August 19, 2021
Member News




CORE
Submit Your Own Safety Video for a Chance to Win a Prize! The CORE Young Professionals Network invites our members and offices to submit their own safety video for Realtor® Safety Month. Submit your one- to two-minute video for a chance to win a Visa gift card! Videos can be submitted to craig@core-realtors.com  by September 17. Click here to see a list of safety tips from the National Association of Realtors.
Get More Involved with CORE as an Elected Leader 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 Tuesday, August 31. 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. Additional information is on the application. Click here to download and complete the application.
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.
 
Food Drive & Fundraiser  Thank you for your donations to the CORE food bag drive to benefit HomeFront. We collected 82 bags of food and raised $600! These donations will go a long way towards helping families in need across Mercer County. The food drive and fundraiser was brought to you by the CORE Community Outreach Committee. To view a list of contributors, view the recognition page.
Two Realtor Office Sponsorships Left for Affiliate Appreciation Get your brand out at this event on Thursday, September 9 at 6:00 pm. Join us for an evening of baseball, BBQ, and networking at the Somerset Patriots game at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater. We'd like to thank Compass and Zillow for sponsoring this event. We have two Realtor sponsorships left!
>>>>>Tickets: $15 - registration closes August 27
>>>>>Tickets: $30 - registration closes August 27
>>>>>Sponsorship includes your logo on sponsor boards and the picnic table signs, as >>>>>well as recognition in CORE member communications.
>>>>>$500 per sponsorship. Three sponsorships are available. Email 


COVID-19

Mercer County: Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Planning to Provide Third Dose Vaccines for Immunocompromised RWJ Barnabas, including their hospital in Hamilton, plans to provide an additional COVID-19 vaccine dose to individuals who are immunocompromised. Read more.

Somerset County to Provide Third COVID Vaccine Doses to Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised Individuals Beginning August 16 on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 pm to 7:30 pm, the Department of Health will administer the third vaccine at the Bridgewater Senior Wellness Center at 876 East Main Street, Bridgewater. First and second doses will also be administered. Learn more here.

NJ101.5: Where You Can Get the COVID-19 Booster Shot At least four New Jersey pharmacy chains have the newly CDC-approved booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for those with compromised immune systems. Read more. 

Continuing Education

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

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.

Don’t Have a SUPRA Key and Need One? Find more information about CORE’s Supra eKeys on our website here.


Webinars

NAR: Town Hall with FEMA Questions about the National Flood Insurance Program? On Monday, August 23, from 11 am - noon, join NAR for a virtual town hall featuring FEMA Senior Executive David Maurstad for an update on the new flood insurance pricing system ‘Risk Rating 2.0’ and answers to many of your questions. Register and submit your questions in advance. Register now.

NJBIZ: Diversity in the Workplace A panel of experts will discuss the following topics:
  • How the social context in which employees are working shapes attitudes toward diversity
  • Why and how companies of all sizes can benefit from adopting DEI goals
  • What factors should go into formulating an effective communication strategy
  • Who should be in charge of creating and implementing a DEI program
  • How to overcome resistance and hostility to DEI effort
>>>>>Tuesday, August 31, from 1 - 2:30 pm. Register here. 


New Jersey
NJ.gov: New Protections Against Eviction Governor Murphy signed legislation introducing new protections for renter households who experienced economic hardships during the pandemic. All renter households with incomes below 120% of their county’s area median Income will be permanently protected against eviction or removal at any time for nonpayment of rent, habitual late payment of rent, or failure to accept a rent increase that accrued from March 1, 2020, through August 31, 2021. Some households may qualify for additional protection. To learn about protections, click here.
 
NJ Realtors: 2022 Committee Selection The 2022 NJ Realtors Committee Selection is taking applications. Volunteers are the foundation of NJ Realtors' continued success, and with more than ten different committees, there's a committee for every interest. Click here to read about each committee. Deadline to submit an application is October 22 at 5 pm. Appointments are made each year by the incoming president and leadership team. Learn more. 
Toast to RPAC at a Virtual Wine Tasting *Are you looking to earn one unit towards your NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence application. You're in luck! On Thursday, September 23, at 6 pm, RPAC is hosting a virtual wine tasting with Wild Child wines. Tickets are $150 per person, and attendees will receive a flight of eight adventurous wines shipped directly to your home before the event. Tickets will be available through September 9. A wine sommelier from In Good Taste Wines will lead the virtual wine tasting. The deadline to earn the RPAC industry unit towards the 2021 NJ Realtors Circle of Excellence sales award is October 1. Purchase your ticket here. 

NJ’s Ban on Plastic Carryout Bags & Polystyrene Foam in Stores, Grocery Stores & Food Service Businesses Starting May 4, 2022, New Jersey retail stores, grocery stores, and food service businesses may not provide or sell single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products. However, single-use paper carryout bags can be provided or sold, except by grocery stores equal to or larger than 2,500 square feet, which may only give or sell reusable carryout bags. Additionally, after November 4, plastic straws may be provided only upon the customer's request. Learn more. 


National
Renters, Too, Are Facing Bidding Wars Mirroring the market for home sales, rental applicants are growing more competitive as demand for units outpaces supply. Read more.
 
HUD and FHFA Announce Collaboration to Advance Fair Housing and Fair Lending Enforcement The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will focus on enhancing their enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, which HUD is primarily charged with administering and enforcing, and their oversight of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banks, all of which FHFA regulates. Learn more. Take NAR's Fairhaven - no-cost, Fair Housing simulation training here.
NAR: Landlord Can Be Liable for Harassment Failing to protect a tenant from known discriminatory harassment can result in liability for a landlord under the Fair Housing Act, said a federal appellate court. The case involved harassment and abuse of an elderly tenant based on her sexual orientation. Read more.

*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.




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