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Register now for the KAR Convention & Expo in NKY

Northern Kentucky Convention Center & Embassy Suites
Covington, KY
September 25 - 27

Online registration is open and attendees can register for the early-bird price of only $99 (a savings of over 35% from the last time the Convention was in NKY). Speakers include some of the top names in the industry (Jeff Turner and Doug Devitre) and there is ample networking options planned. For taking your business to the next level, this is the don't-miss event of the year.

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The Target: RPAC event is being held once again - darts are now available for purchase with the chance to win over $2,000 in cash and prizes by stepping in the "Money Machine." Find out more here.

NAR awarded damages for trademark violations

An Illinois federal court has determined that a website operator's willful violation of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® ("NAR") trademark rights entitled NAR to an injunction prohibiting any further infringing behavior as well as an award of $500,000 plus attorney's fees.

John Fothergill ("Broker") owned a real estate brokerage and was a member of NAR. In 2009, the Broker registered two domain names, listitonrealtor.com and listonrealtor.com. The Broker's website advertised that consumers could pay a flat fee to the Broker and have their listings appear on a number of websites, including . In addition, some of the Broker's communications appeared as though they were being sent by NAR.

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Flood insurance update (NFIP)

The House passed the compromise legislation that includes a 5-year flood insurance reauthorization, Highway legislation and student loan legislation. The bill passed by a vote of 373-52. The Senate has also just passed the same bill, by a vote of 74-19. The bill will now go to the President to be signed into law.

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FHA revokes controversial credit dispute rule

Top ways to sell your home in 2012

KY jobless rates down in 107 counties

4 insider tips for getting multiple offers

Americans see biggest home equity jump in 60 years

10 DIY projects to sell your home faster

Is housing turning around?

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KAR awards - nominations accepted

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

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

Any real estate licensee wishing to be considered for a four-year term as a Kentucky Real Estate Commissioner should contact KAR. An application and detailed requirements are available on the website or 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 6, 2012. Nominations can be sent to KAR, 161 Prosperous Place, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40509. Questions may be directed to susiehelm@kar.com or call 1-800-264-2185.

Nomination Form

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

LeadershipKAR - applications for leaders accepted 

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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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. 

Know the Code: Real Estate Ethics (counts as 6 hours CE)
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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.

Save up to 30% on UPS shipping


KAR members can save up to 30% off UPS Express air and international shipments. All this with the peace of mind that comes from using the carrier that delivers outstanding reliability, greater speed, more service, and innovative technology. UPS guarantees delivery of more packages around the world than anyone, and delivers more packages overnight on time in the US than any other carrier.

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®
* Up to 23% on UPS 2nd Day Air®
* Up to 10% on business services at The UPS Store®

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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!

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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.


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, 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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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.

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