September 29, 2020
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Circle of Excellence Application Drop Off Applications can be dropped off at either of our locations starting Thursday, October 1. Please note that an appointment is required prior to dropping off any application due to reduced staffing levels at our offices during this phase of COVID-19. To make an appointment, send Anne an email to and include the office (Trenton or Branchburg) for which you are making the appointment.

Don't Miss CORE's Virtual Annual Meeting, which will be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 am and will include the election to fill open positions for the Board of Directors, a CORE Update by President Gloria Monks, awards announcements, door prizes for Realtors and Affiliate members – including 2021 Realtor dues, free CE class on Multiple Offers, a solo email to CORE’s membership, and more. No cost to attend, but “seating” is limited. Register here.


Local Housing Market Reports Find the latest data reports examining market activity.

Mercer County Clerk's Greater Trenton Area Voting Info Session October 3 at
10:00 - Noon. RSVP no later than October 1 to to receive the Zoom link.

Somerset County Business Partnership Golf Classic Come enjoy a day on the links at our new location - New Jersey National! A boxed breakfast will be provided to all golfers. The shotgun start is at 9 am. Additional refreshments and lunch will be provided at the Halfway House. A light snack will be provided on your way out. October 6, 2020 at
7:30 am - 2 pm. Register here.


NAR: Broker's Edge Modern Leadership Webinar Become a dynamic, influential, modern leader with powerful broker-focused sessions on professionalism, diversity, marketing, and much more. September 30, 2020 at noon. Registration for NAR members is $29.95 as part of the Right Tools, Right Now Program (regular price $39.95). Register now!

NAR: Financial Wellness Live Finances are fundamental, especially during unprecedented times. NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness will be hosting an all-day virtual event on Wednesday, October 7 starting at 11 am. Register and take advantage of this opportunity to hear from leading financial experts who will offer valuable insights that will help drive strategic growth and long-term stability for your personal and business success. Registration for NAR members is $20.00 as part of the Right Tools, Right Now Program. Non-members are welcome at $30.00. The first 300 registrants are eligible to win one of three $100 VISA gift cards. Register now.
Bright MLS

Video: Creating Inventory in a Tight Market Are your buyers struggling to find a home they love, and/or missing out on homes in this fast-moving marketplace? Have you used Public Records and/or Remine Pro as ways to create inventory in a tight and low-inventory market? Watch this video for tips on capitalizing on your buyers’ interests to start conversations with potential sellers. Watch video.
Commercial Real Estate

NAR's Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Snapshot Sentiment Survey The results of the latest survey are now available online, including comparative data with the feedback received in the past five months. How do brokers view their local markets? Has confidence moved up or down? And how are transactions tracking compared to the prior months? View results here.  

NJ Real Estate Commission Offers New, Online Payment and Application NJ Realtors has announced that, as a result of their advocacy on behalf of Realtors, the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance has now begun offering an online payment and application feature as part of the Real Estate Commission licensing system. The online portal gives Brokers of Record the ability to submit original Salesperson, Salesperson Referral, or Broker-salesperson applications and make payment online.

NJBIZ: Governor Murphy Extended the State’s Public Health Emergency on September 25 for Another 30 Days As the number of new COVID-19 cases soars in five counties, state health officials warily eye colder weather ushering in a second wave of the virus. Under state law, the public health emergency has to be renewed every 30 days; it applies to a myriad of restrictions on businesses and public gatherings that were enacted to halt the spread of the virus.

NJBIZ: New Jersey Approved for Six Weeks of Federal Unemployment Relief Offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency The number of state jobless claims since March soars to 1.6 million people. The aid comes out to $300 a week, which many New Jerseyans will see as a single lump sum – likely in October – Governor Murphy said, for a total of $1,800 in federal unemployment relief.

NJBIZ: Nominate for Business of the Year or Business Leader today! Do you know a dynamic business and/or business leader who shares a commitment to professional excellence, business growth and the community? Finalists and winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony on December 18 and highlighted in a supplement of NJBIZ.
Award Categories include:
  • Business of the Year (1-50 employees)
  • Business of the Year (51-100 employees)
  • Business of the Year (101+ employees)
  • Corporate Citizen of the Year
  • Emerging Business of the Year
  • Executive of the Year
>>>>>Deadline:October 11, 2020. Click here to submit your nomination.

NAR: Some Buyers Waive Inspections to Avoid Delays Inspectors in some areas of the country are in such high demand that they are booked up weeks in advance, according to reports. Read more.

NAR: Home Sales Hit 2006 Levels, ‘Continue to Amaze’ “Further gains are likely for the remainder of the year, with mortgage rates hovering around 3% and continued job recovery,” says Lawrence Yun. Read more from NAR’s latest housing report. Read more.

NAR: Home Buyers Face Another Shortage: Appliances A manufacturing slowdown means consumers may be waiting months for new washing machines, refrigerators, and other household must-haves. Read more.

NAR: As Fall Hits, Homebuying Frenzy Remains in Full Swing Mortgage demand is up 25% year over year, defying the traditional seasonal patterns in real estate. Read more.

NAR Opposes HUD’s Rule Targeting Transgender People in Homeless Shelters The proposed rule would cut existing protections for those in this class who seek emergency shelter, NAR argues. Read more.
NAR: Setting the Record Straight on Fair Housing The directive that communities affirmatively further fair housing was baked into the original Fair Housing Act of 1968. HUD’s recent weakening of the rule is a step backward in the drive toward equal housing opportunity for all.  Read more.


CORE’s Realtor Cooperation in Today’s World Webinar Featuring national Professional Standards expert/instructor Diane Disbrow, NAR senior MLS policy expert Rodney Gansho, and representatives from area MLSs. This hour-long webinar will focus on the important topic of Realtor Cooperation – Article 3 of the Code of Ethics, the duty to cooperate – and how Realtors can uphold their obligations and protect their rights in the super-competitive environment in which they operate. No cost for CORE members. Wednesday, September 30 at 2:00 pm. This event will be held via Zoom webinar. Register here.

Online Continuing Education and The CE Shop CORE continues to offer virtual CE classes with live instructors to help you earn the CE credits you need - see our CE Calendar here. If you want to find additional online CE classes for New Jersey - or other states - that you can take at your own pace, check out the broad, nationwide offerings from the CE Shop, a real estate continuing education provider. You can also sign up to receive special discount offers and information about the CE Shop’s latest schedules.

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