December 2018 Newsletter
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The holiday season is the perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to help those around us.

President's Message


Josh Lind
Exit JK Realty
Greetings & Happy Holidays!
I want to introduce myself to the membership, in case you don't already know me or haven't met me. I’m Josh Lind, a Broker from Exit JK Realty, and I’m your 2019 GFAR President. It is such a pleasure to be able to represent the Realtors for Great Falls and surrounding areas that are a part of our organization. My door and phone are always open to you. I welcome your suggestions and concerns, and look forward to meeting with and getting to know you throughout my term and beyond my tenure in this office. 

We have a lot to look forward to this year and have some big changes coming our way. The biggest change is our conversion to the Montana Regional MLS (MRMLS), which will be happening in mid January. This is an exciting transition that will help you provide better service to your clients. Additionally, the Regional MLS will provide you more ways to serve your clients, as well as improve your own business. We will have more information at our fingertips about our market, access to new markets and expanded opportunities for referrals with other offices and associations outside our immediate market. The Regional MLS (MRMLS) will now include the Associations of MOR (Missoula), NMAR (Northern Montana), Bitteroot (Hamilton), HAR (Helena), Rocky Mountain Association (Butte), and the Great Falls Association of REALTORS®.

Along with the Regional MLS Conversion, we are continuing to put an important focus on providing our members the best education available. We want to help you continue to be the top professionals in the real estate industry by having great speakers and events throughout the year. Also, we have a total revamp planned for the YPN committee. This will keep us engaged with our newer members and give them an opportunity to get involved in our association and community. The group wants to continue the great work our association does in Great Falls raising funds and organizing events like Stand Up for Students, which brings awareness to our homeless student population in Great Falls. We also rely on our Great Falls REALTORS® Flag Project to continue to fund raise and promote our Flag that flies over Great Falls.

Again, I want to thank you for your support and allowing me to represent you for this 2019 term. In the spirit of the Christmas, which is the season of giving, I believe that gratuity and giving have directly benefited me in my Real estate career and have helped me have success in this difficult industry. I have benefitted not only from what I have given, but also what others in our association have given and shared with me over the years. Especially when they didn’t have to or have any benefit from the act. I believe that the REALTOR® family here in Great Falls is one of the most generous organizations I’ve seen or been associated with. Give your time and volunteer in our community, and never hesitate to share or help a fellow Realtor. 
Josh Lind
2019 GFAR President
MAR Database Transition

Starting Tuesday, December 11th , MAR's database will begin transitioning to RAMCO. Please be patient during this transition. There may be some spotty issues throughout the week.
 
We are excited about this transition and the new features that will be available to all users!
 
If you are a REALTOR and need changes made such as updating an email address, phone number, or office location, you can do that through your NRDS profile at nar.realtor

Code of Ethics Two Year Cycle
Ends December 31st!

Verify that NAR has your correct
Code of Ethics information.  
Simply login at nar.realtor and view information under your profile to make sure you are up-to-date with your
Code of Ethics.
If you still need to complete a Code of Ethics Course, click below for course choices on the MAR website.
You can always get your COE course from NAR, but it will not count towards your state CE credits.
Dec. 15th is the deadline to enroll in a new major medical plan or make changes to your current plan. REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace can help, and it's available through NAR's REALTOR Benefits® Program. Licensed benefits specialists are available to assist you, and their help is complimentary.

REALTOR ®  says it’s all about the RPR app
“RPR’s app is like my MLS on steroids,” says Alex Cortez, a Maui-based REALTOR ®  affiliated with Island Sotheby’s International Realty. Four years ago, Alex came across Realtors Property Resource (RPR) as part of his research for an MLS training course he was leading. He was immediately hooked. Read more here

Upcoming RPR Webinars:

Residential Workshops    
11 DEC 2018
12 DEC 2018
17 DEC 2018

Commercial Workshops

 
 

Broker/Owner Workshops
20 DEC 2018
December
Calendar

Dec 7th
Pearl Harbor Day

Dec 12th
4:00-6:00pm
YPN Meet & Greet
Might Mo Brewery

Dec 13th
No Member Meeting

Dec 13th
5:00pm
GFAR/HBAGF Christmas Party
4101 North Park Blvd

Dec 17th
11:00am-12:00pm
Budget & Finance

Dec 19th
8:30am
Board of Directors

Dec 20th
9:00am
Member Meeting
Josh Tierney - CPA, new tax laws

Dec 24th
Christmas Eve
GFAR office closed

Dec 25th
Merry Christmas!
GFAR office closed

Dec 27th
No Member Meeting

Dec 31st
New Year's Eve
GFAR office closed

Jan 1, 2019
Happy New Years!
GFAR office closed

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2019 GFAR DUES ARE DUE
BY JAN 2ND!

Good news:
Dues are less than last year!

*Please let us know if you plan to go inactive!
We've scheduled some great national instructors and are finalizing dates!
Details coming soon.
Hot Miami Nights Christmas Party
GFAR & HBAGF
DEC 13th - 5:00pm
If you reserved a table/tickets, please stop by or call us to pay by Dec 10th. Tickets will not be given out until paid for.
2019 MAR Business Meeting Dates

Jan 23rd-25th Helena
2019 Winter Business Meetings
January 23-25, 2019 Helena, MT
Great Northern Hotel
406-457-5500    

April 24th-26th Helena

Sept 18th-20th Great Falls
Rookie Course
April 17-18:
Kalispell

GRI 2019
April 2-5, 2019  
Holiday Inn Downtown  
Missoula, MT  
Registration Coming Soon
NAR President
John Smaby to Discuss State of Industry
John Smaby sits down to discuss the state of the industry and NAR's 2019 priorities in a realtor.com® Real Connections webinar, Tues., Dec. 11, at 1 p.m., Central time. Share registration link to the free webinar.
GFAR staff wishes all of our members a holiday season full of peace & joy!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!