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Mortgage forgiveness gets one more year    


While there is still very little focus on the importance of this law, the fiscal cliff deal did extend its provisions for one more year. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act allows homeowners who received principal reductions or other forms of debt forgiveness to not pay taxes on the amount forgiven. The amount extends up to $2 million of debt forgiven on the homeowner's principal residence. For homeowner's to qualify, their debt must have been used to "buy, build, or substantially improve" their principal residence and be secured by that residence. The law, which was passed in 2007 with a 5 year sunset provision, will now be in effect until January 1, 2014.

Read more about the real estate provisions in new "fiscal cliff" bill. 

LeadershipKAR deadline extended to Thursday     


Were you on the fence about applying for the program? Good news: the deadline has been extended for another couple of days so get the application filled out and submitted by Thursday to be a part of the 2013 class. You can find out more about the program by visiting the website and seeing all great things this program can do for you personally and your real estate career.

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Legislative & Business Meeting in Frankfort  

Capital Plaza Hotel
Frankfort, KY
February 12-14
Learn more and register

The Kentucky Association of REALTORS®' Legislative & Business Meeting is your premier opportunity to:
> Meet & greet your state leaders
> Share your REALTOR® concerns directly with legislators
> Support legislation & issues important to real estate in KY
> Ensure policymakers hear your REALTOR® voice
> Increase the influence & clout of REALTORS® throughout KY

New for 2013! REALTOR Rally on Wednesday
On Wednesday, February 13, KAR is putting together more events so our members can have an even bigger voice with legislators in Frankfort:
     9am - REALTOR picture in front of the Kentucky State Capitol - all members are invited to attend - the more who show up, the more impact we will have.
     9:30am - REALTOR Rally in the Capitol Rotunda - KAR is putting together a list of speakers that will address issues in real estate. This will be a great opportunity to pack the Capital building with members to show our support for the real estate industry.
     10:30am - Hill Visits - each local association arranges visits with members of their delegation to voice their thoughts on issues important to the industry (please work with your local association to plan schedules). This is a great time to sit down in person with your legislator and let them know how important real estate is to the economy.

Members can purchase a REALTOR Rally t-shirt for a $15 (fair share) contribution to RPAC. Members are encouraged to wear these during Wednesday's REALTOR Rally at the Capitol. Shirts can be purchased by clicking here or visiting the website here. To guarantee your size, please have your order placed by Friday, January 25. 

Bylaws change proposed for KAR  


At the September 2012 meeting of the KAR Board of Directors, the Board passed a motion to amend the Bylaws. In accordance with the KAR Bylaws, the KAR membership votes on all amendments to the Bylaws and are given 30 days' notice prior to the vote.

View the Bylaws amendment here 

Apply for a KY REALTOR license plate 


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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Interested in running for political office?    


The REALTOR® Candidate Training Academy was developed to give REALTORS® interested in running for political office an introduction to and expectation of how to run a campaign. It is intended to give candidates a valuable head start in their political journeys, as well as information on how to run successful campaigns. This day-long program, held on Monday, February 11 in Frankfort prior to the Legislative and Business Meeting, will be run by two NAR provided facilitators, Chris Sinclair and Alastair Macaulay of Cornerstone Solutions. Chris and Alastair have 37 years of combined political experience.

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Code of Ethics hits 100

7 questions homeowners need to ask before remodeling

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30 Under 30: applications being accepted   

Deadline: January 15

Each June, REALTOR® Magazine features 30 rising young stars in the real estate industry, and every year hundreds of real estate practitioners apply to be one of the 30 honorees. It's a big honor and members selected receive tons of publicity. To be considered, please review the FAQ and rules listed on the NAR website.

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Discounts for insurance through GEICO: Get a quote   

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.

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.

January 2013
In This Issue
Mortgage forgiveness
Frankfort meeting
Bylaws changes
KY license plate
Candidate Training Academy
KAR blog
30 Under 30

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.


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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.

Learn more and enroll here (to enroll, click the "Join the Program" button on the left side)

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