As a REALTOR® you are charged with upholding fair housing laws and offering professional service to all in their search for real property. We want to highlight a new training simulation provided by NAR called Fairhaven. It allows you to test your compliance with fair housing principles by using the power of storytelling to identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. The scenarios in Fairhaven are inspired by real fair housing cases. Take some time to experience the Fairhaven simulator.

VBR Chair Kevin Kuebert Kuebert says, “For me, Fairhaven had a positive impact. I logged in as soon as it was released to our industry. It’s really interesting and shows how individuals can be inconsistent with responses to situations. It highlights the need for and explains how to be as consistent as possible with people. It demonstrates what it looks like to treat everyone the same. It gives you half a dozen scenarios to work through and provides feedback on your personal response. I think everyone in our industry should take it. It doesn’t take very long.”

Also, the VBR is hosting a live online course this week titled "At Home With Diversity" (AHWD). This course is worth 6 CE credits and enables you to earn your AHWD Designation. More information is below under "Upcoming Classes."

Have a great week,
Erica Kirk
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Committee members graciously volunteer their time to help strengthen the association's events, services, member offerings, and strategic plan initiatives.

From improv to persuasion to negotiation, these education programs will help you find self-assuredness and give you a leg up on your competition.

From how to get better leads to what books to read, here are some of the most common queries team leaders hear — and how to answer them.

COVID-19 has a lot of people worrying about themselves, their families, and their friends, but one that doesn’t get brought up much is business partner.
Have you heard the news? The VBR Board of Directors voted to provide ALL VBR education classes to our members
for FREE in 2021.

This includes Ethics, Vail Pro, CREC classes, and specialty classes like Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) or At Home With Diversity (see below).

Classes MUST be VBR hosted classes to qualify.
This week! Free for members.
At Home With Diversity (Live Online)
Wednesday, March 3 & Thursday, March 4
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. BOTH DAYS
Instructor: Leigh York
6 CE credits

AHWD is designed to teach real estate professionals how to increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends. It addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. Participants will learn practical skills and tools to expand business and effectively service all cultural groups.
Procuring Cause: Who Gets the Money?
Tuesday, March 9
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Tod Franklin
3 CE credits

Teacher Tod uses current and past actual case studies and puts the students in an arbitration mock panel exercise. The panel makes a decision as to who will get the commission based on the evidence. 

Designated Realtors® (Managing or Owner Brokers) must complete Procuring Cause training once within a three-year cycle.
Contract Issues That Can Put You in Jail
Tuesday, March 9
1:00 to 4:00p.m.
Instructor: Tod Franklin
3 CE credits

This engaging class takes the contract and goes through problematic sections. Many of these issues, if handled improperly, can result in disciplinary actions from the Real Estate Commission or Realtor® Associations. This class gives the student hands-on best practices to avoid these problems.
Important note: For any online classes hosted by the VBR, links to attend will be sent to registrants prior to the class. Attendees MUST be on camera for the entire duration to receive CE credit (per DORA).
Employing Broker Responsibilities - Who’s Minding the Store?

Have you ever asked yourself “What exactly is the job of the employing broker?” Whether it's you or someone you know, the employing broker has many responsibilities and different levels of supervisory duties that must be adhered to.

Join Director Marcia Waters for a free webinar that will outline the rules and statutes that address specific employing broker responsibilities, offers industry best practices and real-life case studies.

Tuesday, March 30
2:00 p.m.
Space is limited
How to stop robocalls and spam calls on your mobile phone and landline

Tired of getting scam calls on your car's warranty, or making late payments to the IRS? Here are a few tips you take to give you some relief from spam callers. From Burton Kelso, The Technology Expert.
If you missed the Live Economic Update with Dr. Lawrence Yun, it's recorded for you to watch!

Lawrence Yun is the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research for the National Association of REALTORS®. Dr. Yun oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association, including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1.4 million REALTORS®.

Join VBR for a legislative power update!

Bridget Garcia, CAR Government Affairs Manager, will preview the 2021 legislative session, including CAR’s legislative priorities. In addition, CAR will present a package of homeownership legislation that aims to break down barriers and increase access to homeownership.

Wednesday, March 10
9:00 a.m.
Live on Zoom

Managing Broker Meeting

Including a special presentation with CAR's Scott Peterson.

Managing Brokers and Designated Realtors® (Primary and Secondary Members) have been invited to attend. Please check your email for information.

Friday, March 19
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Live on Zoom

Scott Peterson will cover the hot topic of “What you say on social media does matter," including the new Code of Ethics Standard of Practice 10-5.
Meet the 2021 Board of Directors
Meet REALTOR® and Vail Board of REALTORS® Director, Lynne Krnacik! Lynne became involved to serve fellow brokers and our community. She also is a part of our Fundraising Committee, which helps us plan funding for the VBR Foundation.

Fun Fact(s): Lynne is from Pittsburgh and graduated from the College of Charleston with a Biology degree. She moved to Vail in 1996.
REALTOR® and Vail Board of REALTORS® Director Tiffany McCracken also serves on our REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Committee.

Fun Fact(s): Tiffany grew up in Eagle County, and also grew up within the world of real estate! Her father was a Real Estate Agent in Vail for 20 years, and you may recognize her mother, Gail Ferry, from Land Title Guarantee Company.
Jeff Kingery with K2 Lending has been in lending for 20 years - both with a major bank and as a broker. K2 Lending has access to over 35 lenders/banks' complete portfolios of loans. K2 will shop for the best rate for clients, and also can provide loans more complex lending scenarios.
Learn more about your benefits!
Did you know that as an Affiliate you have access to a free newsletter spotlight, Broadcast Email, and other benefits? Please join us for a 30-minute presentation and Q & A on your Affiliate Membership Benefits! This live Zoom call will be hosted on Tuesday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m.
According to the COVID-19 Dial, Eagle County is currently in Level Yellow. With the current Public Health order. It is much easier to determine which level each county is in with this system - and if you are working in different markets. You can see the restrictions based on each level for real estate, depending on the color.

All resources are linked for easy access.
The Welcome Home Bag Program is back in business! Please call 766-1028 or email to schedule a pick-up.

This FREE benefit is available for VBR REALTOR® members who sell a home. The "Welcome Home Bag" is a great gift for your buyer clients. Each cooler bag includes a picnic blanket, cutting board, set of wine tumblers, and a reusable shopping tote.
Mask Up with the VBR
Proudly sport the REALTOR® logo with a FREE mask from the VBR! Each black cotton mask has adjustable ear loops and covers the face from nose to chin - securing a comfy fit. 

Contact us for your free mask, or pick up several for your office!

The VBR staff is working remotely. Please contact us by phone or email. The Realtor® Hub Locker system is available for members to pick up items like lockboxes and power paddles bags after business hours!

The renovation should be completed by late January 2021.
Member Benefits & Programs
As a member of VBR, your membership includes National, State, and Local. We help provide the tools to enhance professionalism in the real estate industry.
Education Quick Link

There is no single entity that keeps track of all the education you have taken. Please keep organized, keep paper or virtual copies of certificates.
Increase your local knowledge in the real estate industry and become a local expert! The Vail Pro Designation is an educational program open to ALL VBR Realtor and Affiliate members!
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Vail Board of Realtors
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