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Are they hearing our voice?

The KAR Legislative & Business Meeting is coming up in a few short weeks and KAR wants to encourage all members to be involved and speak to state legislators about issues important to the real estate industry. 2011 will prove to be a critical time for identifying concerns and there are several opportunities built into the meetings with Wednesday as the big legislative day complete with hill visits to the capitol in the morning and the legislator reception in the evening. Surrounding these events are other great ways to get involved in the association for 2011 so check the schedule, find out more and register.

February 8 - 10

Capital Plaza Hotel
Frankfort, KY
Register online now - it's free and open to all KAR members!
Know someone interested in a real estate career?

Have them check into KREEF's pre-licensing program - a mix of online and classroom instruction that works well with a variety of schedules, even those who currently have full-time jobs. The course consists of 60 online hours and 36 classroom hours giving the student a chance to inteact with an instructor but also the flexibility to move through the course at their own pace.

The next scheduled classroom portion:
Lexington-Bluegrass Association
February 19 & 20, 26 & 27, March 5 & 6

Find out more online 

Code of Ethics: know the changes

The REALTOR® Code of Ethics is a dynamic, living document that guides our professional activities and our relationships with other practitioners. Here's a look at some of the changes for 2011 (do yourself a favor - become familiar with all the updates and stay out of harm's way):

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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's webinar series  

As a way to reach members with timely information on a variety of topics, KAR has put together a series of webinars. These webinars currently focus on legal issues (the first of which has been posted online). In 2011, several webinars are being scheduled (March, May, July and November) and more may be added. Notification will be sent to the membership once topics and exact dates/times are decided. You can also check the webinar page for other resources.

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3 questions to ask before buying a home

Use the following 3 questions (with answers) to help clients figure out whether or not right now is a good time to buy a home. Most people looking at buying are surely getting a lot of advice. And most of that advice is probably negative. Be prepared to explain the benefits of owning a home and if right now is the best time to make the move.

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10 reasons to buy now 

 

Owning a home has been a part of the American Dream for decades. If you are still unsure of some of the benefits to relay to your clients or whether or not homeownership is the move for you personally, be sure to read these ten reasons to buy.

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5 housing predictions for 2011 

 

Freddie Mac analysts point to five features that they believe will likely characterize the 2011 housing and mortgage markets.

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12 remodeling trends for 2011

 

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) conducted an exclusive poll of their top builders and developers and found that while most people are not starting major renovation projects due to the economy, now is the time to take care of the smaller jobs around your home.

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51 percent willing to own home 

 

A new study recently released by Fannie Mae finds that most Americans-both those who currently own their homes and those who rent-strongly aspire to own a home and to maintain homeownership, despite ongoing turmoil in the housing market. However, demographic trends such as fewer married couples and less families with children resulting in shrinking households-combined with financial caution among consumers-are contributing to an increased willingness to rent.

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More buyers, more sales

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3 things to consider when representing a buyer or seller

1. Always advise buyers to purchase an owner's title insurance policy.
2. When dealing with short sales or foreclosures, ask a professional to help you in negotiating with the lenders and/or drafting the contracts.
3. Ask the lender to use the title company that best suits the buyer in terms of price, convenience, location, services, etc.

Contact Limestone Title & Escrow for more information on the products and services offered - (502) 632-2277. 

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In This Issue
Legislative & Business Meeting
Pre-licensing
COE: know the changes
HomeFeedback
KAR Webinars
3 questions
10 reasons
5 predictions
12 trends
51 percent
30 under 30
KAR social networks
Online real estate license renewal for 2011 

ALL licensees will renew online in 2011 and do so individually. Brokers must register first, then individual licensees can renew. For more information, please contact KREC directly at 888.373.3300.
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
Program 
 
 
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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Save on your prescriptions 

KAR is providing a member benefit through a Rx drug card. As a member, you and your family & friends may be able to lower your prescription drug costs. Simply create and print your FREE Rx 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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