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LOCAL LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST -  The Education Committee would like to extend their gratitude to the following local leaders for taking time out of their busy schedules to meet with our members: First Selectman Donald Stein; First Selectman Lenny Assard; First Selectman Patricia Mechare; First Selectman Gordon Ridgeway; First Selectman Michael Criss; First Selectman Leo Paul, Jr.; First Selectman Dan Jerram; First Selectman Edmond Mone; Mayor Elinor Carbone; Mayor Candace Bouchard; andFirst Selectman William Butterly.

We would also like to thank the following Bridgepoint Mortgage for sponsoring the program and a providing a 32" HDTV as a door prize, Tiger Home & Building Inspections for sponsoring the program and providing a $25 gas card as a door prize, Daley Moving & Storage, Inc. for sponsoring the program, and The Real Estate Book for providing a $30 Citgo gift card as a door prize.
 

L to R: Roselee Fanelli, LCBR Legislative & RPAC Committee Ch;
Greg Ugalde, National Build PAC Chairman

L to R: First Selectman Lenny Assard;
 First Selectman Edward Mone

L to R: First Selectman Michael Criss; 
Mayor Elinor Carbone; First Selectman Dan Jerram
L to R: First Selectman Leo Paul, Jr.;
First Selectman Don Stein; First Selectman Edmond Mone
L to R: Bob Riva, LCBR President;
David Sartirana, LCBR Director; Mayor Candace Bouchard
L to R: Julie Fedorovich, LCBR Immediate Past President;
First Selectman William Butterly

L to R: First Selectman Gordon Ridgeway;
Priscilla Pavel, LCBR Director; Laura Berendsohn

L to R: First Selectman Patricia Mechare;
 Gordon Smith, HBA of NW CT

L to R: First Selectman William Butterly; Attorney Peter Herbst

Program Sponsor: Bridgepoint Mortgage
Chris Stokes

Program Sponsor: Tiger Home & Building Inspections
Brian Piers, LCBR Affiliate

Program Sponsor: Daley Moving & Storage
Gina Mariano-Bunch, LCBR Affiliate

L To R: Jennifer Brabson;
Marco Merati, LCBR Affiliate; Marcus Santore, REALTOR®

HDTV Door Prize Donated By Bridgepoint Mortgage

L to R: Chris Stokes, Bridgepoint Mortgage;
Carol Anelli, LCBR Director (Winner)

L to R: Moncia Diulio; Brenda Davis, HBA of NW CT;
Rosemary Jacob, REALTOR®; Annesa Borla, LCBR Treasurer

L to R: Len Campbell; Brian Piers, LCBR Affiliate;
Mary Campbell, LCBR Legislative Committee

$25 Gas Card Donated By Tiger Home & Building Inspections

L to R: Brian Piers, Tiger Home & Building Inspections;
Brenda Davis, HBA of NW CT (Winner)

Doreen Maher, HBA of NW CT;
Marcia Fecto, HBA of NW CT

Sue McKenna, HBA of NW CT;
 Rose Yurgalevicz, HBA of NW CT

L o R: Gene Farley, HBA of NW CT;
 Mary Anne Sok, HBA of NW CT

L to R: Ileana Santore, REALTOR®;
 Rita Alfano, REALTOR
®

L to R: Amy Ouellette, LCBR Affiliate;
 Doreen Whitney; Lynn Cossette

L to R: Carl Thompson, REALTOR®;
Catie Doughan, LCBR Affiliate
 

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
 

SOLAR PANELS LUNCH N' LEARN -  PosiGen Solar is hosting a Resident Solar Panel Lunch N' Learn program the Board office on April 15th.  There is no cost for members to attend, however, seating is limited and registration is mandatory. For more information and/or to register, click here.  
 
LOCAL LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST -  Don't miss your opportunity to interact with your local Mayor/Selectman to discuss legislative issues that impact the real estate industry. Attend this year's Local Leadership Breakfast on March 25, 2015.  For more information including a list of invited local leaders, click here.
 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN HOUSING PROGRAM - Our annual Equal Opportunity in Housing Program is scheduled for Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Elks Lodge in Torrington.  The program is open to the public free of charge and it is intended to educate Connecticut tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities and REALTORS® and real estate agents on their responsibilities pertaining to rental and fair housing rules and regulations.

The program will present speakers from the following organizations: HUD; CT Fair Housing Center; GA 5 Derby Superior Court; Founders Insurance Group; CT Property Owners Alliance; The Law Office of Robert F. Dwyer, Jr.; and the Winchester Fire Marshal/Housing Inspector.  A Question & Answer Period will follow the speaker presentations.

The program is sponsored by Bridgepoint Mortgage and Founders Insurance Group. 

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

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.
 

2015 REALTORS® HAVE A HEART FOR KIDS - The Public Relations Committee presented representatives of the Torrington Department of Children and Families with $2,375 in gift cards to various stores; the gift cards were the proceeds from their 2015 REALTORS® Have a Heart program.

To view the gift card presentation video, click here.

Back Row L to R: Diana Christinat PRC Member;
 Marco Merati, PRC Member;  Jeff Geddes, PRC Member;
Chris Kell, PRC Member; S Larson, PRC Member

Front Row L to R: Rayenette Riddick, Supervisor for Adolescence Unit, DCF;
Linda Hull, PRC Chair; Sandra Ruscoe, Social Worker Case Aid; DCF;
Jennifer-Ives Groebl, PRC Member

 

FAIR HOUSING CONFERENCE -  The 36th Annual FHACT Fair Housing Conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Sheraton Hartford South Rocky Hill, CT.  The complete conference schedule and information regarding the registration process will be available on their website (FairHousingAssociation-Ct.org) the week of March 9.  If you need further information on the conference at this time, please contact: FHACT Chairperson Margaret Suib at 203-854-7820, MSuib@norwalkct.org. 02.05.15
 

RAY GATES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION - Raymond F. Gates, Jr. Memorial Scholarship applications are NOW AVAILABLE!  Children/step children of REALTORS®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATES®, local Board/Association and CTR staff members are eligible to apply.  For information and application downloads click here or go to www.ctrealtor.com and click on the “Programs & Events” tab (username and password are required).

Scholarships will be awarded again this year in two categories: Academic Excellence and Scholastic Achievement.  Students are only allowed to apply for one of these two categories. 
 

SAFETY FIRST - Just a reminder!  If you receive calls to allow individuals access to a property for special purposes, i.e. repairs, winterize, things of that nature.  Please be sure to verify the originality of the request that it is indeed from the owner or bank or loan company, FHA, etc.  Perhaps ask for a copy of the work order from the bank, owner, or loan company before allowing such access.  Always double check!  Better SAFE than SORRY! 02.05.15

NAR’s REALTOR® SAFETY PROGRAM TO EXPAND IN 2015 - REALTOR® safety is one resolution we can all agree on. Educate yourself about the potential dangers REALTORS® can face on the job with the resources available in the REALTOR® Safety Program. From videos to safety app recommendations for your smartphone to educational webinars, NAR is serious about your safety. There’s a lot more in store for the REALTOR® Safety Program this year too. New resources will be introduced throughout the year, including a new safety course, safety tips, videos and more. Be sure to visit www.realtor.org/Safety often so you don’t miss a thing.
 

NEW LOW FLOW WATER TREATMENT REGULATION - The State of Connecticut has imposed a new "Low Flow Treatment Wastewater" regulation that impacts any new home, new or existing and business that has or needs water treatment equipment.  Unless the home or business is on municipal sewers, then they would be required to install a L.F.W.T.W or "drywell" for short.  This regulation was created by DEEP and passed on to the State Health Dept. to implement. To learn more read the Fact Sheet for the General Permit for the Discharge of Low Flow Water Treatment Wastewater. 02.05.15
 

SPRING GRI & MRP COURSES OFFERED -  The Greater Waterbury Board of REALTORS is hosting Series 1 of GRI at the GWBR office on March 30th, April 1st, April 6th and April 8th.   To learn more about GRI, click here.  To register for GRI-1, click here.

In addition, they are hosting a Military Relocation Certification (MRP) class on May 20, 2015 at the GWBR office.  To learn more about MRP Certification click here.  To register for MRP Certification, click here.
 

HAFA SHORT SALES COURSE -  The Valley Association of REALTORS® is co-sponsoring a HAFA Short Sales course with CT REALTORS® on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  This newly developed coure from NAR on HAFA (Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives) provided in-depth coverage of the U.S. Treasury, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs.  Learn the similarities and differences among the three HAFA programs and gain the tools to assist your clients in processing short sales more efficiently.  Approved for 6 CE elective credits.  Learn more...   To register...
 

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 MAR20 to receive 20% off your purchase when you enroll in any online CE course taken through our online course catalog! This promotion expires March 31, 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. 09.09.14
 

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 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.