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Our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of 1970 WSRAR President John K. Gallaher. Click to read his obituary. 

Photo courtesy of Salem Funerals & Cremations
FROM THE DESK OF LOU BALDWIN
The 100 Year Challenge
 
I hope each and every one of you is off to a great start in 2017! I am pleased to report that your Association certainly is.
 
The various boards, committees and task forces are where the rubber meets the road for our Association. I want to thank the members, who are serving and leading these groups, for the extra effort they are making to make this our best ever!  What better year to have our best year ever? We have been doing this for 100 years so we have a lot of experience to bring to the table! We have an incredibly smart and talented staff who are passionate about what they do and are here to support us. This is the first year of our second 100 years so we should have plenty of motivation to kick our second century off right.
 
I would like to challenge each member to identify what you can do to help make this our best year. Being part of this milestone is truly an opportunity you will not want to miss.
 
Here are a few ideas for engaging in WSRAR100:
 
Give to RPAC! If you have never given before, please give this year and we can reach our highest percentage of member participation. If you already support RPAC, join me in increasing the amount you've given in the past. We have set our goal at a record high to raise more money for crucial advocacy efforts. Contact REALTOR Party Committee Chairman, Brad Hunter or our Association office.
 
Give back through our special 100th anniversary community service projects. Every month we have a different opportunity centered around the number 100. Please support these efforts through donating time or helping fund the special projects. Please mark Saturday, April 22nd on your calendar to walk on our WSRAR100 Team in the Habitat for Humanity Hammerbird 5K. Our goal is 100 members of the WSRAR family, including your office staffs and families, walking or running to support Habitat.  
 
Attend meetings and events:  Our Membership Development Committee is off and running with great opportunities to learn and to network. Also, we are offering the entire GRI Course in Winston-Salem this year.
 
Help sponsor WSRAR: contact Amanda Hobbs at WSRAR to learn about great opportunities to support the effort and to have you and your company recognized as sponsors of this great and historic year for our Association.      
 
These are just a few of the ways you can be a part of history! Please contact WSRAR staff at 336-768-5560 or me at
LBaldwin@baldwinco.com or 336-201-0265 and we will be more than glad to help you get involved. Thank you!
FROM THE DESK OF SAMUEL AUBREY
A Matter of Efficiency
Part I: Redundancy Prevention
By Samuel Aubrey
 
One of the many benefits of operating a lean organization with few, but extremely talented, team members, is the ability to keenly designate operational responsibilities and implement critical processes with little to no overlap. However, whether you manage and oversee a team of two or two hundred, your business needs in today’s market necessitate a streamlined and efficient operational plan and strategy.
 
It is true that no one knows your business like you. Still, there are some concerns that every business owner and manager would be wise to recognize and begin the process of preventing or resolving. One of the keys to successful business growth is the elimination of problems that impede your ability to grow and succeed. One such problem is redundancy. 
 
Redundancy in business exists in many forms but most often entails:
  • Re-entering information multiple times and in multiple places
  • Multiple people performing the same business operation
  • Same business operation repeated for different purposes
  • Same or similar business need addressed by two separate steps or processes
Webster defines redundancy as “the use of information that could be omitted without loss of meaning or function—the repetition of information or processes.”  Redundancies waste the time of one of your business’ most precious assets—your people—and lock them into a mode of useless repetition that ultimately inhibits desired growth.  If you are a fast-paced, customer-oriented business, you will want to prevent redundancies so they won’t hinder your progress or eliminate them as quickly as possible.
 
As your business grows, it is easier and less expensive to prevent redundancies before they ever occur. You can practice redundancy prevention by focusing on long-term strategies and streamlining the processes that support them.  Avoid adding unnecessary steps to key business processes early on in an attempt to “get it done now”, over ensuring efficiencies that will produce best practices long-term.  Keep in mind, it is much more difficult to eliminate a redundant step in your processes later.  So, take the time to implement the right steps at the very beginning to prevent having to identify and correct issues of redundancy later.
 
The growth and success of your business depends on it.
 
COMING UP NEXT WEEK
Tuesday, March 7
Home Inspection Committee, Topic: Crawl Spaces | 1:30 p.m. | WSRAR Office

Wednesday, March 8
CE: Commercial BICUP with Cindy Chandler | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | Allegacy FCU

Thursday, March 9
CE: Commercial GENUP with Cindy Chandler | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Allegacy FCU
CE: Commercial: Staying on the Right Path with Cindy Chandler | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | Allegacy FCU
MEMBERSHIP REPORT
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP REPORT
SPONSORSHIP HIGHLIGHT
As we celebrate our 100th Anniversary in 2017, we have a lot of great events and sponsorship opportunities. This month we are highlighting our billboard sponsorship opportunity! The cost is $600 to be recognized on a digital billboard alongside WSRAR for a month. The billboards rotate every 8 seconds and are a great visual as clients, residents and visitors drive past! Thank you to the sponsors who are already on "board (pun intended)!" Here's an example! 



On our website, you are able review the item descriptions complete a sponsorship form. Thank you for all your support!


CLICK TO BE A SPONSOR!
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
March 14 YPN Business Event
Time: Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch | 12:30-1:30 p.m. Program
Location: Winston Cup Museum and Special Event Center
Topic: Celebrating Our History
Panel: Lou Baldwin, 2017 WSRAR President | Chris Jordan, Director of Public Programs Reynolda House Museum of American Art | Christy Spencer, Vice-President, JKS Incorporated
Sponsor:
Piedmont Advantage Credit Union
Members Free | Guests $25
RSVP:
www.wsrar.com
March 23 March Madness
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Location: Carolina Vineyards & Hops | The Summit at The Gateway 1111 South Marshall Street, Suite 184 Winston-Salem
Light appetizers, Cash bar
Sponsor:
Hamilton Group Funding
Members Free + 1 Guest | Additional Guests $20
RSVP:
www.wsrar.com
March 30 Learn @ Lunch
Time: 11:30 a.m. – Noon Lunch | Noon-1:00 p.m. Program
Location: Allegacy Federal Credit Union | 1691 Westbrook Plaza Dr. | Winston-Salem
Speaker: Frank Elliott, Author of “From Tobacco to Technology: Reshaping Winston-Salem for the 21st Century”
Sponsor: Allegacy Federal Credit Union
RSVP: www.wsrar.com Members Free | Guests $20
April 5 Children's Center Easter Egg Hunt
Time: 9:30 a.m. to help hide eggs. Hunt starts at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Children's Center | 2315 Coliseum Dr NW, Winston-Salem

Join the children in an Easter Egg Hunt and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! 
CONTINUING EDUCATION
Wednesday, March 8 and Thursday, March 9
Continuing Education with Cindy ChandlerRegister here

Tuesday, April 4
Continuing Education with George Bell - Register here
The new NAR Code of Ethics cycle began January 1, 2017.
The deadline for this cycle is December 31, 2018. Take the elective, Cracking the Code, through the CE Shop.


Online Classes with the CE ShopRegister here

Click for GRI Classes hosted by WSRAR
You can also take classes online through the CE Shop.

MLS INFORMATION
“Coming Soon” functionality and procedures: Please watch your WSRAR Weekly Report and the Matrix News & Alerts for more information

Broker Opt-In Dashboard: Brokers-in-charge: Please watch your WSRAR Weekly Report and the Matrix News & Alerts for more information

Wednesday, March 22nd 10 a.m. WSRAR MLS Principals Meeting
EVENT PHOTOS
February 23 Learn @ Lunch
February 21 CE with Bill Gallagher
February 9 New Member Orientation

February 7 YPN Bowling Night
March 1 CE with Stephanie Walker
March 2 Read Across America
March 2 Breakfast Meeting
REALTOR PARTY & RPAC UPDATE
2017 Local Goal $26,354.50
2017 Totals: $10,194 from 369 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.
RPAC PLEDGE FORM
AND THE ANSWER IS...
Do you know the answer? 

Q:
 Would it be ethical for me to advertise a property that appears in the multiple listing service even if I'm not the listing agent? I'd like to include information about a particular property in a newspaper ad. But I'm wondering if I need to first contact the listing broker for permission?


http://realtormag.realtor.org/law-and-ethics/ethics/article/2010/03/dont-advertise-it-without-authority
 
Article 12
Realtors® shall be honest and truthful in their real estate communications
and shall present a true picture in their advertising, marketing, and other
representations. Realtors® shall ensure that their status as real estate
professionals is readily apparent in their advertising, marketing, and other
representations, and that the recipients of all real estate communications
are, or have been, notified that those communications are from a real estate
professional. (Amended 1/08)
Standard of Practice 12-5
Realtors® shall not advertise nor permit any person employed by or
affiliated with them to advertise real estate services or listed property
in any medium (e.g., electronically, print, radio, television, etc.) without
disclosing the name of that Realtor®’s firm in a reasonable and readily
apparent manner either in the advertisement or in electronic advertising
via a link to a display with all required disclosures. (Adopted 11/86,
Amended 1/16)
MEMBER TAX HELP
2016 Tax Information:
Federal law requires that the portion of membership dues you pay that are attributable to lobbying and political activities at the state and national levels be considered nondeductible for income tax purposes.For 2016, the nondeductible dues portion is $119. If you have any questions, please consult your tax advisor/consultant. If you have misplaced your copy of the 2016 annual dues invoice you can re-print it, along with other invoices you have paid, from our website.
Printing Paid Invoices:
Click on the green Member Services button on the right. Log in using your NRDS# and password.
  • Click on Pay Your Invoices Here
  • Click on View Paid and Unpaid Invoices.
You can either click on an individual invoice for more detail or you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Account Activity Report and put in the dates you want.
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