September 16, 2020
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Office Principal Forum Recording - If you missed our OPF last week, you can catch the video recording here. The recording is about 30 minutes long and full of lots of good information. 

Invest a minimum of $100 to the REALTORS® Political Action (RPAC) Committee of New Jersey by October 2 and earn one unit towards your 2021 Circle of Excellence application. To make your $100 investment, visit and click on the blue Invest RPAC button.
Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts provided your contribution is within applicable contribution limits. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, any request for the refund of a contribution must be made within two (2) business days of the date on which you authorize RPAC to charge you for said contribution. Your contribution is split between National RPAC and the State PAC in your state. Contact your State Association or PAC for information about the percentages of your contribution provided to National RPAC and to the State PAC. The National RPAC portion is used to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116.


New Jersey REALTORS®: Three Free Webinars to Help You Prepare Did you know September is National Preparedness Month? Learn how you can prepare yourself, your family and your community for emergencies with a lunch and learn series with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region II. Register for one or all of the sessions which are held every Tuesday in September from 12:00 - 12:30 pm.

NAR Back at You: All About Instagram for Real Estate Professionals Instagram is the go-to social media app to share and view photos, videos, and stories. In this free webinar Back At You, the social media experts and badged Facebook and Instagram Marketing Partner, will:
  • show you how to harness the power of Instagram to put your business in front of local buyers and sellers
  • share top industry tips and tricks for setting your business up for success on Instagram
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12:30 pm ET Register now. 

NAR: Financial Wellness LIVE Virtual Edition 2020 This event will highlight the importance of being financially prepared in every area of your life, especially during these unprecedented times. Take advantage of our Right Tools, Right Now 50% discount, an exclusive benefit for NAR members (originally priced at $40). Wednesday, October 7 from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Incentive: First 300 registrants are eligible to win one of three $100 gift cards.
  • Participants will receive a free financial kit, including handouts, worksheets, and financial guides from each presentation to help you on your financial journey. This will only be provided to registrants via email on Monday, October 12. Register now. 

Bright MLS

September is Safety Month. View some of these great resources:

Become a Bright MLS Pro with These Free Virtual Trainings
  • Remine Pro Tuesday, September 22, 2020 10:30 am - 12 pm. Register here
  • Intro to Bright MLS Tuesday, September 29, 2020 10:30 am - 12 pm. Register here.

Commercial Real Estate

Society of Industrial and Office Real Estate (SIOR): Meeting the Challenges of Intercultural Negotiations Read more. 

Realtors Property Resource (RPR): (Video) The Wow Factor - Commercial Real Estate RPR’s The Wow Factor focuses on commercial real estate with a “state of the industry” chat with Deena Zimmerman, a Chicago area Realtor. Watch video.


NBC NEWS: NJ Governor Declares Juneteenth a State Holiday Governor Murphy signed legislation last week that declared Juneteenth – the day commemorating the emancipation of African Americans – a state holiday. Read more. 

New Jersey REALTORS®: Tips for Selling a Unique Home Read more.

NJ REALTORS® FRESH Summit Begins Oct 1. New Jersey Realtors is excited to announce a new virtual conference, the FRESH Summit: Free Realtor Education Starts Here, will span the month of October. This virtual, members-only summit will have continuing education, statehouse sessions, a full conference devoted to New Jersey Realtor women, and more.
  • Governor Murphy, as well as all New Jersey legislative leaders, will speak -through Statehouse sessions - at the summit, Friday, October 16 at 11:15 am.
  • As of today, there are 13 sessions throughout the month. Click here for more information. Registration opens on September 8.

NAR: Sellers Are Calling the Shots, But for How Much Longer? Two housing indicators this week suggest an approaching change in the market. Read more.

NAR: Podcast Offers Safety Tips Members can hear best practices to help keep themselves and their clients safe during REALTOR® Safety month by downloading Safety Tips for REALTORS®. It’s a new podcast episode from the Center for REALTOR® Development featuring guest Donny Allen.

NAR: DocuSign’s Free Trial Is Back Members have a second chance to try DocuSign for free for up to three months. Make sure you take advantage of this exclusive offer through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. Sign up for a 3-month trial here.

NAR: Condo Inventory Grows, Sales Stay Strong “While the pandemic has impacted our views on the desirability of density, it is clear that home buyers have not given up on condominiums,” CoreLogic reports. Read more.

NAR: Real Estate Agent Finds Armed Man Hiding During Showing A reminder of caution when showing homes to buyers: Be ready for the unexpected. Read more.

NAR: Pros, Cons of Hiring Out for Marketing Weigh whether to outsource or add an in-house team to create your ad materials before making an expensive choice. Read more.

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