2016 is coming to a close and what a year it has been. Our organization has made great strides this year. I would particularly like to thank the Board of Directors, the Committee volunteers and our SCAOR staff for all of the hard work and time they put in to seeing our organization move into the future. The CEO Search Committee worked long and hard recommending our new CEO, Merritt Burke, who is bringing a new vision and ideas. SCAOR will be joining the 80,000 agents of Bright MLS to better serve our clients and afford our members a much larger presence online.
We have had a eventful year and we look forward to continuing to grow our organization with our incoming President Brigit Taylor. Thank you for a great year!
Current watch is the proposed changes the commercial zoning ordinances which would coincide with the Comprehensive Plan 2018. At this time any proposed changes are not available for public view. We will continue to monitor and keep members updated. Currently, however, it is highly recommended that ALL members make it a point to get to know and watch what is going on with the Comprehensive Plan. It is our concern that this proposed plan is more of an economic development plan and not a land use plan. With that said this Comprehensive Plan appears to reduce the growth area for businesses and will make the permitting process much more lengthy than it is now. It is encouraged that each member take the time to visit sussexplan.com
and fill out the surveys and to submit their comments. A copy of the plan can be found on this website. The next round of public hearings/meetings will be forthcoming in the Spring of 2017.
The Executive Board approved PPC’s request to form a taskforce to monitor the Park Avenue expansion project. The completion of this project is projected for 2020, however, there are several areas of concern regarding this proposed plan and a close eye needs to be kept on this project. Mr. Fred Dean was appointed as the chairperson for this new taskforce and one other member has already been brought aboard. Information will be forthcoming related on how to volunteer for this very important taskforce.
In the Rental Affairs arena we are watching the progress of the proposed amendments to the Rental Program Ordinance for Sussex County. You can find a copy of the proposed ordinance using this link: https://www.sussexcountyde.gov/sites/default/files/ordinances/Rental.Program.Ordinance.Final_.110116.pdf
And you can here the public hearing portion of Sussex County Council Meeting of November 1, 2016 by clicking on this attachment:
Welcome to the second edition of SCAORcard!
Within the monthly communication from SCAOR you will find valuable information on a variety of topics from education classes to BOD meeting topics. Speaking of BOD meetings, the next meeting is scheduled for November 17 at 9 am at SCAOR. Topics include the approval of the FY 2017 Budget, a review of MLS financials and a tentative vote on Bright MLS. If you would like to learn more about Bright MLS, I encourage you to attend the November 9 meeting with TREND CEO Tom Phillips at SCAOR or contact me directly. You can also log online to MLSEvolved.com
. On another note, I encourage you to participate in your trade association as a volunteer. We are looking for energetic individuals to fill a number of committee seats, so think about it, then call us with your selection. Lastly, the implementation of RAMCO (new billing and membership software) has allowed members to pay dues more efficiently while allowing you to track education classes. We hope the new software has increased the value we offer at SCAOR.
Thank you again for allowing me to serve you.
Merritt Burke IV
Merritt Burke IV
Chief Executive Officer
Sussex County Association of REALTORS®
SCAORCard – Issue #002
Did you know that a broker can pay can access or pay dues for their office? Once you access the member portal (by clicking here), click the “Pay Agent Orders” link. That’s it!
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Doug Devitre will be visiting SCAOR on November 18. Doug is in the National Association of REALTORS® Business Specialties Hall of Fame. He holds the Certified Speaking Professional Designation from the National Speakers Association. We hope you won’t want to miss this valuable FREE seminar.
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Andrew Mason here with some interesting stats regarding our communication plan in the last 30 days. Since October 4th (30 Days Ago):
- We’ve sent a total of 15,067 emails!
- You’ve clicked a total of 1,505 links in our emails.
- We’ve had a total of 30,612 visits to SCAOR.com
- The average time spent on SCAOR.com is 3 minutes & 5 seconds
- We’ve added 123 Twitter Followers for a total of 2,616 Followers
- We’ve had 296 Post engagements (likes, clicks, detail expands) on our Facebook Page
- Bonus: We’ve completed 1,291 Support Tickets (MLS / Tech Support) so far in 2016
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In their latest news blast, DAR Share a few key insights about news that YOU need to know. Check it out!
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a mortgage letter making changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) owner-occupancy requirement for condominiums in accordance with H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016 (HOTMA).
- Fannie Mae announced expansion of its HomeReady program that includes 3 percent down payment loans.
- The DUCIOA flowchart was changed on July 1, 2016, and is useful when determining if a resale certificate is needed when listing or buying a home. View the chart here.
- Upfront and annual guarantee fees from the USDA’s Rural Development program have been reduced.
- Get onsite news and links to live social media coverage at next week’s NAR Conference and Expo here.
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