2018 MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
Professional Real Estate Trade Association
Association Dues ($260 for Members billed October 1 and due by October 31)
- Professional Staff (Association Executive, Director of Professional Development, Communications Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator and Membership Services Coordinator)
- High quality education classes with a variety of local and regional instructors
- Association facility with meeting rooms and professional offices
- NAR trained Professional Standards Administrator
- Code of Ethics enforcement ensuring a higher level of professionalism
- Over ten committees to focus on issues concerning Bylaws, Professional Standards, Professional Development, Finance, Public Policy and Rental Affairs
- Networking opportunities with other real estate professionals
- An active Community Service Foundation with multiple mixers and a gala
- Young Professional Network (YPN) events
- Spring Hospitality Fair for rental members
- October General Membership meeting
- Meeting facilities for committee meetings and Association functions
- Broker meetings to increase participant knowledge and information
- RPAC events to fundraise for local, state and national issues
- Asset management to protect the Associations financial interests
- Association Management Software to assist with tracking membership records and education classes
- Database of Professional Affiliate Members who provide a wide range of services
- Weekly communications: Monday At-A-Glance, Tech Tip Tuesday, Lockbox Thursday
- Monthly SCAORcard with comprehensive membership information
- Association website scaor.com and social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook
- Route 9 LED sign promoting events and the trade association
- Participation in municipal and county government issues
- Market and advertise the Association at community events
Association Owned Lockbox Key System
Lockboxes Fees ($125 for Members and $150 for Non-Members, billed June 1 and due by June 30)
- Management and maintenance of 5,000 SentriLock wireless Bluetooth lockboxes
- MLS Committee to enforce and educate members about wireless lockboxes
- October Association Lockbox Audit
Patricia Anderson has a new role within SCAOR, and we got to swing by and chat for a few minutes regarding her plans:
01 – That’s exciting about your move to Director of Professional Development and Pro Standards! Let’s talk about Professional Development first – What do you think some of the educational challenges are that face us?
We face challenges such as being competitive in pricing and content. That means keeping things on the cutting edge and ahead of trends. Our members are busier and involved in so many other things – we are challenged with offering quality, cost-friendly courses that also are time-and-location friendly. Being able to offer a greater variety of courses that satisfy licensure requirements, but also provide another level of work efficiency is something I am excited to pursue.
02 – If you could snap your fingers and have anything change in 2018, what would you like to see happen?
Wow, what an amazing question! Snap my fingers and have anything change?…hmmm…lol… Well, in regards to Professional Development, I look forward to us taking the lead in offering special designations (in order to provide our members more marketability in such a competitive industry). In regards to Events/Facility Rentals, I would like us to be one of the first locations considered for all corporate and private events. And for Pro Standards…well, I must say we have an amazing member base and had very little need for conflict resolution so I would like to see that continue and continue to get better (so we have zero need, other than an oversight).
03 – What’s encompassed in your role with Pro Standards?
My main focus in Pro Standards is Ethics. The REALTOR® brand, from NAR, is very proud of their high level of ethics and ethics training. My job is to ensure that the same high level of focus is maintained at the local level. We have a selection of dedicated, trained REALTORS® that volunteer their time, to serve in the capacity of Ombudsman, mediators, as well as a panel for Arbitrations. This is in addition to our highly qualified Grievance Committee. We strive to ensure that standards set forth by NAR, regarding ethics, are upheld and enforced in order to serve our members and maintain the label of trust worn by the REALTOR® brand. I am looking forward to taking our Pro Standards to the next level and be a model looked at by many.
04 – Thanks for taking the time to share with us! Is there anything else you’d like to pass along to the members as you start this role at SCAOR?
I just want to say I am very excited to step into this role, and I am looking forward to the myriad of opportunities that exist in our Education and Pro Standards Depts. I love looking outside the box and expanding the traditional definitions and walls of ideas!
Sussex County Association of REALTORS®
October 18, 2017
Local Real Estate Market Remains Strong
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The real estate market in Sussex County, Delaware continues to be active for buyers and sellers. Real estate date released by the Sussex County Association of REALTORS® (SCAOR) for the 3rd quarter of 2017 shows the average sold price of a residential property at $332,683. This continues a strong market as the average price was $312,646 in the 3rd quarter of 2016. Additionally, the total number of units sold year-over-year was 1,326 compared to 1,234.
President Brigit Taylor, after reviewing the data stated, “After several years of a market correction in Sussex County, we seem to be in a more normalized market.”
Commercially speaking, the 3rd quarter of 2017 saw lower units sold compared to the 2nd quarter but a higher average price from $527,783 to $696,500.
Regarding lots and land, the total units sold decreased from 217 in the 2nd quarter to 191 in the 3rd quarter. However, the average price of lots and land increased from $172,338 to $231,570.
Overall, $500,267,000 has changed hands in 2017’s third quarter.
There is no better time to hire a professional REALTOR® to assist with a future transaction. With over 1,800 members, the Association is ready to serve the public in any and all real estate transactions. President Taylor noted that, “With so many options to choose from and so many different ways to search for property, utilizing the expertise of a professional REALTOR® will simplify the process of selling an existing home or searching for a new home.”
To view an extensive database of residential, commercial and land that are currently for sale in Sussex County, visit SCAOR’s website at www.scaor.com.
The Sussex County Association of Realtors was chartered in 1949 and has steadily increased in size, scope, and mission during its more than six decades representing buyers and sellers in Sussex County. SCAOR is a professional trade association with a mission statement of ethics, education and advocacy for real estate transactions throughout the County.
SCAOR is also a resource for the public, as well as a recognized advocate for property rights and property owners in Sussex County. The association also monitors legislative issues on the local, state and national levels that may impact home ownership in the area.
To read more about issues related to Sussex County’s real estate industry, visit SCAOR’s website at www.scaor.com.
Welcome to the SCAOR October REALTOR® membership report!
- Year to date, we have 235 new members joining, with 21 being added in October.
Managing a progressive trade association can be challenging at times; however with talented employees leading education, communication, membership and innovation SCAOR has a bright future. First, I would like to announce that Angela Emerson was hired by the Pinellas REALTOR Organization in Tampa, FL to lead education and ethics. We wish her the best, as she dedicated five years to SCAOR. Second, I would like to congratulate Patricia Anderson on her promotion to the Director of Professional Development for the Association. The Director oversees, schedules and coordinates all professional development programs. The Director also oversees professional standards and is the primary mediation/arbitration contact and coordinator. Ms. Anderson has a strong background in administration and has been employed by the Association two years working in several capacities including assisting with local advocacy efforts. Lastly, we wish Ben Kunde, MLS Administrator, a fond farewell as he is poised to join Bright MLS as a Solutions Architect at the end of November. Organizational change is never easy, but I assure you that a new team of professional and dedicated employees will take the reins in late 2017 to serve the members into the future. Please contact me directly at meritt @scaor.com if you have questions or comments on the transition.
Regarding Association projects and news, I would like to inform the members that the Bright MLS training workshops have been posted on the SCAOR website and within all SCAOR communication. Be the first to sign up for a Bright MLS training! The next BOD meeting is November 16 at 9 am with the 2018 Installation on November 30 at 4 pm at SCAOR. Come out and support the new Officers and Directors.
It has been a busy year for SCAOR. The BOD approved the transition to a new MLS in January, 5000 lockboxes were exchanged in July and now organizational change within the Association in October. I want to thank the staff for their hard work and long hours assisting members with countless requests while keeping the Association moving forward all year. 2018 should be a productive year under new leadership, so stay tuned and stay involved in your Association. We highly value you as we work towards making your business more productive and profitable.
Merritt Burke IV
The Internet of Things…
Why should you,as a REALTOR®, be interested in the internet of things and smart home technology?
Because by the year 2020, there will be 50 billion connected devices and 6.1 billion smart phone users. More and more smart home devices are being purchased and left in homes that are selling. With the proper knowledge and tips, you can improve the probability of closing a deal with any client.
One of the biggest devices that are remaining with a home are smart thermostats. The idea is nothing new: We have been programming temperatures for different times and days for years, but now we can adjust them from any mobile device or interact with a car pulling in the driveway. This opens up a whole new area of convenience and security. If I forget to reset a thermostat when I purchase a home, the previous owner could easily mess with my temperature at any given time.
The Online Trust Alliance has come up with a smart home checklist that can be used as a guide for checking smart home related devices in the home. It’s advised that you review this document and even supply a copy to any client you may have. CRT labs at NAR has also supplied an info sheet for the top thermostats on the market so you can be well-armed with the capabilities and cost of each.
The current push in the smart home industry is for more automation, air quality sensors and ease of use. With the ever changing market and availability we will do our best to make sure you are armed with the best information available to be on the cutting edge of Real Estate. Stay tuned for some big announcements about low cost and cheap sensors that could easily be used as closing gifts or proactive solutions to listing a home.
The best way to predict the future, is to event it!
– Ben Kunde
This month’s meeting had a special guest in Scott Thomas of Southern Delaware Tourism. Mr. Thomas shared with us the importance of partnerships in order to promote Sussex County as a prime destination location for more than just our beaches. In order to help promote that he is partnering with representatives from ecotourism, museums, rental agencies, historical societies, etc. for a mini expo to take place on April 6th at the Nassau Vineyards. More information to follow.
RAC has been busy preparing for their Pre-Season meeting to take place on May 4th at Irish Eyes in Lewes. This is an opportunity for Rental Agents, Elected Officials and Law Enforcement of our coastal municipalities, as well as Southern Delaware Tourism to get together before the summer season in order to identify any potential areas of concern so that they can move through the season in a collaborative effort.