President’s Message


Education Calendar

Online Continuing Education Classes

Weekly Update for Week of August 19, 2019

Calendar of Events

 21st  Repair Procedure vs Due Diligence – 10:00am-12:00pm Thirsty Wednesday Free Class
 22nd  3 P’s of Professionalism – 4 Hour CE Core – 9:00am-1:00pm
 28th  All About Contracts – 2 Hour CE Elective Class – 10:00am-12:00pm
 29th  Broker Update – 10:00am-12:00pm

New MLS Rule: Required Supplements on Listings

A new rule for MLS Participants and Subscribers was approved by the Board of Directors at the June, 2019 meeting requiring a copy of the Residential Property Condition Disclosure Form and the Lead Based Paint Disclosure Form (if applicable) to be uploaded to all listings within 72 hours of insertion into the MLS.

You should begin uploading the document (s) NOW for all active listings you have in the MLS and for all future listings you acquire.

Should the seller fail to provide the disclosure document, whether by choice or by exemption, the exclusion will be noted by two exemption fields which will be added into the Features section of the listing input/maintenance screen.

Failure to comply will result in fines beginning at $50 per occurrence.

Guess Who’s Coming to Broker Update on August 29—SC Real Estate Commission Administrator Rod Atkinson

We are proud to announce that SC Real Estate Commission Administrator Rod Atkinson will be joining us on August 29 from 10-12 for the Broker Update.  His topic, BIC Duties and Responsibilities, will focus on the responsibilities Brokers undertake when assuming the role of BIC.  Plan to attend now to make sure you are in compliance.  BIC’s only, please.

You will also receive updates on the latest local, state, and national issues as well.  Lunch will be served at noon.

Register now by calling Courtney at 864 224 7941 or emailing her at

Hope to see you at this program as this is an unusual opportunity for our BIC’s to get information directed just to them by the SC Real Estate Commission Administator.

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

REALTOR Party Brokerage Champion Program

Criteria for Recognition:

  • Brokerage 100% Invested in RPAC
    • All REALTOR members of the brokerage have made the minimum investment of $25 by 2019 deadline.
  • Brokerage 100% subscribed to REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts
    • All REALTOR members of the brokerage have subscribed to the mobile alerts by either texting the word REALTOR to 30644 or online here.

Brokerages that have met both criteria sets will be recognized by the association office at the end of the year.

For a list of agents in your office that have given to RPAC, email

RPR August Webinars

 21st  Don’t Blend In! Promoting Your Business Using RPR Tools – Register
 22nd  RPR’s Top 10 Features for Building Your Business – Register

Legislative Report for 2019 session from SC Real Estate Commission

Click here to view the Legislative Report from the Real Estate Commission.

REALTOR Emeritus Forms Due

The deadline to complete certification forms for REALTOR® Emeritus status for approval  is Oct. 2. The status recognizes REALTORS® who have a cumulative period of 40 years of membership and have completed at least one year of service at the national association level. For applications filed through 2019, the one-year service requirement may also be met through service at the state or local level. Only national service will be accepted beginning in 2020. For more info, contact or 800-874-6500.

SCR Broker Update with Drew Streett & Nick Kremydas—No Traveling Involved!

Join SCR President Drew Streett and CEO Nick Kremydas for a LIVE broker focused webinar on August 22 at 10:00 AM.

You’ll get an update on the latest news from SCR, including highlights on their 2020 budget and strategic plan. They will also update you with the latest information regarding the NAR MLS class action lawsuit and discuss the NAR August recess update.

At the end of the webinar, you are welcome to stick around to participate in an exclusive Q & A session with Drew and Nick.

Don’t miss this important update!  Register for the webinar by clicking here.

Register today for the Modern Marketing Agent Acceleration Academy—It’s FREE!

Two opportunities in one day to get the most up-to-date information regarding electronic marketing.  The morning session runs from 10-2 and includes lunch.  In the afternoon, you will be blown away by the presentation by national speaker Brian Stevens who co-hosts the National Real Estate Post.  He is also listed as one of Inman’s top 100 most influential people in real estate and mortgages. At his 2:30-4:30 session, he will share his knowledge on social media marketing and lead generation.  Both programs and lunch are sponsored by Hancock Mortgage and are being offered to you for FREE as a member benefit.

Click here to learn more or save your seat now by registering at

Don’t Miss This One!

NAR is bringing its highly acclaimed Tech Edge Conference to Columbia, SC on October 17.

NAR Tech Edge events teach REALTORS® the latest business technology skills and trends changing the real estate industry. You will learn valuable tools including:  productivity tools, data security, google tools, agent ratings, increasing leads, online branding and social media marketing.  Only 8 events will be available nationwide and SC is very fortunate to have been chosen as a regional site.  In the past, these events have sold out quickly due to the quality of information and the low, low price of only $49 prior to October 1.

Register today for this great professional development opportunity and walk out with action items to build your business. Click here for more information or to register.

Sign Up for your Free DocuSign Trial

Brand yourself as a REALTOR® throughout the transaction by adding the REALTOR® block “R” to your eSignature with DocuSign. NAR members receive a free 30-day trial. What do you have to lose?

Click here for more.

Your August 16 – 31 Member Value Plus Offer

Your August 16-31 Action:

September is REALTOR® Safety Month! Register for NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program Webinar, “Prospect or Predator? Reduce the Risk of Being Targeted” on Tuesday, September 17 at 2:00pm

Your August 16-31 Reward:

The Little Red Book: Safety Rules to Live By for REALTORS®-Download, PLUS, a chance to win a Guard Llama Personal Protection Kit

Reward Value:  Digital Download $9.95, Protection Kit $180

Follow these steps to participate:

  1. Click the “ACT NOW” button.
  2. Register for NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program Webinar
  3. Within 48-hours of completing the action, you’ll receive instructions on how to redeem and download your MVP reward.
  4. You have until October 31, 2019 to claim your reward before it expires.

Important Information Regarding “Coming Soon” Listings

The issue of “coming soon” listings has been a source of frustration and complaints for the past few years.  In 2018, a task force was formed to make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Western Upstate MLS on how to deal with the desire to “pre-market” properties prior to beginning property showings while providing safeguards through the MLS.  The following recommendation was made, accepted by the BOD, and approved by NAR. 

This new rule is effective immediately.

Click here to view the new MLS rule on off market properties that cannot be shown and click here to view the corresponding seller advisory that must be submitted to the MLS.

In This Issue

Calendar of Events

New MLS Rules: Required Supplements

Broker Update – August 29

InsideTrack Upstate Weekly Update

REALTOR Party Brokerage Champion Program

RPR August Webinars

Legislative Report for 2019 Session from SC Real Estate Commission

Realtors Property Resource Update

REALTOR Emeritus Forms Due

SCR Broker Update

Modern Marketing Agent Acceleration Academy

Don’t Miss This One!

Sign Up for Your Free DocuSign Trial

Your August 16-31 Member Value Plus Offer

Important Information Regarding “Coming Soon” Listings

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
Carmen Baxter – Cromer & Company, LLC
Jeff Waters – Cromer & Company, LLC

New Member MLS Only
Leslie Bell – Shaun & Shari Realty
Rebecca Butler – BHHS C Dan Joyner/Easley
Jana Candler – BHHS C Dan Joyner/Pelham
Chavonda Gallman – Open Door Real Estate
Erin Lausch – Keller Williams Greenville Upstate

New Member Board Only
Joshua Cato – Fathom Realty – Woodruff Rd
Susannah Enns – Keller Williams DRIVE

New Company MLS Only
Trust/South Coast Homes
Chavonda Gallman, BIC
712 Willis Road
Spartanburg, SC 29301

Members on the Move
Regina Baldwin to Modern Real Estate Greenville
Mike Geoffrion to Blackstream International
Susan Kay to EXP Realty
Jordan Wilkinson to RE/MAX Results