At least 16 Realtors lost their homes in the EF-5 (!) tornado that destroyed Moore, Oklahoma on Monday. When things like this happen, the informal — but highly effective — Realtors helping Realtors network springs into action.
The Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors is already providing some emergency assistance to Realtors, and now they’re working to help for the longer term, including managing the funds and assistance from other organizations.
You can help through the Oklahoma Housing Foundation Realtor Disaster Relief Fund. It’s run by the non-profit Oklahoma Housing Foundation, and its job is to help Realtors who lose their homes in natural disasters.
Congrats on the raise.
According to NAR’s 2013 Member Profile, Realtors are doing much better this year — earning 24.6 percent more in 2012 than they did in 2011. (That’s two years in a row that Realtor’s income rose.)
Essentially, fewer Realtors + more total sales = more money for each Realtor.
Here are some specifics to mull over:
Earlier today, all Virginia brokers received the following notification:
It took a while, but Jon Stewart finally got around to doing a segment on the Mortgage Electronic Registration system.
VAR launched two REALTOR® image commercials today. The spots have received great feedback so far. We are testing them first in the Richmond market and hope to continue to air around the state in the near future.
One is focused on the REALTOR® pledge and the other on what a REALTOR® can do for the consumer, both resulting in the Realtor logo/brand being a promise. So… look for the R…look for the REALTOR® promise.
Check them out (bet you’ll recognize some faces too) and let us know what you think!
If you sign up to support a Virginia branch of the Young Professionals Network by Wednesday, May 8, you’ll get a free account with the real estate-focused Wellcome Mat video-sharing site.
That’s it: Say you support YPN just by filling out a quick form (kinda like a petition), and get a free account with a very cool service.
First, what’s YPN?
Don’t be fooled by the name. The “Young Professionals Network” might be more aptly called the “New Realtors Network.” It was launched by NAR in 2006 as a way to give new Realtors “the opportunity to connect with each other and build a stronger link to the industry.”
Essentially, its goal is to get new Realtors and pros to work together, and help get those new folks involved with the profession a few baby steps at a time.
Despite the law, Latinos are still receiving “adverse treatment” across Virginia — that’s the result of an investigation across Virginia by the Equal Rights Center and the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath.
Essentially, they conducted “matched-pair” test inquiring about rental properties. That means they sent ‘equivalent’ whites and Latinos to ask about the same properties — ages, martial status, income, etc., were the same.
“In 55 percent of tests,” the report found, “the Latino tester received adverse, differential treatment as compared to the white tester, in at least one respect.”