June 25, 2020
*President's Message
*KWAOR REALTOR ®️ of the Year, Lunch and Learns
*RIAR's C2EX Summer Challenge
*NAR Resources for Fair Housing and Anti-Racism
*Committees In Action
*Upcoming Events
President's Message
Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations!! You made it to Summer 2020 , which will be unique in our memories for many reasons.

This issue of your KWAOR Updates is packed with useful information , and I hope you'll give yourself a few minutes to pause on this beautiful day, look around at our gorgeous state in full bloom, and inform yourself with our local, state and national updates.

Please join me in congratulating Pam Hanson Carbone, our 2020 REALTOR ®️ of the Year. Pam is always working to make this Association the very best it can be for its members and community. If you haven't yet met her, make sure you take the time to attend a meeting or event with us this year. She will lift your spirits and make you proud to be a REALTOR ®️ .

I'm also delighted to congratulate these KWAOR members who have completed their C2EX (Commitment to Excellence) Endorsement:

Robert D'Andrea of Renaissance Realty Firm
Jason Elliott of RI Real Estate Services
Jean Gorrie of HomeSmart Professionals
Kayla Levasseur of HomeSmart Professionals
Mary Marcello of Jack W. Clark Real Estate
Julie Stabile of Century 21 Access America.

It's not to late too get it done this summer and be included in the drawings for some excellent prizes for the RIAR C2EX Summer Challenge--see the details below in our RIAR News section.

I wish you all happy, healthy and prosperous summer!

Mary Coutu, President
KWAOR Members Corner
KWAOR 2020 REALTOR ®️ of the Year

Pamela Hanson Carbone of Domain Properties, long active in Rhode Island Real Estate and a well-known teacher for RIAR, was announced 2020 REALTOR® of the Year yesterday. A current KWAOR Director, Pam serves on our Executive Committee and Community Outreach Committee. She also co-chairs the REALTOR Relief Task Force, which has spearheaded the Association's COVID-19 support efforts for KWAOR members and our community, in collaboration with the KWAOR Foundation.
Due to the cancellation of our President's Charity and August Membership Meeting, we decided to announce the award to Pam and a small group of KWAOR and Domain Properties colleagues at a surprise lunch at
 Tea In Sahara , Pam's favorite Providence restaurant. Pouring fresh mint tea in the photo, right, is restaurant owner Mohamed Sefiani who provided wonderful hospitality and delicious Moroccan delicacies in the cafe's lovely back garden.

KWAOR members will have the opportunity to congratulate Pam when she is formally honored at the Association's Annual Meeting and Installation on October 15th at Quidnessett Country Club.

Click here to read the complete KWAOR REALTOR® Of The Year announcement.

LUNCH AND LEARN is back--Online!!

The KWAOR Education Committee has scheduled monthly lunch and learns for the remainder of 2020. Our June 18th Lunch and Learn on Consumer and Realtor ®️ Safety with Steve Antoni on Facebook Live (pictured left) was recorded for those who could not watch it live. Please check it out--it's an hour well spent to improve safety for yourself, the properties you show, and your colleagues and customers.
"Navigating the Mortgage Process"
Wednesday, July 15th at 12:00 Noon

Presented by

Details for this event will be provided in early July.
Are YOU ready to take action when legislation affecting real estate is pending? This new Realtor Party video from state and local association leaders that gives you the WHO, WHAT AND WHY of the Realtor Party and RPAC text alerts.
Get C2EX Endorsed for a chance to win great prizes!
Make the most of your summer with the C2EX Summer Challenge!  The  Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) program from the National Association of REALTORS®  empowers REALTORS ®  to evaluate, enhance and showcase their highest levels of professionalism. It’s not a course, class or designation—it’s an Endorsement that helps you improve your knowledge and skills. It also lets clients and associates know that you are a REALTOR ®  who's committed to raising the bar of professionalism.
C2EX is easy, interesting and individualized for you. Complete your endorsement anytime before  August 31st  and be entered to win some amazing prizes!

One grand prize winner will win a $1000  gift card to Gurney's Newport Resort & Marina! Stay the night, order room service, visit any of the hotel's great restaurants or spend the day relaxing at the hotel's full-service spa - IT'S UP TO YOU!

The Grand Prize winner will be selected in a random drawing on September 1, 2020 from among all Rhode Island REALTORS ®  who are C2EX Endorsed by August 31st.
$100 Visa gift cards to 5 lucky winners!
Earn your C2EX Endorsement during the summer challenge and be automatically entered to win one of five (5) $100 Visa gift cards! Visa gift card winners will be selected at random during the final week of the challenge.
Need more convincing?  Did you know that maintaining a Commitment to Excellence Endorsement now fulfills the Code of Ethics training requirement for NAR membership?!

This challenge is brought to you by RI REALTORS ®  in cooperation with our local Rhode Island Boards of REALTORS ® :
NAR News
NAR Provides Guidance on
How To Make Your Business
Implicitly Anti-Racist
Does Racial Bias Exist Among REALTORS ®️ ? Yes.
What NAR Is Doing To Help Change This?
NAR’s leadership team voted in January to create the  ACT initiative , which stands for accountability, culture change, and training, including:
  • Developing minimum core fair housing training requirements for all states
  • Working with state associations to create a state licensing law model to ensure real estate agents who violate fair housing laws are held accountable.

What can YOU do today? Consider watching NAR's Fair Housing Video and discussing it with colleagues. Produced in collaboration with the Perception Institute, the video provides valuable tools and strategies to help you and your colleague move forward while ensuring that your customers feel they are being fairly treated. It offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure fairness, and improve business relationships. You can also check your own bias by taking and Implicit Bias Test.
Committees in Action
We asked KWAOR REALTORS what they like about lockboxes. Click below to find out!
DID YOU KNOW? SentriLock Digital Lockboxes are available at a 50% discount to KWAOR members throughout 2020 AND the SentriKey app is available FREE to all KWOAR members.

Call the KWAOR office to order your lockbox OR to obtain your free copy of the SentriKey app for your tablet or smartphone.


The Community Outreach Committee is providing volunteers for a second work day at Kiki's Garden on June 27th.

Next Meeting: Monday July 6th at 1:00 PM via Zoom. Call the KWAOR office to join this committee and receive meeting Agendas, Minutes and Meeting Links.


The KWAOR Programs Committee plans exciting KWAOR member events.

Call the KWAOR office to join this committee and receive meeting Agendas, Minutes and Meeting Links.
Next Meeting: July 1 at 10:30 AM via Zoom
Upcoming Events
KWAOR Members Fair Housing Webinar with
Paula Monthofer - August 15, 2020

Brought to you by the KWAOR Programs Committee
and KWAOR Three Star Sponsors:
Centreville Bank, Equity National Title, HarborOne Mortgage, Ocean State Credit Union, Pawtucket Credit Union, Shamrock Home Loans; and Two Star Sponsor Lynch's Cleaning and Restoration Services.

This Webinar is a membership benefit for all KWAOR members. Watch this space for the link!
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