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At a Glance - 09/18/17

At a Glance – 09/18/17

“At A Glance” – For September 18th, 2017
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Notice: Clericals may now obtain SentriLock Cards


It was approved on Thursday’s Board of Directors meeting to allow Clericals to have SentriLock Card access for a yearly fee of $75.
 

Affiliates Present: End of Summer Picnic at Que Pasa:



Module 6 or 7: Mobile Homes – Sponsored by Baywood Greens



Register Now – General Membership Meeting!


SCAOR® would like our Diamond & Platinum Affiliate Members for Sponsoring AAG:






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Bright MLS – Week 4

Bright MLS Thursday – Week 04
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Welcome to BRIGHT MLS Thursday!


Each Thursday, we’ll bring you the very latest information and what to expect during the transition.  Today, we go over some common questions and what we know so far.  As always, feel free to catch up on the Bright MLS section of our website.

 

NOW: Get access to the Bright MLS Footprint with Homesnap!




 

Bright MLS FAQ:


1) How much Will Bright MLS Cost?
$35 per month for REALTOR®’s and $53 per month for non-REALTORS®. Billing will be quarterly beginning in January. New members after January will be billed quarterly based on their join date.

2) How much will my clerical/personal assistant cost?
$30 per month per clerical. Each office will be allowed 1 free clerical per 30 agents up to 3 free.

3) Is there any setup cost?
For members that have joined before December 7th 2017, there will be no Application/Setup fee. After December 7th, there will be an application charge of $250 per member paid to Bright MLS.

4) When can we see it?
A preview period will begin November 7th and will run parallel with our current system. Our current MLS will go into read-only mode on December 7th. This means as of December 7th you will no longer be able to edit, add or close a listing in the current MLS system. On Monday, December 11, we will go live with Bright MLS and it will be populated with all of our current data as of December 7th. 

5) Will there be training?
Yes, training begins November 7th and will run into January of 2018. We will publish those dates once they are available for release. 

6) What can I do now?
Please update your profile information with a current photo and ensure all information is correct. If something needs to be changed please email info@scaor.com.

 

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Tech Tip Tuesday - #076 - Preparing Your Matrix Profile for Bright MLS

Tech Tip Tuesday – #076 – Preparing Your Matrix Profile for Bright MLS

 

Welcome back to Tech Tip Tuesday!

This is your ultra-fast, easy dose of the latest tech that can help your life as a REALTOR®.  Whether it’s using the MLS, Mobile Apps, or surfing around, we’ll give you the tools you need each Tuesday.

Tech Tip Tuesday #076 – Preparing Your Matrix Profile for Bright MLS

 

Get your Preferred Phone Number & Agent Photo ready for Bright MLS by doing the following:

  1. Click on “Input” under the “Input” Menu.
     

  2. Click “Edit Existing” Agent Roster


  3. Enter your MLS user ID, and click “Modify”.


  4. Click the “Change Preferred Phone Number” link to verify your number is correct, and the “Manage Photos” link to make sure you have an updated photo ready.


  5. Make sure your profile photo is at least 724 x 1086 in size.

That’s it!  You’re all set.  This updated information in your profile will set you up for success when SCAOR transitions to Bright later this year.

At a Glance for September 11, 2017

At a Glance – September 11, 2017

 


“At A Glance” – For September 11th, 2017

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Module 6 or 7: Mobile Homes – Sponsored by Baywood Greens


 




Affiliates Present: End of Summer Picnic at Que Pasa:


 

Save the Date: SCAOR Foundation Annual Fundraiser – Oct 26th
 

 
 

 

 

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Bright MLS – Week 3

Bright MLS Thursday – Week 03
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Welcome to BRIGHT MLS Thursday!


Each Thursday, we’ll bring you the very latest information and what to expect during the Bright MLS transition.  As always, feel free to catch up on the Bright MLS section of our website.


To ensure a smooth transition, please update your MLS profile information with a current photo and ensure all information is correct. If something needs to be changed please email info@scaor.com.


 

Bright data receives highest certification for quality


Bright MLS Data has been certified as Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) 1.5 Platinum. This is the highest level of certification offered by RESO, and is just one of the ways Bright is leading the industry and working to present MLS data, in a consistent way. Click here to read more:


 

Our Top 6 Apps for Real Estate


We know how busy our members are and we are just as excited about the current market trends. To help make your jobs easier during the transition, we have compiled some of our favorite apps to help with your business.

1) Homesnap – https://www.homesnap.com/
Homesnap’s customized news feed is generated from your browsing history and preferred zip codes. That means you’ll never miss new listings, price changes or any other relevant market activity. Plus, you can set alerts to be notified of price changes for your favorite homes. As a member you currently have access to the agent side for the entire Bright MLS footprint. 


2) Charlie App – https://charlieapp.com/
With “Charlie,” you’ll enter every meeting with the who, what, when and where background of everyone in the room. The app researches your contacts, in particular, those with whom you’re about to interact with, and sends you information about their company, professional background, personal interests, and any news about them.

3) Microsoft OneNote – https://www.onenote.com/
OneNote allows you to take notes, clip images from the web, and scribble notes by hand. It’s free, and best of all, if you already have a Microsoft Office subscription, your notes will sync across all your devices and Microsoft apps. OneNote comes with an easy to use import module that transfers your notes from Evernote right into the app

4) Sentrismart – https://www.sentrilock.com/sentrismart/
Impress your clients with your tech savviness. SentriSmart, the app offered by SentriLock, integrates data from Homesnap, HomeSpotter, RPR. In just a few clicks, you’ll have all of the property’s information at your fingertips.

5) Expensify – https://www.expensify.com/
From receipt scanning to reimbursement, Expensify automates every step of the expense reporting process. With just a picture of the receipt, SmartScan automatically extracts all the necessary data and adds it to a report. Expenses are always on time and accurate.

6) RPR Mobile – http://blog.narrpr.com/mobile/
Realtor on the go? There’s an app for that. Built exclusively for Realtors, RPR’s app offers on-the-go access to a nationwide, parcel-centric database of both residential and commercial properties. Easily search properties, create and send branded reports, and view local market activity … anytime, anyplace. Use your phone’s location to view nearby sales activity; or take a deeper dive into any property and view tax, mortgage, historical and distressed data, flood zones, dynamic mapping, and more.

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #011

 


The SCAOR Card – Volume #011

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“Ethics, Education and Advocacy.”



From the CEO’s Desk – 

Merritt shares updates on our latest membership numbers, the completion of the lockbox exchange, and the Bright MLS transition.

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2016 Year in Review

Education Update with Angela Emerson – 

As the fall season approaches, we have many exciting educational opportunities headed your way.  Broker’s classes, New Licensee modules, and a free Mod 6 or 7 sponsored by Baywood are all coming up!

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Government Affairs – 

Here’s what’s happening with Government Affairs:  We’re keeping on top of the comp plan & related workshops.  Click the update to find out all the details! 

 

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SCAOR Value – 

This month, we begin a new section that talks about everything you get as a national and local REALTOR® member.  Today, here’s 50 items you might not have considered! –

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Membership – This Month’s Stats 

SCAOR is made up of some of the finest people in Sussex County.  Here’s who’s joined in August! –  

 

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Affiliates End of Summer Picnic – September 21st 


Kick back and relax! Enjoy an afternoon at the Biggest “End of Summer” event of 2017! SCAOR Affiliates present an event that pulls out all the stops! 

– Three food stations
– Two drink tickets per person
– Completely FREE for SCAOR members! ($35 for non-members)

 

Other Upcoming Events to Know: 

  • General Membership Meeting – October 2nd – 11:00 AM
  • DAR Annual Convention – October 12th
  • YPN Expert Panel – November 9th – 2PM-4PM
  • SCAOR Annual Installation – November 30th 
  • Annual Affiliates’ NYC Trip – December 7th

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” - Stephen R. Covey

 

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #011 – SCAOR Value

Welcome to SCAORvalue!  As NAR moves into 2018 with a new CEO, Bob Goldberg, who is interested in re-starting the conversation about value, we are also interested in sharing your local member benefits.  A new section of the website will be developed to list all SCAOR REALTOR benefits aptly titled SCAORvalue.  Second, we will publish those benefits within the monthly SCAORcard for all members to review.  Third, we will conduct a membership survey later in the year to inquire what benefits you consider valuable.  Lastly, we will work hard to take that information and improve it as we head into 2018 when the SCAOR Strategic Plan will be reviewed and approved.  
 
Let us be clear, we are here to serve the membership and make your experience as a REALTOR the best it can be.  We want to provide cutting edge technology, exemplary customer support, innovative education and grass roots advocacy. 
 
Feel free to communicate to us what is on your mind.
 
– SCAOR Staff

How is your NAR membership valuable?  Let us out the ways.  50 to be exact.*

Advocacy

Representing you and your clients before Congress and federal agencies:

  1. Protecting tax incentives for homeownership and real estate investment, including the mortgage interest deduction, commercial depreciation and 1031 exchanges
  2. Guarding private property rights and advancing sound and reasonable lending standards and access to credit
  3. Lobbying for reasonable regulations
  4. Providing financial and technical assistance at every level of government
  5. Supporting candidates who protect real property ownership
  6. Providing grants and guidance for community economic development and improvement

Brand Advantage

Offering you an identifiable, marketable brand identity:

  1.  Protecting the REALTOR® trademark and the high standards the word represents
  2. Promoting the trademark and REALTORS®’ adherence to a Code of Ethics as points of difference among practitioners through national advertising
  3. Creating and managing the .REALTOR top-level domain

Creating and partnering with companies to give you cutting-edge technologies:

  1. Providing extensive commercial and residential property data and listing information through Realtors Property Resource® (RPR)
  2. Bringing business-building tools to market, including Sentrilock’s Bluetooth® REALTOR® lockbox through the REALTOR Benefits® Program, and dozens of technology applications through Second Century Ventures, the REach™ technology accelerator program, and the Center for REALTOR® Technology

Linking you to consumers through far-reaching media properties:

  1. Realtor.com®, NAR’s official website, contains the most accurate national listing data available. It also includes international listings from more than 40 countries. CommercialSearch.com is NAR’s national commercial property listing  platform
  2. HouseLogic, NAR’s resource for home owners, providing trusted information on protecting, improving, and maintaining the value of the home
  3. Real Estate Today, NAR’s weekly two-hour radio show, now in 200 markets

Research Intelligence

Producing market research unavailable elsewhere:

  1. Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, and Profile of Buyers’ Home Feature Preferences
  2. Commercial Real Estate Lending Survey Report, Local Market Assessment Case Studies, and State by State International Business Reports
  3. Member Profile, Commercial Member Profile, and Firm Profile

Advancing your industry through authoritative, closely tracked economic indicators:

  1. Monthly existing-home sales data and Monthly pending home sales index
  2. Quarterly metropolitan median home prices
  3. Quarterly commercial real estate outlook and market survey reports

Professionalism and Cooperation

Advancing your industry through standards of professionalism:

  1. Maintaining the REALTORS® Code of Ethics, the cornerstone of the REALTOR® organization and the distinguishing characteristic of your membership
  2. Setting forth policies and procedures to ensure vigorous, fair, and impartial enforcement of the Code by local and state associations
  3. Using dispute resolution, mediation, and arbitration tools and procedures to provide efficient and economical resolution of contractual disputes between members
  4. Providing world class mediation and advanced professional standards training
  5. Facilitating cooperation between REALTORS®, contemplated as the norm in the Code, through the MLS
  6. Ensuring that REALTOR® membership and MLS participatory rights are available on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms
  7. Using IDX and VOW policies to ensure the ability of MLS participants to conduct brokerage activities online, including advertising other participants’ listings

Education

Helping you increase your professionalism through degree-, designation-, and certification-granting programs and through continuing education credit:

  1. Master of Real Estate (MRE) degree through REALTOR® University
  2. CE credit, designations, and certifications, including newer ones such as Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR), and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
  3. NAR’s institutes, societies, and councils, which offer designations, networking opportunities, and coursework that includes business concentrations such as commercial real estate, international, land, and appraisal
  4. E-books from NAR’s Virtual Library that are available for borrowing via computer or tablet
  5. Classes, booklets, and other resource material aimed at keeping you aware of, and operating in accordance with, federal Fair Housing laws prohibiting discrimination in the marketplace

REALTOR Benefits®

Offering special pricing and value-added products and services from major providers:

  1. Technology: Dell, Lenovo, Placester, SentriLock, Sprint, Xerox, Xceligent, Inc.
  2. Travel & Automotive: FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group), Avis®, Budget®, Hertz®
  3. Office Supplies & Services: FedEx, OfficeMax®
  4. Financial Services & Risk Management: Intuit®, REALTOR® Credit Card, REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, American Home Shield, Victor O. Schinnerer & Company.
  5. Liberty Mutual (auto, home, renters), REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace (includes health exchange access to major medical and medicare plans, plus short-term medical, supplemental plans, telehealth, dental insurance, vision insurance, discount drug card)
  6. Transaction Management: DocuSign and zipLogix™
  7. Gifting & Marketing Resources: FedEx Office, REALTOR Team Store®

Networking

Creating opportunities for you to extend your referral partners nationally and internationally:

  1. REALTORS® Conference & Expo every November
  2. REALTORS® Legislative Meetings every May in Washington, D.C.
  3. Young Professionals Network, Certified International Property Specialist Network (for CIPS designees), and commercial networking events
  4. REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), which in addition to its critical role in association advocacy, offers opportunities to network with some of the real estate industry’s most involved practitioners
  5. Broker summits and events where you can network with peers in your business area of expertise

Legal Assistance

Supporting you, your brokerage, and your association on legal matters:

  1. Financial and technical help on industry-important legal cases through Legal Action Program
  2. Legal help through friend-of-the-court briefs and other actions to help inform court analyses of cases
  3. Summaries of real estate—related state and national court decisions

Safety

Urgently getting resources to you to help you operate your business safely:

  1. Regularly occurring safety webinars and articles for managers and agents in NAR’s publications and on its websites
  2. Pre-packaged presentations for managers available through REALTOR® Magazine Online
  3. Safety checklists and other handouts for agents and their customers

*Content reprinted from Nar.realtor.

The SCAOR Card – Issue #011 – Technology

We know how busy our members are and we are just as excited about the current market trends. To help make your jobs easier we have compiled some of our favorite apps to help with your business.
 
1) Homesnap – https://www.homesnap.com/
Homesnap’s customized news feed is generated from your browsing history and preferred zip codes. That means you’ll never miss new listings, price changes or any other relevant market activity. Plus, you can set alerts to be notified of price changes for your favorite homes. As a member you currently have access to the agent side for the entire Bright MLS footprint. 
 
 
2) Charlie App – https://charlieapp.com/
With “Charlie,” you’ll enter every meeting with the who, what, when and where background of everyone in the room. The app researches your contacts, in particular, those with whom you’re about to interact with, and sends you information about their company, professional background, personal interests, and any news about them.
 
3) Microsoft OneNote – https://www.onenote.com/
OneNote allows you to take notes, clip images from the web, and scribble notes by hand. It’s free, and best of all, if you already have a Microsoft Office subscription, your notes will sync across all your devices and Microsoft apps. OneNote comes with an easy to use import module that transfers your notes from Evernote right into the app
 
Impress your clients with your tech savviness. SentriSmart, the app offered by SentriLock, integrates data from Homesnap, HomeSpotter, RPR. In just a few clicks, you’ll have all of the property’s information at your fingertips.
 
5) Expensify – https://www.expensify.com/
From receipt scanning to reimbursement, Expensify automates every step of the expense reporting process. With just a picture of the receipt, SmartScan automatically extracts all the necessary data and adds it to a report. Expenses are always on time and accurate.
 
Realtor on the go? There’s an app for that. Built exclusively for Realtors, RPR’s app offers on-the-go access to a nationwide, parcel-centric database of both residential and commercial properties. Easily search properties, create and send branded reports, and view local market activity … anytime, anyplace. Use your phone’s location to view nearby sales activity; or take a deeper dive into any property and view tax, mortgage, historical and distressed data, flood zones, dynamic mapping, and more.

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #011 – August Membership

Welcome to the SCAOR August membership report!  

  • Year to date, we have 189 new members, with 18 being added in August.  
  • Looking at the attached chart, you can see that May was our highest month of 2017 yet.

 

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8/2/17   Lauren Britt Hudson
8/2/17   Andrew Barranco
8/2/17   Gaysala F Golden
8/3/17   Richard Marcus
8/3/17   Glenn Van Fleet
8/3/17   Shari Poliak
8/8/17   Theresa Sonntag
8/8/17   Daniel Kauffman
8/8/17   Vernon Esham
8/9/17   Lauren Ann Smith
8/9/17   Jennifer Hurlock
8/9/17   Brooke Jerman
8/10/17   Jennifer Riley
8/10/17   Melissa Martin
8/16/17   Holly Henderson-Smith
8/22/17   Kimberly VanArsdall
8/22/17   Patricia McKenna
8/25/17   Kimberly Kaufhold

 

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #011 – From the CEO’s Desk

Welcome to the another edition of the monthly SCAOR Card. As CEO, I have a few exciting announcements:

  • First, the 2017 Lockbox Exchange is complete. I would like to thank the brokers and members for your patience and support. Specifically, I would like to thank the entire SCAOR team for their dedication to the project. I would also like to thank Affiliate Always Moving for dropping off and collecting lockboxes. SCAOR is now one of a handful of associations across the country with 100% wireless lockboxes. For more information on your new lockboxes, visit the Sentrilock website.
  • Second, we have transitioned our daily communication on Thursday from lockboxes to the upcoming Bright MLS conversion. SCAOR will convert in early December, 2017. Be on the look out for important MLS information every Thursday from September through the end of the year.
  • Regarding association finances, the FY 2018 (FY18) Budget was reviewed by the Finance Committee in mid-August. The recommended FY18 Budget will go before the BOD for approval this fall.
  • Lastly, membership has exceeded 1,800. A robust real estate market usually corresponds with an increase in members. This means that there is an influx of new members throughout Sussex County who are learning what it takes to become a REALTOR®.

Once again, I would like to thank Angela, Andrew, Ben, Patricia and Mary for their hard work and long hours during the 2017 Lockbox Exchange. See you all at the General Membership meeting on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11 am.

Sincerely,

Merritt Burke IV
Chief Executive Officer
Sussex County Association of REALTORS®
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