June 2018 President's Corner

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Welcome to the June 2018 President’s Corner!

In just a few minutes, you can get caught up on all of the major happenings in and around ABoR.

Introducing the ABoR Academy's SAE Program!

Attention, all new REALTORS®! There’s an exciting new program coming to the ABoR Academy, and you’re hearing it here first. Starting next month, new REALTORS® can knock out the required 90 hours of Salesperson Apprentice Education (SAE) coursework through our SAE Program!

The ABoR Academy's SAE Program is the most efficient and affordable way you can fulfill your SAE course requirement. A cost-effective alternative to the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI®), this 90-hour, three-course series will give you a foundational knowledge of everything you need to build a strong real estate career. Learn more at ABoR.com/SAE.

FIRST LICENSE RENEWAL SPECIAL! Enroll in all three SAE courses and get $75 off + TREC Legal I and TREC Legal II for FREE! (That's $147 in savings!) Email education@abor.com to enroll.

NAR Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo: Here's What You Need to Know

Last month, the National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors tackled several big changes. First, NAR adopted new policies that will strengthen enforcement of our Code of Ethics and allow stronger penalties for repeat offenders, such as publishing the members’ name, photo and a description of their violation.

NAR also approved a $30 membership dues increase that will take effect in 2019. The dues increase will help fund advocacy programming, the Commitment to Excellence professionalism initiative, and more. Get the full scoop in REALTOR® magazine.

At the same time, more than 40 ABoR members convened in Washington D.C. to meet with your local Congressional representatives. We discussed the top issues impacting our industry locally and nationally, including tax policy, equal access to housing, net neutrality, and the National Flood Insurance Program.

Advocacy Update

Locally, ABoR has been working non-stop with City of Austin staff and fellow advocacy groups to keep CodeNEXT on track for consideration by Austin City Council this summer. It’s so important for Austin to act now and pass a new a land development code that will set a strong foundation for our region’s future growth. Remember, ABoR has developed a series of videos, facts, conversation guides and more to help you talk about this important issue with your neighbors and clients. Learn more at ABoR.com/CodeNEXT.

Removal of Coming Soon (CS) Status

Last Wednesday, the ABoR Board of Directors voted to remove Coming Soon (CS) status as a listing input option in the ABoR MLS, effective later this year. This decision was made to ensure the MLS is used fairly, is held to the highest data quality standards, and creates an orderly marketplace. After extensive member feedback and deliberation at the Board and Committee level, it was found that the CS status led to negligible increases in the listings data available to our subscribers and its usage did not contribute towards an orderly marketplace. For more information on this decision, visit ABoR.com/ComingSoon.

Enter to Win FREE MLS & KEY Subscriptions!

To help ensure that our board and committee leadership represent the diverse make-up of our organization, ABoR is asking you to participate in our 2018 Member Demographics Survey. By clicking on the link below and completing the survey, you'll be entered into a drawing to have your September 2018 MLS & KEY invoices paid for! Already took the survey? No worries! You'll be entered into the drawing, too.

Don't Miss These June ABoR Events!

June 14: May 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report
ABoR will release the May 2018 edition of the Central Texas Housing Market this Thursday, June 14 on ABoR.com. Check ABoR.com/statsmay18 that morning to download the full report as well as shareable infographics for the Austin-Round Rock MSA; City of Austin; and Hays, Travis and, Williamson Counties.

June 15: Family Eldercare's "Fans from Fans" Celebration
While the Summer Fan Drive doesn't officially conclude until August, the big annual celebration is this week's "Fans from Fans" event at Threadgill's! There will be a pancake buffet, live music, and local organizations (including the ABoR Foundation) dropping off truckloads of fans!

Can't make the event? No worries. You can also make a monetary donation at ABoR.com/FanDrive. The ABoR Foundation has made it as easy as possible for you to donate with a built-in PayPal donation link. Last year, 6,700 fans were distributed to over 3,200 households. Will you help us exceed our goal this year?

June 21: TREPAC Movie Night
Join me for TREPAC Movie Night on June 21 for an exclusive screening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - a day before it's released in theaters! Get there early to enjoy appetizers, free drinks, networking, and more before the movie starts. Learn more at ABoR.com/MovieNight.

June 27: Central Texas Economic Update
Our June ABoR Forum with Dr. Jim Gaines, Chief Economist at the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, is officially SOLD OUT, but don't worry if you didn't get a ticket! We'll be broadcasting the event on Facebook live, too! Dr. Gaines will provide an update on the Central Texas housing market and economy, so be sure to tune in!

Don't Forget: ABoR Board & TAR Leadership Applications Close June 30

Raise your hand, make a difference. If you're ready to up your involvement in ABoR, I encourage you to apply for an ABoR Board or TAR leadership position at ABoR.com/leadership. Applications to serve on the NAR Board of Directors will become available later this month.

The next ABoR Board Meeting is Wednesday, July 11. Join us in person, or via live stream at abor.com/board-livestream! You must enter your member credentials to view the live stream. 

Keep Sharing Your Feedback!

It’s been a big year for ABoR, and I want to personally thank all of our members who have spoken up and shared feedback this year to make our Association better, including in our recent bylaws vote, in our ongoing MLS Feedback Series, and our Town Hall events to date. As always, you can reach out to me anytime on Facebook or reach the entire ABoR Board of Directors at board@abor.com.

Thank you,
Steve Crorey
2018 ABoR President


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