We are saddened to report that CORE member Theodore Mellin of Weichert Realtors (Branchburg office) has passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and colleagues.
ShowingTime Market Stats Report
Your reports from New Jersey Realtors are ready and available at the links below.
recently updated the default length of a showing request from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. The goal is to allow extra time for cleaning between showings and to reduce the likelihood of interested buyers being at a house at the same time.
Read more about this change.
ShowingTime Live Available Soon -
ShowingTime will soon offer the ability to conduct
ive video showings
directly from the ShowingTime mobile app with the tap of a button. This will make it easy for agents to schedule and start a virtual showing that their clients can participate in from the comfort of their homes. Another important option in the Bright Steps Virtual Toolkit, we expect ShowingTime Live to be available in the Bright market in the coming weeks.
The Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce & Hunterdon County Economic Development Webinars:
- Paycheck Protection Program on Forgiveness This webinar will cover information on tracking your PPP-related expenses, guidance provided to date from the Small Business Administration on forgiveness, tips to maximize forgiveness, and available assistance. Thur, May 28 @ 5 pm. Save your seat here.
Getting Ready for Your Zoom Close-up
earn the basics of video presentation and Zoom
- Shot setup, lighting, camera angle, framing, and your personal appearance and delivery
- Zoom features, security protocols and protections, tech issues, and differences between common service tiers.
Showings Guidance for NJ
New Jersey Realtors reports having received several inquiries from our members regarding Open House/ "appointment only" showing advertisements. The following is guidance from NJR on how to operate within the Governor's Executive Order. As NJR has stated in the past, we are very fortunate in New Jersey to have the ability to work even during these uncertain times. The Governor was very clear in his message that he will not allow for “open houses” during this time. We strongly advise that the term “open house” be removed from any advertising, as that would violate the administrative order. Showings by appointment are allowed. All agents and brokers must adhere to social distancing guidelines and ensure they are performing private one-on-one showings with immediate family only as per the
Governor’s Office: The State of New Jersey COVID-19 Survey
is requesting your input to understand better how to help you get back to work safely and productively. By filling out an
about your operations you can help inform the State’s reopening strategy and upcoming business and organization assistance opportunities.
Participate in the survey here.
As Businesses Reopen, OSHA Increases On-Site Inspections & Expands Employer Recording Requirements
Help Shape Your Local Community by Completing the Census –
It’s Good for NJ!
Census data helps determine how to allocate and spend billions of dollars annually for critical public services like hospitals, schools and roads. These developments in turn, generate opportunities for private sector businesses. Complete the census
ffordable Housing Units Available at Brookhaven
Lofts in Hillsborough, NJ
Updated Unemployment FAQs Now Available
Following last week's webinar with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, updated Pandemic Unemployment Assistance FAQs can be found on NJ Realtors COVID-19 resource
If you missed the webinar and would like to watch it, click
NJBIZ: Fraud during the COVID-19 Pandemic and How to Avoid It.
Reminder: Update license information in Brigh
With extensions being issued in certain states for license renewals, some subscribers may need to update their license information in Bright. It’s easy to make this update. View the step-by-step instructions here.
April Statistics through SmartCharts
his report provides an inside look at the current state of your market area after stay-at-home orders and restrictions were put in place. If you want even more detailed statistics, check out SmartCharts Pro with a 10% off your SmartCharts Pro subscription as part of the Bright Steps virtual toolkit. Learn more
Webinar: Social Media Strategies for Real Estate
Join Bright MLS for a free webinar on how to enhance your online presence through social media. Both Brokers and Agents are welcome to attend.
Thursday, May 29. Free.
Additional Webinars -
- Homesnap Pro: Livestream Trainings May 27- 29
- Bright Steps: Market Statistics with SmartCharts Tues, June 2
for any of these webinars.
Subscribe to Realtor Party Mobile Alerts
Stay in touch with NAR's advocacy efforts concerning COVID-19:
Text COVID19 to 30644
to get information on recently passed legislation and how it affects you.
NAR: The 6 Best Real Estate resources for Agents Looking for a Leg Up
With so many agents working in the business, competition is fierce.
NAR: COVID-19 Has Sparked A Rise in Rental Fraud
Two-thirds of property managers surveyed say they’ve fallen victim to fraudulent rental applications that involve inflated income or fabricated income sources.
NAR: Kentucky Man Arrested for Shooting at Agent During Showing
Police continue to investigate the circumstances around a man who allegedly shot at a real estate pro and a young girl during a showing.
NAR: Many Companies Plan to Reopen in Phases
A new CBRE survey shows the precautions that firms are taking as they reopen their physical spaces.
NAR: For Some, 30-Year Rates at 2.5% are Possible
Homebuyers with stellar credit are getting mortgage rates much lower than even the record low national averages.
NAR: Tech to Watch
Learn about the companies chosen by NAR that offer innovative solutions to help real estate pros conduct business.
NAR: NAR: Managing Home Inspection Fears During the Pandemic
With fearful sellers backing out of the market, make it a top priority to understand how to conduct remote inspections and proper sanitization.
5 Things I learned Working from Home During COVID-19
Members have until
to enroll in 2 months of NAR-funded access to
During this unprecedented time when remote care is essential, and into the future for everyday health concerns, telemedicine will continue to play an important role in healthcare.
RIS Media: How to be a Powerful Presenter
NAR: Navigating Through NAR's Center for Realtor Financial Wellness
This webinar is designed to help you understand the tools available on the platform. No matter where you are in your career or stage of financial planning, you’ll find this webinar helpful and informative.
Tues, June 30, 2 pm.
Brokers - Check out NAR's New Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) Webinar
This webinar for brokers, intended to help you better understand NAR's C2EX platform and its administrative capabilities. C2EX is free for Realtors and demonstrates a commitment to professionalism.
What You Should Know about COVID-19 to Protect Yourself and Others
The CDC released a fact sheet with guidance for your health and safety during this pandemic and provides life-saving information in six areas:
1) Know about COVID-19;
2) Know how COVID-19 is spread;
3) Protect yourself and others from COVID-19;
4) Practice social distancing;
5) Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick; and,
6) Know your risk for severe illness.
Realtors have a special responsibility to take all necessary health and safety precautions, including those ordered by your state or locality, whichever are more strict. Even if real estate is deemed essential in your area, we strongly encourage you to use virtual showings and limit in-person activity in all other aspects of the real estate transaction to get us through this crisis.