February 2019 / Issue # 2
The Mid-Fairfield Record



FEBRUARY
  • 21 - Social Media Meeting @ MFCAR - 2:30 PM
  • 22 - Board of Directors Meeting - 10:00 @ MFCAR
MARCH
DUES REMINDER
The MFCAR 2019 Dues Invoices were emailed out the first week of December. They were emailed to you from Anissa@MFCAR.com .

Payment was due by January 31, 2019.

Please give us a call at 203-227-4418 if you have questions.
PRESIDENT'S UPDATE
Important information for you to know…
 
The CTR Board of Directors approved a $100 dues increase for 2020. Individual members can receive a $100 dues discount in 2020 under the criteria approved by the CTR Executive Committee, noted below.
 
Respond to any CTR Call for Action (CFA) by September 1, 2019; OR
Participate in a CTR Advocacy or CTR Charitable event, should there be one, by September 1, 2019.

When you opt-in to CTR's New Text/Messaging Program you will receive occasional alerts by text or electronically recorded voice messages to keep you informed about developments on important issues. The alert system maps members to the address in their membership record so you’ll receive alerts that have an impact on you personally.

I received a Call for Action text last Thursday, 2/14. It was to fight a new Buyer’s Conveyance Tax. It took me less than 30 seconds to send a letter to my legislators (Click, Click, Send). I received a text in reply thanking me for taking action. It’s that simple.
 
To Sign up:

  • Text CTR to 52886 to initiate the opt-in process. Soon after, you will receive a text request for a few pieces of information to complete the set-up. 


 
  For REALTORS® who join on or after September 1, 2019, or after the last CFA or designated event, there will be an opportunity for new members to respond to a generic CFA established by CTR before December 31, 2019. That option will NOT apply to those holding membership prior to that date.
 
Note: There are no provisions or goals that will rescind the dues increase for the entire state's membership in 2020. Responding to a NAR Call for Action cannot meet the requirement as the accuracy of the reporting in that system is not reliable.
  
That's all for now. Here's to a very productive and successful year!

Deb Alderson
MFCAR President
CAROL'S NEWS

REALTOR® Emeritus Status

A REALTOR® Member who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, for a cumulative period of forty (40) years is eligible for REALTOR® Emeritus status.

At the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, the Delegate Body approved an amendment to Article lll, Section 9 of the NAR Constitution, which outlines REALTOR® Emeritus eligibility.

Beginning with applications filed in 2015, in addition to the forty (40) years of membership, a REALTOR® Emeritus candidate member must also have completed at least one (1) year of service at the National Association level. However, for applications filed through 2019, the one (1) year service requirement may also be met through service at the state or local level.

This provision will sunset at the end of 2019.

Upon approval of an application for REALTOR® Emeritus by the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS®, no further payment of dues to the National Association is necessary by the member association of which the REALTOR® Emeritus is a member. Please note that the dues waiver does not take effect until the dues year immediately following the Board of Directors’ approval. In addition, REALTOR® Emeritus Members are exempt from the Code of Ethics Training requirement.

A completed application is necessary to begin the approval process for REALTOR® Emeritus status, which must be completed by the candidate’s local association. Documentation substantiating the candidate’s forty (40) years of membership (and one (1) year of service, as applicable) must be attached to the application.
2019 UPCOMING EVENTS

Since time seems to move so quickly these days, we wanted to share our 2019 MFCAR Calendar of Events hoping that providing you with this information in advance would allow you to mark your calendars with the dates of the events that interest you.  
 
Additionally, we are actively seeking Affiliate event sponsors. Please contact Carol Heins at 203-227-4418 or by email carolheins@mfcar.com if you’d like to be a sponsor.

DON'T FORGET TO PUT THESE IMPORTANT DATES ON YOUR CALENDAR.

MFCAR is pleased to offer a REALTOR® Safety General Meeting hosted by the Wilton Police Department and the Rolling Hills Country Club.  

REALTORS® should always keep personal safety top of mind by learning ways to avert or respond to dangerous situations and avoid harm as we practice our profession.

Wilton Police Lt. David Hartman & Officer Diane MacLean will outline safety protocol for showing properties and open houses including understanding physical and instinctual response to threats or attacks. Being empowered enables us to be safer while doing our job.
 
Additionally, Rolling Hills will be offering tours of their facility after the meeting. We hope that you will join us for this very informative meeting. 

Meeting is complimentary for MFCAR members. ADVANCE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

Non-Members Fee is $15.00 - Paid in advance.

Register ASAP to secure your seat!

THANK YOU
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO
&
FOR SPONSORING OUR NEW YEAR'S SOCIAL AT
OSTERIA ROMANA.
Marta Garcia & Bunny Mostad
Carol Heins & Ken D'Arinzo
Lauren Kinsman, John DiCenzo & Helen Cusa
PRINCIPLES & PRACTICES

Do you know someone looking to become a Real Estate Salesperson?

MFCAR has partnered with Agent-Prep and is holding Principles and Practices classes at MFCAR. 

For more information call Rudy Cenci at 203-521-9451 or
GATES SCHOLARSHIP
NEW MEMBERS

JANUARY 2019

Affiliate Members
Total Affiliate Members - 34

New REALTOR® Members
Total REALTOR® Membership - 1127

  • Adcock, Kelly - Wm. Raveis, Westport
  • Atwood Kottler, Laura - Compass CT, Westport
  • Bacoulis, Chris/DR - Realty One Group Connect, Shelton
  • Bentley Carmichael, Jenny - Riverside Realty Group, Westport
  • Christofor, Cara - Keller Wms Prestige, Stamford
  • Cromwell-Hunt, Carrie - Halstead, Westport
  • DiMeglio, Melissa - Wm. Ptt, Wilton
  • Gricar, James - Wm. Pitt, Westport
  • Higgins, Christine - Weichert, Westport
  • Johnson, Samuel - Berkshire, Norwalk
  • Minichetti, Marissa - Wm. Pitt, Westport
  • Monahan, Veronica - Riverside Realty Group, Westport
  • Nash, Gaylen - Wm. Pitt, Darien
  • Powell, Thomas - Wm. Raveis, Stamford
  • Smith, Ryan - Shelby’s Realty, Norwalk
  • Starno, David - Wm. Raveis, Wilton
  • Twombly, Jennifer - Wm. Raveis, Westport
  • Videler, Elizabeth - Riverside Realty Group, Westport
Market Trends

          DATA PULLED FROM SMARTMLS - INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN VERIFIED AND ACCURACY IS NOT GUARANTEED. 
CE Connection

2020 Continuing Education Requirement for Salespersons & Brokers

Every even-year, all RES/Salespersons & REB/Brokers must complete four (4) - 3hr CE Classes.

The 4 CE Classes you must take (in any order) are:

  • 1. CT Real Estate Agency Law & Fair Housing 1

  • 2. CT Real Estate Agency Law & Fair Housing 2

  • 3. Code of Ethics - Make sure you email certificate to mfcar@mfcar.com so that we can update your record in NAR.

  • 4. Elective

Classes due by:
Broker renewal period: 4/1/18-3/31/20
Salesperson renewal period: 6/1/18-5/31/20
 
Exceptions:
Salespersons who passed their license test between 6/1/18-5/31/20 or Brokers who passed their test between 4/1/18-3/31/20, are only required to take 1 class - Code of Ethics, which is available free of charge on NAR website: Click here to take the FREE Ethics Class . (make sure you email certificate to mfcar@mfcar.com   so that we can update your record in NAR) 
  
 Click for online classes:  http://mfcar.theceshop.com .


Coupon valid 2/20/2019

SMARTMLS CLASSES AT MFCAR - MARCH 26, 2019


See the transaction management tool Instanet and what tools it has to offer, topics covered include: 

*Dashboard navigation 
*Setup Options 
*Creating a Transaction 
*MLS Integration/Forms 
*Authentisign introduction


Learn how to utilize the electronic signature tool within Transaction Desk. Topics covered will include: 

* The different types of participants for a signing event 
* How to add participants to a signing 
* Editing tools 
* Checking the status of a signing


After mastering the search fundamentals, this class will help you to build on the basic MLS system as we dive into advanced search options in the Matrix system. See how to add additional search criteria, use the map to find unique geography, and customize grids for preferred information. Discover how to automate emails to your clients with ease and efficiency. Topics will include:
* Using additional search criteria and wildcards
* Understanding the Map features
* Using Column Manager
* Auto Email management
* Reverse prospecting


Fine tune your skills on creating a masterful Comparable Market Analysis Report and find ways to evaluate a listing price. Use the Quick Report when time is of the essence. Walk through the more elaborate steps to creating a CMA and understand how adjustments are done. We will also help you to manage your CMA by adding personal pages and using the editing features. Be ready for your next seller client.