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BOARD OFFICE OPENING LATE/CLOSING EARLY - On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, due to the Education Panel, the Board office will open late and will close at 2:45 PM. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 
 

EDUCATION PANEL - Don't miss this year's Education Panel on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Elks Lodge in Torrington.  The program will present guest speakers on the following topics, Legal Update, Federal Tax Lien, Water Quality Testing & Treatments, and Healthy Homes.   The cost to attend is $15 per person which includes a breakfast buffet. To register click here.
 

MATRIX TRAINING - The new MLS system, MATRIX is now live!   CTMLS users will be able to access and use the system with the exceptions of editing or adding a listing. On November 18, 2014 both MLXchange and Fusion system will sunset and will no longer be available, and from this point on you will be able to edit and add listings into Matrix.  This means you will have from September 15th - November 17th to become familiar with the new Matrix system.

You can begin learning about the new system now by visiting www.meetmymatrix.com which has everything you need to know about Matrix.  Several short videos regarding topics such as Listing Input, How to Search, etc., are currently available on this site and many more will be added over the next few months.  Please bookmark this site and check it frequently for updates.

Live training for Matrix is being offered at the Board office on October 30th to register, click here.  Live training is being offered at the Elks Lodge in Torrington on October 23rd to register, click here.  
 

FREE - HUD SEMINAR -  REALTOR® member Rupi Rupwani, CRP, ePRO, GRI & PSCS will present a HUD Seminar on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at our Board office. To view the class outline and/or to register, click here.
 
VOLUNTEER TO SERVE FOR A 2015 CT REALTORS® COMMITTEE - 2015 CT REALTORS® President Sandy Maier Schede invites you to sign up to volunteer for a 2015 CT REALTORS® committee.  The deadline to submit a request is October 24, 2014.  For a description of the committees and/or to submit your name for consideration visit http://www.ctrealtors.com/committees/.
 
FREE RESIDENTIAL ELECTRONICS RECYCLING & DOCUMENT SHREDDING EVENT - The event will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014  from 9 AM to 1 PM at Litchfield High School on 14 Plumb Hill Rd. Accepted devices include: Computers,  Laptops, Printers, Fax Machines, Monitors, TVs, Cell Phones, Tablets, Video Game and VCR/DVD Machines, Keyboards, Small Appliances, Light Bulbs, Batteries. Confidential Document Shredding Services Sponsored By: Litchfield Bancorp

Unaccepted Materials: liquids, paint & hazardous materials - BRING THESE ITEMS TOT HE HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTED COLLECTION EVENT BEING HELD THE SAME DAY AT THE TORRINGTON WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT - Contact your town hall for registration details.
 
MIDTERM ELECTIONS LIVE WEBCAST - On October 10th at 2 PM EST NAR President Steve Brown, Chief  Lobbyist Jerry Giovan, and NAR Government Affairs staff will look at select REALTOR®-backed races and the potential impact of the elections on real estate. For more information and to register to view the webcast, click here.
 

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DID YOU FORGET TO TAKE YOUR 2012-2014 CT SALESPERSON/BROKER CE CLASSES? ARE YOU BEING AUDITED? YOU CAN TAKE CLASSES ONLINE THROUGH THE CE SHOP - LCBR is partnered with The CE Shop to provide CE training in an easy to use on-line format; you can access great online continuing education courses that are state approved and 100% accredited!  Additionally, once you complete the course you can access your certificate instantly and The CE Shop manages all reporting to the state.  As an ADDED BONUS: at checkout enter the promotional code LEMONADE20 to receive 20% off your purchase when you enroll in any online CE course taken through our online course catalog! This promotion expires September 30, 2014.    You must use the following link to  register for these courses, click here to register. 
                                                                                   

IF YOU FORGOT TO TAKE YOUR 2012-2014 CE CLASSES YOU CAN TAKE SIT DOWN CLASSES NEXT WEEK- The Greater Bridgeport Board of REALTORS is offering courses good towards the 2012-2014 CT salesperson/broker license renewal period. September 16, 2014 - Buyer Agency; September 17, 2014 - Code of Ethics; September 17, 2014 - CT Real Estate Law Updated & Review (Mandatory); September 17, 2014 - Review of Residential Rental Rules & Regulations. For more information or to register call 203-374-2150.
 
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN - CT REALTORS® is hosting their annual Leadership Conference & State/Local Board Leadership Program on October 22-23, 2014 at the Mystic Marriott.  The conference is attended by REALTOR® leaders, members and local Association Executives from across the state. Some of the highlights include Hall of Fame keynote speaker Connie Podesta, NAR update from 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron, an economic update from NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun, a post-awards banquet and a "Mystic Cabaret".  For more information or to register visit http://www.ctrealtor.com/leadconf/.
 
VOICE FOR REAL ESTATE 6: HUD-NAR WEBCAST - Reminder: In the sixth video in The Voice for Real Estate news video series, NAR Director of Broadcasting Stephen Gasque looks at last week’s live webcast with new HUD Secretary Julian Castro and NAR President Steve Brown. Their focus was on the health of FHA and addressing concerns over access to credit by first-time homebuyers and other households. The video also looks at the improving commercial and residential real estate markets. (Provided Courtesy of National Association of REALTORS® Internal News Service Email Newsletter)
 
DYNAMIC DIRECTIONS - CE & DESIGNATION COURSES, MEETINGS IN A BOX -  Dynamic Directions is offering a variety of real estate training courses in the fall and winter.   They offer continuing education, designation courses, certificate courses, skill courses, pre-licensure class, broker courses and leadership training.  In addition to their scheduled courses they offer "Meetings in a Box" which are live virtual training classes.
 
GRI II SERIES - The Valley Association of REALTORS® is hosting the courses for the GRI II Series on October 27, 29 and November 3 and 5.  For more information and/or to register, click here.
 
PRINCIPALS & PRACTICES COURSES OFFERED -  The Greater Waterbury Board of REALTORS®, Inc. Institute for Real Estate offers a 60 hour Principles and Practices of Real Estate course to qualify students for real estate licensing.  Their P&P course is a continuous start program which allows new students to begin the course on any Tuesday (depending on availability). For more information, click here.

The Greater Bridgeport Board of REALTORS® offers a 60 hour Principles and Practices. For more information, click here.
 

DIRECT MAIL AND EVERY DOOR DIRECT MAIL WEBINAR - Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM®) service was developed by the United States Postal Service® to make direct mail more accessible to local businesses. The EDDM® online mapping tool helps members decide how and where to mail, using an online process that's affordable and easy to use.  REALTOR® Magazine hosts this webinar, sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, on Thursday, September 25, at 3 PM. Eastern Time.  Learn more...
 
FHA BARS PREPAYMENT PENALTIES - Borrowers who pay off FHA-insured single-family mortgages early will no longer be subject to post-payment interest charges come January 21, 2015, when a new FHA rule stopping the practice goes into effect. NAR has long urged the FHA and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) to eliminate the prepayment penalty on FHAV loans because the policy is unfair to consumers who already face high housing and closing costs. For more information, contact Sarah C. Young.  (Provided Courtesy of National Association of REALTORS® Internal News Service Email Newsletter)
 
FEMA UPDATES FLOOD INSURANCE RATES - New rate tables as revised by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act are available in a revised manual issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Contact Austin Perez with questions. (Provided Courtesy of National Association of REALTORS® Internal News Service Email Newsletter)
 
FREE IRS WEBINAR - The IRS is hosting another free webinar on September 17th: "2014 Affordable Care Act Tax Provisions for Individuals, Families and Small Business". The webinar highlights include: The Affordable Care Act 2014 Marketplace tax provisions: Individual Shared Responsibility Provision (IRC 5000A, Premium Tax Credit (IRC 36B), Small Business Health Care Tax Credit (IRC 45R); Plus a live Q&A session with Subject Matter Expert.  Click Here to Register
 
REALTOR® ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE - Watch 2014 NAR President Steve Brown take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch Video
 
FREE REALTORS® PROPERTY RESOURCE WEBINAR - Register today to attend the free webinar "Getting the Edge with RPR's Investment Tools" on September 17th.  Learn how to use the right tools to help clients find the right properties and envision how their investment might perform, whether it's a rental property, a "flip", or a business.  To register  click here.  For more RPR training resources visit click here. To watch a previously recorded webinar "Perfect Relocation Packet with RPR", click here.
 

FREE REALTORS® Safety Webinar -  Register to attend the free Safety Tips to Share with Sellers webinar on September 9, 2014.  Register

YOUR SAFETY MATTERS! -  A large selection of safety resources are available at no cost to REALTOR® members. Don't take your safety for granted, make sure you utilize these resources.  We have highlighted some of the resources available below, however, you will find all of the resources available at http://www.realtor.org/topics/realtor-safety.

How to Use Your Smartphone as a Weapon - Read this REALTOR® safety article to learn about several free or low cost Smartphone Apps designed to enhance your safety. Read Article...

Convention Safety: 5 Things You Must Add to Your Safety Checklist - Read this REALTOR® safety article to learn about ways to protect yourself while attending conventions.  Read Article...

Safety Tip #4 - Touch Base - Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back; leave the name and phone number of the client you are meeting and schedule a time for your office to call you to check in.

Social Media and Cyber Safety Strategies - Watch this REALTOR® safety video to learn about safety at the office.

Banners & Widgets - Did you know you can download and display REALTOR® Safety banners and widgets on your website?  To get the code for a banner and/or a widget, click here.
 

Claim Your .REALTOR domain on October 23, 2014 -  Are you ready? On Oct. 23, 2014, NAR members can claim their .REALTOR domain. Members can instantly communicate to consumers their status as a REALTOR® in their website address, strengthening their connection to the REALTOR® brand, and identifying themselves as a trusted source for real estate information. NAR will provide the first 500,000 members who register with a FREE .REALTOR domain for one year. After the first free domain, pricing for additional domains will start at $39.95, with multiple domains and multiple year discounts available. Domain names will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so mark your calendars to visit www.claim.REALTOR on Oct. 23 to claim your .REALTOR domain.
 

NAR ASKS FHA TO LOWER MORTGAGE INSURANCE PREMIUMS - REALTORS® talks FHA at the White House.  Watch Video
 
THE VOICE FOR REAL ESTATE VIDEO -  The Voice for Real Estate is NAR's bi-weekly roundup of the news that affects the industry and your business.  Watch Video
 
MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT - The event is scheduled for Monday, October 27, 2014 with the social hour beginning at 5:30 PM and dinner at 6:45 PM.  All Candidates for  State Senate in districts 8, 30, 32 and 31, as well as, State Representative in districts 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 76, 78 have been invited to attend.  If you don't know who your legislators are or what districts they are represent, then you may run a search based on your address by visiting  http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

For more information about MTCN or to register, click here.
 

FREE IRS WEBINAR - The IRS is presenting a FREE "Better Business through Better Records" webinar on September 11, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST.  Topics include: Why it's important to keep good business records; What kinds of records to keep and how long to keep them; Employment tax records; Electronic record keeping; and a live Question and Answer session.  To register, click here.
 
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE CT HOUSING COALITION - The CHC is hosting their 25th Annual Conference on September 24, 2014 at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. The conference include, breakfast, lunch and includes 18 wide-ranging workshops to allow you to hear the experts gain the latest information and share best practices.  Download the Brochure for conference details.  Register Online
 

NAR MVP CURRENT OFFER - Offer Date: August 16-31, 2014 - Your MVP Action: Complete the REALTOR Code of Ethics Training Requirement - Your Reward: Social Media for REALTORS: Your Website ePoduct-Download.  Click the ACT NOW button for more information.

 

OPEN HOUSE TIPS - The CMHA Substance Abuse Action Council of CT has created two flyers to educate real estate agents and their clients about prescription drug safety during and open house. You may save and/or print the following flyers for yourself and/or your clients.  Open House Tips  Open Medicine Cabinet
 

RUSSIAN HACKERS MAY HAVE YOUR INFO:  You have hopefully heard on the news of the recent hacking of over 500 million email addresses!  If you haven't, check out this article from OnGuardOnline.gov and be sure to update your passwords! 
 

MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT - Don't miss your opportunity to meet the candidates running for state senator in Districts 8, 30, 31 and 32 and representatives in Districts 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 76 and 78! The event is scheduled for Monday, October 27, 2014 with the social hour beginning at 5:30 PM and dinner at 6:45 PM and Cornucopia in Torrington.  For more information and to register, click here.
 

2014 REALTORS® CONFERENCE & EXPO - Registration is now open for this year's REALTORS® Conference & Expo which will take place in New Orleans from November 7-10th. Don't wait to register and make your travel arrangements....book now to ensure you will have a room!  If you are attending, please inform the Board office.  We will include a list of those attending in our email newsletter, so if any of our members want to meet up at the conference they may.

The keynote speaker for this year's program is Captain Mark Kelly and a special appearance will be made by Gabrielle Giffords.  This year's Celebrity Concert performer is Jennifer Hudson.   For more information, click here.

Check out this short video from CTR President Deb Chamberlain explaining the value in attending the National Association of REALTORS Convention and Trade Expo, being held November 7-10 in New Orleans. 
 

REAL ESTATE BarCamp - Attend the first Real Estate BarCamp in Connecticut on September 10th! What is a Real Estate BarCamp? It’s simple... it’s people meeting people, learning, sharing, gathering, and networking. The knowledge you gain here is invaluable... the friendships and associations you make here, will change your life and your business! To learn more about what BarCamp is, click here. To register, click here.
 

HOW TO AVOID MORTGAGE MIS-MODIFICATION - Learn about "Six Things You Can Do to Avoid a Mortgage Mis-Modification" by reading this informative article posted by OnGuardOnline.gov.  Read Article...
 
INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR STATUS FAQ -  Do you have questions regarding independent contractor status?  The National Association of REALTORS has posted a list of frequently asked questions.  Read Article...
 
CREATE YOUR OWN REAL ESTATE APP - Read this informative article posted on RealtorMag about real estate apps including resources for creating one yourself.  Read Article...
 
LCBR & TENANTTRACKS - Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. has announced that they have signed a Royalty and Marketing Agreement with TenantTracks™, a Connecticut based tenant screening service aimed at improving the conditions of the apartment rental market in Connecticut.

Julie Fedorovich, President of Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. said “This agreement is a great resource for CT communities as it protects REALTORS®, rental property owners, property managers, tenants and the surrounding residents by reducing the negative impact of evictions and stabilizing tenancy in rental properties. As more people use this screening service, high-risk renters must move on or change their bad-habits which will help improve local neighborhoods!” 

TenantTracks offers exclusive historical and up-to-date eviction data from all 15 Connecticut Courts covering Summary Process cases including Bantam Court. Other screening services typically provide eviction data from just the 6 major Housing Courts in Connecticut leaving owners at risk.  All evictions in Litchfield County are conducted at the Bantam Courthouse and their eviction records are not online or part of a national database. Rental property owners are at risk of non-paying, disruptive and/or destructive tenants moving around unchecked if people are not screening renters through TenantTracks.  

Each screening report provides much better data in a comprehensive summary of the prospective tenant’s credit history, national and state eviction and criminal database records, terrorist watch list, civil court, small claims court and sex offender searches.  The report also includes a color-coded, summary page for quick interpretation of the results. 

The cost of using TenantTracks™ is $59 per year for the account set up and compliance fee while each tenant screening report costs only $25.  You do not need to be a member of LCBR to purchase the service, it is for members, landlords or anyone that has need of such a service.  When applying for TenantTracks™ membership enter LCBR in the Discount Code Field to receive the rate of $59 for a TenantTracks membership.  To apply for a membership or for more information about TenantTracks™ visit their website at www.tenanttracks.com.  Register before August 31, 2014 and receive your first report FREE, $25 savings!


L to R: Julie Fedorovich, LCBR, President;
 Robert J. De Cosmo, TenantTracks, Manager

 

REALTORS® PROPERTY RESOURCE  - Have you utilized the RPR member benefit yet? Click the RPR icon below to access RPR training schedules and videos.  Don't hesitate begin using this benefit today!

 
 

MAKE OUR MARKS REMARKABLE - Watch this video to learn why NAR protects the value of the REALTOR® Trademark.  Video
 

ELECTRONIC KEY BOXES AVAILABLE AT THE BOARD OFFICE

ELECTRONIC KEY BOXES - We now have the ability to provide our members electronic Keys and Boxes.   For information on obtaining an eKey which works on your smartphone, click here.