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FROM THE DESK OF LOU BALDWIN
Walking Together

On April 22, nearly 75 REALTORS joined 400 others from our community in walking or running the Hammerbird 5K to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. 

This was a great effort on many levels-to supporting home-ownership, giving back to our community, building relationships with our professional colleagues and celebrating our 100 years.

Metaphorically, I believe our walk was much more. For 100 years, REALTORS have been "walking together." We walk with our Code of Ethics, so we don't step on each others toes. We march to City Hall and Raleigh and Washington together advocating for home-ownership, fair and affordable housing, private property rights and a strong economy. 

We have been walking together for 100 years. To paraphrase Thoreau, over the next 100 years, "if we walk confidently together in the direction of our dreams, we will meet with a success unheard of in common hours."




 
FROM THE DESK OF SAMUEL AUBREY
A Matter of Efficiency
Part II: Recognizing Redundancy
By Samuel Aubrey 
 
A few weeks ago, I challenged you to implement the necessary steps to begin the process of eliminating problems that impede your ability to grow your business and experience greater success. One of the more pervasive problems we encounter in our business processes is redundancy. Recognizing redundancy is a key step to its eventual elimination.

Webster defines redundancy as “the use of information that could be omitted without loss of meaning or function—the repetition of information or processes.” 
 
Take these steps to recognize redundancies in your processes:
  • Develop a business process map to better understand your workflow
  • Empower your team to be hands-on to better understand your business
  • Encourage management focus on areas in need of improvement and change
In our current real estate market, fine-tuning how we do what we do is a necessity. There is no substitute for implementing continuous improvement strategies that will help set you apart from your competitors. Take the time to recognize redundancies and improve your business processes to take your business to the next level. Opportunities are waiting!
 
COMING UP NEXT WEEK
Tuesday, May 9
RCA Breakfast | 8:00 a.m. | Forsyth Country Club (For RCA Members Only)

Membership Meeting | Noon | BB&T Ballpark (WS Dash Stadium) (Advanced registration required by May 5)

Wednesday, May 10
Onsite Square Footage Seminar | 10:00 a.m. | Brookberry

Thursday, May 11
Decades Open House Tour | 11:30 a.m. | 4090 Carriage Manor Cove, Winston-Salem
MEMBERSHIP REPORT
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP REPORT
ONLINE REGISTRATION IS PREFERRED
Online registration is preferred. To register for education classes and membership events, update your personal information, or pay an invoice, go to www.wsrar.com. Click on the green Member Services button on the top right. Use your NRDS# as your login and your password is the last 4 digits of your social security number.
UPCOMING EVENTS
May 11 Decades Open House Tour
Time: Lunch served at 11:30 a.m. | Tour begins at Noon
Location: First house | 4090 Carriage Manor Cove, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Sponsor:
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Bring your business cards! There will be a drawing at each stop.
Register at www.wsrar.com 
May 25 Spring Social
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Fratellis Steak House
Sponsor:
Allegacy Federal Credit Union
Register at www.wsrar.com 
CONTINUING EDUCATION

Have you taken Continuing Education? All active licensees are required to take 8 hours of CE: 4-hour Update course and a 4-hour Elective course. Deadline is June 10. WSRAR will offer the following classes.

Wednesday, May 31

Continuing Education with Bill Gallagher - Register here

Tuesday, June 6
Continuing Education with George Bell - Register here

Take an online elective.
Online Classes with the CE Shop
Register here

How can I check my continuing education credits?

Log into your online license record to view your credits. To access your record, go to the Commission’s homepage (www.ncrec.gov) and click on “Licensee Login.”
 
Click for GRI Classes hosted by WSRAR

CE & GRI SPONSORS
You can also take classes online through the CE Shop.

MLS INFORMATION
Don’t forget to add your open house information to Matrix. The Open House search feature is one of the most popular tools on the MLS public website, www.triadmls.com and this information comes directly from Matrix. To add open house information to your listing, please bring your listing up in add/edit then click the Open House link (it is directly above where you would manage your listing’s photos.)
FAIR HOUSING
WSRAR proudly celebrated Fair Housing Month in April with a number of events. We kicked the month off with our annual Fair Housing Kickoff Luncheon where Mayor Allen Joines presented a proclamation.
 

Several of our members attended the Fair Housing Summit put on by the City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Department. 


Lou Baldwin appeared on Winston-Salem's Nexus TV and discussed what we as an organization do to support fair housing. See the interview here. 

We also started a billboard campaign that showed our support for Fair Housing Month.
   
EVENT PHOTOS
May 2 Onsite Home Inspector's Seminar
April 22 Habitat Hammerbird 5K
April 13 New Member Orientation
April 6 Fair Housing Kickoff

April 5 CFEC Easter Egg Hunt
April 4 CE with George Bell
March 31 Frances' Retirement Party
REALTOR PARTY & RPAC UPDATE
2017 Local Goal $26,354.50
2017 Totals: $14,414 from 387 Members

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.
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