Litchfield Board News
When applying enter LCBR in the Discount Code Field to receive the rate of $59 for a TenantTracks membership.

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REALTOR.COM VIDEO SERIES  - has launched a five-episode digital video series the "Home-Buying Process in Plain English with Elizabeth Banks" starring Elizabeth Banks,'s celebrity spokesperson. The video series presents advice on the start-to-finish stages on the home-buying process in an entertaining and easy to understand manner. To view the webisodes, click here.

  • The digital video series is part of an on going effort to raise visibility of and to promote the value of a REALTOR® to millennials, the largest home buying segment in the coming years.

  • In addition to being entertaining, the webisodes provide solid advice for any buyer, particularly first-time buyers. It's another way and REALTORS can help consumer make a more informed real estate decision.

COUNTERTOP LUNCH N' LEARN -  Chamberlin Kitchen & Bath is hosting a  Countertops 101 Lunch N' Learn at no cost to LCBR members on August 19th at LCBR's Board office. The topics covered include: how to recognize countertops types; understanding your color options; working within a budget; backsplash options; touch and feel countertops samples; what are the advantages of each material and how to sell them; and fees changes & tolerances.  To register, click here.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING -  The Connecticut MLS is hosting a professional development session at LCBR's Board office on August 5, 2015.  During this course they will quickly show you how to reach more clients, generate more leads and grow your business using the comprehensive resources provided by the Connecticut MLS. To learn more about this training and/or to register, click here.
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER - This year’s Annual Fundraiser which is coordinated by our Public Relations Committee will benefit the Friendly Hands Food Bank and the Torrington Community Soup Kitchen.   Once again, the fundraiser will include the opportunity to win door prizes such as a $500.00 Bantam Home & Energy gift certificate.  To see the current list of door prizes and contributors, click here.  The committee will send out the Annual Fundraiser mailing to members in early August.
WEBINAR ON CLAIMING .REALTOR DOMAIN -  NAR is hosting a webinar August 4th to who show members how easy it is to claim a .REALTOR domain.  Members can send questions and also learn about three options for setting up a .REALTOR website.
FREE REALTOR.COM WEBINAR - Learn winning lead gen tools and strategies from by attending's "Let Us Lead the Way!" free webinar on August 4th.
NATIONAL BUILDERS ASSOCIATION - Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. has for many years worked with the Builders Association regarding Legislative Matters.  We have had joint REALTOR®/Builder Legislative meetings such as, Legislative Night, Meet the Candidates Night and most recently Local Leadership Breakfast.  It has always been a pleasure to work with the Builders. 

We are pleased to announce that builder Greg Ugalde, whom many of you know from our legislative meetings,  is running for the Certified Chair of the National Builders Association.  If Greg is elected this would place him third from the top position for Builders nationwide.  To see Greg's candidate speech, click here.

GET YOUR .REALTOR DOMAIN NOW: Why should you register for a .REALTOR domain?  The .REALTOR domain offers a clean slate of domain names to choose from, whereas most desirable .com domains are already taken.  This is your opportunity to claim the. REALTOR of your choice. Don't hesitate register today and select the .REALTOR domain you have always dreamed of before another member claims it!

.REALTOR domain purchases by U.S. members will include an optional free profile website from that will integrate a member's social media content, listings, and client recommendations - in one convenient location.

The .REALTOR domain positions REALTORS® with a competitive edge in the online real estate space by enabling the opportunity for future innovation, for example, a .REALTOR search engine, making it easier for consumers to locate REALTORS® and real estate services.  To find out more about the .realtor domain visit

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NEW CE SHOP CE COURSE -  The CE Shop now offers a new continuing education CE Course called Did you Serve?  Identifying Homebuying Advantages for Veterans course is now available in your course catalog!

ONLINE CE COURSES- 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 SUMMER30 to receive 30% off your purchase when you enroll in any online CE course taken through our online course catalog! This promotion expires June 30, 2015.    You must use the following link to  register for these courses, click here 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). The class are held on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM.  For more information, click here.

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

LCBR & TENANTTRACKS - Have you taken advantage of the agreement Litchfield County Board of REALTORS has with TenantTracks? They offer 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.

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.  When applying enter LCBR in the Discount Code Field to receive the rate of $59 for a TenantTracks membership.
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.  To apply for a membership or for more information about TenantTracks visit their website at

Recently TenantTracks has implemented a new screening algorithm that allows the user to search for known "Alias Names" and "Nicknames" against all our CT Civil, Eviction and Criminal databases. To learn more about this feature, click here.  11.04.14

REALTOR® SAFETY VIDEO - Learn about safety for REALTORS® in a video produced by Florida REALTORS® Safety Video  11.04.14

NAR's Safety Resources Page - For a compete list of safety resources provided by the National Association of REALTORS®, click here.

REALTOR® SAFETY WITH CLIENTS VIDEO - Watch this video for suggestions on steps you can take to stay safe with clients. 12.05.14

Creepy Phone Calls Put Mass. Agents on Edge - Police are warning real estate professionals in Massachusetts' South Coast region to be wary of suspicious phone calls. Read more...

Safety Tip #21 - Have your Excuse Ready - Part of being prepared to deal with a threatening situation is having “an out.” Prepare a scenario in advance so that you can leave—or you can encourage someone who makes you uncomfortable to leave. Examples: Your cell phone or pager went off and you have to call your office, you left some important information in your car, or another agent with buyers is on his way.  12.05.14



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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.