Eagle County moved to the yellow level of the state’s COVID-19 dial effective at 6 a.m. on Friday, February 19. This change means there will be less restrictive regulations for indoor dining and events. For real estate, this means that “Field Services may operate, and real estate open houses must follow the Indoor Event requirements, including capacity limits.” One thing to remember is the virus is still here, and following safety protocols is still critical. By being vigilant, we will help stop the spread.
I want to share information about a program offered by Holy Cross Energy. The PuRE program allows you to use 100% clean energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro. For a small upcharge on your bill, you can offset your usage with 100% renewable energy. I signed up the VBR office and my home for this program. Attached here is a pdf, and I encourage you to share this with others. The increase was only $5 a month, which is a coffee from Starbucks. The VBR is working on completing the Actively Green Walking Mountains certification this year. This was one of the items to accomplish in getting this certification.

Have a great week,
Erica Kirk
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Committee members graciously volunteer their time to help strengthen the association's events, services, member offerings, and strategic plan initiatives.

Two top real estate agents share how agents can conquer their negotiating fears and become better advocates for their clients. From

The event will focus on the five fundamental tenets of Outthink Wildfire™ and feature remarks and a live Q&A session with industry experts.

Let's take a closer look at virtual showings and open houses and how this technology shapes the future of the real estate industry. From
This week!
2021 CREC Annual Update (Live Online)
Tuesday, February 23
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tod Franklin
4 CE credits

CREC Update classes are offered FREE to VBR members as a 2021 benefit!

Read more about the benefit here.
The class must be a VBR hosted class to qualify. 
This week!
NAR Ethics (Live Online)
Thursday, February 25
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: John Gillam
4 CE credits

The current cycle for NAR Code of Ethics ends on December 31, 2021. Don't miss the cycle! This class meets the requirement for REALTORS® and Appraisers.
At Home With Diversity (Live Online)
Wednesday, March 3 & Thursday, March 4
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. BOTH DAYS
Instructor: Leigh York
6 CE credits

AHWD is designed to teach real estate professionals how to increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends. It addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. Participants will learn practical skills and tools to expand business and effectively service all cultural groups.
Procuring Cause: Who Gets the Money?
Tuesday, March 9
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tod Franklin
3 CE credits

Teacher Tod uses current and past actual case studies and puts the students in an arbitration mock panel exercise. The panel makes a decision as to who will get the commission based on the evidence. 

Designated Realtors® (Managing or Owner Brokers) must complete Procuring Cause training once within a three-year cycle.
Contract Issues That Can Put You in Jail
Tuesday, March 9
1:00 to 4:00p.m.
Instructor: Tod Franklin
3 CE credits

This engaging class takes the contract and goes through problematic sections. Many of these issues, if handled improperly, can result in disciplinary actions from the Real Estate Commission or Realtor® Associations. This class gives the student hands-on best practices to avoid these problems.
Important note: For any online classes hosted by the VBR, links to attend will be sent to registrants prior to the class. Attendees MUST be on camera for the entire duration to receive CE credit (per DORA).
Capitol Connection from CAR

Included is an update from the Colorado Association of Realtors®' Legislative Policy Committee, and a recap of the State of the State with Governor Jared Polis and Colorado legislative leadership.
How Safe Is Your Computer? Check Out This Safety Checklist!

‍Cyberattacks can occur in a variety of ways, including routine things you may do when surfing the web. Here is a quick checklist to bolster your computer's security. From
2020 was a truly unique year, and housing was one of the bright spots of the economy. What can we expect in 2021?

Join the Vail Board of Realtors® (VBR) for a free 30-minute power update with Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors®. 

Join VBR for a power update!

Learn what is coming in this legislative session.

Bridget Garcia, CAR Government Affairs Manager, will preview the 2021 legislative session, including CAR’s legislative priorities. In addition, CAR will present a package of homeownership legislation that aims to break down barriers and increase access to homeownership.
Final week of grant applications

Nonprofit organizations that support the Eagle County community are encouraged to apply for grant and sponsorship funds from the Vail Board of Realtors® Foundation. The application closing date is this Friday, February 26.

Please share the VBRF's grant application with local nonprofit representatives.
Meet the 2021 Board of Directors
Meet Kira Taylor, REALTOR® and Vail Board of REALTORS® Director! Kira has been very involved with the VBR, including currenting serving on the Membership Committee, and formerly on the Affiliate, PR and RPAC Committees.

Kira is the 2020 Affiliate of the Year, an honor bestowed by fellow VBR members.
Meet REALTOR® and Vail Board of REALTORS® Director, Robert Hermosillo! Robert loves the business "and there is so much to learn," says Robert. "I felt that this was a great way to learn the business from behind the scenes."

Fun fact(s): Robert loves music and plays guitar daily. He also serves on VBR's Government Affairs Committee.
Partner with Affiliate Member, East West Hospitality, the largest property management company in the Vail Valley and earn up to 10% on vacation rental referrals and up to $1,500 on residential management referrals. Allow East West's local, on-site teams to take care of your clients.
Learn more about your benefits!
Did you know that as an Affiliate you have access to a free newsletter spotlight, Broadcast Email, and other benefits? Please join us for a 30-minute presentation and Q & A on your Affiliate Membership Benefits! This live Zoom call will be hosted on Tuesday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m.
According to the COVID-19 Dial, Eagle County is currently in Level Yellow. With the current Public Health order. It is much easier to determine which level each county is in with this system - and if you are working in different markets. You can see the restrictions based on each level for real estate, depending on the color.

All resources are linked for easy access.
The Welcome Home Bag Program is back in business! Please call 766-1028 or email to schedule a pick-up.

This FREE benefit is available for VBR REALTOR® members who sell a home. The "Welcome Home Bag" is a great gift for your buyer clients. Each cooler bag includes a picnic blanket, cutting board, set of wine tumblers, and a reusable shopping tote.
Mask Up with the VBR
Proudly sport the REALTOR® logo with a FREE mask from the VBR! Each black cotton mask has adjustable ear loops and covers the face from nose to chin - securing a comfy fit. 

Contact us for your free mask, or pick up several for your office!

The VBR staff is working remotely. Please contact us by phone or email. The Realtor® Hub Locker system is available for members to pick up items like lockboxes and power paddles bags after business hours!

The renovation should be completed by late January 2021.
Member Benefits & Programs
As a member of VBR, your membership includes National, State, and Local. We help provide the tools to enhance professionalism in the real estate industry.
Education Quick Link

There is no single entity that keeps track of all the education you have taken. Please keep organized, keep paper or virtual copies of certificates.
Increase your local knowledge in the real estate industry and become a local expert! The Vail Pro Designation is an educational program open to ALL VBR Realtor and Affiliate members!
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Vail Board of Realtors
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