July 8, 2019
Board Office Schedule this week
The Board Office will be closed at noon today, July 8
and will reopen on Wednesday July 10.

If you have an immediate need,
please email ibr@ithacarealtors.com or norma@ithacarealtors.com
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Tompkins County Environmental Health
Learn about how to find requirements and the process for installing a new system; what to look for when trying to identify a failing sewage system; and what a home buyer needs to think about when purchasing a home.  

Instructor:  Scott Freyburger,Engineer
Date/time:  July 10, 2019 (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Location:   Ithaca Board of REALTORS, 957 Mitchell Street, Ithaca, NY 14850

We' re happy to announce that the Ithaca Board of REALTORS will provide IBOR forms through Dotloop
As you know, the Ithaca Board of REALTORS will be changing services from Instanet to Dotloop to provide transaction management services.

To facilitate the transition Dotloop software will be available in August after the training on August 6, 2019 . Training will take place at three different times: 9-11 a.m. 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Tentatively training will be held at the Clarion Inn on Triphammer Road. 
Dotloop empowers you to manage documents, eSignatures, storage, and overall broker collaboration - all in one platform. Dotloop is an online workspace that connects everyone and everything needed to complete a real estate transaction in one place. Dotloop allows you to edit, complete, sign and share documents without ever needing to print, fax or email.
Save the Date for a Destination Education
Network, Have Fun, and Earn Continuing Education Credits
Over this two day period learn with Craig Grant, Roseanne Farrow, and others and earn 8 hours of continuing education. Then...

You won't want to miss the social hour on Wednesday night. It is sure to be a good time. Stay overnight for only $119 CE is only $150
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Wednesday – 2 Classes with Craig Grant

Noon - 1:00 pm
Lunch Power Session - 60 Apps in 60 Minutes
Learn about the best apps for your phone/tablet to enhance your real estate business. (Box lunch provided)
1 CE Hour

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The REALTORS® Essential Tech Toolbox & Buying Guide

This course will give you Craig's expert advice on how to pick the right Mobile Devices, Apps & Internet Service Provider, Office/Contact/Lead Management Software, Digital Cameras, Office Phone Solutions, Anti-Virus, and much more that will allow you to run your business in the most cost- & time-efficient manner.
4 CE Hours

Earn 8 hours Continuing Education credit.
Wednesday night social hour is sure to be a good time.
Stay overnight for just $119*.
Thursday Morning -
Non-CE Classes

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jim Rollo - Insurance

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Faith Sigler - Financial Planning

11:00 am - Noon
Bob Evans - realtor.com

Thursday Afternoon -
Roseann Farrow
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Create & Maintain a Win-Win Relationship with Clients
Let’s face it…the market is always changing, and consumers are more savvy! So that means it’s time to rethink your attitude, tweak your scripts, and adjust your business and action plans when working with Buyers and Sellers. We’ll cover how to effectively address your clients’ paradigms, negotiate resistance, and
demonstrate the value of your skills & marketing expertise. Your willingness to embrace the demands of the marketplace is the key to ensuring productivity, profitability, and client satisfaction.
3 CE Hours
NAR Updates
Class Action Antitrust Litigation
As a reminder, NAR will continue to provide regular updates on the class action litigation as it progresses. Please feel free to share these updates with your membership and colleagues. You are also welcome to share the attached FAQ document that has been recently updated.

On May 17, NAR filed a motion to dismiss the Moehrl v. NAR lawsuit which we believe demonstrated that the plaintiff's case was not legally viable. In response, the class action attorneys filed an amended complaint on June 14. While the new complaint presents additional plaintiffs and factual allegations, as well as revised arguments, the underlying foundation of it remains the same. The plaintiffs' attorneys continue to misunderstand and mischaracterize the pro-competitive, pro-consumer MLS system, which – as you know – is designed first and foremost with the best interests of buyers and sellers in mind. As expected, the amended complaint also consolidated one of the copycat lawsuits filed in Illinois after Moehrl v. NAR. We will file a motion to dismiss this consolidated complaint on August 9.

On July 10, NAR will file a motion to dismiss another copycat lawsuit filed in Missouri. That motion to dismiss will focus solely on the court's lack of jurisdiction over NAR. We intend to file another motion to dismiss based on the merits of the complaint on August 5.

NAR continues to believe these lawsuits are wrong on the facts, wrong on the economics and wrong on the law. We remain confident in our position to stand by the pro-competitive and pro-consumer MLS system.

We will continue to keep you informed as events regarding the litigation unfold. In the meantime, we would greatly appreciate if you could inform us of any media inquiries you receive by emailing Mantill Williams, NAR's VP of Public Relations and Communication Strategy, at:  mwilliams@realtors.org .

Best regards,

Katie Johnson
General Counsel & Chief Member Experience Officer | Legal Affairs & Member Experience
Office: 312.329.8372
Council on Affordable Housing
President Trump signed an Executive Order June 25th to create a Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.

This Council will focus on eliminating impediments that restrict access to affordable housing, such as zoning laws, environmental regulations, building codes and lengthy permit procedures.  T he Council will consist of members from eight Federal agencies. These members will engage with other state and local government leaders, elected officials and private sector stakeholders to identify and eliminate the "regulatory obstacles that impede the production of affordable homes."  

Secretary Ben Carson will lead the Council. The Departments of Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Energy and Environmental Protection will be represented on the panel.

NAR anticipates the Council will create opportunities to provide its members with information and input related to this issue. NAR will distribute updated information on an on-going basis as the work process of the Council is developed.

At the signing of the Executive Order in the Oval Office by President Trump, NAR was well-represented by Bonnie Roberts-Burke, a Realtor in Washington, DC. and 2014 President of the DC Association of Realtors (DCAR ). She was joined by the National Association of Homebuilders and the National Multifamily Housing Council.  "From the National Association of Realtors, and as a Realtor, I thank you very, very much," Ms. Roberts-Burke said. "The American Dream is homeownership. We have the lowest percentage of homeownership that we've had in many, many years. And I think this is going to go a long way to increase that."

Russell Riggs
National Assn of REALTORS
Washington DC
Ithaca Board of REALTORS Annual Fundraiser
The Board's fundraiser this year will support the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's backpack program and children's summer foods program. If you wish to donate you may do so here .

There will be a chicken BBQ at the Board Office on August 24, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. - until gone. Dinners will cost $15.00 and all proceeds support the Food Bank's children's programs.
Technology Tools and Apps
Photo App that Transforms Images into works of Art with artificial intelligence
Reduce background noise
Doing more than just sell houses.