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Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS®
5405 Market Street, Youngstown, OH  44512
Phone 330-788-7026  Fax 330-788-4329

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November-December 2013 Newsletter Vol 14 Issue 11 

It is the mission of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS® to serve its members by protecting and enhancing the members' rights and capabilities to conduct their real estate business and increase their profit opportunities;  by monitoring compliance with professional standards thus enabling members to serve the public in a competent and ethical manner; by expanding legislative influence to promote and protect private property rights for the benefit of the real estate marketplace.
 

YCAR

5405 Market Street
Youngstown, OH 44512
Pho: 330-788-7026
Fax: 330-788-4329
Email: S
taff@ycar.org
Web: www.YCAR.org
Hours: M-F 9:00-5:00

YCAR Staff

Jessica Perry
  Chief  Executive Officer
  Ext: 102


Jeff Hudson, e-PRO
  Technical Coordinator
  MVR Design
  Ext: 103

Mary Ann Pallante
  Office Manager
  Membership Secretary
  Bookkeeper
  Ext: 101

Michele Lydic
  Administrative Assistant
  SUPRA Manager
  Ext: 106

Legal Counsel

Attorney Donald Leone

Officers

Sandi Bates
  President

Charley Althof
  President-Elect


Dan Dull
  Treasurer

Debbie Parisi
  Immediate Past President

Board of Directors

Kathy Battisti
Betty Belding
Wes Chandler
Sherry DeMar
Susan Filipovich
Chris Roman
Marsha Ruha
Janice Stevens
Jon Schmied
Judy Whittenberger

CRIS Directors

Ray Knight 
   CRIS President
Judy Whittenberger

CRIS Alternate

Debbie Parisi 

OAR Directors

Charley Althof
Sandi Bates
Betty Belding
Wes Chandler
Debbie Parisi

OAR Director at Large

David Klacik

OAR Alternates

Debbie Barber
Eric Caspary
Dan Dull
Judy Whittenberger
Joe Zidian

OAR Executive
Committee

Debbie Schiffhauer
Tom Williams
   OAR President
Joe Zidian

2013 YCAR
Committee Leadership


Affiliate Council
   Jon Schmied
Alternative Advertising
   Kathy Carroll
Budget & Finance
   Dan Dull
Building Advisory
   David Klacik
Bylaws & Policy Review
   Charley Althof
Education
   Gwen Bush
Equal Opportunity
   Sherry DeMar
Golf
   Marsha Ruha
   Harold Penwell

Grievance
   Marsha Ruha
Installation
   Ginny Jones
Investment
   Charley Althof
Legislative
   Debbie Parisi
Personnel
   Charley Althof
Purchase Agreement
   Debbie Parisi
Professional Standards
   Joe Zidian
   Betty Belding

RPAC
   Jerri Florio
   Carole Sharkey

Soup Kitchen
   Marisa Volpini
   Marsha Ruha

Trade Fair
   Karen Ament

 

 


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    President's View by Sandi Bates, 2013 President - Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS®
   
 

NAR offering webinar, fact sheet & website to help REALTORS® understand the Affordable Care Act
 
Buying health insurance is often a daunting task leaving individuals and small businesses feeling lost and confused. This confusion has been intensified, now that the Affordable Care Act mandates everyone has to have insurance in 2014. Members have turned to the National Association of REALTORS
® looking for help and guidance, and wondering where to begin and what NAR has to offer.

I’m pleased to announce a new health care awareness initiative driven by NAR. This initiative brings information and knowledge to members in an easy and accessible way. A new health insurance topic page has been created on REALTOR.org featuring:

  • articles
  • info graphics
  • link to the Affordable Care Act website
  • link to the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace, a REALTOR® Benefits program supported by partner SASid (Smart and Simple Insurance Development)

Also, a live webinar will be presented on December 12 at 11:00am (CST). The webinar will provide an update on what’s happening in health insurance, responsibilities to comply with and options. It will also answer popular questions about the open-enrollment deadline and whether to use a private or public exchange. To register, click here.

Additionally, NAR has created an informative, one-page Fact Sheet outlining the health insurance awareness initiative and its benefits to members.

- See more at:  Fact sheet 


from
Bob Goldberg, Senior Vice President, National Association of REALTORS®

 
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    October Pending Home Sales Index for Ohio
   
 

The Ohio Association of REALTORS reports that the number of single family homes and condominiums put under agreement in October kept pace with the results from the prior year.

“The number of home purchase contracts entered into in October nearly mirrored our results from a year ago, an indication that the Ohio marketplace has begun to
stabilize following a stretch of 29 consecutive months of year-over-year gains,” said OAR President Thomas J. Williams. “Activity levels remain solid, despite the fact that the shutdown of the federal government and ongoing debate about the country’s debt ceiling dominated headlines for much of October.”

Ohio’s October Pending Home Sales Index of 139.7, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, fell three-tenths of a percent from the October 2012 index score of 140.0.

An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2008, which marked the end of five consecutive record years for existing home sales and the onset of the recession. Activity levels in 2008 are reflective of a historically healthy, balanced market. Our October 2013 pending sales index of 139.7 marks a 39.7 percent increase from the benchmark October 2008 index of 100. Additionally, the current result is an improvement from the PHSI marks posted during the month in Ohio in 2009 (114.3), 2010 (80.8) and in 2011 (111.2).

A pending sale or a sale “under agreement” is when the buyer and seller agree on terms of the sale of a home and have a signed purchase and sale agreement, but have yet to close and be recorded as such.

OAR, the largest professional trade association in the state with 26,000 members, is the only organization that compiles this state wide information from selected Multiple Listing Services each month. The tracking of “pending sales” provides reliable information about where the market is heading in coming months.

 
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    104th Annual Installation Dinner
 

 
  
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    Congratulations New GRI
   
 

Congratulations to Albert Casanta, of ReMax Valley Real Estate, for recently attaining one of the industry’s most respected and prestigious professional designations - the GRI (Graduate, REALTOR® Institute) of the Ohio Association of REALTORS®.

The GRI program is designed to enhance a member’s knowledge of real estate marketing and teach the skills that will set you apart from the competition.

Congratulations again to Albert!

 
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    Professionals of the Year
 

   

2013 Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS®

Professionals of the Year


Official Application and Rules & Eligibility

METHOD OF ATTAINMENT: There are two methods of achieving the Awards for an Individual.

METHOD A: DOLLAR VOLUME The amount to be claimed is obtained by dividing the sales price by the number of sales agents participating in the sale or transaction. The total sales price may be claimed if the applicant lists AND sells the property. One-half of the total sales price is claimed if the applicant serves only to list OR sell the property. Two or more listing OR selling agents receive a proportionate amount of sales price. COMMISSIONS OR BONUSES CANNOT BE INCLUDED ON THIS APPICATION.

METHOD B: NET TRANSACTIONS Credit is granted on the same basis as METHOD A: If the applicant lists AND sells the property, one transaction credit may be claimed. If the applicant serves only to list OR sell the property, 1/2 transaction credit may be claimed. Two or more listing OR selling agents receive a proportionate amount of 1/2 transaction credits.
 
PROPERTY  $ VOLUME CREDIT
Agents lists and sells  $50,000 $50,000 1
Agent lists only $50,000 $25,000 1/2
Agent sells only $50,000 $25,000 1/2
Two or more listing agents $50,000 $12,500 1/4 Or Proportionate Amount
Two or more selling agents $50,000 $12,500 1/4 Or Proportionate Amount

REFERRALS: 1/4 credit will be given for referrals over and above the listing and selling agent credit. (e.g. Selling price $50,000, referral agent would receive $12,500 credit or 1/4 net transaction credit.) Only the most recent referral on either the listing or sale side of the transaction may be claimed. Check mark the column marked “REFERRAL” FOE EACH REFERRAL CLAIMED. If audited, a closing statement or referral form will be required and a copy of the check for the referral fee, Paid to the applicant, may be required. 

FSBO/NEW BUILD: For Sale By Owner and new build credit can only be given for the selling portion of the transaction.

LEASES: only commercial/industrial leases may be claimed. Multi-year leases must be claimed one-time only in the first year of the lease for the full amount of the lease.

MULTI-LOT: The number of transaction credits granted in multi-lot sales will be equal to the number of buyers. (i.e. five lots and one buyer equals one transaction credit: five lots and five buyers equals five transaction credits.)

PURPOSE: To give recognition to outstanding salesperson members of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of
REALTORS® who have contributed to the real estate industry through a high level of production.

ELIGIBILITY:
• Any REALTOR® member of The Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS® in good standing.
• All real estate sales may be claimed for transaction or dollar volume credit, whether residential, commercial or industrial.
Sales Production minimum for the period Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2013:
BRONZE SILVER GOLD PLATINUM

$1 Million in

Sales Volume or

$2.5 Million in

Sales Volume or

$5 Million in

Sales Volume or

$7.5 Million in

Sales Volume or

25 Net Sale/Lease Credits 50 Net Sale/Lease Credits 75 Net Sale/Lease Credits 100 Net Sale/Lease Credits

SALES PRODUCTION: USE ONLY ONE METHOD.
Dollar Method Explanation - Obtained by dividing the sale price of closed transactions by the number of salespeople participating, with 50% credit received for listing and 50% for selling. A listing and a sale will get credit for the total gross of the sale only. You may not claim the gross twice, once for listing and again for the sale.
Credit Method Explanation - 1 sales transaction pertains to one closed real estate transaction with ½ credit for listing and ½ credit for selling. Dollar amount not applicable.

VERIFICATION: Verification of eligibility must be confirmed by each salesperson and his/her Broker/Manager. The application must be signed by both and submitted by the appropriate deadline. Applications postmarked after the date will not be accepted.

RULES FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS:

Name of applicant as it appears on license. License file number must be verified and correct.

Only this form or reproduced copies of this form are acceptable. When additional space is required, use additional copies of this form.

Applicant may use only one method to qualify.

All Applications must be accompanied by machine tape. All entries must be legible.

Open listings must be treated as a listed property for full credit. If you sell an open listing, you must also be the listing agent. Only ½ credit will be given if not properly indicated.

Closing dates must be indicated in chronological order, with verifications upon request. Names of listing and selling firms must be included.

Applications must be received in the association office by end of business Friday of the first full week of January.
(January 3, 2014) It is the responsibility of the award candidate to verify receipt of the application and documentation by the board as described herein.

“Sales volume credit” must be earned while being an active member of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS®


All decisions of the Review Committee are final.

Mail all applications to the Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS®, 5405 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44512.


PRESENTATION OF AWARDS: All award winners will receive a Certificate of Acknowledgement of their Awards and will be recognized at the Inaugural Dinner held in January of each year.

Download the rules and interactive form

  
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    In Sympathy
 

 

The Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS® extends its sincere sympathy to the family of:

Dan Dull, REALTOR® with Community First Real Estate,
whose mother Joann Dull, passed away on November 5, 2013.

Carmen Garcia, REALTOR® with Klacik Real Estate,
whose brother Mariano Rodriguez, passed away on November 28, 2013.

Kelly Restle, REALTOR® with Burgan Real Estate,
whose husband, Don Restle (Restle Builders),
passed away on December 2, 2013.

Mary Ann Pallante, of the Youngstown Columbiana
Association of REALTORS® staff,
whose sister-in-law, Eloise Peterson,
passed away on December 12, 2013.

 
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    Welcome New Agents
 

  Timothy Walsh - Howard Hanna
 
    Welcome New Company
 

  Keller Williams Chervenic Realty - Sue Filipovich, Broker
 
    Transfers
 

  Sue Filipovich from Legacy Select Real Estate to Keller Williams Chervenic Realty

Angela Welsch from Howard Hanna to Keller Williams Chervenic Realty

Dawn Kuhn from Howard Hanna to Northwood Realty Services

Truman Greene from Mahoning Valley Realty to Y-Town Realty, Inc.
 
    Company Name Change
 

  Pat Gallagher Realty to Gallagher Clark & Carney Realty
 
  
    Action
 

 
  It was properly moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the August 15, 2013, Directors meeting as written. 
MOTION CARRIED
It was properly moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the September 5, 2013, General Membership meeting as written. 
MOTION CARRIED
The association’s financial statements for August and September 2013 were filed for review. 
Committee reports were filed as follows:
Ballot Counting Committee- Jessica Perry Reviewed 2014 election results

Education Committee- Jessica Perry Reviewed upcoming educational seminars

Investment Committee- Charley Althof Reviewed report on investments.
It was properly moved and seconded to approve the transfer of $10,000.00 from investments to the main checking account to meet remaining 2013 expenses
MOTION CARRIED

RPAC Committee- Jessica Perry
It was properly moved and seconded to set the voluntary RPAC contribution on 2014 dues billing at $20.00
MOTION CARRIED

It was properly moved and seconded to approve scheduling the 2013 General Membership/RPAC fundraiser for September 4, 2014
MOTION CARRIED

Trade Fair- Jessica Perry
Attendance was reported as follows: 
41 Vendors, 133 Attendees, 55 Continuing Education. 
It was discussed to consider lowering cost for the CE in order to increase attendance.

Affiliate Council- Jon Schmied
Reviewed plans for the Chili Cookoff on November 4, 2014
  It was properly moved and seconded for Attorney Don Leone to review the website contract with Patty Massare of RealEstatePointe LLC and recommend how we should proceed in this matter being that the website is still not live and it will be 2 years in December since the signing of her contract.
  It was properly moved and seconded for Attorney Don Leone to draw up a clause to extend the garage lease for another 12 months.
  It was properly moved and seconded to approve the following:
Provisional REALTOR Membership of applicants:
   Wade Baer - Baer Auctioneers-Realty LLC
   William Baer-Baer Auctioneers-Realty LLC
   Sandy Beach - Howard Hanna
   Jamie Bledsoe - ERA Tri Sun Real Estate
   Wendy Booth - Howard Hanna
   Deborah Dancker - Howard Hanna
   Amanda Hamilton - Burgan Real Estate Ltd., Inc.
   Joseph Palumbo, Jr. - Palumbo & Associates
Provisional REALTOR Membership of new company:
   Baer Auctioneers-Realty LLC-Kenneth Baer
Affiliate Membership of applicants:
   Fifth Third Bank - Jennifer Krause
   Waterstone Mortgage Corporation - Brian Havlin
MOTION CARRIED
  It was properly moved and seconded to approve the 2014 Committee Chair/Co-Chair appointments of President-Elect Charley Althof
MOTION CARRIED
  It was properly moved and seconded to schedule the 2014 Installation Dinner for January 11, 2014, at Mr. Anthony’s.
MOTION CARRIED
  A letter from the current YSU Scholarship Recipient was distributed.

  It was properly moved and seconded to approve the minutes of the October 17, 2013, Directors meeting as written. MOTION CARRIED
  The Association’s financial statements for October 2013 were filed for review. 
  Committee reports were filed as follows:
Affiliate Council - John Schmied
   Reviewed Chili Cook-Off

Installation Committee - Jessica Perry
   Report on upcoming Installation on January 11, 2014
  It was properly moved and seconded for Attorney Don Leone to draw up a termination notice to Patty Massare of RealEstatePointe LLC without any further extensions being that the website is still not live and it will be 2 years in December since the initial signing of her contract.
MOTION CARRIED
  It was properly moved and seconded to approve the following:
Provisional REALTOR Membership new company:
Keller Williams Chervenic Realty - David Chervenic
Provisional REALTOR Membership of applicants:
Timothy Walsh - Howard Hanna
Affiliate Membership of applicants:
First Merit Bank - William Delli Bovi
MOTION CARRIED
  It was properly moved and seconded to approve 20 complimentary tickets to be given out for the 2014 Installation Banquet: Staff (4), Charley Althof (4), Jack & Jennifer Mayo (2), Sandi Bates and Guest (2), Tom Williams and guest (2), Dave Bissler and guest (2), HBA (2), WABOR (2).
MOTION CARRIED
  A report of the NAR conference in San Francisco was given out to the Directors.
  Added Agenda Item: CRIS Update - Judy Whittenberger
It was properly moved and seconded for Judy to report back to CRIS that YCAR Brokers (or a representative thereof) will participate in the presentation(s) that will be given by Sentralock and Supra. The Board has requested that these presentations take place in February 2014.
MOTION CARRIED
  
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104th Annual Installation Dinner -- Saturday, January 11, 2014

 
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    YCAR Offers Quarterly Dues Payment Service
 

 

In order to relieve the financial strain of paying your annual REALTOR® dues on December 1st (during the holiday season), the Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS® will continue to offer a voluntary quarterly dues payment service in 2014.

The quarterly dues payment service is available for members who have already paid their 2014 dues and wish to begin paying ahead their 2015 dues.

How to Pay Your 2015 Dues Ahead...

By March 1, 2014, remit a payment of $141.75
By June 1, 2014, remit a payment of $141.75
By September 1, 2014, remit a payment of $141.75
By December 1, 2014, remit a payment of $141.75

Advance dues payments in amounts different than the quarterly payments outlined above will also be accepted (minimum $100.00). You will receive a 2015 dues invoice with any adjustments to your balance on November 1, 2014 with the remaining portion of your 2015 dues payment due by December 1, 2014.

If you choose to take advantage of this quarterly dues payment service, but by December 1, 2014 you decide not to continue your REALTOR® membership for 2015, your entire 2015 advance dues payment will be refunded.

If you have any questions call Mary Ann Pallante at the association office at 330-788-7026.

  
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