FrankfortLegislative & Business Meeting  

February 8-11
Capital Plaza Hotel
Frankfort, Kentucky

Registration is free (and open) to all members of KAR.

Click here for a tentative schedule, hotel information and other details.

The KAR Legislative & Business Meeting is your premier opportunity to:

>  Meet & greet your state leaders
>  Share your REALTORŪ concerns directly with legislators
>  Support legislation & issues important to REALTORSŪ in KY
>  Ensure policymakers hear your REALTORŪ voice
>  Increase the influence & clout of REALTORSŪ throughout KY

Hill Visits are scheduled for Wednesday, February 10 from 8:15am to 11:30am. Free transportation is available at the hotel to and from the Capitol Building.
REALTOR Property Resource launches blog 

NAR's Second Century Initiatives included the creation of the Realtors Property Resource™ (RPR), an online real estate library/archive that will provide real estate professionals with data on every property in the United States. The blog will share the various aspects of the RPR, answer product related questions, highlight beta markets and join in on relevant industry conversation.

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12 tech predictions for 2010 

Find out what Inman contributor and publisher of the Sellsius Real Estate Blog Joseph Ferrara thinks will be the most influential developments within the real estate industry this year.

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4 social media musts  

Imagine that you're sitting in a session at the NAR conference with five social media experts. An agent stands up and asks a simple question: "I have a Facebook account and I am on Twitter and LinkedIn. Can you tell me how I am supposed to get business from them?" The crowd applauds. Now imagine that every panel member answers by saying, "We don't have an answer for that question."

Find out four ways to use this medium to your advantage and start down the road to personalizing these tools for you.

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Cost vs. Value Report - 2009  

The majority of the 10 remodeling projects with the best return on investment nationally are a testament to pragmatism. Six of the 10 projects-siding and window replacement using a variety of materials-involve home maintenance that costs less than $14,000.

Get all the details and find out about 10 Big-Impact, Low-Cost Remodeling Projects.

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10 money saving tips for your clients 

With the economy in the state it is and with Kentucky starting out the new year with harsh weather, homeowners need some guidance on how to save money at home. Here are 10 tips that can help your clients (and you) cut homeownership and home maintenance costs in 2010.

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15 mistakes REALTORS can make  

Have you ever made a mistake? I know it's a stupid question. The fact is every one that's ever lived has made a mistake. And I guess the goal is to correct our mistakes and work hard to avoid making the same mistake twice. Of course, it is. Even in the real estate business.

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5 tips to maximize curb appeal

For most home sellers, it probably would come as a "well, duh" suggestion from their real estate agents that they need to keep the grass cut and landscaping tidy.

But there's plenty more front-yard primping that must be a priority for sellers. Here are five things to keep in mind about front-yard facelifts.

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Secrets to getting good online reviews

With all the online business being conducted today, its important for real estate agents to understand the ins and outs of online reputation management. Customers can rate your performance and let you, and the rest of the world, know how satisfying their experience was in working with you. Sometimes trying to improve your reputation on the Web, however, can get you into real trouble.
The power of content for your blog  

In a recent blog post by Teresa Boardman, a REALTOR in Minnesota and blog guru, the power of having a blog and how to generate business from that blog was highlighted. Read more about how seemingly random blog content can lead to more business for you.

The biggest lesson for me this year has been that no matter how strategic my blogs are there is a random element that usually works in my favor, but not always.  I start by writing a certain type of content with a goal in mind. I put the content out there and something completely different happens.
We make connections through our blogs and some of those connections are seemingly random and certainly unanticipated.
KHC is lowest!  

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) rates are at historic lows to help your customers purchase the home of their dreams. Better yet, if your customer has a 700 (or better) credit rating, and they are not using KHC-funded down payment assistance, they are eligible for an even lower rate from KHC!
KHC is also a dream for YOU to work with because existing reservations get their rate locked for 75 days for free and new construction gets 135 days! Table funding and compensation are paid at closing. There are quick turn-around times for closings. No additional pricing for LTV or loan amounts and a simplified rate structure all make KHC a great resource for real estate agents and lenders alike!

You can also ease your customer's mind that all KHC loans are serviced in-house and will stay with KHC.

Visit KHC's Web site, www.kyhousing.org, or call toll-free in Kentucky (800) 633-8896 or (502) 564-7630, extension 291, or TTY 711, for more information.

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January 2010
In This Issue
Legislative & Business Meeting
RPR blog
12 tech predictions
4 social media musts
Cost vs. Value Report - 2009
10 money saving tips for your clients
15 mistakes REALTORS can make
5 tips to maximize curb appeal
Secrets to getting good online reviews
The power of content for your blog
KHC is lowest!
Save the Date
Online CE courses
KAR social networks
Rx Drug Card
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Save the Date

KAR's Third Annual Broker Summit

March 24 & 25
Location TBD
Louisville, Kentucky

Price - $99 (includes the 6 hour Broker CORE course - you must attend all 6 hours to receive credit)
Former NAR Chief Economist and current economics and businesss consultant John Tuccillo will share his 2010/2011 forecast and will discuss emerging trends that will greatly affect the real estate industry and the way we do business. Learn how you can adapt to prosper in the new marketplace! Other speakers are being scheduled and will be announced when confirmed.

Registration will be available online and by fax soon!
FREE Webinars
On January 28 as part of the Right Tools, Right Now initiative, NAR scheduled a full day of short session webinars to help keep you on track for 2010. Speakers range from John Tuccillo, Allen Hainge, Amy Chorew and more.

Seesions start at 10:30am and run until 4pm.

Register Here 
Online CE courses through KREEF  

It is now possible to earn CE credit for your real estate license renewal without leaving your home or office. These courses may be entered and exited at your convenience. Once you register for a course, you can begin immediately.

All course work must be completed in a 12-month period to earn CE credit. Your completion date of the course determines the year the credit will be issued.

Three courses are available:

Enviromental Issues in Real Estate - 6 hours (3 hours law credit & 3 hours elective credit)

Real Estate Finance Today - 3 hours (3 hours elective credit)

Fair Housing - 3 hours (3 hours law credit)

Register Now
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benefit is being provided to you and your family & friends to help lower your prescription drug costs. Simply create and print your FREE Prescription Drug Card and receive savings of up to 75% (discounts average roughly 30%) at more than 54,000 national and regional pharmacies.

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