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					SEMAR Weekly Bulletin                             for the week of October 16, 2009
- An informational member service of the Southeast Minnesota Association of REALTORS® containing
industry news, meeting notices, services and products, education options, and events for all members.
Office / MLS hours: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Address: 3400 East River Road NE, Rochester MN
55906.
Voice mail 507-285-9833. FAX: 507-282-2450. Linda/Owatonna at 507-455-0225 FAX: 507-455-4243
Toll free voice: 877-885-4635; Toll free FAX: 877-240-0567 Assn Website: www.semnrealtors.org
Contact 2009-2010 President Tracie Fogelson ezdeals@TracieFogelson.com Email staff: (Kathy)
kas@semnrealtors.com, (Margaret) mheise@semnrealtors.com, (Cheryl) cheryl@semnrealtors.com ,
(Linda) linda@semnrealtors.com, (Nate) Nate@semnrealtors.com See OCTOBER News on the website
and MLS dashboard.
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LOCAL NEWS
DUES ARE DUE as of October 1, 2009 and payable during the month of October.

Saturday Oct. 24 8am – Noon Make a Difference Day – Rochester – JUST JOIN US!!!
Meet at SEMAR at 8 am. You don’t even need a team – bring the whole family to rake
leaves for the elderly and disabled homeowners in the Rochester area. Enjoy a free lunch
from THINK BANK. Home Improvement Professionals (HIP) will donate leaf pick-up.


MLS NEWS/REMINDERS
The MLS url is: http://semar.flexmls.com.(You will continue to use the same log-
in ID and password that you now use.) From now on your computer will
automatically log-off of Flex after 2 hours of inactivity.



NAR NEWS
Tax Credit Reauthorization Faces Timing Crunch
REALTOR members should try to complete transactions involving the First-Time
Homebuyer Tax Credit as soon as possible because there will be a time crunch for
closing and title services, scheduling of closings, etc. and there is no grace period or
extension. Get closings set before mid-November!


MEETINGS
October
20       1pm—Media/Communications Committee, SEMAR lower level
21       9am—Affiliate Orientation
21       12 noon – 1:30 pm – Survival 101 – SEMAR Lower Level – TOPIC CHANGE ―Business
         Planning – How to Get Paid in 2010‖
22       9am-12 noon FHA Class + 1-3pm Agency and Fair Housing—Rochester Ramada
23       9am-12 noon FHA Class + 1-3pm Agency and Fair Housing—Owatonna United Prairie
         Bank—please park across the street in the city lot
24       8am – Noon Make a Difference Day – Rochester – Meet at SEMAR at 8 am. Get a
         team from your office – bring the whole family to rake leaves for the elderly and
         disabled homeowners in the Rochester area. Enjoy a free lunch from THINK BANK.
         Home Improvement Professionals (HIP) will donate leaf pick-up.
27       8:30am Winona General Membership Mtg—Timbers
MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
NEW: Ron Zeigler, Coldwell Banker At Your Service Realty. NEW BROKER: Jim Armstrong, Progressive Real
Estate Services, Inc., 3270 19th Street NW, Suite 110, Rochester, MN 55901, 507-288-3333. TRANSFER: Steven
Lundell to Kenneth R. Leland Realty, NEW AFFILIATE: Russ Meier at Corban Homes, LLC

Per your agreement as a member of this Association, this email contains solicitations for products and programs
for purchase. To be removed from further solicitations, contact Kathy Schwartz, CEO.


EDUCATION
Fall 2009 Hands-on Training Classes
2009 FlexMLS System – The Basics
A real estate c. e. class for 4.0 credits. Instructor: Ken McCasland (approved)
This course covers: General Navigation of the system Menu and Dashboard. How to use the various Searching
Options: Address Search, List Number Search, Quick Search, etc. (12:30-4:30 PM) $40
____ Tuesday Nov. 3


FlexMLS Contact Management
A real estate c. e. class for 3.5 credits. Instructor: Ken McCasland (approved)
This course covers: Contact Management – setting up customers and clients, saved searches, auto emails.
Setting up your Portal, providing Portals to customers, saving listings in carts, uses for saved searches, emailing
listings, statistics (My Market), This class assumes you have taken or fully know the contents of 2009
FlexMLS System – The Basics. (12:30-4 PM) $35
____ Wednesday Nov. 4

2009 FlexMLS CMA
A real estate c. e. class for 2.5 credits. Instructor: Ken McCasland (approved)
This course covers: Performing a CMA from start to finish. This class assumes you have taken or fully know
the contents of FlexMLS Contact Management. (1:00-3:30 PM) $25
____ Thursday Nov. 5


2009 Email from A-Z
A real estate c. e. class for 6.5 credits. Instructor: Ken McCasland (approved)
(8:30-4:00 PM) $45 1 hour lunch ____ Wednesday Dec. 2
All classes are at the SEMAR training room, 3400 E River Rd NE, Rochester MN 55906. Call
285-9833 or 877-885-4635 to register with VISA or MasterCard. Seating limited to 14 per class.

Name __________________________________________________ Date ___________________

VISA or MasterCard # ____________/____________/____________/____________

Expiration Date ________________     ZIP ___________ Amount ________________
Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of the class. Without this notification, there will be no
refunds. No-shows will be charged for the class.


FALL EDUCATION from SEMAR – These will not be
cancelled – we have a good number so far, but there is
still room for YOU>>>
Sign up for the 3-hour FHA Course, for $25 and get the Agency and Fair Housing
Course (2 hrs) FREE!!! All are approved
Do You Know the Way to FHA – Anita Olson, Chief, Customer Service Branch, FHA Minneapolis Field Office,
the FHA expert for the Midwest, 9am – 12 noon (3 cr.)
You've been away too long. Consumers are counting on you to answer all their Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured
mortgage questions. Are you prepared? This class will educate you on FHA's history, programs, products and benefits. 'Need to
know' consumer topics will include low down payment options, eligibility with less than perfect credit, low cost refinance
options and FHA's loss mitigation, foreclosure prevention tools. Be sure you know the way to FHA and attend this interactive
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class. Pick a location: in Rochester at the Ramada Inn, 1517 16 St SW on Thurs Oct 22 or in
Owatonna (United Prairie Bank, lower level, 110 Rose St W) Fri Oct 23

Agency & Fair Housing – 1-3 pm (2 cr.)
This newly designed, two-hour program reviews the various federal and state protected classes as they relate to REALTOR®
duties and Minnesota Agency Law. This course will also provide a look at demographic changes in the real estate market,
homeownership trends and a review of fair housing court cases involving real estate. This class will meet your 1-hour Agency
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and 1-hour Fair Housing requirements. Pick a location: in Rochester at the Ramada Inn, 1517 16 St SW on
Thurs Oct 22 or in Owatonna (United Prairie Bank, lower level, 110 Rose St W) Fri Oct 23

REGISTRATION for FALL EDUCATION COURSES
__ Oct 22 (Ramada Rochester)FHA (3 cr) + free Agency & Fair Housing (2 cr) $25
__ Oct 23 (United Prairie Bank Owatonna) FHA (3 cr) + free Agency & Fair Housing (2 cr) $25

NAME _________________________________________________
__Check __ Cash ___ VISA ___ MasterCard       Amount _________

#________/________/________/________ XD ____________ ZIP Code __________________

Or, call SEMAR to register 507-285-9833 or 1-877-885-4635 or fax to 282-2450 or 877-240-0567 or mail to
SEMAR, 3400 E River Rd NE, Rochester MN 55906

				
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