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An update from the Association Executive
Last week we started our Member Minute videos series. It's our new way to communicate with you about what we are doing at the Vail Board of REALTORS ® . Also, VBR Chair Crissy Rumford sent her first Conference Cliff Notes last week, recapping the recent Region 11 Leadership Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Be sure to read them if you didn’t last week. 



I have a few helpful reminders about lockboxes to share with you. Please make sure to fully close lockboxes when you're finished. Many have been brought in to the VBR offices with dead batteries. If you leave them open this causes the batteries to die faster.

Are you tired of giving out 1 day codes to out of area brokers/ contractors? SentriConnect is the solutions! SentriConnect allows the listing agent to grant access to a specific lockbox for a specific duration of time and  receive instant notifications  of when the SentriConnect user accesses the lockbox. Read more on SentriConnect
 
And in closing, congratulations to Betsy Laughlin for finishing the CAR Leadership Academy this week! Below are few photos from the event.
Phishing Prevention
During the past week, a few VBR members received suspicious emails and brought them to our attention. These emails are what's known as "phishing," a cyber attack that uses a disguised email to trick the email recipient into believing that the message is something they want or need. It's often disguised as a real or plausibly real company or person with whom the victim does business. Scammers may also use text or copycat websites.

One way to detect if an email is scam is to look at the sender address. The scammer may use an address that is similar to a colleagues' email, but is edited in some small way.

Trust your instincts if you receive a suspicious email. Don't click on any links within the email, or open any attached documents. Also, do not forward the email or reply to the sender.

The Federal Trade Commission offers very helpful tips on fraud prevention and detecting if that email in your inbox is, in fact, a scam.
The Best of the Blogs

Weed out the activities that don't help your bottom line, and focus on those that do.

Be familiar with the responsibilities surrounding the laws, and comply with them.


Incentivize real estate agents to focus on quality and service over volume and sales.
Vail Board of REALTORS ® Foundation
Sponsorships and teams available! Please contact Patty Sandoval for more info at psandoval@vbr.net or 970-766-1032
Reminder: Applications are due
June 15!
VBR Education
May 2nd:
Call. Push. Shock.
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Instructor: Starting Hearts
CPR Certification
$20 Donation to Starting Hearts
May 9th:
Resort & Second Home Properties Specialist Course
RSPS Desingation
Vail Pro Designation 
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Holly Mabery
8 CE Credits
$150 Investment- Includes Breakfast & Lunch

May 10th:
NAR Ethics 
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tod Franklin
4 CE Credits
$40 Investment

BECOME A VAIL PRO TODAY!

Get started in three easy steps

Step 1: Review the education  tracking sheet  to determine which classes you want to take.
 
Step 2: Review the class schedule and sign up for the classes you want to take. 

Step 3: Once you complete 80% of total classes hours (46 hours) submit your Vail Pro Designation  application.
 
Note: It is your responsibility to track your classes and submit the application
to become a Vail Pro. 
Legal News
In this edition of Colorado Association of REALTORS®' General Counsel Scott Peterson discusses arbitration.
Technology Tips
The Aftermath of a Tech Attack

Real estate pros who’ve lost money to scammers say their sense of security has been harder to rebuild.
VBR's HOME Magazine
May edition of Vail Board of REALTORS ® HOME Magazine

Real estate and mountain lifestyles are the focus of this monthly magazine. This month spotlights spring cleaning, prepping your patio for summer, and wildfire prevention and preparedness.

For advertising opportunities, please contact the Vail Daily's Patrick Connolly

REALFire Program
FREE Wildfire property assessments are now available!

Developed by the Vail Board of REALTORS® and Eagle County, REALFire ®assists homeowners in identifying specific actions they can take to reduce wildfire hazards. 

This program provides residents with many benefits:

  • An in-depth, on-site assessment conducted by experienced fire professionals;

  • An opportunity for property owners to identify mitigation actions unique to their property;

  • A detailed follow up report with customized mitigation actions designed to measurably reduce the wildfire risk to their property;

  • An opportunity to earn a REALFire certificate acknowledging their mitigation achievements. This type of recognition can be used to enhance real estate transactions, and can be shared with local insurance providers.


Let's protect our homes from wildfire!
Affiliate Spotlight
Vail Management Company is a full-service property management company located in the Vail Valley. We are a  locally owned and operated  management company with over 30 years of experience in managing private luxury homes, vacation rental condos, long-term rentals, and homeowners’ associations in the Vail Valley. 

Vail Management Company  does it all with our full-service, year-round reservations team , housekeeping, maintenance department, controllers and property managers. We’d welcome the opportunity to assist you and your clients with a rental projection analysis or answer any rental questions you may have. Let us show you how Vail Management Company can help ensure you a strong ROI with our high-quality service that can give you the peace of mind that your home is well cared for and worry free for you!
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Association Executive

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Congratulations to
our new Realtor® and Affiliate members!

Find trusted industry related partners in
VBR's affiliate directory. 
Support Lines
MLS Rapattoni Help Line
  MLS Touch App
Tech Helpline
and Sentrilock Support
REALFire is a voluntary property assessment program being piloted in Eagle County.

The REALFire program helps residents identify specific actions they can take on their property to reduce wildfire hazards.