WHAT'S INSIDE:
  • President's Message
  • KWAOR Foundation Update
  • KWAOR Members Corner: Virtual Happy Hour & License Renewal
  • NAR News: Preparing to ReOpen During A Pandemic, Virtual Showings How-To
  • And More
NEWS & UPDATES
May 19, 2020
President's Message
Dear Members,
 
It was a privilege to attend the first virtual NAR Legislative Meetings last week. Amazing speakers provided great practical and inspirational guidance for the weeks and months ahead.

As we re-open our offices, I highly recommend these highlights, all -provided in our NAR News section below:

  • NAR President Vince Malta's video
  • NAR Economist Lawrence Yun's powerpoint (good news--NOW is a great time for homebuyers to move forward!)
  • Covid-19 Workplace Re-Entry Checklist.

Throughout the COVID-19 quarantine, KWAOR's committees and Board of Directors have continued to meet via online platforms. In recent weeks KWAOR leadership has had to make difficult decisions regarding previously planned events. In order to accommodate as many members as safely as possible, our Programs Committee has recommended moving our annual President's Charity to a virtual format. Details for a great alternative event are in the works including raffle and live auction items to help raise much-needed support for Foster Forward RI and South County Habitat for Humanity.

Not everything has been put online! Our Committees In Action report below features our recent workday in support of REALTOR Heroes Evelyn and Jeff Weller's Kiki's Garden project. Even in a pandemic you can't stop REALTORS from paving the way for better futures in our community!
I am so proud of all our Association members for their generosity and creative flexibility during this time. My thoughts are with you all. Don't hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.

Your President,

Mary Coutu
“That’s Who We R”
KWAOR Foundation Update
KWAOR Foundation President Chris Fascione brings Inspiration to KWAOR Members Blog

Navigating a pandemic is a new challenge. Click the button below to Chris' insights. Learn more about the KWAOR Foundation here.
KWAOR Members Corner
Virtual Happy Hour Re-Zooms WEDNESDAY

Today's Virtual Happy Hour WILL feature a rousing session of
Fact or Fib? A fun, brain-teasing true-or-false trivia quiz. As always, bring your concerns, ideas, questions and stories to share before or after the quiz, and be ready to win a gift card !

Gather at 4 PM Fact or Fib at 4:15 More Visiting 4:45-5 PM

Click the button below on Wednesday at 4 PM, OR
Call in : 1 (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 85910312553
Password: 854550
Sponsored by the KWAOR REALTOR ® Relief Task Force.
Stay safe and healthy, and call us if you need anything! 
KWAOR HOTLINE: (401) 862-1816
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR May 6th Happy Hour Winners! Our most recent Virtual Happy Hour featured a great panel and discussion on Tech Tips and Tricks joined by over three dozen KWAOR members and guests. Mary Coutu of Keller Williams of Central RI donated back her participation prize ($25 gift card) for future use, and John Dolbec of First Home Mortgage earned a similar prize for his contributions regarding affordable (FREE) scheduling apps.
DID YOU KNOW???
To date, only 62% of licensed RI Real Estate agents have renewed their RI Real Estate License. The RI deadline for Real Estate License Renewal is May 30th.

Broker Owners: Please check in with your agents to be sure they have completed or know how to complete RI License Renewal. The Department of Business Regulation has minimal staff to answer questions; please advise agents to begin this process NOW to avoid fines for untimely renewal. See details for individual renewal below.
REALTORS:
Due to the current pandemic, the Rhode Island Dept. of Business Regulation extended the original license renewal deadline by one month to May 30th. Use Quick Renewal tab at: https://elicensing.ri.gov and check the FAQs in the button above.

To renew, you must use the personal login info sent via US Mail in a letter from DBR on January 23, 2020. If you cannot find your letter, email dbr.elicensing@dbr.ri.gov or call (401) 462-9512 for assistance.
June 25th- 2020 President's Charity

Raffle Drawing: Deluxe Virtual Tour Package including professional photography for up to 4000 sf property, drone shot, agent head shot, 3-D floor plan, and more!

Live Auction: African Safari and More
REMINDER - YOU Can Help Shape The Future For Your Community!
TAKE THE CENSUS!
It takes less than 20 minutes to participate in the 2020 US Census. But the results will last for years and will will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade . That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

Curious about what other programs are impacted by census data?  Download this report  to see a full list.
NAR News
IS YOUR OFFICE READY TO REOPEN?
Crucial Tips for for Homeowners, Buyers & Your Business
The National Association of REALTORS ® first-ever virtual Legislative Meetings met last week with more than 26,000 registered attendees.  Click the button below for NAR President Vince Malta's message, ReOpening Your Business.
Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at NAR. 
In the talk that accompanied the below PowerPoint presentation, he noted that NOW is an excellent time to buy, as those who purchase housing within the coming year will avoid increased mortgage rates predicted for 2022 or later.
Mabél Guzmán, NAR's 2020 VP of Association Affairs, has over five years of experience with virtual showings. Learn three key tips to help your business pivot to a virtual experience, remain effective, and keep your clients well-informed in this 3-minute video.
NAR has developed a comprehensive checklist to help businesses prepare for reopening, including safety/cleaning protocols, communications with employees and building guests, and employer preparedness. Click the button below to review this important list of action steps and get your own copy of the list.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NAR has assembled Right Tools, Right Now--with over 300 products and services at reduced or no cost to members. The program includes products, resources and services from all areas of the Association, including:

Check it out!
KWAOR Committees In Action
REALTOR ® DAY at Kiki's Garden

Two teams from KWAOR's Community Outreach Committee visited Kiki's Garden on Saturday May 16th to help 2019 REALTOR Heroes Evelyn and Jeff Weller prepare their sunflower garden for the 2020 growing season. Jeff and Evelyn work with volunteers annually to grow and sell sunflowers to support the fund established in memory of their daughter Krista. The fund provides scholarships and program support for arts education.

Kudos to team leaders Kelly Moran and Betsy Alexander and the rest of our volunteers: Linda Arcouette, Joe Caprara, Pat Corso, Dianne Edson, Shannon Krasnowiecki, Deb Main and Liz Shalvey.
Stay informed of the latest regulations and necessary procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check the RIAR COVID-19 web page daily to stay abreast of your responsibilities and for useful resources for real estate professionals and their colleagues in the industry, including information on municipal and state regulations/office access , RI renters relief and RI mortgage forbearance .
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