GLAR Weekly News Update for Members
NEW! 2019 Forms Update
Newly updated forms and contracts for members will be released on January 2, 2019. You will notice changes made to the Residential Sales Contract, Addendum for Counteroffer, Lease, Multiple Listing Contract, Notification of Request for Repairs, and One Time Showing Agreement. You can view changes made to each of these forms by clicking on the document below.
Mandatory Terms of Use Coming to MLS in January
One of the roles of the MLS is to protect the MLS database. One way of providing protection is through copyright. For years, MLSs have been filing copyright applications with the U.S. Copyright Office for federal copyright registration of compilation copyright in the MLS database. And for years (decades, actually), the Copyright Office approved those applications. However, in late summer of last year, the U.S. Copyright Office began issuing requests for clarification of whether the creativity in MLS databases satisfies the federal requirements for copyright protection. Since that time, attorneys with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) have been in contact with the Copyright Office to explore what additional information the Copyright Office might accept to show the creativity in MLS databases. You can read more about NAR’s efforts  here .

Given recent uncertainty with the U.S. Copyright Office, we are reassessing our procedures to better position MSI to protect the database on behalf of participants and subscribers. We are updating our copyright application strategies and implementing new terms of use that clarify the MLS owns changes to the compilation.  MSI is not forcing participants or subscribers to give up ownership of listing content.  Instead, we are positioning ourselves to continue registering the compilation copyright (the selection, coordination, and arrangement of content; not the content itself) and changes to it.
The terms of use will appear on the login screen of Flexmls beginning on January 2, 2019. All users will be required to agree to the terms of use before they can proceed.  You will only have to take this action once.
The Terms of Use in its entirety is available here . For more information about copyrighting of the MLS, click here .
Association Office Holiday Closings
The Association office will be closed for the holiday season on December 31 and January 1st. We wish you all the hope, wonder and joy that the holiday season brings.
Have Your Favorite Charity Apply for our Community Grant
Do you have a charity that is near and dear to your heart that makes an amazing difference in our community? Have them apply for the GLAR Community Grant! Non-profits chosen through our selection process will be the recipients of proceeds from our charity events for the fiscal year. Deadline to apply for this year is February 8, 2019. Charities interested must fill out the application below and email that along with their W-9 to by the deadline.
JCPS Update for REALTORS on January 15
Representatives from the Jefferson County Public School System will join us on January 15, 2019 to inform REALTORS on the updates that have been happening with the school system. The panel will speak about the three main objectives of the school year, centering around the new digital Backpack of Success Skills, Racial Equity Policy and the schools’ attention to culture and climate. Their plans to hire & retain more quality teachers and the school board's future vision for the district will also be covered. JCPS strives to prepare REALTORS with information to help their clients make the most informed decision when purchasing homes. Bring any questions, Q&A to follow. Seating in limited for this event, so please RSVP to reserve your seat.
REALTOR Tax Planning Seminar Hosted by GLAR YPN
It’s almost tax season, and filing taxes as a real estate agent can be tricky. Learn about how and when to file and important tips including potential write-offs for Realtors! Bring your questions, and start your tax planning now with CPA Rick Fields & the Young Professionals Network! Lunch will be provided. Register at

Rookies Workshop: Learn the 5 Factors of Value
There is more to establishing the value for a home other than the numerical facts. Come learn from Joe Hayden how to comprehensively establish true value in a home with the 5 Factors of Value to consider when determining listing prices, followed by Q&A . Seating in limited for this event, so please RSVP to reserve your seat.
MLS News & Updates
IMPORTANT Notification on Square Footage
In January 2019, PVA will be removed as an option for source of square footage. The Board of Directors has recognized that the square footage information available from the PVA is often inaccurate and encourages members to use other methods to determine a properties square footage. The Association plans to offer training on measuring properties using ANSI for those agents who would like to learn more. 
Legislative Update
Legislative issues impact your real estate business everyday! Our government affairs representatives are continually working to remain on top of issues that affect your profession. Read the latest report.
Weekly Stats - Residential Single Family & Condo
Dec. 9 - 15, 2017 = 289
Dec. 9 - 15, 2018 = 278

Dec. 9 - 15, 2017 = 340
Dec. 9 - 15, 2018 = 299

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