March 2019 Newsletter
In the Spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
Mark Twain

President's Message


Josh Lind
Exit JK Realty
All this snow & sub zero weather has contributed to what will probably be a record-setting February for snow fall and low temperatures in Great Falls. As Realtors, many of us manage and/or own rental properties. When things go wrong at those properties it can cost thousands of dollars and a huge amount of time. Communicating with tenants about potential cold weather issues can help avert or lessen problems.
We’ve put together the following list of friendly reminders to share with your tenants to keep both your property and your renters safe this winter.
Winter Maintenance Tips to Remind Your Renters:
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses.
  • Cover outside faucets with insulating foam covers.
  • Turn off the sprinkler system.
  • If the temperature drops below 20 degrees, keep one or two faucets running slowly at all times. Water running through the system will prevent the line from freezing.
  • Keep the cabinet under the kitchen sink open so warm air can flow around the pipes.
  • Cover exposed pipes (both indoors and out) with insulating foam covers.
  • Call your landlord or property manager immediately if you suspect a pipe has frozen for further instructions.
How to Prep the Inside of Your Home for Winter Weather
  • Cover or remove your window air conditioners.
  • Turn your ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air.
  • Inspect fireplaces, and chimneys before using, and have them cleaned if needed.
How to Prep the Outside of Your Home for Winter Weather
  • Bring in potted plants from outdoors.
  • Cover any outside plants with insulating materials, remember to remove it once the temperature pops above freezing.
  • Brush off snow after each snowfall from trees and plants with a broom to prevent them from breaking due to heavy snow buildup.
How to Manage Snow and Ice at your Rental Property
  • Remind your tenants of the local snow and ice removal laws in your town. If your lease agreement states that your tenant is responsible for clearing snow from the public sidewalk in front of the property, remind them of their responsibility to do so. In some areas, if snow is not cleared within the required timeframe the property owner will be fined if the city has to do it for them. .
  • If your renter experiences an ice dam, ask them to notify you right away. House damage from ice dams can be costly and you need to manage it in a timely manner, hopefully preventing them altogether.
In addition to these winter reminders to your renters, don’t forget there are additional steps you should take as the homeowner to protect your property during this time of year.
  • Remove debris from gutters — water can back up, causing leaks and ice dams or damage to your roof and siding.
  • Inspect and upgrade attic insulation and ventilation.
  • Stay off your roof during freezing weather, but once the ice and snow have melted, inspect your roof for any damage.
  • Check the furnace or heating system to make sure it is in good condition before it starts working overtime to keep your renters warm.
  • Check the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they are working properly.
  • Consider installing storm windows to keep cold weather at bay for your tenants.
  • Have a plan in place for how to de-thaw a frozen pipe before it bursts. This might include installing heating tubes along exposed pipes, hiring a professional to visit the property, or asking your renters to point a space heater at the frozen pipe.
The good news is, most damage to a rental property (or your own residence) due to winter weather can be prevented with a little extra effort.
Josh Lind
2019 GFAR President
On February 25, NAR’s new ad campaign will share with consumers who REALTORS ® are, and differentiate the REALTOR ® brand. It’s the Code of Ethics that helped to inspire our new campaign, “That’s Who We R®”. The campaign will demonstrate the value of a REALTOR®, distinguish REALTORS® from the rest, and deliver a sense of pride in being a REALTOR®.
Members will be able to access campaign materials, including video, radio, print and banner ads, and social posts. Visit www.ThatsWhoWeR.realtor .  
2019 Montana's REALTOR® Digest
Check out the photos submitted by members for the cover photo contest. Our own Kim Martin had a beautiful photo featured!
You can view this years magazine by clicking the cover below.
Board of Realty Regulation Newsletter  
BRR recently released a newsletter that should have gone to all licensees. In case you did not receive it, you can find it here. * Read it!- A great way to stay current on regulations.
Kevin Taggart - Dahlquist Realtors

Jessica Chriswell - Great Falls Realty

Rich Corn - Coldwell Banker The Falls

Kaylynn Donahue - Live in Montana

Tara Elliott - Keller Williams, returning member
ROCK & ROLL RPAC RAFFLE
Purchase your tickets at the GFAR office for a chance to win a Montana sapphire ring or an ATV!
5 - $25 / 25 - $100 / 250 - $1000
Winner drawn at Sept business meetings. Need not be present to win.
*Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal or otherwise affecting your membership rights. 30% of each contribution is sent to NAR. Contributions are not deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes and must be made in the form of a personal check or credit card. *NOTE: Corporate contributions that are not replaced with a personal check are sent in full to NAR Advocacy Fund
SAVE THE DATE!
THURSDAY, MAY 2ND
IMF BOWLING EVENT
*Details coming soon on theme and event info
Want to be a Broker?



2019 SIX MONTH SCHEDULE
*CLASS DATES LISTED BELOW*

BILLINGS BROKER CLASS
  MAR 24TH-30TH, 2019
 $850 PER PERSON

BOZEMAN BROKER CLASS
APRIL 7TH - 13TH, 2019
$850 PER PERSON

GREAT FALLS BROKER CLASS
APRIL 28TH - MAY 4TH, 2019
$750 PER PERSON

MISSOULA BROKER CLASS
MAY 19TH - 25TH, 2019
$850 PER PERSON


BROKER LICENSING CLASSES ARE 60 HOUR COURSES
FROM 8:30 TO 5:30 EACH DAY
Tuesday - March 26, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Please RSVP if you plan on attending so we can get a proper estimate for our transportation needs! Register Here

  • WHO: REALTORS® in Montana
  • WHAT: REALTOR® Day at the Capitol
  • WHERE: Montana Association of REALTORS®
  • WHEN: March 26, 2019 - Bus will leave from GFAR at 9am, the event is from 10:30 am - 2 pm, and the return trip back to Great Falls will leave Helena at 2:15pm and arrive back in Great Falls around 3:30pm
  • WHY: REALTORS® around the state will gather at the MAR office and then go to the Montana State Capitol to meet with Legislators.
March
Calendar

March 4th
11:30am - 1:00pm
Member Luncheon
Bar S Supper Club

March 6th
8:00am - 12:00pm
Education Class
Trista Curzydlo

1:00 - 5:00pm
Education Class
Trista Curzydlo

March 7th
9:00am
Member Meeting
Jerrica Seilstad -
4-H programs & event

March 10th
Daylight Saving Time Begins!

March 12th
10:00am
Budget & Finance

4:00pm
Flag Committee

March 13th
8:00am - 12:00pm
Education Class
Terri Welborn
Code of Ethics

1:00 - 5:00pm
Education Class
Angela Klein-Hughes & Terri Welborn

March 14th
No Member Meeting

March 14th
8:00am - 12:00pm
Education Class
Angela Klein-Hughes

1:00 - 5:00pm
Education Class
Angela Klein-Hughes & Terri Welborn

March 17th
St. Patrick's Day!

March 18th
12:00pm
YPN Meeting

March 18th
Finished items due for Flippin (flea market) fundraiser

March 18th - 25th
Flippin flea market flip items on display at GFAR

March 20th
First Day of Spring

March 21st
No Member Meeting

March 14th
8:00am - 5:00pm
Education Class
Will Parker

March 26th
REALTOR® Day at the Capital

March 27th
8:30am
Board of Directors

10:00am - 2:00pm
Strategic Planning
Meeting

March 28th
9:00am
Member Meeting
YPN Group

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March 6th, Wednesday
How''s That Working Out for You? Hot Issues in Real Estate
Trista Curzydlo
8:00 am – 12:00 pm, GFAR Overlook Room   
(4 Hours CE)
Free to GFAR Opt-In Members; $120 to Opt-Out Members and Non-Members
   
March 6th
Wednesday
Put an Attorney out of Business
Trista Curzydlo
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm,
GFAR Overlook Room   
(4 Hours CE)
Free to GFAR Opt-In Members; $120 to Opt-Out Members and Non Members

March 13th,
Wednesday          
Code of Ethics
Terri Welborn
8:00 am – 12:00 am,
GFAR Overlook Room
(4 Hours CE)
Free to GFAR Opt-In Members; $120 to Opt-Out Members and Non-Members

March 13th, Wednesday            
Interactive Look at Forms - Angela Klein-Hughes & Terri Welborn
1:00 - 5:00pm,
GFAR Overlook Room
(4 Hours CE)
Free to GFAR Opt-In Members; $120 to Opt-Out Members and Non-Members

March 14th, Thursday           
Risk Reduction - Angela Klein-Hughes
8:00 am – 12:00 am,
GFAR Overlook Room
(4 Hours CE)
Free to GFAR Opt-In Members; $120 to Opt-Out Members and Non-Members

March 14th, Thursday         
Addendums & Beyond -
Angela Klein-Hughes & Terri Welborn
1:00 - 5:00 pm,
GFAR Overlook Room
(4 Hours CE)
Free to GFAR Opt-In Members; $120 to Opt-Out Members and Non-Members

March 21st,
Thursday          
Agent/Consumer Safety in the Office & Field
Will Parker
8:00 am - 5:00 pm, 1 hour break for lunch
GFAR Overlook Room
(8 Hours CE)
Free to GFAR Opt-In Members; $240 to Opt-Out Members and Non-Members
Register on www.gfar.realtor , use Education tab for class listings

STATE EDUCATION
Rookie Courses
April 17-18
Kalispell
NMAR at 406-752-4313 

May 9-10
Bozeman
GAR at 406-585-0033 

Supervising Broker
March 21
Kalispell
NMAR at 406-752-4313
GRI 2019
April 2-5, 2019 
Holiday Inn Downtown 
Missoula, MT  
*Registration is through the MAR website. You will have to login through the RAMCO portal to register.
Your username is your NRDS#. Your password is your last name with the First Letter in Caps
Early Bird Registration ends March 8th!
*Sign up by March 8th and pay $395
Alumni pricing is $195
CRS 200 COURSE AT GRI
There is a 2 day CRS course at GRI, April 3-4, 2019.
This course is already included in GRI 301.
 
*Use same registration as for GRI - Instead of clicking events tab, you will click ALL CLASSES tab. From there you select register, verify your class and pay!