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Education Calendar

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Weekly Update for Week of October 14, 2019

Calendar of Events

October
 23rd  Transaction Brokerage Basics – 2 Hour CE Elective – 10:00-12:00
 24th  Association Fall Luncheon – Noon
 31st  3 P’s of Professionalism – 4 Hour CE Core – 9:00-1:00

2020 Annual Association Dues Invoices Have Been Sent

The Board of Directors of the Western Upstate Association of REALTORS® has approved a member dues increase of $25  per year beginning January 1, 2020.  Even with this increase, member dues for Western Upstate remain some of the lowest in the state.

Dues for 2020 will be:

  Western Upstate Association of REALTORS:  $120
  South Carolina Association of REALTORS:  $140
  National Association of REALTORS:  $185 
  Total Dues for 2020 Association Members:      $445 

Dues invoices were emailed on October 15th. If you did not receive your invoice, email josh@westernupstatemls.com.

Please note the following payment options:

  1. Installment Payment Plan – Request the Association charge 2020 dues to a credit card in three (3) monthly installments by returning a signed copy of the payment plan form by October 31, 2019
  2. Pay by check – Mail entire payment with the payment stub from your invoice
  3. Pay online by credit card – Visit the Association website (www.westernupstatemls.com), click on “Pay Dues” and log in using your NRDS number and password.

Dues invoices are due on January 15, 2020. Dues paid after January 15, 2020 are subject to a $100 late fee. If dues remain unpaid by January 31, 2020 membership will be suspended and an additional $100.00 reactivation fee will be added.

Fall Education and Events Calendar

Our Fall education schedule has been released. Click here to view all of the classes and events scheduled.

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

We Cannot Do It…

Interpreting laws, rules, or specific contracts means giving legal advice.  The Association staff is prohibited from interpreting contracts or giving legal guidance to members or citizens.

If you need legal advice, please speak to your BIC or attorney.  The SCR Legal Hotline is also available to answer general questions through the two attorneys on SCR staff. They can be reached at (803) 772-5206.

If a consumer needs legal advice, particularly on the interpretation of a contract term, please refer them to an attorney to avoid engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

The dictionary definition of “interpret” is stated as:  to explain or tell the meaning of, to present in understandable terms, or to conceive an answer in the light of individual belief, judgment, or circumstance.  This definition makes it clear that interpretation may involve subjectivity or opinion of the interpreter.  Attorneys can interpret, provide opinions and give advice.  WUAR staff cannot.

South Carolina REALTORS Needs You

SCR is seeking volunteers to serve on committees next year.

Please consider sharing your talents by volunteering to serve on a SCR committee in 2020.

Click here for more.

Flood Insurance Extended Until November 21

The National Flood Insurance Program was set to expire, September 30 but once again, Congress acted in the 11th hour to extend the program.

NAR released a statement regarding this extension. Click here to read more.

Anderson County Conservation Subdivision Information

Jeff Parkey, Planning Director of Anderson County, has asked that we share the following information with you.

“Conservation subdivisions” are a type of residential development in which some number of buildable lots are set aside as shared open space for the enjoyment of residents. These subdivisions still yield the same number of units as a conventional plan would, and with less infrastructure. The Anderson County Council is considering possibly making changes to our subdivision ordinance to allow for/encourage these types of developments. Council wants to make the development community aware of this concept, and also to get feedback on the idea. Click here to view a document provides more information.

Anderson County is in the process of organizing a larger meeting on this topic to be held in December, specifically for REALTORS, homebuilders, and developers in the area. We will keep you up to date as this event comes together.
If there are questions, please contact Jeff at 260-1075 or email him at jrparkey@andersoncountysc.org

As we get more information we will share with you.

September 2019 Market Reports

As we move into the final months of 2019, buyers will find fewer homes coming on the market, but also less competition for those homes. The real estate market this fall is looking healthy. With a strong economy and great mortgage rates, there is a lot to remain optimistic about. For the 12-month period spanning October 2018 through September 2019, Pending Sales in the Western Upstate region were up 1.3 percent overall. The price range with the largest gain in sales was the $200,001 to $300,000 range, where they increased 9.8 percent.

Click here for more.

New USPAP is Now Available

The 2020-21 USPAP is now available in enhanced print and electronic versions, with a special combo price of $99. The Combo includes both the print and PDF versions in one package.

Here are some features of the new USPAP:

  • Print version includes handy references throughout the document to related reference material;
  • Enhanced electronic version includes hyperlinks to FAQs and other relevant references throughout the document, as well as a hyperlinked table of contents, footnotes, go back button, and index.

The introductory price is a savings of $51 and will only be available until December 31, 2019!

Don’t miss this special rate – visit The Appraisal Foundation store to order today!


FHA Condo Rule: Its Impact on REALTORS® and Consumers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the long-awaited final rule on project approval for single-family condominiums insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). In this broadcast, hear NAR staff discuss the FHA condo rule and its impact on REALTORS® and consumers.

For additional information about the FHA condo rule, visit the Condominiums topic page.

Open Enrollment for 2020 Medicare coverage takes place October 15 through December 7

If you’re Medicare-Eligible now is the time to explore your supplementary coverage options for 2020, and the Members Medicare Exchange is here to make that easy. The Exchange is available through REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, your trusted resource for supplemental Medicare coverage options. It’s just for NAR members and allows you to easily compare and enroll in supplemental plans from top insurance companies, including dental and vision plans. Take some time now to make sure you understand your options, and be ready to take advantage of supplemental benefits.

Learn more…

In This Issue

Calendar of Events

Annual Membership Luncheon – October 24

2020 Annual Dues Invoices Have Been Sent

Fall Education and Events Calendar

Shred Day

InsideTrack Upstate Weekly Update

We Cannot Do It…

South Carolina REALTORS Needs You

Flood Insurance Extended Until November 21

Anderson County Conservation Subdivision Information

September 2019 Market Reports

New USPAP is Available

FHA Condo Rule: Its Impact on REALTORS and Consumers

Open Enrollment for 2020 Medicare Coverage

Membership Update

2019 Board of Directors

Carolann Newton, Chair
Jackson Stanley, Realtors

Terri Anderson
Keller Williams Western Upstate

Suzette Christopher
RE/MAX Executive

Shane Clardy
Clardy Real Estate

Don Cleveland
BuyHartwellLake, LLC

Rozlynn Hood
Coldwell Banker Hugh Durham & Assoc

David Phillips
Silver Star Real Estate

John Pulliam
Allen Tate – Keowee Key

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RPAC Honor Roll

Click here to view the 2019 RPAC Honor Roll.

Membership Update

New Member Association/MLS
Kari Jenkins – Western Upstate Keller Williams
Monty Moore – BHHS C Dan Joyner
Mariah Palomaki – Western Upstate Keller Williams
New Member MLS Only
Doris Goll – Doris Spears Goll
Cathey Mauldin – ecoHop Auction & Realty, LLC
Miller McClintock – BHHS C Dan Joyner/Pelham
Cynthia McHone – Brand Name Real Estate Upstate
Gary Moore – Century 21 Blackwell & Co
William Roberts – Re/Max Moves Greer
Frank Starnes – Joy Real Estate

Members on the Move
Tina Baxter to EXP Realty
Lori Black to Market Pros Realty
Jean Freeman to Market Pros Realty
Troy Geiger to Market Pros Realty
Kelly Hagerman to Keller Williams Greenville Upstate
Patrick Kerr to Market Pros Realty
Craig Leverette to Realty One Group Freedom
Tamara Moon to EXP Realty
Sofia Redovian to Keller Williams Greenville Upstate
Cornelius Rice to Redcliffe Realty
Rick Scott-Ruiz to Signature Real Estate
Steve Turnmeyer to Market Pros Realty

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