Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for June 17, 2016

Wire Fraud: Protecting You, Your Business & Consumers
With all facets of the real estate industry being targeted by cyber fraud and hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses, you can't afford to miss this class!  This informative 2-hour class on Thursday, June 23 will be presented by the 2 FBI Agents handling Wire/Cyber Fraud along with Insurance and Legal Representatives.  A variety of topics will be covered including types of crimes being committed in the real estate industry, apportionment of liability, damages and much more! This class is 2 CE credit hours and cost is $10 if paid by June 19; $20 after. Register and get more info.

NAR CFA: Tell the Senate to Get to Work for Future Homebuyers
Urge your Senators to pass H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016,” a bill that makes buying a condo a lot easier by expanding opportunities for first-time home buyers and streamlining rural housing programs for low-income rental residents. Read more about the bill take action now.

Bump, Set, Spike! YPN Sand Volleyball Tournament is 6/21!

Time is running out to register for the 2nd annual YPN Sand Volleyball Tournament next Tuesday, June 21! Get your co-ed team of 6 together today don't miss out on all the fun in the sun! Tickets are $25 each or $150 for a team of 6 and include a drink ticket as well as food. Register individually here or a team by contacting YPN Liaison Beth Sacks (614) 475 - 4000. Don't play volleyball? Catch some rays by the pool - get pool pass here.

Apply for the Leadership Academy!
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. Are you looking to grow your leadership skills and become a better, more effective leader? Then you should apply to the Leadership Academy! The Leadership Academy is for members interested in developing their personal and professional leadership skills and/or becoming a leader in their company, community, philanthropy, etc. Application deadline is Aug. 1 for the 2015-2016 class. More information/application

92% of Mortgaged Properties Have Equity
More than 1 million home owners have escaped the negative equity trap over the past year, according to a new report. Read more.

What Living in a Tiny Home is Really Like

There's a lot of hype about tiny homes, but what's it really like to live in one? One reporter gives a first-hand account which may help you understand more about this niche. Read more.

Student Debt Delays Home Ownership

The majority of non-homeowners repaying their student loans on time believe their debt is holding back their ability to purchase a home, according to a joint survey on student loan debt and housing released by NAR and SALT, a consumer literacy program provided by American Student Assistance. News release.

News for your clients!
What not to do as a new homeowner
We know so well the thrill of owning your own house — but don’t let the excitement cause you to overlook the basics. Here's a half dozen classic boo-boos new homeowners often commit — and some insight on why each is critically important to avoid.