Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for March 31, 2017

Don't miss the Awards Lunch on 4/13!
Get your tickets for the annual Awards Lunch on 4/13 at Villa Milano! This year's honorees include Broker of the Year - John Royer; Salesperson of the Year - Kathy Shiflet; Rising Star of the Year - Nickie Evans; Affiliate of the Year- Marie Smith; Citizen of the Year- Hugh Dorrian, Columbus City Auditor; Instructor of the Year- Sherry Courtney and this year's 10 Under 40 recipients. More info and get tickets.

Realist 1.16 Release scheduled for April 4

Version 1.16 of Realist is scheduled to be installed on the evening of Monday Apr. 4 and will be available the following morning. Realist may be unavailable for several hours (1-5a) during the installation process.

Good Funds law goes into affect April 6

Under this new law your buyer (or  seller) will no longer be able to bring cash, a personal or cashier’s check or money order to a closing if the aggregate amount exceeds $1,000. Instead, such funds will have to be wired. Read more.

Beware: Possible Phishing attempt
WARNING: If you receive an email with the subject “NAR: Urgent Update” from (link sends e-mail), it is not from NAR. The email uses the phrase "all registered realtors are hereby advised to view the recent publication released" with a link. Do not click any of the links, which may ask for passwords. Please delete this email if you see it. Read more.

Why your agents still need a website
These three tips will help brokers explain to agents why it’s still important to operate their own independent websites.

The Internet Didn’t Take Down Real Estate
Many analysts predicted a decade ago that the internet would remove the importance of a real estate agent in a transaction. Interestingly enough, however, real estate agents nowadays stand to earn more in commissions than in the pre-internet era, as consumers insist they still need you. Read more.
News for your clients!
8 Popular Tips That Cost Homeowners More in the Long Run
Just because a home improvement tip has been pinned, shared, and Instagrammed thousands of times doesn’t make it smart. Here are eight tips (myths, really) that most people believe are good advice, but instead will cost you cash you don’t need to spend.