Interested in sponsoring a hole? Contact Katie at 457-5979 ext. 27
Lobby Day 2012 a success
Thank you to our GSAR members and leadership that attended Lobby Day in Albany this past Tuesday! See below message from Mike Kelly, NYSAR Government Affairs Director:
I'm pleased to report that the efforts of NYSAR members during Lobby Day this past Tuesday have paid dividends already.
Today, the State Assembly unanimously approved a NYSAR supported bill that will streamline the process by which real estate salespersons and associate brokers move from one brokerage to another.
The bill also corrected an antiquated error in current law that reflects a license term expiring on October 31st rather than the accurate duration of license terms of two years.
As the bill was previously approved by the State Senate, the legislation will next be sent to Governor Cuomo for his consideration.
As this legislative session winds down in the next week NYSAR will remain on alert monitoring legislation that we oppose including:
-mandatory well tests
-requirements on licensees related to distribution of well water quality
-proposed increases in the statewide mortgage recording tax
For those of you that attended Lobby Day this year, Thank You!
If you could not make it this year, we look forward to seeing you in 2013.
As you can see, our members involvement in the legislative process really does lead to results.
Congratulations - We have met our 2012 RPAC goal!
Thanks to your contributions from the silent auction at our Membership Meeting last week at Borio's, we've met our goal! Woohoo! A big pat on the back to all of you, that is a great accomplishment. Our 2012 goal was $18,915.
RPR is NAR's exclusive online real estate database provides REALTORS with data on every parcel of property in the United States, giving brokers and agents valuable tools and features to make them better informed and to increase their efficiency in the marketplace. You can also visit blog.narrpr.com for more training information.
Discounted BJ's Membership - today, 6/15 last day to sign up!
As you may know, you qualify for a discounted BJ's Club membership through your GSAR membership!
Signups are quarterly. they are going on now, June 1st-15th at the GSAR office. Just stop in between 8:30 and 4:30 M-F to complete the application!
$43.20 for 15 months of membership, plus an additional card for another household member!
Click here for promotional flyer or just stop in TODAY!
Dues News - MLS fees due today!
Please keep in mind that all MLS fees/charges are due on or before 06/15/12. If payment is not made, a $15.00 late charge will be added to your account on 06/16/12. Service will be interrupted on 07/01/12 for anyone with a past due unpaid balance. Companies will be turned off on 07/10/12.
Lean how you could save $$$!! FREE Tax Strategies Seminar - still time to register!
Bradford and Company will be presenting their Tax Strategies for Real Estate Professionals here at GSAR on June 27th, 9:30am-11:30am. In this FREE seminar you will learn about new deductions that could help you pocket thousands in tax savings.
Five More Opportunities to Complete Ethics Training
The current NAR ethics cycle began on January 1, 2009 and ends on December 31, 2012. All NAR members are required to complete a minimum of 2.5 hours of REALTOR® Code of Ethics training during each four year cycle. If you have not yet completed your ethics training, consider attending one (or more) GSAR classes that fulfill this requirement:
But Is It Ethical- August 16
Grievance, Arbitration & Procuring Cause- October 30
Mandatory Ethics & Local Association Training- August 2, October 10, November 27
If you completed your ethics training through a school other than GSAR, please submit the course completion certificate to us: fax to 457-5884 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are lists of GSAR members who have not completed their ethics training. If your name is on this list, either you have not yet fulfilled the requirement, or you have not yet let us know that you did elsewhere. These lists will be updated monthly.
Don't forget...our "Hands On" MLXchange training can be taken at no charge if you do not want CE credit. Beginner, Advanced and CMA classes are approved for 3 hours of CE ($36 for GSAR members).
June 20th class schedule:
Seating is limited. Register online for CE credit by clicking here!
For non-CE, fax (457-5885) or e-mail (email@example.com) your registration request. We cannot accept phone registrations.
The REALTOR Party Knows How to Rally
You Came, You Saw, You Conquered
The REALTOR® Party showed that it knows how to rally. On May 17, more than 13,800 REALTORS® stood shoulder-to-shoulder at the Washington Monument to celebrate home ownership. Another 13,600 people attended virtually, at RealtorRally.org, and more continue to experience the rally online. Twelve members of Congress attended, including Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.,) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), both of whom spoke at the rally, and 29 major media outlets, including CNN and CNBC, covered the event.
Now through the end of the year, each time you attend a CE class at GSAR, you can put your name into a drawing for a 22" flatscreen TV, drawing to take place at the end of the year.! What a deal!!!
(Non-CE classes and seminars are not eligible)
Broker Qualifying Course
The 45 Hour Broker Qualifying Course begins October 9th. If you took the 45 hour salesperson course, you will have to complete a 30 hour remedial course in addition to the 45 hour broker course in order to apply for the broker license. Contact Sue for details on broker licensing requirements: firstname.lastname@example.org or 457-5979 x 24.
MLS Rules & Regulations - Quick reminders!
We have been running weekly reminders in this HotNews of Code of Ethics Articles. Now, we are switching it up to MLS Rules & Regulations reminders...keep them at top of mind!
Section 1.2 Detail on Listings Filed with the Service - A listing agreement or property data form, when filed with the multiple listing service by the listing broker, shall be complete in every detail which is ascertainable as specified on the property data form.
5. Attachments: The attachments must contain information, (i.e. disclosure forms, photos, floor plans, maps virtual tours) specifically related to the property being offered. These attachments should not be used for listing agent, company or personal promotion
Click here to view the MLS Rules & Regulations in full