Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for October 28, 2016

Director Election: New Director position; candidate bios
This year's Director election (Nov. 8-15, 2016) will include election of: four (4) REALTOR® directors; one (1) Affiliate director; and New - one (1) REALTOR® from a firm having 20 or fewer licensees. View slate of candidate. Election information

Distressed properties down to less than seven percent of the inventory
The number of lender-mediated properties for sale in central Ohio continued its sharp decline during Q3-2016 and ended the quarter at 6.8 percent of the total inventory of homes for sale in central Ohio. Read more.

Have Questions about the Quadrennial Ethics course?

All REALTORS® must complete at least 2.5 hours of ethics training required by NAR every four years by Dec. 30, 2016. Information on this requirement is available in this article, as well as classes that are being offered at Columbus REALTORS® through the end of the year.

New Residential Purchase Contract released
A new version of the Residential Real Estate Purchase Contract was recently released by Columbus REALTORS® and the Columbus Bar Association. The new release features major contract changes are summarized in this article. However, all REALTORS® should attend at least one continuing education course explaining the changes as soon as possible. Classes are still available - Nov. 15; Nov. 17. Watch the video here.

Columbus REALTORS® Welcomes Janet Pareja
Columbus REALTORS® would like to extend a warm welcome to Janet Pareja, our new Administrative Assistant. Janet has already been performing duties as back up for lobby reception and assisting others as needed. Now she will also be responsible for meeting and project preparations, professional standards administration, standard forms administration and any other initiatives. Read more about Janet here!

Want to try out RPR?

We understand that many of you have been interested in using Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®), but haven’t found the time. RPR® provides a platform of dynamic data and client-friendly reports that can help you attract, retain, and lead clients to the closing table. 1) Create a New Account (takes 2 minutes); and 2) Complete Your Profile (another couple minutes).

Foundation Luncheon is 11/10!
Get your cash and checkbooks ready and help the committee 'go the distance' in reaching their fundraising goal for this year's Foundation Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Hollywood Casino! Tickets are $40 after Oct. 27 and include lunch, parking and a complimentary beverage. Get tickets and more info here.

How to handle pets during a showing
Take these five tips for pet-proofing your listing before opening the doors to buyers.

News for your clients!
How to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar: Insider Tips
Staging your house can make you money. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a well-staged environment increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer, according to the NAR “2015 Profile of Home Staging.” Check out these insider tips for staging here!