As the President-elect of SCAOR, I was provided with the opportunity to attend the Annual Legislative Meetings and Expo in Washington D.C. last month. This was my first time attending the event and I must say, this is a trip worthy of taking for not only leaders in a REALTOR® organization but for any REALTOR® who is passionate about their industry.
SCAOR offers a variety of annual Association memberships.
As a REALTOR – you join as a Primary Member, Secondary Member or MLS Only Member (Click here to figure out which type of member you should become). As of May 31, 2017, there are over 1,600 Primary and Secondary Members.
If you interested in joining SCAOR or discussing your membership level, please contact Mary Hanley, Membership Coordinator. Membership dues are paid in October with the SCAOR fiscal year running from January 1 through December 31. Current Primary and Secondary Member dues are $260.
On July 14th at 8:30AM, our PCA Members along with PPC will be hosting the Sussex County staff at SCAOR to summarize the proposed revision to the commercial zoning code. Look for an upcoming email with registration information.
|Inese D’Onofrio – 1ST CHOICE PROPERTIES LLC|
|Heather Funkhouser – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.|
|Tracey Espada – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.|
|Anna Marie Cieri – Delmarva Resorts Realty|
|Mark Schaeffer – R & R Commercial|
|Justin Bailey – Linda Vista Real Estate|
|Michael Moreland – Joe Maggio Realty|
|Sonia Mendes Parker – Exp Realty|
|Christine Lombardi – Keller Williams Realty|
|Jason Mathis-White – Keller Williams Realty|
|Denise Hoban – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.|
|Jeffrey Hecker – Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s Intl.|
|Leah Rochelle – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.|
|John Dyes – Keller Williams Realty|
|Douglas Purcell – Crowley Associates Realty|
|Thomas Grogan – Mann & Sons, Inc.|
|Craig Shellenberger – Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s Intl.|
|Reyna Gil Ventura|
|William Wallace – LakeShore Realty LLC|
|Mary Louise Woltman – Delmarva Resorts Realty|
|Roberta (Bobbi) Brooks – Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s Intl.|
|George Chamberlin – Berkshire Hathaway Homeservice|
|Theresa Craw – Linda Vista Real Estate|
|Paula Ginchereau – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.|
|Kari Munsell – Berkshire Hathaway Gallo|
|Kimberly Mcguigan – LakeShore Realty LLC|
|Stephan C Kaganzev – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.|
|Alexis A. Knotts – Delmarva Resorts Realty|
|Karim Mozher – Active Adults Realty|
|Kristie White – Keller Williams Realty|
|Alfred Persico – Keller Williams Realty|
|Debora Hileman – Hileman Real Estate|
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Contact: Krys Johnson, Communications Specialist, 302-227-2772
Announcement of Rehoboth Beach issuance of outfall permitting
REHOBOTH BEACH, DE (May 25, 2017) – Today Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Shawn M. Garvin approved and signed the Secretary’s Order for the Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall which includes all required DNREC permits to move forward with construction. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be issuing a permit along with a Sediment and Stormwater Permit from the Sussex Conservation District, and DelDOT permits for work on state road right-of-ways.
The approved pipeline alignment begins at the existing Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant, follows the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal north to Grove Park. The pipeline will then turn northeast to Henlopen Avenue and continue along Henlopen Avenue to the Deauville Beach parking area and terminate in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 6,000 feet from the parking area. The 24-inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline will be installed via horizontal direction drill approximately 3,000 feet and marine open-cut trench approximately 3,000 feet. Once the pipe is anchored in place with concrete collars, the open-cut trench will be backfilled. The terminus of the outfall pipe will consist of a 120 linear foot diffuser comprised of eight risers, 1.5 feet above the ocean floor, with four discharge ports per riser. The diffuser will be installed on pilings to ensure stability.
The city is advertising bid documents in the next week. Mobilization of equipment will begin in October 2017 with an anticipated construction completion in April 2018. For more information visit www.cityofrehoboth.com.
Rehoboth Beach adopts valet trash service ordinance
REHOBOTH BEACH, DE (May 22, 2017) – On May 19, 2017, the Rehoboth Beach Commissioners adopted an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 227 of the Solid Waste Municipal Code, relating to valet trash service. The new ordinance implements a valet trash service to assist residential property owners in complying with placement and collection regulations. Specifically, that waste containers must not be put out earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day before collection and removed from the curb not later than 9 p.m. on collection day. The city’s valet trash service is an additional $300 per year above the standard base trash service fee of $275 per year for full-time residents or $250 per year for part-time residents.
Participants in the program shall use a city-provided 95-gallon valet trash container available for a one-time fee of $50 per container, for up to three containers. The container must hold only household trash and be placed in a location predetermined by the city. Recycling and yard waste containers will not be picked up as part of the city’s valet trash service.
The city has mailed valet trash service information to all residential trash customers. The deadline for enrollment is May 31, 2017, for the next annual billing cycle of July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. For more information, please visit cityofrehoboth.com or call the City of Rehoboth Beach Administrative Office at 302-227-6181 (Option 2) or email@example.com.
Get a Sneak Peek of the New Bright MLS Website
The new website will welcome you to the Bright community and give you information, alerts and easy access to your tools within the system.
Your office and association will have the option to post news and information on the homepage, and dedicated training and news content from Bright will always be available. In addition, your listings, client information, and MLS and Public Records searches will be one click away through the new menu options, which will always be available wherever you are on brightmls.com.
Excitement over this new space is building and the Bright team just released a first look at the homepage. This is the page you’ll view every time you login to Bright.
Please note: This is just a screenshot, and work is still being done to make this new website a reality. We’ll make sure you have more opportunities to view this new space as you get closer to using the new system.
Work Continues on Search and Report Options within Bright
The search and report system in Bright will present information through the Matrix 360 platform. This version of Matrix brings together all of the information about a particular property – sales, mortgages, parcel information, previous listings, listing images – and presents them in a unified way through:
- Reports that include listing and Public Records sales and information
- A map with clickable parcels and combined MLS and Public Records information in the popup
- A full 360 Public Records report that includes flood reports, sales, the most recent listing, and more
Work to customize this platform and integrate it into Bright is well underway. Public Records information for the entire Bright footprint is being brought into the system and all searches are being customized. Work has also started on customizing the Agent reports, and integrating the expanded data into these reports.
Bob is the Bright MLS “Customer Success Champion” for Sussex County Delaware providing training and education. Bob is excited to share with you the vision of Bright MLS and how that vision will benefit SCAOR Members as we transition to Bright MLS in December of 2017. Bob is a Delaware native and has spent many years in the Real Estate and Mortgage Banking industry before joining Trend MLS in August of 2015.
With smart homes, solar panels and electric cars at the forefront of trends we can see how the industry is guiding us into a more eco-friendly time. Technology is making our live faster, more convenient and easier, but this does not always mean that it’s more efficient.
According to Live Science, the average household contains about 25 gadgets that consume 10-15 percent of an average home’s electricity bill. Choosing the right energy efficient models and following best practices can lower energy bills, water usage, and even waste.
Whether you are just getting started or looking to upgrade your tech, here are a few friendly tips:
1) Look for Labels
The bright blue energy star label is your first indicator that your product is going to be more efficient than a standard model, saving you money while helping the planet.
2) Better Lighting
Lighting has come a long way in the past few years. LED lighting has a longer shelf life, are eco-friendly, durably made, give off zero UV emissions, operate in extreme temperatures, achieve higher light disbursement and use less electricity.
3) Solar Power
A solar panel is not just limited to your house or a solar farm. Solar power panels can be added to phone chargers, electric car roofs and even power small fans. Recent battery upgrades have presented in home wall batteries that even store solar power to be used a later time.
4) Smaller is Better
Laptops and Tablets are designed to be energy efficient to maximize battery life and last as long as possible. An iPad uses 35% less energy than the average desktop. If you are in the market for something new, consider downsizing to a laptop or hybrid rather than a new desktop. This is normally perfect for REALTORS® as they tend to be very mobile.
5) Choose the right settings
Smart settings on your TV, computer, and phone can impact energy by as much as 20% when it comes to brightness. Surprising screen savers can actually use more energy by making computers work harder. They are not needed with newer screens. Taking the time to check these settings is worth it and can not only save you energy but battery life as well.
This doesn’t require a drastic change in lifestyle but simply becoming more aware that all things can be done with more energy efficiency. Not only will this help your budget, but you will be making a lasting effect on the environment.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, we would love to hear how you are using smart home technology and eco-friendly equipment today!
Network & MLS Administrator, Sussex County Association of REALTORS®
AGENT BONUS?! – I DON’T THINK SO!
This week, Ronnie addresses Agent Bonuses:
How many times a week do we get flyers advertising $$$$$$$ Agent Bonus?
Are you aware you cannot pay a bonus to an agent? We need to go back to our Pre-Licensing class and remember the section on Brokerage. We are associated with a brokerage, and that brokerage owns all our listings and buyer clients. When a listing gets sold, and the commission is paid, it is paid to the brokerage, and the brokerage then passes your share along to you. Likewise, if you were paid by a buyer under some separate agreement with the buyer, that commission would be paid to the brokerage, and it would then pass through to you based on your commission split with your company.
The same pass-through from the broker to you applies also to agent bonuses. A bonus cannot be paid to you; it must be paid to the brokerage, and the brokerage, through their Independent Contractor Agreement with you, passes along either the whole bonus or some portion of it, whatever your company policy dictates.
So let’s get those flyers right. The next time you’re offering a bonus, the flyer should read: $$$$$ Bonus to selling office (or selling broker) or $$$$ Agency Bonus or $$$$ Broker Bonus. When the bonus is paid at the time of final settlement, the broker, in accordance with your company policy, will either pass it in whole to you or share it with you.
And, oh, don’t forget. If you’re receiving a bonus, you need to disclose that to your client! Check out Article 1, SOP 1-13 of the Code of Ethics!
The official summer season for 2017 has begun! I know you are BUSY, BUSY, BUSY and education may not be on the top of your list of things to take care of right now; however, the fall will be here before you know it and I just would like for you to keep a few opportunities in mind.
Attention New Agents:
- You receive New Salesperson Module 1 with New Member Orientation.
- Knock out New Licensee Modules 2 & 3 on June 15 and
- New Salesperson Module 4 on June 20.
All Licensees – New Tech Tools Class:
Do you want to learn the latest and greatest new Tech Tools and have some fun? Join us on June 20 as Harry Wooding explores new tools that you can use to assist you with your business and satisfy Module 7 requirement.
Puerto Rico – Education Adventure:
The week of October 15 SCAOR will be visiting Puerto Rico for the low price of $197 per person per night. This is an ALL INCLUSIVE opportunity. We will be offering NAR’s Resort, Second Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification along with DE, MD and PA credits! Bonus tax write off! We only have a few rooms left, so give Dena a call at 302-678-5050 and book today.
Yes, we do offer online education! Click here for more information and to receive a discount.
Are you interested in becoming a Broker? Class begins August 29. Register today using “BROKER20” coupon code and receive 20% off. Did you know that taking the Brokers course satisfies ALL 7 MODULES?
Thanks, and as always, it’s a pleasure to serve,