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OUR CONDOLENCES - Sadly, Marco Merati of Village Mortgage, lost his dad Michael Merati who passed away on October 27, 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marco, his family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 12:00 noon at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 160 Main St., Torrington. Burial will follow in St. Peter Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cook Funeral Home, 82 Litchfield St., Torrington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312. To view the full obit and leave an online condolence, click here.

OUR CONDOLENCES - Sadly, Lori Wallace's Sister, Patricia Lu (Bessel) Hiro, 59, of New Milford, CT passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lori, her family and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10am at St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church, 138 Candlewood Lake Rd., Brookfield, CT. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends will be received on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 from 4pm-8pm at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury.

In lieu of flowers donations in Pat's memory may be made to: The Pat Hiro Scholarship Fund, c/o Canterbury School Advancement Office, 101 Aspetuck Ave., New Milford, CT 06776.  To view the full obituary and to leave an online condolence, click here.

MOLD SEMINAR - LUNCH N' LEARN - Don't miss your opportunity to attend a FREE Lunch n' Learn sponsored by Tiger Home & Building Inspections at the Board office on November 6th from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM!  Attend the class to learn about Mold, Water Intrusion and the Real Estate Transaction. For more information, click here.

ANNUAL MEETING/2015 ELECTIONS - This year's Annual Meeting which includes the 2015 Elections is scheduled for Monday, November 17, 2014 with the social hour beginning at 5:30 PM and the dinner at 6:45 PM at the Cornucopia Banquet Hall in Torrington.  Many thanks to Founders Insurance and Village Mortgage for sponsoring wine on the tables and hors d'oeurves, and to The Real Estate Book for providing additional sponsorship and a $30 Citgo Gift Card as a door prize. This year's meeting will include the election of 2015 Officers & Directors and the beginning of the Public Relations Committee annual "Angel Program" for the 214 holiday season. For more information, click here.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH IS ELECTION DAY - DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU GO TO VOTE?  Do you know whether or not you are registered to vote for the upcoming elections on November 4th?  Do you know where you go to vote on November 4th?  To find the answers to both of these questions, click here.   Do you know who your current elected officials are?  To find out, click here.  10.10.14

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 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.


VOLUNTEER TO SERVE FOR 2015 LCBR COMMITTEE - The end of the year will be here before we know it!   Incoming 2015 President Bob Riva is seeking volunteers to serve on Litchfield County Board of REALTORS® Inc. 2015 committees.  He is encouraging all Board members to actively participate in Board functions, committees, etc.  Please consider volunteering for a committee.  To view a list of committees and their descriptions and/or to volunteer or online, click here.  09.23.14

LEGAL CORNER -  In the newest edition of the Legal Corner Board Counsel Stephanie Weaver discusses Compliance Issues with Photos Read article... 10.17.14
MATRIX TRAINING - CTMLS Director of Training held three Matrix training course at the Board office on October 30th.  We would like to thank everyone that attended and Lauren for coming all this way to instruct our members!

Martrix Training - 10 AM

Martrix Training - 10 AM

Martrix Training - 10 AM

Matrix Training - 11:30 AM

Matrix Training - 11:30 AM
Matrix Training - 2 PM

Matrix Training - 2 PM

FUNDRAISER DOOR PRIZE WINNERS: Congratulations to all of the door prizes winners from this year's Annual Fundraiser!  As the winners have been stopping in to pick up their door prize we have snapped their picture when possible.  To view a complete list of door prize winners and their prizes, click here.

Door Prize: 1/2 Page CT Home Navigator Ad
Winner: Torrington Savings Bank
Picked Up By: Jeff Geddes, REALTOR®

Door Prize: $25 Christy's Restaurant Gift Card
Winner: Judy Ferguson, REALTOR®

Door Prize: Two Tickets to Infinity Hall Show
Winner: Northwest Community Bank
Picked Up By: Monica Diulio

Door Prize: La Cucina Ristorane Gift Card
Winner: Herbst & Herbst, LLC
Picked Up By: Peter Herbst, Esq.

Door Prize: Warner Theatre Four Tickets to Main Stage Musical
Winner: Nadia Corvo, REALTOR®

CONGRATULATIONS TO TED MURPHY! -  The Board and all its members would like to congratulate Ted Murphy, REALTOR® with E.J. Murphy Realty on his election as the Connecticut REALTORS® (CTR formerly known as CAR) 2015 Treasurer! LCBR is proud to have one of our own serve as an officer on the 2015 CTR Board of Directors and we thank Ted for volunteering for the position!   10.29.14

Ted Murphy, 2015 CTR Treasurer

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOB RIVA - The Board and all its members would like to congratulate Bob Riva, REALTOR® with Realty Executives Northwest on receiving recognition from Connecticut REALTORS® (CTR) as the Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. Local 2014 REALTOR® of the Year! Bob was unable to attend the 2014 Leadership Conference, therefore, his award was presented by our Board's President Julie Fedorovich at a meeting at our office.  10.29.14

L to R: Julie Fedorovich, LCBR President;
 Bob Riva, 2014 LCBR REALTOR
® of the Year

MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT -  Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, its Legislative & RPAC Committee and the Home Builders Association of Northwest Connecticut would like to thank Thomaston Savings Bank for sponsoring the hors d'oeurves, wine on the tables and a door prize and the  following candidates for participating in the Meet the Candidates Night:

Senatorial 8th District
  Senator Kevin Witkos
  Challenger Melissa E. Osborne

Senatorial 30th District
  Senator Clark Chapin
  Challenger William O. Riiska

Senatorial 31st District
  Challenger Henri Martin
  Challenger Robert Michalik

Senatorial 32nd District
  Senator Robert Kane
  Challenger Donato Orsini

House 62nd District
  Representative Bill Simanski

House 63rd District
  Representative Jay Case
  Challenger Marie P. Soliani

House 64th District
  Representative Roberta Willis
  Challenger Brian Ohler

House 65th District
  Representative Michelle Cook
  Challenger Dan Farley

House 68th District
  Challenger Eric C. Berthel

House 76th District
  Representative John Piscopo

House 78th District
  Representative Whit Betts


L to R: Roselee Fanelli, LCBR Legislative & RPAC Ch.;
Challenger Marie P. Solani; Steve Temkin, Executive Officer, HBA or NW CT
L to R: Representative Roberta Willis;
Sherie Berk, REALTOR®;
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (5th District)
L to R: Tony Gioia, REALTOR®; Representative Michelle Cook
L to R: Senator Clark Chapin; Representative Jay Case;
 Challenger Dan Farley
L to R: Challenger Eric C. Berthel;
Mary Ann Hebert, NAR Director from CTR; Senator Rob Kane
L to R: Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (5th District)
Mary Anne Sok, HBA of NW CT Staff
L to R: Challenger Eric C. Berthel; Challenger Brian Ohler
L to R: Sandra Lavallee, REALTOR®;
Mary LeBlanc, REALTOR
®; Nadia Corvo, LCBR Secretary
L to R: Deb Chamberlain, CTR President;
Linda Hull, REALTOR®; Senator Kevin Witkos;
Greg Ugalde HBA National Build PAC Chairman
L to R: Bob Teittinen; Judge Diane Blick;
Julie Fedorovich, LCBR President
L to R: Representative Bill Simanski; Challenger Eric C. Berthel
L to R: Challenger Donato Orsini; Carol Anelli, LCBR Director
Challenger Melissa E. Osborne
Challenger Robert Michalik
Representative Whit Betts; Representative Jay Case
Stephanie Weaver, LCBR Board Counsel;
Challenger William O. Riiska; Challenger Henri Martin
Representative John Piscopo; Julie Fedorovich, LCBR President
L to R: Janet Luzi, REALTOR®; David Luzi, REALTOR®;
Julie Fedorovich, LCBR President
Sponsor Thomaston Savings Bank
Jason Alldredge, Affiliate; Tony Ponte, REALTOR
L to R: Lynn Farley; Carrie Case
L to R: Henry Rozewski, Treasurer of the HBRA of CT;
Sue McKenna, HBA of NW CT; Steve Temkin, Executive Officer, HBA of NW CT
L to R: Larry Fiano, CT Build PAC Trustee, HBRA of CT; Babe Fiano
Door Prize Sponsored by Thomaston Savings Bank
L to R: Jason Alldredge, Affiliate; Challenger Henri Martin
L to R: Bobby D'Andrea, Esq.; Gene Marconi, Esq.
L to R: Pete Winn; Larry Rabago, REALTOR®
Front Row L to R: Rosemary Jacob, REALTOR®;
Annesa Borla, CTR State Director;
Challenger Robert Michalik
L to R: Laurie Ludgewait; Paulie Arena, Affiliate
L to R: Gene Farley, HBA of NW CT;
 Henry Rozewski, Treasurer of HBRA of CT;  Bill Ethier, CEO of HBRA of CT
L to R: Representative Jay Case; Carrie Case
L to R: Tom Carey, HBA of NW CT; Mary Anne Sok, HBA of NW CT;
Challenger Dan Farley; Deborah Bessette, HBA of NW CT
L to R: Annesa Borla, CTR State Director;
Dorothy Beckley, LCBR Director
L to R: Mary Campbell, REALTOR®; Nick Fanelli, REALTOR®; Len Campbell
L to R: Tim Bobroske, President of HBA of NW CT; Mickie Ann Budney
L to R: Michelle Lucia; David Sartirana, LCBR Director
L to R: Debbie Videtto, REALTOR®; Challenger Marie Soliani
L to R: Violet Vaill; Ted Murphy, REALTOR®; Sue Vaill, REALTOR®
L to R: Jon Scheaffer, REALTOR®; Tony Gioia, REALTOR®;
Representative Michelle Cook; Kristine Girardin-Newell, REALTOR®
L to R: Priscilla Pavel, REALTOR®; Asher Pavel
L to R: Greg Ugalde, HBA National Build PAC Chairman;
Alan Temkin, HBA of NW CT
L to R: Sandra Conforti; Deb Maher; Melissa Manolitsis; Carol Monroe
L to R: Pete Winn; Leslie Columbia-Gattinella, Affiliate
L to R: Moncia Diulio; Debbie Videtto, REALTOR®
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER CHECK PRESENTATION - The Public Relations Committee held their Annual Fundraiser which raised a total of $4,800.  The proceeds were spilt between Thomaston Food Pantry and the Winchester Emergency Shelter. To see a list of contributors for this year's Fundraiser, click here.  To learn more about the history of the Annual Fundraiser, click here.  To watch a video of the presentation, click here.

Back Row L to R: Public Relations Committee Members: Marco Merati;
Jeff Geddes; Christine Kell; Suzie Larson; Ellie Peterson

Front Row: Bruce Mochan, Executive Director, Winchester Emergency Shelter;
Linda Hull, Public Relations Committee Chair; Kathy Duffany, Thomaston Food Pantry


REALTOR.COM DOMAINS AVAILABLE - REALTOR® members may now purchase a domain.   The first 500,000 NAR and 10,000 CREA members will be able to claim their first domain FREE for one year. Before you register, make sure you have the following: NRDS ID Number; credit card; and a list of the domain names you want to claim.  Remember, multi-year and multi-domain discounts are available. To learn more about the domain, click here.
DISCOUNTED E&O PROTECTION FOR REALTORS® - Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, REALTOR Benefits® Program partner, provides E&O insurance for REALTORS® at  special rate.  Learn more... 10.17.14
REALTORS® INSURANCE MARKETPLACE - Open enrollment for the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace begins on November 15, 2014. To learn more visit Open Enrollment Timeline  (10.08.14)

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. The cost of using TenantTracks is $59 per year for the account setup and compliance fee while each tenant screening report costs only $25. 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. 

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.

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 09.24.14

REALTOR® CREDIT CARD - Coming Soon! Through NAR's REALTOR® Benefits partnership with REALTOR® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, NAR members, Association Staff, and family members will soon have a new choice for credit: the REALTOR® Credit Card.  Available to existing an new Credit Union members, this card program will include customized real estate-themed designs, exclusive REALTOR® branding and options as well as important features such as no annual fee, a comprehensive rewards program, and competitive interest rates that you have come to expect from your Credit Union.  Be among the first to apply for the card. Plastic cards will be ready for release in November, 2014 however applications will be available soon.  To received notice when the application is live, request to be added to the announcement list.  Follow the instructions posted at  09.25.14

SOCIAL MEDIA & CYBER SAFETY VIDEO - Watch this video to learn social media and cyber safety strategies. 09.22.14

SAFETY TALK WITH CLIENTS - Read this informative article "The Safety Talk You Need to Have with Clients" to learn important tips that can keep all parties in a transaction safe. Read more... 09.22.14

Safety Tip #8 - Block Identity Theft - Contact the fraud department of any three of the three consumer reporting companies - Equifax, ExperianSM and Trans Union-to place a fraud alert on your credit report.  The fraud alert automatically lets credit card companies and other creditors know they must contact you before opening and new accounts or making any changes to your existing accounts. 09.22.14

VOICE FOR REAL ESTATE 8: HUD-NAR WEBCAST - Reminder: In the eighth video in The Voice for Real Estate news video series, NAR Director of Broadcasting Stephen Gasque presents the following segments: 2014 Midterm Congressional Elections, NAR seeks rural loan processing, credit access called key at housing summit and GI Bill: 70 year, 20 million home loans. (Provided Courtesy of National Association of REALTORS® Internal News Service Email Newsletter) 09.23.14



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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  08.15.14

MILITARY RELOCATION PROFESSIONAL (MRP) CERTIFICATION COURSE -  On November 17th from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM at the Greater Bridgeport Board of REALTORS®.  The MRP certification course teaches you about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best fit their needs and take full advantage of military benefits and support.  For a description of the certification and its requirements, click here. For pricing and registration, click here.  09.23.14

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.  09.09.14

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.   For information on obtaining an eKey which works on your smartphone, click here.