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Tech Tip Tuesday – 09/25/18

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At a Glance – 09/24/18

 

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Reminder: The current two-year cycle for mandatory Code of Ethics training for Realtors ends Dec. 31. Get more info here.
 
FREE Bright MLS Survey Breakfast This Friday (Click here to register):

 

 
Affiliate End of Summer Picnic – This Thursday at Rusty Rudder! (Click here to register):

 

 
FREE General Membership Meeting on October 1st (Click below to register):

 

 
Millsboro Home & Builder Expo – Call for Volunteers:
Interested in Representing SCAOR at this Event?
Let us know!

 

 
FREE YPN Expert Panel – Thursday, October 18th – Register Here!

 

 
Foundation Gala – Thursday, October 25th – Purchase Tickets Online!

 

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At a Glance – 09/10/18

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DUCIOA Update: SCAOR’s DUCIOA flowchart has been updated with new information, and it’s available now at this link.
Reminder: The current two-year cycle for mandatory Code of Ethics training for Realtors ends Dec. 31. Get more info here.

Reminder: SentriLock payments were due by June 30th. If you have a SentriLock membership, click the link below to pay. This is the final week to make a late payment before SentriLock service is disconnected.

Late SentriLock payments:
  • $25 late fee for July
  • $50 late fee for August
  • $100 for September and disconnection of service
Thanks so much to our Diamond & Platinum Affiliate Sponsors:
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The SCAOR Card – Issue #021 – Chris Lind

Hello SCAOR Members,

As September has arrived, it is hard to believe that summer will soon turn to fall. Numerous achievements are being accomplished each day at the Association. Perhaps, the biggest achievement that happened during the year thus far was our transition to Bright MLS. If you have not already seen the Announcement regarding the Bright MLS Survey, please click the link below. I am hopeful that the survey will provide the respective parties at Bright MLS with valuable feedback that can improve the platform.

Please encourage other agents within your brokerages to complete the survey if they have not already done so as I will see this information is shared with the proper parties at Bright MLS.

It is a pleasure to serve as your President this year, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards,

*Christopher M. Lind | Managing Broker, REALTOR®*
*President, Sussex County Association of REALTORS**®*

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #021 – Membership

Welcome to the SCAOR REALTOR® membership report!  Here’s what’s happened on August 2018.  We’ve added 18 new members:

8/1/18     Christine Louise DeStefano
8/2/18     Charles R Hufford Jr
8/7/18     Brittney Keidel
8/7/18     Zoe Cummings
8/7/18     Angela Allen
8/7/18     Charles Waltjen
8/7/18     Patrick Nicholson
8/14/18     Cynthia D Souza
8/14/18     Hugh Fuller
8/14/18     Michael Shockley
8/21/18     Elyse Marie Collins
8/21/18     Lisamarie Doughten
8/21/18     Jami Harrigan-Ferro
8/22/18     Patricia Halliburton
8/22/18     Daniel Halliburton
8/22/18     Elizabeth Heid
8/22/18     Dennis Snavely
8/28/18     John Howard

 

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #021 – From the CEO’s Desk

Welcome to the monthly snapshot of your Association.

After a busy summer season, I would like to update you several topics. First, the Election Ballot was emailed to you this week. Per the Bylaws, voting ends on October 1 at 12 noon. Please be sure to vote! Second, please consider attending the RPAC event at 16 Mile Brewery on September 18 from 5-9 pm. It is important to support RPAC. For more information on RPAC please click here. Next, the Lockbox Audit commences October 1. Brokers will be asked to tally lockboxes and return to SCAOR all lockboxes over 20% of listings. Please call me directly if you have questions. The goal is to store the unassigned lockboxes at SCAOR over the winter before the spring selling season. For those who have lost a lockbox, there is a penalty. Dues billing and committee recruitment also occur in October. It is a busy month. Lastly, the General Membership meeting is scheduled for October 1 starting at 11 am. Mark it on your calendar and be sure to attend. Election results will be reported at 12:15 pm. 

In closing, I would like to thank the staff (Trish, Andrew, Mary and Kristy) for all of their hard work. The Association could not operate without a competent group of professionals. If you have questions or comments about any facet of your Association, please email me at merritt@scaor.com or call me at (302) 855-2300.

Sincerely,

Merritt Burke
CEO, Sussex County Association of REALTORS®

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The SCAOR Card – Issue #021

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REALTOR® Political Action Committee
Sussex Strong Foundation
Women's Council of REALTORS®
“Ethics, Education and Advocacy.”
Association Dues & Fees:
  • Membership Dues: Billed October 1, due October 31 annually
  • Lockbox Fees: Billed June 1, due June 30 annually.
From the CEO's Desk

Now that we’re in September, we look to this fall’s events: including General Membership Meeting, the Lock Box Audit, and the RPAC Cornhole Tournament.

Now that summer is winding down, 2018 SCAOR President Chris Lind presents an agent survey we’d love for all members to take part in.

SCAOR members are some of the greatest people in Sussex County. Here’s who joined in August!

Agent Bonuses? What’s it all about? REALTOR® Ronnie sets us straight.
Upcoming Events to Know:
  • September 18th – RPAC Cornhole Tournament at 16 Mile
  • September 27th – Affiliates End of Summer Picnic at Rusty Rudder
  • October 1st – General Membership Meeting
  • October 18th – YPN Expert Panel
  • December 5th – New York Bus Trip
  • Lockbox Audit – Begins October 1st
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At a Glance – 08/13/18

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Reminder: RPAC Fundraising deadlines are approaching. Be in the know by checking out this link of RPAC deadlines.

Reminder: The current two-year cycle for mandatory Code of Ethics training for Realtors ends Dec. 31. Get more info here.

Reminder: SentriLock payments were due by June 30th. If you have a SentriLock membership, click the link below to pay.

Late SentriLock payments:
  • $25 late fee for July
  • $50 late fee for August
  • $100 for September and disconnection of service
SCAOR and Kent Partial Recip
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At a Glance – 08/06/18

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Reminder: If you’re having any trouble with Bright MLS, give them a call at 1-844-552-7444, or email them at support@brightmls.com.

Reminder: The current two-year cycle for mandatory Code of Ethics training for Realtors ends Dec. 31. Get more info here.

Reminder: SentriLock payments were due by June 30th. If you have a SentriLock membership, click the link below to pay.

Late SentriLock payments:
  • $25 late fee for July
  • $50 late fee for August
  • $100 for September and disconnection of service
New Licensee Module 4 - Real Estate Professionalism
NAR Ethics / New Member Orientation
Thanks so much to our Diamond & Platinum Affiliate Sponsors:
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The SCAOR Card – Issue #021 – REALTOR® Ronnie

From the desk of Ronnie, REALTOR®.

 AGENT BONUS!     I DON’T THINK SO! 

How many times a week do we get flyers advertising $$$$$$$ Agent Bonus?

Are you aware you cannot pay a bonus to an agent?  We need to go back to our Pre-Licensing class and remember the section on Brokerage. We are associated with a Brokerage, and that Brokerage owns all our listings and Buyer clients.  When a listing gets sold, and the commission is paid, it is paid to the Brokerage, and the Brokerage then passes your share along to you.  Likewise, if you were paid by a Buyer under some separate agreement with the Buyer, that commission would be paid to the Brokerage, and it would then pass through to you based on your commission split with your Company.

The same pass-through from the Broker to you applies also to Agent bonuses.  A bonus cannot be paid to you; it must be paid to the Brokerage, and the Brokerage, through their Independent Contractor Agreement with you, passes along either the whole bonus or some portion of it, whatever your company policy dictates.

So let’s get those flyers right.  The next time you’re offering a bonus, the flyer should read:  $$$$$ Bonus to selling office (or selling broker) or $$$$ Agency Bonus or $$$$ Broker Bonus.  When the bonus is paid at time of final settlement, the Broker, in accordance with your company policy, will either pass it in whole to you or share it with you.

And, oh, don’t forget. If you’re receiving a bonus, you need to disclose that to your client!  Check out Article 1, SOP 1-13 of the Code of Ethics!

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