January 7, 2021
Member News


CORE

Want to Speak with CORE by Phone? The best way to reach us is to send an email to info@core-realtors.com. Please include your topic so we can have the appropriate person call you as soon as possible. Currently, we have limited capacity in our phone lines, so the best and quickest way to reach us is by email. Please be assured we are working to improve our phone system in 2021. 

Thank you for Investing in Our Communities Your donations to CORE’s 2020 $5 Giving Campaign resulted in donations of $1,250 to each of the following organizations: Binnacle House, HomeFront, and The Food Bank Network of Somerset County. We simply could not accomplish our goals without the support and involvement of our dedicated volunteers and members. We also want to thank these non-profits - recommended for funding by the CORE Community Outreach Committee, chaired by Shani Dixon - for the important work they are doing in our communities!
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REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Awards Due to the diligent efforts of our 2020 Government Affairs Committee, chaired by Marlene Orlandi, and all the CORE members who donated to RPAC in 2020, our association was honored by New Jersey Realtors with the following awards: 1st Place Medium Board Total Dollars Collected; 1st Place Medium Board Member Participation, and 2nd Place Medium Board Per Capita. RPAC donations make all the difference in the Realtor organization’s ability to successfully advocate at the local, state, and national levels on behalf of members and property owners.
Only a Few Days Left to Submit Circle of Excellence Applications The deadline is Friday, January 8. An appointment is required to drop off your application at either our Trenton or Branchburg office. For more information, click here.
 
Dues Renewals Reminders 2021 Realtor dues renewals were due by December 31, 2020, and a late fee of $99 will be assessed for dues not paid by January 31, 2021. To pay your dues now, click here. Instructions on how to pay dues online can be found here. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at info@core-realtors.com. Please note, your username is your NRDS number and your default password is your last name - all lower case. You do not need to reset your password. For instructions to pay online, click here. 

Webinars

Women’s Council of Realtors Mercer Network: What’s Real in Real Estate? An Overview of the Real Estate Markets in NJ, PA, and DE Thursday, January 7,
from 8:30 - 9:45 am. Register here.
 
Somerset County Business Partnership: Minority Business Leaders Roundtable: How to Get Your Business Certified as Minority Owned This month, hear from Don Newman, Manager of Small Business Advocacy of the New Jersey Business Action Center, and explore how to get your business certified and the benefits of being a Minority Owned Business. Free to members; $20 for non-members. Friday, January 8, from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Register now.
 
Inman Connect is an event for the real estate industry featuring 250+ speakers, interactive sessions, and networking with top residential agents, brokers, executives, tech pros, entrepreneurs and investors. January 26-28; $99. Click here to register. 


Diversity & Inclusion

National Association of Gay Lesbian Real Estate Professionals: LGBT Real Estate Report The report is a 28-page document that sheds light on the buying, selling and renting behaviors of the LGBT community. Along with information provided by Freddie Mac and other outlets, the report was supported with findings from nearly 1,000 NAGLREP members who participated in the member survey. View full report here.


MLS

In February, Bright is Launching an Update This update introduces Workspaces, which will be available in the new Bright dashboard, This feature will help organize all the critical information Bright subscribers depend on. View video.
  • Get to know this new space now and even use it to do your day-to-day MLS tasks. Visit new.BrightMLS.com and log in using your Bright credentials.


New Jersey

NJGov: The New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System is Now Live. For information on how to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine, click here. Please note that although the system is operational, you may experience some delays in registering, as the site is currently experiencing heavy volume.
 
NJBIZ: Unemployment Benefits Won’t Lapse with New Federal Relief Bill Read more.

NJGov: 2021 State of the State Address Governor Murphy will stream online and via social media on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 1 pm. To view live, click here.


National
NAR: Department of Justice (DOJ) Settlement Explained Learn about NAR’s recent settlement with the DOJ regarding MLS rules and commissions. Plus, read these FAQs from NAR.

NAR: Exodus to the Suburbs Appears to Be Reversing The latest housing data shows consumers returning to urban areas after abandoning cities for the suburbs in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

Paycheck Protection Program Update The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act allows a second round of PPP Funding and brings significant changes to the PPP Loan process. Read more.

US Small Business Administration The deadline to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the COVID-19 Pandemic disaster declaration is extended to December 31, 2021. Read more.