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Webinar: Mortgage Assistance Relief Services (MARS) - Impact of the new FTC rule & short sales

Wednesday, March 16 - 10am (EST)


Important Short Sale Information 


This quick webinar will review the new FTC rule that went into effect on January 31, 2011 as well as the necessary guidelines and disclosures that must be followed. There will be a Q&A session to follow. If you deal with short sales, this information will have an impact on the way you conduct business.

Register for the webinar (space is limited)

If you cannot attend or the webinar is full, a recorded version will be available here on Friday, March 18.

For more resources on the FTC rule and MARS, click here

e-PRO offers up-to-date technology training

with Terry Watson


This course will familiarize today's agents with the latest technology and social media tools to enhance business and help engage with customers and other real estate professionals.

Two locations: Madisonville (May 23) and Elizabethtown (May 24)

roup pricing is available for as low as $75 per person.
Already have e-PRO? Refresh your skills for $75.

Approved as elective credit for CRS, ABR, GRI, CIPS and RSPS. Pending CE credit. Call KAR (800.264.2185) for CE approval info.

Register or Learn More Here

GSE reform: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

The debate over how to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so-called government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), is heating up again. On Feb. 9, 2011 Congress launched its efforts to overhaul Fannie and Freddie with hearings; the same week the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Treasury Department released recommendations regarding GSE reform in the wake of the financial crisis.

NAR webpage for GSE reform
Treasury report to Congress
View the recent ad from NAR
Listen to the President's podcast

Federal budget, cuts made to programs


The fiscal year 2012 budget that the Obama administration released recently would pare back most housing and community development programs, including jobs-rich community development block grants, implement a planned hike in the annual FHA mortgage insurance premium, and even take a third stab at a twice-rejected proposal to trim the value of itemized deductions, including the mortgage interest deduction, available to upper-income households.

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KAR's Summer Business Meeting @ Barkley


June 15 - 17
Lake Barkley Resort
Cadiz, Kentucky
Free registration for all KAR members
Register Here

This meeting is a great chance to network with colleagues from across the state in a relaxed, casual atmosphere while learning more about the current real estate market and what the state association is doing for you. This meeting will be the most fun you'll have all year!

Room rates are $109.95/night, cottages are $219.95/night. Call 800.325.1708 or 270.924.1131 for reservations. Reference the KAR Summer Business Meeting.

Kentucky Open House Weekend - June 4 & 5


KAR is teaming up with associations across the country for one weekend of Nationwide Open Houses for the second consecutive year. The purpose is to encourage those who are thinking of buying a home to take advantage of unique home market factors and the affordability that Kentucky offers.

Be sure to include your open houses for that weekend on the MLS and in other promotions you are putting together! We'll be directing the public to our website and you can direct them to your listings on the MLS or personal sites as well. This is at no cost to you! KAR will be sending free balloons to your local association, available for you to tie to your open house signs as well as providing free graphics, flyers and ads to use in your marketing efforts.

Check the KAR website and your email for updates on this event.

Less is more with social media


As social marketers, real estate practitioners are taught that this business is a numbers game. The more people you meet, the better the chance that you'll get the call when someone needs help buying, selling, leasing, or managing a piece of property. So why would Todd Carpenter, NAR's social media manager, advocate getting rid of your "friends" on Facebook?

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50 quick blog tips 

If you haven't started a blog, consider it. If you have started a blog, here are a ton of quick tips that will help keep you focused on content and why you have a blog in the first place.


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10 tips to protect your home while on vacation 

With spring break approaching and the summer just around the corner (dare we say), many families are planning to get away for some much needed down time. Whether for you or one of your clients, here are some important things to remember...


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Buyers should analyze neighborhoods 

Five years ago, it was easy to tell a good neighborhood from a bad one. All you had to do was conduct a quick check on nearby schools and keep an eye out for hopelessly abandoned properties. If the schools were good and the homes well-kept, the neighborhood, was a keeper. Not so anymore...

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More buyers, more sales

Over 11.2 million real estate consumers
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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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GSE reform
Federal budget
Summer Business Meeting
Social media
Blog tips
10 website tips
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Online real estate license renewal

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.

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)

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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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REALTORŪ 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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