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CE CLASSES -  LCBR is offering continuing education classes in the month of September. For more information, click here.
 
FREE WEBINAR - The REALTOR® University Lecture Series is hosting the Mortgage Design Proposal: A Better Balance Between Building Home Equity and Affordability on September 8, 2015.  For more information, click here
 
CT COMMERCIAL CONFERENCE - The Greater Hartford Association of REALTORS  &  The Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies at the University of CT

are presenting the CT Commercial Real Estate Conference on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from1:30 PM to 6 PM at the Hartford Marriott Downtown in Hartford, CT.

For more information and/or to register visit, click here.  

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF CT HOUSING COALITION Don’t miss Connecticut’s largest gathering of affordable housing practitioners and advocates. The annual conference of the Connecticut Housing Coalition will be held on Tuesday, September 29th, from 8:15am-4:00pm, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. This year’s event promises 14 wide-ranging workshops, inspiring presenters, practical training and valuable networking opportunities.

This year’s plenary session features Chris Estes, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference. NHC serves as a resource for the affordable housing community on housing policy issues, communications and messaging and research on both the challenges and best practices in affordable housing today. Chris leads the organization’s strategic direction for its policy, communications and research work and serves as a national thought leader on affordable housing and community development issues.

The Connecticut REALTORS® is one of the event's co-sponsors, therefore, members of CTR may register for the reduced member's registration fee.  To learn more about the event, click here.   To register for the event, click here.
 

READING THE LAND COURSE - Thursday, September 10th - Sharing this great event that will inform you of very valuable information on several lakes........... It is at no cost and is presented by the Northwest Conservation District ... You register by e-mailing the gal at the end of the info....

FirstLight Power is partnering with the Northwest Conservation District to offer a free three hour “Reading the Land” course for real estate professionals interested in the sale of properties on Candlewood Lake, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Zoar, and areas of the Housatonic River in Falls Village and Bulls Bridge. FirstLight Hydro Generating Company (“FirstLight”) holds a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) for Housatonic River Project No. 2576 (the “Project”). Article 413 of the Project License requires FirstLight to regulate the non-project use and occupancy of the lands and waters within the Project’s boundary.

The course will be held on Thursday, September 10 at the First Light offices, 143 West Street Extension Suite E, New Milford, starting at 8:30AM. Attendees will learn about First Light’s Project Boundary on lake and river front properties and the legal requirements and processes for proper permitting. First Light’s initiative to re-establish riparian buffers on lake front properties for water quality purposes, as part of their FERC licensing, will also be outlined. Professional environmental consultants will be in attendance, as well, presenting the concept of Low Impact Development (LID) and the important role lake and river front designs for riparian buffers play in preserving water quality. Pre-registration is required. To register, please contact karengnelson@conservect.org.

Karen Griswold Nelson
Program Administrator
Northwest Conservation District
1185 New Litchfield Street 
Torrington, CT 06790
860-626-7222

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ANNUAL FUNDRAISER - This year’s Annual Fundraiser which is coordinated by our Public Relations Committee will benefit the Friendly Hands Food Bank and the Torrington Community Soup Kitchen.   Once again, the fundraiser will include the opportunity to win door prizes such as a $500.00 Bantam Home & Energy gift certificate.  To see the current list of door prizes and contributors, click here.  The committee will send out the Annual Fundraiser mailing to members in early August.
 

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 SEPT20 to receive 20% off your purchase when you enroll in any online CE course taken through our online course catalog! This promotion expires September 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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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.