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May 7, 2020
Promoting pride of ownership and quality of life in the Greater Pee Dee

In this Issue:
  • Broker Tip - Professionalism means Participation!
  • Meal & Mask Lunch Event
  • From SCR: Hill to Home virtual legislator visits
  • FOREWARN App - get it for free!
  • Continuing Education Opportunities to take advantage of NOW!
  • Appointment Protocol for vacant properties
  • From NAR: Pivot in Place informative video series
  • Stay Up-To-Date! Important Links (Links appear in blue throughout newsletter)
Professionalism and Ethics Tip
presented by
Keon Aldrich, REALTOR® and Broker in Charge
Pee Dee Elite Realty
Florence, SC
Meal & Mask Lunch Event
PDRA hosted Meal & Mask lunch event at Folkens Law Firm on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Elbow bumps were the greeting of choice by the over 70 members in attendance.

Hott Mess food truck from Columbia served a variety of dishes including tacos, chicken sandwiches, salads, fried mac and cheese, and desserts. Everyone received a "REALTOR ® blue" face mask, made especially for our PDRA members.

The event was the dream of Nell Folkens, Board President. Nell planned everything from the start - buying the fabric for the face masks, having the masks made, and contracting with the food vendor. She was so excited to bring this opportunity to our members.

Unfortunately, Nell couldn't be at the event to see everyone. Nell suffered a terrible fall on Wednesday and is hospitalized with spinal trauma. Currently, surgery is planned for Monday, May 11th. Please keep Nell, Karl and her healthcare team in your prayers.
REALTORS ® Sidney Farmer and Austin Grantham chat while waiting for their lunch order.
Though we missed Nell, it was great seeing our members again! We plan to distribute the remaining face masks next week to more of our REALTOR ® members.
Thanks to the 70+ members who came out to Folkens Law Firm on Thursday. Everyone enjoyed a free lunch from Hott Mess food truck and picked up a REALTOR ® Blue face mask.
PDRA staff & volunteers gave out REALTOR ® Blue face masks to over 70 members on Thursday, May 7th.
Pictured are (L-R) Pamela Jacobs, CEO; Lin Ziskoski, MLS Director; Richard Trappier, President-Elect; Keon Aldrich, Broker & Region 4 VP; and Christen Cox, Communications Coordinator.
From SCR: Hill to Home
Register now for SCR's Virtual Hill Visits, May 11-14

Even though REALTORS® can't go to our nation's Capitol this year for the annual NAR Legislative Meetings, we're bringing Washington DC home to you! Please join SCR President Owen Tyler and REALTOR® Federal Political Coordinators from across the state as we bring NAR's yearly Hill Visits home to South Carolina.

You recently heard from SC Senators Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham, and Representative Joe Cunningham, now you can tune-in to all of your South Carolina representatives and be part of this one-of-a-kind opportunity to have a conversation with your federal lawmakers.

Click the button below to find your legislator and join us as we bring the Hill to your Home.
Protect Yourself With the FOREWARN App
FOREWARN Safety App

The Technology committee recommended to the PDRA Board of Directors to continue our partnership with FOREWARN, believing nothing is more important than Realtor ® Safety. The Board agreed and voted unanimously to renew our contract with FOREWARN.

Realtors ®  who use FOREWARN highly recommend it. Several of our members have reported instances when they've been protected from potential physical and financial threats with the use of the FOREWARN app.

PDRA encourages ALL of our members to sign up for and use FOREWARN. This is a free service for you, our members. If you have not already signed up, contact Lin to start the process.
Continuing Education Opportunities -
Don't Wait for Summer!
PDRA is partnering with Western Upstate and Coastal Carolinas REALTOR® associations to offer a variety of continuing education and professional boosting opportunities for our members. Take advantage of these classes NOW, so you aren't spending the summer cramming to get your CE's in!

You can also take advantage of great savings through The CE Shop, or choose from online classes from Carolina Real Estate Academy. All of these classes are taught by certified instructors and provide a convenient way to obtain the CE credits you need, while increasing your knowledge!

To find links to all of our online education partners, click here , or visit our website anytime and click on the Member Portal - Continuing Education.
Reminder: Appointments Needed!
Appointments needed to enter listed properties:

A friendly reminder to everyone - home inspectors, appraisers, REALTORS ® and other MLS members - ALWAYS make an appointment in advance to enter a property with the Listing Agent or Listing Office. It's not only a common courtesy, but also a professional protocol, even for vacant properties . If you have concerns or questions, feel free to contact the Association office.
FROM NAR: Pivot in Place
Each week, a member of NAR's 2020 Leadership Team shares tips and updates on the real estate industry during this unprecedented time. From virtual showing tips to financial wellness, access these videos to increase your knowledge.
Important links to keep you in the know
UPDATES and Important Links - click on the blue links for up-to-date information for you, your family and business:

Pee Dee REALTORS ® - Local Information
(for updated continuing education opportunities, guidelines, links to Pee Dee county offices, and more.)
Pee Dee REALTORS Facebook page
South Carolina DHEC - SC DHEC COVID-19 News

Centers for Disease Control - CDC Coronavirus Information

NAR Helpful links for your business regarding showings, listings, and more:

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