June 2018 Newsletter
REALTOR® & Rookie of the Year Awards

President's Message

Sharon Virgin
GFAR Board of Directors
Another month has passed, do you ever feel like they fly by way too fast (I know I do)! June is National Homeownership Month. It is a time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of owning a home. Check out the infographic at the bottom of this letter!

From NAR, "Homeownership changes lives and enhances futures, and many people see it as one of their greatest hopes. These individuals are counting on Realtors® to champion and protect homeownership and help make it more affordable, attainable and sustainable. As Realtors® we pledge to continue to lead efforts to ensure that the dream of homeownership is not only possible, but very real, for any and all who want to achieve it, so they can have a place of their own to make memories, start growing their financial futures, and build strong communities.

The National Association of Realtors® is working to engage consumers during National Homeownership Month and all year long with housing-related tips, news, stories and policy issues through Homeownership Matters , and HouseLogic , F ollow #HomeownerHero and let NAR know what being a homeowner means to you or your clients."

Upcoming events:
In June our leadership team will be holding meetings with members to give an overview of an opportunity to be a part of a Regional MLS. Watch for more information make sure you attend so you can learn about this opportunity.

What better way to show your Patriotism than to attend our annual Flag Day presentation on June 14th at 8am at Overlook Park. Once again our committee has put together a great event. Just as we champion and protect homeownership we need to continue to protect and show our support for our flag and our Country!

During May we had 161 new listings, 122 went under contract and 89 closed.
It is illegal for anyone to:
  • Threaten, coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising a fair housing right or assisting others who exercise that right
  • Advertise or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, handicap, or age. This prohibition against discriminatory advertising applies to single-family and owner-occupied housing that is otherwise exempt from the Fair Housing Act.

Familial Status is one of the most overlooked protected classes. With this in mind refrain from using the following words or variants in your listings:
  • Family, Child, Children, Kids, Mother, Father, Grandmother, Grandfather, Brother, Sister, Siblings, Adult, Couple, Husband, Wife, Man, Woman, etc.

If you have any questions please contact GFAR or Montana Fair Housing!
BOD Tackles Dues Increase, Ethics Compliance
NAR’s Board of Directors votes for measures that will strengthen enforcement of the Code of Ethics, marking “a huge shift that members have been asking for.”

Are you registered to vote? Link   https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo
Looking to Become a Broker??

The Great Falls Broker Licensing Class
8:30am - 5:30pm
June 18th - June 24th

Held at:
Technology & Education Center
Twilite Center Business Park
207 Smelter Avenue NE Suite #7
Great Falls, MT 59404


Are you a new agent?
If so, you need to attend the new member orientation before you can be inducted into the
Great Falls Association of REALTORS®

Upcoming Orientation:
Thursday, June 7th 10am - 4pm
Friday, June 8th 9am - 3pm
* Both Days Required

Call the GFAR office to register or kristine@gtfar.com
Last Chance for Code of Ethics at GFAR in 2018!!
How to Use the Code of Ethics to Win More Listings

Taught By: Leigh Brown
June 27th 11:00am - 2:00pm at GFAR

Are you ready to participate in a required class in a fun and non-traditional way? Class taught by world-renowned speaker and coach, Leigh Brown. This course meets the NAR code of ethics requirement for the current cycle.

Celebrate & Show Your Patriotic Spirit!

Guest Speakers

Student Essay Contest Winners

The Raising of the Flag

Special Presentations
June Calendar

June 6th - 10:00am
MLS Committee

June 7th - 9:00am
Member Meeting -
Matt Bolton,
406 Inspections

June 8th & 9th
New Member Orientation

June 14th - 8:00am
Flag Day Ceremony
Overlook Park
(No Member Meeting)

June 17th - All Day
Father's Day

June 20th - 8:30am
Board of Directors

June 21st - 9:00am
Member Meeting -
Lea McGiboney/
Cindy Stone -
Rural Development

June 21st - All Day
1st Day of Summer!

June 27th -
Education -
How to Use the Code of Ethics to Win More Listings - Webinar, Leigh Brown

June 28th - 9:00am
Member Meeting -
Barbara Bessette - House District #24

June 28th - 5-9pm
Burgers for Benefits

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June 14th
Overlook Park
How to Use Code of Ethics to Win More Listings

June 27, 2018
11am - 2pm

Taught By:
Leigh Brown
(3 Hours CE)

*This course meets the NAR code of ethics requirement for the current cycle.

Fair Housing Class  

September 27, 2018
1pm - 4pm

Taught By: Pam Bean
(3 Hours CE)
Panel of experts, focuses on requests for accommodations for service & assistance animals.

Consumer Safety in the Field

August 30, 2018
8am - 12pm

Taught By: Will Parker
(4 Hours CE)

Topics covered will include: the purpose of a personal and home protection plan, conflict avoidance, situational awareness, home security and defense, the physiology of Fight or Flight, and more!

You may have noticed registering for Education & Events isn't quite the same as it was before! In addition to our new website, we have transitioned to using Eventbrite for all of our events. This FREE service is easy to use and keeps you up to date on what you've registered for! Want to see everything we have coming up? Visit our website, or head straight to our Event Page!
Touch ID & Facial Recognition

Android and iPhone users will now have the ability to set up Touch ID and Facial Recognition to quickly and easily access your most used functions. You are able to use the new recognition feature in place of your PIN to help you be more efficient.
Flag Day in 2009
Save the Date!
The 2018 Friends of the Flag Golf Tournament will be held on September 6, 2018. Start getting your teams together now! Registration and other information will be coming soon!