October 2012 RESOURCE Now Available:
Q: Can Open House signs or directional arrows be placed in the street or highway right of ways?
Read the answer at http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/02b68868#/02b68868/10
MN REALTOR® Forms and Internet Connection
Since the statewide conversion to Instanet Solutions in October, one question has to do with accessing forms when members are in non-internet areas. In the past, MN REALTOR® members could download a set of the forms in a PDF format to their computer for times they have poor connectivity or no access at all. Although this method did not auto-populate the blanks, the finished product looked better and was more readable than if the member had filled it out longhand.
Unfortunately, the Adobe Reader Extension Policy prohibits distribution to more than 500 unique users. Using PDF files is not an option because the Adobe licensing policy does not allow access for over 500 unique users. MN REALTOR® staff looked into purchasing multiple licenses to cover our membership size of over 16,500 – however Adobe does not allow distribution to more than 500 unique users no matter how many licenses are purchased. Per the licensing policy statement:
“Having more than one licensed copy of Acrobat X Standard, Pro, or Suite does not increase the 500 recipient/respondent limits (i.e. to stack licenses). For example, Company ABC has 1 license of Acrobat X Pro and therefore a limit of 500 recipients/respondents. Company XYZ has 3 licenses of Acrobat X Pro but similarly has a limit of 500 recipients/respondents, not 1500 recipients/respondents.”
We have asked Adobe if our use would fit into their definition scenario and if there is an alternative that would work for our situation.
At the same time, MN REALTORS® has been working with Instanet Solutions to determine whether an offline version of the MN REALTOR® Forms can be made available. However, what Instanet Solutions has found is that very few people use this option because Internet connectivity is so widely available. If MN REALTORS® and Instanet do move forward - individual members would need to pay an additional fee (est. $109-$129 per year) and allow Instanet Solutions access to their PC to download and maintain the software.
We are working with our vendor to find an economical solution for members who may be located in areas where Internet access is not reliable or available. At this time we have not elected to move forward with the non-internet connection option because of set-up costs. If you are interested in seeing MN REALTORS® move forward with a non-internet version of the forms, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MNAR 2012 Fall Broker Management Conference
Brokers!! Managers!! Managing a real estate office requires you to be informed on the latest issues and trends and we've prepared an outstanding program to do just that. And this year, for your convenience, we're taking it on the road!! We've reduced your driving time by scheduling the same program at two convenient locations:
- October 24th, Grand Casino Hinckley
- November 14th, Mystic Lake Casino
This year's sessions are:
What Brokers Need to Know about Data Security Wayne Gilbert, Instructor
Legislative Update Chris Galler, Paul Eger and Ryan Hamilton, Instructors
Hot Topics for Brokers Lynn Leegard, Instructor
5.5 hours real estate CE Credits, refreshment breaks and lunch are included. Program runs from 9:30am-4:30pm. Cost is $79 for members/$89 for nonmembers if you register up to three weeks before the Conference date.
Later than three weeks before the Conference date, cost is $99 for members/$109 for nonmembers.
On-Site registration is $119 for members/$129 for nonmembers.
The 2012 Fall Broker Management Conference is being sponsored by snap cap tech. Find out more!
Go to www.mnrealtor.com to register.
Attention: ALL Licensees - DOC Continuing Education Requirements for 2012-13
The MN Department of Commerce is required that ALL residential real estate licensees complete a 7.5 hour continuing education module prior to June 30, 2013. This module consists of two components:
• Contracts; AND
• MN Distressed Properties
Successful completion of BOTH components and a passing grade on the exam for BOTH components, prior to June 30, 2013, is necessary to satisfy the 7.5 hour module. The 7.5 module CANNOT be uploaded to Pulse Portal until both components have been satisfactorily completed with the same provider.
We are working very hard to help our members understand the additional statutory requirement that both components be taken by the SAME PROVIDER in the same format (i.e., either both in a classroom format or both in an online format).
Please note that "same provider" does NOT mean the same instructor or the same location. For example, the Minnesota Association of REALTORS® has seven instructors. Classes we provide taught by any of our seven instructors would meet the requirement. Many local associations and organizations are currently booking us to provide these module components throughout the year in multiple locations throughout the state. You can always see the current schedule of classes we are offering in partnership with local associations by going to our website www.mnrealtor.com, choosing the "MN Education Information" menu item on the top bar, then clicking "MNAR Classes" on the left side bar.
A list of those currently scheduled through the next two weeks are listed below. We will continue to update the list in future newsletters.
Thursday, October 25th
Contracts and MN Distressed Properties at Duluth Area Association of REALTORS® Office, Duluth. Contact (218) 728-5676 for more informaiton or to register.
Thursday, November 1st
Contracts and MN Distressed Properties at Rochester International Event Center, Rochester. Contact (507) 285-9833 for more information or to register.
Win a New iPad
Complete your 2.5 hour Code of Ethics course on-line at NAR by November 30, 2012, and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a new iPad! Best of all, there is NO CHARGE to take the NAR class! All REALTOR® members must complete the required ethics training no later than December 31, 2012, so this is a great opportunity to timely complete the requirement and have a chance to win an iPad with no cost to you. Go to www.NAR.org to get started. Don’t forget to complete the training, as failure to meet NAR’s requirement will result in suspension from all REALTOR® services, including MLS. There is no grace period…December 31st is the deadline!
NEW MNAR DIVERSITY COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR MEMBERS!
Sign up to join the new MNAR Diversity Committee! The purpose of the MNAR Diversity Committee is to:
- Promote equal opportunity in housing and diversity within the real estate industry;
- Identify the concerns and needs of minority communities, women, people with disabilities, veterans and the GLBT community and to assist in the development of actions to address those concerns and needs;
- Identify diversity and fair housing education needs and goals;
- Serve as ambassadors to minority groups;
- Promote changes in real estate business practices to reflect the growing cultural diversity within Minnesota; and
- Share diversity knowledge, expertise, analysis and information with MNAR members.
Promoters of fair housing, committee members work against discrimination of race, color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, familial status, handicap, marital status, sexual orientation, and status with regard to public assistance.
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. Please click here to sign up as a committee member. The committee will meet four times a year for two – three hours at the MNAR office. For more information please contact Christine Berger at 952-912-2665 or at email@example.com
The SPAAR Fall Showcase is the largest REALTOR® education and trade show in the Twin Cities. Hosted by the Saint Paul Area Association of REALTORS® (SPAAR), the SPAAR Fall Showcase targets the Association's members and is open to all area REALTORS®.
Morning Course (Teri Conrad & Laura Monroe): THINKING LIKE A CEO: REvision, REvamp & REignite Your Business | CE Credits: 2 hours pending | COURSE DETAILS
Afternoon Course (Travis Robertson): The Millennial Revolution: How to Prepare Your Business for a New Generation | CE Credits: 2 hours approved | COURSE DETAILS
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Location: Saint Paul RiverCentre
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
9:00am – 11:00am: Morning Education (Thinking Like a CEO)
11:00am – 1:00pm: Vendor Fair (lunch provided)
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Afternoon Education (The Millennial Revolution)
Cost: $25.00 (includes parking and lunch)
Register: Contact SPAAR: 651-776-6000
Win one of two iPads from SPAAR
Five lucky winners will find a golden ticket in their bag at the SPAAR Fall Showcase! Ticket holders will win great prizes!
RPR Launches to All REALTORS® November 1st!
Realtors Property Resource® (RPR® is pleased to announce that beginning on November 1, 2012, the RPR member benefit will be available to ALL REALTORS® across the country.
If you haven’t heard of RPR, it’s a national property database from NAR designed to provide REALTORS® with advanced technology tools and features that can be utilized to provide your clients and customers with dynamic reports and analytics which can assist them in making better-informed decisions when buying or selling properties.
- Exclusive technology-only for REALTORS®
- One site, hundreds of datasets on 147 million properties in the U.S.
- NAR member dues funded, carrying no additional fees to members, brokers, MLS/CIEs or Association
The RPR database includes:
- Tax assessment / public records on 147 million parcels of property in the U.S.
- Mortgage and lien information
- MLS/CIE sourced data (where licensed from partnering MLS/CIEs)
- Realtor Valuation Model® (RVM®)
- Largest national database, by county, of foreclosure, pre-foreclosure, REO and default data
- Nationwide school data, test scores and parent reviews
- Dynamic mapping: school zones, neighborhoods, zip codes, cities, FEMA flood maps, plat maps and more
- Geo-spatial data, aerial photography, street level images and bird’s eye view
- Census, demographic and lifestyle data
- Neighborhood information
RPR would like to invite you to a webinar overview of the power of RPR and how you can access it on Thursday October 25, 2012. To register for this, please go to: http://realtormag.realtor.org/webinars
You will be receiving additional information as the launch approaches. In the meantime, please feel free to visit RPR’s Blog at blog.narrpr.com/national-launch for FAQs, overviews, instructional videos and for more information, or sign up for an RPR training class near you. And mark your calendars for the RPR roll-out November 1st!
NAR Submits Comments on CFPB's Proposed Mortgage Servicing Rules - On Oct. 8, 2012, NAR President Moe Veissi submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on proposed rules for national servicing standards to make improvements to mortgage servicing. NAR generally supported the proposed improvements to mortgage servicing, particularly those proposals addressing early intervention and single point of contact for delinquent borrowers.
The CFPB formally proposed the rules governing mortgage servicing after receiving feedback from NAR and other groups in April. NAR's comments commend the efforts of the CFPB to offer fixes to problems in mortgage servicing including limits on force-placed insurance, contact with delinquent borrowers within 30 days of a missed payment, establishment of a single point of contact and firm deadlines for delivery of payoff statements.
Funding Flowing for Rural Housing Loans - Since Congress did not pass a FY2013 budget, and instead the government is working under a Continuing Resolution, funding for some programs has been slow. The Rural Housing Service (RHS) has been experiencing a number of slow downs and delays in closing due to funding. But RHS has now announced that funding for FY13 is now available, so all loans should move forward.
This is a different issue than the rural housing definition change. NAR continues to work to ensure that rural communities don't lose these valuable programs. We encourage all REALTORS® to respond to the Call for Action to protect rural housing programs.
Tell Congress to preserve access to safe and affordable mortgages.
2012 MMA-AHC Joint Conference Moving Homeownership Forward - Minnesota Mortgage Association Affordable Homes Congress
November 15th, DoubleTree Bloomington - Minneapolis South
The Minnesota Mortgage Association and the Minnesota Affordable Homes Congress are proud to bring you the best each has to offer at this 2012 Joint Conference! Moving Homeownership Forward is designed to offer housing, lending and real estate professionals opportunities to showcase their businesses, expand their knowledge of homeownership opportunities and issues and increase their skills and expertise in order to help today's, and tomorrow's, homebuyers become successful homeowners.
View more information, including the schedule Schedule of Events.
The MN Association of REALTORS® is teaming up again with Sun Country Airlines, the Hometown Airline, to offer REALTORS® a discount on travel to Orlando to attend the 2012 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Use the promotion code “MNAR15” on Sun Country Airlines’ website www.suncountry.com to receive 15% off their lowest applicable fare. The discount is valid for all flights between Minneapolis and Orlando from November 6, 2012 until November 16, 2012.
The discount applies to coach class, but not First Class. Affordable upgrades are available during check-in. The discounted flights can be combined with outbound/return flights outside of the promotion dates, but only the flights segments within the promotion period are discounted. The discount can be used for both one-way and round-trip reservations. The special REALTOR® discount cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions, UflyRewardsPlus fares, Sun Country Vacations Cruise/Hotel packages, vouchers or gift certificates. It is not retroactive and cannot be applied to existing reservations. Standard Sun Country Airlines change fees, bag fees, etc. and all other policies apply.
Register for Online CE & Get RPR™ Course Free
For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for any online, CE-approved designation or certification course and receive the RPR™: Real-Time Data, Market Knowledge, Informed Consumers course free (approved for 3 hours of CE in most states). Learn how to maximize the benefit of the REALTORS® Property Resource in your business.
Act now! Offer valid for the first 100 registrants only.
Click to view and register for CE courses.
Discount tickets available to Bob Dylan set for Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm at the Xcel Energy Center. Please go to https://secure.xcelenergycenter.com/GT/default.asp?Group=Minne91332 to make reservations.
Free Expo Passes for You, Your Customers, Clients, Prospects, Family and Friends!
The Expo Guys are happy to supply you with plentiful "Admit 2 Free" EXPO Passes for you and your employees, friends and families. These passes allow them to attend our up-coming expos and seminars FREE of charge.
These FREE Passes are available in quantity, for as many as you request, while supplies last.
Download the order form, and fax back to (952) 929-9510.
Tickets for the following events are available:
HOME IMPROVEMENT & DESIGN EXPO
October 27, 2012 @ National Sports Center, Blaine
November 3, 2012 @ Maple Grove Community Center
For more information, visit www.MediaMaxEvents.com.