Real Estate Safety Matters Center for REALTOR DevelopmentReal Estate Safety Matters is a three-hour online course that teaches real estate professionals how to limit risk and increase safety for themselves and clients. This course will also guide students through data security strategies, including protecting personal and electronic information for real estate professionals and the clients they serve. As a practical resource, this course offers easy-to-remember strategies for responding to threats and attacks and when facing potentially dangerous situations.

BUY NOW Sale Price: $22.46 (regularly $29.95)

CRS25OFFDuring the month of September, the Center for REALTOR® Development is offering 25% off all CRS courses. Choose from a robust list of enriched online courses and get started with the right one today! Remember, after each purchase, you can take up to one year to complete the online course.

BUY NOW Sale Prices: $37.50  (regularly $50.00)

MRP25OffNAR’s Military Relocation Professional Certification (MRP) focuses on educating real estate professionals about working with current and former military service members to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs, and as well to take full advantage of military benefits and support. Hone in your knowledge and skills for working with active-duty military buyers and sellers, as well as veterans with the NAR's Military Relocation Professional Certification (MRP) course today!

BUY NOW Sale Price: $97.50 (regularly $130.00)

Sell the Census Get Neighbors to RespondAmericans have until Sept. 30 to respond to the 2020 Census. Help your clients and others in your community understand why they should take action now, Nate Johnson, a St. Louis broker and the National Association of REALTORS® public and federal issues liaison, says in this week’s “Pivot in Place” video. An accurate Census count ensures communities receive their fair share of federal funding for a wide range of programs, from Head Start to housing assistance for older Americans. The Census also determines representation in Congress—something bound to be on voters’ minds this fall. NAR uses Census data to spot housing trends like homeownership rates. (This infographic breaks down the ways Census data helps real estate.)

NAR partnered with the Census Bureau to get the word out about the 2020 survey. When explaining the need for people to participate, use these 2020 Census FAQs to form talking points and get others involved. Need other reasons to care about the Census?

Code Enforcement – A Tool for Preventing Vacancy and AbandonmentLast week, NAR launched  Stabilizing and Revitalizing Neighborhoods in the COVID-19 Era, a four-part webinar series that will explore the roles of REALTORS® as partners with local government to prevent property vacancy and abandonment as communities develop strategies to navigate the aftermath of COVID-19.

The series continues with Code Enforcement – A Tool for Preventing Vacancy and Abandonment. The webinar will explore how strategic code enforcement weaves together regulation, policy, cost recovery, and "carrots and sticks" in the context of market realities.

Tune in Tuesday, August 25, at 2:00pm EDT.

NJHMFA SLEGThe Small Landlord Emergency Grant (SLEG) Program will reimburse small residential rental property owners for lost rent revenue due to COVID-19 between April and July 2020, as long as they agree to forgive outstanding back rent and late fees that their tenant accrued during this time. The application portal will open on Wednesday, August 19 at 9 AM and remain open until Wednesday, August 26 at 1 PM. Once the application portal is closed, applications will be reviewed and awarded in a computer-randomized order to give each application an equal chance of being funded. Applications will be evaluated for eligibility and completeness.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) urges property owners to prepare their documentation and make sure they ready to apply. It is more important the application be correct and accurate than it is to be submitted early. The NJHMFA anticipates high application volumes. If property owners are unable to submit their application, please try again later. Please note that the application period ends August 26.

Application Checklist

Visit njhousing.gov

Still have questions?  View the SLEG FAQs.

Register To VOTEAugust 10, 2020 | by Teresa Boardman

One of the most important things I’ve learned during the pandemic is that I need to plan ahead. In March and April, my husband and I were running out of essential household items. I would go to the store and find that they were out of the same things we were.

Now I’m so good at planning ahead that I know exactly how much toilet paper we have and how long it will last, and I have a plan for restocking.

I have never voted during a pandemic and am assuming that things will go wrong during the 2020 election. People who want to vote will need to have a plan. That plan should be in place by the end of August. If you need to register to vote, you can do so now through the REALTOR® Party website. If you aren’t sure whether you’re registered, you can also verify your registration there.

Scholarship Award RecipientsNCJAR proudly awarded five recipients for our 2020 NCJAR® Scholarship.  Our 2020 Scholarship committee conducted a blind review of twenty-three applications.  The committee had a very difficult job of selecting among the candidates, as they were all a very impressive group! NCJAR® Scholarship fund is available to our Member’s children, grandchildren or relatives who are either currently enrolled in or will be enrolling in an undergraduate two or four year institution.  Realtors® must be a Member of NCJAR for at least three years to qualify.  Our committee criteria for selection include academic achievements, financial need, sincerity of purpose, contribution to family, school and community. 

We are very proud to announce this year’s winners:  Lauren Geiger, Adriana Kolic, Abigail Pachon, Taliya Rogers and Michael Wildey, Jr.  Each have received a $1,000.00 scholarship award.  Congratulations to all our winners and we encourage all candidates to please apply again next Spring.

Important Notice August 2020We hope this message finds you all well and busy with the current real estate market. Since March, when we began “shelter in place”, we have been working diligently to provide you with all of our services remotely with no interruptions. We hope you haven’t noticed any difference in our ability to fulfill all of your needs.

We are in the process of preparing to “open” the offices to our members tentatively after Labor Day, but only if conditions are safe for our members and staff at that time. We will require appointments before coming to the board offices and masks. Even while open, we will continue to offer all of our services remotely, including our virtual education classes and events, GSMLS and Supra Keys, and our “curb-side” pick-up of board store products. As we get closer to September, we will update everyone on our progress. 

NAR.ClearCoopPolicy.081212August 12, 2020 | Mary Cano, NCJAR CEO

By now many of you are aware of the new National Association of Realtors “Clear Cooperation Policy” which went into effect on May 1, 2020.  However there seems to be a lot of confusion regarding just what this Policy means, and how is it implemented.  Let’s take a look...

  • The Policy applies only to those MLS’s that are owned by a Board of Realtors.
  • The Policy strictly deals with the issue of “exclusive listings” and the marketing thereof.
  • The Policy conflicts with our NJREC Statute of Rules 11:5-6.1 -Advertising regarding “marketing” of exclusive listings.

In simplicity, the Policy states that if a brokerage firm signs an exclusive listing with a seller, and “markets” the property outside of the listing brokerage firm, ie: to the public via sign, internet, etc, then the listing must go in the MLS.   However, with the exclusive listing agreement goes the “Waiver of Broker Cooperation” form of our NJREC, which states that the Seller gives the listing broker the exclusive right to sell and MARKET the property and not cooperate through the MLS. Therein lies the conflict, and the difficulty adhering to this policy in NJ.