June 23, 2020
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We received a wonderful thank you letter from the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank for our recent donation. View letter.

The [still tentative] date of the 2020 CORE Circle of Excellence Breakfast, which will include the Installation of 2021 Officers & Directors, is  December 16  at The Palace in Somerset. Once the CORE offices in Trenton and Branchburg are reopened, and that date is scheduled to be determined soon, 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!

Keller Williams Agent in VA Attacked at Open House on Saturday  Please remember to be aware of your surroundings! See story For NAR safety guidance for Realtors, click here.

Application 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.
Bright MLS

Training Available: Register for an Upcoming Virtual Class
Your Bright Customers Success Coach is here to help you make the most out of Bright and the virtual tools available to help drive your business forward. To see all upcoming classes, visit their training page. View classes.
Broker IDX/VOW Authorization is Now Online A new online process is now available for agents to submit IDX and VOW licensing requests and for brokers to approve these requests. Starting on July 2, the previous paper process will no longer be accepted. Learn more.
System Updates Expected to be Available Next Week
  • Update to Levels/Stories: To make it easier to enter and search by this field in Bright, we are adding nine new options to the Levels/Stories picklist in Listing Management: 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7. Learn more.

  • RentSpree integration with Listing Management: Subscribers will be able to create a RentSpree online application while entering their rental listing in Bright Listing Management. This new integration makes it simple for agents to manage every aspect of their rental listing through Bright MLS. Learn more. 

  • Virtual showing solutions: We continue to expand on the virtual solutions within the MLS system. Soon Listing Agents will be able to designate the showing method on their listing as Virtual to make it clear to interested buyers what kind of showings are currently available for a particular listing.

NAR Realtor Safety: Beverly & Beyond: The Best Tips Learned Since Losing My Sweet Mom Carl Carter, Jr. is a REALTOR® and Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. His mom, Beverly Carter, REALTOR®, lost her life at the hands of a couple posing as clients in 2014. Since his mother's passing, Carl has dedicated as much time as possible to spreading the message of safety. During the webinar, Carl will share key tips all real estate professionals should implement to reduce the risk of safety incidents in the industry.  Free. June 23, 2020, 2 - 3 pm ET Register now for this safety webinar.
Professionals of Color (POC) Virtual Career Summit A one-of-a-kind engagement providing professional insights and career connections with industry-leading inclusive organizations for corporate America's diverse workforce. Tuesday, June 30, 11 – 2 pm Register now.

NJBIZ: Recording - Reopen, Recover and Redefine A newsinar on the COVID-19 response, and the aftermath. Watch now.

NJ REALTORS ® : Call to Action  Short-Term Rental Proposed Legislation  The new proposed legislation will require refunds or credit if a tenant cancels their rental booking on certain short-term rentals and transient accommodations while a state of emergency or public health emergency is in effect. We need your help to protect our industry, the system of short-term rentals, and contract law in New Jersey.  Act now.   T o send a pre-written letter to your state legislator in opposition to this bill,  c lick here

NJ.gov: Restart and Recovery - Stage Two Continues with New Changes
As New Jersey begins to reopen, NJ.gov is working to keep you safe and up to date on the latest news and guidance. For more information, visit their  COVID-19 webpage .

NJ.gov: Tracking the Spread of COVID-19 Contact tracers are calling with lifesaving information that will keep you, your loved ones, and your community safe. You may have tested positive for COVID-19 or come into contact with someone who has, so protect your loved ones and stop COVID-19 by answering the call.  Learn more .

NJBIZ: Nominate a Business Leader Under the Age of 40 Today An independent panel of judges will choose the winners based on how they are shaping the economic future of New Jersey. To learn more about our annual Forty Under 40 program  click here   to view last year's event supplement. Deadline to submit is July 12 . Nominate now.  

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) / Unemployment Assistance (UA)

SBA Releases Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications   Read more

NAR: SBA Rolls Out Major Updates to PPP The program, which still has funding available, now offers automatic forgiveness for certain independent contractors. Read more.


NAR: Baby Boomers Are Making Home Renovation a Priority Older owners are sprucing up their properties with an eye toward aging in place. Read more.

NAR: Sellers Willing to Cut Prices But Find No Need Owners nervous about listing their homes are calming as they discover a receptive market. Read more.

RISMedia: Zillow - Buyer Interest High, But Lack of Inventory Slowing Down Sales Zillow’s latest Weekly Market Report shows homebuyer demand continued to grow… R ead more.

NAR: Cities With Tech Hubs Provide Plentiful Buyer Leads Housing markets known for strong job creation in the technology sector are experiencing a housing resurgence more quickly, realtor.com® reports. Read more.

NAR Businesses Team Up to Address Economic Inequality “NAR recognizes that this nation cannot achieve true economic equality without first achieving true equality in housing,” CEO Bob Goldberg says. Read more.

NAR: Buyers Aren’t Reading the Paperwork, More than 75% of Owners Say They Don't Understand the Terms of Their Mortgag e. Read more.

NAR: Builder Sentiment Has Never Risen by This Much in a Month The Northeast showed the highest level of confidence, but all regions improved. Read more.

NAR: Renters Are Managing Debt Responsibly, Study Shows Twenty-five percent more renters entered debt relief programs between March and April, and the number of tenants paying rent is mostly in line with 2019. Read more.

NAR: Real Estate Continues Its Streak as Steady Investment Preferred over gold and stocks, real estate is Americans’ top long-term investment choice, a Gallup survey shows. Read more.

NAR: Google to Prevent Housing Ads Targeting ZIP Codes, Demographics
The search engine giant is implementing new policies to prevent housing discrimination.  Read more.  

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