Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for March 23, 2018

Inventory declines yet again in February
At the end of February, the number of homes and condos for sale was down to 3,376, which is just slightly (0.1) percent lower than January and 21.2 percent less than February 2017. Full report.

Spring scholarship deadline fast approaching next week!
Do you know someone interested in starting a real estate career? Are you a current REALTOR® seeking to continue your education? The Foundation spring memorial scholarship deadline is quickly approaching on 3/30 and the committee is looking to invest in future industry leaders like you! Apply here or view all scholarship opportunities.  

12th Congressional District Candidate Meet & Greet is 4/6
The 12th Congressional District Candidate Meet & Greet will be 4/6 at Worthington Hills Country club - don't miss this special open-house style event! All 17 candidates vying for Congressman Tiberi’s seat have been invited to attend. Registration required; attendance is limited to REALTORS® and Affiliate Members.

YPN Connect 3/29
Don't miss this special panel discussion on 3/29 at King Avenue 5 which will highlight the hottest real estate marketing and tech trends! Panelists include Sean Carpenter, Ronnie Woodrow, Shaun Simspson and Trish Morrow who will share their knowledge and experience after attending Inman Connect. Tickets are $10 and include appetizers; register.

REALTORS® Safety Training
This three-hour interactive workshop on 4/19 will discuss key strategic safety principles for real estate agents. Participants will be able to gain an understanding of workplace violence, respond to an active shooter event, identify their risks and more! Cost: $10 if paid by 4/18/18; $20 on the day of class. Register.

Safe a life and donate blood!
Columbus REALTORS® is hosting a blood drive on March 27. Come to the lower level multi-purpose room 10a-4p. You can also schedule an appointment by contacting Karen Howard or Janet Pareja (614) 475-4000 or visiting and using sponsor code CBusRealtors.

Realist unavailable 10p 3/24 to 6a 3/25
Realist will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from Saturday, 3/24/18 (10p) through 12p the following morning.

All 88 Ohio Counties Now in Realist
As of February 27, 2018, Realist displays public records data in all 88 Ohio counties. Only 23 counties were previously included in Realist data. More info.

Lock box access to buyers…a BIG NO-NO!
In case you missed it, Peg Ritenour, Ohio REALTORS® Vice President of Legal Services/Administration, wrote a piece answering whether or not there are instances when it’s ok to give the buyer the lock box code to enter the house without you? The answer is NO! Read more.

Bylaws amendments approved
NAR mandated amendments to our Bylaws were approved this week. Although the amendments are all housekeeping changes, we are required to notify the membership. If you’d like to review the amendments, click here.
News for your clients! 
How to spring clean if you’d rather play with your kids instead
Since there are only so many hours in a day, this spring cleaning plan hits the hot spots that tiny ones tend to find, so your fam can get back to the fun in a clean (if chaotic) space.