NEWS & UPDATES
May 13, 2021
KWAOR President's Message
Hello REALTOR®and Affiliate members!

I’m hoping everyone is doing well and enjoying this beautiful spring weather! 

For the second year in a row, the NAR Legislative meetings are being held virtually. KWAOR leaders are attending meetings regarding subjects that affect our industry. 

At the national level, NAR is engaged in ongoing communicating with DC government agencies. and preserving REALTOR® Independent Contractor status. Other major subjects include the need for affordable housing, fair housing practices, cyber security, and improving website accessibility for people with disabilities.

Regionally, there are definitely common themes. The housing inventory shortage, which has caused a boom in multiple offer, above-list-price "bidding wars", has created a challenging climate not only regionally but nationwide. Agents are experiencing issues with escalation clauses, coming soon listings, waiving of inspection and appraisal contingencies, and overall professionalism. Not surprisingly, ethics complaints and E&O claims are up.  Buyer’s “love letters” are discouraged and may actually violate fair housing rules. 

Here at the Kent Washington Association of REALTORS®, we have heavy hearts with the loss of our past president, Chris Fascione.  In addition to serving as a two-term KWAOR president, Chris was the founder and president of the Kent Washington Association of REALTORS® charitable arm: KWAOR Foundation, Inc. The Foundation Board of Directors has issued a call to serve for anyone who may wish to apply to fill the vacancy with the KWAOR Foundation Board. Please to be in touch with CEO Linda Arcouette or myself. The Foundation was created in 2019 to help those in our community; learn more here.

Please be on the lookout for an upcoming email seeking nominees for the 2021 KWAOR REALTOR® of the Year. This annual award is given out to a member who goes above and beyond in our community. Your suggestions are very much appreciated. 

You’ll soon be hearing more about our annual President’s Fundraiser event planned for August 19th at Yawgoo Bakes and BBQ in Exeter. We're looking forward to finally being able to gather in person! My chosen charity this year is Be The Change/Project Hand Up, and as always a portion of the funds raised will go to support South County Habitat for Humanity as well.

Have you checked out our recently created private Members Group on Facebook? We know there is a lot of frustration out there with this highly competitive, low inventory market. Sometimes we just need to vent, ask for opinions, or share recent experiences. What’s your biggest professional challenge in the current market? Are firm office meetings a thing of the past? Weigh in on how your firm is handling communications. We hope to see you there, and thanks to those who have already joined! Click here to request membership in this Group - open to all KWAOR members.

I wish you all a healthy and prosperous spring!

Your President,
Greg Eccleston
KWAOR Members Corner
UPCOMING EVENTS for ALL MEMBERS- Save These Dates!
WEBINAR:
NEXT Thursday May 19th - 11:00 AM

"Secrets to Embracing Equity, Diversity
and Inclusion in Real Estate"
with Bob Morris Jr.,
Nationally-Recognized REALTOR® and Speaker

One Continuing Education Credit will be available; $15 for Members,
$25 for Non-Members.

Share the event poster with your colleagues, here.

REMINDER: 2022 will be a license renewal year. Don't wait 'til the last minute--
start taking your Continuing Ed classes now!
A collaborative offering from the Greater Providence Board of REALTORS®,
Kent Washington Association of REALTORS® and the Northern RI Board of REALTORS®


LUNCH & LEARN: May 26, 2021
11:30 AM via Zoom

What Lies Beneath:
Septic Basics for REALTORS®
with Bob Smith of

RJ Smith Construction is owned and operated by Bob Smith and his wife Danielle. Established in 2004, RJ Smith specializes in conventional septic system design and installation, along with alternative and experimental technologies. RJ Smith also provides septic repairs, as well as sitework and underground utilities installation.

No Pre-Registration required.

Meeting ID: 848 4208 5494 Passcode: 541251
Or Call In: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)


Brought to you by the KWAOR Education Committee; sponsored by RJ Smith Construction
GET TO KNOW OUR KWAOR AFFILIATE MEMBERS/BUSINESS PARTNERS

KWAOR Affiliate Members, also known as our Business Partners, are valuable resources for preparing properties for sale, preparing buyers and sellers for closing, and more. Click the image to access a printable PDF. If you call an affiiliate member for a quote or information, please be sure to let them know you learned about them through KWAOR.

Do you have a Facebook account? Check out our KWAOR Facebook Page for informative Partners Spotlight posts, and more.

If you are a business partner/affiliate member who has not yet scheduled your Partners Spotlight, please be in touch with Carol Drewes.
NEW MEMBERS REMINDER:
Code Of Ethics, Orientation and Fair Housing Training

New 2021 KWAOR Members are responsible to complete Code Of Ethics training, Online Orientation, and the NAR Fairhaven Fair Housing online training module within 180 days of joining KWAOR in order to fully complete REALTOR® membership requirements. Links to these programs are provided to new members when they join KWAOR. Avoid missteps in your new career and get trained now!

 Access the online New Member Orientation here:

Access the online New Member Code of Ethics training offered by the National Association of REALTORS®: https://www.nar.realtor/about-nar/governing-documents/code-of-ethics/training/code-of-ethics-training-for-new-members

Access the Fairhaven Simulation/Fair Housing online training herehttps://fairhaven.realtor

Questions? Check in with Membership Director Kathleen Papp: kathleen@kwaor.realtor
KWAOR Committees in Action
KWAOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Kiki's Garden Members of the Community Outreach Committee enjoyed a productive work day with Jeff and Evelyn Weller on May 8th. Watch your email for opportunities to assist further and help ensure a bumper crop of sunflowers for this annual summer-long scholarship fundraiser, established in memory of the Wellers' daughter Krista. Pictured L to R in the updated greenhouse are: Jeff Weller, Sonia Sharma, Dianne Edson and Kelly Moran. Thanks also to Stacy Lashua, Tricia Shea, Deb Giannini, Joanne Congilio, Tanya Phillips, and Karen and Chris Bouchard. For more photos, check out our Community Outreach web page.

SAVE THE DATE! KWAOR members are invited to the next South County Habitat for Humanity team build, on Friday June 25th.

Plans are underway for a Save The Bay Cleanup in September. If you would like to join the Community Outreach Committee to receive notice of this and other volunteer opportunities, contact Carol Drewes.
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