Internal News Service Monthly Marketplace Report

June 3, 2016  
In This Issue
    • Member Expense Reimbursement Changes
    • Temporary  Health Insurance Option Available
    • Voice for Real Estate: NAR Challenges Patent
    • Share Boys & Girls Club Success Stories
    • REALTOR® University Offers MRE for AEs

    • Recognizing Financial Abuse of Seniors
    • Leadership Express Recordings Available
    • Legislative Updates for Land Professionals
    • Remote Work Tips for Land Professionals
    • REALTOR.org Homepage Streamlined

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Events

Member Expense Reimbursement Changes
Updates to NAR’s member expense reimbursement policy were approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting in Washington last month, effective on May 16, 2016.  Accordingly, the daily reimbursement cap for meals and incidentals and the per-person limit for guest entertainment expenses moves from $80 to $125. For more info contact Candace Bodnar or Karen Paschal.

Temporary  Health Insurance Option Available
If you have members who missed open enrollment and need health insurance, REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace has options. The SMART Short Term Medical plan is an option if they need coverage until the end of the year. It’s designed to be affordable and can last from 30 days to six months. 

Voice for Real Estate: NAR Challenges Patent
The latest Voice for Real Estate news video looks at a petition NAR filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office challenging the validity of a patent a company has been using to try to make money off of real estate brokerages. NAR says the technology behind a particular email communication service is widely available and not eligible for patent protection. Other news segments look at the drop in median age of REALTORS®, which signals a long-sought shift in industry demographics, the top 10 cities millennial homebuyers like, NAR’s efforts to prevent a federal rule from hurting the availability of commercial real estate loans, and  the 10-year high in signed contrast. Watch and share the video.

Share Boys & Girls Club Success Stories
Share how your association has become involved with its local Boys & Girls Club. NAR is posting some of the stories on REALTOR.org. In an example, the Kennebec Valley (Maine) Board of REALTORS® collected backpacks and school supplies for their local Club in Augusta. Email your success story to NARBGCA.

Education

REALTOR® University Offers MRE for AEs
Earn your Master's Degree in Real Estate from REALTOR® University, an accredited educational institution. The program offers five real estate concentrations, including real estate association management. The program’s flexible admissions, financial assistance, and peer networking enable you to obtain your degree in a way that works with your schedule. The next session starts July 5. 

Recognizing Financial Abuse of Seniors
The National Aging in Place Council and the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association are hosting a webinar teaching real estate and other professionals how to recognize when seniors are being financially exploited. Share a link to the registration page for the webinar, called "Keeping Older Adults Safe from Financial Predators."

Leadership Express Recordings Available
Access audio recordings and handouts from the Leadership Express sessions at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington last month. The sessions were "Commitment to Excellence," "Selling Your Story: Media Communications in a YouTube World," and "You Talking to Me? From Talkers to Texters and Everyone in Between."  For more info contact Laurie Oken, 312/329-8307.

Resources

Legislative Updates for Land Professionals
Members who sell land can learn the latest out of Washington in REALTORS® Land Institute's D.C. Updates.

Remote Work Tips for Land Professionals
REALTORS® Land Institute shares advice on working efficiently while on the road. 

REALTOR.org Homepage Streamlined
NAR has redesigned the REALTOR.org homepage to provide information in a focused, flexible, mobile-friendly way. 

Contribute Docs For Chance to Win AEI Tuition
The REALTOR® Association Resource Exchange (RARE) is a database of sample association documents provided by associations around the country that you can use to improve your operations. Contribute sample documents from your operations, from June 1 to June 31, to earn a chance to win tuition to the 2017 AE Institute in Denver. Six entries per association maximum. Go to REALTOR.org/RARE and, under Contribute a Sample Document, click "add a sample." 

Power Shift Presentation Available
If you missed the RCE Leadership Luncheon in Washington, D.C., download speaker Brad Fitch’s presentation on the importance of power shifts in Washington. 

RCE Nov. Leadership Luncheon Tickets Available
Tickets are on sale for the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo RCE Leadership Luncheon Nov. 6 in Orlando. All AEs, volunteer leaders, and members are welcome to attend. 

Products

Home Renovation News Available
Your members can access and share home renovation news from Realtor.com® and HomeAdvisor.

Survey on RPR® Commercial Guest Accounts
AEs: Temporary access to the RPR® commercial platform is a recurring topic of conversation among members and association staff because of its potential for showing the value of RPR® to nonmembers. Share your thoughts in a survey on whether local associations should provide RPR® guest accounts to non-members as a recruiting tool. The guest account survey is strictly a commercial focused discussion and will not allow guests to see MLS or CIE active listing data.

Report compiled by Robert Freedman, 202/383-1012. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
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