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April 2014 | Curtis Leonard

As you can see below, the April calendar at the Association office is busy. I hope you will find something that is of interest to you this month. This is my last reminder of the RPAC Technology Raffle that ends April 25th. Instructions on how to enter are in this newsletter. Look for more fun events pertaining to RPAC in the near future. The newly formed REALTOR® Party Committee is working hard to come up with new fundraising ideas and exploring new resources to help our Association become better advocates of the REALTOR® brand within our community. 

Have a great month! 










Glenn Cobb, RCE
Chief Staff Executive



The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency has received a $2 million National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Grant that will provide free foreclosure prevention counseling for 8,000 North Carolina families. The press release describes the award as well as the Agency’s NC Foreclosure Prevention Fund, which has helped 16,000 homeowners make mortgage payments while looking for work or retraining for a new job.

Click here for more information and share with clients and colleagues! 











Zach DeWaters
Joint Government Affairs Director


Recently, the Winston-Salem REALTORS® Commercial Alliance sent a letter to the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® (NCAR) Legislative Committee asking them to contact state legislators asking them renew the Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Tax Credit, which expires at the end of 2014.

Historic preservation, especially in the Winston-Salem area, provides jobs, bolsters the tax base, and utilizes existing buildings and infrastructure while preserving the city’s historic character.  Utilizing these tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic buildings in Winston-Salem has been a big part the community since the state approved these incentives.

RCA Chairman Philip Price goes on to say in the letter that “These credits have been the “deal maker” in some of the projects here in our area.  Most recent examples that have taken advantage of the credit include the Nissen Building, Wake Forest Biotech Place, Inmar’s headquarters downtown, 525 Vine, Piedmont Leaf Lofts, Winston Factory Lofts, the Gallery Lofts, and the list goes on and on.”

As the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes for the 2014 Session (the Short Session) at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, the RCA thinks it is important that the Winston-Salem REALTORS® Commercial Alliance, WSRAR, NCAR and the National Association of REALTORS® take an aggressive position on preserving these credits and to make this issue a key part of our legislative agenda.

Most people predict the state legislature will remain in session until early July.  However, with talk of taking up issues like teacher and state worker pay raises as well as Medicaid reform, the list of topics they can actual vote on shrinks.  It is important that these tax credits be supported and renewed.

The letter can be found here under the Government Affairs section of the WSRAR website.











Upcoming Events

April 8 YPN Bowling Event

April 16 Children's Center Easter Egg Hunt

April 16 DocuSign Class

April 17 State of Fair & Affordable Housing Summit

April 18 Good Friday-WSRAR Office Closed

April 24 Open House Tour-Kernersville

April 24 rDesk Training











Membership Report & Birthdays











Event Photos

March 4 YPN Social 

March 27 Learn @ Lunch

March 27 March Madness Event

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Why Combustion Appliance Safety Worries This Home Inspector
 
The pool heater tragedy at the Best Western Motel in Boone a few months ago makes all of us wonder how such dangerous conditions can go undetected so long. Three people died and several others were sick after they stayed overnight in Room 225.  The vented pool heater was found to be spilling its exhaust from a corroded smoke pipe under Room 225, and carbon monoxide (CO) laden gases infiltrated the ill-fated room. CO interferes with our ability to oxygenate blood; we get drowsy, nauseous, and eventually lose consciousness and die from CO intoxication.  Click here for the entire article...











Co-Chairs: Kim Strohacker and Bill White

This group discusses appraisal issues and plans education seminars intended to provide more information about the appraisal process. 
 
April TBD: joint meeting with the REALTOR/Lenders Round Table to discuss the appraisal process as it relates to different types of loans and different types of homes

April 22- 1:30 p.m. How to Select Comps training at WSRAR

May 5-1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Classroom square footage training at WSRAR

May 13-1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Onsite square footage training and fundamentals of the appraisal process (location TBD)












 











LAST CHANCE TO BUNDLE UP
for the RPAC Technology Raffle


Deadline is April 25 
Email Heather if want to know how to contribute online! 

$25 Investment enters you to win an incredible bundle of technology gifts.
Limit 10 entries or $250 per person
Click here for all the details

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! 












1938 WSRAR President Hiram S. Cody

Hiram Sedgwick Cody was born in Chicago in 1888.  He attended school in Chicago, and graduated from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.  He received a law degree from Northwestern University.  Click here for the entire article. 











Thank you to Jason Thiel, President of the Downtown Winston Salem Partnership, for speaking at the March RCA breakfast meeting.
 
 

Thank you to Fidelity Bank for sponsoring the March RCA breakfast meeting. Fidelity Bank has been a long time sponsor of RCA and we greatly appreciate their support.
 











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