President’s Message

 

Weekly Update for the Week of November 20, 2017 In This Issue

Upcoming Events for November

23-24 Association/MLS Closed for Thanksgiving
30 IRS Taxes and Recordkeeping – 9:00-1:00

To view a full list of events, click here.



Matrix is Coming!

Our contract with our MLS vendor is expiring and we have used the past few months as an opportunity to explore options available from other vendors. We are proud to announce that we have entered into a contract with CoreLogic to become your new multiple listing technology vendor. The launch date for the conversion will be early 2018. Click here to read more and to sign up for one of our live presentations being held on December 13th.


Thank You

Thank you to Bill Culler with Movement Mortgage for sponsoring breakfast for our continuing education class held on Thursday, November 16th. We appreciate all that you do for our members.

              


News from the Broker-In-Charge Update held on November 15th

We had a great turnout for the Broker-In-Charge Update held at the Association Office on Wednesday. Click here a few of the highlights.


Mark Your Calendar – Christmas Drop-In on December 14th!

Please join us for the annual Western Upstate Association of REALTORS® Holiday Drop-In on Thursday, December 14th at the Association Event and Training Center! Play Santa and bring an unwrapped toy for the children and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, door prizes, and an evening of networking.

To RSVP, click here.


2018 Association Dues

We are pleased to announce that the Western Upstate Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors met on October 4, 2017 and approved the 2018 budget, which did not include an increase in annual dues for 2018.

The dues breakdown for 2018 include:

National Association of REALTORS $155
South Carolina Association of REALTORS $140
Western Upstate Association of REALTORS  $  95
Total Dues for 2018 Association Members $390

Dues invoices were emailed on October 12th. If you did not receive your invoice, email jordan@westernupstatemls.com.

Please note the following payment options:

  1. Pay by check – Mail entire payment with the payment stub from your invoice
  2. Pay online by credit card – Visit the Association website (www.westernupstatemls.com), click on “Pay Dues” and log in using your NRDS number and last name

All dues are to be received by the Association office no later than January 15, 2018. After January 15, 2018, a late penalty of $50.00 will be charged. If dues remain unpaid by January 31, 2018 membership will be suspended and an additional $100.00 reactivation fee will be added.


3 New Features Added to Courthouse Retrieval System

Courthouse Retrieval System has added 3 new features to the MLS. These features include displaying listing photos, listing history, and lot dimensions. Click here for more information on these changes.


CALL FOR ACTION! Reform Our Tax Code AND Protect Middle Class Homeowners

You have no doubt heard about tax reform plans from Washington, DC. Now Congress is threatening tax incentives for homeowners, like the mortgage interest deduction and the state and local property tax deduction. These incentives are critical for a strong housing market that creates jobs and builds stable communities. Do not let tax reform become a tax increase for middle class homeowners. Click here to take action.


October 2017 Market Reports

For residential real estate in 2017, the news has continued to provide a relative sense of calm for both buyers and sellers. The national unemployment rate registered in at 4.1 percent for October 2017, which means that joblessness has not been this low in the U.S. since December 2000. Another positive, mortgage rates have held steady at or near 3.9 percent. Historically, the average rate has been around 6.0 percent. These factors help to keep the pool of potential buyers full, even during the so-called off-season of home sales. Click here for more and to view the October 2017 market reports.


Upcoming Continuing Education Courses

Want to get a head start on your continuing education renewal? Click here to view our upcoming continuing education course schedule and register.


Trust Stamp is a New Safety Tool Offered FREE to Members

Trust Stamp, an identification authenticity tool that leverages artificial intelligence and blockchain technologies to verify prospective clients’ identities, is now available to REALTORS® free of charge as part of the National Association of REALTORS®’ investment in the startup through its Second Century Ventures technology fund. Read more.


2018 Committee Sign-Ups

Are you ready to make a difference in your industry? As a volunteer member of a committee for the Western Upstate Association of REALTORS® your involvement is crucial to the quality of services and events that we provide our members.

Click here to sign up for a Western Upstate Association of REALTORS Committee.


InsideTrack Upstate Weekly Update

Are you interested in knowing what happened that has real estate implications at any of the following meetings?

Anderson City Council | City of Seneca | City of Clemson | Anderson County Council | Greenville County Council | Oconee County Council | Pickens County Council

Click here to view the Public Works Weekly for the week ending November 17, 2017.


Need to Update Your Office Safety Policy?

Click here for an extraction from SCR’s office policy.


Georgia Real Estate Commission Monthly Newsletter

The Georgia Real Estate Commission has released their November 2017 monthly newsletter. Click here to view.


Membership Update

New Member Association/MLS
Alicia Gantt – Jackson Stanley Realtors Anderson
Melissa Hamilton – Pendleton Real Estate
Josh Lother – Western Upstate Keller Williams

New Member Association Only
Omar Alakhwan – Keller Williams Easley/Powdersville
Nancy Carter – Lake Homes Realty, LLC
Kelly Shealy – Great Homes of the Upstate

New Member MLS Only
Erin Medlin – That Realty Group

Members on the Move
Jesse Childress to Carolina Agent Group
Jonathan Fricks to BHHS C Dan Joyner/Anderson
Melissa Johnson to Allen Tate – Woodruff Rd
Carl Jones to Allen Tate – Woodruff Rd
Tammy Zuraw to Carolina Agent Group

 

Calendar of Events

Matrix is Coming!

Thank You

News from the Broker-In-Charge Update held on November 15th

Mark Your Calendar – Christmas Drop-In on December 14th!

2018 Association Dues

3 New Features Added to Courthouse Retrieval System

CALL FOR ACTION! Reform Our Tax Code AND Protect Middle Class Homeowners

October 2017 Market Reports

Upcoming Continuing Education

Trust Stamp is a New Safety Tool Offered FREE to Members

2018 Committee Sign-Ups

InsideTrack Upstate Weekly Update

Need to Update Your Office Safety Policy?

Georgia Real Estate Commission Monthly Newsletter

Membership Update


2017 Board of Directors

John Pulliam, Chair 1st Choice Realty

Terri Anderson Keller Williams Western Upstate

Don Cleveland Buy Hartwell Lake, LLC

Rozlynn Hood Coldwell Banker Hugh Durham & Assoc

Robert Mixon Lake Life Realty

Neil Monaghan Monaghan Company Real Estate

Carolann Newton
Jackson Stanley, Realtors

Yvonne Schmidt The AgentOwned Realty

Paragon Support

If you are in need of Paragon support, contact Paragon directly at 1-877-MLS HELP (657-4357) The support line is available Monday-Friday 7:00am-9:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm

General Computer Support

The Tech Helpline is a SCR member benefit offering support for hardware, software, networking and digital devices. They troubleshoot problems and offer solutions, often by remoting in to your computer while you relax.

For more information, click here or call 877-573-5607 for assistance now!

RPR Support

If you have any issues with the RPR system, call their support number at 877-977-7576 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Courthouse Retrieval System Support

For technical support with the Courthouse Retrieval System, please call 1-800-374-7488

zipForm Support

If you have any questions about Zipform, call 1-800-383-9805.


RPAC Honor Roll

Click here to view the 2017 RPAC Honor Roll.

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