Deadline Approaching for Code of Ethics Requirement
All REALTORSÂ® must complete the Code of Ethics course requirement in the cycle ending December 31, 2016 to retain REALTORÂ® membership.Â If you'd like to earn 3 hours CE while also completing that course, CTR offers Every Day Ethics in Real Estate through REcampus.Â Cost is $40. Â Click here for more information.
Help End Family Homelessness in Connecticut
The CT REALTORSÂ® Foundation is proud to partner with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH). Â 100% of your donation will go towards ending family homelessness in Connecticut. Â The CTR Foundation will also provide a plush Paddington bear to a homeless child this holiday season for each $25 donation made. Â Visit www.ctrealtors-care.org for more information and to make your donation today!Â
New Benefit for CT REALTORS: Inman Select Subscription
Inman Select, an exclusive real estate news service, connects you to the latest news, powerful insights and a community of real estate leaders. It is now a complimentary feature for Connecticut REALTORSÂ®. You can choose to receive any or all of the following options: *Inman Daily Headlines | *Inman Weekly Headlines | *Special Reports | *News Article Archives | *Inman Video Vault | *Inman Select Webinars | *Inman Connect Live Stream. ContactÂ David Pendrys at the CTR office to start your complimentary subscription today.
Check it out. We teamed up with the WWE for a little neighborly funâ€¦
WWE calls Connecticut home, and now so do the Millers and they received a little help moving. A video has been created especially for REALTORSÂ® to share on social media to help promote the value of using a REALTORÂ®. Â Click here to view, share or download the video.
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Become an Organ Donor
Connecticut State Senator Martin Looney is among many who are waiting for organ donations. In his case, a kidney. Connecticut REALTORSÂ® encourages you to consider giving the gift of life. â€śBy deciding to be a donor, you give the gift of hope ... hope for the thousands of individuals awaiting organ transplants and hope for the millions of individuals whose lives could be enhanced through tissue transplants.â€ť You can become an organ donor as part of your driver's license registration/renewal or you canÂ register as an organ donor online today.
October Shows Rise in Median Home Prices
Connecticut REALTORS is providing monthly home sales and townhouse/condominium sales statistics to the media. Here is the October 2016 release.
You can find the electronic and print versions of CTRâ€™s Foundations Advisory issued on 11/20/15, and revised on 6/16/16 at our website through the links below.
There are now two versions of the form, one for sellers and one for buyers. The sellerâ€™s electronic and sellerâ€™s print versions, and buyerâ€™s electronic and buyerâ€™s print versions are available through these links. Both sellerâ€™s and buyerâ€™s electronic versions and are expected to be available in the coming weeks in our CTR Forms Library with zipLogix.
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) issued aÂ press release on 1/7/2016 updating the public on the status of the State'sÂ scientific and other research to determine the scope and extent of a problem with reported crumbling concrete foundations. The release includes, "In furtherance of that investigation, the agencies have now entered into an agreement with a concrete expert from the University of Connecticut to conduct a scientific investigation into the cause of the reported crumbling foundations. That investigation is expected to yield preliminary conclusions in the Spring of 2016. It is anticipated that the expert will evaluate a sampling of testing results, as well as a variety of other information."
Since that time, DCP has added a page to their site titledÂ About Concrete Foundations and our Investigationwhich includes additional general information and resources for the public about this topic. The page includes links to their two brochures covering facts about concrete, the link to file a complaint, links to each of the press releases from November 2015, and two from May 2016, the home inspector advisories, insurance information, the link to the Agreement between DCP and the companies JJ Mottes Company and Becker Construction Company, and the Residential Property Condition Disclosure Report link.
Also included on this general page is an update on the investigation they commissioned to determine the cause of the crumbling foundations. As of their last update to the page on 5/9/2016, they report â€śThe state has hired a civil engineer whose area of expertise is concrete. Our expert and his team have started taking core samples from crumbling foundations in Eastern Connecticut and are testing and analyzing them to determine the cause of the deterioration and help determine how many homeowners are impacted. We have determined through our investigation that pyrrhotite is a factor in crumbling foundations, and our investigation continues to search for other conditions that contribute to deteriorating foundations. We expect our investigation to conclude in the fall of 2016.â€ť The entire update may bereviewed online.
Reminder About Foundations Disclosures: The Sellers Residential Property Condition Disclosure ReportÂ (available in our forms library through Ziplogix)includes extensive sections for sellers to disclose known material defects or problems with many aspects of their property, including Foundation issues which are inclusive of cracks.
Get to Know CTR's 2016 President Michael Feldman
2016 Connecticut REALTORSÂ® President Mike Feldman was licensed in 1980 in New York and 1985 in Connecticut. He is a REALTORÂ® and Associate Broker with William Raveis Real Estate in Stamford, a member of the Stamford Board of REALTORSÂ® and lives in Stamford with wife Debbie, who is a psychiatric nurse.Â We asked Mike a few questions:
1) Why did you start in real estate? My dad had his own real estate company and he wanted me to go to a large company, be trained and go from there. I only received two job offers coming out of Syracuse University: an appraiser position and a real estate sales position. I chose sales.
2) What was your first real estate sale? On my first day in real estate, Tuesday, July 1, 1980, I had a walk-in who bought a single family home with an attached beauty salon in Syracuse. Took 6 months to close and I made $1800. I thought this business would be easy. Â Read more...
NAR Dues-Based Member Benefit - Ziplogix
Connecticut REALTORÂ® members are now able to get CTR forms at no cost through the zipForm easy-to-use software, as a NAR dues-based benefit. This option now replaces the PDF and fillable forms formerly on our website. Click here to read our FAQ and get started.
Foreclosure by Market Sale FAQ
Effective January 1, 2015 a new law went into effect providing an additional method of foreclosure which will support the real estate market by selling residential properties in a pending foreclosure at market prices, including the ability to market in the MLS.Â Foreclosures by Market Sale are overseen and then approved by the Court in order to close the sale while the property is in foreclosure. Please check out the FAQ for more complete information on the process. Also note that as this is a new concept, as more experience is developed with the actual process this information is likely going to expand or change. CTR continues to appreciate all the hard work of our members that went into making this legislation a reality.
Updated Flood Site Now Available
CTR has updated our site on flood issues to give you and the public information about flood insurance, preparedness, plusÂ national and stateÂ resources related to flood issues.Â You are welcome to include the CTR logo on your company and/or agent sites and to link directly to that page. www.ctrealtor.com/flood