December 1, 2020
Member News


CORE

We are saddened to announce the passing of the following CORE members:
  • Mary V. Hines of Coldwell Banker Realty in Hillsborough Montgomery office passed away on November 26.
  • Al Gabrielski with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Martinsville passed away on November 29.
Our condolences go out to their families, friends, and colleagues.
2020 $5 (or more) Giving Campaign The CORE Community Outreach Committee is excited to support the non-profits listed below. If each CORE member gives $5 (or more), we could make a significant impact on those in need in our communities. Any amount would help. Please give and help contribute to one or all three:

Join us to support CORE President Gloria Monks as she is honored with the State Realtor of the Year Award. As part of New Jersey REALTORS® Virtual Conference, the NJ Realtors Awards Session & President's Installation will take place virtually Thursday, December 10, 2020, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm, which will include the presentation of the 2020 NJ Realtors State and Local Realtor and Realtor-Associates of the Year awards. Click here to view the NJ Realtors® Virtual Conference agenda.

Reminder - Annual Dues Renewals are Due by December 31. Please note that, in order to avoid a late fee, dues renewals must be paid by January 31, 2021. Your 2021 Realtor dues invoice is now available through our new, user-friendly membership system. Instructions on how to pay your dues online can be found here. To pay your dues now, click here. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at info@core-realtors.com.
Local

Women’s Council of Realtors Mercer: Best New Practice that Made Lemonade of Lemons in 2020 Plus Mercer network news, upcoming events, special announcements and strategic partners of the year. Thursday, December 10, from 8:30 – 9:45 am. Registration required. Click here to register.

Somerset County: On Wednesday, December 2 the Somerset County Department of Health will be conducting drive-thru testing for COVID-19. Testing is by appointment only and free to all Somerset County residents. To schedule an appointment, click here.

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity: Fundraiser Your financial support builds strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter for hardworking families in our community. Every gift, no matter how large or small, is a tax-deductible investment in empowering families, transforming neighborhoods and creating lasting impact. Donate now. 
SUPRA

Lockbox Owners Please remember, the lockbox you put on your listings should come from the SUPRA provider for that area. This is to ensure agents can easily access your properties.


eKEY - No Cell Service Needed to Open a Keybox  Watch the video.
Garden State MLS

Waived Listing Fees for Middlesex County Listings through December 31 GSMLS has extended the listing fee waiver for new Middlesex County listings thru December 31, 2020. This listing fee waiver applies to listings located within Middlesex County and entered into the MLS system between June 1 to December 31, 2020. While GSMLS does not require the entry of Middlesex County listings, please remember that if you do enter a Middlesex County listing, you must maintain the listing just like you would any other. Maintaining the listing means that all listing changes (such as listing price, expiration date, status, etc.) must be updated in the MLS system.

Coming Soon Form Revised The Coming Soon Listing Form has been revised to include both the listing broker and listing agent signatures. The new version of the form, or the broker's and agent's signature on the old form, must be completed and submitted for all Coming Soon listings.
Bright MLS

In a tight market buyers may be keeping their options open. For example, did you know you can search for Residential Sale and Land in one search? The Multiple Property Types search makes it easy for you add flexibility to your search. For more info, click here.
New Jersey

Bloomberg: NJ's New Limit on Outdoor and Indoor Gatherings Governor Murphy is toughening the limit on outdoor gatherings to 25 people from 150, and halting indoor high school and adult sports until…Read more. 
National

NAR: Meet Charlie Oppler: 2021 NAR President Charlie Oppler is from New Jersey - check out his vision for 2021. Read more.
NAR: Don’t Miss Out It’s your last chance to take advantage of amazing deals from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealer on select models. Through Dec. 31, you’ll receive a $500 cash allowance and two-year maintenance package, including oil changes. Plus, the cash allowance extends to eligible family members. 


NAR's insurance broker, AON, recently provided a report about a sharp increase in identity theft and unemployment fraud. According to the report, phishing attacks have increased 600% since February and ransomware attacks rose 148% in March alone. The report raises awareness of the need to protect sensitive payroll data (including W-2 and I-9 information), and the common phishing and social engineering tactics used by hackers, and also provides suggested guidance should you discover that one of your employees has fallen victim to identity theft or fraudulent unemployment claims. Check out these NAR resources.

Open Enrollment for 2021 Medicare Coverage Ends December 7 If you or your spouse is Medicare-Eligible now is the time to choose  supplementary coverage options for 2021. The Members Medicare Exchange is here to make that easy. The Exchange is available through Realtors Insurance Place, your trusted resource for supplemental Medicare coverage options. It's just for NAR members, and allows you to easily compare and enroll in supplemental plans from top insurance companies, including dental and vision plans. Learn more and enroll here.