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UPCOMING EVENTS………… DON’T MISS OUT! MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Finding & Sharing Content to Become Your Clients Best Resource (Technology Class) – April 23, 2015

Building Your Technology Tool Kit (Technology Class) – April 23, 2015

REALTORS at the Capitol –April 29, 2015

REALTOR Safety Program – May 13, 2015

Awards Night – May 18, 2015

Flood Insurance Lunch N' Learn - May 20, 2015

Matrix Training - May 21, 2015
 

MATRIX TRAINING AT BOARD OFFICE -  Don't miss your opportunity to attend a "live" Matrix training class at the Board office on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.  The following classes are being offered at no cost. Seating is very limited; registration is required.

To view a class outline of each course and/or to register, click here.

Matrix Add/Edit Listing
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Matrix Advanced Search
11:30 Am to 12:30 PM

Matrix CMA
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
 

REALTORS® AT THE CAPITOL -  Ride the bus to this year's REALTORS® at the Capitol event on Thursday, April 29, 2015!  CT REALTORS® has sponsored a bus to take our members to and from the event at no cost!  Seating is very limited, therefore, registration is required.  If you don't want to take ride the bus you can still attend the event.

As always, there are many upcoming laws that will affect your business.  All REALTORS® are urged to attend so they can talk one on one with their legislators to let them her their views.  For more information and/or to register, click here.
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN HOUSING PROGRAM - The Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee would like to thank  the following speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules to assist our Board with this public service program:

Department of Housing & Urban Development
Susan Forward, Director of Housing & Equal Opportunity
at the HUD Regional Boston Office

Connecticut Fair Housing Center
Greg Kirshner, Esq., Legal Director

GA 5 Derby Superior Court
Elizabeth Casey, Mediation Specialist

Founders Insurance Group
Linda Robertson, Account Executive

Connecticut Property Owners Alliance
Robert J. De Cosmo, President

The Law Office of Robert F. Dwyer, Jr.
Robert F. Dwyer, Jr. Esquire

Winchester Fire Marshal & Housing Inspector
Steve Williams, Fire Marshal & Housing Inspector

In addition, we are especially grateful to  Founders Insurance Group for sponsoring this year's program and Bridgepoint Mortgage for sponsoring the program and providing a Keurig Coffee Maker as a door prize.

Videos of some of the speakers presentations will be posted within the next day or two.  Don't forget to check back.

 
PROGRAM HOST

Cathy Macias, REALTOR®
Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee, Chair
 
Robert J. De Cosmo, CTPOA, President
 
L to R: Steve Williams, Winchester, Fire Marshal/Housing Inspector;
 Attorney Robert F. Dwyer, Jr., The Law Office of Robert F. Dwyer, Jr.;
Robert J. De Cosmo, CTPOA, President;
 Cathy Macias, LCBR, Equal Opportunity in Housing Committee, Ch.
 

L to R: Linda Robertson, Founders Insurance Group, Account Executive;
 Elizabeth Casey, GA 5 Derby Superior Court, Mediation Specialist;
Susan M. Forward, HUD, Director of Housing & Equal Opp. Boston Regional Office;
 Greg Kirshner, CT Fair Housing Center, Legal Director
 

Susan M. Forward, HUD,
Director of Housing & Equal Opp. Boston Regional Office

 Attorney Robert F. Dwyer, Jr., The Law Office of Robert F. Dwyer, Jr.
 

Steve Williams, Winchester, Fire Marshal/Housing Inspector
 

Elizabeth Casey, GA 5 Derby Superior Court, Mediation Specialist
 

Linda Robertson, Founders Insurance Group, Account Executive
 

Greg Kirshner, CT Fair Housing Center, Legal Director
 

Program Sponsor

Founders Insurance Group
Linda Robertson, Account Executive
 

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 REALTOR.com 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 www.about.realtor.
 

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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 APR20 to receive 20% off your purchase when you enroll in any online CE course taken through our online course catalog! This promotion expires April 20, 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 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® 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
 


MEMBER VALUE PLUS PROGRAM

 

MAKE OUR MARKS REMARKABLE - Watch this video to learn why NAR protects the value of the REALTOR® Trademark.  Video
 
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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.