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Get your learn on! (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)

FHFA directs servicers to speed up short sales


The Federal Housing Finance Agency announced a new policy to speed up the process that mortgage servicers use to handle short sales, deeds-in-lieu, and deeds-for-lease for mortgages that are backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Give to Kentucky Disaster Relief 

Are you ready? 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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5 ways to increase open house traffic

GRI: The first step in the right direction


GRI 1 is approved for the ethics requirement due by Dec 1.

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 (ethics approved)
- 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

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:  

Report signals start of broad-based housing recovery

Kentucky job gains among nation's best

Foreclosures recede to 2007 levels but may not be over

5 housing trends this spring

Bank of America trims short sale timeline

Cancelling mortgage debt: what you need to know

6 tips to nail your next listing appointment

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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:
Ethics & Real Estate - Shelbyville, April 30 (3 hours elective CE)
GRI 1: Prof. in RE - Lexington, April 30 & May 1 (6 hours law CE)
click to register

Become a leader in real estate


Would you like to join the ranks of some of the most successful REALTORS® from around the state? You can by becoming part of the LeadershipKAR program, offered by the Kentucky Association of REALTORS® since 2002. Recognizing that leadership development is an essential element in the process of improving your Association and profession, KAR attempts to identify emerging REALTOR® leaders in the state, encourage them with motivational activities and assist in sharpening their leadership skills in the hope they will exert a strong positive influence on the future of the Association and profession. 

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KAR awards - nominations accepted


REALTOR® of the Year Award
Deadline: Tuesday, June 1, 2012

Distinguished Service Award
Deadline: Friday, June 8, 2012

Nat Sanders Education Award
Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2012

REALTOR® Community Service Award
Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2012

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.
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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:
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KHC offers down payment assistance programs to home buyers

  

Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC), in addition to low-rate mortgage loans, also offers different types of down payment assistance programs - or DAPs. These DAPs help home buyers with down payment and closing costs, and there are multiple types of assistance available.

Even better, first-time home buyers (and some repeat buyers in targeted counties) can still get a tax credit through KHC! 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 all KHC offers, 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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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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Nationwide Insurance
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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.

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