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OUR CONDOLENCES - We are very sad to hear that former REALTOR® member Joseph DiBlasi passed away on April 19th.  Joe was a member of Litchfield County Board of REALTORS, Inc. for over 16 years, until he retired in early 2011. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joe's family and friends.  Mass and burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners, 3066 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111. To leave an online condolence visit

REALTOR® UNIVERSITY HONORS FIRST MRE GRADUATING CLASS - Join REALTOR® University in celebrating the first graduating class from REALTOR® University Graduate School.  Seven students matriculated through 12 courses (36 credit hours) over the past 2 years – including a final Capstone project, earning their Master of Real Estate (MRE) degree from REALTOR® University.  Congratulations! (04.23.14)

OUTLOOK TIP - Outlook users are unable to login to LinkedIn using Outlook's Social Connector.  The issue should be corrected soon, until then just ignore the InfoBar that asks you for your password. (This information was provided courtesy of Outlook Tips from (04.22.14)
ZIPFORM PLUS TRAINING - APRIL 24, 2014 - 1:00 PM - LCBR offers free access to zipForm Plus as a benefit to their REALTOR® members. If you would like to learn about the benefits of using zipForm Plus or are already using it and have questions, then you should register to attend our upcoming zipForm Presentation on April 24th. Our Information Technology Chair Bob Riva will give a zipForm Plus demonstration and answer your questions.
ZIPLOGIX DIGITAL INK TRAINING - Training webinars for zipLogix Digital Ink have been scheduled for the following dates and times.  For more information and how to register click the link.

To watch an On-Demand Training Video click the link.

REALTORS® CREDIT UNION WEBINAR - APRIL 30TH AT 10 AM - You may participate in this FREE webinar from the comfort of your own home!  We will post the registration link around April 23rd, so check back then.

Join us as we explore all of the resources and benefits available to you as a REALTOR® through REALTORS® Federal Credit Union.  National Director of Business Development and VP, Victoria Gillespie will walk you through our products and features as well as answer any questions you have during this educational and information filled webinar. 

CT REALTORS® RECOMMENDATION FORMS FOR ELECTED OFFICERS -  If you are personally interested in serving in one of the Connecticut REALTORS® Elected Officer positions in 2015, or would like to recommend to the Nominating Committee someone for an elected officer position, the deadline to submit the recommendation form is May 1. If you presently hold one of those positions, and would like to be considered for an additional term, please be sure to complete the form to ensure knowledge of your interest.  Elected Officer positions available for 2015 include President Elect, Treasurer, Division Vice President, Regional Vice President, and At-Large Members. The qualifications for each position and the timeline for the entire process are included at this link. (04.22.14)
2015 CERTIFICATION FORM FOR NAR DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE POSITION - If you are interested in applying to be a NAR At-Large Director for 2015, the deadline to sign and return your certification form is May 30, 2014. The requirement to collect signatures was removed during 2013, but you must still provide the signed form.  The qualifications process and timeline are included at the following link.   Please contact Beth Mecteau ( at the CTR office with any questions. (04.22.14)
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN HOUSING PROGRAM - This year's program which was held at the Elks Lodge in Torrington with almost 60 people in attendance was very successful!  This annual program is coordinated by the Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee and is intended to educate tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities and real estate agents on their responsibilities pertaining to rental and fair housing rules and regulations. 

The committee greatly appreciates the program sponsors TD Bank and CTMLS as well as the sponsor of the $30 prepaid Visa door prize which was The Real Estate Book. 

The committee would like to thank the following speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules and participating in the program:

Doug Feeley, Investigator, HUD
Amie Kabia, Investigator, HUD
Salmun Kazerounian, Staff Attorney, CT Fair Housing Center
Pamela Longwood, Deputy Clerk, GA18 Litchfield County Superior Court
Robert J. DeCosmo, President, CT Property Owners Alliance, Inc.
Linda Robertson, Account Executive Founders Insurance Group
Stephanie Weaver, Esq., Law Offices of Stephanie M. Weaver
Timothy Tharau, Fire Marshal, City of Torrington

L to R: Chris Jahn, EOH Committee Member; Amie Kabia, HUD;
Cathy Macias, EOH Committee Chair;
 Terry McCue, EOH Committee Member; Doug Feeley, HUD
L to R: Pamela Longwell, GA 18 Litchfield County Superior Court;
 Linda Robertson, Founders Insurance Group;
Salmun Kazerounian, Fair Housing Center of CT;
 Amie Kabia, HUD; Doug Feeley, HUD
L to R: Timothy Tharau, Torrington Fire Marshall;
Stepanie Weaver, Law Offices of Stepanie M. Weaver;
Robert J De Cosmo, CT Property Owners Alliance
Elks Lodge Crudités and Beverage Service
Door Prize: Sponsored by The Real Estate Book
Winner: Gayle G.
EOHP Attendees
MID YEAR LEGISLATIVE MEETINGS NAME CHANGE -REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - May 14-15 - The Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo has a new name - the REALTOR Party Convention & Trade Expo.  This year's convention is scheduled for May 12-17 in Washington D.C. For more information regarding the convention, click here.   For more information regarding the name change, click here Registration
NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS - Five winners selected for the REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards receive $10,000 for their charity and travel expenses to attend the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans in November. The awards recognize the extraordinary charity work of REALTORS®. Entries must be received by May 16. Access entry form. For more info, contact Sara Geimer (This information is provided courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS®)

APRIL IS FAIR HOUSING MONTH! - The National Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Program webpage showcases many ways to promote fair housing.  You can print the Fair Housing Focus Poster or Fair Housing Declaration and post in your office, distribute the April Fair Housing Focus Publication, review NAR’s Field Guide to Fair Housing, and much more. Please visit the following links for to review all of the resources available to you!  (04.11.14)

Fair Housing Program

Fair Housing Resources

EPA PROPOSED INCREASED REGULATION OF WATER - NAR is concerned that a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has not been adequately reviewed by the EPA's Science Advisory Board. The rule seeks to clarify which streams, wetlands, and other waters are considered "waters of the United States" and subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The new rule is broad in scope, inconsistent with Supreme Court precedent, and adversely affects jobs and economic growth. NAR is also disappointed that the agency didn't conduct a more comprehensive cost-benefit analysis that looks at the impact on small business. For more information, contact Russell Riggs. (This information is provided courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS®)(4.14.14)

LEARN ABOUT FHA POLICY CHANGE ON E-SIGNATURES - FHA discusses its policy allowing many documents to be signed electronically in a four-minute video with NAR Government Affairs. The policy was released in January and the agency says it expects to allow more documents to be signed electronically next year, paving the way for broader industry adoption.  (This information is provided courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS®)(4.14.14)

NAR COMMITTEE PROCESS FOR 2015 OPENS - If you're interested in serving on a NAR Committee in 2015, that process is underway.  Most committees meet twice annually as part of NAR's two regular business conferences, so please consider the cost commitment to travel to both meetings if accepted into a committee. This link (requires login to NAR's site) will take you to NAR Committee descriptions, the timing of committee meetings, and where you should complete your NAR profile, which is reviewed prior to appointments being made. The deadline to apply is May 23, 2014.

HOUSELOGIC REALTOR® CONTENT RESOURCE - HouseLogic content, a free benefit to NAR members, gives REALTORS® access to hundreds of FREE articles on home ownership, buying, and selling for their communications. REALTORS® need to know their NRDS ID to access this benefit which they can find out by contacting the Board office or by looking it up online. HouseLogic Video

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

REALTOR® Safety Forms: More Than Just Space Filler - Read this REALTOR® safety article to learn about the different forms available through NAR's Safety Resources. Read Article...

Safety Tip #2 - Checking-in - When you have a new client, ask him/her to stop by your office and complete a Prospect Identification Form (Find a copy online at Also, photocopy their driver's license and retain this information at your office.  Be certain to properly discard this personal information when you no longer need it. 

REALTOR® Safety at the Office - Watch this REALTOR® safety video to learn about safety at the office.

FREE REALTOR Safety Webinar - Attend the How to Detect and Redirect Unwanted Attention from Past, Present or Potential Clients webinar scheduled for December 19, 2013. Registration is required.  Click here.

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.

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ONLINE CONTINUING EDUCATION - 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 SPRING15 to receive 15% off your purchase when you enroll in any online CE  course taken through our online course catalog! This promotion expires April 30, 2014.     You must use the following link to  register for these courses, click here to register. 

NEW COMMERCIAL COURSE AVAILABLE: Commercial Real Estate: Landlord Representation course is now available in The CE Shop course catalog!  This 3-hour course is designed to provide licensees with a thorough understanding of the career of a landlord representative.  To learn more about the course visit


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 - We now have the ability to provide our members electronic Keys and Boxes.  Click here for information and procedures on how to obtain a Lock Box or Key.   Please follow the procedures explicitly.