January 29, 2021
President's Message
Hello Members!

It’s hard to believe we are already one month into the new year! Before you know it, Spring will be here. It’s time to plan for what should be a fantastic Spring Market! 

The momentum of the 2020 real estate market has carried over into the new year, and the statistics for last year are quite impressive. Sales statistics recently released by the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS® show a gain of 5.1 percent in closed transactions for single family homes, and an increase of 12.3 in median price. It seems the greatest challenge now is inventory. Hopefully, with the distribution of vaccines, more homeowners will feel comfortable with marketing their homes.

Nationally, the numbers are up as well. The National Association of REALTORS® reported that existing home sales were at the highest level in 14 years, 22 percent higher than a year ago. Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, predicts the momentum to carry into this year, with interest rates continuing to stay low. “Moreover, expect economic conditions to improve with additional stimulus forthcoming and vaccine distribution already underway.”

With all this positive news, it’s time to be prepared for what should be another fantastic year in Real Estate. Are you using the SentriLock lockbox system? I encourage all members to become familiar with it and all of the beneficial features. SentriLock lockboxes are safe and secure, and you can still purchase them for half price at KWAOR--check out the details on our website. Be sure to take advantage of our ongoing Lunch & Learn series, detailed below, and watch for special SentriLock training coming soon.

With that, I wish you all a happy, safe, and prosperous year!

Your President,
Greg Eccleston

KWAOR Members Corner
Lunch & Learn:
Purchase and Sales with Brian LaPlante
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:00 Noon

Invest an hour to improve your understanding of recent updates to the RI Purchase and Sale agreement.

A complimentary benefit for all KWAOR members.

Attorney Brian LaPlante of LaPlante Sowa Goldman has decades of experience in complex business and real estate (contracts, purchase and sale, leasing, condominium, zoning and land use, litigation, and construction); he also serves as legal counsel for KWAOR.
To prepare your questions for Brian, review the new P&S.
Click the orange button below this notice.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 838 6989 9830
Passcode: 730739

OR Dial In
1 (646) 558-8656
Lunch & Learn:
The Millennial Consumer - Cherie Roach
Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:30 AM

How do Millennials differ from buyers and sellers of other generations?
What will help you best serve their needs and expectations?

Cherie Roach is Vice President of Mortgage Lending with Guaranteed Rate Affinity, and has been originating and closing mortgages for 31 years. She is also a founder and instructor with the Rhode Island School of Real Estate.

A complimentary benefit for all KWAOR members.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 873 2882 1341
Passcode: 744596

Dial in: 1 (646) 558-8656
Lunch & Learn is an ongoing program brought to you by the KWAOR Education Committee. Contact Kathleen Papp if your company would like to sponsor a session or if you have topic suggestions.
CONGRATULATIONS to Brenda Fernandes of Renaissance Realty, the latest KWAOR member to complete NAR's C2EX (Commitment to Excellence) program. If you haven't yet checked it out, this free personally-tailored program is well worth any REALTOR®'s time. There are now over 50,000 REALTORS® nationwide who have earned the C2EX endorsement. Click here to get started today.
RI Special Election Coming March 2
The March 2 ballot will include seven statewide budget referenda questions for $$641,940,697 to fund the seven below-listed state projects:

  • Higher Education Facilities
  • Beach, Clean Water and Green Bond
  • Housing and Community Opportunity
  • Transportation Infrastructure State
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Capital Fund
  • Cultural Arts and the Economy & State Preservation Grants Programs
  • Industrial Facilities Infrastructure

Want more info on these projects? Read or download your Voter Referenda Handbook here.

Voters can choose to cast their ballot by mail, early in-person or at the polls on Election Day, and all active registered voters will receive a mail ballot application in the mail. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea's office sent mail ballot applications to all active registered voters. Deliveries began the week of January 18th. The Voter Registration deadline is January 31st.

Voters can again track the status of their application and mail ballot on the Secretary of State's website.
COVID-19: Updates from RI REALTORS®
Click the image below to check for the latest information on:

  • 2ND Draw PPP Loans (Applications Open Now!)
  • Eviction and Foreclosure Moratorium Extension
  • Tax Credits for 1st Draw PPP Loan Recipients
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