SEMAR Weekly Bulletin for the week of September 11, 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 2008-2009 President MaryLLindgren@msn.com Email staff: (Kathy) firstname.lastname@example.org,
(Margaret) email@example.com, (Cheryl) firstname.lastname@example.org , (Linda)
(Nate) Nate@semnrealtors.com See SEPTEMBER News on the MLS dashboard and now at
BALLOTS for 2009-2010 SEMAR Officers and Directors were emailed yesterday to all REALTORS.
Please respond via email, fax or mail by 4 pm Wednesday Sept. 16th.
DO NOT use the ballot you received for any other correspondence! Ballots are put directly
into a folder and will remain unread until Sept. 17th.
Annual SEMAR dues billing has been sent out. Dues are due and payable between now and Oct.
30, 2009. Please consider including your annual fair share amount RPAC donation.
Affiliate dues statements have also been sent and Affiliates are invited to renew their
memberships between now and Oct. 31st also.
KICKBALL TOURNAMENT winner: Property Brokers of Minnesota
Sept. 14th Owatonna Broker Summit, will be held at the Owatonna Country Club 9:30am. Join us
for breakfast and good discussion - Agents are also welcome. This is now a General Membership
Meeting for Owatonna area REALTORS. Please contact Linda or anyone at the Rochester SEMAR
office today to register.
The Owatonna Golf Tournament and Affiliate Fair for Sept. 14 has been CANCELLED
Agents – once you schedule a showing appointment, please be considerate to the home
owner. If your buyer client decides to not view a home, use the lockbox and go in and
leave a card, a note, or call and leave a message. Some sellers have left their homes for
the showing and need to be notified that they can return! Also, they may have left lights
on and doors unlocked for you – please turn off lights and lock doors even if you don’t
07/08/09 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 it's not clear whether Congress will
be able to reauthorize the program prior to its expiration Dec. 1. For more info contact
NAR Linda Goold, 202/383-1083. (Congressman Walz is one author of a bill now in progress to
EXTEND this tax credit!)
REALTOR Federal Credit Union Go to www.Realtorsfcu.org to find out more.
Health Care Insurance Option for REALTORS limited medical insurance Go to www.realtor.org
14 9:30-10:30am Broker Summit – Owatonna Country Club
16 8:30am-4:30pm Email from A to Z class
16 12 noon Survival 101 – ―Do the Dues Do For You?‖ – SEMAR
17 9:30am SEMAR Board of Directors
22 5:30pm Austin Area Scholarship Fundraiser Auction – Austin American Legion
22,23,24 FLEX Hands On Classes
23 11am-1pm Affiliate Appreciation Luncheon – SEMAR
28 9am-4pm Short Sales and Foreclosure Class - SEMAR
MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
NEW: Andrew Mulholland at Coldwell Banker Burnet; Thomas Hill at Keller Williams Premier Realty.
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.
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 Sept. 22 ____ 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
____ Thursday Sept. 23 ____ 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 Sept. 24 ____ 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 Sept. 16 ____ 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
Monday September 28 - Short Sales and Foreclosures
For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures represent the new ―traditional‖ real estate transaction. Knowing
how to maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as how to identify the distinct real estate opportunities in foreclosure are
not merely good skills to have in today’s market—they are critical. Evaluate all available options for distressed homeowners and
identify the components of an effective short-sale package. How real estate professionals can counsel buyer-clients in the
purchase of foreclosure properties. And how consumers can avoid foreclosure in the future. Instructor: Dwayne Carte.
This course counts as one REBAC elective course to be applied towards the ABR® designation.
LOCATION: SEMAR lower level (limit 25) TIME: 9:00am--4pm CREDITS: 6 approved
COST: $69 Instructor: Dwayne Carte
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday October 7, 8 and 9
NAR GREEN Designation course—Be among the first in MN
REQUIREMENTS: Classroom on Oct 7 & 8 + Oct 9 to take an elective course All approved
Instructor: Dwayne Carte, REALTOR (ABR, AWHD, ePRO, GREEN, HFW, RSPS, SRES, TRC)
Location: SEMAR (limited to 28 attendees) Class location: SEMAR 9:00am—4 pm each day
Be among the first in MN to earn the GREEN designation—the newest hot issue for new
construction and environmental stewardship.
EARLY BIRD (12 credits) REGULAR PRICE WALK-IN
$249 (up to week before the class) $299 (the last week before the class) $329 (at the
1-day Residential Elective class is
EARLY BIRD (6 credits) REGULAR PRICE WALK-IN
$69 (up to one week before the class) $99 (the last week before the class) $129 (at the
NAR ―Right Tools, Right Now‖ final fall promotion: Sign up for the 3-hour FHA
Course, for $25 and get the Agency and Fair Housing Course (2 hrs) FREE!!! All
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
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
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
__ Sept. 28 Short Sales and Foreclosures (6 cr) $69
__ Oct 7&8 NAR GREEN Designation (12 cr) $249 / $299 / $329
__ Oct 9 NAR GREEN Elective (6 cr ) $69 / $99 / $129
__ 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
__Check __ Cash ___ VISA ___ MasterCard Amount _________
#________/________/________/________ XD ____________ ZIP Code __________________
Or, call SEMAR tor 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