REALTOR® Hotsheet
 Volume 14, Number 10 ◊ May 15, 2009

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Connecticut Association of REALTORS® Wins 2009 GABBY Award for Best State Association Newsletter

 In This Issue:

 Hotsheet Legal Tip

Members are reminded to show courtesy when showing properties. Leave the property in the same condition in which you found it. Close and lock exterior doors, rekey alarms, and turn off lights and faucets that were turned on during the showing. In addition, never, ever permit someone who does not have a lockbox or lockbox key to use yours. This is a violation of lockbox security policies and may subject you to fines, or even worse, liability, if there was damage or theft and your lockbox was used to gain entry.


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NAR created the GABBYs as a way to have our state and local association staff show off their hard work mobilizing, communicating and educating their members over the last year and inspire their peers with the impressive ways they are using the GetActive messaging system. CAR’s Hotsheet took the win in the Best State Newsletter Category over the Massachusetts and California Association of REALTORS® who were also finalists. Lisa Governale, CAR's Vice President of Communications & Technology, accepted the honor during the Best Practices luncheon held during the mid year meetings in DC. Click here for more information on all the winners.

Homebuyers with CHFA Mortgages May Be Eligible for the $8,000 Tax Credit 

In addition to CHFA financing for their home purchase, homebuyers may be eligible for a First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit. Click here for more details.

Licensing/Department of Consumer Protection Update

The Department of Consumer Protection now offers Real Estate Salespersons the ability to change their address online. Please note license renewals still will go through your broker. The site for changes of address is here and is also directly linked from the DCP main page.

While Broker license renewal has already passed, the applications for salesperson renewal of their licenses have gone out and should be turned in prior to June 1st. Please note, there is no grace period to renew your license. If you engage in the real estate business without renewing your license on June 1, you subject yourself to disciplinary action. The only grace period that exists is a 30 day grace period on imposition of a late fee, but you are still subject to discipline if you do not renew by June 1st.

Smart Move Campaign

CAR is running a media campaign to gain attention for the $8,000 First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit on TV, Radio, in Print, and on Buses. The Smart Move website has all the information about the campaign as well as a fact sheet prepared by Blum Shapiro.

 
Good Neighbor Award

CAR is accepting nominations for the 2009 Harry W. Wenz Good Neighbor Award to honor a REALTOR® who volunteers their time and demonstrate extraordinary efforts to improve the quality of life in their community. One winner will be chosen. $1,000 will be donated to the charitable or community organization of the winner’s choice in their honor. The deadline is July 31, 2009. You can find the application here.

 

New CAR Policies

CAR's Board of Directors adopted policies during their April meeting regarding harassment, conflict of interest and whistle-blowing.  It's important that you are familiar with these policies. They are available for download here.

CAR Website Changes

If you been by the CAR website you may have noticed a few changes. The entry page has been changed so when you visit the site you go directly to the member’s page. Consumers can still find information by clicking on the “General Public” link of the menu.  The lost password/need a password link is now on the left side of the main page as well for easier access. Plus, CAR’s brand new logo now welcomes visitors to the site.

2009 NAR REALTORS® Conference and Expo: Registration and Hotels

The web site for the 2009 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 13-16, in San Diego, has a complete list of conference hotels and rates, governance meeting schedules, and other information to help you plan your trip. The site can be found here. Conference registration will open for all members May 4th at noon. For more info contact convinfo@realtors.org.

 

GRI-2 North Haven...Starting Soon!

Our last GRI Series of the semester is coming up soon, starting on Tuesday, June 2. If one of your goals in 2009 is to earn the GRI Designation or satisfy Broker pre-licensing requirements, don’t risk missing out on this course.  The next GRI series will not be offered until September. Register by May 19 and save $25. Click here for all the details on our 2009 offerings and to register securely online. If you have any questions, you can contact Abby Krist: Krista@ctrealtor.com.

 

Text Message Terms and Resources

CAR has added a page on the website with info on text messaging terms and tips on how to use texting in your business. Plus there are links to more information. Please visit the resource page here and make texting part of your repertoire.

RPAC

2009 "April is RPAC Participation Month" contest results are in, Congratulations to the Winners and local RPAC Teams!

Small Board Winner: East Central, 35% participation.

Medium Board Winner: Mid-State, 20.2% participation.

Large Board Winner: MFCAR, 24% participation.

May & June are RPAC Months, so if you have not yet sent in your 2009 RPAC contribution please make sure that you do so - we need your help this year!

You may call on State Political Fundraising Chair Mike Feldman and Vice Chair Paul Gradwell, along with other CAR Leadership, to attend your General Membership Meeting and boost your RPAC fundraising efforts. To ask for assistance please download this form

 
2010 NAR Committees

Are you interested in serving on an NAR Committee in 2010? The Committee Recommendation Database on REALTOR.org is now open! To get started, you must complete an expertise profile click hereThen you need to submit a recommendation or request click here. You will need your REALTOR®.org login and password. The deadline for submitting Committee recommendations is May 26, 2009.


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