Click here to view the informational flyer on the candidates.
The election will be held at the GSAR office, beginning on October 20th. See below....
There are 5 open positions for GSAR Director positions for 2012.
The election will take place at the GSAR office, for two weeks. Voting starts October 20th, and ends November 2nd. Simply stop in to the GSAR office, between 9am and 4pm to cast your vote. You will need to sign the master list at the front desk.
The election results will be announced at the Member Social on November 3rd. The Social is "Gourmet Soups" - from 12-1:30pm. Click here to register for the Social.
The results will also be posted on the MLXchange Message of the Day screen, as well as on cnyREALTOR.com.
Don't forget to sign up for the Member Social on Oct. 6th to meet the candidates!
Tri-Association Oktoberfest Event - NEW!
The Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS, Home Builders and Remodelers of CNY, and CNY Mortgage Bankers are excited to be hosting an Oktoberfest celebration!
This event will benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY!
Wednesday, October 26th, 4-7pm
held at GSAR
Open to all GSAR, HBR, MBA members and their guests.
FREE BEER TASTING!
GERMAN MENU INCLUDING: Bratwursts, Hoffman Dogs, Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, Bavarian Pretzels
Let's get in the giving spirit! Bring your silent auction items, minimum value of $25 please. Everyone that brings an auction item will be entered into a drawing to win a Kindle!
As NYSAR legal has pointed out, electronic signatures are not currenlty valid on real estate documents. You can see an explanation from Anthony Gatto, NYSAR Legal Counsel, here.
The good news is, the Governor recently signed a bill that will allow rules & regulations to be created to allow electronic signatures in the future.
According to Anthony Gatto, there is no educational component to it yet since rules and regulations have not been drafted and must be promulgated by the State Director of Technology. It will go into effect on September 23, 2012.
Member Survey - Enter to win a gas card!
We value your feedback!
Please take just a couple short minutes to complete our member survey that was sent out recently.
If you complete it and include your name, you will be entered into a drawing for one of two $25 gas cards. The drawing will take place on October 3rd, so please take it now.
A poem and a comment from a fellow member - good thoughts!
"Ode to MLS Status"
I've heard other agents that scream and rant....
"To change the status....why no, we can't.."
"Oh yes," they'll say, "It's sold you see..."
"Oh no say I, this could not be....."
"For if it were there'd be a C....."
"I have found the new Contingency with home sale status to be an effective way of communicating that a contract is written but the house is still available to show.
To illustrate my point I'll use the listing I have on 5813 Bennett's Corners Rd. During the 70 day period that it was under C - Home Sale I had 6 bona-fide showings occur. I also used the private remarks box to instruct agents to show at will. (The property was vacant at the time)
I know there are many agents out there that either don't know the rules or, worse, know them well and simply refuse to follow them. There is a myth out there that once a property goes to C it doesn't get shown. I would encourage agents to use the C- Home Sale status correctly as it demostrates to the consumer that as Realtors we follow our own rules."
Wine Tour Next Week!
We do still have a couple spots left!!!
October 4th, 10am-6pm
(leaving from GSAR)
Open to all Realtor members and Affiliate members. Seating is very limited! Take a little break and enjoy the Fall weather and network with your fellow members!
Only $25 per person, including a nice lunch and all winery fees.
We will be visiting the east side of Seneca Lake including: Lamoreaux Landing, Wagner, Standing Stone, and Hazlitt.
Register for Don Radke's "Agency, Ethics and Fair Housing - Only Good Business" course and complete 22.5 hrs of CE, including Fair Housing. The course also fulfills NAR's ethics training requirement.
Dates: Oct. 11, 13 & 14
Time: 8:30am - 5:00pm each day
Register before Oct. 1st to take advantage of the 20% early registration discount! Click here!
GRI Class Coming to GSAR in October
RI402 Real Estate Legal Issues with attorney Jim Braman.
Even if you are not pursuing the GRI designation, this two day class is well worth attending. Learn risk reduction procedures; gain a greater understanding of agency practice; learn to avoid misrepresentation, anti-trust and fair housing violations. 15 hours of CE credit.
Develop a social marketing plan to turn fans & followers into real estate transactions!
Harness the power of thought leadership!
Turn your social networking into a major profit center through Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn & Twitter!
Stop chatting and start sharing! - Learn how to use the most effective tools to deliver information-rich content about your community to become more successful in the home buying & selling process!
Leverage your visibility & credibility with content-rich video!
Build a WordPress blog people want to read!
GSAR Newsletter Online
As a reminder, you can always see GSAR's most recent printed newsletter on-line! Click here to see the latest issue.
Code of Ethics always at Top of Mind!
Article 5 - Disclose present or contemplated interest in any property to all parties.
Article 5 protects the public by requiring REALTORS® to disclose any present or contemplated interest they may have in a property for which they are undertaking to provide professional services. These services include buying, selling, leasing, appraising, managing, counseling, and other real estate related services.
Article 5 prevents REALTORS® from using their professional knowledge to gain an unfair advantage in a real estate transaction.
Thank you to Susan and Robert Acker, Fay Christensen, Sydney Vault, Laura Lenze, Paula Bartlett, Artemis Voudouris, and Jean Arbogast, who have dropped off their donations!
Help GSAR do something big for the community by collecting something little!
We know that our members travel a lot during the summer months, so you have access to sample sizes of toiletries that get discarded if you don't need them. These sample items can go a long way toward helping local charities!
Now through October, we will be collecting as many small toiletries as possible, and donating them to Vera House, and the Dorothy Day House. Both of these are local charities that can really use these types of donations! They must be unused bottles/bars of soap, shampoo, lotion, shower gel, toothpaste, etc.
The member that collects the most bottles and brings them in will receive 22.5 hours of FREE CE for 2012! This is a $270 value!
Click here to read more about the contest and learn more about Vera House and the Dorothy Day House. Pass it on to all GSAR members - let's make this BIG!!!