NJ REALTORSLast month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) repealed the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The AFFH rule was first enacted in 2015 and required municipalities to come up with plans to address housing discrimination as a condition of receiving federal housing funds.

HUD replaced the AFFH rule with the Preserving Community and Neighborhood Choice rule. The National Association of Realtors® raised concerns and opposed the repeal of the AFFH rule. Even with the repeal of the AFFH rule, New Jersey has its own affordable housing requirements in place as a result of the Mount Laurel court ruling which requires municipalities to provide for affordable housing through local planning, zoning and land use policies.

NCJAR’s Gary Large sits down with Daniel Harris, The CE Shop COO to discuss Fair Housing, the history surrounding the Fair Housing Act and what that means for you as a real estate agent. Fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS®. Please take a moment to listen to the importance of Fair Housing and the common laws you must know for creating an equal opportunity environment for all.

  • Realtors® Promote Growth with Fair Housing
  • NJ’s Law Against Discrimination - 13 Protected Classes
  • The Potential Dangers of “Steering”
  • Discrimination Violations, Consequences and Significant Monetary Penalties

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NAR Appraisal Summit Fair Housing Issues in Real Estate AppraisalThe NAR Appraisal Summit: Fair Housing Issues in Real Estate Appraisal will take place virtually August 5, 2020 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm EDT. A recording of the event will be available on this page.

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Owning a home is the dream of most American households. It is well documented that homeownership provides wealth to the inhabitants, but also helps ensure the financial stability of future generations as well.

Currently, there is a considerable wealth gap between white households and black households, even among homeowners. Recent research suggests that the way homes are valued might play a factor in exacerbating that inequality.

NJREALTORS.SENATE.JULY202This month, New Jersey Realtors® Government Affairs Director Catherine Best testified in front of the Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategists, a four member bipartisan group of senators. The senators have been hearing from different groups and industries around the state to discuss the impact of COVID-19.

Best testified on behalf of the residential real estate industry to explain the challenges the industry and the association have faced over the course of the past few months.

In the coming weeks, members from the Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategists will be working with the Murphy administration and the Legislature to develop plans to restart New Jersey's economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAR TECH EDGEDon't miss NAR's New Virtual Tech Edge on Data Security (Thursday, August 27, 2020, 12:00 pm ET – 2:00 pm ET)! NAR Tech Edge events teach REALTORS® the latest business technology skills and trends, changing the real estate industry.
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Bill Lublin presents this virtual live-streamed event, CEO of Century 21 Advantage Gold, Pennsylvania's largest Century 21 firm, literally "wrote the book" about Technology and social media for REALTORS® as the lead author of the 2010 AND 2015 rewrites of e-Pro, the technology certification of NAR. Bill has spoken at every major real estate conference in the US and specializes in making complicated things simple by offering real-world solutions.

PublicOpenHousesBy: Mary Cano, NCJAR CEO | July 24, 2020

While Governor Murphy has approved the conducting of public open houses, it does not mean that the CDC guidelines are no longer applicable.  Masks and social distancing are still required.  Conduct your open houses accordingly.  There should be no mass gatherings without proper distancing and face masks.  Showings should be controlled.  With the volume of buyers recently, open houses can become problematic.   A suggested procedure is to make appointments.  Suggested advertising can be “Open House on (date & between the hours of).  Call to schedule a private showing.”  Not only will you provide better safety for all concerned, you will also have the names and phone numbers of prospective purchasers ahead of showings, and can send the hold harmless form ahead of time.

social media awarenessMary Cano, NCJAR CEO | July 24, 2020

Remember…You are always licensed and cannot be partly so.  Therefore, the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, and the New Jersey Real Estate Commission regulations always apply to any and all of your business-related communications regardless of the form they take or the media you use to distribute them to the public.  The impressions we leave are increasingly shaped by how we conduct ourselves on social media.  What you post can be, in some cases, a violation of our REALTOR® Code of Ethics and license law.  Before posting to social media ask yourself, “is this a responsible and ethical representation of myself not only personally but professionally?”.  If you have any doubts or concerns, always review your business communications with your manager or your broker. Also remember that if you use your personal Facebook page to conduct your real estate business, the above still applies.
For additional guidance on social media, click here to learn more from NAR.

fb adsblogEver wonder how your colleagues and competitors are scooping up warm leads in the digital world? One answer is Facebook lead ads. This article will breakdown the ad type, with step by step instructions. Social media has emerged as a lucrative business tool for capturing real estate leads, especially within Facebook. Which is why RPR is offering this detailed, step-by-step guide on how to create Facebook Lead Ads. 

It may seem a tad complicated, but this guide will break it down and make it seem easy. It will help you members set up and implement their own Facebook lead ad campaign.
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At Home With Diversity Certification (AHWD) - 6 CoreDon’t miss NCJAR’s At Home With Diversity Certification Course on Friday, July 31st! This course is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. More importantly, the class teaches how real estate professionals can increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends. Additionally, you will learn to thrive as an effective service provider and community leader. The course addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. All three subjects are closely related and have value for real estate professionals who must serve diverse local markets.

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Live Virtual Course: NCJAR Members only $49.00
Friday, July 31, 2020 (9:00am-4:30pm) – Presented by Nancy Mosca, National Instructor

Can’t make the Live Class… Take the Online Self-Paced CourseON SALE FOR: $49.50