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SCAORCard – Issue #006 – Rental Affairs

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.

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SCAORCard – Issue #006 – Public Policy

Get ready to fasten your seatbelts!  PPC is off to the races as we announce our RPAC fundraiser for April 27, 2017!  Folks what a time we have for our members, brokers, and affiliates!  Come join SCAOR PPC for our ROAD RALLY RPAC FUNDRAISER.  This will prove to be action packed and something for everyone!  Team up with a partner and hit the roads of Sussex County, be part of a pit crew that will race to first place finish in a cook off, or be part of the spectator crowd…something for everyone!!!  More information on registration is to come so get those engines reving!!!
 
PPC just held their annual Legislative Breakfast.  What a turn out!  Thank you to our Senators Gary Simpson (Minority Leader), Gerald Hocker, Ernie Lopez, Brian Pettyjohn, and Bryant Richardson; our Representatives Pete Schwartzkopf (Speaker of the House), Danny Short (Minority Leader), Dave Wilson, Harvey Kenton, Steve Smyk, Ruth Briggs King, and Rich Collins for taking the time to join us and share your insights into the issues before the General Assembly.  Reps. Tim Dukes and Ron Gray sent their regrets as they were out of town at the time of the breakfast.  Thank you, also, to our BOD members for their attendance as well.
 
Please stay tuned for updates regarding the Sussex County Comp. Plan.  We are still awaiting the release of the spring dates for round two of the public hearings.
 
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SCAORCard – Issue #006 – From the CEO’s Desk

Greetings from Georgetown, Delaware, your association headquarters, where education, ethics and advocacy, the pillars of your organization, are provided to you daily.  Your team here at SCAOR has been working hard on several projects including improving the customer service experience, renovating the building and grounds, adding new forms and information to the website, participating in local advoacy issues (think Sussex County Comp. Plan, FY 2018 State of Delaware Budget Reset meetings) and publishing information on all social media.  
 
We are constantly looking at innovative ways to add value and relevance to the membership experience.  For example, your volunteer leadership working in concert with staff has coordinated a special trip to Puerto Rico in October providing classes to achieve the RSPS (Second-Home Property Specialist) designation.  Additionally, the Affiliates have been busy scheduling a spring mixer and fall picnic where agents can network with dozens of local, real estate service companies.  Lastly, Emily Williams has agreed to chair the Young Professionals Network (YPN), a group of aspiring leaders within the industry.  Stay tuned for the YPN 2017 schedule of events.
 
As always, if you have a question or comment, please email me directly at merritt@scaor.com or call me at (302) 855-2300.  With staff, we are here to serve you and provide an exceptional customer experience as you perform the daily duties as a professional REALTOR®.
 
Sincerely,
Merritt Burke IV
Chief Executive Officer
Sussex County Association of REALTORS®

SCAORCard – Issue #006 – Technology & Bright MLS

Bright MLS Update:

Things are progression well with the transition into the new MLS system. Our very own Frank Serio, who was elected to serve on the Bright MLS board, has been invited to attend the T3 conference with a select few. He will represent Bright MLS and bring back valuable information for both the Association and Bright MLS to assist with the advancement of the industry.

We also know that you have questions and our goal is to keep you as up to date as possible along the way. This month we are including the top 3 questions that Bright has been receiving. If you have any questions about Bright MLS, please let us know at info@scaor.com.

What’s happening now? Next?
Support teams from MRIS and Trend are combining. In early April 2017, you can dial a new toll free phone number for them, and when you do, you’ll hear “Welcome to Bright MLS! How may I assist you?”

Development teams are busy mapping MLS listing data from nine different MLSs into one format; they are collecting the required public records for 150 jurisdictions, and building the new Bright MLS system – a broad ecosystem of robust property information and analytics to power your real estate business.

When will I be able to search the new Bright footprint?
Not quite yet. 2017 is a year of transition. As you read this, we are preparing the new system for data entry. Later this year we will begin converting all participating organizations to that system. We anticipate you will be using the new Bright system by 2018.

How much will the new system cost me?
This consolidation has afforded us the opportunity to freeze licensee fees through 2017, so you won’t see an increase in that fee this year. By 2019, fees for subscribers of Bright who are members of a participating REALTOR® Association will transition to $35. Subscribers who are not members of participating REALTOR® Associations will pay a higher fee, $53 per month, after a similar gradual transition. This higher fee reflects and honors the risk and investment that participating Associations took to make Bright a reality.

As always, we are here to support our members as much as possible during the transitional period. Please let us know how we can help.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
-Arthur C. Clarke

Thank You,
Benjamin Kunde
Network Administrator
Sussex County Association of REALTORS
www.scaor.com

Bright Leadership Update: March 2, 2017

The Leadership Update is a regular summary of Bright business events, designed specifically for Association leadership. It will provide decisions made by the Board of Directors, updates that affect subscribers, reflections on industry events and information on Bright as a company

 

Planning and Work Continues to Align Information for the Bright Market

Members of the Bright Team have been working in the Central Pennsylvania market to better understand the needs related to MLS information and property classes in this market. The team met with representatives from Keystone, RAYAC, and Greater Harrisburg and discussed how to best align this information.  These meetings and work are important to understanding the market needs and planning for the upcoming conversions to the new Bright System. 

Additional Officers Elected to Our Board of Directors 

The officers who will join Jon Coile in the leadership roles of the Bright Board of Directors have been selected. They include:

  • Joan Docktor, BHHS Fox & Roach – Vice Chairman
  • Jack Fry, RE/MAX of Reading – Secretary
  • Cindy Ariosa, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. – Treasurer

Bright 2017 Government Affairs Program

Bright is implementing a grant program to support stakeholder association government affairs programming.  The program will assist with the costs associated with developing, maintaining, or expanding the local government affairs efforts.

Details of the program are being finalized and will be available soon.

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #005

The SCAOR Card – Volume #005
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“Ethics, Education and Advocacy.”

From the CEO’s Desk – 

This month, CEO Merritt Burke, touches on what 2017 might hold for our membership.  Regardless of future uncertainties, one thing remains constant….

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Bright MLS – 

BOD supported the nomination of Frank Serio to serve on the Bright MLS BOD for 3 years.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Bright MLS section of the SCAOR website or call SCAOR CEO Merritt Burke at 302-855-2300.

 

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2016 Year in Review

Membership This Month – 

SCAOR is made up of some of the finest people in Sussex County.  Here’s who’s joined in January! –  

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Technology – 

In 2017, the future of technology is brighter than ever.  Click to see some of the things in store for SCAOR.
 

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Education – 

Who *isn’t* busy these days?  Angela brings a speedy way to get your education requirements in and save you money – and who doesn’t love that?
 

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Celebrating 2016 at SCAOR – 

Time flies by so quickly that we don’t always pause and celebrate the great stuff that happened in a year.  Do you remember everything that happened at SCAOR in 2016?  Check the video to find out!
 

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Public Policy & Rental Affairs – 

Rev up your engines!  Here is what’s happening in Public Policy & Rental Affairs this month:
 

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YPN Network – 

Interested in joining this awesome group of professionals?  Email us now!

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Governor Carney Announces “Budget Reset” Conversations –
 

Governor John Carney on Thursday announced plans to meet and engage with members of the public on Delaware’s budget challenges during a series of “Budget Reset” Community Conversations.


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SCAORCard Issue #002 – Education Update

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.

If the success of your business depends upon your ability to communicate, influence, persuade, or present ideas that solve problems, you need to harness the power of screen-to-screen technology to help you get the job done-faster, more efficiently, and more affordably.

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  • Boost sales, performance, and customer experience- without being physically present
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  • Find the highest-rated apps, software, and online services – at the lowest price possible
  • Visually demonstrate value that only you can provide – in a way that makes you stand out from the competition
  • Conduct meetings, train employees, coach teams and give presentations that captivate audiences – and seal the deal EVERY TIME!

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