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Fundraising for the Gates Scholarship Program with the Travelers Championship, June 22-28

We are excited to announce our partnership once again with the Travelers Championship charity program.  There are two ways you can help the CT Association of REALTORS® Foundation’s Gates Scholarship program - by purchasing discounted tickets for the tournament ($22 off the gate ticket price) with $10 going directly to the Gates Scholarship Fund.  Tickets must be purchased by June 12. Click here to order. You can also make a per birdie pledge/flat donation through the Birdies for Charity program that will include a minimum 15% bonus on the pledges that are collected! Click here to make a pledge/donate. Pledges/donations must be received by June 23.

Hundreds Attend REALTORS® at the Capitol!

Thank you to several hundred REALTORS® from across the state who attended the 31st Annual REALTORS® at the Capitol event on Wednesday, April 29.  Check out photos from the event or if you attended the event, your feedback is important to us, so please be sure to fill out and return the input sheet.


Residential Property Condition Disclosure Report Form - UPDATED

As of Tuesday, April 21, 2015, DCP is posting on their site definitive guidance as to when use of the revised Residential Property Condition Disclosure Report is required. Moving forward, with any listings that were not under contract as of the date of the revised form (March 23, 2015) you will need to have sellers complete the revised form. There is recognition by DCP that this conflicts with other communications received and delivered in the past month. You can get the new form here or the fillable form here.

Foreclosure by Market Sale FAQ

Effective January 1, 2015 a new law goes into effect that provides an additional method of foreclosure which will support the real estate market by selling foreclosed residential properties at market prices, including the ability to market in the MLS.  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.

April Shows Rise in Single-Family Home Sales

Connecticut REALTORS is providing monthly home sales and townhouse/condominium sales statistics to the media. Here is the April 2015 release.

Click here for the press release.
Click here for a larger view of the infographic.

Updated Flood Site Now Available

CTR has updated our site on flood issues to give you and the public information about flood insurance, preparedness, plus national and state resources related to flood issues.  You are welcome to include the CTR logo on your company and/or agent sites and to link directly to that page.


12 Quick Questions for 2015 CTR President Sandy Maier Schede

Sandy was licensed in 1973, is an owner and REALTOR® with Maier Real Estate in Meriden and a member of the New Haven Middlesex Association of REALTORS. She lives in Meriden with husband Ernie and they have one daughter who lives in North Carolina.

1) Why did you start in real estate? It was a natural progression as my parents started Maier Real Estate in 1959 and I grew up in real estate. I took my test the last day of my junior year of high school. I worked in real estate through college then full time after that.

2) What was your first sale? My first sale was too long ago to remember. Let’s just say I’m enjoying selling homes to the children of past clients.

3) What led you to the Presidency of CT REALTORS®?  The faith and confidence in me of other REALTORS® led me to the presidency and for that I thank them.

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Bob Kimball Named 2014 State REALTOR® of the Year!

Bob KimballBob Kimball, a REALTOR® since 1994, is affiliated with William Raveis Real Estate in Mystic, CT. the 2012 President of Connecticut REALTORS®, Bob also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS®. Bob is active in CTR’s legislative efforts, contributes his expertise to shoreline and flood insurance issues and served on many CTR committees.

Kimball is a former Eastern CT Association of REALTORS® President and past Local REALTOR® of the Year. He remains active in the North Stonington community serving on several town organizations including the Economic Development Commission and the Lions Club.

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detector Law Changes

The Governor has signed into law revisions to the smoke and carbon monoxide detector law, effective July 1, 2014. There is a new affidavit that complies with those statutory changes. CTR has set up a page to provide information on the law and the changes here.


CTR Legislative Summary

The 2014 legislative session proved to be very fruitful for the Connecticut REALTORS®.  Two major pieces of legislation passed the General Assembly.  For more information about what happened in this year's legislative session read the CTR Legislative Summary.


Important Carbon Monoxide Detector News

The threat of Carbon Monoxide is real and as of January 1, 2014, Sellers of 1-2 family homes built prior to October 1, 2005 arerequired to furnish their purchasers with an affidavit that the property has working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors or to provide a credit. You can download the revised affidavit (effective July 1, 2014).


Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Rules and revisions to flood maps have resulted in significant insurance premium changes for many properties. CAR has developed a page of links and resources that you can use with your clients and customers; along with a special CT REALTORS® Legal Alert that includes a glossary of terms and has an informational sheet to provide to sellers and buyers so they are aware of the potential impact of the changes.