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COUNTERTOPS 101 - LUNCH N' LEARN - Chamberlin Kitchen & Bath is presenting a Lunch N' Learn at no cost to members called Countertops 101 on December 3, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Board office. Attend this learn how to recognize countertop types, working within a budget, backsplash options, and much more!  For more information, click here.
 

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
 

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SIGN UP  FOR A TRAINING SESSION - Learn how to use zipForm Plus by attending a training webinar at no cost!  Some of the upcoming webinars    are listed below.  To see a complete list, click here

zipForm Plus Advanced Training - November 21st
zipForm Plus Beginning Training - December 2nd

Numerous zipForm Plus training videos are available youtube channel and on this How to Video List on the  To see a complete list, click here.
 

NAR CALL TO ACTION FOR COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE PRACTITIONERS- Urge Congress to Extend TRIA - Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002 - NAR is seeking Commercial Real Estate Practitioners to want to add their name to the thousands who will be sending a Call for Action to extend the Terrorism Risk  Insurance Program. TRIA was created following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to fill the void created when private insurers withdrew from the terrorism insurance market.  The "Terrorism Risk Insurance Reauthorization Act of 2014", TRIA for seven years.  To learn more about TRIA, click here. Take Action Now  11.18.14
 

NAR CALL FOR ACTION - Don't Tax "Phantom Income" on Short Sales - The current Call to Action is asking for an extension of "The Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act" which has helped millions of distressed American Families by allowing tax relief for homeowners when lenders forgive some portion of the mortgage debt they owe.  NAR is asking all REALTORS® to take a couple of minutes and respond to this Call to Action and to share this Call to Action with their clients, friends, etc.  Please note after you take action on this alert you will have the option to send a letter to the Senate as well.    If you want to learn more about Mortgage Debt Cancellation Relief, click here.   Take Action Now   11.13.14
 

CTMLS ANNUAL MEETING - CTMLS will hold its Annual Meeting on  Friday, December 5th at 9AM at the Connecticut Science Center.  All members are welcome to attend, however, registration is mandatory.   You can register here: http://goo.gl/CEzkw5
 
HOUSING TAX CREDIT CONTRIBUTION PROPOSED - The CHFA announces housing tax credit contribution proposed procedural amendments.  The public is hereby notified of proposed amendments to the Housing Tax Credit Contribution (HTCC) Procedures of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA).  Proposed amendments can be found here or you may call (860) 571-4372 to obtain a copy of the document.
 

ANNUAL MEETING - The Board and all its members would like to thank Founders Insurance Group and Village Mortgage for sponsoring wine on the tables and hors d'oeuvres, The Real Estate Book for providing a $30 Citgo Gift Card as a door prize and additional sponsorship, and Tiger Home & Building Inspections for providing a beautiful wine and cheese basket as a door prize.

The following new members were recognized at the meeting: Stephanie Bostic, The Washington Agency; Sharon Chase; The Washington Agency; Mark Cohagen, William Raveis Real Estate; Matt Day, William Pitt Sotheby's Int'l Realty; Sandra Lavallee, Mary LeBlanc Realty; Amy Reeve, Realty Executives Northwest; Susan Saccardi, Bruehl Real Estate; Melis Veldhuizen, Fieldhouse Country Properties.

Elections for the 2015 Board of Directors were held during the meeting.  Congratulations to the following: 2015 President Bob Riva; 2015 President-Elect Kim D'Andrea; 2015 Debbie Videtto, 2015 Secretary; Annesa Borla, 2015 Treasurer; Directors to End 2017 - Carol Anelli, Margo Skaret; 2015 State Directors - Robert Riva, Annesa Borla, Suzie Larson.

During our Annual Meeting  we surprised John G. Borden by presenting him with a REALTOR® Emeritus certificate and pin.    Congratulations to John on achieving REALTOR® Emeritus status!  In addition, we announced J. Thomas Mettling was awarded the REALTOR® Emeritus Status, however, Tom was unable to attend the Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Tom on achieving REALTOR® Emeritus status!

At the meeting incoming 2015 President Bob Riva surprised President Julie Fedorovich by presenting her with the President's Plaque in honor of her year of service.  Julie reviewed her year as President and Bob discussed his hopes and plans for 2015.

 

Julie Fedorovich, 2015 President

L to R: Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President;
Robert Riva, 2015 President

L to R: Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President;
Bob Riva, 2015 President

L to R: Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President;
Bob Riva, 2015 President

L to R: Kim D'Andera, 2015 President-Elect;
 Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President

L t R: Gene Fercodini, MSAR, Director;
 Bob Riva, 2015 President-Elect

L to R: John Borden, REALTOR® Emeritus;
 Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President

L to R: Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President;
Sherie Berk, REALTOR®; John Borden, REALTOR® Emeritus;

REALTOR® EMERITUS CERTIFICATE
J. Thomas Mettling, REALTOR® Emeritus

REALTOR® EMERITUS PIN
J. Thomas Mettling, REALTOR® Emeritus

Door Prize $30 Citgo Gift Card
L to R: Dianne Carroll, REALTOR® (Winner);
Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President

L to R: Donna Bannon, REALTOR®; Linda Fercodini;
 NAR Director from CT; Heather Roy, REALTOR®

L to R: Mikhal Coleman; Kevin Wright, Affiliate; Jesus Carrero

L to R: Lori Rotella, REALTOR®; Peggy Dufresne, REALTOR®;
Jennifer Merrill, REALTOR®;  Linda Fercodini, NAR Director from CT;
Rebecca Zandvliet, REALTOR®; Linda Hull, REALTOR®

L to R: Linda Fercodini, NAR Director from CT;
Debra Chamberlain, CTR President; Linda Hull, REALTOR®;
Rita Alfano, REALTOR®; Kim Brown, Affiliate

L to R: Gene Fercodini, Mid-State Assoc.,
Director; Bob Riva, LCBR, President-Elect

L to R: Debbie Videtto, 2015 Secretary; Kim D'Andrea, 2015 President-Elect;
 Bob Riva, 2015 President; Suzie Larson, State Director;
 Annesa Borla, 2015 Treasurer 

L to R: Debbie Videtto, 2015 Secretary; Kim D'Andrea, 2015 President-Elect;
 Bob Riva, 2015 President; Suzie Larson, State Director;
 Annesa Borla, 2015 Treasurer 

Public Relations Committee Holiday Angel Table
L to R: Christine Kell, PRC Member;
 Suzie Larson, PRC Member; Linda Hull, PRC Chair

L to R: Lourena Helt; Amy Ouellette, Affiliate; Doreen Whitney

L to R Front Row: Roselee Fanelli, REALTOR®;
 Debra Chamberlain, CTR President
L to R Back Row: Gene Fercodini, MSAR, Director;
Mary Anne Hebert, NAR Director from CT

L to R: Debra Chamberlain, CTR President;
 Dorothey Beckley, Director; David Luzi, REALTOR®

L to R: Diane Carroll, REALTOR®; Melissa Manolitsis; Kim Hanson

L to R: Jackie Hornish,REALTOR®; Alison Lundie, REALTOR®;
 Mary Sementez; Kim-Mai Mahon, REALTOR®

L to R: Jessica Dziob; Kathy Briggs; Wendy Healy

L to R: Jason Tuncy; Ashley McCarthy;
 
Jeff Geddes, REALTOR®; Michelle Lucia

William Pitt Sotheby's Int'l Realty

L to R: Bob Riva, 2015 President;
John Harney, REALTOR®; Sherie Berk, REALTOR®

L to R: Tricia Sherwin, REALTOR®; Gerri Kittredge;
Debbie Videtto, 2015 Secretary; Kim-Mai Mahon;
Freda Rogers-Shaw, REALTOR®

L to R: Asher Pavel; Priscilla Pavel, Director;
Susan Saccardi, REALTOR®; Steven Saccardi

Door Prize Wine & Cheese Gift Basket
L to R: Nadia Corvo, 2014 Secretary; Brian Piers, Affiliate

L to R: Jon Sheaffer, REALTOR®; Monica Diulio; Amy Jock

L to R: Marco Merati, Affilite; Diane Carroll, REALTOR®

L to R: Rita Alfano, REALTOR®; Joel Ralph; 
Cathy Macias, REALTOR®; Annesa Borla, 2015 Treasurer;
Mary Campbell, REALTOR®

L to R: Brian Piers, Affiliate; Mary LeBlanc, REALTOR®;
 Joel Ralph; Cathy Macias, REALTOR®;
Kristen LeBlanc, REALTOR®; Sandra Lavallee

L to R: Kim Brown, Affiliate; Debra Maher;
Bill Savoia, REALTOR
®; Karen Lopardo

L to R: Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President;
 Bob Riva, 2015 President; Stephanie Weaver, Board Counsel

L to R: Julie Fedorovich, 2014 President;
 Ted Murphy, 2015 CTR Treasurer
 

ANNOUNCING A NEW REALTOR BENEFITS PROGRAM PARTNER: PLACESTER®, INC. - NAR’s Strategic Alliances Team is pleased to announce the addition of Placester®, Inc. to the REALTOR Benefits® Program. Through this strategic partnership, Placester® will now offer exclusive discounts to NAR members on their turn key, mobile-ready real estate websites designed to enhance your online presence, with full IDX integration. Available Now! Placester® offers NAR members discounted pricing on fully featured and customizable agent, broker, and single property websites. Site hosting is included at no additional charge, and all feature access to premium customer support. Exclusive discounts on their concierge marketing program known as “Marketing Genius” are available to generate leads and drive traffic to your website. Through Placester®’s active relationships with 95% of MLS’s in the United States, most websites can offer full IDX integration. Learn more...

  11.11.14
 

MATRIX IS LIVE! - As of November 18, 2014 Matrix is live and fully functional, and both the MLXchange and Fusion systems are no longer available.  To access Matrix visit www.ctreal.com and click on the MLS Login button.

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.

Matrix Tip: Your email signature and other personal information did not carry over from MLXchange and Fusion, so you will need to go into Matrix update your personal information.  To learn how to update your personal information watch this this brief video.

Matrix Webinar: Several webinars are scheduled for the month of November.   Register today...
 

REALTORS® INSURANCE MARKET PLACE - OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS NOVEMBER 15TH- Don't miss your opportunity to enroll in an affordable health care plan! Open enrollment for major medical health insurance plans that meet the mandates of the Affordable Care  Act begins November 15th for plan effective dates of January 1, 2015 and beyond.   REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, a proud partner in the REALTOR® Benefits Program, is an exclusive online comparative shopping site, providing NAR members with full roster of insurance plans and products.  Site highlights include the private Members Health Insurance Exchange and access to complimentary consultative services from licensed benefit specialists.  

REALTORS Insurance Marketplace
Open Enrollment Timeline
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9 Facts You Need to Know for a Successful Open Enrollment
About REALTORS Insurance Marketplace

 

NEW ZIPFORM® PLUS FEATURES - New features will be available in zipForm® Plus on November 4th.  These updates will change how users create and execute transactions with their peers and clients.  Learn more...  11.04.14
 

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 for TenantTracks membership from now until November 30, 2014 enter LCBR in the Discount Code Field to receive your first report FREE, $25 savings.
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 www.tenanttracks.com.

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.COM DOMAINS AVAILABLE - REALTOR® members may now purchase a REALTOR.com 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.
 

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

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
 


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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 NOV20 to receive 20% off your purchase when you enroll in any online CE course taken through our online course catalog! This promotion expires November 30, 2014.    You must use the following link to  register for these courses, click here to register. 
                                                                                   

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
 

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 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.