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					                                      Meet Our Anchorage Escrow
                                      Meet Our Escrow Team.
                                        and Marketing Team.
     Amy brings 30+ years of                  Cristy rejoined Alyeska Title       Lito's years of title and
        Kristen is a focused and              A rising star in the escrow     Cristy rejoined Alyeska Title
                                                                                  escrow experience and
     experience spanning three                in 2010 upon returning to
        accurate Escrow Officer               field with 9 years of               charming returning to
                                                                              in 2010 upon personality are
     states to her role as Sr.                Alaska. She is a well-rounded
        with over 8 years of                  experience, Christina               key She is a well-rounded
                                                                              Alaska. to his success when
     Escrow Officer. Her                      Escrow Officer with over 9
        experience. She specializes           excels at customer service      Escrow Officer with over 9
                                                                                  assisting with even the
     cheerful demeanor and and
        in new construction                   years experience complex
                                              and specializes inincluding     years experience including
                                                                                  most challenging
     broad knowledge of
        residential transactions.             residential, and
                                              transactionscommercial,         residential, commercial,
                                                                                  transactions.
     residential transactions make            relocations, short and
                                              complicatedREO, sales.          relocations, REO, and short
     her a customer favorite.                 short sales.                    sales.




     Heather rejoined our team in
        Heather rejoined our team             A SeniorisEscrow Officer
                                              Kristen a focused and               Kelli joined years of
                                                                              Amy brings 30+us in 2010
     2010 2010 following her
        in following her maternity            who has over 30 Officer with
                                              accurate Escrow years of            and brings 17 years of
                                                                              experience spanning three
     leave. She is leave. She is a
        maternity a well-versed               Alaskan yearsexperience,
                                              over 10 title of experience.        experience managing
                                                                              states to her role as Sr.
     Escrow Officer with 13 years
        well-versed Escrow Officer            She specializes in new
                                              Bernice's specialties are           multiple residential
                                                                              Escrow Officer. Her
     of escrow and lending
        with 13 years of escrow               construction and residential
                                              commercial transactions,            properties. She excels
                                                                              cheerful demeanor and in
     experience whoexperience
        and lending smoothly                  transactions.
                                              relocations, business               providing outstanding
                                                                              broad knowledge of
     handlessmoothly most even
        who even the handles                  asset closings, and 1031 tax        customer service.
                                                                              residential transactions
        the most commercial
     complicatedcomplicated and               deferred exchanges.             make her a customer
     residential transactions.
        commercial and residential                                            favorite.
        transactions.


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                                                                                                AK 189191
                                                                                  President’s Message

                                                                                 By Helen Jarratt, ABR,CRS
              is the monthly publication of the                                  2011 AAR President
            Alaska Association of REALTORS®
                    4205 Minnesota Drive
                                                                                 RE/MAX Properties, Inc.
                  Anchorage, Alaska 99503
         Phone (907) 563-7133 Fax (907) 561-1779
                                                                                       ere it is July already. Where did the first
                      1-800-478-3763
                   www.alaskarealtors.com

              AAR OFFICERS
      PRESIDENT Helen Jarratt, ABR,CRS
                                                                                H      half of the year go? I hope you are expe-
                                                                                       riencing a profitable year so far.

    PRESIDENT-ELECT Joni Schneider, ABR                                                 Where do I begin? I must say as I pass the
       VICE PRESIDENT Janice Strong                                             half year mark as your State President, it has been
         TREASURER Don McKenzie                                                 very exciting, busy and educational so far. What’s
 PAST PRESIDENT Russell Joyce, ABR, CRS, GRI                                    been happening?

                     AAR DIRECTORS                                                        On the National level: NAR is still dili-
                      Les Crane, CRS                                            gently watching Congress for any legislative is-
                        Kevin Cross                                             sues that will affect housing. Did you see the full
                   Ryan Danhauser, ABR
                                                                                page ad in 7/7/11’s Anchorage Daily Newspaper
                      Michael Droege
                      Glenda Feeken                                             thanking our National Legislators for support-
                  Dan Lee, ABR, CRS, GRI                                        ing NAR’s position on the Qualified Residential
                 Eva Loken, ABR, CRS,GRI                                        Mortgages? Two Call for Actions just came out
               PeggyAnn McConnochie, GRI                                        the end of June; one for the FHA loan limits due
               Sharon Minsch, ABR, CRS,GRI
                                                                                to expire 9/30/11 and one for the Flood Insurance
                      Debbie Mumma
                    Debbie Murphy, GRI                                          Program also due to expire on 9/30/11. I want
                       Mimi Rothchild                                           to thank all of you that answered the call. If you
                    Grant Shields, CRS                                          didn’t get the chance, you can still participate by
                       Dave Somers                                              going to: www.realtoractioncenter.com and just
                CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER                                         fill in the blanks. Congress needs to hear from us
                  Sandy Eherenman, RCE                                          as both of these programs are vital to our business
                                                                                and for our clients!

                                                                                       On the State level: Your State Association
                                                                                is doing it’s best to keep you informed as things
                                                                                happen via the semimonthly el-etter, the bimonth-
                                                                                ly AAR magazine and the bimonthly podcast. So
                      Cover photo: Homer Spit                                   when you receive them, please take the time to
               Photographer: Debra Leisek, Bay Realty
                                                                                read and listen.
Materials reported in this publication are obtained from various
sources which the Alaska Association of REALTORS® believes to be                        Legislatively: House Bill 130, the Fire
reliable. Reasonable effort has been made to insure the accuracy of
such material. The Alaska Association of REALTORS® expressly dis-
                                                                                Sprinkler Bill, was signed by the Governor
claims any and all liability or responsibility arising directly or indirectly   on 7/22/11. Thanks to all of our members who
out of any discrepancy, error, mistake or omission in this publication.
Opinions expressed in articles by individual authors and contributors
                                                                                worked so hard for the last three years to bring
are not neccessarily the official opinion of the Alaska Association of          this about.
REALTORS®. The acceptance of advertising by the Alaska REAL-
TOR® does not indicate approval or endorsement of the advertiser                             (President’s Message, continued on page 16
or his product by the Alaska Association of REALTORS®.
                                                                                                    August 2011 • Alaska REALTOR® 3
4   Alaska REALTOR® • August 2011
         Real Estate Commission Update
                                                   64.980(a) and tabled the remaining regulations
Submitted By                                       until the September meeting, most of which per-
Sharon Walsh                                       tain to the Recovery Fund.
& Nancy Harris
                                                   Licensing Statistics - As of May 20, 2011, there
                                                   are 2,386 active real estate licensees. There were
                                                   also 10 new real estate offices and 3 branches


W
            e have highlighted a few of the issues opened during this reporting period.
            that were addressed at the last Com-
            mission meeting that may be of inter- Investigation Statistics - There were 23 new cases
est to Realtors.                                   opened during this reporting period with 165 cas-
                                                   es currently under investigation. Seventeen cases
Train the Trainer - The Train the Trainer work- were closed during this period.
shop will be held July 29th at the Prudential Jack
White/Vista Training Room in Anchorage. Sign- Recent News - As of July 11, 2011, please join
up sheets are located on the REC web site or you us in welcoming our new Commission member,
can contact staff at the Commission for informa- Anita Bates, Broker of Bates and Associates. Her
tion on this event. This year we have had to rely term expires in 2015.
on sponsorships to ensure this training would The REC will hold its next meeting in Anchorage
continue to take place. Peggy Ann McConnochie on September 7 & 8, 2011 in the Atwood Build-
has generously donated her time to provide the ing, Suite 1270.
group with instruction. We were fortunate to
have generous Brokers and title companies
fund this event.
Test Development - Test development with
Pearson Vue, the REC exam contractor, took
place in Anchorage earlier this summer. Test
Development takes place every two years
for the review of the Alaska portion of the
exam to ensure its validity. This review is
conducted by industry members within the
surrounding communities. We had three
Brokers and one Associate Broker that par-
ticipated in this review. We appreciated their
hard work ensuring that the exam meets the
current standards.
Regulation Project - The Commission
members reviewed and considered the pub-
lic comment received from the latest regu-
lation project, and adopted regulations 12
AAC 64.073, 078, 111 and 125(e), 990(b)
and (f). However, they withdrew regulation
12 AAC 64.125(f)(1) and (2), repealed
12 AAC
                                                                      August 2011 • Alaska REALTOR® 5
                       Scholarships Available
                             “Dave Feeken Scholarship Foundation”



T
        he Dave Feeken Scholarship Foundation,                 The Scholarship Foundation is a tax-ex-
        Inc. was established in 2010 in memory         empt foundation; therefore, applicants are en-
        of REALTOR Dave Feeken. The Scholar-           couraged regardless of any affiliation. Recipients
ship Foundation is designed to assist persons in       are chosen on a non-discriminatory basis without
the real estate field who are seeking to obtain a      preference for employment or affiliation with any
related designation such as GRI (Graduate, Re-         real estate firm, broker, or membership in a pro-
altors Institute), CPM (Certified Property Man-        fessional organization.
ager), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist),
CAE (Certified Realtor Executive), CRB (Certi-                 Scholarships are for tuition only and are
fied Real Estate Broker Manager) and the many          limited to one person per calendar year; no more
other designations and certifications in real estate   than one course with a beginning date during any
related fields.                                        calendar year shall be considered. Scholarships
                                                       will be granted for the course requested and only
        Dave Feeken was involved in the REAL-          for such courses that lead to a real estate related
TOR organization for over 20 years. He served          professional designation or certification. The Of-
as the Alaska Association of REALTORS presi-           ficers of the Foundation will determine the dollar
dent in 1995 and received REALTOR of the Year          amount of the scholarships for a particular course,
honors from the Association in 1996 and in 2005.       which may vary from time to time, depending
He also served as the AAR Industry Issues chair        upon the funds available. The Officers include
and was instrumental in having the REALTOR             President, Helen Jarratt; Secretary, Terry Bryan;
organization be heard in Juneau on legislation         Treasurer, Don McKenzie; Director Emeritus,
that affected private property rights. He served as    Glenda Feeken; and Director Ex Officio Sandy
a National Association of REALTORS Director            Eherenman.
from 1997-1999 along with serving on numerous
national committees since 1994.                     Go to www.alaskarealtors.com for application.


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6   Alaska REALTOR® • August 2011
    Brokers Needed

W
           e need your help! Please sign-up for
           the Broker Involvement Program
           (BIP) in which brokers reach out to
their Licensees during a legislative Call For Ac-
tion to encourage them to participate.

The BIP is designed to give the principal broker
a quick tool to enlist their Licensees to alert Con-
gress on issues of great concern to REALTORS®
and our business interests. In just two clicks we
can express our opinions with a prepared personal
letter. To make it easy, the emails from the broker
to the licensees are automated. Of course, brokers
have the option of not participating if they have a
different position than the National Association
of REALTORS® on any issue.

If you have not registered for the program, you
can do it today by going to www.RealtorAction-
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                                                                                 August 2011 • Alaska REALTOR® 7
8   Alaska REALTOR® • August 2011
                            Association News
        Anita Bates Appointed to the                  office in the Alaska Association of Realtors®:
       Alaska Real Estate Commission
Anita Bates, Broker of Bates &                      Chairman: Russell Joyce, Wasilla; Michael
Associates, REALTORS, has                           Droege, Anchorage; Ryan Danhauser, Fairbanks;
been appointed to the Alaska                        Sharon Minsch, Homer; Les Crane, Kenai; Grant
Real Estate Commission. She                         Shields, Kodiak; Mimi Rothchild, Juneau; and
has been a Realtor since 1976                       Debbie Murphy, Wasilla.
and holds the GRI and CRS
                                                                    Request for 2113
designations. She has been cer-                                   Convention Proposals
tified as a real estate instructor for the State of
Alaska since 1991.                                  The Alaska Association of REALTORS® is ac-
                                                    cepting proposals for the 2013 Annual Conven-
Currently she serves on the Anchorage Board of tion. Member boards or individual members need
REALTORS Grievance Committee and the Board to submit a letter of intent to the Association by
of Directors of the Alaska Multiple Listing Ser- August 15, 2011. The letter should include facili-
vice. Congratulations, Anita!                       ty specifications, including sleeping, meeting and
                                                    banquet rooms for consideration. Contact Sandy
         2012 Nomination Procedures                 Eherenman at 563-7133 if you have questions re-
Are you a REALTOR® who is interested in serv- garding your proposal.
ing in an AAR leadership position? Elections for
the 2012 positions will be held during the annual            2011 REALTOR® of the Year
convention, September 13-16, 2011 in Homer, The Alaska Association of REALTORS® is seek-
Alaska.                                             ing candidates for the 2011 REALTOR of the
                                                    Year award. Each year AAR recognizes an active
Positions for 2012 are President-Elect, Vice Presi-
                                                    member who has provided outstanding service to
dent, Treasurer/Secretary, and two Director at
                                                    our profession and the community during the year.
Large postions. The nomination form is included
                                                    The recipient is announced in September at the
in this publication.
                                                    Annual Convention and also recognized nation-
Applications from candidates must be received by ally at the NAR annual conference. Any member
the Credentials Committee 21 days (August 26, can submit a candidate’s name. All entires must
2011) prior to the election. The Credentials Com- be submitted by August 15, 2011 on the ROTY
mittee report of qualified candidates shall be dis- form. The form is available on our website at
tributed to each active member 14 days prior to www.alaskarealtors.com.
the election. Final applications must be filed with
                                                                  Scholarships Available
the Credentials Committee by noon on the last
business day immediately preceding the annual         Are you planning to take an NAR approved des-
meeting and election. These names will be added       ignation course in the near future? If so, apply for
to the ballot as write-in candidates.                 a scholarship through the Dave Feeken Scholar-
                                                      ship Foundation. The Foundation was established
         2011 Credentials Committee                   in 2010 in memory of Dave Feeken and is de-
                                                      signed to assist members who are seeking to ob-
The following Realtors® are members of the 2011       tain a real estate designation or certification such
Credentials Committee, who are responsible for        as ABR, GRI, CRS, CPM, CCIM or SFR.
reviewing the 2012 nominations for elected
                                                                         August 2011 • Alaska REALTOR® 9
       Meet face to face with an
       Alaska USA Mortgage Originator.
                             Mac Carandang
                             Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator
                             Mortgage License #AK203501

                             792-1201
                                                                 Stop by the Juneau
                             m.carandang@alaskausamortgage.com   Office to meet
                                                                 Mac, Laurie, Charly,
                             Laurie Gardner
                             Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator
                             Mortgage License #AK204060
                                                                 Jaime, and Michael!
                             796-1202
                             l.gardner@alaskausamortgage.com     Conveniently located at
                                                                 8390 Airport Blvd, Suite 201 in
                             Charly Musielak                     Juneau. Open 6 days a week!
                             Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator
                             Mortgage License #AK191337
                                                                 Monday - Friday • 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
                             796-1203
                             c.musielak@alaskausamortgage.com    Saturday • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

                             Jaime Purcell
                             Mortgage Loan Originator
                             Mortgage License #AK338853

                             523-7519
                             j.purcell@alaskausamortgage.com


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                             Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator
                             Mortgage License #AK319949

                             796-1208
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                                                                    www.alaskausamortgage.com


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10   Alaska REALTOR® • August 2011
             IREM Chapter Hosts President-Elect
Come and listen to our 2011 IREM National         niques and technology in real estate management.
   President- elect, James Evans, CPM®            Cost of the luncheon, is $25 for members and $28
                                                  for non-members.
11:30-1:00 P.M.                                           James A Evans, CPM®, is the 2011 Presi-
Thursday, August 11th                             dent-elect of IREM and a senior executive with
Inlet Towers                                      two Grand Blanc, MI-area companies. He is pres-
Cost: $25 Members; $28 NonMembers                 ident and CEO of Bruce G. Pollock & Associates,
                                                  Inc., Realtors, AMO®), responsible for the com-
         Alaska Chapter 97 of the Institute of Real
                                                  mercial, residential and property management di-
Estate Management (IREM®) will host a visit       visions of the company. He is also president and
by James A Evans, CPM®, 2011 President-elect      CEO of KEB Investments, a real estate develop-
of IREM and a senior executive with two Grand     ment company, with responsibility for acquiring,
Blanc, MI-area companies, on Thursday, August     leasing and managing all company properties
11th. Mr. Evans will address chapter members
at a luncheon meeting to be held from 11:30 a.m. Alaska Chapter 97 was formed in 1982 and has
– 1:00 p.m.at Inlet Tower Hotel & Suites, Mixx 36 members state wide. For more information
Grill at 1200 L Street .                            about the chapter, contact Anita Rosett, ARM®
                                                    and Administrative Executive at 907-242-6675 or
         James A Evans’, CPM® remarks will fo- info@iremalaska.org. Or visit the chapter website
cus on key initiatives IREM® is undertaking to at http://iremalaska.org.
keep members abreast of the latest trends, tech-




                                                                    August 2011• Alaska REALTOR® 11
     2011 Alaska REALTOR® Convention Schedule




12 Alaska REALTOR® • August 2011
August 2011 • Alaska REALTOR® 13
                     Convention Education Schedule
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
9:30am – 12:30pm            Real Estate Road Warrior                              3 Hours Elective CEC
                            Instructor: Shannon King
Course Description: Do you feel like your car is your office? If so this class is for you! Learn how to
utilize mobile office tools and accessories to facilitate smooth transactions, market yourself and stay in
touch with your clients. Agents will walk away with a clear idea on how to structure their business from
using virtual assistants to over 25 mobile applications that are free or nearly free to use in their business   Shannon King
saving them money and time and making the transaction easier and less complicated for the clients.

2:30pm – 4:30pm             REALTOR 2.0 - Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going
                            Instructor: Nobu Hata                 2 Hours Elective CEC
Course Description: Attendees will be able to connect practices of years passed, to consumers of today
with a full update of new and traditional media. You will understand the psyche, connectedness and
savvy of the new consumer to best reach them before the Real Estate transaction. And have a full grasp           Nobu Hata
on the use of technology, new media and REALTOR resources to better serve and protect clients and
listings during the Real Estate transaction.

Thursday, September 15, 2011
1:30pm – 3:30pm             Mobile Marketing Workshop                             2 Hours Elective CEC
                            Instructor: Nobu Hata
Course Description: Topics covered include: Productivity applications, QR codes and DIY marketing,              Chandra Hall
Google, Facebook 2.0, Twitter 2.0, website 2.0 and streamlining tools.

Friday, September 16, 2011
9:00am – 11:00am            Taking the Headache Out of Facebook                   2 Hours Elective CEC
                            Instructor: Debbie Murphy
                            Prudential Jack White Vista RE - Wasilla
                                                                                                                Debbie Murphy
1:30pm – 4:30pm             Social Systems to Keep You Sane                       3 Hours Elective CEC
                            Instructor: Chandra Hall
Course Description: Today more than 80% of people start their housing search online. Will they find
you or your competitor first? Claim your social marketing presence and pipeline of prospects by putting
systems in place that take you’re marketing to the next level. Systems and best practices can help agents
avoid legal pitfalls while still taking advantage of social marketing and its many different faces.
                                                                                                                 Anita Bates
Saturday, September 17, 2011
8:00am – 10:00am            Prohibited Conduct & Real Estate License Law
                            Instructor: Anita Bates, Bates & Associates, REALTORS
                            2 Hours Designated CEC
10:00am – 12noon            Ethical Decision Making & Risk Management
                            Instructor: Anita Bates, Bates & Associates, REALTORS
                            2 Hours Designated CEC                                                              Deborah DeBoer
1:00pm – 3:00pm             Licensing Relationships
                            Instructor: Deborah DeBoer, Prudential Jack White Vista RE
                            2 Hours Designated CEC
3:00pm – 5:00pm             Property Disclosures & Inspections
                            Instructor: Cora Carelson, RE/MAX Dynamic of the Valley
                            2 Hours Designated CEC
                                                                                                                Cora Carleson

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Alaska Real Estate Podcast comes to you twice a month through the AAR e-Newsletter. You can also
listen from www.AlaskaRealtors.com
Tune in for Great Adventures in Real Estate and learn the latest news and information you need to
prosper. Hear from Real Estate leaders from around Alaska and all over the country.
Like…
                    Matthew Ferry…how to make more money by being Happy
                     Shannon King…Using Social Media and Managing Time
                  Rossi…Avoid being a whiner or a wiener by being a WINNER
                Featured Realtors…Joni Schneider…Janelle Pfleiger and Peggy Ann
                         Jeff Lischer with NAR on the Dodd Frank Act…
                    Linda Gould with NAR on the Health Care Real Estate Tax
                       Dave Somers… “Somerizing” New Alaska Legislation
                       Nobu Hata…Using Technology to make more sales…
                     AAR Presidents Report…Helen Jarrett at work for YOU!
                        Sandy Eherenman with CONVENTION NEWS!!!!

And so much more…Alaska Real Estate Podcast…The Greatest Show on EARTH!!
(President’s Report, continued from page 3)                   The State Association is in full gear fi-
        Watch for the RPAC auctions that are hap-     nalizing everything for this year’s Convention in
pening around the State with each Board. They         Homer! It’s going to be great. We’re hoping for a
are a lot of fun and bring in the funds to continue   big turnout. Take time out of working your busi-
our access to local and national leaders to voice     ness to work on your business!
our concerns on matters affecting housing.
                                                   Don’t forget: Whenever you pass a board mem-
          The Dave Feeken Scholarship - There ber, please remember to thank them for serving to
is still time to apply for one this year. We have protect your interests!
enough funds to issue 1 scholarship in the amount
of $250 to offset your fee to a designation
class. i.e.; CRS, ABR, GRI, CCIM, etc. To
apply; go to the Alaska Association website
or call Sandy Eherenman.

         The IRA Gribbons Grant Commit-
tee is still working very hard on our new
consumer website for the buying public
who need guidance to start. Many thanks
to all of you for your hard work. We are still
hoping to roll this out at Convention.

16 Alaska REALTOR® • August 2011
News Bites from Around the
                                  Classic was held under sunny skies
            Fairbanks             last Saturday was a great success!!
                                  We had 9 teams and it looks like
Submitted by Ryan Danhauser                                                      $99 club (our goal was 40%) and at
                                  we raised a good amount of money
2011 President                                                                   92% in our $20 FairShare participa-
                                  for our Food Pantry, Hospice and
                                                                                 tion going for 100%. Take the time
In the last newsletter we talked Scholarship Funds. See you next                 to invest in RPAC today!
about the Scholarship for five year in July for the 2nd Annual
lucky members to go to the Ana- Golf fundraiser.                                 Be watching for another online
heim NAR Conference. We now                                                      email auction for Mark White’s fa-
have their names! Congratulations Reminder: make your reservations               mous Lily Plants! Erick Watkins,
to Monica Dallas, Morgan Macchi- for housing for the convention                  Alaska 1st Realty, Inc. won this last
oni, Kelli Powers, Traci Schachle soon so you’ll get your 1st choice             year, and I heard nothing but won-
and Nikki Whiting. See you in of accommodations!! He who                         derful reviews about the plants. If
Anaheim!                          waits does not have many choices
                                                                                 you are interested in these plants,
                                  for this popular convention here in
                                                                                 be sure to email me at kpar@alaska.
Fairbanks YPN (Young Profes- Homer at the end of the road!                       net.
sionals Network) is up and going
strong. This year they headed our                                                Our nominations for our elections
golf tournament on Friday, July                        Kenai
                                                                                 for 2012 are closed, the Election
8th, which was a great success. We                                               Committee has met and made their
had terrific weather, great food, and   We have had a fun and busy sum-
                                                                                 recommendations. Elections will
lots of participants. Special thanks    mer.
                                                                                 be on August 18th at our Annual
to those brokers who went in the                                                 General Membership Meeting.
mechanically challenged dunk            We had a General Membership
tank for RPAC: Dave Somers,             Meeting on June 16th at the Kenai
                                                                                 Did you know KPAR has a store?
Kirk Maynard and Wes Madden. I          River Center. RPAC sponsored the
                                                                                 Come to the office, located at
also spent some time in the dunk        breakfast for all who had paid their
                                                                                 36294 Kenai Spur Hwy., in Soldot-
tank for RPAC. I haven’t seen the       $99, eat for free, and all others paid
                                                                                 na around the back of the building.
Valley Board president doing that!      their Fairshare. We also had a beau-
                                                                                 We have signs, flyer boxes, REAL-
Thank you again to Fairbanks YPN        tiful Gerbera Daisy for auction; we
                                                                                 TOR® products, and lockboxes and
and everyone involved.                  raised a total of $644 for RPAC! At
                                                                                 we can order items you require. For
                                        the meeting, Dale Bagley reported
                                                                                 more information, you can call us at
The Greater Fairbanks Board of          the Board had reduced your dues
                                                                                 262-1851 or visit our eShop on our
Realtors is starting up a blast from    because of the revenue produced
                                                                                 webpage.
the past, weekly tour meetings          by the Sports Show! Mark your
where we get together, discuss and      calendar for 2012 Kenai Peninsula
                                                                                 We are looking forward to the AAR
visit our listings.                     Sport Rec and Trade Show for May
                                                                                 Convention down in Homer. Hope
                                        4th, 5th & 6th. We would like to
                                                                                 to see you there!
For more great information, as al-      thank Cook Inlet Lending for giv-
ways, go to our web site at www.        ing a great presentation on their
                                                                                 Have a great summer and come
gfbr.org.                               programs.
                                                                                 visit the Kenai Peninsula! Do not
                                                                                 forget to visit us online at www.ke-
           Kachemak          RPAC at KPAR is going great;
                                                                                 naipeninsularealtors.org or find us
                             since we raised $644 at the General
                                                                                 on Facebook.
Submitted by Sharon Minsch   membership meeting, we are now
2011 President               at a total of $7441. We have four
                             Sterling R’s (our goal was two).
The 1st Annual Kachemak Golf
                             We are at 52% participation in the                       (Newsbites, continue on page 18)
                                                                                  August 2011 • Alaska REALTOR® 17
(Newsbites, continued from page 17)                      cally, without adding the high cost of travel and ho-
                     Southeast                           tels.

Submitted by Mimi Rothchild, 2011 President                                     Valley

Our Membership is proud to announce our partnership      Submitted by Debbie Murphy, 2011 President
with the Aware Shelter to develop a White Ribbon
Campaign for Juneau and SE Alaskan communities.          The Valley Board of REALTORS is busily planning
The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest internation-    our fall and winter schedule. We will be offering loads
al campaign working to end violence against women        of education and many opportunities to network with
and to promote respect through education. As REAL-       your fellow members. VBR has an RPAC auction on
TORS, we decided to take a public stand to end in-       July 28 which has an interesting twist. You must at-
terpersonal violence and build stronger communities.     tend to witness the full experience! We will be hold-
We have been busy working on logos, helping to cre-      ing the Accredited Buyer’s Representative course in
ate posters and PSAs to increase awareness. We will      late August or early September. This will be taught by
be hosting a pledge drive to get men to commit to the    a local instructor, Deborah DeBoer. Watch for details.
mission. “I pledge not to commit, condone, or remain     The Convention Committee is planning the 2011 con-
silent about violence against women and girls.” We       vention. The “REALTOR Round-Up” will be held at
are also working toward a fun fall event titled, “Walk   the Palmer Depot on November 18 and it is sure to be
a Mile in Her Shoes”.                                    a rompin’ stompin’ good time! Wear your spurs and
                                                         holster your pistols! Finally, the Education Commit-
In other areas, we are working on getting all the nec-   tee is planning a Marathon for December which will
essary education classes scheduled. We are also still    allow our members to get all the ECE and DCE cred-
very much interested in remote areas being able to at-   its needed for license renewal. Speaking of renewals,
tend classes via internet video conferencing, with the   dues renewal statements will be out soon, so watch
hope that we can provide instruction more economi-       your email inboxes for those.



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                 Alaska Chapter Council of Residential Specialists
                                       3340 Arctic Blvd. Suite 101 • Anchorage, Alaska 99503
                                                   Earn the CRS Designation
                                        The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation is the professional Designation
                                        offered by the Council of Residential Specialists. The CRS Designation is the highest
                                        professional designation awarded to REALTORS® in the residential sales field. Fewer
                                        than 5 percent of all REALTORS® hold this designation.


                                                             tions. Participate in forum discussions, get the latest
By Lisa Conner, CRS                                          industry news, or research the library for valuable tools
Alaska CRS Chapter President                                 and resources to help every aspect of your business.
Prudential Jack White Vista RE
lisa@lisaconner.com                                          * The Residential Specialist magazine, delivered six
                                                             times per year, covers Council news and industry


I
    hope you are enjoying this magazine from the             trends as well as in-depth features about the latest
    comfort of your leisure chair admiring the mag-          technology tools, marketing strategies and business-
    nificent state in which we reside. The summer of         building ideas.
2011 will go down in history as one of my absolute           * CRS Local Chapters provide many educational, so-
favorites! I love to brag to family and friends about        cial and networking opportunities for its members.
living in the Last Frontier. I am equally proud of my        Develop leadership skills by volunteering for chap-
association with CRS and I appreciate the opportunity        ter positions. Members independently manage each
to share with you the numerous benefits of becoming          Chapter.
and remaining a loyal member. Please take a moment,          * The REALTOR® Benefits Program from the NA-
to visit http://crs.com, and learn how CRS is relevant       TIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, co-
to your business and our industry.                           endorsed by the Council, provides NAR and CRS
                                                             members with special offers and savings from leading
               Benefits of Membership                        companies, on products and services tailored to the
* The CRS designation is the highest credential              specific needs of real estate professionals.
awarded to licensees in residential real estate. It rec-     * The CRS Online Store has more than 200 CRS
ognizes achievements in both experience and educa-           Quality-Tested books, audiotapes, videos, tutorials
tion. A CRS designation must be earned and cannot            and software programs.
be “bought.”                                                 * CRS Marketing Tools are available to help you pro-
* The CRS Membership Referral Directory, in print            mote your expertise to clients and other licensees.
and online, keeps you connected to nearly 33,000 CRS         Customize the Your Home newsletter for your pros-
Designees and members throughout the country and in          pects and customers, set up your own website through
several international locations. One referral could pay      www.crs.com, or download NAR and CRS logos for
your membership many times over.                             your promotional materials.
* CRS professional courses offer the best, most prac-        * The Council promotes the CRS Designation and the
tical education for working with homebuyers and sell-        success of its members throughout the year through
ers. CRS courses are offered throughout the country          various advertising and public relations efforts, target-
and in select international destinations, such as South      ing industry trade publications.
Africa, the Bahamas, and Canada.
* CRS e-Learning courses present current, relevant                    Please visit our Alaska Chapter online at
and practical real estate concepts in an interactive,        http://alaskacrs.com to learn more about our local
multimedia format and can be taken 24/7 via an Inter-        course offerings, quarterly membership luncheons,
net connection.                                              volunteer opportunities, community service activities,
* CRS-approved one-unit courses focus on the latest          annual events, and more! You don’t have to be a CRS
trends and strategies in today’s changing marketplace        to participate.
that can be taken to earn credit toward the CRS Des-
ignation.                                                            Thank you for supporting Kids’ Kitchen by
* CRS Member Connect is the one-stop online desti-           purchasing Split the Pot tickets at CRS Alaska Chapter
nation for CRS Members to share ideas and find solu-         events.
20 Alaska REALTOR® • August 2011
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