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February 2014 | Curtis Leonard
In January I attended the NCAR Inaugural Meetings in Greensboro. This was a great way to kick off the year and a reminder of how strong our REALTOR® organization is. Volunteers are the backbone to the local, state and national Associations. WSRAR has many members who are serving in roles to better your Associations. I encourage each one of you to find a way to get involved with your Associations. You might be surprised at what you get in return. I was.
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Did You Know...
Fifty-four percent of buyers find their real estate agent through a referral from a friend, neighbor, or relative, or used an agent they had worked with before. First-time buyers are more likely to find their real estate agent through a referral. Repeat buyers more often use an agent they previously used to buy or sell a home. One in ten buyers found their real estate agent through a website. Singles females and unmarried couples tend to rely on referrals slightly more than other types of households, while married couples are more likely to use an agent they had worked with before.

Source: NAR's 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers

 










Glenn Cobb, RCE
Chief Staff Executive


Foreclosure Prevention Program: Friend or Foe?

The State of North Carolina Housing Finance Agency has been participating in a foreclosure prevention program trying to help prevent foreclosures in our state.  Since the end of 2010, 15,000 North Carolinians who were unemployed, have received short term assistance in making their mortgage payments.  To some, this is an excellent program to help prevent foreclosure while looking to return to the job market.  To others, this is another instance of the government taking too much in tax money and directing it to a certain few who qualify for just another government handout.  Let’s look at the facts. Click here for the rest of the article. 


 











Zach DeWaters
Joint Government Affairs Director


Association working with the City of Winston-Salem
 
Leadership for the Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS® (WSRAR) and the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem (HBAWS) recently sent a letter to Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines, City Council members and City staff outlining recommendations for a more user-friendly, streamlined permitting and approval process.  Currently, the City is reviewing upgrades to its Hansen system, with the goals of making it more efficient and far more cost effective for users of the system.  Click here for the entire article. 


 











Upcoming Events

February 6 Orientation

February 11 YPN Business Event

February 18 "What To Do With A Bad Appraisal" Seminar

February 27 Learn @ Lunch



 











Membership Report & Birthdays












Thank you to Bob Leak for speaking at the January RCA breakfast meeting.

Thank you, Blanco Tackabery for sponsoring the January RCA breakfast meeting.
 











Event Photos

January 14 Installation of Officers & Directors
January 30 Breakfast Meeting 
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New and Recurring Issues for Home Inspections, Winter 2014

1. January 2014 was Radon Awareness month, but home buyers are already aware of the need to test radon because 
REALTORS® are reminding them of this option. More radon testing gets done in real estate transactions than at any other 
time.
 
2. More buyers tell us inspectors that their mortgage lender wants to see the home inspection report.

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The next Appraiser Valuation Forum meeting is scheduled for February 13, 10:00 am-12:00 pm at the WSRAR Office. 
 
SAVE THE DATE: 
“What to do with a Bad Appraisal” Seminar
February 18, 2014
1:00-4:00 pm
WSRAR Office
More Information To Come


 











NEW Local Discount Partners:

Bill Kohls Photo | Video | Media
WSRAR members receive $25 dollar saving on video work.

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WSRAR members receive 10% discount on a new website.











BUNDLE UP
for the RPAC Technology Raffle


$25 Investment enters you to win an incredible bundle of technology gifts.
Limit 10 entries or $250 per person
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2014 Total: $2,644 by 10 Contributors as of 2-3-14

 
Name

Nancy


Anderson
Investment

1000
Curtis Leonard 1000
Melissa Dillon 200
Brooke Cashion 125
Cary Lewis 100
Charles Griffin 99
Kristen Roberson 50
John Riggins 30
Judith Sidden 25
Sandra Blackwelder 15
 

Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS® or any of its state associations or local boards will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. 70% of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your state PAC reaches its RPAC goal 30% is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after the state PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.











Thank you to the 2014 Sponsors Club!

WSRAR greatly appreciates all your support! 











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