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Early-bird pricing extended for the 2010 KAR Convention & Expo through August 15.

KAR Election Information
Deadline for nominations: August 17, 2010

Positions open: President-elect, Treasurer-elect, At-large Director, At-large Delegate, Region Director (for Regions 2,4,6), NAR Director and NAR Region 4 Vice President

To apply for any of the available positions, fill out an application and submit to KAR. Qualifications and descriptions of each of the positions and complete instructions is included in the application packet.

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Want 23 hours of CE to choose from? 
Attend the KAR Annual Convention & Expo
September 21-23
ConventionTerry Watson will be the keynote!

A new course on the KY S.A.F.E. Act has been added to the schedule along with several other CE instructors including Bill Lublin, Heidi Fore, Virginia Lawson, Karen Pannell and MaryAnne Simmons. The event will provide tons of great education (23 hours total - 15 law), tremendous networkings opportunities and a whole lot of fun including a REALTOR night out at Pluto's Alley with bowling, food, drinks and time to mingle with attendees from around the state. 

Early bird extended: Save $$$ by signing up by August 15.

The KAR Annual Convention & Expo is being held at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN. The resort itself is very historic, brings with it a unique experience and has catered to famous guests from around the world.

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NAR migrating Calls for Action emails

As NAR begins the migration process to a new delivery system, it is critically important to have the new Convio mail servers whitelisted at as many broker/real estate and association offices as possible. NAR needs your help to get the word out to brokers (and IT departments) that a change is coming. Without this step it will be much more difficult to get our newsletters, Calls for Action, Broker Involvement Program notifications, event invitations, and other important information to our members.

You and your broker may have received a message concerning this already but it is an important step to ensure Kentucky members don't miss out on critical messaging from NAR. Click the link below to learn more about the process.

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Financial reform passes  

The U.S. Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 4173), a large financial regulatory reform measure. The bill includes a number of provisions that will affect the real estate and real estate finance industry, as well as real estate professionals. The bill also creates a "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau" (CFPB) to regulate a broad range of activities.

Read more about this bill and the effects it will have on the real estate industry as well as other national legislative issues.
LeadershipKAR Program - 2011  

Join a program that will put you in a class by itself.

The LKAR program brings together a select group of members who possess a broad variety of leadership abilities and accomplishments and provides leadership development and training all while forging new relationships with others from across the state. 

Applications are now being accepted - deadline is December 31.

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REALTORŪ Benefit - Dental Insurance  

In partnership with Ameritas Insurance Company and SASid (Smart And Simple insurance development), NAR has put together a custom-designed program to offer affordable and valuable large group dental insurance benefits to members and their families nationwide.  Plans provide coverage for preventive, basic, and major dental expenses with the dentist of your choice. There are 4 plans to choose from, and most plans include bonus benefits like orthodontia, cosmetic, dental rewards and more.  

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6 steps to making the best home price bid  

Helping buyers negotiate the best price for a home is Real Estate 101 for most agents. Although, this article is geared toward home buyers specifically, agents can use the information as a refresher to see what may help buyers understand the factors that determine what the home of their dreams may cost.

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5 reasons your home isn't selling  

There are many reasons why a property may languish on the market for weeks and months, however, they are also ways to keep this from happening. Check out these five potential hang ups on why you are not seeing any action.

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FHA approval cannot be ignored  

Due to the elimination of 'spot approval' in February 2010, an entire condominium development must now apply to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and be granted FHA approval before someone can purchase or refinance a unit using an FHA loan. Before its elimination, spot approval allowed an FHA buyer or refinancer to conduct a transaction in a specific condominium unit located in an unapproved complex.

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Fannie Mae and strategic defaults  

Borrowers who walk away from mortgages they can afford to pay - making "strategic defaults" - are running increasing risks that they'll be penalized for doing so.

Starting in October, Fannie Mae says, strategic defaulters will be disqualified for new Fannie Mae-backed loans for seven years after their foreclosures. Fannie also says it will go to court where it can to recoup outstanding mortgage debt from borrowers who strategically default.

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Do buyers see your listings?

So why is REALTOR.comŪ so popular?

REALTOROur data is more accurate: updated every 15 minutes directly from most MLSs. This is crucial because once a consumer gets bad information from a site, they no longer trust it or return.

Also, REALTOR.comŪ has invested in making search even more intuitive and comprehensive than any other site. With all these new improvements there should be even more people looking at your listings.
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August 2010
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KAR Election Information
KAR Convention
NAR migrating Calls for Action emails
Financial reform passes
REALTORŪ Benefit - Dental Insurance
6 steps
5 reasons
FHA approval
Fannie Mae
CRS Courses
2010 Awards
Online CE courses
Denim & Diamonds
Broker Involvement Program
KAR social networks
Rx Drug Card
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CRS Courses
September 21
CRS 111 - Short Sales & Foreclosures

October 7 & 8
CRS 200 - Business Planning & Marketing

Find out more about dates, times, locations, pricing and how to register.

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2010 Awards 
Nat Sanders Education
Deadline: August 15

Community Service
Deadline: August 15
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.

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
Denim & Diamonds
You could win a 1-carat loose diamond!

Purchase your jar with a $50 contribution to RPAC for your chance to win a diamond. Drawing will be held at the KAR Convention (you do not have to be present to win).

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Broker Involvement
Get involved in a program that will boost Kentucky's Call-for-Action response rates. If you are a real estate broker in Kentucky, please enroll (it's free and easy), and if you are an agent, please encourage your broker to join this effective network of broker leadership in public advocacy for REALTORSŪ across the United States.

Learn more and enroll here (to enroll, click the "Join the Program" button on the left side)
KAR social networks 
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Rx Drug

This KAR member
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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