March 10, 2018
INDUSTRY NEWS
Realtors® Offer Support for Proposed Association Health Plan Rule

A proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor could make it easier for small businesses and self-employed individuals to purchase health insurance through association health plans, or AHPs, according to the National Association of Realtors®.


Judge says NJ Towns Must Allow Affordable Housing

In a ruling that could shape the way towns across the state look and have an impact on schools and traffic, a Superior Court judge said Thursday that municipalities must take steps now that could allow for roughly 155,000 housing units to be built over the next decade. The highly anticipated, 217-page opinion by Judge Mary C. Jacobson in Mercer County applies directly to two towns, Princeton and West Windsor, but it could set a precedent for more than 100 other municipalities that have gone to court to settle disputes over their affordable-housing obligations.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH & EVENTS
Clean Homes, Clean Families with EBCBOR & Bergen Volunteer Center!  

EBCBOR is partnering with the Bergen Volunteer Center for their annual "Clean Homes, Clean Families" initiative, part of their Mentoring Mom's Program. Consider donating cleaning supplies for local families in need. Your kind donations will keep our clients and their homes clean and healthy!

CLICK HERE for List of Supplies and Drop-off locations.   
Join The Women's Council of REALTORS for their Annual Women's History Month Celebration and Inaugural "HERhouse: Women in Real Estate" Business Salon Series.

Hear from specially invited women leaders and trailblazers who will share the many contributions made by women throughout society and in particular real estate at a networking luncheon. The Inaugural "HERhouse: Women in Real Estate" Business Salon will feature a panel discussion highlighting the importance of homeownership for women and how REALTORS® can better serve this market.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 2:30pm - 5:00pm
AVE Clifton - Lobby Theater Room

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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
Foreign Investors Turn To Student Housing Projects For Safety

The student housing sector has been deemed "recession-proof" for its ability to weather the storm that a financial crisis can bring. While enrollment in colleges has been on the decline since 2010, enrollment in public universities has increased - particularly in the case of Tier 1 postsecondary schools with STEM programs. Residences near these universities have also become sought-after assets, the Wall Street Journal reports.


NEWS YOU COULD USE
Agent Incomes Get a Lift From Referrals: Study

In real estate, referrals are vital. According to a new ReferralExchange study, 42 percent of agents earned $10,000-$50,000 from fees for referrals last year; as many as 5 percent earned $50,000-$100,000, and 2 percent earned up to $500,000. "Referrals are one of the key drivers of business in the real estate industry," says Scott Olsen, CEO of ReferralExchange.


TECH TIPS
Automate Your Marketing Without Turning Into a Robot

It seems like there just aren't enough hours in the day to finish all your transactional work and keep up with your past and prospective clients. If you find yourself scrambling to send follow-up emails, posting a picture to Instagram of a closing that happened a week ago, or sending out a rushed tweet as you run out of the office, it might be time to try marketing automation.

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