September/October 2016  
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"Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends."  
Walt Disney

  • 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
  • Condolences
  • Membership Notices
  • Events and Education


by Lou Mayo

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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.

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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. 

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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  We value you membership.  Thank you.



Website Rankings

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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 Positive Outlook
Most real estate firms have an optimistic outlook for the future of the industry’s profitability and growth, according to NAR’s 2016 Profile of Real Estate Firms. Profitability expectations have declined from the 2015 survey, however, mainly due to inventory shortages and home-price growth. News release.


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NAR Releases Updated Safety Report

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 Safety Report.

NAR has a special focus on safety during September, which has been designated REALTOR® Safety Month since 2003.

Appraisal Board Clarifies Drone Use    
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.



To 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

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. Video.



Affiliate-REALTOR® Committee Newsletter
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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.  


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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.
Nicholas Graveline with The Graveline Group (Longmeadow); and Stephen Sibiga with (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.



Register for classes and events at

September 29
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.

October 5
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.

October 12
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.

October 19
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.

October 21
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

October 24
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.


November 1,8,15
F.I.R.E. Foundations in Real Estate

November 10
Election of 2017 Officers & Directors.  Breakfast meeting at the Delaney House

December 7
NYC Bus Trip

December 15
Holiday Luncheon at the Log Cabin 

Questions about education contact Laura Herring, 785-1328,

Questions about meetings and events contact Kim Harrison at 785-1328,





Thank you
2016 Annual Sponsors

Monson Savings Bank
Peoples Bank
United Bank

 First Niagara Bank
Bert Hill Movers
Country Bank for Savings
Easthampton Savings Bank
Farmington Bank
Freedom Credit Union 
Gove Law Offices
Greenfield Savings Bank
Greenfield Cooperative Bank
Radius Financial Group 

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

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For office and classroom rentals contact Laura Herring at or call 785-1328.  

For event and education sponsorship opportunities contact Kim Harrison at
785-1328 or




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Special rates from Executive Valet

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(up to 24 hrs)

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


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.

2016 Officers
Lou Mayo, President
Richard R. Sawicki Jr.,  President-Elect
Edward Alford, Treasurer
Sue Drumm, Secretary
Dawn M. Henry, Immediate Past-President

2016 Directors
Elias Acuna
Kelly Bowman
Shawn Bowman
Suzi Buzzee
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
Susan Renfrew
Linda Rotti
Richard Sawicki
Brian P. Sears

Raymond Authier
Sue Rheaume
Russell Sabadoso
Vincent Walsh 

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

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