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August 13, 2018
Congratulations to our Hometown Team!

Staten Island rides a perfect game into Little League World Series

Might as well call him Bruno Stars.
Gregory Bruno fired a perfect game Sunday in Bristol, Conn., to help Staten Island's Mid-Island Little League team beat the team from Berlin, Maryland, 4-0, in the Mid-Atlantic regional and advance to the Little League World Series.

Build That Seawall
Red tape between federal agencies over waterfront access could stall the construction of the East Shore seawall, which was set to begin later this year.
For the seawall to be built, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs access to Miller Field, which can only be granted by the National Park Service (NPS). The agency stated in 2016 that it would provide the access (called an easement), but has failed to do so, raising concerns that legislation would be required to move forward with construction.

Presented by SIBOR and AREAA

Thursday, August 23, 2018
9:30AM - 11:00AM
Li Greci's Staaten
697 Forest Avenue

Cost $10 includes Continental Breakfast

Guest Speaker Maggie Hu, Esq.
"Legal Challenges for Foreign Buyers"

Seating is limited

October 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis
Bus will be available.  Tickets for bus will go on sale 
September 1st on the MLS Event calendar

10 Facts on Global Migration

Which country has the most diverse immigrant population? Where in the world is the most-traveled immigration path? Which country's emigrants end up in the greatest number of countries? Based on Pew Research Center data, this slideshow presents highlights in global
Click here to view the migration patterns slideshow.

Overcoming Obstacles in International Real Estate

If international real estate was easy, everyone would be doing it! It is a challenging discipline, but those who are committed stand to gain a lot, from strong business contacts to a new view on the world and the vast opportunities within it, and, yes, even more money. In a recent survey, CIPS designees reported significantly higher income in 2016 than those without the designation. This tells us it's not easy, but worth it. 

Metro Home Prices Climb to New All-Time High

Amidst staggeringly low inventory levels in much of the country during the second quarter, existing-homes sales cooled and home prices maintained their robust level of appreciation, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®. Last quarter, the San Francisco metro area joined the San Jose metro area for having a median sales price above $1 million.

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You Have the Right to Remain Silent

You are walking in the street or about ready to sit down to dinner when you receive an accusatory email or text message from your client or customer berating you on an issue which you are told has resulted in monetary damages because of a perceived misrepresentation by you or you are told that you committed a licensing violation which will result in the filing of a complaint against you with the New York State Department of State. No matter what you may be doing at that moment, your first impulse is to respond with a scathing email or text absolving yourself of any liability and proceeding to restate the facts of the claim as they are perceived by you. 

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Congress Extends NFIP Four Months, Calls for Reform

Congress recently voted in favor of a bill that extends the 50-year-old National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP) another four months; the seventh extension since September 2017. The plan was set to expire at midnight.
Elizabeth Mendenhall, president of the National Association of Realtors, said in a statement, "We applaud lawmakers for taking this needed action to prevent disruptions to closings in thousands of communities across the country. Although the National Flood Insurance Program will be extended through November 30 when signed into law, the NFIP is in desperate need of reforms that will make it solvent and sustainable in the long term. 

Treasury Department Clarifies Small Business Tax Break, Brokerage Eligibility
While the corporate tax rate was slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent, the additional business income deduction of up to 20 percent introduced complex conditions that takes how a business is classified into consideration-sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Single Member Limited Liability Company, C Corporation, Professional or Personal Service Corporation, or S Corporation.

4 Ways to Stand Out as an Agent

In the midst of over 2 million active real estate licensees in North America, your unique value proposition (UVP) is what makes you stand out as a real estate agent. It distinguishes you from the rest of the crowd, and showcases how you are different, better and most able to offer the best service in the sale or purchase of a home.

Realtors Need to Reconfigure Their Value Proposition

Real estate agents and their brokerage companies have their work cut out for them if they want to remain relevant, according to a key finding in the latest residential real estate satisfaction study from J.D. Power.


August 17 - 12PM Contact Mgmt/Mobile
Review how to add a new prospect, create a search, add a subscription plus more within Flexmls.

August 29 - 3PM 
Flexmls Customizations
Webinar that will explain what features in Flexmls you can customize.

Click here to register for webinars.
Speed Networking for Real Estate Professionals
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Li Greci's Staaten
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Parking available on premises
$35 Members | $40 Non-membersIncludes Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres

SIBOR Members register on MLS-Event calendar
Non-members contact
Click here to download flyer

PACK TO SCHOOL  is a project of the Staten Island Board of REALTORS ®
During the summer months school supplies will be collected for donation to local school children. Donations will be sorted and placed in backpacks for distribution at the start of the school year. Your donations may be dropped off at participating REALTOR offices or at SIBOR. For additional info, please contact Linda F. Smith at 718-928-3230 or
The ONLY supplies we include in the backpacks are Marble Notebooks, Washable Markers -10 count,  Pencils,  2 Pocket Folders - plain, 24 Count Crayons, Boxes of Tissues.


As a real estate practitioner, you're faced with potentially risky situations every day.
Meeting new clients, showing homes, and even walking to your car at night can be dangerous. It's essential that you make safe decisions and know how to react when confronted
Analysis and Branding Key to Providing Value

For Helen Hanna Casey, CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, providing value is the name of the game for staying ahead of the competition. And she must be doing something right, as the brokerage-sitting at 214 offices and 7,154 agents-continues to grow in size and scope.
That value, according to Helen, equates to providing best-in-class branding, data, and analysis tools for both her organization and its agents. Her go-to source is Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®).

Social Media Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

The rise of social media in the 21st century has completely changed our lives. It's the perfect combination of salty and sweet; such a necessary evil. And of course, social media comes with a plethora of mistakes to go with it. Please, avoid these slip-ups!
Don't trash talk other agents or brokerages.
If agents think the best marketing play is pointing their fingers at how bad someone else is to make them look good, it means they're probably not a very good agent.

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