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FTC rules on MARS

On Friday, July 15, the FTC announced that it will not enforce provisions of the MARS rule against real estate professionals. For several months NAR has been working with the Federal Trade Commission to minimize the potential impact on real estate professionals who assist financially distressed clients who obtain short sales. On July 7, 2011 NAR President Ron Phipps met with FTC Commissioner Jon Leibowitz to further highlight the importance of this issue to REALTORS®. This is a substantial victory for REALTORS®.

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KAR Annual Convention & Expo - Save $40 by 7/31

September 27 - 29
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa
Lexington, KY
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Register by July 31 for the early-bird rate of only $89 (that's a savings of $40) and be entered to win a pocket video camera - the Kodak Zi8. Attendees will also have a chance to win an iPad2. The website has all the information you need to get signed up for this year's event. 

Speakers include Dave Mitchell (keynote), Gee Dunsten, Cindy Chandler, Dan Green and others. Topics will cover sales strategies, legal issues, mortgages/financing, commercial, personal safety, website building, social networking and even an e-PRO course! New for this year, we will be holding an Unconference on Wednesday for top-of-mind topics that are most popular to those in attendance. And don't forget about the social events on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Just added: Monday, September 26, KAR members, guests and family will be meeting up for a friendly round of golf at Marriott's Griffin Gate Golf Course, a Rees Jones designed course located at the hotel. Other days, special rates are being offered to attendees. For tee times, rates and other details, click here.

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e-PRO: Tech training to stay ahead

This is the only classroom course offered in KY for 2011

Sign up now! 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. 

September 27
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa
Lexington, KY
Dan Green, Instructor
This course will be held during the Convention, however, you do not have to attend Convention to take this course.

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

Approved as 3 hour CE elective credit and elective credit for CRS, ABR, GRI, CIPS and RSPS. Call KAR (800.264.2185) for more info.

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2011 KREC nominations


Any real estate licensee wishing to be considered for a 4-year term as a Kentucky Real Estate Commissioner should contact KAR. An application and detailed requirements are available at www.kar.com and by mail. To qualify, one must have been a resident of Kentucky for 10 years and have held a Kentucky real estate license for 10 years. Deadline for submission is August 5, 2011 to KAR, 161 Prosperous Place, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40509. Questions may be directed to susiehelm@kar.com or call 800.264.2185.

Nomination Form

2012 KAR election information

Deadline: September 2, 2011

Positions open: President-elect, Treasurer-elect, At-large Director (3), At-large Delegate (3), Region Director (for Regions 1,3,5) and NAR Director.

To apply for any of the available positions, fill out an application and submit to KAR. Qualifications and descriptions of each of the positions and complete instructions is included in the application packet. Elections will be held in September at the KAR Annual Convention & Expo in Lexington.

Nomination Form

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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KAR Awards 

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Deadline: August 15

Community Service Award
Deadline: August 15

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