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GRI designation now an elective for ABR

Start on your designation journey today

To become an ABR you must complete one core course - the ABR® Designation Course - and one elective option. The newest addition to the list of ABR electives is the GRI (Graduate, REALTOR Institute) Designation. GRI Designees study new technology, laws, and procedures in order to continuously evolve and meet the needs of the increasing sophistication of buyers and sellers. This course ensures real estate practitioners can perform at an ever-increasing level of professionalism. Courses are enrolling and very affordable.

Upcoming GRI Courses: (each course counts for CE)

Aug 25 & 26: GRI 2 - Smart Marketing (Cadiz)
Sept 1 & 2: GRI 1 - Professionalism in Real Estate (Eastern KY)
Sept 13 & 14: GRI 3 - Financing the Successful Trans. (Owensboro)
Oct 25 & 26: GRI 5 - Systems for Success (Northern KY)

Click here to learn more about the benefits of GRI and to see the approved CE for each class.

KAR Annual Convention & Expo
Save $40 by 8/15 (extended early-bird deadline)

September 27 - 29
Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa
Lexington, KY
Register Now

Register by August 15 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. 

Over 20 hours of CE available!

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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Know someone perfect for real estate

This online and classroom 96 hour salesperson pre-license course is approved by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC). Cost: $550. There will be 60 credit hours completed online and 36 credit hours completed in a classroom setting. Below, please find a list of course dates in your area. Both the 60 credit online hours and the 36 classroom hours equal a total of the required 96 course hours.

Upcoming dates:

Florence, KY
Date: August 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
Location: Northern Kentucky Association of REALTORS® 
Time: 9am - 4pm daily

Lexington, KY
Date: Oct. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
Location: Lexington-Bluegrass Assn of REALTORS®
Time: 9am - 4pm daily

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KAR Bylaws changes


The proposed Bylaws amendments below will be voted on by the general membership of KAR at the membership meeting to be held in Lexington, Kentucky on Thursday, September 29, 2011.

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ARTICLE II: Mission Statement
KAR The Kentucky Association of REALTORS® exists to support and enhance the ability of local boards and local associations of REALTORS® and their REALTOR® members to succeed in their businesses in an ethical and competent manner and, through a united voice, preserve and protect real property rights.


Section 2.  Qualifications for officers (other than Executive Vice President) are as follows:

(A)              Having a principal office in Kentucky;

(B)              Having been a member of KAR for a minimum of seven (7) years immediately preceding election; (Section Revised 10-01-09)

(C)              Having been a director for two (2) or more of the previous five (5) calendar years; (Revised 9/23/04)

(D)              Having served as a member of no less than two of the following committees: Bylaws, Audit, Strategic Plan, Government Affairs, Legal Affairs/Risk Reduction, or KREEF Trustee within the previous seven (7) years; (Section Added 10-01-09)

(E)               Having served as a member for at least one (1) year on the Finance Committee within the previous seven (7) years; and (Section Added 10-01-09)

(F)               Not concurrently holding the office of president in any Member Board or Association.

To qualify as a year of committee service under this Section, a committee member must attend a majority of the committee's meetings for any given calendar year of service.

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

KAR Director at-Large vacancy

Deadline: September 2, 2011

With the resignation of Paul Fox, Northern KY, a Director at-Large position will be open. The term runs through December 31, 2012. Interested candidates should complete the nomination form and return it to KAR by the deadline. The KAR delegate body will vote to fill this vacancy on Wednesday, September 28 prior to the Board of Directors meeting at Convention.

Nomination Form

3 things to consider when representing a buyer or seller

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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.

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KAR Awards 

Nat Sanders Education Award
Deadline: August 15

Community Service Award
Deadline: August 15

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Purchase a dart for $50 or buy more than one for a shot to pop the balloon with the "Grand Prize" - a $2,000 Visa Card. You do not have to be present to win - designate a "thrower" for your darts.

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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 Affinity Partners 

Showing Suite
Get feedback on your listings, improve communication with your sellers, and set yourself apart from your competition with HomeFeedback®.

Drug Card

As a member, you and your family & friends may be able to lower your prescription drug costs.

Nationwide Insurance
Offering you a special insurance program that could save you up to $500 with special rates on your auto policy.

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Deepest Sympathies 

Fred Warren Brown, Jr., of Mt. Sterling, KY, formerly of Morehead, passed away Thursday, July 21. He was a member of the Cave Run Association and REALTOR with the C. Roger Lewis Agency.

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