The final NAR’s Quadrennial Ethics Cycle is almost over. If you have not received notice of non compliance than you are good to go! Beginning January 1, 2017 NAR will require you to take NAR Ethics every two years. Classes must be taken between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018. Remember this is a membership requirement. It doesn’t matter if you are an Appraiser or a DE Real Estate Licensee you are required to take this class. Please remember if you take your Ethics class from a provider other than NAR, SCAOR or DAR than you must submit a copy of your certificate of completion to SCAOR to satisfy the NAR requirement.
Attention Agents that have been licensed less than one year. You are required to take the four Newly Licensed Salesperson Modules within your first year of having your license. You receive Newly Licensed Salesperson Module 1 with the New Member Orientation class upon joining SCAOR. This leaves you with Newly Licensed Salesperson Module 2,3 and 4. All three of these classes are scheduled for February 1 & 2. Registration will be available on the SCAOR Portal soon.
Remember you have until April 30, 2018 to complete 21 credits. The State of Delaware mandates you take one course from each of the seven modules. To assist you in keeping track of the classes you have taken and still need please click here
for the handy dandy checklist.
Finally, I am pleased to let you know that beginning January 1, 2017 SCAOR will be continuing our GREEN commitment and will no longer print certificates. Class attendees will receive their certificate of completion by email shortly following the conclusion of class. Additionally, members will be able to log onto their SCAOR Portal to view and print any certificate of completion of classes taken through SCAOR.
State of the Organization Annual Report
As we all plan to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family, I thought it would be appropriate to summarize what SCAOR accomplished in 2016 and summarize where the association is heading in 2017. Together, we have a responsibility to fulfill the Strategic Plan which includes providing clear communications, leading valuable advocacy initiatives, implementing robust technology and training programs and creating value propositions that reflects the interests of the members.
First, thank you for the warm welcome as your new CEO. I would also like to thank the 2016 BOD and Search Committee for believing in me as your next association executive. I am honored to lead such a diverse and progressive association of real estate professionals. I am also grateful to work with an educated and passionate staff. Each staff associate brings a diverse skill set to the organization and I look forward to growing those skill sets in 2017.
The membership status is strong and growing. As of November 30, there were 1,390 primary members, 125 secondary members, 434 Multiple List Service members and 41 Affiliates. As we transition to Bright MLS, a regional MLS of over 80,000 subscribers covering six states, my goal will be to sustain membership at all levels. This will take a commitment from staff to communicate to the membership why it is important to remain a member of SCAOR.
For 2017, I will closely monitor our work in connection to the Strategic Plan with a special emphasis on developing better value propositions and informing members of the Bright MLS conversion date. To communicate more effectively, I have asked staff to add a Bright MLS banner to the monthly SCAORcard. Network Manager, Ben Kunde, and I will be adding information to the SCAORcard on a monthly basis to keep the membership up-to-date on everything conversion related. If you have questions about Bright MLS or any other topic, please call me at the office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lastly, I would like to congratulate the 2017 SCAOR President Brigit Taylor and the new BOD. The first meeting is scheduled for January 19, 2017 at 9 am at SCAOR.
Merritt Burke IV
- Public Policy is revving up for an exciting time! Stay “tuned” for our exciting announcement!!!
- Some immediate dates of interest of outside networking events: January 4th is the monthly S.C.A.T meeting being held at Baywood. SCAOR will be represented by our new President, Brigit Taylor, PPC Chairman Bob McVey and PPC staff liaison, Patricia Anderson.
- January 10th is the Inaugural Sussex County Prayer Breakfast from 7:30am-9:00am. This is a yearly event bringing state, county, and local elected offiicials together, along with community supporters, and businesses for a time of networking and prayer for the elected officials before they are sworn into office. SCAOR has been a consistent supporter of this event and would welcome all those that would like to join us the morning of January 10th.
- The Sussex County Comprehensive Plan continues to move forward so stay tuned for new updates as we receive them.
Rental Affairs (RAC):
- We are gearing up for a new year and preparing early for the biggest short term rental season! RAC will be representing SCAOR at two trade shows in 2017. One in Washington DC in January and one in Pittsburg, PA in March.
- RAC is working to revamp some of the nomination/applications for our Alma Ashley Award, awarded to a deserving Rental Agent at the end of year!
Lots going on and excited to share with you as 2017 starts to unwrap before us!!!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a safe and happy New Year to everyone from PPC and RAC!
See ya next year!!
Patricia L. Anderson
Here are a few events coming up that DAR would love for you to know about, as well as a recap video from this year’s DAR Conference!
2016 DAR Conference Recap Video
Triple Play Realtor Convention & Trade Expo
Dec. 5 – 8, 2016
Atlantic City, NJ, Convention Center
New Negotiating Edge
December 5, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cost $150, Room 312
NJ/DE, NY and PA CRS Hospitality Room
Tuesday, December 6
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Room 407
Welcome to another edition of the monthly SCAORcard. Before I begin, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve the membership as CEO. It is a honor to lead such a progressive group of real estate professionals. As the holidays approach, I wish you and your family a safe and healthy holiday season.
First, Rick Tull, with CPA firm Lank, Johnson and Tull presented the FY 2015 Audit. No major concerns were presented to the BOD; however Mr. Tull did note that SCAOR was in a good financial position with $1.4mm in reserves. Second, a discussion to purchase 4,200 Sentrilock Bluetooth lockboxes for $359,000 was tabled until the January 18 BOD meeting. As CEO, I was asked to review future tax implications and report back to the BOD before an official vote takes place. Third, the BOD voted to join Bright MLS in 2017. Bright MLS is a regional MLS that will combine 36 REALTOR Association shareholders in six states plus the District of Columbia. Monthly MLS fees are anticipated to increase to $35. The official conversion date has not been decided by the BOD; however it appears a late 2017 date will be considered. Please contact me if you would like to know more about Bright MLS.
Lastly, the BOD approved the FY 2017 Operating Budget at $598,500 with $12,000 in reserve expenses. Over 50% of the income, $370,000, is from dues with the remaining 50% of income from a variety of non-dues categories. On the expense side of the Operating Budget education will cost the organization $27,000, Marketing/Public Relations/Website $21,000, and travel to local, regional and national conferences at $35,000. For more information on the SCAOR Operating Budget, please contact me at email@example.com
or call the SCAOR office.
Merritt Burke IV
Rental Affairs is looking to revise the application process for the Alma Ashley award, updating the Rental checklist to get out to towns in January instead of May. Looking to become more active in the conversation involving VRBO s and preparing for the trade shows in January a.d March.
Public Policy will be gearing up again in January with continued plans for our Road Rally fundraiser and watching and engaging in conversations surrounding the Sussex County Comprehensive Plan as well as the Park Avenue extension project.
Greetings Members and Happy Holidays. I’ve been receiving many questions about the NAR Quadrennial Ethics requirement lately. Please be advised that this is the last quadrennial ethics cycle ending December 31, 2016. Beginning in January the cycle will run on a biannual basis. That means you have to take NAR Ethics between January 2017 and December 2018 to satisfy NAR’s requirement.
SCAOR’s NAR Ethics audit has been completed and if you did not receive an email from me, you are good to go! Those of you that did and sent verification that you took NAR Ethics, thank you. There is still time. If you need to take NAR Ethics please register at the SCAOR Store or give the office a call and we will assist you.
Please remember that if you take your classes from another provider other than SCAOR, SCOAR will not have a record of the class you took. This becomes very important when it comes to the NAR Ethics course. To avoid getting caught up in the next audit, please forward a copy of your certificate to the SCAOR office upon completion and we will be sure to enter it into the system.
SCAOR’s 2017 Professional Development Calendar is almost complete. We have some exciting courses coming your way. So, be on the look out. Details coming soon.
I know some of you like to take your classes online. Please visit SCAOR’s website for valuable savings. This month the CE Shop is offering 40% off, but you have to visit the SCAOR website in order to receive your savings.