Volume 15, Number 20 ◊ October 8, 2010

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Alert: NAR Name Used in Consumer Scam

NAR's Finance division has become aware of a scam under which fraudulent checks are being issued to people from the "National Assoc of Realtors." After recipients deposit the checks, they receive a request to return some of the funds. The scam succeeds when the recipients comply by sending their own funds before the fraudulent checks from "NAR" are returned unpaid. There is no financial risk to NAR as a result of this scam; rather, the risk is to NAR's financial reputation if word were to spread that NAR is somehow involved in distributing fraudulent checks. Please alert your members that their national association is not involved in these actions but is a victim of corporate identity theft. For more info contact John Pierpoint or call (312) 329-8260. 

Upcoming Courses-REGISTER NOW!!!

NAR's Green Designation Residential Elective Course will be held at the Stamford Board office on October 15.  This Course encourages the real estate professional to be an advocate for green principles in the design and use of homes and a positive force for creating sustainable communities. This course has been approved for 6 hours of elective credit for 2012 license renewal. For more information and to register click here.  


The GRI-2 Series will be held at the Gr. Hartford Association in West Hartford on October 18, 20, 25 & 27. The GRI designation is a powerful tool for attracting and building new business.  The GRI-2 series includes topics such as: Short Sales & Foreclosures, Rentals-Rules of the Road, Appraised Property Value-Fact or Fiction, Intro to Commercial Property and Client Negotiating Strategies.
This course has been approved for 30 hours of Broker pre-licensing credit and 6 hours of elective credit for 2012 license renewal. For more information and to register click here.

If you have any questions, please email Abby Krist at the CAR Office, or call 1-800-335-4862 ext. 308.

RPAC’s Endorsed Candidates List

Please click here for the final list of 2010 RPAC Endorsed Candidates and to see who RPAC is backing in State and Federal races!  If a district is not listed, it means the RPAC Trustees decided to stay out of that particular district.  The “Endorsement” from RPAC, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee, means that the Candidate possesses those attributes favorable to free enterprise, private property rights, housing opportunity and choice. It means that the Connecticut RPAC Trustees encourage our members and families to support these candidates with their votes, volunteer talent and financial assistance.  If you would like to get involved with a particular Candidate’s campaign, now is the time to contact them, as “Elections 2010” is heating up!

For questions or concerns, please contact Holly Reed.

Connecticut Housing Coalition Annual Conference

Don’t miss Connecticut’s largest gathering of affordable housing practitioners and advocates. The annual conference of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, “Housing 2010: Learn, Share, Celebrate!” will be held on Wednesday, October 27th at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.  This year’s featured speaker is Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood.  The candidates for Governor have also been invited to share their views on housing and community development issues.  In addition, this year’s event offers 19 wide-ranging workshops, inspiring presenters, practical training and valuable networking opportunities. Register by October 8th for discounted early-bird savings. For a brochure containing the conference agenda and workshop descriptions, click here. To register online and receive an additional $5.00 discount per person, click here.

Last Chance to Win a FREE Hotel Room at the 2010 Leadership Conference!

The early bird registration deadline to be entered to win a FREE overnight room at CAR’s Annual CT REALTORS® Leadership Conference & State/local Board Leadership Program is next Friday, October 15! Click here for all of the details and to register.

Sign Up to Serve on a 2011 Committee

President-elect Gene Fercodini invites you to “Build Your REALTOR® Skills” and join his team in 2011! Become involved on the State level by participating on one of CAR’s Committees. Click here for brief descriptions of each Committee and to submit your request online. The submission deadline is Friday, October 22.

Sponsor Spotlight: American Eagle Federal Credit Union

Many CAR programs/events would not be possible without the continued support of our generous sponsors.  We hope that you will help us thank them for their support by taking a minute to check out the various products and services they have to offer.

This year we welcome back CAR supporter American Eagle Federal Credit Union who is sponsoring the Harry W. Wenz Good Neighbor Award. This prestigious award will be presented during the dinner and awards program at the 9th Annual CT REALTORS® Leadership Conference. American Eagle Federal Credit Union is a full-service financial institution offering products and services to help you achieve your financial goals. They are a not-for-profit cooperative that have served generations of members, who are also its owners, since 1935. AEFCU is currently the largest community credit union in Connecticut with over 100,000 members and $1.1 billion dollars in assets. You can learn more about AEFCU and their mission of being a “progressive financial institution providing quality service and products at the total lowest cost” at http://www.americaneagle.org/.

 

CAR's Annual Membership Meeting

CAR's Annual Membership Meeting is being held on Tuesday, October 19 immediately following the CAR Board of Directors meeting at the Holiday Inn in North Haven (approximately 11:30 a.m.). This meeting is open to all members. A review of CAR's activities during 2010 will be given. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please contact Alison McGuigan.

Announcing the Latest Evolution in Signatures

zipLogix announces the release of zipLogix Digital Ink™, the "Most Secure Way to Get a Signature", the e-signature solution to use with your Association’s forms and your zipForm® 6 account. For more information or to order, visit: http://www.ziplogix.com/digitalink/

Why should you be using zipLogix Digital Ink™:

 

Great pricing (as low as $2.60 per credit)

-Credits never expire - use them today or whenever you need them

-Your Association forms have been pre-tagged with defined signature and initial blocks

-Use only one credit - every document, signer, email, etc. is part of one transaction

-Credit is per transaction, not per send

-Free upgrade is coming soon and includes:

  • Ability to create custom signers
  • Option to add additional documents
  • Address Book to keep client contact information 

Link to a zipLogix Digital Ink training presentation.

Other resources available online:

User Guide

How-to-Videos

Are You a Gamer? Think You’re Smarter than Your Fellow REALTORS®? Want to Eat Out for Less?

If you answered “yes” to these three questions, be on the lookout for CAR’s Legal Department’s QUIZ QUESTION. There will be six quiz questions coming your way; two in October, two in November and two in December. Where’s the QUIZ QUESTION? It’s on CAR’s home page under “The Latest From CAR”.

Every two weeks, all correct answers will go into a hat and the lucky name drawn wins a $25 restaurant.com gift card.

So, if you want to prove you’re smart and lucky and want to eat out for less, CHECK THIS OUT!

NARdiGras! REALTORS® Conference & Expo 2010. New Orleans, November 5-8, 2010

Join REALTORS® from across the nation and the world in New Orleans this November, and learn about changing issues affecting the industry, share ideas with colleagues outside your local marketplace, and see the incredible innovations that are shaping the future of real estate.

Attending the REALTORS® Conference & Expo is an important investment in your career. The competitive advantage you’ll gain from four days of intense education will make a difference in your business’s bottom line for the rest of the year. There’s only one place in the world you can find nationally-recognized speakers, the industry’s largest trade show, and lots of opportunities to expand your network.
For more info and to register click here.

 

Don’t Miss Out On this Special Offer by the Hartford Colonials!

The Hartford Colonials are offering discounted ticket specials of buy one ticket-get one free for the following home games at Rentschler Field: Colonials vs. Florida Tuskers - Oct. 9th, Colonials vs. Omaha Nighthawks - Oct. 16th, Colonials vs. Las Vegas Locomotives - Nov. 20th

For more information or to take advantage of this offer, call 860-803-0628 and mention promo code CT REALTOR.

 

In This Issue:

 Hotsheet Legal Tip

Keeping Information Confidential

Connecticut’s Licensing Law (CGS §20-325h) prohibits a real estate licensee from revealing confidential information concerning a buyer client or seller client you have represented or do represent, or from using that information to your client’s disadvantage or for the real estate broker’s, salesperson’s or a third party’s advantage. Confidentiality is a key aspect in exclusive representation, so keeping a client’s confidential information confidential is paramount. A dual agency situation, where both the buyer agent and the listing agent are in the same office, can be trickier, so taking extra precautions, such as using different fax machines for communications or not discussing the transaction’s progress in the office may be necessary.

Real Estate News

NAHB: Housing Tax Incentives Benefit Younger Households

New research from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) reveals that the benefits of housing-related tax deductions, such as the mortgage interest deduction, generally decline in value as individual's age. Read more here.

Source: REAL Trends 

For more interesting real estate news, please visit here.

Member Benefits

Featured Benefits..

New Member Benefits Available!
Have you visited the Member Benefits page lately? Make sure you take the time to see what discounts are available to you as a CAR member.

Jabberclick

Happy Clients Talk! New Clients Click! Jabberclick ensures your name will appear first (or near the top) of GOOGLE®, YAHOO!® and BING/MSN® when current and prospective clients search for you! Click here for more information on this discounted member service program or to view a complete listing of CAR’s current member benefits.

XL Center Discounts

Special Pricing is available to CAR members for a variety of events at the XL Center in Hartford. Click here for current special pricing offers including: Trans Siberian Orchestra, Wolf Pack and Celtics vs. Knicks Pre-season game. Click here for more information on this discounted member service program or to view a complete listing of CAR’s current member benefits.

The Bushnell

The Bushnell is offering a special Online Ticket Ordering Program to CAR members. The program provides the benefit of ordering individual tickets online at a discounted price with reduced service charges. Click here for more information on this discounted member service program or to view a complete listing of CAR’s current member benefits.     


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