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Join BAR at our first luncheon of the year.
March 14th, 10:30 doors open
The Club- 1 Robert S. Smith Dr, Bham
Featuring Dr. Kevin Elko , national consultant to many top professional football teams and Fortune 500 businesses. Watch the video to see Dr. Elko in action.We are filling up fast! Get your seat today, Register Here..
re A L News You Can Use
Home Values Exceed 2006 Numbers

NAR magazine reports that most metros are seeing peak pricing with values exceeding 2006 numbers. Birmingham has seen an average increase of $19,400 since 2009. To see how Birmingham compares to the rest of the country read the full article here...
5 Tax Breaks That End With This Year's Return

To read about possible workarounds read the entire article here...
Home Prices Up Over 6% in Our East South Central Region
The Federal Housing Finance Agency released its quarterly report; these are year over year figures. Graphic: Keeping Current Matters.
Rookie Tip- Photo Quality & Quantity As A Differentiator

Are you getting the listing appointment but not the listing? Use photo quality & quantity as a differentiator. Look in the MLS public search site, so many listings only have the curb/ exterior photo and none other, many have 5 photos or less. Many photos are of poor quality, dark, fuzzy, fishbowl lens, and even worse photos that show absolutely nothing (a closet door) and worst of the worst several photos of the same white toilet in the bathrooms. Invest in a professional photographer who understands lighting and composition. At least 25% of the photos should feature the kitchen from several different perspectives. When at a listing appointment, show the seller your photos and then compare them to photos in the MLS. Let the seller know these facts from NAR:

  • Homes with high quality photography sell 32 percent faster.
  • Homes with more photos sell faster, too. A home with one photo spends an average 70 days on the market, but a home with 20 photos spends 32 days on the market.
  • For homes in the $200,000 to $1 million range, those that include high-quality photography in their listings sell for $3,000-$11,000 more.
Monday Rewind
BAR hosted CCIM's C102 class this week for students pursuing the CCIM commercial designation. C103 is in July and BAR Members get a discount! Contact Felicia@BirminghamRealtors.com for more commercial information.
NAR RELEASES ITS LATEST PR CAMPAIGN
This past week the the National Association of Realtors launched a new campaign, “That’s Who We R®,” which emphasizes the separation between members and non-member real estate agents who don’t subscribe to a Code of Ethics.
AAR Capitol Conference

This year's AAR REALTOR® Day & Capitol Conference is being held at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa, in Downtown Montgomery.

MONDAY, MARCH 11-12 
re A L Member Perks
This Week's Happenings
March 6
RPAC Education Breakfast- Register here...

March 8
Bowl for Kids' Sake- Register Here...

March 14
Member Luncheon
Featuring Dr. Kevin Elko
At The Club- Register Here.. .

March 15
Rookie of the Year Panel- Register Here...

March 25
Broker Workshop
Arbitration & Procuring Cause
Myths Explained
Thursday, March 7, 2019
(8:30 AM to 12:00 PM)

Friday, March 8, 2019
(9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

Friday, March 8, 2019
(9 AM-12 PM)
3 CE Hours

Friday, March 8, 2019
(1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
3 CE Hours

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
(1:00 PM-4:00 PM)
3 CE Hours

Thursday, March 14, 2019
(9:00 AM to 4:30 PM)

Thursday, March 21, 2019
(9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
3 CE Hours
Thanks for your support!
Gusty Gulas
2019 BAR President 
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