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FRAR Association Newsletter - May 2017

 


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President's Address
The busy season has arrived!  As the hustle and bustle picks up over the next few months and Summer on the horizon, we will continue to serve you as your go-to Board Office. 

As a membership driven organization, your Board of Directors' main focus is to provide quality information, accurate MLS data, education, board store items, local issues advocacy and giving back to our community.  Please take a moment to read through this Newsletter and learn about what your awesome volunteer Committees are working on.

I look forward to seeing you at the association meetings or events this year.
 
Warm Regards,
Monica Malorgio McNabb

2017 President, Four Rivers Association of REALTORS®
 
 
Thank You Gruene
This past March, during the 2017 Mega Regional REALTOR® Family Reunion, we took a group of attendees to explore and shop in the Gruene Historic District that’s just down the road from our FRAR Headquarters building.  Our group had a great time and we’d like to give a special Thank You to six local stores that went above and beyond to extend a warm welcome to our out of town guests. 

These stores offered spirits, special discounts, free merchandise and left a lasting impression on these visitors that will hopefully bring them back to stay and play in Gruene when they come back with their friends and family.    We hope you get a chance to visit these wonderful places whenever you’re in the area as well, and thanks again to all the store owners for showing true Texas hospitality to everyone who comes through their doors.

 
Dancing Bear (17)
Element 29 (18)
Got Toys (20)
Gruene With Envy (25)
Rusty Bugs & Roosters(0)
Simply Detailed (30)
 
We hope you get a chance to visit these wonderful places whenever you’re in the area as well, and thanks again to all the store owners for showing true Texas hospitality to everyone who comes through their doors.

Communications Committee Update with Joy Hart
Welcome Spring, along with busier showing schedules, baseball, and hopefully, an increase in transactions!  This committee rolled out the newsletter to you around the first of March.  Did you read it?  Did you find it informative?  We love feedback, so please let us know.  Also, if you would like to volunteer and help with the newsletter, we have spots available, so come on down! 
Safety Training at Four Rivers with Cinderella Burnes

Don’t be too public

Limit the amount of personal information you share. Consider advertising without using your photograph, home phone number and/or home address in the newspaper or on business cards. Don’t use your full name with middle name or initial. Use your office address—or list no address at all. Giving out too much of the wrong information can make you a target.

Keep it professional

All of your marketing materials should be polished and professional. Don’t use alluring or provocative photography in advertising, on the Web or on your business cards. There are many documented cases of criminals actually circling photographs of their would-be victims in newspaper advertisements.

Scam alert!

At an open house, be alert to visitors’ comings and goings, especially near the end of showing hours. Police have reported groups of criminals that target open houses, showing up en masse near the end of the afternoon. While several "clients" distract the agent, others go through the house and steal anything they can quickly take.

More resources can be found at https://www.nar.realtor/topics/realtor-safety 
Scholarship Update with Keely Sonlitner
  • Recently, the Scholarship Committee gathered to review scholarship applications for graduating seniors applying for the FRAR Scholarship.  We received over 200 applications from graduating seniors from various local high schools.  Winners were chosen based on several criteria including GPA, class ranking, community service, biographies, and most importantly, their need for the scholarship.  Thank you to all the committee members that took time from their schedules to review applications!
 
  • On Friday, April 7th, the Scholarship Committee had their 1st fundraising event for the year, Bowling for Education.  Congratulations to the now 6-time winner, Caliber Homes.  Thank you to all the teams that came out to support a cause and especially to our sponsors: Keller Williams Heritage (Title Sponsor), Security National Mortgage (Beverage Sponsor), and New Braunfels Title Co (Food Sponsor).  This event would not be possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors and all the great real estate brokers/agents and affiliate teams! Thank you for your continued support!
 
  • The next scholarship fundraising event will be Movie Night in New Braunfels.  This event is still being planned so please keep an eye for more details!! 
FRAR Welcomes New Staff Members
Melissa Smith is our Board/MLS Membership Services Specialist and manages the Board Store for both locations. Melissa is dedicated to giving our members expert customer service and making sure we carry the top products that you need for your business.
 

Stephanie Smith is our MLS Only Membership Services Specialist and maintains the front office at our Headquarters in Gruene.  She  also assists with Supra Key sales and troubleshooting.  Stephanie has become a valuable asset to our team and we are so happy that she makes it a point to treat each members concern with the highest importance and satisfaction.    
 
Daphne Hillberg was previously employed by the Central Texas MLS, and fortunately for us, is now the FRAR MLS Listing Checker.  She has also relocated to the San Marcos Satellite Office, and will be there to help you with all of your needs, while we update that location to include education classes, property tours and meeting rooms that can be used by FRAR members.

Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® is expanding in many new and exciting directions, and our staff works daily to ensure that we provide the highest quality of service possible for our members.  Welcome Melissa, Stephanie and Daphne to the FRAR team!         
GoMLS with Chelsea Roberts
Imagine this: You are at a showing. The client asks if there are any houses like this one, but with a pool? No need to wait, grab your phone and open the “GoMLS CTXMLS” app. That’s right, you are now mobile with MLS. When you initially download the app, make sure you login in as the agent and it will never prompt you again.  The app can pull customized searches, listings nearby, access contacts and you can even share the app with clients…all on the go. The FREE app is available for download on both Android and iPhone devices. Now there is no excuse...find that pool! 
Member Feedback with Robbie English
The Four Rivers Association of REALTORS® has established a new email account for members to provide feedback to the Board of Directors as well as the Association Committees.  If you would like to comment, ask a question, or provide constructive feedback, please feel free to utilize this new email.
Programs Committee Update with Lisa Fredrickson

We wanted to give everyone a heads up on our August luncheon, as May will be our last one until Summer is over.  The Four Rivers Association of REALTORS plans on bringing you a Realtor Rally that will include vendors, education, and a lunch.  The committee will be planning this over the Summer months.  If you would like to have any input on the Realtor Rally please feel free to contact lisafred@kw.com.

Does anyone have any speakers that they would like for the Program Committee to reach out to for any of our future luncheons?  Please
email LaDawn at ladawn@fourriversrealtors.com.
 
And lastly, the committee is looking for Exclusive 2018 Luncheon Sponsors.  Please contact LaDawn at 830-625-6954 for details. 

Matrix Tip with Chelsea Roberts

Are your first five pictures your TOP 5?

Recently you saw a pop-up message in CTX MLS explaining Property Panorama. If you are not harnessing the power of this new technology, you could be missing out! If you don’t know already, it instantly adds value to your listings by creating panoramic views with no effort on your part. From any CTX MLS listing it is one of the last icons, above and to the right of your MLS number, that resembles a film reel. 

When you build your listing, the first five photos you upload will be showcased in Property Panorama automatically. We are positive you want your best photos highlighted, so make sure you upload the first five that are your very best. To see how it works for yourself, you can view any listing through the film reel icon and see the added value in this free service. You are even able to share the Property Panorama link via email, Facebook, Pinterest and other forms of social media. 

 
TREPAC Update with Keely Sonlitner

The Spring 2017 TREPAC Golf Tournament was a huge success!

There were 23 teams who braved a little bit of drizzle to play some great golf at The Bandit in New Braunfels last Tuesday, and we raised a total of $10,055 for TREPAC.   

Brian Cox and the Trinity Title Team were the winners with a Low Net of 53, followed by Gary Woda and A-Nu Home 4u Inspection Network Team with a Low Gross of 54.    

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors!
 

President’s Commitment Advertiser:

“19th Hole” Commitment Advertiser: 


Beverage Cart Commitment Advertisers:
 
Hole In One Advertiser:
 
Thank you to the FRAR TREPAC Committee and volunteers for coordinating this event! 
Government Affairs with Keely Sonlitner
The FRAR staff and GA Committee had a busy couple of weeks organizing numerous events for its members including the 2017 Mega Regional Meeting, REALTOR® Hill Day, and the San Marcos Bond Breakfast. 
 
  • The Mega Regional Meeting took place March 30th-31st and included members from various associations.  During the luncheon, Doug Miller was recognized for his contributions as a State Representative and for his support of REALTORS® and the real estate industry.  Special thanks to the FRAR staff and GA co-chair Mark Hampton for working so hard on this event and ensuring a success meeting.  Also, special thanks to the Programs Committee that assisted with organizing the Thursday night social mixer.
 
  • REALTOR® Hill Day took place on April 4th at the State Capital.  FRAR agents met with Representatives Donna Campbell, Jason Isaacs, Kyle Beidermann, and John Cyrier to discuss pending legislation affecting the real estate industry. 
 
  • Finally, the San Marcos Bond Breakfast took place on April 5th.  Assistant City Manager Steve Parker spoke about the upcoming City bond election and SMCISD Superintendent Michael Cardona and Asst. Superintendent of Business & Support Services Karen Griffith spoke about the SMCISD bond election.  Both taking place May 6th with early voting beginning April 24th.  Thank you again to the FRAR staff for all your assistance.  Also, thank you to GA co-chair Laura Dupont for organizing the event and to Pat Fernandez for organizing the wonderful breakfast. For more information on the city bond please go to www.sanmarcostx.gov/bondelection and for more information about the school district bond please go to www.schoolsprop.com.
Education Spotlight with Robbie English
Commercial Webinar: FEMA Floodplain Requirements
Date: May 16, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

3 CE HR-TRPM: The TAR Residential and Leasing Property Management Agreement
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3 CE HR-TRPM: Residential Evictions
Date: May 23, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

3 CE HR-TRPM: Tenant and Owner Relations
Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3CE HR-TRPM: Maintenance and Habitability of Residential Rentals
Date: May 24, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

3 CE HR-TRPM: Statutory Acts and Contingency Planning
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3 CE HR-TRPM: Property Management Business Issues
Date: May 25, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

4 CE HR - Legal Update 1
Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

4 CE HR- Leagal Update 2
Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

3 CE HR-TRLS: The Essentials of Residential Leasing
Date: June 6, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

3 CE HR-TRLS: The TAR Residential Lease Agreement
Date: June 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

3 CE HR-TRLS: Agency Issues Impacting Property Managers and Leasing Agents
Date: June 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

3 CE HR-TRLS: Marketing and Leasing Residential Properties
Date: June 7, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

3 CE HR-Real Estate Hot Topics: Don't Get Burned
Date: June 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm 4 CE HR- Legal Update 1
Date: August 4, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

4 CE HR- Legal Update 2
Date: August 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

30 HR SAE- GRI Law
Date: September 5, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

30 HR SAE- GRI Law
Date: September 6, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

30 HR SAE- GRI Law
Date: September 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

30 HR SAE- GRI Law
Date: September 13, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

4 CE HR- Legal Update 1
Date: October 6, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

4 CE HR- Legal Update 2
Date: October 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Legal Update 1 - 4 CE HR
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Legal Update 2 - 4 CE HR
Date: December 1, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


 
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Thank you to the Communications Committee for their hard work and dedication in creating this newsletter issue.

Copyright © 2017, Four Rivers Association of REALTORS®, All rights reserved.
Headquarters: 936 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, TX 78130
Satellite Office: 1628 Aquarena Springs Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666
Contributions to the Texas Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (TREPAC), the Texas Association of REALTORS® Federal Political Action Committee (TAR FedPAC), and the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions to TREPAC, TAR FedPAC, and RPAC are voluntary and may be used for political purposes. The amount indicated is merely a guideline, and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. The Association will not favor or disadvantage anyone by reason of the amount of their contribution, and you may refuse to contribute without reprisal by the Association. Your contribution is split between TREPAC and TAR FedPAC. Contact the TREPAC administrator at 800.873.9155 for information about the percentages of your contribution provided to TREPAC and to TAR FedPAC. The TAR FedPAC portion is used to support federal candidates—via contributions by TAR FedPAC to RPAC—and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. § 30116.

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