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CORE course now available online - don't wait 

Also provides six (6) hours of law CE credit    

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The CORE course is a six-hour continuing education course covering federal, state and common laws relating to real estate as well as recent license law updates that impact your license renewal and real estate practice. This course is required every four (4) years by all Kentucky licensees. Taking six hours of law and/or regular continuing education classes or a pre-license course will not substitute for this requirement. Please refer to the KREC website if you have further questions about this requirement or when it is due.

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Actions from the KAR BOD Meeting      

Legislative & Business Meeting in Frankfort      

The meetings in Frankfort this past week took a different twist for KAR members as a new agenda was in play for the Hill Visits and many of the committee meetings. Speakers discussed issues important to the legislative process including results from a recent survey regarding tax reform in Kentucky, national mortgage settlement details, tax structure analysis and an update from KAR's new lobbying firm McCarthy Strategic Solutions. On Wednesday, KAR members participated a huge group photo in the Capitol, a Rally in the Capitol Rotunda with Rep. Thompson, Rep. Rand and Sen. Thayer, Hill Visits with legislators and a post-Hill Debriefing session where each region shared the outcomes of the discussions with legislators. The entire meeting was legislatively focused and brought with it much impact from members in attendance. The REALTOR voice was heard.

The following action was taken at the Thursday BOD meeting:  

  • Approved to hold the 2015 KAR Summer Meeting at Lake Barkley.
  • Approved KAR to become a Crystal R contributor by making a $2,500 contribution to NAR RPAC/PAF for 2013.
  • Approved the EVP search committee to spend up to $30,000 to hire a search firm to locate EVP candidates for KAR. Funds to include travel of candidates, mileage and reasonable expenses, consultant fees adn relocation expenses. The EVP search committee is Linda Moore (chair), Jim DeMaio, Toshie Murrell, Lemont Breland, Brad DeVries, Lisa Presley, Mary Anne Simmons, Nelson Rennekamp and Barbara Flannery.
  • Steve Cline was elected as a KAR At-Large Delegate.
  • Approved the appointment of a committee responsible for oversight of the Jess and Carolyn Kinman Award as follows: The committee shall be comprised of one representative from each KAR Region appointed by the KAR President-elect, and additional members comprised of the Government Affairs Committee Chairman and the RPAC Chairman and the Immediate Past Chairman. Chairman and Vice Chairman elected from the committee. Jim Sewell to serve as the first committee Chairman in 2014.
  • Approved changes to the KAR Policies & Procedures under Part Four: Delegates, Section 3. Distribution of Minutes and Part Four: Delegates, Section 2. Duties, Number 5. To view the Policies & Procedures, click here.
  • Approved change to the KAR Bylaws (during the membership meeting) under Article VII: Officers, Section 2. Qualifications for officer. To view the Bylaws, click here.
  • Approved a proposed change to the KAR Bylaws under Article V: Delegate Body, Section 4. In accordance with the KAR Bylaws, the KAR membership votes on all amendments to the Bylaws and are given at least 30 days notice prior to the vote. To view the amendment, click here.

    Information items:
  • NAR policy now requires that mediation services be offered upon receipt of a request for arbitration from members or general public. 
  • Member services committee is undertaking a comprehensive survey of the membership.  

Click here to view pictures from the Frankfort meeting. 

GRI Update: Take Your Last Class On Us       

KREEF offers rebate when program is completed      

That's right, if you complete your GRI designation by the end of 2014, no matter how many courses you have left to take, KREEF will reimburse you the cost of your last GRI course* (1 through 5). Even if you only have one course left to complete the program, you qualify. When you send in your completed GRI application, KREEF will send you a rebate on your last course. Call 800.264.2185 for details. *Rebate equal to the early-bird registration price.

Also, if you currently hold a GRI designation, you can audit any of the GRI courses (1 through 5) for only $50. By auditing a course, you not only receive updated information to help in your business, you also receive the continuing education credit associated with the course. It's a win-win!

GRI Course Schedule

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Nationwide Open House is back for 2013      

April 20 & 21, 2013

KAR is once again teaming up with associations across the country for one weekend of Nationwide Open Houses. 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.

KAR has several resources available on the website for local associations and members to use.


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Appraisal courses now being offered online      

KREEF is now offering online appraisal courses through McKissock Online Education. These courses include the USPAP course as well as a selection of over 20 elective courses needed to complete the annual training requirements.

The classes are approved by the Appraisal Qualifying Board (AQB) and also approved for Continuing Education by the Kentucky Real Estate Appraisers Board.

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March 1 deadline for COE completion     

Members who did not complete their Code of Ethics training requirements before the end of 2012 have until March 1 to complete training before their REALTOR membership is automatically terminated. Don't let that happen to you.

Online Course:
Know the Code: Real Estate Ethics
- counts as 6 CE hours (3 hours law credit & 3 hours elective credit) 
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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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GEICO insurance discounts: 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.


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CRES announces a $1 mil/$1 mil E&O policy starting at $93 for the year     


CRES Insurance Services, one of the largest writers of Realtor E&O in the U.S., has reduced their costs for Kentucky Realtors. Agents and Brokers are eligible for their plans, which start at $80 for the minimum $100k/$1 mil policy or $93 for a $1 mil/$1 mil policy, both with a $0 deductible.

CRES offers "A" rated, admitted policies just like the group plan. However, they give big discounts for being claims free. Also, Brokers can save money with their low priced Firm coverage that allows agents to purchase policies from any approved Kentucky E&O company. According to Steve Sargenti, CEO at CRES, "We became the largest writer of real estate E&O in California by backing low prices with great, personal service. We are going to do the same in Kentucky." Click here for a quote, or to buy online or call them at (800) 880-2747.


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February 2013



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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.

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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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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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