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Apply now for the 2013 class of LeadershipKAR  


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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Broker liable for NOT disclosing property contamination

  

A Michigan court has considered whether a listing broker had a duty to disclose to buyers that a property had a chemical contamination problem, when the property's marketing materials represented that the pollution had been remediated.

Frank and Tonya Alfieri ("Buyers") entered into an agreement to purchase a condominium built in an abandoned factory that had a history of trichloroethylene contamination ("Contamination"). During the building of the condos, the developer had installed a vapor barrier because of the Contamination but the property was never properly remediated. Newspaper articles and the development's marketing materials suggested that the property was no longer contaminated.

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KY REALTOR license plate approved

  

KAR received approval from the state to produce an official KY specialty license plate. To start production, KAR needs to have 900 applications and fees collected. This is your chance to show off your REALTOR pride and support the real estate industry. If you want to learn more or have an interest in having your own plate, check out the instructions on the webpage.

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KAR volunteers - we need your help 


Volunteers are the backbone of the Association and the glue that holds it together. Consider serving on a committee - it allows you to be a part of the decision making process, it acquaints you with changes in the law, it involves you in educational opportunities. Being involved also gives you input into the structure and future of the Association and gives you the privilege of working with other members you may not know. If you would like to serve on a KAR Committee, please complete and return the form.

Leadership Conference

  

KAR's 2013 Leadership Conference
Louisville Marriott East
Louisville, Kentucky
November 29 - 30
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The 2013 Leadership Conference is open to the following members:
- Local association presidents and president-elects
- KAR board of directors and delegate body
- KAR committee chairs and vice chairs
- KREEF Trustees
- RPAC Trustees
- Local association executives and secretaries

Conference schedule
   

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5 steps to reconnecting with past clients

Kentucky's jobless rate falls

Beware of value-killing renovations

Craigslist sees fraudulent rentals popping up

16 ways to keep your seller happy

Housing starts hit 4-year high in September

Flopping is latest tactic in mortgage fraud

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GEICO: the newest KAR affinity partner  


KAR and GEICO are working together to bring exclusive savings to members. Contact GEICO for a free quote on auto, homeowners, renters and motorcycle insurance to see how much you could be saving. And don't forget to mention your KAR affiliation, you could qualify for an exclusive member savings opportunity. Visit the link below for an online quote or call 1-800-368-2734 for your free rate quote by phone.

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November is Designation Awareness Month  

Save 20% on online courses

Starting November 1 through the end of the month, NAR is offering a 20% discount on all online designation and certification courses. Several of the online designation and certification courses count for 3 hours of Kentucky CE credit. These courses also count as GRI elective credit and may count towards more than one certification and/or designation. Prices vary from course to course.

These courses count for KY CE credit:
- At Home With Diversity
- BPOs: The Agent's Role in the Valuation Process
- e-PRO Certfication Program: Day 1/Day 2 Bundle
- Real Estate Marketing Reboot: Innovate > Relate > Differentiate
- RPR: Real-Time Data, Maket Knowledge, Informed Consumers
- SRES: Seniors Real Estate Specialist

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(click the blue box that says "Kentucky Continuing Education")

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 2: Smart Marketing - Nov 1 & 2

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 (also counts as 6 hours CE)
click to register
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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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Neighborhood DAP from KHC    

 

Do you have clients interested in purchasing a property in foreclosure or a home that has been on the market for six months or more? Then they may be eligible for a new financing option from Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC)!

The Neighborhood Down Payment Assistance Program (Neighborhood DAP) is funded through $3 million KHC received from the National Mortgage Foreclosure Settlement, and offers a new mortgage program for down payment and closing costs assistance. Neighborhood DAP provides a repayable second mortgage up to $10,000, with an interest rate of 1 percent for 30 years. The home buyer's income must be less than $124,775 and other terms and conditions apply.

Hurry, because once the funds are gone, the program ends! To find out more, visit here. A Neighborhood DAP customizable flier is available here.

October 2012
KHC
In This Issue
LeadershipKAR
Broker liable
KY license plate
Volunteers needed
Leadership Conference
KAR blog
GEICO
Designation month
GRI schedule
Ethics
KAR social networks

KAR Photos  


Check out the latest photos from past events, including the recent Convention, here.

RPAC 


Raised through 10/26/12
$145,133

 
2012 Goal

$133,530  


REALTORS® have the chance to come together and become one voice on the local, state, and national level.  

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.

KAR Affinity Partners 


GEICO (New Program) 

Contact GEICO for a free quote on insurance to see how much you could be saving. And don't forget to mention your KAR affiliation, you could qualify for an exclusive member savings opportunity.  


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.

 

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

Program 

 
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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