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IRS TANGIBLE PROPERTY REGULATIONS WEBINAR -  The Internal Revenue Service is hosting  a Tangible Property Regulations webinar on Wednesday, July 15th at 2:00 PM EST.  Some highlights include: general rules contained in the Internal Revenue Code; acquisition and production costs; improvements vs. repairs; material and supply rules; betterments, restorations and adaptations; and much more.  To register, click here.
 

LEGAL ROUND TABLE -  The Board would like to thank Board Counsel Stephanie Weaver for coordinating and participating in another Legal Round Table and for the the following guest speakers for taking time out of their busy schedules to assist with educating our members about important topics affecting the real estate industry: Marina Sadownick, VP & State Counsel, Chicago Title Insurance Company; JoAnn Fenty, AVP & Agency Manager; Chicago Title Insurance Company; James P. Steck, Esq., Ebersol, McCormick & Steck, LLC; Stephanie Weaver, General Counsel LCBR, Law Offices of Stephanie Weaver; and Joel Perlotto, Sullivan, Reis, Sanchy & Perlotto, LLC.

In addition, we would like to express our gratitude to Bridgepoint Mortgage and Prudential Premier Homes for sponsoring the event.

Legal Round Table Videos

RESPA/TILA Changes
Polybutylene Pipes
Foreclosure by Market Sale

L to R: Joel Perlotto, Esq.;
Stephanie Weaver, LCBR, General Counsel; James Steck, Esq.

Chicago Title Insurance
Marian Sadownick, VP & State Counsel;
JoAnn Fenty, AVP & Agency Manager

L to R: Melissa Manolitis; Jason Tuncy; Jeff Geddes, REALTOR®;
  Tia Haberen; Melissa Krebbs; Kim Brown

L to R: Shirley Zimmerman, REALTOR®;
 Nate Zimmerman, REALTOR
®

L to R: Trish Sherwin, REALTOR®;
Briddette Mueller, REALTOR®; Toni Osterhout,  REALTOR®

L to R: Michael Milo; Jennifer Barrett, REALTOR®

L to R: Rita Alfano, REALTOR®;
Bob Riva, LCBR, President; Sandi Pernal, REALTOR®

L to R: Carol Monroe; Amy Jock;
 Annesa Borla, LCBR, Treasurer

L to R: Sharon Gilson, REALTOR®; Bee Bothyroyd, REALTOR®;
Barbara White,  REALTOR®; Sandi Conforti

L to R: Dan Krueger,  REALTOR®;
 Karen Jones, REALTOR®; Cathy Macias,  REALTOR®

L to R: Chip Hoben, REALTOR®; David Luzi, REALTOR®;
 Sandra Becker, REALTOR®; Grace Shaia, REALTOR®

L to R: Ernie Rossi, REALTOR®; Carol Pyrzenski, REALTOR®;
 Jonathan von Oy, REALTOR
®; Sheree Rossi, REALTOR®

L to R: Joseph Mustich, REALTOR®;
 Ted Murphy, CTR, Treasurer

Standing L to R: Sharon Gilson, REALTOR®; Monica Diulio
Sitting L to R: Marina Sadownick;
Stephanie Weaver, LCBR, General Counsel;
Sandra Preston, REALTOR®

L to R: Chris Rabago, REALTOR®;
Larry Rabago, LCBR, Director; Mary Stevens, REALTOR®
 
NATIONAL BUILDERS ASSOCIATION - Litchfield County Board of REALTORS®, Inc. has for many years worked with the Builders Association regarding Legislative Matters.  We have had joint REALTOR®/Builder Legislative meetings such as, Legislative Night, Meet the Candidates Night and most recently Local Leadership Breakfast.  It has always been a pleasure to work with the Builders. 

We are pleased to announce that builder Greg Ugalde, whom many of you know from our legislative meetings,  is running for the Certified Chair of the National Builders Association.  If Greg is elected this would place him third from the top position for Builders nationwide.  To see Greg's candidate speech, click here.
 

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 SUMMER30 to receive 30% off your purchase when you enroll in any online CE course taken through our online course catalog! This promotion expires June 30, 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
 


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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.