August 26, 2021
Member News




CORE
Our Condolences CORE member Claudia Stepian (Shurtleff), an agent with Smires & Associates in Robbinsville, passed away Tuesday, August 17. We offer our condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues. For more information, click here.
One Day Left to Get Your Tickets for Affiliate Appreciation! Don't miss a fun evening of baseball, BBQ, and networking at the Somerset Patriots game at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater on Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 pm. We'd like to thank Compass and Zillow for sponsoring this event.
>>>>>Tickets: $15 - registration closes August 27
>>>>>Tickets: $30 - registration closes August 27
New Jersey Realtors Quarter Century Club: 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 Friday, September 10. View the application here.

Local

Hunterdon County and 13 Towns See Cost Savings Thru Shared Service for Electric Power Hunterdon County and 13 municipalities will see a nearly $161,800 cumulative savings on electric power costs, under an electricity generation supply service contract awarded through an online reverse auction by the County Board of Commissioners, held at a meeting earlier this month. Read more. 

MyCentralJersey.com: NJ Fines Marijuana Grow Facility in Hunterdon After Odor Complaints The NJ Department of Environmental Protection has fined the operator of a marijuana facility on Route 22 after receiving complaints...Read more.


Continuing Education (CE)

CE FAQs To view a list of frequently asked questions, click here.

Don’t Forget to Fulfill Your NAR Code of Ethics Training Requirement! As required for Realtor membership, all Realtors must complete at least 2.5 hours of ethics training that meets specific NAR learning objectives and criteria. The current cycle deadline is December 31, 2021. Why wait? Visit the CORE website to learn more, check your status and view training options today.


SUPRA
No Cell Service Needed – Did You Know? With your Supra eKEY app, you don't need to be in cell service to open a keybox. As long as your eKEY app is updated for the day, you are set to open keyboxes where cell service isn't available! Watch the video to the right.
Need Mercer County SUPRA Access? Have you activated your Supra reciprocity with CORE? Remember, if you got your SUPRA key from Garden State MLS, Hudson County MLS, or Bucks County Association of Realtors, you’d need to contact CORE to gain access to Mercer County Supra lockboxes. Email info@core-realtors.com with your key’s serial number, PIN, and where it was initially issued to get your reciprocity active.


Webinars

Realtors Property Resource (RPR): Biz-Building Webinar Series for New Members If you’re a new member of NAR, you’ll want to know how to use RPR to build your brand and your business. The all-in-one data platform—your member benefit—provides data, tools and reports that will help you “wow” clients and close more deals! Get started by registering for these RPR webinars, exclusively for new Realtors. The five-part series includes:
  • Ins-and-Outs of Your Exclusive Member Benefit
  • Find Your Buyer’s Dream Home
  • Perfectly Price Your Next Listing
  • Build Your Pipeline and Farm for Prospects

Business Tips

Do You Have a Legal Question? Visit New Jersey Realtors Legal Library Post your legal questions to legal.njrealtor.com and you'll receive a notification when an answer is posted. You can also browse other legal questions and answers. View here.

RPR: Use of CMAs in Listing Presentations on the Rise Recent findings by RPR reveal interesting facts for Realtors preparing for their next listing presentations. According to a survey of 800 Realtors, the percentage of agents who provide sellers with a CMA increased 8.3 percent from a similar 2018 survey. Providing sellers with an estimated home value increased nearly 16 percent in the same period. Additionally, the percentage of listing presentations resulting in a signed contract increased ten points from 46 - 56 percent. A good indication that a CMA is the new “price of admission” when it comes to listing presentations. See the survey results and then run your next CMA using RPR


New Jersey
N.J.’s Gas Tax is Going Down! New Jersey’s gasoline tax will drop 8.3 cents to 42.4 cents a gallon on October 1 after drivers were forced to pay more at the pump a year ago, state officials announced. Read more.

First Group of Afghan Refugees Arrive in N.J. The first group of Afghan refugees has arrived at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Read more.

40 Years and NAR Service? Submit Realtor Emeritus Status Form by October 2 Don’t miss the deadline to complete the online certification form for emeritus status for approval in November. In addition to having a cumulative period of 40 years of Realtor membership, members must have completed at least one year of service at the national association level. Questions? Please email emeritus@realtors.org.
Important Industry Safety Tip Wire fraud in the real estate industry has become more common. It typically involves a criminal hacker sending fraudulent wire transfer instructions in an email to an unsuspecting buyer, tenant, seller, or landlord. In an effort to educate clients about the risk of wire fraud, there is a Wire Fraud Notice form in NJ Realtors Forms Library. The form is not mandatory but serves as an effective risk management tool. Visit the forms library.


NJ Realtors: New Landlord/Tenant Release Forms There is a new formLandlord and Tenant Hold Harmless and Release Regarding COVID-19, in NJ Realtors library of forms. Additional information can be found under the Seller and Buyer Hold Harmless Regarding COVID-19 form

NJ Realtors: Get Ready for the F.R.E.S.H. Summit - Free Realtor Education Starts Here The annual event is making a comeback this October with a full month of continuing education, professional development, networking opportunities, and more. Registration details coming soon. In the meantime, take a sneak peek of the schedule.

National
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Expansion Slowed in August, Survey Shows Factories and service providers report sharply slower growth due to the Delta variant and troubles in hiring, shipping… Read more.





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