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President's Notes • December 2021

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A word from Kelli Gunnells, your 2021 BAR President...

With 2021 coming to a close, I wanted to take a moment and say what an honor it has been to serve as your BAR President over the past year. The Birmingham Association of REALTORS® is a fantastic organization, full of intelligent and wonderful members, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside each of you! Serving as your 2021 BAR President has truly been a highlight of my professional career.

I cannot thank the Board of Directors and BAR Team members enough for their hard work handling challenges we faced throughout the year, and I am extra proud of our successes. Don't worry, I am not going far! 2022 is going to be another great year, and I am looking forward to serving as your Immediate Past President alongside incoming President, Anna-Marie Ellison.

If you ever need anything at all, please don't hesitate to reach out! Finally, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and I will see you next year.


Kelli Gunnells

Thank you Kelli for a wonderful 2021!

Holiday Office Closures

The holiday season is here! We want to make sure you are prepared during this busy time of year, so please make a note of the upcoming BAR and GALMLS office closure dates.

Christmas: Friday, December 24 through Tuesday, December 28

New Years: Friday, December 31 through Monday, January 3

As always, support is available! If you have any questions while our team is out of the office, please contact us: We hope you have a happy holiday season!

Upcoming Events and Education

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2022 BAR Committee Applications are OPEN!

Do you want to get to know other REALTOR® and Affiliates members? Choose from over 30 workgroups and task forces, make connections, and improve your business!

Apply to get involved and leave your mark on the Association.

Visit to find your match!

Professional Standards Training – Enforcement of NAR Code of Ethics Training with Instructor Leigh York

This class awards 6-hours of Continuing Education credit and counts towards the NAR Code of Ethics Cycle # 7 (2022 – 2024) with 100% attendance.

Friday, January 21, 2022

9:00am - 4:30pm at the Birmingham Association of REALTORS®

Contact Phillip Horton to register: (205) 802-6079 or

Designation - Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

The SRS designation is the premier credential in seller representation. It is designed to elevate professional standards and enhance personal performance.

February 24-25⋅Virtual via Zoom

Instructor: Evan Fuchs

Members: $299

Non-Members: $349

12 Hours of CE


Be on the lookout for more information on upcoming first quarter events!




  • AAR Capitol Day
  • GALMLS Presidential Inauguration
  • Black History Month
  • We Love REALTOR® Day
  • BARPAC Event

REALTOR® Day at the Capitol

SIGN UP TODAY: Don't forget that registration for REALTOR® Day is now live! We look forward to seeing you in Montgomery on January 18, 2022, for a day full of networking, advocating for key REALTOR® issues, and more.

Register Today


If you have pledged to be an ARPAC Major Investor for 2022, you get to attend REALTOR® Day for free! You still need to register. Be on the lookout for more details about REALTOR® Day from your Government Affairs department.


Support past BAR REALTOR® Jonathan Harrison, as he competes in Gordon Ramsay's newest cooking competition - Next Level Chef!

Watch a quick video from Jonathan, and tune in Wednesday, January 2, for the premiere on Fox.

REALhealth & Wellness Insurance

As a member of Alabama REALTORS®, you have access to affordable insurance options. Our REALhealth & Wellness insurance program includes options for healthcare, vision, dental, life, accident, and critical illness insurance products.

Learn more about what REALhealth has to offer.


Member Spotlight

REALTORS® are committed to helping make the dream of homeownership attainable for all. We are thankful for your passion and commitment to the real estate industry! Take a look at what's been happening at BAR...

Mayor Randall L. Woodfin has appointed Abra Barnes to the Housing Authority of Birmingham District’s Board of Commissioners.

Congratulations Keith Kelley and Peyton Norville on being recognized as ACRE Trustee Emeritus recipients!

Cerita Tucker Smith was appointed as Alabama Real Estate Commission District 7 Commissioner.

Thank you to our Birmingham Association of REALTORS® volunteers for putting their time and talents into working on the Home for the Holidays Habitat for Humanity Build!

Our Community Affairs Workgroup– Veteran Services team took care of wishlists for the Pell City Veteran's home this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity and giving spirit!

We loved meeting all of our fantastic Affiliates at this year's Affiliate Trade Show! Thank you to all who participated. We hope it was a great resource, and we are looking forward to next year!

Thank you, Maurice Hampton, for joining us in Birmingham for leadership training! Leaders from Walker, St. Clair, and Calhoun County associations also joined us at BAR. We are ready for you 2022!

A fun time was had by all at the YPN Holiday Happy Hour! Thank you to the YPN Committee for kicking off the holiday season at The Fennec.

Congratulations to incoming GALMLS President, Tina Tyus and 2021 BAR Director, Abra Barnes on being named “Influential Women In Real Estate Award” by NAREB Birmingham Realtist Association.

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