Stay connected wherever you are working.

MLS, Member and Education tools for you.
In the last week, so much has changed, and our entire community is pulling together. We are encouraging members to follow NAR: A Guide for REALTORS®. Right now, making plans to do business virtually and following the recommendations of the Eagle County Government are some best practices.
 
Last night I received an update on Rod Powell's condition, and he is still in the hospital and fighting the virus. Keep thoughts and prayers coming as they are needed.
 
The VBR Team is utilizing technology and conducting business as seamlessly as possible. As far as our office closure, we will follow the guidelines from Eagle County Public Health for reopening our office, which is suggesting restricting in-person interactions until April 8 .
 
I know the uncertainty is daunting, but we must stay positive during this time. The National Association of Realtors is working hard on your behalf for legislation passed to aid self-employed, small businesses to be included in emergency aid measures.
 
I'm encouraging you to stay connected and look to the future. Below you will find the "VBR Tools for Right Now," which we hope you find helpful and encouraging.
 
We have organized a special webinar for members to learn about the great features of Domus Analytics, our statistics software. This data will be important during this time as people want to know how the market is doing. This webinar is set up for March 26. Sign up below.
 
We also opened up two of our Vail Pro Designation courses for members to take remotely. We will give you credit for working towards your Vail Pro Designation.
 
Lastly, RSVP as soon as possible for our virtual General Membership Meeting on April 7. We need to know how many people will attend because the software is limited. If you previously registered for the GMM you are still registered for the virtual event.
 
Please stay home and stay healthy.
 
Erica Kirk
Association Executive
Using your Member Portal
Association Executive Erica Kirk explains how you can use the Member Portal to stay connected. Pay monthly dues, see what classes you've taken, and register for upcoming classes and events. Just log in with your member number and password to access it.
Stay in touch with clients remotely
Stay in touch with clients and colleagues without having to leave home! Highlighted are a few video and screen share tools you can master within a couple of days to communicate, collaborate, and provide valuable instruction.
Stay connected with our community
Support for local businesses

You can safely support our business community during this time.

The Vail Valley Partnership has created the " What Businesses Are Open in Eagle County " page as a resource. It includes a form that businesses can complete to be listed on the site.

We encourage everyone to stay safe and not take unnecessary trips into the community. One way to support a business is to order online and pick up products at a later date. Remember to keep your distance (and wash your hands) during this time.
Stay productive with MLS & Tech tools
Free Domus statistics webinar

Domus is providing a free one-hour webinar for VMLS members on Thursday, March 26, starting at 10:00 a.m.

Domus is a free statistical analysis program available for VMLS members. These different tools can help simplify complicated trends and stats, place and help you make sense of a shifting marketplace. Domus is available on VBR.net by clicking on the Market Statistics button after the member login.
Working from home? Tech Helpline is here to help!

While many agents may be used to working remotely, others are finding themselves for the first time having to replicate all the capabilities they had at their office inside their homes.

Tech Helpline is a free VMLS member benefit that can provide the extra assistance VBR members need in order for their business to flourish during periods of working remotely. VMLS Members can call the Tech Helpline team for assistance with: home office set up, Wi-Fi configuration, and software recommendations, ensuring a seamless transition to a modified work-space. 

Free safety app for members

The Vail MLS is partnering with Forewarn to provide a  FREE  proactive safety and lead intelligence service for all VMLS members. It's quick and easy to register!

You can verify a prospect’s identity, criminal records, bankruptcies, liens, judgments, address history and property records all in one place, leading to safer and more productive interactions.
Statistics on the go

Make sure to use your RPR Mobile app benefit. RPR allows Realtors to create and send company branded reports and view local market statistics, anytime, anyplace - from your smartphone or tablet.
Learn & grow with Educational tools
Online learning options for members

The VBR has a hold on classroom continuing education classes during this time. We will resume scheduling at a later date.

There are great options for online education, including a FREE online CREC class through Thrive. We encourage members to visit these online providers. You can also find these resources under "Education" on the VBR website, and under "Education Links" in the weekly newsletter.
Take your professionalism to the next level

C2EX, or Commitment to Excellence, is a free, innovative online program designed to help you increase your expertise in 10 elements of professionalism ranging from customer service to use of technology.

To get started, log in to  www.C2EX.realtor  and take the self-assessment that measures your proficiency in each of the elements.
Begin earning your Vail Pro Designation

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. Two Vail Pro Designation classes will be available to be watched online for free Vail Pro credit: 2019 REALFire and the 2019 Annual Community Update.

The REALFire video also includes 2 CE credits for real estate brokers through DORA. You must watch the entire video and answer a short five-question quiz for credit. The Annual Update doesn't offer state CE.

Register for a special call/webinar in the links below!
Stay safe & healthy
Coronavirus: A Guide for Realtors

NAR is providing this guidance to help REALTOR® associations respond to the coronavirus's impact on the real estate industry. Includes links to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), prevention tips and guidance on interactions with clients.
Helpful links for updates
Coronavirus emergency legislation: What you need to know

Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) providing support to American workers, families, and businesses, including the expansion of paid sick leave and family medical leave. It also includes refundable tax credits for small businesses and self-employed individuals to cover the cost of the leave. 
Cyber Safety: Can you spot a phishing scam?

Take part in a fun, video quiz and see if you can tell the real email from the fake. Hint: Scammers are getting sneakier. Click below to take the quiz on Facebook.
Stay in touch with VBR staff
VBR's board and staff are committed to the personal and economic well-being of our members. As you may be aware, the VBR offices are temporarily closed and staff is working remotely. Please contact us for assistance in the below email links. Thank you!

Association Executive

MLS Director

Membership & Office Coordinator

Education & Marketing Manager