REALTOR Update

 

January/February 2017  

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"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."
- John Steinbeck
 



IN THIS ISSUE
  • President's Report by Rick Sawicki
  • Tech Tips
  • 2017 Dues Billing
  • RAPV and MAR 2016 Sales Reports
  • 7 Organizing Strategies
  • Accelerate Your Career with REALTOR® University
  • 102nd Annual Installation of Officers and Directors
  • Condolences
  • 2017 President's Award Participation Qualification
  • Membership Notices
  • Events and Education
 

  

PRESIDENT'S REPORT
by Rick Sawicki

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It's Time for REALTOR® Pride 


We use the word REALTOR® every day.  This is who we are, and what we do.  
The word sets us apart.  From it's earliest use, REALTOR® has been seen as a way to distinguish ethical practitioners.  After all, we commit to abide by a  strict Code of Ethics. 

The brand is estimated to be worth over 5 billion.  Yet for all the prestige the word, and your membership affords, according to NAR research most members aren't identifying themselves as REALTORS® by wearing their REALTOR® pin. 

Wear your REALTOR® pin with pride.  Also, make sure you feature the REALTOR® name and logo on your electronic devices, print communications and signage.  It can drive business your way.  Take a look at what one REALTOR® experienced by wearing his REALTOR® pin.  

REALTOR® - it's arguably the easiest way to represent the professionalism and results-driven experience consumers want and prefer.  There's big value in a little pin.






Tech Tips
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How To Get Your Site On Google’s Page One  
Everyone wants to appear on Google's page one. Learn how to get your site seen with the tips featured in this article. 

5 Facebook Tools to Sell Your Next Real Estate Listing
It is no secret that Facebook is important in marketing, especially when it comes to business.  Find out some Facebook tips to get your next listing sold!


 


2017 DUES BILLING - THANK YOU TO RENEWING MEMBERS.  

IF YOU HAVE NOT RENEWED YOUR MEMBERSHIP, YOU HAVE UNTIL FEBRUARY 28 TO DO SO.

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Benefits Program

Additional benefits

Value of membership

50 Ways NAR is Indispensable to Your Business


We appreciate your membership and have included updated information for all your current benefits.  If you have renewed your 2017 membership, thank you! 

To avoid termination and a $125 reinstatement fee, payment must be received by the end of the day on February 28. 

Please make your dues payment online at the member portal.  If you prefer sending a check you may do so.  A copy of your personalized dues bill is on the member portal.   

If you have questions, contact Erin Percoski, RAPV Bookkeeper at 785-1328 or erin@rapv.com.  We value your membership.  Thank you.



 

RAPV and MAR Sales Reports

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Pioneer Valley sales for 2016 were up 13.1 percent when compared to 2015.  The median price rose 0.8 percent to $199,000.  County reports vary.  View the report here.

MAR reports that 2016 closed out with sales climbing 8.5 percent.  The statewide median price rose 2.9 pecent to $355,000.  Below is a link to the housing data report and a link to the Housing Market Podcast by MAR President Paul Yorkis.

Dec. 2016/Year-end Housing Data Release 

Paul Yorkis Podcast

 


 

7 Organizing Strategies to be More Productive When You Work From Home

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Here are tips
to create a home office space that makes the most of your time.  Your first job is to purge.










 


Accelerate Your Career with REALTOR® University

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Whether you’re a recent graduate or have been working for 20 years, higher education can lead to new opportunities.  A Master of Real Estate degree from REALTOR® University will give you the outstanding experience and training you’ll need to manage the evolving challenges and trends of the real estate industry. Next session begins February 27. Get started







102nd Installation of Officers and Directors
January 12th event at the Log Cabin draws 110
 
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Suzi Buzzee, a RAPV Director, and Brian Risler, 2016 Affiliate of the Year, cut up on the dance floor.
 
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The 2017 Officers and Directors take the oath of office from Installing Officer Corinne Fitzgerald. From left: Elias Acuna, Suzi Buzzee, Peter Davies, Shawn Bowman, Ray Hoess-Brooks, Lou Mayo, Sue Drumm, Kelly Bowman, Ed Afford and Rick Sawicki.

 



Condolences

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We extend our condolences and deepest sympathy to the families, friends and colleagues of these individuals who recently passed away.  Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones.

Sean Byrne
, son of Stephen and Sheila Byrne



2017 President's Award Participation Qualification
Create your own menu of opportunities

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To qualify, create any combination of events, meetings and RAPV education offerings to reach 100 points.  Read more here. 







MEMBERSHIP NOTICES


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REALTOR® APPLICATION
Mary Blinn, Paul Huijing (Longmeadow), Alexsandr Bloom (Feeding Hills), Wendi Liebl, Nicole Moore (Northampton) with Keller Williams Realty; Rebecca Clark (West Springfield) and Irina Demyanchuk (Westfield) with Park Square Realty; William Deschamps, Marni Piorek (Wilbraham), Kenneth Marcia, Tricia Sedelow, Melissa Simmitt (Westfield), Reghav Palreddy (Longmeadow) with Real Living Realty Professionals,LLC; Shaina Fontaine and Hillary Koncal with Gallagher Real Estate in Holyoke; Tracey Holden with Fitzgerald Real Estate in Greenfield; Hannah Kennedy, Jaquelin Kopacka, Denise Moore, and Orlando Zayas with Rovithis Realty in East Longmeadow; Jason Kolodziej with Kelley & Katzer Real Estate, LLC in West Springfield; Nilsa Laboy with Home Pros Real Estate Inc. in Somers; Beverly Peterson with Century 21 All Points Realty in Southington; Bonnie Roux with ERA M. Connie Laplante in South Hadley; Stephen Sibiga with Owners.com in Floridia; Laurie Swift and Alicja Tabor with Century 21 Hometown Associates in Holyoke; Calvin Warner with Century 21 A-1 Nolan, LLC in West Springfield; and Justin Wellspeak with Steepleview Realty in Adams.
 
REASSOCIATION
Dominic Colaccino and Mark Osborn with RE/MAX Swift River Valley, LLC in Belchertown; Jennifer Donais with Coldwell Banker Upton-Massamont REALTORS® in Shelburne Falls; Samantha Gelinas (Chicopee) and Patricia Joaquim (Agawam) with Gallagher Real Estate; Karen Kaminski-Marchetto (Northampton), Kimberley McCloskey and Teresa Skora (Longmeadow) with  Keller Williams Realty; Susan Lefebvre with Rovithis Realty in East Longmeadow; Billie Jean Petrie with RE/MAX Professionals in Wilbraham; Carlos Ramos with Kelley & Katzer Real Estate, LLC in West Springfield; and Melissa Roy Sigafose with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Longmeadow.

AFFILIATE APPLICATION
Deborah Jordan with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Westborough; and Lee Thurston with Prospect Mortage in Worcester.

 

 

EVENTS and EDUCATION

To view and print a registration flyer, and to register for classes and events, go to http://RAPVportal.ramcoams.net/

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February 9
President's Awards Banquet at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Guest speaker Jaime Moore, NAR Region 1 Vice President.  $29 pp.

February 16
Safety Class with NAR safety course approved trainer Kim Allard Moccia.  Class is 9 a.m. to noon. $30 pp. 

February 16
Technology & Real Estate Brokerage continuing education class with Kim Allard Moccia.  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.  $25 pp.  $30 at the door. 

February 28, March 7 and 14
F.I.R.E. (Foundation in Real Estate) course with Fred Southwell.  Free to new members if taken within 6 months of the date of membership application.  Take advantage!  It's on us! 

March 3
Comedy Night a Community Service Committee fundraiser.  $15 pre-registered.  $20 at the door.  

March 8 
New Member Orientation and Code of Ethics class

March 16 and 17
CRS 204 Buying and Selling Real Estate.  Contact Laura at 785-1328 or Laura@rapv.com.

March 22
The Marijuana Law and it's impact on your business - a free presentation in the series "If the REALTOR® Had Only Known".

HOLD THE DATE. 

  • April 4 - 24th Annual Education Fair and Expo with guest speaker Jared James.  Contact Laura Herring at 785-1328 or laura@rapv.com.

For questions about meetings and events contact Kim Harrison at 785-1328, kim@rapv.com

For questions about education contact Kim Harrison at 785-1328, kim@rapv.com


Thank you

2017 Annual Sponsors

PLATINIUM 
Monson Savings Bank
Peoples Bank
United Bank
mparzychowski@bankatunited.com

GOLD

Country Bank
jcalheno@countrybank.com 
People's United Bank
SILVER
Freedom Credit Union
Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank
ahealey@bankgcb.com 

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.
 


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NAR's
INFORMATION CENTRAL
Got a question about anything NAR?   Call 800-874-6500.



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REALTORS® PROPERTY RESOURCE
 
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Create top-quality client reports customized with your branding.

View 
"What is RPR?"  
Free training. Free registration.


NAR's OFFICIAL MEMBER
BENEFITS PROGRAM


THE VALUE OF RPAC
 
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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


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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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MLS PIN CLASSES AT RAPV
No Charge

January 31

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
VOW: Getting Started with Your Virtual Office Website
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Pinergy's Contact Management

February 14
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
CMA & Market Reports
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Pinergy's Listings Management

February 28
9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Pinergy Overview: 3rd Party Programs, Settings and Tools
12:30 - 2:30
Getting Started with Pinergy: Searching for Listings

March 10
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
VOW: Getting Started with Your Virtual Office Website
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Pinergy's Contact Management

March 20 
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Getting Started with Pinergy: Searching for Listings
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Pinergy Overview: 3rd Party Programs, Settings and Tools

To register, visit www.mlspin.com
and access Training & Resources or call 800-695-3000, option 1.
 


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 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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DISCOUNT PARKING AT
BRADLEY AIRPORT 
Special rates from Executive Valet

$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

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.

2017 Officers
Richard R. Sawicki Jr., President
Edward Alford, President-Elect
Kelly Bowman, Treasurer
Sue Drumm, Secretary
Lou Mayo, Immediate Past-President

2017 Directors
Elias Acuna
Shawn Bowman
Suzi Buzzee
Peter Davies
Ray Hoess-Brooks
Janise Fitzpatrick
Sue Rheaume
Russell Sabadosa

Realtor® of the Year
Elias Acuna

Affiliate of the Year
Brian Risler

Members on the MAR Board of Directors:
Elias Acuna
Kelly Bowman
Lou Mayo
Linda Rotti
Russ Sabadosa 
Richard Sawicki
Vincent Walsh

Alternates:
Edward Alford
Raymond Authier
Shawn Bowman

Additional RAPV representation on the MAR Board of Directors: Susan Renfrew as chairwoman of the MAR Audit Committee, Dawn Henry as MAR Western Region Vice President, Kevin Sears as NAR Executive Committee Vice President of Government Affairs, and Edmund G. "Gill' Woods as 1995 NAR President. 

Staff
Ben Scranton, RCE, ePRO, Chief Executive Officer
Kim Harrison, Membership and Meetings Coordinator
Laura Herring, Director of Operations
Joanne Leblond, Receptionist
Erin Percoski, Bookkeeper

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