October 6, 2020
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CORE
In observance of the Columbus Day holiday, CORE will be closed next Monday October 12. We will re-open Tuesday, October 13 at 8:30 am. 
2021 Circle of Excellence Applications Due by January 8 Applications are due January 8th and can be dropped off at either of our locations. Please note that at this time an appointment is required prior to dropping off any application, due to reduced staffing levels during this phase of COVID19. To make an appointment, send an email to info@core-realtors.com and include the office (Trenton or Branchburg) for which you are making the appointment.
CORE’s Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 am and will include the election to fill open positions for the Board of Directors, a CORE Update by President Gloria Monks, Circle of Excellence and other awards announcements, door prizes for Realtors and Affiliate members – including 2021 Realtor dues, free CE class on Multiple Offers, a solo email to CORE’s membership, and more. No cost to attend, but “seating” is limited. Register here.
Local

Mercer County: Business Grants and Loans Through the work of the local Small Business Development Center partners, the Mercer County Office of Economic Development has provided a listing of competitive grants and loans that may be available for your business. The information features both national and/or regional grants. It also identifies loans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact information is provided for each incentive along with a link to the appropriate program. To download the 2020 Grant and Loan Database, click here. 
Webinars

RISMedia: Your Best Recruiting Tool is Not Money The best recruiting strategies go far beyond cash. When 86 percent of your new agents come from referrals within your brokerage, that's when you know you're doing something right. Hear from industry experts on how they've mastered recruiting to rank among the fastest growing brokerages in the U.S. Wednesday, October 7 at 3 pm. Register now. 
Bright MLS

In an effort to empower brokers and educate agents on how their data works for them, Bright is launching the Smart Syndication campaign. The Smart Syndication will include videos, insights, graphics, and other resources to inform how syndication preferences are set and to provide greater understanding of when and why listings are sent from the MLS to consumer websites. 
  • View all of the resources at BrightMLS.com/syndication and check back for more information as we share new content throughout the month of October.
Commercial Real Estate

New Jersey Business: The Future of Commercial Real Estate in a COVID-19 World “Office leasing is not dead in any way,” Timothy Greiner, executive managing director of JLL, said at a Choose New Jersey webinar that explored COVID-19’s impact on the state’s commercial real estate market. Read more. 
New Jersey

Remote Exams Now Available for Real Estate Licenses The NJ Department of Banking and Insurance recently launched remote exams to give more flexibility to those who need to access the exam during COVID-19. Learn more or schedule an exam here.

New Jersey REALTORS®: Round Two of the Small Landlord Emergency Grant Fund To assist small rental property owners and their tenants during COVID-19, the grants will reimburse small landlords for missed or reduced rent payments between April and July 2020. If selected, landlords will be required to forgive back rent and late fees accrued by their tenants from the April to July period. Applications are now open and will be accepted until October 13 at 4 pm. Read more.

Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Announces Opening of Year 2 of the Community Solar Program Read more.
National
Business Insurance: National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Extended for a Year Government funding legislation, including an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program through Sept. 30, 2021, was signed into law by President Trump recently. The one-year extension gives Congress additional time to build consensus on common-sense reforms to the NFIP and to consider policies to help more property owners obtain flood insurance coverage through the NFIP and the private market. Read more.

NAR: Work-From-Home Fatigue May Be Setting In A new survey finds that remote work is starting to affect productivity. This finding offers hope for an office market rebound. Read more.

NAR: Buyers Struggle in Face of ‘Unseasonably High’ Interest in Housing The average buyer is paying about $20,000 more for a home and facing 25 percent more competition than at the start of the year. Read more.

NAR: Senior Buyers Are Reemerging in the Housing Market As long as proper COVID-19 precautions are in place, older Americans show willingness to resume home searches, a new report shows. Read more.

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