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Mortgage Interest Deduction: Call for Action

In a move to send a preemptive message to lawmakers, NAR today is asking REALTORS® to contact their members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives through a Call for Action (CFA) with a stern warning about the dangers to the housing market and the economy of reducing or eliminating the mortgage interest deduction and making other tax changes that could hurt home owners.

Yesterday, the Federal Deficit Reduction Committee
 released its final plan, which calls for significant reductions to the MID. 

Please take a minute to respond to the CFA today and then contact your U.S. senators with the same message next week. The report of the commission, which was created earlier this year to map out ways to reduce the deficit by $4 trillion by the end of the decade, is slated to be voted on by commission members by Friday.

Participate in the Call for Action

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Don't get hit with a $500 fine  

Licensees need to obtain the annual education requirements set by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission or you could face a $500 fine. Don't worry - the Kentucky Real Estate Education Foundation has you covered. You can earn CE credit for your real estate license without leaving your home or office and take it at any time that fits your schedule.

Three courses are available:

Environmental 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
Live web cam classes offer flexibility  

KREEF is now offering another great way to earn your CE and CORE with the addition of live web cam classes. These classes give the flexibility to work around your schedule and provide the following benefits: 

- You can take these courses in the comfort of your home or office.
- There are NO TESTS to pass.
- You do NOT need to belong to a board to attend.
- Morning, evening and Saturday CORE classes.
- Both one and three hour CE classes.

The December schedule is loaded with offerings so you have plenty of selection to get the annual requirement taken care of, even if you have to wait until last minute.

For more information or to register
LeadershipKAR Program - 2011  

Applications are now being accepted - deadline is December 31.

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. 

Find Out More Here

Home Ownership Matters - new tools available from NAR  

NAR recognizes the challenges facing REALTORS®. Through advocacy and outreach to lawmakers, consumers and the media, NAR is working to preserve this important American institution and provide REALTORS® with valuable information and tools to address client concerns.

To address recent media attacks of government support on home ownership, NAR has created a page that contains many items including stats/data, blog posts/articles and webinars.

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Affinity Partner Spotlight: HomeFeedback  

Automate the feedback gathering process from start to finish and provide your sellers with the information they seek with the help of HomeFeedback®. The program saves you countless hours every month by automatically following up with showing agents and their buyers after each showing.

As a KAR member, you can sign up for the Basic Showing Suite, which includes HomeFeedback®, Listing Sync and Showing Sync®, for only $12.95 per month for the first 12 months! Boost your productivity and improve client communication by signing up for a Basic Showing Suite account today!

Learn more or sign up here
KAR introduces webinar series  

As a way to reach members with timely information on a variety of topics, KAR is putting together a series of webinars. Initially, these webinars will focus on legal issues (the first of which has been posted online), however, our goal is to expand into other areas and have them available on the KAR website. At times, members may be able to participate in a live webinar and information will be sent when this option is available. A new webpage has been created to host the recorded webinars as well as a one-stop shop for other webinars available. Members and associations are encouraged to use these resources as they become available.

Visit the webinar page

NARdi Gras update  


The 2010 NAR Conference & Expo was held in November in New Orleans. Several KAR members and staff were on hand to gather information and lend their voices to the multitude of workshops and meetings. For a detailed report on what decisions were made at the NAR Board of Directors Meeting click below:

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7 trends that will drive housing in 2011  


The magazine editors at ProSalesOnline.com have identified seven trends they believe will have the biggest impact on housing in 2011.

1. Big builders are wringing the extras out of construction costs and dropping the national average cost-to-build 36 percent to $52 per square foot.

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How to negotiate effectively  

There is no shortage of expert opinion on how to negotiate, as a quick scan of any bookstore's shelves will reveal. Some of that advice is valuable, but much of it is simply not practical. Too often, what negotiation gurus are really saying is that you have to be a particular kind of person: thick-skinned and supremely confident, afraid of nothing, and with a big-picture mindset. The best bargainers, they say, focus on the issue itself and aren't distracted by the back-and-forth or the personalities at play.


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More buyers, more sales

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December 2010
In This Issue
MID: Call for Action
Online CE courses
Live web cam classes
Homeownership Matters
KAR Webinars
NARdi Gras update
7 trends
Negotiate effectively
30 under 30
Broker Involvement Program
KAR social networks
Online real estate license renewal - coming in 2011 

More details about the process will be printed in next month's newsletter and on the KAR website.
30 under 30 - be considered

REALTOR® Magazine features 30 rising young stars in the real estate industry. Applications for the 2011 class of "30 Under 30" are due by Jan. 15, 2011. Find out more about the qualifications and how to apply.

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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.

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