Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for March 3, 2017

2017 Foundation Wine Tasting
Learn, earn and give back at this year’s Foundation Wine Tasting, Wednesday, Mar. 15 from 5p-8p at the newly renovated historic Valley Dale ballroom! Shake off the winter blues and join your friends for a glass or two, while raising funds to benefit the central Ohio community! Tickets this year’s event includes (up to) 8 tastings, heavy hors d’oeuvres and on-site parking. Early bird tickets available for $40; $45 after 3/7 - purchase here

2017 Building Renovations at Columbus REALTORS®
If you weren’t already aware, there are some major updates and renovations going on at 2700 Airport Drive. The Facilities Task Force recognized the need for some significant updates and oversaw a full facility needs analysis to review different ideas and designs to improve space usage. In September 2016, leadership gave the go ahead for several major improvements - check out the progress updates and pictures here!

YPN Mastermind Event 1: Running Your Business Like a Business

Whether you're new to real estate or a seasoned pro, don't miss YPN's first Mastermind Event - How to Run Your Business Like a Business on Thursday, Mar. 23 at Brick in the Brewery District! A dynamic line up of speakers including Columbus REALTORS® Past President Milt Lustnauer, Columbus REALTORS® Secretary Andy Mills, Financial Adviser Jonathan Hlavac and industry veteran Tony Thomas will share their insight, personal experiences and answer questions on this timeless principle. Tickets are $5 and include a drink ticket and appetizers - reserve yours here

Time is running out for Discounted Cameron Mitchell Gift Cards!

The seasonal promotion of 20% off Cameron Mitchell gift cards is back! Orders can be placed here. All order forms and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 8, at 5pm. This order form can be emailed to Kelly Simmons or faxed to (614) 337-7559. Gift cards will be available for pickup in the Columbus REALTORS® Member Services Center on Thursday, March 16 after 12pm.

Contract Signings Would Be Higher If…
NAR’s chief economist says Americans’ interest in buying a home is at the highest level since the Great Recession. So why are pending home sales taking a dip then? Find out here.

Two New Preferred Vendors Approved
Costco – Purchase a Costco membership as a closing gift and get a cash card: Gold Star membership ($55), get a $10 cash card; Executive membership ($110), get a $20 cash card. If your client already has a Costco membership, the gift amount is turned into a cash card. For more info, contact Tracy Russell (614) 987-1902. 

Everything But The House
will empty a home for listing or closing!  EBTH specializes in full estates, downsizing or consigning a personal collection. Their online platform with over 900,000 registered bidders averages 3-5 times the results for your seller than the traditional auction and their local, educated staff will sort, professionally catalog, and discover personal items for your clients. You handle the house and let us handle Everything But The House! For more info, contact Suzanne Beighley (614) 441-2391. 
News for your clients!
Must vs. Lust: What Do You Really Need in Your New Home?
Check out this super-simple (and fun) way to separate needs from nice-to-haves.