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NAR Board of Directors: Actions taken at Midyear


The NAR BOD met on May 19 at the recent Midyear Legislative Meetings in DC. Decisions were made on a variety of topics ranging from IDX to professional standards to MLS issues. Election results and awards were also announced.

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Also during the Midyear meeting, a rally was held to support homeownership. An estimated 13,600 REALTORS were in attendance, 12 members of Congress were present and 29 major media outlets turned out for this successful event.

Summer Business Meeting @ Barkley


June 15 - 17
Lake Barkley Resort
Cadiz, Kentucky
Free registration for all KAR members
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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. Just might be the most fun you'll have all year!

Rooms are limited so call now to reserve. 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.

For those attending - help raise RPAC funds by showcasing your talent at the REALTOR Idol talent show on Thursday night. Sing, juggle, bust-a-move, etc. - top vote getter is the champ. And there will also be another exclusive RPAC fundraiser held as well.
KAR Elections

KAR is seeking nominations for several leadership positions for 2013. Information regarding the openings, terms, voting information and the form are included at the link below. If you need additional information or would like to discuss, please contact Julie Johnson, Legal Affairs Director, at 800.264.2185 or at jjohnson@kar.com.

Nomination Form
Employer-Assisted Housing (EAH) Course
Tuesday, June 12 from 1-5
4 hours elective CE credit


Learn how to work with local employers to discuss employer-assisted housing (EAH), EAH's benefits and three options (homebuying workshops, one-on-one counseling and financial assistance) employers can implement to help their employees become homeowners or afford a home close to work.

A 3 hour law course will be held in the morning prior to the EAH course so attendees can fulfill their annual education requirements.

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GRI: The first step in the right direction


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 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 - Oct 15 & 16

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. 

Online:
Know the Code: Real Estate Ethics (counts as 6 hours 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:
* Up to 30% on UPS Next Day Air® and Worldwide Express®
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KHC's Home Buyer Tax Credit available to buyers  


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

May 2012
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NAR BOD Actions
Summer meeting
EAH Course
KAR blog
GRI schedule
Ethics
LeadershipKAR
KAR Awards
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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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