2019 Annual Membership Meeting

You should have received an Official Notice of the Slate for 2020 Leadership of the Southwest Missouri Board of REALTORS®, including information about the Annual General Membership Meeting.

Here’s a little more detail about the meeting.

  • In an effort to achieve some privacy for our event, Big Baldy’s Bar-B-Q was selected as the venue.
  • Big Baldy’s does not have a wait staff, so our attendees will need to stand in line at the counter to order/pay off the menu and wait for your food (I hear it’s worth the wait).
  • The meeting will start promptly at 12pm noon, but Big Baldy’s says that the food line slows down between 11:30 and 11:45am, so if you’re able to arrive about 11:30, everyone should be able to get their order in and at least get a head start on lunch before the noon start of the meeting.
  • We will have a great meeting.  You will hear about some of the great community projects your Board, and Board of Directors, has been involved in over the past twelve months, as well as some exciting projects in the works.  And, Donny Allen will talk with us about REALTOR®/citizen safety.  If you don’t already know, Donny knows a lot about personal safety and is a certified instructor, and he’ll be giving us a condensed version of his presentation.

We hope for a big turnout for this meeting.  While you are at it, please mark your calendar for Saturday evening, November 23.  We’ll gather for our Holiday Party/Installation of Officers and Directors/RPAC Auction at the Monett Historical Museum.  It was a great venue for last year’s event, and the meeting’s scheduled just before the start of the start of many holiday functions. 

We hope to see all of you on October 29 at Big Baldy’s, and then again on November 23 at the Monett Historical Museum.  Stay tuned for more details on the Holiday Party!!

Apply for 2020 Leadership

It’s time to start planning for 2020, and a significant part of that is choosing volunteer leadership.

Our Association needs strong, committed volunteers to help define the mission and vision of the SWMOBOR, and to assist staff in guiding us through to achieve our goals.

Directors conduct the affairs of the Association, establish all policies, and approve the annual budget. Board of Directors meetings are held each month. To be considered for one of the director positions, please CLICK TO DOWNLOAD and complete the application and email to miles@swmobor.org. Deadline to apply is August 5, 2019.

Call For Action: Pass HB 665

Please Help Us Pass HB 665, Low-Income Housing Tax Credit reform & oppose reducing the tax credit.

With likely only 17 session days to go, the possibility of enacting reforms to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program are still very much up in the air.

It is likely that on Wednesday, April 24, the Missouri House will take up HCS for HB 665, LIHTC reform. The substitute that passed out of the House Economic Development committee is like SB 28, Senate version of LIHTC reform but adds a requirement that the Missouri Housing Development Commission create an evaluation rubric and score all applications accordingly.

Currently, the credits are paid out over ten years, (the stream) every expert that I’ve asked believes any change in that plan will create uncertainties that will likely hurt the value of the credits. Rep. Derek Grier, Chairman of the Economic Development committee sincerely believes that moving the stream to six years will increase the amount of equity in the program.  Based on my research,I must respectfully disagree. Taken in isolation six years vs. ten years may appear to be reasonable but when you are dealing with a program this complex, in terms of the interaction with the federal program and with the Internal Revenue Service the best response is to take the most conservative approach and stay with a ten-year stream.

Representatives may offer other changes, but it is likely that few have the potential to do the damage to the program that changing the stream from ten to six will.  Because of this, there are only three “asks” in the email to your Representative. The first is to vote for the HCS; the second is to reject any attempt to change the stream of credits from the current ten-year plan; the third is to encourage your representative to support Rep. David Gregory’s position on any amendments. Rep. Gregory has spent significant time researching the issues involved, and he is uniquely qualified to make the analysis necessary on this legislation.


CRS Tax Data Class

MLS Tax Suite by CRS Data integrates seamlessly into our MLS and gives you current tax data, detailed maps, and robust features on all browsers and devices. Find comparables including FSBOs quickly, evaluate them effectively, and give clients professional presentations.

If you have not previously had in-depth training on CRS Tax Data, come to one of the following dates/times listed below at The Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.

Monday, March 11, 2019
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Times available Monday and Thursday:
9 am – 11 am
12 pm – 2 pm
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

To Register CLICK HERE! Sessions will be limited to 75 attendees. So, if you are a current active user of CRS tax data, you will not want to miss out on the updates/upgrades CRS now has to offer!

If you cannot make it to one of these six classes, there are additional opportunities at other Associations throughout SOMO on Tuesday and Wednesday. To register for one of these days, please contact Lacey@gsbor.com.

CLICK HERE to view more information on the CRS Data Tax Suite.

That’s Who We R®

WASHINGTON (February 25, 2019) – While many people know that a Realtor® helps buy and sell homes, what they may not know is that only a Realtor® is a member of the National Association of Realtors® and subscribes to its Code of Ethics. It’s the Realtor® Code of Ethics that inspired the association’s powerful new “That’s Who We R®” campaign, which launched today. The campaign aims to reinforce the value of Realtors® as advocates for property owners, engaged community members and trusted advisors with in-depth knowledge of the industry.

“Our story is a century in the making as we began to set NAR members apart from the rest by establishing a Code of Ethics in 1913. This code is as relevant now as it was one hundred years ago; it’s our pledge of honesty, integrity, professionalism and community service as a true partner for buying or selling a home, or property,” said John Smaby, 2019 President, NAR. “‘That’s Who We R®’ reinforces that partnering with a Realtor®, delivers the peace of mind that can only come from working with a real person who is committed to their clients’ futures and neighborhoods just as much as they are.”

“That’s Who We R®” serves as a reminder of what NAR has always stood for, while signaling where the organization is heading. For Realtors®, the campaign is a rallying cry that instills pride in their everyday actions. For consumers, it’s an education about the Realtor® difference.

The integrated marketing campaign from Havas features a cinematic world inspired by the Realtor® mark that serves as a beacon throughout. Everything from the larger than life “R” at the beginning, to the angles and geometry used as transitional elements and across the numerous sets was inspired by the mark that sets Realtors® apart. The agency partnered with Director X, known for his visually distinctive style, to create something distinct and modern. “That’s Who We R®” features compelling stories about humans helping humans find homes and property, build communities and turn business dreams into realities.

“Our society has created trusted symbols from ‘Verified’ Instagram accounts to the Good Housekeeping Seal,” said Karen Goodman, Group Creative Director at Havas Chicago. “As we dug into this brand, we knew Realtors® were the real deal and needed to find a way to telegraph that to everyone. We needed to turn the ‘R’ into the trusted symbol you should look for when buying and selling property.”

The campaign content will be brought to life through strategic partnerships reflecting the modern ways in which our target audience consumes media, including linear and online video, streaming and terrestrial audio, social media, branded partnerships with multi-channel content makers such as VICE, Apartment Therapy, The Atlantic, HULU and more. The :30 “That’s Who We R®” TV spot can be viewed here, and more information about NAR is available at www.nar.realtor.

The National Association of Realtors® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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2019 Annual Membership Dues


2019 dues renewal billing was sent December 12, 2018. There will be no increase in your annual local board dues for 2019. In addition, your monthly MLS dues will also remain the same in 2019.


Designated REALTOR® (Designated Broker)

SWMOBOR Local Dues:  $100.00
Missouri REALTORS® State Dues for DR’s:  $195.00 (includes the $40.00 Issues Reserve assessment)
Missouri REALTORS® Dues for R’s:  $180.00 (includes the $40.00 Issues Reserve assessment)
Missouri REALTORS® Professional Standards Fee:  $13.00
National Association of REALTORS® Dues:  $185.00 (includes the $35.00 National Assessment assessment)
RPAC Investment:  minimum $15.00 (voluntary)


SWMOBOR Local Dues:  $100.00
Missouri REALTORS® Dues for R’s:  $180.00 (includes the $40.00 Issues Reserve assessment)
Missouri REALTORS® Professional Standards Fee:  $13.00
National Association of REALTORS® Dues:  $185.00 (includes the $35.00 National Assessment assessment)
RPAC Investment:  minimum $15.00 (voluntary)

To pay your bill online, simply CLICK HERE and login.

If dues are not paid by January 31st, there will be a $50 late fee assessed on February 1st. If dues are not paid by February 28 then on March 1st membership will be terminated. If membership is terminated for non-payment and you wish to reactivate your membership at a later time, the SWMOBOR application fee of $50.00 will be required in addition to the full year’s dues and late fee. 

SWMO BOR Christmas Party

Southwest Missouri Board of REALTORS® 2019 Christmas Party, RPAC Auction and Installation of 2019 Officers and Directors

Southwest Missouri Board of REALTORS® 2019 Christmas Party, RPAC Auction and Installation of 2019 Officers and Directors

Join us Saturday evening, December 1st, at the Monett Historical Museum – 422 E. Broadway, to kick off the Christmas season with your fellow members.  We’ll also hold our annual RPAC Auction and Installation of our 2019 Officers and Directors that evening.  
We’ll have a great dinner buffet, catered by Patty Osterloh.  The cost of the buffet is $15.00 per person.  You can register for the event by CLICKING HERE.  Since we need to provide an accurate headcount, please register no later than Tuesday, November 27.