VOTE November 5 & Awards Membership Meeting

November 2013

Kristina Farrell

From Your President, Kristina Farrell

Click here for a video message! 

Where is Kristina? Send answer to to be entered in the contest! 

Thank you to all who entered in October.  Congratulations to  Vicky Slate. You are our winner. Kristina was at the Habitat ReStore. 

Glenn Cobb

Glenn Cobb, RCE | Chief Staff Executive

This is the time many of you are beginning to work on marketing plans for the upcoming year.  Over the last several years, technology has become a more and more important part of that plan. NAR has written a very interesting article discussing five technology applications that REALTORS are using around the country.  Click here and see if any of these applications may help you to a stronger production year in 2014.  

Don't forget to RSVP for our November Membership Meeting at the Benton Convention Center on November 19 at 5:45 pm.  WSRAR will present the Thomas W. Lambe Jr, Hall of Fame Award, the 2013 Paul G. Minish REALTOR of the Year Award and others! 

During the month of Thanksgiving, I would like to say thank you for your membership to WSRAR!

Governmental Affairs Director, Zach DeWaters

Elections are coming up quickly on Tuesday, November 5th and it is more important than ever to participate in the process.  Last week, I was talking with some business people who are concerned that some recent decisions by elected officials have been impacting their businesses with undue regulations and ordinances.  Many are also simply tired of partisan bickering.  But, no matter how frustrated you may be with your elected officials or politics, the elections are a time to make your voice heard.  
When it comes to elections, they have repeatedly come down to near even-Steven results.  For example the 2000 Presidential election was decided by a mere 537 out of almost 6 million votes cast in the State of Florida.  Here locally, in the Town of Lewisville’s 2011 election for Councilman, the difference between the top two vote getters, 19 votes!    This trend, plus the likelihood that our local elections will again be close this year makes it imperative that our members get out to vote on November 5th to make sure our cumulative voice is heard.
The Partners in Housing, Winston-Salem Regional Association of REALTORS® and Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem have five current members running for office this year.  They include:
Clemmons Mayor
(WSRAR Member) John Bost
Clemmons Councilmen
(WSRAR Member) Jack Ingle
Kernersville Town Alderman
(WSRAR Member) Joe Pinnix
Lewisville Councilmen
(HBAWS Member) Jeffrey Zenger
Winston-Salem Council Member – Northwest Ward
(WSRAR Member) Jeff MacIntosh
As Winston-Salem’s REALTORS® and Home Builders, it is important that we have elected officials in office that both understand the contributions our businesses make to the local community and issues that affect our industries.  Working together with like-minded local government officials, we can help build strong, viable communities.  Voting always matters, and you could be the difference between a winner and a loser, so go vote on Tuesday, November 5th.

You can contact Zach at or 336-659-5526

WSRAR Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

November 5 General Election! Go vote. 
November 7 Orientation
November 7 Breakfast Meeting
November 12 YPN Business Event
November 19 Membership Meeting
November 28-29 WSRAR office closed -Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! 

Triad MLS
Quick! Before Your Hard Drive Dies, Back Up! By Matt Cohen
Great information from TMLS. 

2013-2014 CE Schedule

Click here for the current schedule and registration form. 

Next Class: November 15
Instructor: George Bell
Location: WSRAR Office
8:30 am -12:30 pm- Mandatory Update 
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm- Elective

Membership Report & Birthdays

Click here for the full Membership Report & Birthdays


Good To Know

Good To Know

Articles of Interest:
  1. Speak Up When Offer Arrives
  2. 30 Under 30 FAQ and Contest Rules


Discount Program



RPAC Fair Share Campaign

2013 RPAC Total: 18,496.50

112 WSRAR Investors

Thank you to everyone who contributed for 2013! Any new contributions made will be counted towards 2014. 

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, John Martin and Landmark Builders for sponsoring the October RCA breakfast meeting.

Thank you, Dan Dockery for speaking at the October RCA breakfast meeting and for all of your hard work on Change of Use. RCA welcomes new Government Affairs Director, Zach DeWaters!

Basement Square Footage: To Measure all of it or Not?
A large group of the real estate community has been debating the wisdom of whether it should become mandatory for a listing agent to measure the unfinished part of a basement or lower level of a given house. There are 3 constituencies involved in this debate: the appraisers, the sales managers of real estate brokerages, and the listing agents themselves. All 3 have been informally surveyed for purposes of this article.  Click here for the full article. 

Event Photos & Recap

October 1 Onsite Home Inspector Seminar
October 15 DocuSign & Zip Forms
October 24 Learn @ Lunch
October 29 Green Seminar

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Plans announced for new Sherwood
The Suburbanite, Thursday, August 24, 1978

A new Sherwood Forest is in the making off Peace Haven Road, with a potential population of some 2000 people in more than 700 homes.
W. Bryan White, who has developed more than 400 home sites in Sherwood Forest and Peace Haven Estates in the past 18 years, will develop the project over the next ten years. White bought the 400-acre tract from the Children’s Home recently, after selling his 55 percent interest in the 575-acre Hanes Ranch property at Clemmons to his nine partners.  Click here for the entire article. 
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