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Have you registered for Convention yet? 
Attend the KAR Annual Convention & Expo
September 21-23
 Terry Watson
Terry Watson will be the keynote (and CE instructor)!

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. 

Roundtable discussions on Thursday will focus on social networking, photography, home staging, appraisal issues and legal issues.

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.

Watch a video about the French Lick Resort

Voting for KAR Leadership  

The membership of KAR may vote for all At-Large Directors and Region Directors in their region. Members of the Delegate Body vote for KAR Officers, Representatives to NAR, all At-Large Directors and Region Directors in their region. Note that the manner of the election of Region Directors shall be either directly by the entire membership of the region or indirectly by all member boards or associations in the respective regions. Regions may also request assistance from KAR in conducting their Region Director elections. 
Members need not be registered for the Annual Convention to vote in the annual elections if they provide written notice to the Election Committee during the period beginning August 1 until 14 days before the beginning date of the Annual Convention (deadline of September 7) of their intent to vote. 

For more information regarding voting, the composition of the delegate body and term limits, see page 7 of the election packet (link below).

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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.

Find Out More Here
LBAR member is Good Neighbor finalist 

The NAR Good Neighbor Awards program has recognized REALTORSŪ who volunteer to serve the basic needs of some of the community's most vulnerable individuals. The 10 finalists have been selected and 5 winners will be selected at the NAR Conference in November. One of the finalists is a member of LBAR:
Janice Mueller, RE/MAX Creative Realty, Lexington, Ky.
Mueller founded the Makenna Foundation, which in nine years has raised more than $1.2 million and is the largest fundraiser for the Kentucky Children's Hospital. Funds have provided state-of-the-art medical equipment and much-needed renovations. In July 2010, the foundation celebrated the grand opening of the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center, with a child-friendly waiting room and 15 state-of-the-art exam rooms.

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NAR Disputes HUD Ruling on Payments From Home Warranty Companies

In the June 25, 2010 issue of the Federal Register, the department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published a response (Docket # FR-5425-IA-01) to a 2009 request from NAR asking for clarification regarding compensation paid by home warranty companies to real estate agents and brokers. In particular, NAR wanted to know HUD's position regarding such compensation when given on a per-transaction basis.

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9 Google products for real estate agents 

Google offers a full suite of tools for real estate professionals that let you reach prospects in your region at all stages of their home search - while they're looking for properties, checking out locations, and selecting an agent or broker. It's how you reach more sellers, attract more buyers, and sell more homes.

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5 steps to social media success 

The number of real estate pros active on social media sites corresponds with that of the general population. According to the NAR 2010 Member Profile, 51 percent of all REALTORSŪ actively use social or professional Web sites. When the responses are limited to members 29 years of age and younger, that figure jumps to 79 percent.

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Real estate sales tax myth explained 

If you haven't received an email about the alleged real estate sales tax, you will. Probably, many readers have already received more than one. They go something like this: "Did you know that the new health care bill will make all real estate transactions subject to a 3.8% sales tax? Just think, if you sell your home for $400,000, there will be a $15,200 tax!" Well, it's not true and here is an explanation of the truth behind the tax.

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Facebook privacy and status settings 

With more than 500 million people now on Facebook, it's inevitable that you'll be friended by someone you know, but with whom you don't want to share your online life. Once you've accepted them as a friend, how do you avoid them without the awkwardness of unfriending them?

Facebook has made it easy to hide other members' status updates, as well as your own, through a few quick clicks on your profile.

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Networking in a new city 

How do you start and build a network in a new place? Relocating to a new city can be tough on anyone but especially someone in the real estate industry. From using Facebook and LinkedIn to joining industry groups, here are some tips for building your Rolodex in a new place.

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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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Win a '65 Mustang Convertible 

The REALTOR Community Housing Foundation in Lexington (LBAR) is raffling tickets to win a 1965 Mustang Convertible. Only 2000 tickets will be sold (only 200 sold so far). Raffle will take place at LBAR at noon on September 24. You can purchase tickets online or call 859.276.2693 for more information.
Purchase Tickets Here 

You must be 18 or older to participate. All proceeds benefit the Realtor Community Housing Foundation and its program. Raffle open to residents of the U.S. only. Winner responsible, upon delivery, for all applicable licensing, title fees and taxes, including IRS withholding tax. Charitable Gaming #ORG00001973

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September 2010
In This Issue
KAR Convention
Good Neighbor
NAR Disputes HUD Ruling
9 Google products
5 steps to...
Real estate sales tax myth
Facebook privacy
Networking in a new city
REALTORŪ Benefit - Dental Insurance
Win a '65 Mustang
CRS Courses
2010 Awards
Online CE courses
Denim & Diamonds
Denim & Diamonds
Broker Involvement Program
Diversity Initiative Grants
KAR social networks
Rx Drug Card
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CRS Courses
September 21
CRS 111 - Short Sales & Foreclosures
French Lick, IN

October 7 & 8
CRS 200 - Business Planning & Marketing
Paducah, KY

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

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2010 KAR Nominations 
KREEF Trustee
Deadline: September 3

RPAC Trustee
Deadline: September 7
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).

Purchase Form
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)

Local associations can apply for up to $5,000 - deadline is October 1.
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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