.

The June single family sales report will be available later this month.

 




MAR Legal Hotline
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Lead Paint - The Property Transfer Notification Certification 

Q.        I have heard conflicting advice as to how to fill out the Property Transfer Notification Certification. I know that fines for failure to complete this form correctly can be severe, so I want to make sure I do the right thing. If the seller has indicated that they have no knowledge of lead paint and no documents (a)(ii) (b)(ii), how does the purchaser acknowledge that information? Must they initial that they have received no documents, by initialing (d), or should (d) only be initialed if the seller stated that they had provided the purchaser with all available records and reports (b)(i), but failed to provide them to the purchaser? 

Read the answer.



 

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The Four D's of Agency
  1. Decide who you represent.
  2. Disclose to all.
  3. Document in writing.
  4. Do as you say.

     

 

RAPV - Celebrating 100 Years 1915-2015

From the archives
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1995 Benefit Golf Tournament 

 



Realtor® Store

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The online store offers the latest in products, publications and research available as a free download or greatly discounted for member.





Raising Dough for Community Service
Come Support a Dough Raising Benefit

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Eat, Drink & Raise Money!  Come to UNO's at 820 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield on July 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.  UNO's will donate up to 20% of your check, excluding tax and tip,  to the RAPV Community Service Committee.  Dine-in or take out. You must Present this coupon.   




Habitat for Humanity ReStore

ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center.  New and gently used items are sold to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Proceeds benefit the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity. 
  • Donate
  • Shop 
  • Volunteer
Location & Contact: 301 East Main Street, Westfield, MA 01085.  413-642-8990.  www.restorewestfield.com. Email ReStore@Habitatspringfield.org




Vital Signs

Attendance at RAPV events and education.
  • January 303
  • February  281
  • March 404
  • April  308
  • May 249
  • June 510
  • TOTAL 2,055 
Membership Count
  • January  1,462
  • February  1,564
  • March 1,623
  • April  1,644
  • May 1,682

 


 

MEMBERSHIP NOTICES


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REALTOR® APPLICATION
Alicia Allaire, Stefania Liquori, Kimberly St.Pierre, and Tanya Simeone (Bryant) with Keller Williams Realty in Longmeadow; Eamonn Byrne with First Place Realty in Longmeadow; Richard Harty and Zuleika Rivera with Harty & Rivera, LLC in West Springfield; Denise Kane Peterson with Park Square Realty in Westfield; Kristopher Quinn with Teamwork Realty Group in Longmeadow; Erica Serrazina with Rovithis Realty, LLC in East Longmeadow; and Nikolay Sorokin with Great Homes Real Estate, Inc., in Wilbraham.

REASSOCIATION
Lisa Connor with Park Square Realty in Westfield; Catherine Glazier with Real Living Realty Professionals, LLC in Longmeadow; and John Harrington with Five College Realtors® in Amherst.

PRINCIPAL APPLICATION
Seneca Slaughter with Visionary Realty, LLC in Springfield.

SECONDARY PRINCIPAL APPLICATION: George Agnelli with Agnelli Real Estate, LLC in Glastonbury, CT.


 



EVENTS AND EDUCATION

Register for classes and events on the new member portal.

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July 14
3 C.E. classes at RAPV.

July 14 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Raising Dough!  A community service fundraiser.  Eat at UNO's, 820 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield on July 14 between 5 and 9 p.m. and UNO will donate 20% of your check, excluding tax and tip, to RAPV's Charitable Fund for Community Serivce.  You must present the RAPV coupon


July 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2 CE CREDITS - NO CHARGE
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FREE CLASS at RAPV with Attorney DeBorah Sonnenschein author of the continuing education class (RE93R15).  Contact Laura at 785-1328, laura@rapv.com.   

 

July 17
C.E. Webinar.  9 to 11 a.m.

August 12
Dot Loop training 9 a.m. to noon. 

August 13
Mid-Summer Networking Night at Brunelle's Marina - Picnic and Boat Ride.  $20 pp.  

September 3
Legislative Breakfast.
 Summit View in Holyoke.

September 17
Lunch & Learn Tech Session
following by a networking hour.  Presented by the YPN Committee.

September 21
CE Webinar.  2 to 4 p.m.

September 22
The Power Negotiator's Playbook.  
Powerful new negotiation course offered by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers.  Place: RAPV, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.   $125 member, $175 non-member.  Contact Laura at 785-1328, laura@rapv.com.

September 28 through November 2
Broker Pre-Licensing Course
.  14 evening classes. 

November 5
RAPV Centennial Gala
, Mass Mutual Center.

Questions about education contact Laura Herring, 785-1328, laura@rapv.com.

Questions about events contact Gail Lamirande at 785-1328, gail@rapv.com


Thank you

2015 Annual Sponsors

PLATINIUM 
Monson Savings Bank
Peoples Bank
United Bank
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GOLD
 First Niagara Bank
SILVER
Easthampton Savings Bank
Freedom Credit Union
jsmith@freedom.coop 
Greenfield Savings Bank
Greenfield Cooperative Bank
Polish National Bank

The annual sponsors make it possible
to keep ticket prices down for RAPV events.  Thank the sponsors when
you see them and take advantage
of the services they offer.
 


Health Insurance
for NAR Members

The Realtors® Insurance Marketplace provides multiple health insurance options to NAR members.

Find out about the Marketplace insurance products available to you.
Call 877-267-3752



Member Value Plus (MVP) Program
Every 2 weeks a new MVP offer will be posted on mvp.realtor.org. Complete an action, earn a reward.

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Two-day GRI 201 course: 
Tools of the Trade
October 15 and 20
8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 
Location: Worcester Association of Realtors®  
Price is $250 ($125 per day).  
GRI designees can retake for $125.  
Register via phone at
1-800-725-6272 or online
For more information contact Peggy Duffy-Shea at 781-839-5513, peggy@marealtor.com.  



BE SEEN HERE
To advertise in the REALTOR® UPDATE, contact Kimberly Harrison at 785-1328 or Kim@rapv.com.



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THE VALUE OF RPAC
REALTORS® Political Action Committee 
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The purpose of RPAC is clear: Realtors® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support Realtor® interests. The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary contributions made by Realtors®.  RPAC doesn’t buy votes.  RPAC supports industry-minded candidates.  These candidates support the issues that are important to your profession and livelihood.

Some information below is password protected.  Members will need their NAR login name and password.  


SAFETY FIRST


Craig's List Scam 
First brought to our attention over 5 years ago, this scam continues to surface.  Report scam to the FBI



ROOM RENTAL AT RAPV
For office and classroom rentals contact Laura Herring at laura@rapv.com or call 785-1328.  

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNTIES
For event and education sponsorship opportunities contact Kim Harrison at 785-1328 or Kim@rapv.com.



MAR BENEFITS and DISCOUNTS
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United Parcel Service - UPS
Prescription Drug Card
Free Forms
Staples Advantage
Realtor®  Healthcare Program
and more....
 


VISIT RAPV FACEBOOK
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MLS PIN TRAINING AT RAPV
No Charge. 

July 15
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
CMA & Market Reports 
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Moving Forward: Listings Management

July 30
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Getting Started: Searching the System
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Getting Started: Contact Management 

August 11
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Moving Forward: Listings Management
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
VOW (Virtual Office Website)

August 27
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Getting Started: Searching the System
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Getting Started: Contact Management
 
To register, visit www.mlspin.com
and access Training & Resources or call 800-695-3000, option 1.
 


MAR LEGAL HOTLINE
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The Legal Hotline offers Designated Realtors®, office managers, and other authorized callers access to staff attoneys who can assist members with questions about current state and federal laws and regulations, permissible business practices, and important court rulings affecting real estate practitioners.  Call 800-3700 5342 or e-mail to legalhotline@marealtor,com.  Hours of operations are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



CODE OF ETHICS
REALTORS® Pledge of
Performance and Service
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Special rates for members!
Parking at Bradley Airport

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$6.95 per day
(up to 24 hrs)

$34.75 per wk
(plus 8% airport access fee, 6.35% tax and fuel surcharge)

PLUS.... 1 FREE DAY

Offer from Executive Valet
Rates, and free day, available when you present the RAPV Special Executive Valet parking card available at RAPV.  Pick up your card at RAPV, or call 785-1328 to have it mailed to you.
 


Views and advertising are not necessarily endorsed by RAPV.  The information contained within should not be constituted as a recommendation for any course of action regarding financial, legal, accounting, business practice, or any other matter, by RAPV or its authors.  Links are provided as a convenience. RAPV has not reviewed all the information on other sites and disclaims any responsibility for the content, products or services that may be offered. Inclusion of a link to another site does not indicate any endorsement or approval of the site or its content.

2015 Officers
Dawn M. Henry, President
Lou Mayo, President-Elect
Rick Sawicki, Treasurer
Janise Fitzpatrick, Secretary
Patrick Nolan, Immediate Past-President

2015 Directors
Elias Acuna
Edward Alford
Kelly Bowman
Shawn Bowman
Suzi Buzzee
Sue Drumm
Sue Rheaume
Russell Sabadosa

Realtor® of the Year
Sue Drumm

Affiliate of the Year
Lisa Kraus

RAPV members on the MAR Board of Directors:

Raymond Authier
Elias Acuna
Kelly Bowman (alternate)
Luci Giguere
Dawn Henry
Lou Mayo
Susan Rheaume (alternate)
Linda Rotti
Susan Renfrew
Rick Sawicki (alternate)
Vincent Walsh (alternate)

An alternate is called to attend a MAR BOD meeting when a Director can't make it.

Additional RAPV representation on MAR BOD: Kevin Sears, and Edmund G. "Gil' Woods, as Past MAR Presidents, Corinne Fitzgerald as MAR President for 2015, and Brian P. Sears as MAR Western Region Vice President. 

Staff
Ben Scranton, RCE, ePRO, Chief Executive Officer
Kim Harrison, Community Outreach Coordinator
Laura Herring, Education Coordinator
Gail Lamirande, Membership Coordinator and Professional Standards Administrator
Joanne Leblond, Receptionist
Erin Percoski, Bookkeeper

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