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Updates from the KAR Convention:
KAR election results

President-Elect: Ann McDonald (Lexington)
Tresurer-Elect: Norman Jones (Pikeville) 
Region 2 Director: Donnie Sims (Bowling Green)
Region 4 Director: Gale Fulton (Lexington)
Region 6 Director: Nelson Weaver (Somerset)
At-Large Directors: Linda Gibson Cecil (Louisville), Rebecca Trout (Florence) and Earleene Woods (Murray)
At-Large Delegates: Jim DeMaio (Bowling Green), Lisa Presley McGrew (Louisville) and Libbi Taylor (Lexington)
NAR Director: Charlie Murphy (Lexington)
NAR Region 4 VP for 2013: John Weikel, II (Louisville)
KAR awards and recognition
REALTOR® of the Year: Jeff Smith (Union)
Distinguished Service Award: John Davis (Paducah)
Nat Sanders Award: Virginia Lawson (Lexington)
Community Service Award:
Large Board - Lexington Bluegrass Association
Medium Board - REALTOR Association of SKY
Small Board - Kentucky Barkley Lakes Board
Paul Kendall Membership Growth Award:
1st - Kentucky Barkley Lakes Board
2nd - Murray Calloway County Board
3rd - Henderson Audubon Board
Ammerman Attendance Award: Greater Louisville Association
BOD action items from Convention

- Approved the 2011-2013 KAR Strategic Plan & 2011 KAR Budget.

- Approved forming a Young Professionals Network Chapter for Kentucky.
- Change to how committee work is handled at KAR is as follows:
A quorum for all KAR committees shall be a majority of the total membership of that committee. A quorum must be present in order for any official action of the committee to take place.

- All members of the Legislative Quick Response Team will now serve as members on the Governmental Affairs Committee.

- Professional standards hearing panels will continue in 2011 with 3 panel members and 1 alternate.

- KREEF Trustee members elected for 2011 are Michael Becker, Region 5, and Ruth Ann Bowen, Region 6. 2011 President-Elect is Christine Morgan and Treasurer-Elect is Barbara Flannery.

- RPAC Trustee members selected for 2011 are Gay Nell Rittenberry from CD-01, Lisa Presley McGrew from CD-03, Rebecca Trout and Ken Warden from CD-04, Bill Leslie from CD-05 and Linda Sparrow and Libbi Taylor from CD-06. The 2011 Vice Chair is Rebecca Trout.

- KAR, on behalf on the KREC Selection Committee, will submit the following names to the Governor for consideration as a Commissioner to be appointed to the Kentucky Real Estate Commission: Linda Gibson Cecil (Louisville), Susan Lee Hodges (London), Stephen Albert Robinson (London), Kimberly G. Sickles (Louisville) and Don C. Sullivan (Lexington).

Item of note:

Region 1 - the Region "1"ders - took home first place in the Regional Bowl Off, held Tuesday night, with an average of 126.8. Bowlers for Region 1 included Sandy Newell, Jim DeMaio, Silvia Gillette, Tara Dixon and Kathy Jackson. The top individual scores were Jim DeMaio (182) for the men and Patricia Edison (140) for the women.
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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RPAC deadline for 2010
Monday, October 11 is the deadline for 2010 contributions to RPAC. If you want to make a contribution to count towards your totals in 2010, please make sure KAR receives by the deadline. Contributions received after October 11 will count in your 2011 total.
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National flood insurance extended  

NAR is pleased to report that Congress has unanimously approved a one-year extension, until Sept. 30, 2011 for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Earlier in 2010 the NFIP lapsed, causing major disruptions for REALTORS®, and with the Sept. 30, 2010 deadline fast approaching NAR redoubled its efforts to extend the program.

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FHFA establishes new housing goals for
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has sent a final rule to the Federal Register establishing new housing goals for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) for 2010-2011. The Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) required FHFA to establish housing goals for the Enterprises for targeted segments of the mortgage market.

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10 reasons to buy a home  

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote a very informative piece that provides reasons why it makes sense to purchase real estate. It begins:

Enough with the doom and gloom about homeownership.

Sure, maybe there's more pain to come in the housing market. But when Time magazine starts running covers that declare "Owning a home may no longer make economic sense," it's time to say: Enough is enough. This is what "capitulation" looks like. Everyone has given up.

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9 killer content creation ideas 

What's the number one absolute best way to get more organic traffic to your real estate blog, website or lead capture pages? Content creation. ("But, what on earth am I supposed to be writing about or videoing, and how will it get me business?"). Learn a few ideas on what content to include and where to find it.
5 home repairs not to ignore  

You (or your clients) might be tempted to put off fixes until the economy rebounds. But some problems, if left unchecked, can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs (rebuilding a foundation wall, for instance) and might even compromise family health, such as mold contamination. Here are the five biggest red flags of home maintenance with advice on how to deal with them.
Do buyers see your listings?

So why is REALTOR.com® 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.com® 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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October 2010
In This Issue
Election results
Awards and recognition
BOD action items
National flood insurance extended
10 reasons to buy a home
9 killer content creation ideas
5 home repairs not to ignore
CRS Courses
Online CE courses
Broker Involvement Program
KAR social networks
Rx Drug Card
REALTOR® Benefit - Dental Insurance
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CRS Course
October 7 & 8
CRS 200 - Business Planning & Marketing
Paducah, KY
Robert Morris
Cost: $299

Find out more about the course (times and location) and get registered now. Online registration closes Tuesday, October 5 at noon. Walk-ins will be accepted. 

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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)

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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 REALTORS® across the United States.

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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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REALTOR® Benefit - Dental Insurance  

NAR has put together a custom-designed program to offer affordable and valuable large group dental insurance benefits to members and their families nationwide. 

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