July 21, 2020
Member News
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CORE

New Member Portal Coming Soon!
CORE is pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of upgrading to a new association management system (AMS) and member portal. The new member portal will provide you with an easy-to-use interface to better manage aspects of your membership and other interactions with CORE. Watch our emails for updates on the scheduled launch date next month!
 
CORE is excited to announce our first virtual Office Principal Forum , to be held  Wednesday, August 5 at 2 pm  on the topic, New Jersey REALTORS® Update with 2020 President Angela Sicoli and CEO Jarrod Grasso. CORE broker-owners, managers, and other office principals are invited to join your fellow CORE office principals for this special program, which is being held at no charge. Registration is limited, so reserve your “seat” today!  Register here .  Have a question that you would like addressed during this event? Submit your question to CORE Director of Education & Events, Craig Pantellere at  craig@core-realtors.com .
Webinars

NJBIZ: 2020 Diversity in the Workplace Virtual Panel Discussion
Free. Tuesday, July 28 at 1 – 2:30 pm  Register here.  

NAR Virtual Tech Edge Series: The Social Media Agent S tay informed about changes in the real estate technology space. Thursday, July 23 at 12 – 2 pm. Free. Register now.
Bright MLS

Set It and Forget It! New Field Defaults in Listing Management  When entering a new listing, you may find yourself entering the same information for certain fields time and time again. Save values that will populate for all your listings with new defaults in Listing Management. To learn more, view the how-to-guide   here.  

New Agent Report Options for Residential Sale Listings Based on your requests and the feedback gathered from our previous surveys, the “Agent Short” and “Agent Custom w/ Tabs” are now included as additional report options for the Residential Sale property type.   Learn more here .

Mid-Century Modern is Now an Available Style in Listing Management and Search
View step-by-step guide here.
NJ

NJBIZ: What Could be Coming in the New CARES Act  Legal immunity for businesses, payroll tax cuts, and more jobless aid... Read more.  

NJ.com: NJ to Allow All-Remote Learning Option for Students When Schools Reopen in the Fall, Governor Murphy Says Read more .  
 
NJ REALTORS® Safety Advisory Presidential Advisory Group   PAG met earlier this month to discuss safety issues and concerns that affect our members throughout the state. They have decided that the first course of action will be to create focus groups of 2-3 brokers from each local board/association. These groups will be tasked with discussing safety issues that they or their peers have experienced and possible solutions to better educate members.
  • If you are interested in participating in the focus group, please email CORE Director of Communications, Ester Rodriguez at ester@core-realtors.com.
Business Guides

Zoom: Video Meeting Etiquette - 7 Tips to Host a Successful Meeting 

NAR Realtors Property Resource (RPR): 22 Things to Do in RPR 
Spend minutes, not hours learning RPR .   View video.  

NAR:  Must-Have Tech to Help You Assist Clients   While the industry has focused on virtual home tours as a solution for conducting business during the pandemic, you may be wondering what other tech tools can strengthen your customer service now. One is likely already in your toolbox. Dan Weisman, NAR’s director of emerging technology, talks best practices for using a CRM and why it’s become even more essential to your business in the latest  Pivot in Place  video. He also highlights emerging trends that may further enhance your virtual tours. NAR has a wealth of resources to help you stay ahead of the curve on technology.

NAR: New Lead Verification Benefit  Save time by offloading lead verification to  ReferralExchange  – a new Realtor Benefits® Program partner. Licensed reps verify then live-transfer interested prospects back to member. NAR members get exclusive savings and ongoing benefits.
National

NAR: “Fierce Competition” Ahead for Home Buyers  Housing markets are inching closer to pre-COVID-19 levels.  Read more.

NAR: Steer Clear of “Steering” Despite being illegal under the Fair Housing Act, a recent investigation conducted by the newspaper Newsday has shown that steering continues to be pervasive. Read more.  

NAR: Retailers Use Empty Parking Lots for Drive-in Theaters Businesses are finding innovative ways to provide safe entertainment options as well as shopping opportunities in a single location. Read more.
 
NAR: Before the Pandemic, Real Estate Commissions Were on the Rise  Glean insights about REALTORS®’ earnings, sales, and more in the newly released 2020 Member Profile. Read more.

NAR: Realtor Resiliency Report
  • NAR released the 2020 Member Profile this week, an annual report that outlines members' behaviors and characteristics over the preceding year. The report revealed that even before the real estate industry was confronted with the coronavirus pandemic, Realtors had already begun to make sizable increases in their use of technology and online tools to accommodate clients and advance their businesses. Read more.
  • Weekly Housing Market Monitor shows a sustained increase in housing transactions as of July 12. The opening up of most businesses in all states, low 30-year fixed mortgage rates, and new payroll job gains are all sustaining the housing market recovery. Read more. 
  • Congressional leaders are discussing a way forward for the next coronavirus relief bill, while the US House of Representatives continues its work on annual appropriations bills. NAR has already seen wins in this process, including new fair housing and housing counseling investments
  • The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance grant program has exhausted its $20 billion fund, but money still remains for the loan portion of the program-and REALTORS® are eligible. 
Reminders

The date of the 2020 CORE Circle of Excellence Breakfast, which will include the Installation of 2021 Officers & Directors, is tentatively scheduled for December 16 at The Palace in Somerset. Once the CORE offices in Trenton and Branchburg are reopened, members who want to pick up their Circle of Excellence of Certificates or Awards will be able to do so. Watch our e-newsletter for updates!
 
Applications for Realtor Emeritus Status A Realtor who has held membership in NAR for a cumulative period of 40 years as a Realtor, Realtor-Associate, or both, and who has served for at least one year at NAR is eligible for Realtor Emeritus status. Applications are due to your local association (CORE) no later than October 2, 2020. The service to NAR that qualifies is at least one full year as a NAR officer, director, committee member, Federal Political Coordinator, Global Ambassador, or Global Coordinator to a country with which NAR holds a reciprocal agreement. For more information and to view the application, click  here.  If you meet the requirements and are interested in applying, contact CORE Director of Finance & Operations Ashlee Carlson at  ashlee@core-realtors.com .
 
New Jersey REALTORS️®: Been a Realtor for 25 Years? NJ REALTORS Quarter Century Club honors NJ Realtor members who have served as Realtors or Realtor-Associates faithfully in New Jersey for 25 years or more. Applications are due to your local association (CORE) no later than September 14, 2020.  Application here.
 
NJ REALTORS: Good Neighbor Award application is now available. The award recognizes three Realtors️ or Realtor-Associates who have made extraordinary commitments to improving the quality of life in their local and/or global communities through volunteer community service. The nominee's community work must have been conducted, started, or completed between September 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020.
  • Three winners will be chosen and receive a grant for their charity of choice - $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.
  • Deadline: September 18, 2020.
  • Read about the 2019 winners here.
Apply  here.
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