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KAR Annual Convention & Expo  
September 24-26 
Galt House, Louisville, KY 
Registration is now open
Save $30 when you register by July 31 (registration only $99) and you will be entered into a drawing to win your registration free.
All attendees will have the chance to walk away with $500 cash in the door prize drawing. Great speakers, entertainment and networking for a very low price. If you haven't attended in the past, this is the year to reconsider.

KAR names McCLary to CEO post   


After a nationwide search, Joseph McClary has been appointed the new CEO of KAR, effective July 22, 2013. McClary comes to KAR after more than a decade of service to the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO). He first served ARELLO as its Director of Education, Technology and Special Projects before promotion to Chief Operations Officer. During his tenure with ARELLO, McClary directed ARELLO's international real estate education certification programs that required governmental affairs responsibility along with substantial education and technology skills. McClary's work at ARELLO also involved overseeing exponential growth in a number of successful member service programs including: the international real estate licensee and disciplinary action databases, ARELLO Timeshare Registry, International Distance Education Certification Center, Certified Distance Education Instructor Program and Real Estate Education Content Certification Program. Prior to employment with ARELLO, McClary worked for eight years as an administrative and technology consultant for the Alabama Association of REALTORS®.

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Supreme Court rules in favor of property rights    


In a week filled with rulings that received more attention, the Supreme Court also handed down a decision in Koontz vs.St Johns River Water Management District, a multi-decade legal saga over property rights and construction permitting that has implications for environmentalists and sustainable development programs across the country.

Bottom line: property owners won this one.

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KentuckyHomesMatter.com - new tax education website launched  


As Kentucky continues to fight budget issues, KAR has taken a proactive approach to educating members, consumers and legislators on why home ownership is important to Kentucky. The focus begins on protecting crucial tax benefits for home ownership and keeping sales tax on services from being placed on the transfer of property. If you want to learn more, the website includes information as well as a downloadable flyer.

Visit the website 

From the KAR blog:    


For the latest headlines, click here (there are hundreds to view) or check out some of the most popular posts below:

Call for Action: Tax reform should do no harm

The return of the 10 percent down payment

5 signs you're really ready for home ownership?

Housing market picks up steam

Your cost for waiting to buy a home: $46,000 in mortgage interest

7 top producer tips for summer success

Three compelling reasons why your buyers should buy...now

Subscribe: You can subscribe to receive daily updates by clicking the links on the right hand side of the blog home page. Guaranteed at least one new post daily.

Ninja Selling

Monday, September 23
Galt House Hotel
Louisville, Kentucky
10am - 6:30pm EST
Instructor: Mike Selvaggio

Group pricing:
1 person - $150
2 - 4 people - $125 each
5 or more - $100 each
Current CRS and/or GRI designees - $75
Approved for CRS and GRI elective credit and pending CE credit
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Don't wait, apply now - KY REALTOR license plate 

Now accepting credit card payment with registration 

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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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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KAR Awards - nominations accepted       


Nat Sanders Education Award

Deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2013

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

GRI: Get a freebie, audit discount offered      

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.

August 14 & 15 - GRI 5: Systems for Success - London, KY
September 5 & 6 - GRI 1: Professionalism in RE - Louisville, KY
September 23 - GRI Elective: Ninja Selling - Louisville, KY
November 14 & 15 - GRI 5: Systems for Success - Louisville, KY

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

Course Descriptions

Instructor Bios

Learn more or register for GRI courses

GRI/CRS Elective Course - Ninja Selling - September 23

CIPS course bundles - Save up to 25%   

Offer good through July 31.

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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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.

KHC offers Conventional No MI Program     


Wouldn't your clients love to have up to another $1,000 a year? With the exclusive Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) Conventional No Mortgage Insurance Program (No MI), they can!

KHC's No MI comes just as the Federal Housing Administration raised the monthly Mortgage Insurance Premium factors. This program enables eligible borrowers to go up to 97 percent of purchase price without having to pay upfront or monthly mortgage insurance. Based on a purchase price of $125,000, this could mean a savings of up to $1,000 a year!* Borrowers will have access to KHC's Down payment Assistance Programs, as well! For full details and terms, visit KHC's Web site, under Lenders/Realtors, Lender Services, Conventional No MI Program.


*Terms and conditions apply. Please visit KHC's Web site for full details.  


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July 2013


In This Issue
KAR Convention
KAR blog
Ninja Selling
KAR awards
Broker Involvement Program
OK disaster relief
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KREC Meeting

KREC is having the July Commission Meeting in Lexington on July 25. It will be at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Salon D. Although all meetings are open, many licensees never get a chance to make it to a Commission Meeting - this is your opportunity.

KREC Commissioner

Any real estate licensee wishing to be considered for a 4-year term as a Kentucky Real Estate Commissioner, click here. 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 9. Call with questions 800-264-2185.
Broker Involvement Program 
Chance to win an iPad

Get involved in a program that will boost Kentucky's Call-for-Action response rates and you have a chance to win an iPad.

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.

 Learn more and enroll

2013 RPAC Totals

What to know where your association stands in RPAC giving for the year, what your annual goal is or how you compare to the rest of the state? Check out the chart here.

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.  


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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Register for this free service and give first responders the information they want to have in the event of an emergency. This information is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker when you call - providing information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location.

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