"Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends."
IN THIS ISSUE
- President's Report by Lou Mayo
- 2017 Association Dues
- Website rankings
- Real Estate Firms Have Positive Outlook
- NAR Releases Updated Safety Report
- Appraisal Board Clarifies Drone Use
- Code of Ethics Training Requirement
- Top 10 Markets in Need of SF Housing Starts
- NAR Claims Victory Over Patent Troll
- Affiliate REALTOR® Committee's article
- Report Outlines Ways to Promote Rural Housing
- Membership Notices
- Events and Education
by Lou Mayo
Members build playhouses for Boys & Girls Clubs
Earlier this year NAR President Tom Salomone asked all local and state associations to consider getting involved with their local Boys & Girls Clubs, an organization near and dear to President Tom. Our Community Service Committee took up the call. Recently they built, painted and delivered playhouses to the Westfield and Chicopee Boys & Girls Clubs. It was a challenge but our members rose to the challenge and delivered. For me it was a great experience having a hands-on project and seeing it come from a stack of wood to completion.
Thank you to all the volunteers who pitched in, you literally built something great, playhouses the children will be able to enjoy for years to come. By working together, we gave back and made a difference. Well done.
From left: Kyle Brunault and Brian Slattery of Hampshire Towing. They let us use their Belchertown facility for the build and delivered the playhouses to the Chicopee and Westfield Clubs. Sue Drumm, Secretary, Lou Mayo, President, Betsy Daly, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee, John Michon, a former Board of Director member of the Boys & Girls Club of Chicopee, Rocco Leone and Oneida Fuentes of Mass Housing, and Ben Scranton, CEO.
Pay your 2017 dues online starting October 5. No invoices will be mailed.
Value of membership
50 Ways NAR is Indispensable to Your Business
Field Guides - A Hidden Gem
Both REALTOR® and Affiliate members may pay their dues online at the member portal beginning October 5. If you prefer sending a check you may do so.
REALTOR® dues for 2017 are $636 which equates to a 1.6% increase over the 2016 dues which were $626. RAPV dues did not increase. MAR dues increased $10. Dues includes membership in the National Association of REALTORS®, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Association of Pioneer Valley.
A payment plan is available for those REALTORS® wishing to divide up their dues into 3 separate payments. The first payment is due October 21.
Any member, or member's spouse on active military duty may take advantage of a dues waiver.
Dues are due to be paid in full by December 1, 2016. A late fee is assessed to those members paying dues after December 31, 2016. 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.
In mid-August 2015 REAL Trends launched the Real Estate
Website Rankings. They spent time analyzing, researching and voting on the best
brokerage websites in eight key categories. Nearly 100 brokerages were honored in the eight key areas.
Here are the top five overall best real estate brokerage websites from 2015 in reverse order:
Written by Travis Saxton, Vice
President of Technology, REAL Trends
Real Estate Firms Have
Most real estate firms have an optimistic
outlook for the future of the industry’s profitability and growth, according to
Profile of Real Estate Firms. Profitability expectations have declined from
the 2015 survey, however, mainly due to inventory shortages and home-price
NAR Releases Updated Safety
Ninety-five percent of REALTORS® who
participated in an NAR survey have never been the victim of a crime while
working as a real estate professional, but nearly half said they have been in a
situation that made them fear for their personal safety or the safety of their
personal information, according to NAR’s 2016 Member
NAR has a special focus on safety during September, which
has been designated REALTOR®
Appraisal Board Clarifies
The use of a drone by an appraiser to look at a
property from the air does not constitute a personal inspection unless the
appraiser visits the property at the same time, according to a Q&A from the
Appraisal Standards Board. More.
CODE OF ETHICS TRAINING IS A REQUIREMENT OF MEMBERSHIPTo avoid suspension, REALTORS® need to complete 2.5 hours of Code of Ethics training before December 31, 2016.
To date, a majority of the REALTOR®
members have taken the training. However, there are still over 500 who need it.
Classes have been scheduled for October 19 and 21, November 9, December 9 and 20.
If you are not sure you have completed the training, check your education history on the Member Portal
.Direct questions to Laura at 785-1328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAR Identifies Top 10 Markets in Dire Need of More Single-family Housing Starts
Single-family home construction is currently lacking in 80 percent of measured metro areas despite steady job creation and the low activity is creating a housing shortage crisis that is curtailing affordability and threatening to hold back prospective buyers in many of the largest cities in the country, according to new research from the National Association of REALTORS®. Read more here.
REALTORS® Claim Victory
Against Patent Troll
In a major victory for real estate, a so-called
patent troll that has been demanding patent licensing fees from real estate
companies has agreed to a settlement
with NAR that will prevent it from suing, or threatening to sue, real
estate practitioners and other entities in the real estate industry that offer
email alerts to consumers about new or updated listings. News release.
Affiliate-REALTOR® Committee Newsletter
The Affiliate-REALTOR® Committee periodically produces a newsletter which delivers the latest in legal and financial news. This issue
is entitled Appraiser Selection of Condition, Quality, and other Characteristic Ratings.
Report Outlines Ways to Promote Rural Housing
Access to credit for rural housing could be
improved by facilitating small lending through partnerships with Ginnie Mae and
the federal home loans banks, and by identifying incentives for developers and
financers to support affordable housing in rural areas, according to a report
from the Center for American Progress. The report follows a roundtable on
access to mortgage credit convened in May by the White House and the Department
of Agriculture and supported by a group that included NAR. Details
Former REALTOR® member Margaret "Peg" Shaw passed away
We were saddened to learn of the death on September 16 of former REALTOR®
member Peg Shaw. We extend our sympathy to her family, her friends and former colleagues.
Peg joined the REALTOR®
Association in 1989 and for twenty years worked with a number of firms: Landry, Lyons and Whyte, Landmark, and ReMax.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday, September 24 from 9 to 11 a.m. with a service at 11 a.m. at the Lombard Funeral Home, 3 Bridge Street in Monson. Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Center, St. Francis, Hartford CT 06105, or Florida Hospital Waterman, Travaris, FL 32778.
Omar Argueta, Paige Laliberte and Natalie Mccauley with Century 21 A-Nolan, LLC (West Springfield); Samantha Banning, Amanda Keough, Corey Plucker, and Andrew Rodman with Rovithis Realty (East Longmeadow); Sharon Bolotin with Goggins Real Estate, Inc (Northampton); Jeanne Comeau with Jones Group REALTORS® (Amherst); Kevin Conboy with The Graveline Group (Longmeadow); Vincent Depergola with Cichetti Teamwork@Sears Real (Agawam); Jennifer Donais with Delap Real Estate, LLC (Northampton); Vitaly Dzhenzherukha with Grimaldi & Burzdak, REALTORS® (Agawam); Andrew Eaton (Longmeadow) and Geoffrey Spier (Ludlow) with Landmark, REALTORS®; Anthony Grasakis, Stacy Hunter, Christopher Loonie, and Kristin Williams with Gallagher Real Estate (Holyoke); Linda Hadden and Sandra Martin with Ayre Real Estate Co., Inc (Agawam); Heather Heeb, Rosalinda Hernandez, Tracey Ireland, Christopher Kotowicz, Kelly Lewis, Samantha Ross, Donald Smith (Longmeadow), Alex Kwatowski, Karl Schwarzkopf (Feeding Hills), Ashley Pohlman and Larisa Quinn (Northampton) with Keller Williams Realty; Brandon Kelliher with Skinner Real Estate Services (South Hadley); Jessica Kelly with DiSanti Realty Group, LLC (West Springfield); Timothy Nale and Brandy Pelletier with RE/MAX Swift River (Belchertown); Kevin Nestor with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Longmeadow); Nancy Paquette with Sears Real Estate (Springfield); Chelsea Petitt, Michelle Strattner, Rosalyn Terry (Westfield) Daniel Supka (Wilbraham) with Real Living Realty Professionals, LLC.
NEW PRINCIPAL APPLICATION
Nicholas Graveline with The Graveline Group (Longmeadow); and Stephen Sibiga with Owners.com (Orlando, FL).
Mark Carmien with Maple and Main Realty (Northampton); Margaret Graveline with The Graveline Group (Longmeadow); John Handzel and Tanya Harvey with Keller Williams Realty (Longmeadow); Kimberly McCloskey with Laer Realty Partners (East Longmeadow); Shaun Parker with Gallagher Real Estate (Holyoke); and Erica Serrazina with Ideal Real Estate (Chicopee).
Ranae O'Neil with Peoples United Bank; Tim Prevost with Radius Financial Group; and David Sanborn with Law Office of David W Sanborn.
EVENTS AND EDUCATION
Register for classes and events at http://RAPVportal.ramcoams.net/
Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the Scholarship Committee at Chandler's Restaurant, South Deerfield 5:30-8:00 p.m. $32.00 per person. This event qualifies for the 2016 President's Award as a networking event. Register here.
Continuing Education class (Purchase and Sales Agreement) 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RAPV. $25 pre-registered and pre-paid. $30 at the door. With Stanley D. Komack, Esq. Register here.
Solar Panels - Can they impact your sale? This is the next class in the popular series, "If the REALTOR® Had Only Known." 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Hear form a panel of experts. No charge. Registration is requried.
Three Continuing Education classes in Hadley at the Holiday Inn Express, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $30 per person pre-registered and pre-paid. $35 at the door. Register here.
Continuing Education Webinar (Real Estate Brokerage and Professional Ethics). THIS IS A CODE OF ETHICS CLASS with Jody O'Brien. 2:00-4:30 p.m. $15 per person. Contact Laura Herring to register. 785-1328 or email@example.com.
e-PRO CERTIFICATION. Elevate your digital expertise by earning your e-PRO certification. Instructor: Peter West, ABR, CCIM, CRS, SEC. 9 a.m. - 4 pm. at RAPV. $99 per person. This is day 1 of a 2 day course. Day 2 is taken online. Register here.
HOLD THE DATE!
F.I.R.E. Foundations in Real Estate
Election of 2017 Officers & Directors. Breakfast meeting at the Delaney House
NYC Bus Trip
Holiday Luncheon at the Log Cabin
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.
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The annual sponsors make it possible
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you see them and take advantage
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THE VALUE OF RPAC
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.
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MAR BENEFITS and DISCOUNTS
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 email@example.com.
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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
Affiliate of the Year
Members on the MAR Board of Directors:
Brian P. Sears
An alternate is called to attend a MAR BOD meeting when a State Director can't attend.
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 President.
Ben Scranton, RCE, ePRO, Chief Executive Officer
Kim Harrison, Membership and Community Outreach Coordinator
Laura Herring, Education Coordinator
Joanne Leblond, Receptionist
Erin Percoski, Bookkeeper