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Disaster Relief for Kentucky - a special message 


The recent storms that tore through the state have made hundreds, if not thousands, of Kentuckians homeless. I'm writing today to ask for your help so that we can do what REALTORS® do best, build communities.

The Kentucky Association of REALTORS® has partnered with the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Foundation (RRF) to fund and administer a housing assistance program to people who were affected by the storms. The RRF and KAR have jump started the donation relief effort, but we need everyone in the REALTOR® family to pitch in.

Many homeowners and renters have lost everything due to the storms' destruction. Adding insult to injury, people will be obligated to make mortgage payments on homes that no longer exist or will not be habitable again for many months, while at the same time paying for temporary housing. Please click here to read more about these efforts, the relief program or to give.

Gratefully,
Ann McDonald, KAR President

KAR Broker Summit - the only one in KY


Monday, April 23
Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS Office
Louisville, Kentucky
Register here

Price - $89 (before 4/9), $125 (after 4/9)
(includes lunch, refreshments and materials needed)
Limited seating available, pending 3 hours law CE
 
Featured Speaker: Oliver Frascona
Watch Oliver in actionOliver E. Frascona practices in areas that include real estate, brokerage law, contracts, finance, land use, leasing, real estate title, business law, association law, and litigation. Frascona is also a REALTOR®, author, speaker who presents almost daily on agency, ethics, financing, legal risk reduction and professional standards education. Oliver's the entertaining, can't-miss, makes-you-remember-his seminar kind of speaker that every REALTOR® will enjoy listening to. You will be sure to walk away with ideas that can be implemented in your business immediately and ways to reduce you and your agents' risk.

Other topics being covered include E&O insurance, financing/mortgage, legal issues, technology, KY's economic climate and industry updates at the state and national levels. The day will be filled with take-aways that you can implement at your office and share with your agents immediately!

Get tools to help your business prosper (May 10)


CRSSilver Bullet Solutions (CRS 1-Day):
Thursday, May 10
CRS & GRI elective, 3 hours elective CE credit
REALTOR® Assoc. of SKY Board Office
180 W. Professional Park Ct.
Bowling Green, KY 42104
9am - 5:30pm (CST)
Instructor: Michael Selvaggio
Early-bird rate: $99 (before April 26)
After April 26 or walk-in rate: $129
Register Now (and learn more)

GRI: Learn more, earn more


GRI is the only designation you don't have to pay or renew to keep. Based on 2011 survey data, the median income of REALTORS without a designation was $26,900 and the median income of those with at least one designation was $49,300. A difference of $22,400. Need another reason to earn the designation - all GRI courses count towards CE. A change for this year is the GRI specific electives will not be offered, however, any NAR certification or designation course hours - online or classroom - will count as GRI elective hours, call KAR for more info 800.264.2185.

GRI courses

- GRI 1: Professionalism in RE - April 30 & May 1
- GRI 2: Smart Marketing - Nov 1 & 2
- GRI 3: Financing the Successful Transaction - Sept 6 & 7
- GRI 4: From Offer to Contract to Closing - Oct 24 & 25
- GRI 5: Systems for Success - May 23 & 24

Find out more and register

This is the year for ethics, due by Dec. 31


REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training for the current cycle running January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2012. Failure to complete the required ethics training will be considered a violation of a membership duty and could result in membership suspension or termination. REALTOR® members can verify ethics completion by checking with their primary local association and should notify the primary local association when their requirement is completed.

There are several options offered by KREEF to satisfy the requirement and more may be added:

Online:
Know the Code: Real Estate Ethics (counts as 6 hours CE)
click to register

Classroom:
Code of Ethics vs. License Law - Cadiz (counts as 3 hours law CE)
Ethics & Real Estate - Shelbyville (counts as 3 hours elective CE)
click to register

NAR committee appointments for 2013


The period for making recommendations online for 2013 NAR committees is open. Submit recommendations for yourself or other members until the deadline on Friday, May 25.

Sign up or find out more here

Need referrals? Advertise in the KY REALTOR Magazine


New for KAR members, the chance to advertise in the only state-wide real estate publication is now available. Limited space is available so act now to be included. Pricing is affordable. To learn more, email hcooper@kar.com, call 800.264.2185 or click here.

From the KAR blog:

  

For the latest headlines, click here (there are hundreds to view) or check out some of the most popular posts below:  

Disclosure for brokers and agency agreements

How to safeguard your online reputation

5 ways to fight a low appraisal

Negotiating: 6 keys to masterful deal making

5 tips for using Facebook in real estate

Commercial real estate steps it up

Subscribe: You can subscribe to receive daily updates by clicking the links on the right hand side of the blog home page. Guaranteed at least one new post daily.

Nationwide Open House - April 28 & 29

  

KAR is teaming up with associations across the country for the third annual Nationwide Open House weekend. The purpose is to encourage those who are thinking of buying a home to take advantage of unique home market factors including low interest rates, good selection of inventory and Kentucky's low cost of homeownership. REALTORS® should also take this opportunity to educate potential home buyers on the benefits of homeownership.

Promotional materials including logos, press releases, talking points and more can be found on the website.

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Members currently enrolled in the UPS Savings Program must re-enroll to take advantage of this new exclusive offer.

KAR members can save:
* Up to 30% on UPS Next Day Air® and Worldwide Express®
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Sign up today

Do you have clients that wish they still had access to the Home Buyer Tax Credit?

  

With Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) they still do!

 

KHC's Home Buyer Tax Credit is available through a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC), which reduces the amount of federal income tax paid by a homeowner, giving them more available income to qualify for a mortgage loan. The tax credit is effective for the life of the loan, as long as the homeowner lives in the home! Home buyers must use an MCC-approved lender.

 

To learn more about the KHC Home Buyer Tax Credit, as well as all the other programs offered by KHC, visit KHC's website. You can stay up-to-date on all KHC news, events, and products through KHC's eGram service. Register today!

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Disaster relief
KAR Broker Summit
CRS course
GRI schedule
NAR committees
Advertise
KAR blog
Open House
KHC
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KAR social networks

KAR Affinity Partners 


UPS (New Program) 

KAR members can save up to 30% on UPS shipping. Members currently enrolled in the UPS Savings Program must re-enroll to take advantage of this new exclusive offer.

 

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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, 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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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)

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