GUILFORD TAX INFO SERVICE NOW LIVE
The Guilford County Tax Department has announced that the long-awaited overhaul of its Billing and Collections system will be unveiled to the public on July 6, 2010. Read about it here (.pdf file).
HELP LEGALIZE SIGNS IN OAK RIDGE
In the first meeting of TREBIC's Small Town Sign Legalization Task Force, Oak Ridge was designated the first priority. Oak Ridge is the only town that actually prohibits the signs, and they enforce heavily.
The Task Force is organizing a meeting of the Realtors AND BUILDERS most involved in that area to determine a consensus on how to move forward in this jurisdiction. The meeting will be held at the Allen Tate office in Oak Ridge (2215 Oak Ridge Road) on Tuesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Please spread the word to agents and builders that regularly work in Oak Ridge. It is imperative that we have their input.
The next meeting for Small Town Sign Legalization Task Force is Wednesday, July 28 at 3:00 pm at GBA upstairs. Contact Judy Stalder at TREBIC (email@example.com) if you would like to join the task force for
a) all meetings OR
b) to participate in discussions about a particular town or jurisdiction
Here is how you can help:
1) Email Judy Stalder at TREBIC (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you know of any areas where enforcement of sign ordinances is occurring and/or causing problems
2) Think about the “mood” of staff and elected officials in your town. Are they friendly/sympathetic to builders and Realtors? Are they builders or Realtors themselves? Email information to Judy.
3) Archdale, Trinity and Jamestown have ordinances that specifically allow off premise real estate signs. Let Judy know if you have experienced problems in these jurisdictions.
REALTOR PARTNER NEWS
July Partner of the Month
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2011 Committee Request Forms
If you would like to serve on the REALTOR® Partner Committee in 2011, please fill out the attached application or visit our website to submit a request online at www.ncrealtors.org.
TREBIC: ALL THINGS AIRPORT JULY 20TH
4:00-5:30 pm, Tuesday, July 20th
ALL THINGS AIRPORT!
4:00 PTIA Master Plan Briefing, Kevin Baker, Deputy Director PTIA
4:45 Heart of the Triad Briefing, Jeff Hatling, Kernersville Planning Director
5:15 Aerotropolis Land Supply Analysis Update, Marlene Sanford, Subcommittee Chair
At High Point Regional Association of Realtors
1830 Eastchester Drive, High Point 27265
Members of the following associations are invited to this area-wide event:
GRRA, HPRAR and WSRAR
GRCA, HPRCA and WSRCA
GBA and HBAWS
TAA and NAIOP
Parking is limited to 80 vehicles, so carpool if you can.
REALTOR.COM SITE REDESIGN ENTERS BETA TESTING PHASE
We want to bring you up-to-date on the new REALTOR.com® website redesign that is currently in beta testing. The new site enhancements make accessing all the rich data available on REALTOR.com® intuitive and better than ever! The millions of consumers who visit REALTOR.com® each month will be able to find properties, as well as companies and agents, faster and more easily.
The “new” REALTOR.com will have upgrades to the search functionality and mapping presentation for current properties for sale, and the user interface design has been updated with new coloring and a tab layout at the top of the page.
Key Features of the “new“ REALTOR.com – currently in “beta” release:
New “Find REALTORS®” and Free Member Profile Pages for ALL
ALL members will have the opportunity to have a Profile Page within the new Find REALTORS® search experience. All members will be able to:
- upload their photo
- include an “About Me” romance paragraph
- identify designations/certifications
- specify languages spoken, specializations
- Interface with social networking links (Facebook®, LinkedIn®, Twitter®).
- Provide listing metrics – which can be turned off/on by the agent
The following link includes a short video and downloadable instructions for your members on “how to” add or revise their profile:
Improved presentation of listing data and property information
- The Listing Detail Pages are enhanced with more information -- including more prominently displayed Open House section, property tax and sales history, and better integration of neighborhood information
- The New Map Search allows consumer to explore neighborhoods, find points of interest, and learn about home values all on an easy-to-read map.
- Easier access to information that has been available on REALTOR.com for several years, such as the ability to more easily search recently sold properties and area sales statistics
New platform with improved speed and flexibility
In addition to the upgrades in the user experience, this release includes the launch of our new underlying system architecture and unified data base – bringing more technical flexibility to the site and faster search results for all users.
Users may choose to explore the Beta version of the new site now by clicking on the link at the top of the REALTOR.com® home page. We anticipate that the new REALTOR.com® experience will be fully released in Summer 2010.
Over One Million Downloads of REALTOR.COM® iPHONE APP in Five Months
We are also pleased to announce that the REALTOR.com iPhone application has had over 1,300,000 downloads since it was launched in January 2010! The REALTOR.com® iPhone application is the most comprehensive real estate search on iPhone. Consumers can search based on GPS location, search nearby Open Houses, show listings on a map, and “one tap” call to the listing agent. The REALTOR.com® iPhone app can be downloaded from Apple iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-estate-search/id336698281 or visit our iPhone information page at www.realtor.com/iphone
EPA DELAYS LEAD PAINT ENFORCEMENT UNTIL OCTOBER
Big news in the world of lead-based paint: The Environmental Protection Agency this week announced it would delay enforcement of its new lead-based paint rules for contractors
No action will be taken until October 1 against contractors who haven't yet fulfilled their training.Read more about it at the GRRA Blog
PITCH IN TO HELP REALTOR VICTIMS OF NASHVILLE FLOODING
Your Association is trying to reach out to our colleagues in Nashville who were affected by the recent floods. We have been contacted by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®, which is trying to coordinate relief efforts for REALTORS® whose homes have been damaged by the floods.
The GRRA hopes to send a group of volunteers in the next few weeks to do clean-up and repair work, but we need to know how many people we can send. Ideally, we’d like to send people over a weekend. The association will take care of all related expenses.
If you’re interested in helping out, e-mail Glen Baity (email@example.com), or call him at 854-5868. When you write, be sure to include the following:
1) Your weekend availability in June and July
2) Any unique expertise you have (hanging drywall, etc.)
Once we get an indication of how many volunteers we may have, we can start firming up details. This trip could make a huge difference in the lives of your REALTOR® colleagues in Tennessee, so we hope you’ll consider donating your time and sweat to this worthy cause.