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Nominate Yourself or a Fellow Member for 2015 BABR Leadership
Nomination Deadline: Friday, August 15, 2014

Are you interested in having a say in the leadership of your Board? Here is your chance! The Nominating Committee is currently accepting nomination forms from the members who would like to nominate someone for a position on the Board of Directors. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors in 2015 or nominating another member, please submit your nominations by Friday, August 15th.

HUD Chooses Atlanta as second site of Location Affordability Portal Rollout
Local

The new HUD portal provides great tools and we encourage each of you to use it when available. You can provide this new information to your clients who are trying to make tough neighborhood and home buying decisions. The REALTORS® will be co-hosting a roll-out event for the Location Affordability Portal with HUD on July 17th. This event will provide further information on these tools and will feature expert panels regarding all the ways in which this data can impact our industry and your business.

2014 PAC CHANGES, Application & Deadline
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by 5:00 pm

Professional Achievers Circle applications are now available to Bartow members.  Mark your calendars accordingly.  We look forward to a prosperous year and receiving your PAC applications this coming January.

Georgia Association of REALTORS® Reviews the 2014 Legislative Session
State Issues Update

A quick Georgia legislative session ended at midnight on Thursday, March 20th. Keith Hatcher and John Barbour played great defense to protect our membership and the foundations of our industry.

2014 REALTOR® Party Convention and Trade Expo Summary
Federal Issues Update

Board members headed to D.C. last week and took an active role in advancing the real estate industry, public policy and the REALTORS® Association. Members and staff attended special issues forums, committee meetings, the industry trade show and presented federal issues of concern to the Georgia Congressional delegation. These meetings included lunch with Senators Chambliss and Isakson and discussions with staff in the offices of Congressmen Gingrey, Price, Lewis and Scott.

NOTICE: Change to Annual Affiliate Membership Renewal Cycle

Thank you for your continued membership and support of the Bartow Area Board of REALTORS®! Last year, a request was made to the Board of Directors to consider changing the renewal date for the Affiliate members so that all members – both REALTORS® and Affiliates, would be renewing simultaneously. After careful consideration, the Board agreed with this recommendation and began the process of implementing this change.

Notice to Real Estate Licensees of Rule Changes
From the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC)

At its April 2, 2014 meeting, The Georgia Real Estate Commission adopted a revised "Advertising" Rule and a revised "Maintaining a License" Rule which will increase the continuing education requirements for maintaining a license.

Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act
National

On March 21, 2014, President Obama signed the "Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act" into law. This law repeals FEMA’s authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. 

Congratulations to the 2013 Professional Achievers Circle!

The Bartow Area Board of REALTORS® recognized the 2013 Professional Achievers Circle at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 18th. The Banquet was held at the Cartersville Country Club. PAC recipients were recognized, along with all of the special category awards. Congratulations to all of 2013's best!

FHA Dual Agency Remains Permissible
National

Communications from lenders such as Bank of America saying dual agency isn't allowed for FHA short sales are incorrect. HUD has delayed its plan to prohibit dual agency on FHA short sales and is working with NAR to develop a policy that addresses NAR's concerns over the impact such a prohibition would have on communities. Currently, dual agency is allowed in short sale transactions with FHA. For more information, contact Sarah Young, 202.383.1233.

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