September 1, 2020
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SUPRA Lockbox Owners Remember, the lockbox you put on your listings should come from the SUPRA provider for that area to make sure agents can easily access your properties. Questions: Contact the realtor association or MLS that provided your SUPRA equipment.

Deadline Reminder: CORE Seeks Volunteer Leaders If you’re interested in serving your fellow members and your professional association in an elected leadership role beginning January 1, please complete and return the application for open positions by Wednesday, September 9, 2020. To be eligible to serve, you must have been a CORE Realtor member in good standing (or of the former Mercer County Association of Realtors and/or Hunterdon Somerset Association of Realtors) for a minimum of three consecutive years.

Deadline Reminder: New Jersey REALTORS️® Quarter Century Club Deadline Been a Realtor for 25 Years? The 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 Monday, September 14, 2020. View application here.


League of Women Voters - Mercer County Chapter: Helping New Residents Connect to their Community through Voter Registration Individual offices can either go to the NJ Department of State to get voter registration forms or download and print forms here. Real estate agents can also email voter registration links to buyers and sellers. Please note: NJ Governor Murphy has announced that online voter registration will be available as of September 4th, and the web link will be announced to all residents. Deadline for voter registration for the 2020 November election is Tuesday, October 13, 2020. For more information and to see the offer in the letter, click here to view.

Somerset County: Public Transit CAT Service to Resume Regular Schedule on Sept. 2. The CAT shuttles will be making stops at Raritan Valley Community College. The shuttle service will no longer be stopping at the Shoprite on route 28 in Branchburg. For additional info, call 908-231-7115 or 800-246-0527.
  • Passengers and service operators are required to wear facial coverings. Vehicles will be disinfected after every shift and additional cleaning procedures will be performed to ensure that all vehicles are sterile.
Somerset County: Sourland Mountain Preserve Exceeds 6,330 Acres With Recent Purchase To view the press release, click here.

Somerset County: County Clerk Provides Outline of 2020 General Election County Will Mail Ballots to Every Active Registered Voter
>>>>>Important Dates During the Election
  • Monday, Oct. 5 – Ballots for active voters will be mailed out by this date. Ballots can be submitted as soon as they are received, which may happen before this date.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 – This is the last day to register to vote and be able to cast a ballot in the 2020 General Election.
  • Friday, Oct. 23 – This is the last day to request a replacement ballot through the mail. Ballots can still be requested in person at the Clerk’s Office (location TBD due to COVID restrictions) through 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2020.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28 – This is the last day Qualified Overseas and Military Voters can request electronic balloting.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Election Day


NJBIZ: Startups and Early Stage Investing Join us for a special installment of NJBIZ Conversations for a live virtual discussion moderated by Editor Jeffrey Kanige featuring a panel of experts exploring entrepreneurship during the COVID-19 pandemic, including:
  • How startups and small businesses can navigate the downturn
  • Which steps businesses should take first
  • Why the economic environment disproportionately hurts businesses run by people of color
  • Where new opportunities can be found right now
  • Who is providing financing during the pandemic
  September 14, 2020 11:00 am. Register now.

RISMedia: Real Estate CEO Exchange - Leading and Improving Your Business Through Challenging Times Join residential real estate's leading professionals for this exciting virtual edition of our renowned educational event, created and presented by more than 50 of the industry's top brokerage owners, and featuring some of real estate's most successful agents, team leaders, business coaches, brand executives and experts. In our 15-plus sessions, these pros will exchange strategies for managing business more effectively, sharing and connecting with consumers, and maximizing tools and resources to improve their overall value proposition in challenging times.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 11:00 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Take advantage of our special group pricing for brokerages: 6 attendees for the price of 3!
  • The first 200 registrants will receive a free, 6-month Premium-level ACESocial account and a free welcome gift from Rocket Mortgage Quicken Loans. Register now. 

Women’s Leadership Summit Virtual Morning Program 7 Secrets to Building Your Business in Today’s Economy No fee for those who have registered for the summit. Please respond to register at New registrations, click here. Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:00 - 11:00 am.

Bright MLS

Recent Updates to Search and Listing Management: Legal Subdivision search field updated to make it easier to search for subdivision names. Now, you can enter the first few letters of a Legal Subdivision’s name and the search will automatically return results that “start with” that information. Previously, an asterisk would need to be added in order to return all possible results. View this support article to learn more on how to use the Legal Subdivision search field.
  •  Business Opportunity Search Field Updates: When performing a Business Opportunity search, only the search fields that are applicable to this property type will now appear for you to select under Additional Fields.
Back to Basics: Brush up on your MLS knowledge Our Bright Customer Success Coaches are available to help you get the most out of Bright. Their online training classes cover a variety of topics to help drive your business forward. Register now.  

Commercial Real Estate

Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Webinar: Create 360 - A High-Level, 30,000-Foot View of the Industrial and Office Real Estate Landscape October 21 – 23, 2020. For pricing and additional information, click here. Early Bird Deadline & Swag Box: September 16. Register here.

Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC) of New Jersey: Invest a minimum 
of $100 to RPAC of NJ by October 2, 2020 and earn one unit towards your CoE application. Click here to invest.
  • Disclaimer: 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.

NJSpotlight: NJ Gas Tax Jumps to Over 50 Cents a Gallon Drivers in New Jersey will get hit with a more than 9-cent increase in the state’s per-gallon gas tax starting on Oct. 1, Governor Murphy’s administration announced Friday. Read more. 


NAR: Mix of Housing Supply, Buyer Demand Enters Uncharted Territory National housing inventory has plunged 37% year over year, while buyers’ heightened demand is spurring bidding wars and a rapid sales pace. Read more.

NAR: Yun: Expectations for the Rest of 2020 Even with high unemployment weighing down the national economy, home sales are cooking. NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun dissects the latest homes sales numbers, talks about what could make the market even stronger, and forecasts what’s ahead in housing. Watch video.

NAR: Nationwide Launch of Flood Data® has launched new flood risk data features which will be available on most for-sale properties on Agents and brokers can use the feature to provide additional context, guidance and insights to their buyer and seller clients about flood conditions and potential flood risk for properties and communities across the country. Flood Factor™ data augments FEMA’s maps, so real estate professionals can use both tools on® to:
  • Help reduce the number of clients who buy high-risk properties by surprise or list properties before mitigating the risk;
  • Help reduce flood-related surprises at the closing table by helping their buyer and seller clients perform due diligence and increase confidence in real estate markets particularly where FEMA does not currently map.
  • To view the Flood Fact FAQs, click here.

NAR: Most Buyers Are Willing to Blow Their Budget on a Home Are low mortgage rates giving them a false sense of security? Read more.
NAR: Builders: New Home Prices Are $14K Higher Due to Lumber Cost Buyers will likely face higher costs for new construction due to a recent spike in softwood lumber prices. Read more.

NAR: Millennials Could Prompt Condo Resurgence Given affordability challenges in many markets, condos could be a viable option for a growing number of first-time home buyers, according to a new report from CoreLogic. Read more.

NAR: New-Home Sales Look a Lot Like 2006’s July sales jumped 36% over their level a year ago as all four U.S. regions posted gains. Read more.

NAR: Participate in the C2EX Challenge Advocate for the future of the industry and showcase your professionalism with the Commitment to Excellence, C2EX, program through the National Association of Realtors®.
  • Start your C2EX journey with the program's self-assessments which measure your knowledge in different categories such as technology, advocacy and client service. Then, start on your custom learning path to earn your C2EX endorsement. Over 50,000 members have begun their journey to excellence—are you up for the challenge? Start here.

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