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The SCAOR Card – Issue #010 – June Membership

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).  

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.

    Christine Schels
    Shirlene Mann
    Richard DeCore
    Neal McLens Jr
    Dhruv Patel
    Joseph Mayle-Rosauri
    Christopher Roark
    Brian ONeill
    Sergei Kaganzev
    Deloris Cauley
    Keith Herrington 
    Robin T Jones
    John Cusato Sr
    Dana Wells
    Donald E Schlater Jr
    Patrice Bentz
    Samantha Taraila
    Nicholas David Smith
    Heidi M Penuel

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #010 – Public Policy

Agendas for the upcoming Planning and Zoning Commission Workshops have yet to be posted, however, below is the list of the upcoming workshops.These are open to the public and we greatly encourage all to come and participate.  Now is the time for the REALTOR® voice to be strong.

SCHEDULE

UPCOMING

Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop – July 14 @ 10:00 am view agenda

Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop – July 21 @ 9:00 am view agenda

Planning and Zoning Commission Workshop – July 28 @ 9:00 am view agenda

At the last workshop, they discussed a 300-page document that covered the conservation element of the Comprehensive Plan.  To date they have had a discussion on two sets of data regarding population and population growth over the next 25+ years, they have discussed alternative housing options and community designs.  They have discussed agriculture and agricultural land preservation and future growth.  Discussions have also included TIDs (Transportation Improvement Districts) and the State’s push for Sussex County to establish a fixed zoning for these TIDs.  The workshops have also included discussions on the history and historical preservation in Sussex County among other elements.

All workshops are held in the Sussex County Council Chambers and are broadcast live.  The follow the development of the Comprehensive Plan you can click on the link below.  A link to the life broadcast site is provided below the Comp. Plan link. You can listen to any, and all, previous workshops as they are archived on the site listed below.

SCAOR Public Policy Committee (PPC) has approved talking points that will be presented to SCAOR Executive Board for final approval so they can be read into the record at the next workshop. Stay tuned to see the position of SCAOR and the developing Sussex County Comprehensive Plan.

http://sussexplan.com/

https://mediasite.sussexcountyde.gov/mediasite/Catalog/catalogs/public

As you may be aware, Sussex County Council approved an ordinance to amend Chapter 103, Article IV, Section 103-19D of the Sussex County Code to limit the “First Time Home Buyer” Transfer Tax Exemption, with a vote of 4-0-1 (4 yes, 0 no, and 1 absent).

To read Ordinance 2500,  please click on the link below and then open the PDF file.

https://www.sussexcountyde.gov/first-time-home-buyer-transfer-tax-exception-ordinance

Kindest Regards,
Patricia L. Anderson
SCAOR
23407 Park Avenue
Georgetown, DE 19947

302-855-2300
patricia@scaor.com
www.scaor.com

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #010 – Education

As you enjoy the second half of the Summer season please remember that the end of the licensing cycle is creeping upon us. There is still plenty of time to fulfill your education requirements before the April 30 deadline.

Do you have an idea for a class? The Professional Development Committee would love to hear it. Please shoot me an email to share with the committee.

Attention New Agents: 

  • You receive New Salesperson Module 1 with New Member Orientation.
  • Knock out New Licensee Modules 23 on August 3 and 
  • New Salesperson Module 4 on August 9.

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.

Online Education:
Yes, we do offer online education! Click here for more information and to receive a discount.

Brokers Course:
Are you interested in becoming a Broker? Class begins August 29.  Register today using “BROKER20” coupon code and receive 20% off until July 4. Did you know that taking the Brokers course satisfies ALL 7 MODULES?

Thanks, and as always, it’s a pleasure to serve,
Angela Emerson

Angela Emerson, RCE

Sussex County Association of REALTORS®
23407 Park Avenue

Georgetown, DE  19947
(302) 855-2300 
angela@scaor.com
http://www.scaor.com

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #010 – From the CEO’s Desk

 
Welcome to the June edition of the SCAORcard.  The most important information I can give the membership is a Lockbox Exchange update.  First, the Exchange is July 24-28.  Second, Sentrilock will commence programming lockboxes on Monday, July 24, with the first new lockboxes arriving at broker doorsteps in the afternoon and continuing throughout the week. SCAOR will be picking up lockboxes starting July 26 through July 28.  Please take time to download the app.  There are approximately 500 REALTORS that have downloaded the app, and we need many more before July 24.  Third, the Finance Committee will meet on August 10 to review the FY 2018 (FY18) Operating Budget.  The BOD will review/adopt the FY18 Budget no later than the November BOD meeting.  Speaking of meetings, stay tuned for Bright MLS training workshops this fall. Meeting dates will be on the SCAOR calendar and published within Association communications (SCAORcard, At-A-Glance, etc.).  On another note, I am happy to report that the capital improvements have been completed.  The LED lighting was installed inside the facility and outside in the parking lot.  Hopefully you will enjoy a safer experience when leaving SCAOR meetings in the evening hours.
 
Lastly, I would like to apologize for the association management software program problems.  SCAOR transitioned to RAMCO (NAR supported) in late 2016, and we have had minor problems ever since.  Management is researching alternatives to make your customer experience less cumbersome and more efficient.  Please be patient with us as we work through this challenge.
 
As always, if you have questions or comments, I can be reached via email at merritt@scaor.com.
 
Sincerely,
 
Merritt Burke IV, CEO
Chief Executive Officer
Sussex County Association of REALTORS®

The SCAOR Card – Issue #010 – REALTOR® Ronnie

ADDENDUMS 

Each year contracts fall apart because either a listing agent or a selling agent failed to keep a contract in full force and effect by failing to get an appropriate addendum signed.  There are a number of situations where a timely addendum can make the difference between a transaction going to settlement or falling apart.  Let’s look at some examples:

Mortgage Commitment – A mortgage commitment is due by a certain date.  You call the mortgage company and they assure you the commitment will be in your hands by the due date.  So you tend to forget about it until the listing agent calls a day or so after the commitment date and asks, “where’s the commitment?”  You have just put your buyer at risk because in Sussex County our contracts have a Time-Is-Of-The-Essence clause which means all dates MUST be met unless a written addendum has been signed by all parties.

Home Inspection Dates – As a result of a home inspection being done, both buyer and seller have options open to them, and dates are attached to each one of these options.  For instance, a home inspection might state that a buyer must notify the seller within 3 days of the home inspection what repairs he wants to the seller to make.  A seller may take a position that if he doesn’t receive this request for repairs or an addendum extending the date for the request for repairs that he is no longer responsible for making said repairs.

Review of HOA or Condominium Documents – When a contract is contingent upon review of HOA or Condo documents within a specified date, or contains a DUCIOA Addendum, it would be wise to prepare an addendum in which the buyer acknowledges that he has received and read the documents, that he approves of same, and that he removes that contingency from the contract.  If a DUCIOA Addendum is part of your contract, then the buyer should sign the Resale Certificate to indicate acceptance of all the documents within the required time.

Settlement Date – You may have an occasion where the buyer finds it impossible to get to settlement as per the contract date.  Prepare an addendum asking for an extension of time for settlement.

Other Addendums

  • Possession Before Settlement
  • Possession After Settlement
  • 1031 Exchange
  • Rezoning
  • Special Financing
  • Clauses of the original contract that need to be changed
  • Must Sell
  • Property Must Appraise

The most important thing to remember on addendums is to get them signed in a timely manner.  Mark your calendar a couple of days in advance of the required date; don’t wait until the actual date something is due to get an addendum signed.  Failure to adhere to the dates specified in a contract puts your client at risk.  Doing a good job and paying attention to our ratified contract will get us all to the settlement table.  And that’s the ultimate goal!

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #010

 


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“Ethics, Education and Advocacy.”



From the CEO’s Desk – 

Merritt shares updates on facility improvements, the upcoming lockbox exchange, and other important upcoming dates.

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2016 Year in Review

Education Update with Angela Emerson – 

We’ve got a lot of exciting updates for our education section this month:  Broker’s Courses, New Salesperson Mods, and the Education Adventure all await!

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Public Policy – 

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

 

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REALTOR® RONNIE – 

Each year contracts fall apart because either a listing agent or a selling agent failed to keep a contract in full force and effect by failing to get an appropriate addendum signed. How can you help?  

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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 June! –  

 

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"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 #009 – Public Policy

In public policy, we are constantly listening for advocacy opportunities.  Currently, there’s a proposed commercial rezoning ordinance introduced that would replace the popular CR-1 & B-1 districts with seven new districts that provide more specific uses.  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.

On the Sussex County Comp Plan, there will be a Planning and Zoning Workshop on Monday, June 5th @ 9:00 am in Council Chambers. Public Policy encourages all REALTOR® members to participate in these hearings.  The collective REALTOR® voice needs to be heard and our Chairman strongly implores our membership to take the time to come out to a public workshop and stay abreast of the Comp Plan developments.  This can be done by visiting sussexplan.com.  The next set of town hall meetings will be released later this summer.  

On June 8th at 6 PM, Sussex County Planning and Zoning will be conducting a public hearing in Council Chambers on the proposal to approve a new energy company.  This company converts chicken waste and is proposed to be located behind residential properties along Lewes/Georgetown Highway just east of the CHEER Center in Georgetown.

SCAOR stands with DAR in one voice regarding state matters, especially HB130.  Please see this DAR link for current positions.  We encourage all of SCAOR members to attend and participate in the upcoming Legislative Action day on June 13th at 12:30 PM.  Legislative Hall, Dover DE.

Be sure to check out our other SCAOR Card section, Local Government, for more info on Rehoboth Beaches issuance of outfall permitting and valet trash service.

Kindest Regards,
 
Patricia L. Anderson
SCAOR
23407 Park Avenue
Georgetown, DE 19947
 
 

The SCAOR Card – Issue #009 – Midyear Update from SCAOR President-Elect, Chris Lind

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. 

The meetings provide an opportunity to hear from nationally known speakers, participate in roundtable discussions in smaller environments and also provide the opportunity to hear from leaders within the National Association of REALTORS®.
 
The Hill Visit is one of the most exciting highlights of the week where you can meet and hear from your local legislators. This year’s attendees had the opportunity to hear from Senator Carper, Representative Blunt Rochester, and Senator Coons in the historic Kennedy Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building.
 
I am excited to attend the Legislative Meetings and Expo again next year as your President and hope to see many of you there as well. 
Best regards, 
 
Christopher M. Lind | Managing Broker, REALTOR®
President-elect, Sussex County Association of REALTORS® – 2017 

The SCAOR Card – Issue #009 – Membership

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.
Maureen Lagana
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
Marsha OConnor
Paula Ginchereau – Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
Rhonda Hich
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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The SCAOR Card – Issue #009 – Local Government

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 information@cityofrehoboth.com.

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