WPBOR WEEKLY UPDATE - February 19, 2021
Thank you to Darian Ward of Goosehead Insurance for providing refreshments for the "How To Use Statistics To Make More Money" Class.
A very special thank you to Stacey Van Schenck of VanDyk Mortgage for providing such a delicious lunch for the General Membership Meeting. Everyone loved the Baked Ziti, Salad, and Cookies. We also want to thank Stacey’s team for serving the lunch.
Tailgate Mixer!
A great big thank you to Gordon Wittstock of Nomad Moving Company and John Thomas of THIS Home Inspections for being the "Premium Sponsors" at our Tailgate Mixer. Thank you to our "Secondary Sponsors" as well.

A tremendous thank you to our Business Partners for putting this mixer together. We appreciate all of you more than words can say!
Thank you Janice Allen of Caliber Home Loans for providing refreshments for the attendees. Everyone loved the way you made up all the individual Valentine refreshment bags.

Also thank you to Connie Lucco for teaching "Buyers Techniques Mastery." Connie did an outstanding job! To quote one of the attendees, "Probably the best presentation I have attended."
COVID-19 Information:
Florida Realtors COVID-19 Resource Page has been updated
The Florida Realtors coronavirus resource page now features a video answering many questions regarding use of the Coronavirus/COVID 19 addendum. There is also a link to a full list of FAQs. This is general guidance for use of the form. Given the unprecedented nature of this pandemic, members are encouraged to call the legal hotline at (407) 438-1409 for specific questions. 
 
Unemployment update: Apply for state unemployment benefits now even though independent contractors are ineligible by state law. Once denied, you can file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) when a form geared to independent contractors is available from the Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity. Click here to apply
RISK CANNOT BE COMPLETELY ELIMINATED, but these are measures you can use to prioritize safety. Please be sure to refer to state and local orders that govern conduct and may vary based on conditions in your specific area. 
DO YOU HAVE RENTAL PROPERTIES?
  • February 23rd, Tuesday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - List Your Way to Success - Live class taught by Connie Lucco and Cookie Miller
  • February 24th, Wednesday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Civic Affairs/HoP Committee Meeting
  • March 2nd, Tuesday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Business Partner Committee Meeting
  • March 3rd, Wednesday - 10 am - 12:00 pm - Mortgage Bootcamp for Real Estate Agents - Live class taught by Laurie Johnson
  • March 9th, Tuesday - 10 am - 12:00 pm - Get More Out of Your iPad - Live class taught by Mike Gallo
  • March 9th, Tuesday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - YPN Committee Meeting
  • March 10th, Wednesday - 11:30 am - 1:30 pm - Smart Lunch
  • March 11th, Thursday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Education Committee Meeting
  • March 18th, Thursday - 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Residential Real Estate Contract for Sale & Purchase - Taught by BAREC - Zoom from home
  • March 23rd, Tuesday - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Renovation 101 - Taught by Raelene Majino-Smith - Zoom from home
  • March 31st, Wednesday - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Civic Affairs/HoP Committee Meeting
Registration is now open for Habitat for Humanity's first ever virtual Community Builders Hour! Join us live on Wednesday, February 24th at 8:00 am for a free thirty-minute program to learn more about the Habitat mission, the impact affordable homeownership makes on a family and how you can help us to continue to change lives and perspectives in our community. 
When you register, Select Jake Pieterse as your team captain!
Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity.

REALTORS® recognize the significance of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.

NAR’s Fair Housing Action Plan, abbreviated ‘ACT,’ emphasizes (A)ccountability, (C)ulture Change, and (T)raining in order to ensure America’s 1.4 million REALTORS® are doing everything possible to protect housing rights in America. On November 18, 2020, NAR launched Fairhaven.realtor— an innovative online simulation training, where agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. During the training, learners also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions.

Also, print a copy of the REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration and post it in your office and/or association.
WPBOR "Member Portal"
All these features are now available to you from the comfort of your home:
 
Manage Your Profile
  • Change Your Email, Mailing Address, or Contact Phone Numbers
  • Add Your Personal Photo
Upcoming Events
  • Event Calendar: Register for Upcoming Classes and Events
  • Sign Up to Be on a Committee
Quick Links
  • MLS                                                                                 
  • SUPRA
  • Form Simplicity & MLS Advantage
  • County Websites
  • DBPR
  • NAR
  • & Many More!
Board Dues/Payment History
  • Pay Your Board Dues
  • See Your Payment History and Print Paid Invoices for Your Tax Records



Want to be more involved? Join a Committee Today! 
 
  • Business Partners (for Business Partners ONLY)            
  • Civic Affairs/HoP
  • Education
  • Grievance**
  • Professional Standards**
  • Public Policy
  • Property Managers
  • RPAC
  • Young Professionals Network
         
** Must be a full time Realtor® for at least 2 years to join.
DBPR Online Services Set Up Guide
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has upgraded their online services, but the new system will require all users, including returning users, to complete a one-time registration profile with your e-mail address as your online ID.

Step 1. Establish an online account.

  • Select Create My Account located in the lower left-hand corner to begin the one-time registration process.
  • On the User Registration page, complete the Account Owner Contact information. The e-mail address provided will be your User ID and will be needed to login to DBPR’s online services, so don’t forget which e-mail address you use.
  • Verify the information on the Preview Registration page. If it is correct, select SAVE. If any changes are needed select EDIT to correct.
  • After saving your information, you will reach a page that states User Registration – Temporary Password Issued. A temporary password will be sent to you via the e-mail address you entered. If you do not receive an e-mail in a short amount of time, be sure to check your span or junk e-mail folder.
  • When you receive your temporary password, return to the link above and enter your e-mail address and the temporary password provided. Select LOG ON.
  • Now you will reach a page that states Create Password. Enter the temporary password provided in the TEMPORARY PASSWORD field. Enter your new, unique password in the NEW PASSWORD and CONFIRM PASSWORD fields. Select SAVE.
  • You have now successfully created an online account.

Step 2. Link your license(s) with your online account.

  • From the Main Menu, select LINK AN EXISTING LICENSE TO MY ACCOUNT.
  • On the Link an Existing License to My Account page, select REAL ESTATE COMMISSION from the category of licenses in the drop-down list. Select NEXT.
  • On the Link an Existing License to My Account-Select License page, select the license type from the drop-down menu and enter the corresponding license number (numeric characters only). Select NEXT.
  • On the Link an Existing License to My Account-Security Measures page, enter your Initial Activation Code. (This may be the last four digits of your Social Security number or Federal Employer Identification Number.) Enter the Security Check code given. Select NEXT.
  • On the Link an Existing License to My Account-Preview page, check the license number listed. If correct, select ADD.
  • You have now reached the Link an Existing License to My Account-Confirmation page…Congratulations, you have successfully linked your license! Select NEXT to continue.
  • You will now be back at the Main Menu. This license has now been linked under Licenses Linked to My Online Services Account. You can now select this license to renew/maintain online activities. Follow the same steps to link additional licenses if necessary.

Returning Users

  • Insert the above link into your browser and go to LOG IN TO ONLINE PROFILE. Enter your e-mail address and password to access your account.
Free Florida Realtors Tech Support Helpline
The Tech Helpline is available to answer members' questions Monday - Friday from 9 am - 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am - 5 pm EST. Just call 407.587.1450 and have your membership information handy (either your FREC license number or NRDS number). Or you can access this free service via email for computer support questions or chat for live computer support. 
 
Expert assistance and support
The Tech Helpline team handles a variety of questions and problems, including: 

  • Helping Florida Realtors® members maximize the business tools and support features on floridarealtors.org, including setting up your free member website and configuring property functions such as IDX.
  • Advice on shopping for hardware, software or digital equipment.
  • Advice on installing and configuring new hardware and software.
  • Diagnosing computer hardware malfunctions.
  • Helping you get the best performance from your equipment. 
  • Working through system failure of basic hardware and software components.
  • Recommending the most current software for your computer system.
  • Troubleshooting Local Area and Dial-Up Networking configuration and connectivity.

THE FLORIDA REALTORS® ADVANTAGE
 
For more than 100 years, Florida Realtors® has been dedicated to helping members THRIVE as Realtors® by providing products and services no one else can match. 
 
To quickly connect you and your members to all of the Florida Realtors® benefits, we have updated our popular Products & Services Guide and highlighted the latest features. A sample can be found online at Florida Realtors 

Features at a glance: 
 
  • What’s in it for me? Clean, restructured format that is focused on what matters most to members.
  • Looking for legal advice? Need tech recommendations on what to buy next? This guide provides an all-in-one-place contact list for each program, product and service.
  • New services will help members connect, grow, learn and earn more.
  • Common goals and building bridges: highlighting easy ways for members to connect and get involved at the local and state level.
  • Navigate the guide more quickly with SMART tabs that group relevant member benefits.
GET YOUR COPIES TODAY! We have them at our Board!
PRIVACY AND EMAILS
 
The West Pasco Board of REALTORS® has a strict policy that it does not sell or distribute (other than to the MLS) the e-mail addresses of our Members. That policy extends to anyone speaking or otherwise presenting to Members through the forum of seminars or presentations. Any such collection, sale or distribution of our Members' e-mail addresses by such a speaker or presenter for any purpose (other than attendance or registration) is therefore prohibited. Allowing a speaker to appear at a Board function or seminar does not imply permission to sell, distribute or use our Members' e-mail addresses for any other purpose."