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|REALTORS RELIEF FOUNDATION|
The National Association of REALTORS, in coordination with the New York State and Staten Island Board of REALTORS, has a charitable foundation to provide housing-related relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy.
This is a REALTOR-only program. If you have been affected, please complete the application found here: http://siborrealtors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/REALTORS-RELIEF-FOUNDATION-application.pdf or click here
This program is designed to provide assistance with monthly mortgage expenses for homes damaged by the hurricane or with the cost of temporary shelter if you have been displaced.
Applicants must attach all requested supporting documentation. Incomplete forms will only delay checks being cut. PLEASE provide accurate contact information and sign the form.
You can return the completed application directly to NYSAR at:
Attn: Hurricane Relief
130 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12210
or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
NYSAR Triple Play
Last week I attended NYSAR's Triple Play REALTOR Convention & Trade Expo in Atlantic City, with over seven thousand REALTORS, brokers, appraisers, and other real estate professionals.
SIBOR and the Brooklyn Board of Realtors jointly hosted a Cocktail Reception on December 5th. Over 200 Realtors from Brooklyn, SI and other locales networked and had a great time.
As a member of SIBOR for the past 30 years, I have witnessed first-hand the generosity of the Realtor community. During this Holiday season fellow realtors, their families and friends, have once again come together to support some of the neediest in our community, our seniors.
For the past 11 years, the SIBOR Adopt-A-Senior program coordinated by Annmarie Izzo has delivered gifts to over 500 Seniors annually at 10 Staten Island nursing facilities.
SIBOR Holiday Party
One of the highlights of the SIBOR year is the Holiday Party, which this year will benefit Hurricane Sandy victims through the Stephen Siller "Tunnel to Towers" Foundation. The Holiday Party will take place on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7PM, at the Hilton Garden Inn. With over 400 tickets sold, there are still a few seats available.
Chairman Laird Klein has put together an exciting evening of food, wine and dancing. You can enter to win gifts such as a TV, iPad Mini, gift cards, sports tickets, show tickets and much more...
Time is running out. If you haven't yet purchased your tickets, please contact Annmarie 718-928-3223.
Please also remember to bring Your Unwrapped Toy for "Community Health Action" Kids.
We also hope to see everyone at the 2013 Installation honoring our incoming 2013 President Traci A. Cangiano and the newly elected SIBOR Officers and Directors on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at the Grand Oaks Country Club at 6PM. Please come out to enjoy the event and support your fellow members. Contact Annmarie 718-928-3223 or email email@example.com for reservation.
Deadline for Gifts is December 10, 2012
NAR CODE OF ETHICS-MANDATORY
ETHICS TRAINING - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES HELD AT SIBOR
Don't wait until the 11th hour.
Ethics training must be completed by December 31st, 2012.
REALTORS« must complete Ethics training every four years to maintain their membership.
Members must register on the IMS site for SIBOR Ethics classes.
An online training course at REALTOR.org also fulfills the requirement and is free of charge.
Classes listed below will be the only classes to be held at SIBOR
OR122712 12/27/12 10AM-1PM
OR12272 12/27/12 6PM-9PM
MARK THE DATE
12/10 Adopt-A-Senior, Gift deadline
12/14-21 Adopt-A-Senior, Gift distribution
12/13 Holiday Party, 7PM, Hilton Garden Inn
12/25 Christmas, SIBOR closed
January - 2013
1/1 New Year, SIBOR closed
1/8 Breakfast of Knowledge-Broker/Agent Roundtable
1/9 MIXER, , 5Pm-7PM, TBA
1/17 Installation, Grand Oaks Country Club
|SIBOR MLS TRAINING|
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|NAR HOUSING STATS|
PENDING HOME SALES
Pending home sales rose strongly in October with mixed regional results, according to the National Association of Realtors«.
The Pending Home Sales Index,a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 5.2 percent to 104.8 in October from an upwardly revised 99.6 in September and is 13.2 percent above October 2011 when it was 92.6. The data reflect contracts but not closings.
Lawrence Yun , NAR chief economist, said buyers are responding to favorable market conditions. "We've had very good housing affordability conditions for quite some time, but we're seeing more impact now from steady job creation, and rising consumer confidence about home buying now that home prices have clearly turned positive."
Article courtesy of The National Association of REALTORS«
EPA AUDITS ON THE RISE
BROKER NONCOMPLIANCE WITH LEAD PAINT DISCLOSURE RULES
It has come to the attention of many in the real estate brokerage community that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stepped up its audits of brokerage firms with the result of the imposition of excessive monetary fines when finding non-compliance.
The Real Estate Notification and Disclosure Rule for Lead-Based Paint (Disclosure Rule), codified at 40 CFR Part 745, Subpart F, requires the agent/seller/lessor, for the purpose of selling or leasing housing built prior to 1978 (target housing), to disclose to the potential purchaser or tenant the existence of any lead based paint or lead -based paint hazards in the target housing.
Failure to comply with the Disclosure Rule results in the imposition of civil penalties of up to $16,000.00 per violation. The EPA investigator will request a review of several of pending and/or closed files in order to assess the number of violations which will result in separate monetary penalties.
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Article courtesy of Alfred M. Fazio, Esq.
PERFORMANCE BY MORTY JACOBI AND FRIENDS
Performance by our very own Morty Jacobi and friends.
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MULTIMEDIA PRODUCT GUIDE
You may have to invest more time than money in your multimedia development tools.
Here's a look at products at all price points, including free solutions.
In this guide:
- Free tools
- Budget products
- High-end solution
Article courtesy of REALTOR« Mag
|APPRAISER ASSESSMENT|IT'S ALL IN THE LIGHT
What's the Price of Light?
Appraiser Jonathan Miller condusts an assessment.
Miller started by looking at a pair of recently sold apartments differentiated by a light break-that is, one of them looks directly at the buidling across the street, and the other is high enough to see over it. Everything else about the two units had to match.
Article courtesy of New York Magazine
|REALTOR DATA SECURITY|
GET AHEAD OF THE LAW
Last year some big-name companies and organizations got hit by data breaches. LinkedIn comes first to mind. According to news reports, its system was breached and millions of account passwords were potentially compromised. eHarmony, the University of Nebraska, Yahoo! and many others were also in the news because of data breaches.
Congress has been looking at data security and privacy for years, and the Federal Trade Commission has done a lot of work on the issues, studying them and creating best practices for protecting against violations. But as of right now, for the most part, data security and privacy are issues mainly addressed at the state level, and virtually all states have some laws on the books.
Unfortunately, a survey NAR conducted in 2010 found that real estate brokers and sales associates are neither well-informed about these laws nor have in place anything close to a rigorous system for protecting against security breaches, or protecting customers' privacy.
Article courtesy of Realtor Magazine
|DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE|
YOU MAY BE ELLIGIBLE
If you live or work in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster or Westchester counties and you lost your income due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, you may qualify for DUA.
You may qualify for DUA even if you would not normally be able to get unemployment insurance benefits. To find out if you might be eligible for DUA, call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-888-209-8124, or 1-877-358-5306 if you live out of state. Answer the questions to indicate that you lost your job as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy.
File your application with the New York State Department of Labor as soon as possible. The application deadline is February 4, 2013.
Click here for more information.
|HOUSING FOR SANDY VICTIMS|
FEMA TRAILERS POSSIBLE OPTION
For a lot of Staten Islanders who view the misery of people left homeless by Superstorm Sandy, it's a no-brainer: Bring in trailers so these people can use them as temporary homes until they get back on their feet and figure out what they're going to do for permanent housing.
Many victims are still up in the air about the fate of their own homes which were damaged in the storm and they want to figure that out before they move into new houses.
Article courtesy of SILive.com
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|NAR LEGAL UPDATE|
MORTY JACOBI, BOARD COUNSEL
Legal Updates on various topics were presented by
NAR for 2012
Antitrust Update and Department of Justice Compliance
Preventing Fraud within Realtor Associations
NAR Trademark Litigation
Proposed Changes in the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
Professional Standards and MLS Policy Update
Litigation and Legislative Update
Click here to read full report.
EMERGENCY CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
New York State Hurricane Sandy Helpline: 1-888-769-7243
Disaster Assistance: (FEMA)
Mobile Devices: m.fema.gov
Staten Island Board of Realtors/SIMLS