LCBR BULLETIN BOARD
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
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,
Live training is being offered at the Elks Lodge in Torrington on
October 23rd to register,
FREE - HUD SEMINAR
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,
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
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
broker courses and
leadership training. In addition to their scheduled courses
"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,
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,
Bridgeport Board of REALTORS® offers a 60 hour Principles and
Practices. For more information,
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.
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
ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE -
Watch 2014 NAR President
Steve Brown take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
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
click here. For more RPR training resources visit
To watch a previously recorded webinar "Perfect Relocation Packet with
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,
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
on Oct. 23 to claim your .REALTOR domain.
NAR ASKS FHA TO LOWER
MORTGAGE INSURANCE PREMIUMS -
talks FHA at the White House.
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.
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
For more information
about MTCN or to register,
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
| 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.
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,
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.
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
click here. To register,
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
STATUS FAQ - Do you have questions regarding independent
contractor status? The National Association of REALTORS has posted
a list of frequently asked questions.
CREATE YOUR OWN REAL
ESTATE APP - Read this informative article posted on RealtorMag
about real estate apps including resources for creating one yourself.
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!
|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®
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.