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Join RPAC at Churchill Downs      

Wednesday, May 1, 11am - 6pm

Join RPAC for a day at the races! Watch the nation's finest horses compete at Churchill Downs from a luxurious First Turn Suite with upscale amenities. Members will enjoy a buffet lunch, open bar, and betting window inside this elegant, climate-controlled hospitality suite with panoramic windows, hardwood floors, granite counter tops, and several interior televisions with surround sound. Don't miss it! Secure your tickets TODAY! Members can purchase a ticket for a $250 contribution to RPAC.

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Agent dismissed from fair housing lawsuit


A Tampa, Fla., real estate professional has been dismissed from a complaint filed by a fair housing tester in November 2012, says National Association of REALTORS® General Counsel Laurie Janik. His case generated attention online and off this week after he posted an account of the resulting legal and financial complications on real estate social media site ActiveRain.

"What started out as blog post that I thought would get maybe 20 replies ended up blowing up and going viral," says Jeff Launiere, the practitioner originally named as the defendant in the lawsuit.

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GRI: Take your last class on us, audit discount       

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!

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CORE course available online - Save 20% now  

Also provides six (6) hours of law CE credit    

Save 20% when you register for limited time only
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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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KAR Awards - nominations accepted       


REALTOR® of the Year Award (Word version)
Deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2013

Distinguished Service Award
Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2013

Nat Sanders Education Award
Deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2013

REALTOR® Community Service Award
Deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2013

      KAR Summer Business Meeting      

Lake Barkley, Cadiz, KY
June 19 - 21, 2013
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Good Neighbor Awards - nominations open      

Deadline for entry is May 20     

The Good Neighbor program - now in its 14th year - recognizes REALTORS whose extraordinary commitment to community service has helped make their communities better places to live. In October, five winners will be announced and will be recognized at the 2013 REALTORS Conference & Expo in San Francisco. Five winners will receive a $10,000 grant for their community cause, travel expenses to the convention, and extensive publicity to benefit their cause. In addition to the winners, five honorable mentions will receive $2,500 grants. Eligible activities include any volunteer work that helps improve the quality of life in a community.  


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Online designations save you money in March        

Save 25% on the online BPOR certification course in March. This course is 8 hours and counts as 3 hours elective CE in Kentucky. Check out the details on how to become certified on the course page.

If you purchase the SRES online designation course in March, you will receive a $35 Amazon gift card. The course has been totally revised and will give you information to assist the 50+ market you serve. 


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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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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.

Win a chance to attend the 2014 NCAA Final Four


Watching the game is a blast, but it's better when it helps your business. If you win the UPS trip for four to the 2014 NCAA Final Four, you could take your colleagues on a much-needed break, or treat your favorite clients instead. Sign up now - the more you ship with UPS, the more chances you'll have to win.

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®

Sign up today

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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March 2013



In This Issue
Fair housing lawsuit
KAR blog
CORE course online
KAR awards
Summer meeting
Appraisal courses
KY license plate
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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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Nationwide Insurance
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