NAR’s November Conference & Expo – A Letter from John Sebree

If you are looking for a reason to attend this year’s November Conference & Expo, read this letter from Missouri REALTORS® CEO, John Sebree.

Hello Missouri Realtors!

I just received a link to this fun video that features Missouri Realtors Past President Sharon Keating and others talking about the excitement of attending NAR’s 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Take two minutes to watch “8 Seconds,” a video promoting the Conference that will be held in Chicago in November.

And remember, Missouri’s own Elizabeth Mendenhall will be installed as 2018 President of the National Association of Realtors at the November Conference & Expo. Register for the Conference and the Installation Banquet using this link: REGISTER

As you may have seen here on The Landing, there is an effort to organize transportation to Chicago in November via Amtrak. 50 people will need to sign up take Amtrak. I encourage you to become a member of the 2017 NAR Conference & Expo community on The Landing so you can monitor the conversation. By joining this community you are not committing to taking the Amtrak.

In addition to the transportation discussion, we’ll continue to post updates on the Conference & Expo in that community.

Have a GREAT week!

John S

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John Sebree
MISSOURI REALTORS
Columbia MO
john@morealtor.com

Code-of-Ethics ONLINE

REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within four-year cycles. The training must meet specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of REALTORS®.

The current four-year cycle will end Dec. 31, 2016.

Available 2016: Revamped, No Cost Option to Meet Required REALTOR® Code of Ethics Training

  • Includes customized electives to create exciting, immersive training based on a student’s interests
  • Unique, specialized content available for commercial, appraisal and residential practitioners.

CLICK TO REGISTER

Some Bragging Rights

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CITY OF AURORA:

On November 18th, the Southwest Missouri Board of REALTORS® and other members of the community celebrated the building of a pavilion at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. The SWMOBOR partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to create a gathering place for the city and received a grant from NAR for supplies. Thank you all for your hard work and efforts to make this pavilion possible. This location is important to the city of Aurora historically. It was a site where people could board and get off the trains that came through town. A museum inside the Chamber of Commerce holds historical items that remind the public of its history. They can take tours of the building and the caboose. Now, thanks to the NAR grant and the Southwest Board of REALTORS® efforts, coupled with the community and the Chamber of Commerce, people have a gathering place to watch the trains and take in the rich history of Aurora.

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NAR REALTOR® Safety Program

A Message from NAR About the REALTOR® Safety Program!

https://youtu.be/MHi4yNfv9Vc

In this video, consumers learn about the potential safety protocols they may encounter when working with a REALTOR®. It’s a great resource to share with clients to educate them about the importance of REALTOR® safety.

 

Helping NAR members understand the risks they face through knowledge, awareness, and empowerment.

To learn more about the program, click here.

If you need assistance or have suggestions, email safety@realtors.org.

New Health and Wellness Offerings for REALTORS®

NEW HEALTH & WELLNESS OFFERINGS for REALTORS® from NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program!

Members Telehealth and Accident Deductible Protection

NAR’s Strategic Alliances Team is pleased to announce the introduction of two new offerings which expand the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace platform, under the Association’s REALTOR Benefits® Program: Members Telehealth, a telemedicine service plan, and Accident Deductible Protection, a supplementary health plan to major medical.

  • Members Telehealth is a new offering that provides NAR members with convenient, 24/7/365 access to MDLIVE, a network of over 2,300 U.S. state licensed and board-certified physicians and therapists who may be accessed for non-emergency medical issues through telephone, smartphone app, web chat, or email. Telehealth plans offer time savings and convenience. No more waiting days or even weeks to see your doctor; MDLIVE doctors are always on call, including nights and weekends. Additionally, the time spent traveling to a doctor’s office or urgent care facility is eliminated.  Telehealth is currently one of the biggest trends in digital medicine and is an option that top companies have been employing to assist individuals with cost-saving solutions. MDLIVE is a leading provider in the space, and NAR is excited to present NAR members with the opportunity to access quality care wherever they might be.
  • Accident Deductible Protection is a health plan designed to supplement a major medical plan as part of a cost-saving strategy. It helps pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred through an accident. It’s designed to supplement major medical insurance plans that have high out-of-pocket costs and deductibles, and includes the Members Telehealth service plan as a bonus for NAR members.

Please find below a fact sheet outlining details of these new offers. Both plans bring significant savings opportunities to NAR members and their families.

If you haven’t done so recently, I encourage you to explore REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace and remind your members of this valuable resource. It’s an easy to use one-stop shopping site for insurance and wellness product needs, including the privateMembers Health Insurance Exchange, which makes shopping for qualified major medical health plans quick and easy,REALTORS® Dental, SMART Short Term Health, Members Supplemental Health Plans (including REALTORS® Core Health), and Drug Card America, a free prescription drug discount card.

For questions about the Marketplace or the REALTOR Benefits® Program please call me at extension 8269, or contact a member of the REALTOR Benefits® Program team listed in the “NAR Contact Information” section of the fact sheet.

Another Great Resource for MR Members

InmanWe thought we would share this great resource for you to be in the know!

Inman Select Membership gives teams, companies, associations and MLS organizations a way to become charter Select members, giving their employees and members special access to the breaking news, business intelligence, special reports and industry profiles that are part of the all new Inman Select program.

Only Missouri REALTOR® members may access this subscription through The Landing.

Although the link is not yet live, we expect it within the next 30 days. Read more about the Missouri REALTORS® updates here.

“I read Inman News every day and I couldn’t do business without it. Inman is my go-to source for industry news and information,” said Bob Hale, CEO of the Houston Association of Realtors. “HAR is fully on board with Brad’s campaign to have a more informed and engaged real estate industry at all levels.”

Click here to visit Inman’s website.

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NAR’s Official, New REALTOR® Credit Card

Now Available:
NAR’s Official, New 
REALTOR® Credit Card

I’m pleased to inform you that applications are now available for the new REALTOR® Credit Card, the official credit card of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. This unique card program was created through a partnership between NAR and REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, to offer a new choice for credit for REALTORS®, Association staff and family members. The card will be offered through NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program.

Available to existing and new Credit Union members, this card program includes customized real estate-themed designs, exclusive REALTOR® branding options and important features such as no annual fee, no balance transfer or cash advance fees, a comprehensive rewards program, and competitive interest rates that you have come to expect from your Credit Union.

 Individuals are encouraged to apply for two cards with separate designs for each to track personal purchases and business expenses. State & Local REALTOR® Associations, Brokers, MLSs, and Business Account Holders have the option to apply for a business credit card that is not connected to a personal account or individual.

The REALTOR® Credit Card offers a selection of designs that represent members, both as real estate practitioners and advocates for homeownership, including options that appeal to both residential and commercial practitioners, association executives and management, as well as family members.  This card program also offers the option to select a message to be imprinted beneath the cardholder’s name (such as “REALTOR”, “Commercial RE”, “Association Executive”, and “Home Ownership Matters”).

More details about this exciting new offering are listed below and in the attached PDF. If you’re ready to apply for business and personal credit, visit REALTORSfcu.org/REALTORCreditCard.

Should you have any questions about the REALTOR® Credit Card program or NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program, please contact me (x8269) or a member of NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Team listed below.

Sincerely,
BOB G
BGoldberg@realtors.org

NEW! NAR’s Official REALTOR® Credit Card

FACT SHEET

What: REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, is the exclusive provider of personal consumer and business credit cards for NAR members, Association staff, and family members, under the REALTOR Benefits® Program.

Who: Individuals must reside in any one of the 50 United States or US Territories and must be a current or new account holder with the Credit Union to apply for the REALTOR® Credit Card. The following groups have access to joining the Credit Union and the many services and benefits it offers, including the REALTOR® Credit Card: 

 -Members and employees of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®;

-State and Local REALTOR® Associations/Boards and their employees;

-REALTOR®-owned Multiple Listing Services

-Institutes, Societies and Councils and their employees;

-REALTOR®-owned businesses;

-Family members/household members

A complete Eligibility List is available online at REALTORSfcu.org.

How: 

Personal Consumer Cards: To apply for a personal consumer credit card, please complete the application at REALTORSfcu.org/REALTORCreditCard

NOTE: individuals may choose to apply for two cards with separate designs for each to track personal purchases and business expenses. 

If you are not yet a Credit Union member, the membership application is a streamlined application process for both Credit Union membership and REALTOR® Credit Card application. For personal assistance, call 866-295-6038.

Business Credit Cards: For State & Local REALTOR® Associations, Brokers, MLSs, and Business Account Holders interested in applying for credit for business use, please call 866-295-6038.

 Why: NAR selected REALTORS® Federal Credit Union to provide the official REALTOR® Credit Card based on their competitive and creative product offering and their unique ability to meet the needs of NAR Members. Current credit products and features include:

-Personal Consumer and Business Credit Card Options: Offering a competitive APR, no annual fee, no balance transfer fee and no cash advance fee. Members may apply for a personal consumer card for personal purchases and a personal consumer card for business expenses, with different card designs for each. Business (corporate) credit cards are also available through this program.

-Customized Design: REALTORS® have a variety of choices, including customized real estate-themed designs and REALTOR® branding options to display pride as either a residential or commercial practitioner. Additional design options that represent real estate and homeownership are available for family members and non-member association staff.

-Imprinted message: Options to include an imprinted tagline or title below the cardholder’s name such as “REALTOR”, “Commercial RE”, “Association Mgmt”, or “Home Ownership Matters”.

-Rewards Program: Comprehensive rewards program that allows cardholders to earn reward points for purchases and redeem for cashback, travel, merchandise, event tickets, charity donations and more.

-Annual Fee Waiver: No annual fee for either the personal or business credit cards.

-Additional product: Secured credit cards are also available as part of this program to members looking for an option to rebuild credit. For specific information about this option, call 866-295-6038.

Specific product details, APR definitions, reward program details and application requirements are available at REALTORSfcu.org/REALTORCreditCard.

NAR Contacts:

Rebecca Daly
Senior Strategic Alliances Account Manager
312-329-8379
rdaly@realtors.org

Kristin Maurelia
Managing Director, Strategic Alliances
312-329-8628
kmaurelia@realtors.org

Ken Burlington
Vice President, Strategic Alliances
312-329-8360
kburlington@realtors.org

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Note: information is valid as of March 1, 2015 and approved for use through April 30, 2015. If interested in sharing this information past April 30, please contact NAR’s Strategic Alliances Team at 800-NAR-5233.

Now Available! NAR’s Official REALTOR® Credit Card

REALTORS® Federal Credit Union, a Division of Northwest Federal Credit Union, now offers the official REALTOR® Credit Card. Available in partnership with NAR’s REALTOR Benefits® Program, the program features personal consumer credit and business (corporate) credit card options with a competitive APR, no annual fee, no balance transfer fee and no cash advance fee.

The REALTOR® Credit Card also offers a full-featured rewards program that allows cardholders reward points that may be redeemed for purchases, travel, merchandise, cash back and more. Plus, members can choose cards with customized-themed designs, exclusive REALTOR®branding and the option to select a message to be imprinted beneath the cardholder’s name such as “REALTOR”, “Commercial RE”, “Broker”, and “Homeownership Matters.”

Specific product details, APR definitions, reward program details and application requirements are available at REALTORSfcu.org/REALTORcreditcard.

 About the REALTOR® Benefits Program

The REALTOR Benefits® Program is the official member benefits program of the National Association of REALTORS® connecting members with discounts and special offers on products and services just for REALTORS®. Current partner listing and offer details can be found atREALTOR.org/RealtorBenefits.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook.