March 17, 2018
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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
REALTORS Successfully Completed their CIPS Designation with EBCBOR!

Realtors across New Jersey  and Chicago successfully completed CIPS Designation Institute with EBCBOR this past week. The courses were given by EBCBOR's Director and instructor Ali Memar of RE/MAX Select Properties - Fort Lee. All who completed the institute are eligible to be pinned at the at the NAR Global Receptions. Congratulations to all on your achievement!

LEGISLATIVE NEWS
Court Reinstates Decision Supporting NAR Position on Marketing Service Agreements

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has reinstated its prior holding that payments for bona fide services provided and made at fair market value do not violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). This decision reinforces NAR's support of marketing service agreements.

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.   
Cellphone for Soldiers with EBCBOR & Chase!   

All through March, The EBCBOR Community Service Committee and Chase are teaming up with Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. By donating gently-used cell phones you are providing free calling cards to active-duty military members to connect with loved ones as well as assisting veterans with emergency funds to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.

CLICK HERE to find a Drop-off location.   
INDUSTRY NEWS
Realtors® Urge Permanent Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Exclusion

The exclusion for forgiven home mortgage debt following a foreclosure, short sale or loan modification should be made permanent to provide relief to troubled borrowers and minimize the damage to families, neighborhoods and communities. That's according to testimony today from the National Association of Realtors® before the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy at a hearing evaluating recently expired tax provisions.

NEWS YOU COULD USE
Your 2018 busy season game plan

We all know it's the time of year for real estate agents nationwide to start gearing up for the busy spring season, one of their busiest of the year. It's a time of new beginnings, new clients, and hopefully, more commissions. Hope springs eternal at this time of year and the 2018 buying season is expected to be busier than usual, as fear of increased mortgage rates could spring more buyers into action.


TECH TIPS
Humanize Your Marketing in a Digital World

With social media sites like Twitter and Instagram and business networking sites such as LinkedIn and Alignable, it's no wonder Americans now spend 12 hours a day consuming digital media. But with all that online frenzy going on, why does it seem increasingly difficult as a real estate professional to connect with actual people and humanize your brand? Here are 10 tips that will help you show the face behind the brand to build trust with clients.

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