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Engage in the 100th Year!

I hope you are doing well and off to a great start for 2017!

When I was young I remember seeing photographs of my grandfather, Richard Benbow, participating in the celebration of Forsyth County’s Centennial. He was part of a large group of local men who grew beards for the Centennial to honor a popular style from 100 years before.  According to Molly Rawls in the Winston-Salem Time Traveler, “the celebration also included the burying of a time capsule, an historical drama, a special worship service, a train trip to Wilmington, and special newspaper supplements.” A number of local REALTORS
® participated as well.

I want to encourage each of you to be as engaged in our 100 Year Celebration of WSRAR! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of this historic year in the history of our Association.

What can you do?
Attend our special events and meetings. We are learning a lot about the history of our community and our Association. Better yet, be a sponsor or a co-sponsor of an event.

Wear your 100th Anniversary lapel pin. If you don’t have one, come by the WSRAR office to get one. Customers and clients will ask you about it and you can tell them you are proud to be part of a professional organization which has played a prominent role in our community for 100 years!

Give to RPAC – our advocacy for homeownership and private property rights is a hallmark of our 100 years. Let’s round the corner to our next 100 with our best year ever supporting our REALTOR
® Political Action Committee.

Help with our monthly Community Service Projects – the WSRAR Giveback100s! This month’s special opportunity is to walk or run in the Hammerbird 5K to support Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. You will receive a WSRAR 100th Anniversary t-shirt and a Hammerbird t-shirt. Our goal is for 100 members of the REALTOR
® family, including your family and your office staff, to participate in the Hammerbird. Please sign up today.
Make plans to financially support your Association during this important year. We have great opportunities for sponsorship and advertising. Please contact me or the Association staff.

Thank you for all you do to make our Association great! People will look back for years to come at what we do during this historic year. I believe you will never regret the time and resources you put into being  part of this special year.   
I am asking you to get engaged in our 100th celebration.

Decisions.  Decisions.  Decisions
By Samuel Aubrey
We are faced with a barrage of decisions which we need to make on a daily basis.  In the world of real estate, these decisions come from every angle and with increased frequency and velocity.  However, decisions are what allows us the opportunity to move forward in our careers, relationships, and with our businesses.  They are the anticipated inevitable.  How we approach decision-making is what makes the difference between our continued success or failure.
Making timely and good decisions is an art form.  In brief, there are four decision-making steps we should all consider—identify the problem, gather the facts, make the decision, and then implement it. 
We all understand that time is of the essence.  We should always give our full, undivided attention to every important decision we have to make.  We should also employ the four decision-making steps with confidence in our ability to decide when we are called upon or are relied upon to do so. 
If you haven’t completely done so, embrace this timeless, general introduction to the art of decision-making.  It may make all the difference.
Tuesday, April 4 
CE: BICUP with George Bell | 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | WSRAR Office  
This class is full.
CE: And the Verdict is with George Bell | 1:30-5:30 p.m. | WSRAR Office

Wednesday, April 5
CFEC Easter Egg Hunt | 9:30 a.m. | The Children's Center

Friday, April 7
Membership Development Committee | 10:00 a.m. | WSRAR Office
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 and complete a sponsorship form. Thank you for all your support!

Online registration is preferred. To register for education classes and membership events, update your personal information, or pay an invoice, go to 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.
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! 
April 22 Habitat for Humanity Hammerbird 5K
Time: Fun run: 8:30 a.m. | 5K: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Kimberly Park Elementary School |1701 Cherry St. | Winston-Salem
Our April #GIVEBACK100 goal is 100 members (friends/family members) walking/running together for a great local cause! Register under the team WSRAR100 to receive a 100th Anniversary t-shirt!

The new NAR Code of Ethics cycle began January 1, 2017.
The deadline for this cycle is December 31, 2018.

Tuesday, April 4
Continuing Education with George Bell - Register here

Wednesday, May 31
Continuing Education with Bill Gallagher - Register here

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

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

WSRAR has received an increasing number of complaints about brokers advertising other brokers’ listings (in newsletters, on postcards, on social media, etc.) without consent and/or attribution.

Please read this article from the NCAR legal team. For more information on IDX compliance, please go to 

Click for more information

If you do not already participate in the Triad MLS RatePlug program, please see information below about a webinar next month.
Here is additional information about the program:
Triad MLS Rate Plug Landing Page
Registration Link - RatePlug Overview for TriadMLS Affiliate Lenders on Wednesday, April 12, 2017:
March 30 Learn @ Lunch
March 23 March Madness Social
March 15 HBAWS/WSRAR JLC with Commissioner Whisenhunt 

March 14 YPN Business Event
March 9 Commercial CE with Cindy Chandler
2017 Local Goal $26,354.50
2017 Totals: $12,019 from 377 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.
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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