"Gratitude turns what we have into
Happy Holidays from the Officers,
Directors and staff of the Realtor®
Association of Pioneer Valley. Have a wonderful and safe
holiday season with family and friends. Eat, laugh and
enjoy each others company.
- President's Report by Dawn Henry
- Pay your 2016 Association dues online. No paper copy of
your invoice was mailed this year.
- RPR Executes Agreement with Upstream
- G-Fees Not Part of the New Transportation Bill.
A NAR Call For Action success.
- 7 Biggest Keyword Research Mistakes in Search Engine
- REALTOR® Update newsletter
goes to 6 issue per year
- Secrets to creating you 2016 Business Plan
- Wacky Tricks to Sell a Home
- MAR Legal Hotline
- Get Ready for 2016- Update Your Online Information
- RAPV Gift Giving Featured on MassLive
- Value of Remodeling Goes Beyond Home Price
- Membership Notices
- Events and Education
by Dawn Henry
Thank you all and farewell to 2015
2015 is almost to an end. It feels like yesterday
that I started my official duties as your President. It
has been a wonderful year representing all of you across the
state and country.
It’s hard to believe all that
was planned and accomplished in a short 12 months.
Without all of the volunteers, Board of Directors and
staff, it would have been nearly impossible for all of the
events, including our 100 Year Centennial Celebration to have
come off without a hitch.
It’s bittersweet to say
goodbye, but I am confident that with Lou Mayo, Rick Sawicki,
Ed Alford and Sue Drumm as your 2016 officers, the start of
the RAPV’s next 100 years will be great, if not better than
the first 100.
Please continue your dedication and
involvement in the Association. Without it, we’re not
able to support the communities we serve to the best of our
abilities. Thank you again for your support in
“Individual commitment to a group effort –
That’s what makes a team work, a society work, a civilization
work.” ~ Vince Lombardi
Pay your 2016 dues
online at the Member
Portal No paper copy of your invoice was
mailed to you this year.
Ways NAR is Indispensable to Your Business
REALTOR® and Affiliate members may pay
their dues online at the member
portal. Pay before December 31 and you save $50.
After December 31 a $50 late fee is
If you prefer sending a check you may do so.
From the member
portal you may print a copy of the dues bill and mail it
in with your payment.
REALTOR® dues for 2016 are $626 which
equates to a 1.45% increase over the 2015 dues which were
$617. This includes membership in the National
Association of REALTORS®, the Massachusetts Association of
REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer
Any member, or member's spouse on active military duty may
take advantage of a dues
Remember, a late fee is
assessed to those members paying dues after December 31, 2015.
Checks returned for insufficient funds will be
assessed a $30 fee.
If you have questions, contact Erin Percoski, RAPV
Bookkeeper at 785-1328 or email@example.com.
We value you membership. Thank you.
Realtors Property Resource® Executes Definitive Agreement with
UPSTREAM(TM), Begins Development
National Association of Realtors® and its wholly owned
subsidiary, Realtors Property Resource®, have signed a
technology agreement with UPSTREAM™, a revolutionary
industry-owned and controlled data management company, to
develop UPSTREAM™’s cross-industry, state-of-the-art
for real estate data entry, collection and
distribution for real estate brokers.
G-Fees Not Part of New Transportation
The five-year transportation bill signed
by President Obama on December 4 does not draw support from
the guarantee fees collected by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—a
significant victory for NAR, which campaigned to eliminate a
proposal to use the housing-related fees from the final
spending package agreed to by the House and Senate.
Thank you to the RAPV members who replied to the NAR
G-Fee Call for Action. Your involvement, and that of
thousands of REALTORS®
country, was essential ro NAR's success. Details
newsletter delivered 6 times a year
Starting with this issue the
REALTOR® UPDATE newsletter will be
delivered 6 times a year. To better serve you with
immediate delivery of timely information we will be using
e-blasts, the RAPV Blog and the RAPV FaceBook page, and YPN Facebook Group Page.
Does Your 2016 Business Plan Include These Secret
It’s that time again to start
thinking about writing a business plan for 2016. As we
wind down the year end clock, are you wondering why your plan
from 2015 has fallen short.
Read More >.
Freshly Baked Cookies Are So
Yesterday—Instead Encourage Owners to Try These 5 Wacky Tricks
to Sell Their Home
If your marketing plan to sell your client's house feels
a little “been there, done that,” then help them step up their
game. Read more >.
Q and A topics:
1. Withdrawing an offer
2. Rejecting an offer
3. Can I recommend a home inspector?
Read the answers here.
Get Ready for 2016 by Updating Online
As we head towards the
home stretch for 2015 and the market starts to slow down, it’s
time to take advantage of the quiet and update our online
profiles and bios. ...Read More >
RAPV Annual Holiday
Gift Giving Featured on MassLive
Members of RAPV have been
collecting and distributing holiday gifts to area homeless
shelters and housing needs organizations for decades.
all about it here
Value of Remodeling Goes Beyond Home
Remodeling projects bring
many home owners an increased sense of enjoyment from their
homes in addition to boosting the amount they can sell their
property for when it comes time to sell, a new survey from NAR
finds. The 2015
Remodeling Impact Report
is based on survey responses from
Realtors®, consumers and members of the National Association
of the Remodeling Industry.
Diana Adair with Sawicki Real Estate in Amherst; Jessica
Cardona with Century 21 A-1 Nolan, LLC in West Springfield;
Heather DaRosa with Century 21 Hometown Associates in
Westfield; Frank Ducharme (Feeding Hills), Sarah Haag,
Timothy Nguyen, Allen Rodriquez,
Margaret Streeter and Kirk
and Adam Korelitz
(Northampton) with Keller Williams Realty;
Donna Duval-Bryskiewicz with RE/MAX Professional Associates in
Longmeadow; John Glynn, Rus
Kravchenko, Christopher Zarlengo
Zarlengo with Rovithis Realty in East Longmeadow;
Icie Jones with Jones Realty in Wilbraham; Debra Kozikowski
with Borys & Adams in Chicopee; Lisa Rigali with Park
Square Realty in West Springfield; Tatyana Stepchuk with Real
Living Realty Professionals, LLC in Westfield; and Javier
Stuart and Bernice White with Coldwell
Banker Residential Brokerage in Longmeadow.
Peter Webster (Chicopee), and Carmine Capua (Longmeadow) with
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Barbara Edson-Greenwald
with Maniatty Real Estate in Greenfield; Mike Goncalves with
Century 21 A-1 Nolan in West Springfield; Laura Joubert with
Rovithis Realty in East Longmeadow; Brian Santaniello with
Keller Williams Realty in Longmeadow; and Ashley Shook with
Real Living Realty Professionals, LLC in
Richard Fox with Simsbury Bank in
Simsbury, CT; April Healey with Greenfield Northampton
Cooperative Bank in Greenfield; Andy Inglot, Paul Manzi and
Gonzalo Puigbo with Peoples United Bank in Springfield;
Natalie Jimenez and Victor Rodriguez (Holyoke) and John
Peterson (West Springfield) with Peoples Bank; John J. Leahy,
Jr., Esquire with John J. Leahy Jr., Esq., Atty. at Law in
Springfield; Matthew Manganelli with Westfield Bank in
Westfield; Prav Mathur, Timothy Ryan and David Zionts with
Embrace Home Loans in East Longmeadow; Harry Montalvo with
East Hamppton Savings Bank in Easthampton; Donald Murray and
Paul Thorogood with Northpoint Mortgage, Inc. in Rocky Hill,
CT, and Jeannette Strange with Mortgage Master in West
for classes and events on the new member portal.
Continuing Education Webinar with Jody
Laura at 785-1328, firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Continuing Education classes held at
Laura at 785-1328 or email@example.com.
New Member Orientation and Code of
Ethics class. Remember
this is the year REALTORS® are required to
take a 2.5 hour Code of Ethics class. Contact Laura at 785-1328
INSTALLATION OF 2016 OFFICERS and
DIRECTORS. Registration information will be
available soon. Held at the Log Cabin.
SAVE THE DATE FOR THE PRESIDENT'S AWARDS
BANQUET. Registration information will be available
Questions about education
contact Laura Herring, 785-1328, lmailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about meetings and events contact Kim Harrison at
Greenfield Savings Bank
annual sponsors make it possible
ticket prices down for RAPV events. Thank the sponsors
you see them
and take advantage
services they offer.
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The purpose of RPAC is clear: Realtors® raise and
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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
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and access Training &
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The Legal Hotline
offers Designated Realtors®
, office managers, and
other authorized callers access to staff attorneys who can
assist you with questions about state and federal laws and
regulations, permissible business practices, and important
court rulings affecting real estate practitioners.
Call 800-3700 5342
or e-mail tomailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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Parking at Bradley Airport
$6.95 per day
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Pick up your card at RAPV,
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Lou Mayo, President-Elect
Janise Fitzpatrick, Secretary
Realtor® of the Year
of the Year
RAPV members on the MAR Board of
Kelly Bowman (alternate)
Susan Rheaume (alternate)
Rick Sawicki (alternate)
Vincent Walsh (alternate)
An alternate is called to
attend a MAR BOD meeting when a Director can't make it.
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
Scranton, RCE, ePRO, Chief Executive Officer
Harrison, Membership and Community Outreach
Laura Herring, Education