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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
 

LEGAL CORNER -  In the newest edition of the Legal Corner Board Counsel Stephanie Weaver discusses Compliance Issues with Photos Read article... 10.17.14
 

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 and to register, click here. 09.28.14
 

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

 

FREE WEBINAR ON OPEN HOUSES - OCTOBER 21, 2014 -  Don't miss your opportunity to attend this informative webinar on Tuesday, October 21st at 1:00 PM EST.   Attendees will receive tools and dialogue to get bigger rewards from open house efforts. In this webinar: photo study of what not to do; best of 100's of tips submitted this year on open house follow-up; Apps to use on your Ipad or mobile device for sign-ins; free tools you can use right away to brighten up your open; and remove the drudgery from open house follow-up--see a demo. Learn more... 10.17.14
 
REALTOR.COM DOMAINS LAUNCH OCTOBER 23RD -  Starting on October 23, 2014 members will be able to go to www.claim.REALTOR.  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. 10.17.14
 
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.
 
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
 

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.
 

REALTOR® SAFETY TIPS CARDS AVAILABLE -  NAR offers REALTOR® Safety Tips Cards to REALTOR® members for as a free download or in a pack of 100 for only $9.99.  Learn more... 10.17.14
 

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE REGISTRATION - Have you registered to attend this year's Leadership Conference & State/Local Board Leadership Program?  We especially hope you will attend to show your support for Ted Murphy who will be recognized as CTR's 2015 Treasurer, Linda Fercodini and Mary Ann Hebert who will be recognized as 2015 NAR Directors and Bob Riva who will be recognized as LCBR's 2014 REALTOR® of the Year.

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/. 10.02.14
 

REALTORS® INSURANCE MARKETPLACE - Open enrollment for the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace begins on November 15, 2014. To learn more visit www.realtorsinsurancemaretplace.com Open Enrollment Timeline  (10.08.14)
 
REALTOR.COM LEADERSHIP UPDATE - The current issue of REALTOR.com Leadership Update includes: "The Road to Number One", from Move, Inc. CEO, Steve Berkowitz; Advocacy: NAR's Consumer Action Center on realtor.com; Focus on CIPS: Promoting REALTOR Designations and Certifications; and Industry Awards: Move, Inc. and realtor.com. This report was created at the request of NAR Leadership and is intended to NAR members understand realtor.com and its efforts to expand ways to for REALTORS to connect with consumers.  10.17.14
 

ANNUAL ECAR COMMERCIAL CONFERENCE - Sharpen your commercial skills by attending this three hour conference that features noted Connecticut economist Don Klepper-Smith as keynote speaker.  You'll also have the opportunity to market your commercial Listings and find properties for your buyer.  To view the agenda, pricing, location, etc. download the registration form or to register online, click here.  (10.06.14)
 

GRI II SERIES COURSES - The Valley Association of REALTORS® is hosting the GRI II Series courses on October 27, 29, November 3 & 5 at their offices in Derby, CT. To find out more information and pricing, click here. 10.02.14
 

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 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.  Elks Lodge Training Video 09.01.14
 

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 www.tenanttracks.com. 09.24.14
 

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
 

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 REALTOR.org/REALTORCreditCard.  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
 

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/.  09.09.14
 


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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
 

EDUCATION PANEL -  The Board and the Education Committee would like to thank everyone that attended this year's Education Panel as well as the program sponsors and speakers.  Many thanks to TD Bank for sponsoring the event and providing three $25.00 Visa gift cards for door prizes, and to the Real Estate Book for providing additional sponsorship and a $30 Citgo Gift Card for a door prize.

We greatly appreciate the the following guest speakers taking time out of their busy schedules to educate our members on their areas of expertise: Nancy Farley, Stakeholder Liaison, Small Business & Self Employee Division - Hartford Office, Internal Revenue Service;  Paul Hurlbut, Vice President, Professional Water Systems, Inc.; Tom Stansfield, Deputy Director of Health & Tracy Graziano, Health Inspector, Torrington Area Health District; and Stephanie Weaver, Esq., Law Offices of Stephanie Weaver. 09.19.14

Program Videos

Legal Update

Torrington Area Health District

Water Quality Testing & Treatments

 

L to R: Donna September; Kristne Pescatore;
Deanna Joyce; Mary Cowhey; Peter Andretotto

L to R: Sandra Becker, Education Committee Chair;
 Tom Stansfield, Deputy Director of Health, TAHD;
 Tracy Graziano, Health Inspector, TAHD

Nancy Farley, Stakeholder Liaison, IRS

Paul Hurlbut, VP, Professional Water Systems, Inc.

Stephanie Weaver, Esq., Law Offices of Stephanie Weaver

Kim D'Andrea, REALTOR®

David Luzi, REALTOR®

Diane Carroll, REALTOR®; Sharon Chase, REALTOR®

L to R: Rita Alfano, REALTOR®; Mike Milo; Sharon Chase, REALTOR®

L to R: Stephanie Weaver, Esq.; Roland Leal, REALTOR®

L to R: Bee Bothroyd, REALTOR®; Stephanie Weaver, Esq.

L to R: Nadia Corvo, LCBR Director; Pat D'Amore, REALTOR®;
 David D'Amore, REALTOR
®; David Luzi, REALTOR®


L to R: Barbara Ferrarotti, REALTOR®; Bee Bothroyd, REALTOR®;
Margo Skaret, LCBR Treasurer;  Barbara White, REALTOR
®;
 Tricia Sherwin, REALTOR
®
 

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.