UPDATES
October 2, 2020

WHAT'S INSIDE?
*President's Message: Great events and Giving Back
*Member's Corner: Your REALTOR Dues Deadline is October 31st
*RIAR News: August Sales Report
*NAR News: National Conference & Expo - Register Now!
President's Message
Dear KWAOR Members,

HOW is it October already?! Your board and committees were busy in September with REALTOR® Hero Award planning, event planning, gearing up for 2021 (already!), and welcoming new members. Rhode Island's August home sales were up 7.2% over last August, with a median sales price of $333,164 (12% increase). It seems that many of you have been connecting buyers with properties! Learn more in our RIAR News, below.

It has been an honor to serve as your President in a year like no other. I've missed in-person events and meetings, but I'm grateful that we can gather virtually. I'm looking forward to discussing this challenging market at our Virtual Town Hall on REALTOR® to REALTOR® Communications happening next Thursday October 7th.
Please also join us for the live YouTube broadcast of our Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers and Directors on October 15th at 4 PM. We do have accomplishments to report and colleagues to honor, so I hope to see you there! Registration is required for these online member events--see details below.

I humbly ask that you take a moment to learn more about our 2020 President's Charity (detailed in Committees In Action). KWAOR's community impact has been less than usual in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. We simply haven't been able to do many of the things we normally do like beach cleanups, Habitat builds and smoke detector installations, but we can still make a big difference if everyone participates. Our industry is one of the few that is doing well during the pandemic, so let's share whatever we're able.

Last but not least, the National Association of Realtors Virtual Conference and Expo begins Monday, November 16 and runs through Wednesday, November 18. Kickoff to this event is legendary REALTOR® Brian Buffini. All three days are set up with one-hour events so we encourage each of our members to register. I have been privileged to attend several virtual conferences this year. They have all been amazing. Never in my life would I ever think that Fair Housing would be an exciting topic, but boy it sure has been in 2020. I have learned so much and I know you will get some great takeaways at this National Conference. The members' $199 Registration Fee is a once-in-a-lifetime bargain since there are NO travel or lodging costs this year. Please register soon. Click here to get started! I hope to see each and every one of you there!! 

Warm regards,

Mary Coutu
President
KWAOR Members Corner
REMINDER: Your Association Dues Deadline is October 31st
Save Time - Pay Online!

Your annual REALTOR® dues statement includes local, state and national dues and a suggested RPAC contribution. To make your payment, go to www.kwaor.realtor and click the orange Member Login button in the upper right corner of the screen. You'll need your NRDS ID number and password.

Need help with your ID or password or have a question? Call us at (401) 885-9300, weekdays between 9 AM and 5 PM. Dues can also be paid with a check mailed or delivered to the KWAOR office at 2240 South County Trail, Suite 3, East Greenwich, RI 02818-1536.
REGISTER NOW for These Great OCTOBER KWAOR Member Events
REALTOR® TO REALTOR®
COMMUNICATIONS (OR LACK THEREOF)

A VIRTUAL TOWN HALL MEETING
FOR KWAOR MEMBERS
WITH SPECIAL GUEST: MARKI LEMONS-RYHAL
 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2020
12:00 NOON TO 1:00 PM
LIVE. ONLINE VIA ZOOM. Q&A.

Having trouble connecting in a fast-paced market? 
Are missed connections costing you sales or damaging relationships?
Award-winning REALTOR® and speaker Marki Lemons-Ryhal and a great panel of Rhode Island real estate experts will review important communications requirements for real estate professionals and provide practical tips for delivering exceptional service and building relationships in a competitive market.

Strengthen your communications for less stress and more success.

Registration is required. After you register you will be sent a unique login link to gain entry to this live October 7th event. 
Online at 4 PM on October 15th!

Please join us for these annual recognitions and the affirmation of our leadership.
  • Honoring our KWAOR 2020 REALTOR® of the YEAR
  • Honoring new Emeritus and Life Members
  • Honoring KWAOR Volunteers
  • Announcement of KWAOR 2020 REALTOR® Hero Award recipient.
  • Nominating Committee Slate and Installations of 2021 Board of Directors

Register now for this live YouTube broadcast. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Submit your hero's name and why you feel they deserve recognition--
for their good deed in the community, large or small!
What's YOUR Cybersecurity Plan? You Definitely Need One!
Click above to hear NAR Associate Counsel Deanne Rymarowicz's tips on keeping your home office & computer cybersecure.
PSST! Did you miss Brian Lawlor's KWAOR Cybersecurity Lunch and Learn last month? We recorded it for you!
Click below for tips and training.
KWAOR Committees In Action
Programs Committee:
Win A Great Drone Shot For Your Next Listing!
"My most challenging shots are over water. The wind moves freely up there. There is always a risk of losing your drone and there are no water recoveries.

I spent 20 years in the US Coast Guard. I truly believe that service to others is paramount. So when I was asked to do this, there was no question about it for me. I’m grateful for the opportunity!"
Kurt Schulze, Drone Photographer

Our 2020 President's Charity Virtual Listing Tour Prize includes a drone shot and the other items listed below.
All gifts are tax-deductible and distributed via KWAOR Foundation, a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. This year's President's Charity will benefit the charities below; click the logos for more information on their missions and programs.
Does your office need hand sanitizer?
LEND A HELPING HAND AND STAY SAFE!

Two great ways to help stop the spread of Covid-19 are wearing a mask and frequent hand washing. In the office, your car or at home we're all using more hand sanitizer. A Wish Come True now has hand sanitizer for sale! Learn more and place your order here. KWAOR is a supporter of A Wish Come True.
RIAR News
SALES UP, INVENTORY DOWN in RIAR's August Report
Click on the image below to see the complete, downloadable infographic.
RIAR VIRTUAL TOWN HALL FORUM RECORDINGS AVAILABLE ONLINE
Did you know? Since April 24th RIAR has hosted eight Virtual Town Hall Forums, with the two most recent titled Survival Tips in a Red Hot Market and How to Avoid the Pitfalls of a Hectic Market. They have all been recorded and are available to watch online here.
NAR News
By attending NAR's 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, you're making an investment in yourself and your business that will pay dividends for years to come. Completely online for the first time. November 2-18, 2020. Register today.
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