September 1, 2021
Member News




CORE
Holiday Hours CORE will be closed Monday, September 6, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will reopen at 8:30 am on Tuesday, September 7. We wish our members a wonderful and safe weekend!
A Few Tickets Left for Affiliate Appreciation Don’t miss an evening of baseball, BBQ, and networking at the Somerset Patriots game at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater on Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 pm. Limited tickets are available, so claim your seat now! We want to thank Compass and Zillow for sponsoring this event.
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, 2021. 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,
visit nar.realtor and search Realtor Emeritus Status. If you meet the requirements and are interested in applying, contact CORE Membership Services Coordinator Joanne Janish at joanne@core-realtors.com. 

Local

Hunterdon County Accepts Memorial Donations to ‘Add Beauty and Places of Rest’ in County Parks The Hunterdon County Board of Commissioners approved several memorial donations made to the Hunterdon County Division of Parks & Recreation to enhance the beauty of the parks and offer places of rest for patrons. Read more. 
 
Hunterdon County: Hillsborough Spending $14 million to Block Affordable Housing and Warehouses The township is spending $14 million to buy a 423-acre site between Amwell and Hamilton roads that was once eyed as a site of a natural gas power plant. Read more. 
 
Somerset County: Preservation Plan - Three Plans in One Residents are invited to provide feedback about the County's open space, farmland, and historic preservation plans at one of four virtual meetings. For more information and to register, click here.  

Somerset County 4-H Rummage Sale Returns After a one-year hiatus, the Somerset County Rummage Sale is returning for two days of deals at the Ted Blum 4-H Center in Bridgewater. The sale will take place September 17 - 18, from 9 am to 3 pm. Read more. 


Continuing Education (CE)

CE FAQs To view a list of frequently asked questions, click here.

Don’t Forget to Fulfill Your NAR Code of Ethics Training Requirement! As required for Realtor membership, all Realtors must complete at least 2.5 hours of ethics training that meets specific NAR learning objectives and criteria. The current cycle deadline is December 31, 2021. Why wait? Visit the CORE website to learn more, check your status and view training options today.

Pathway to Professionalism

NAR created this brief video, "A Pathway to Professional Conduct," to ensure that all members are versed on how to conduct themselves professionally in business. Watch the video to the left.

SUPRA
Need Mercer County SUPRA Access? Have you activated your Supra reciprocity with CORE? Remember, if you got your SUPRA key from Garden State MLS, Hudson County MLS, or Bucks County Association of Realtors, you’d need to contact CORE to gain access to Mercer County Supra lockboxes. Email info@core-realtors.com with your key’s serial number, PIN, and where it was initially issued to get your reciprocity active.


Commercial Real Estate

NAR: Mid-Size Metros Show Stronger Commercial Market Conditions The largest metro areas are experiencing the toughest commercial challenges compared to smaller markets. Read more.




New Jersey
What's New with the COE Application this Year? If you've started your NJ Realtors 2021 Circle of Excellence sales award application, you may have noticed some changes. The biggest change this year is that all applications must be submitted online and approved by the broker/office manager prior to the application deadline, and verification/proof materials must be uploaded online to the application platform. Learn more here.

Patch.com: COVID Booster Shots Could Be Available In 3 Weeks in NJ About 2.4 million New Jerseyans may soon become eligible for the first COVID-19 booster shots, which could be arriving as early as three weeks. Read more.
 
NJ.com: NJ Will Not Extend Pandemic Unemployment Benefits to 500K Residents New Jersey residents who still rely on extended unemployment benefits issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic will lose the benefits next week after they expire, Governor Phil Murphy said during his regular COVID-19 briefing on Monday. Read more. 
NJ101.5: New Jersey Warehouses are Causing Problems in Some NJ Towns Even before the pandemic began, warehouse construction was rapidly accelerating in many parts of New Jersey. That's because the state is well situated and has become a significant transportation corridor for the entire Northeast, with one of the largest seaports in the nation and easy access to multiple rail lines and interstate highways. Read more. 
National
NAR: 60K Pros Were Predatory Victims Last Year Many violent crimes, including the recent killing of a home inspector in California and a shooting at a New York brokerage, may seem random. But the truth is real estate professionals, who are often targeted because of the nature of their work, are typically victimized by predators who stalk them and learn their routines. So, it’s essential to get a better understanding of the threats you face in the field. Learn from the experiences of two real estate practitioners who were both targeted by criminals. They share lessons from their dangerous encounters in the video, “Predators: The True Nature of Crimes Against Realtors.”
 
Wall Street Journal: Airbnb Offers 20,000 Homes to Afghan Refugees for Free Airbnb and Airbnb.org, a nonprofit established by the home-sharing company that works to provide housing during crises, will fund and place refugees fleeing Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover, working with resettlement agencies and non-government organizations to determine their needs. Read more. 
 
NAR: Supreme Court Ends Eviction Moratorium A majority of justices agreed that housing providers should no longer bear “a high financial cost of the pandemic.” 





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