"The best way out
is always through."
- President's Report by Lou Mayo - Mandatory Energy
Audits Call for Action
- Writing a Business Plan
- 2016 REALTOR® of the Year
- 2016 Affiliate of the Year
- Do not solicit active or withdrawn listings
- Elizabeth Banks ad campaign - share video content
- Code of Ethics training requirement
- Reminder: Electronic dues payment
- Agent rating sites
- Students receive RAPV scholarships
- Video: The Voice for Real Estate
- Membership Notices
- Events and Education
Energy Audits and Scoring - respond to the MAR Call for Action
Thank you to those members who replied to
MAR’s Call for Action to oppose mandatory energy audits and scoring.
Over 2,100 members from across the state
replied, but we can do better. Locally, just 181 of our 1,650
members responded to the Call for Action.
If you did not reply, Please
contact your state representative TODAY.
This week, you should begin to see
advertisements in opposition to mandatory energy scoring and audits on
various news websites as well as on the radio. Some of these ads
are specifically targeted to the districts of those legislators on the
conference committee. Those ads will link to this page: www.noenergygrade.com/
Please keep pushing this issue out to your colleagues and encourage
them to discuss it with their family, friends, customers and
clients. Our legislators need to hear from their constituents on
this. We expect this issue to be wrapped up within the next ten
days, likely sooner than later. We will keep you posted with any
developments. Thank you.
Writing a Business
Plan - Your Roadmap to Success
Writing a business plan may
seem a daunting task as there are so many moving parts and concepts to
address. However, NAR offers a plethora of resources on this topic to get
you started. Take it one step at a time. Create a plan to track and
meet your goals. Read
Elias Acuna named
Realtor® of the Year
Acuna, a real estate agent with Maria Acuna Real Estate in Springfield
has been named the 2016 Realtor® of the Year. The award is the
highest honor given to a member. It is bestowed on the one person
who has shown outstanding service and devotion to the association over
the past 17 months. The award was presented during the
association's annual awards banquet held June 9 at the Log Cabin in
more about Elias.
Brian Risler named
Affiliate of the Year
Brian Risler, Residential Sales Manager for Farmington Bank in
Springfield has been named the 2016 Affiliate of the Year. Read
more about Brian.
The award was presented during the association's annual awards banquet
held June 9 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.
of Ethics corner
Do not solicit
a withdrawn listing. Do not solicit an active listing.
QUESTION: I see that a listing is
“withdrawn” in MLS. Does the Code of Ethics allow me to now contact the
ANSWER: No. A “withdrawn”
listing in the MLS does not necessarily mean that the listing contract
between the seller and the seller’s agent has expired. Rather, it typically
means that there is a listing agreement still in effect, and that the
seller and seller’s agent mutually agreed to withdraw the listing from
As a reminder, REALTOR® Code of Ethics
Article 16 provides that:
“REALTORS® shall not engage in any practice
or take any action inconsistent with exclusive representation or
exclusive brokerage relationship agreement that other REALTORS® have with
Moreover, Standard of Practice 16-4 states:
shall not solicit a listing which is currently listed exclusively with
The REALTOR® may only contact the seller if the listing agent refuses to
disclose the expiration date and nature of the listing, and only to
secure such information.
When calling a prospective client, always remember
to check the do-no-call registry. The registry is maintained by the
Federal Trade Commission and penalties for violations can be harsh.
Review the 2016 NAR Code of Ethics.
Elizabeth Banks Ad Campaign Gives Agents Video Content to Share
Want some video for your website? REALTOR.com
has it. From their award-winning “Learn
with Liz” series featuring Elizabeth Banks, to TV commercials and
step-by-step instructional videos about mortgage, home-buying and Do it
Yourself (DIY). All their video content is availalbe to you.
CODE OF ETHICS TRAINING IS A REQUIREMENT OF
To avoid suspension, REALTORS®
must complete 2.5 hours of Code of Ethics training before December 31,
- August 24
(day and evening)
- September 7
- October 19 and 21
- November 9
- December 9
you are not sure you have completed the training, check your education
history on the Member Portal.
Direct questions to Laura Herring at 785-1328 or email@example.com.
REMINDER: ELECTRONINC DUES PAYMENT ONLY. 2017 DUES BILLS
WILL NOT BE MAILED.
Your 2017 dues bill will not be mailed. We moved to a paperless
dues billing system last fall.
In order to maintain an accurate member email list, we sent a data
verification message out on June 30.
There are two ways to update your contact information: 1) Log into the
member portal at https://rapvportal.ramcoams.net/ or,
2) print and return the data
verification form. It is important we have your home and office
address, preferred email and preferred phone number.
Should you have any questions, contact Kim Harrison, Membership
Coordinator at 785-1328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGENT RATING SITES
“One-third to one-half of
consumers go online to check on a REALTOR® they are considering working
with. In over half, it affects their final decision, either
validates their decision or they go elsewhere”, said Steve
Murray, President of Real Trends, Inc. a respected industry trends and
shows the top 6 REALTOR®
review web sites.
students awarded a RAPV scholarship
This is the 42nd year the association has awarded scholarships to
area high school students about to enter college.
Since 1992, over 450 students have been awarded over $266,400 in
scholarships. This milestone is made possible thanks to the
generosity of many members over the years, and to scores of hard-working
Scholarship Committee members.
The students were honored at the awards banquet on June 9 at the Log
See a photo of the recipients and read
more about their field of study and college of choice.
The Voice for Real Estate video series
- Flood Insurance
- Personal taxes
- Condo Call for Action
Ankit Bhanot (Northampton), Carmen Exposito-Sikand, Tammey Jones, Jessica
Lopez, Matthew Puckett, Katie Santos, Christine Skaza, Yusan Wu
(Longmeadow), Lindsay Hale, Drew Seibert, Sandra Sorel (Feeding Hills)
and Carolyn Meehan (West Hartford) with Keller Williams Realty; Amber
Bach with Cichetti Teamwork at Sears Real Estate (Agawam); Donald
Barsalou with ERA M. Connie Laplante (South Hadley); Sarah Berzin,
Katherine Marcia (Longmeadow), Vy Lefebvre and Mark Tessicini (Wilbraham)
with Real Living Realty Professionals, LLC; Tara Buckingham with Kelley
& Katzer Real Estate (West Springfield); Amanda Dabrowski and Amal
Gerlitz with Steepleview Realty (Adams); Linda DiSanti with DiSanti
Realty Group, LLC (West Springfield); Amy Fields with Gallagher Real
Estate (Holyoke); Carlos Goncalves with Imperial Real Estate (Ludlow);
Valmarie Hunter and Felix Santana with Century 21 A-1 Nolan, LLC (West
Springfield); Susan Johnson, Christine Peyman (Wilbraham) and Tanya
Pandolfi (East Longmeadow) with Landmark, REALTORS®; Emily Jones with
Skinner Real Estate Services (Chicopee); Phimphome Mar with Century 21
Hometown Associates (Holyoke); Cassandra Michaelis with Ideal Real Estate
Services, Inc. (Ludlow); Alexis Noyes with Maple and Main Realty, LLC
(Northampton); Jennilee Ortega with RE/MAX Ignite, Inc. (Springfield);
Therese Roman with Property One, LLC (Belchertown); Maribel Rosario with
Maria Acuna Real Estate, LLC (Springfield); Ronnie Salas with First Place
Realty Corp (Longmeadow); Kelly Warren with The Murphys REALTORS®, Inc.
(Northampton); and Carol Wendelken with Trademark Real Estate, LLC (South
Kenny Nguyen with 1st Call
Real Estate (Springfield); and Jonathan Poirier with J. Poirier Realty
Kristine Catarino, Janice Cullen, Robert Donais, Rose Misischia,
Odemaris Ocasio, Donna Pittello, Nataliya Pugach, John Santos and Mark
Santos with Gallagher Real Estate (Holyoke); Donna Coleman with RE/MAX
Professional Associates (Wilbraham); Kathleen Engwer (Feeding Hills),
Laura Krouch (Northampton), Nichole Malloy and Aida Ruiz-Batiste
(Longmeadow) with Keller Williams Realty; Samantha Gelinas and Yolimar
Torres with RE/MAX Ignite, Inc. (Springfield); Chris Joseph, James Mercer
and Kym Peloquin with Century 21 Hometown Associates (Holyoke); Nicholas
Hutchinson with Rovithis Realty (East Longmeadow); Michelle Lalchandani
with Century 21 A-1 Nolan, LLC (West Springfield); Valerie Laplante with
Skinner Real Estate Services (Chicopee); Gena Mapplethorpe with Real
Living Realty Professionals, LLC (Wilbraham); Michael Misialek with
Kelley & Katzer Real Estate (West Springfield); Kimberley McCloskey
with LAER Realty Partners (East Longmeadow); Anthony Santaniello with
Ideal Real Estate (Chicopee); Kristen Styspeck with Murphy Realty
(Westfield); and Richard Vincent with Coldwell Banker Residential
Lovell with Bacon Wilson, PC (Springfield).
Register for classes and events at http://RAPVportal.ramcoams.net/
Education classes at RAPV with Linda O'Connor. 9 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. $25 per class, $30 at the door. Register
Networking event. 5 to 9 p.m. Featuring
live music by "Trailer Trash" and a RPAC "Dunk a
Director" tank. Summit View Pavilion in Holyoke. This
counts as a networking event towards the 2016 President's Award. Register
Education Webinar with Jody O'Brien. 9-11 a.m. Comparative
Market Anaylsis. Cost: $15. Register
August 15 and 16
prestigious ABR Designation (Accredited Buyer Representative).
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at RAPV. With instructor Peter
West. Tuition: $295. Register
August 16, 23 and 30
Foundations in Real Estate with Fred Southwell.
What your colleauges are saying about F.I.R.E., "This is the best real
estate class I have taken in my short career. If the class was 8
weeks I would have gone." Victor Pacheco,
Coldwell Banker, Longmeadow. Contact Laura Herring to register at
785-1328 or email@example.com.
F.I.R.E. is free to new members when taken within 6 months from the
date of application. Tuition for all others is $169.
SEPTEMBER 20th - 8 to 11:45 a.m.
Presentation - How Safe are You? Learn how to defend against cyber
hackers. They can steal more than your money. They can steal
your future. With Robert Siciliano, nationally
known author and security expert, Nobu Hata, NAR Director of Digital
Engagement, and Jason Craw, FBI agent. Location: Rivers Memorial
Hall at Western New England University. $25 (includes full
Questions about education contact Laura Herring, 785-1328, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about meetings and events contact
Kim Harrison at 785-1328, email@example.com.
2016 Annual Sponsors
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.
for NAR Members
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
Got a question about NAR?
REALTORS® PROPERTY RESOURCE
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ROOM RENTAL AT RAPV
For office and classroom
rentals contact Laura Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 785-1328.
For event and education sponsorship opportunities contact Kim Harrison at
785-1328 or Kim@rapv.com.
MAR BENEFITS and
MLS PIN CLASSES
HELD at RAPV
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Pinergy's CMA & Market Reports
Introduction to Pinergy
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Pinergy's CMA & Market Reports
1:00- 3:00 p.m.
Pinergy's Listings Management
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Pinergy's Overview: 3rd Party Programs, Settings and Tools
12:30- 2:30 p.m.
Getting Started with Pinergy: Searching for Listings
and access Training & Resources
or call 800-695-3000, option 1, email email@example.com.
MAR LEGAL HOTLINE
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 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of operations
are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CODE OF ETHICS
DISCOUNT PARKING AT
Special rates from
$6.95 per day
(up to 24 hrs)
(plus 8% airport access fee, 6.35% tax and fuel
Available when you present the RAPV Special Executive Valet parking card.
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.
Lou Mayo, President
Richard R. Sawicki Jr., President-Elect
Edward Alford, Treasurer
Sue Drumm, Secretary
Dawn M. Henry, Immediate Past-President
Realtor® of the Year
Elias A. Acuna
Affiliate of the Year
Members on the MAR Board of
Brian P. Sears
An alternate is called to attend a MAR BOD meeting when a State Director
Additional RAPV representation on MAR Board of Directors: Dawn
Henry as MAR Western Region Vice President. Kevin Sears as NAR
Region 1 Vice President and Edmund G. "Gil' Woods as 1995 NAR
Ben Scranton, RCE, ePRO, Chief Executive Officer
Kim Harrison, Membership and Community Outreach Coordinator
Laura Herring, Education Coordinator
Joanne Leblond, Receptionist
Erin Percoski, Bookkeeper