KWAOR Updates / January 5, 2017

President's Notes

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy New Year. Remember, who you are today is not who you have to be tomorrow. Detach from things you cannot control, and focus on the ones you can, and know that sometimes the only thing you can control is your attitude..

Please,  if it any time throughout the year we can help, don't hesitate to reach out. Cheers!

Chris Fascione
KWAOR President
Regional Vice President's Notes

My thoughts regarding the current real estate market in Rhode Island as compared to my year as State President (2012):

The market has certainly shown signs of increase in both the number of units sold as well as the median sales price statewide. Information from our Association's Multiple Listing Service notes that there were 10,984 single dwelling units sold in 2016 as compared to 8,037 in 2012 (an increase in excess of 25%). Furthermore, the median sales price of a single unit in Rhode Island for the year 2016 was $240,000 as compared to a median price of $190,000 in 2012 (an increase of more than 20%).

While I am optimistic that the market has rebounded, I am concerned over potential legislation at the federal level that will affect homeownership - most notably, in the areas of mortgage interest deduction and national flood insurance. As the Voice for Real Estate, we are going to be very busy this coming year protecting the rights of homeowners!

Jamie Moore
Jamie Moore Appraisal Services
NAR Region 1 Vice President
Staff Tidbits

Your Association uses many vehicles to keep you informed on vital issues.  In 2017, KWAOR begins a new texting service to members.  The number will come through as 959-97.  You will need to provide the association with your mobile phone number if you have not done so already.

There will be an automatic opt-in for text messaging. Please notify us if you choose to opt out or reply 'stop' to discontinue the service.
MatrixMatrix Training Continues in January

Missed the December training classes?  Matrix training continues at multiple locations in January.  Click here to view the Matrix calendar and to sign up.

Webinar on Social Networks and Housing Markets

Date: January 27, 2017, 
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Speaker: Dr. Johannes Stroebel 
Associate Professor of Finance
New York University Stern School of Business

In this presentation, Dr. Stroebel will present a research on how house price changes occurring within the geographical area of an individual's social network impact his/her perception of property prices and the decision to purchase real estate.

For more information and to register for the webinar, click  here

The purpose of the Kent Washington Association of REALTORS® is to provide resources and support services that will enable its members to maintain high standards of integrity, knowledge, professionalism and community involvement, while protecting the public's right to own, transfer and use real property and to enhance the public's awareness and confidence in REALTORS®.
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Upcoming Events

New Member Orientation 
February 6, 2017
Lunch & Learn: "Appraisal and You"
Noon - 1:00 PM
February 8, 2017
at KWAOR office, EG
February 9, 2017
at ServPro in Westerly
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