July 27 – GNAR News

Call for Nominations

It is that time of year and we are seeking interested candidates for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Officers.  The following positions will be presented for election at our Annual Meeting on October 13, 2016.

  • President-Elect (automatically succeeds President) 
  • Secretary (one-year term)
  • Treasurer (one-year term)
  • Local Director (3-year term)
  • MAR Alternate Directors (two open, 1-year term each)

To read about each of the above positions and submit your interest to serve, please use the link below:

https://goo.gl/forms/fcYnUZW8jx25Znsh1

We value your participation in the association.  By volunteering on the GNAR Board, you will gain insight and experience locally as well as with both the Massachusetts (MAR) and National Association (NAR) of REALTORS.

Help shape the programs and services we deliver to our members! Completed e-forms should be submitted prior to August 16, 2016.  For any questions or to request a paper application, please call GNAR at 978-462-5415.

The Slate of Officers will be published in accordance with GNAR Bylaws at least three weeks prior to the election of Officers & Directors.  Again, election for 2017-2018 positions will be held at the GNAR Annual Membership meeting on October 13, 2016.  Please mark the date on your calendar.

*Positions on the board and voting is open to REALTOR members only, Affiliate members are welcome to attend the Annual Membership meeting but are not voting members of the Association.

Weekly – Broker OH and Luncheons

 Learn the market, see the listings!

Search for the latest Broker Open House offerings using MLS PIN.  Search for Broker OH (next 3 days) and you’ll see all the listings with a broker bus icon offered in our area.   Reminder:  JPEG flyers (for luncheons only) should be sent BEFORE NOON each Wednesday for inclusion in this newsletter.  No flyers are needed for broker OH without luncheon, but must also be added to MLS PIN before noon each Wednesday.

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Massachusetts Home Buyers Pushed Sales to Another Record for the Month of June

by MAR (Eric Berman – eberman@marealtor.com – 781-839-5507) | Jul 26, 2016

Single-family median home prices hit $380,000 for the first time

WALTHAM, Mass. – July 26, 2016 – The Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (MAR) reported today that home buyers pushed home sales to another record for the month of June. While year-over-year increases were more modest compared to previous months, single-family home median prices hit $380,000 for the first time. Condominium sales also closed higher with median prices up from 2015.

June Closed Sales:

Single-Family June 2016 June 2015 %Change
Sales 6,740 6,374 +5.7%
Median Price $380,000 $372,250 +2.1%
  • Most closed sales in the month of June since 2004
  • Closed sales have been up 17 out of the last 24 months
  • Median prices have been up for the 14 out of the last 15 months
Condominium June 2016 June 2015 %Change
Sales 2,646 2,630 +0.6%
Median Price $349,900 $330,000 +6.0%
  • Closed sales have been up or flat 12 of the last 16 months
  • Median prices have been up 11 out of the last 15 months

“The competition to buy a home in Massachusetts right now very intense,” said 2016 MAR President Annie Blatz, branch executive at Kinlin Grover Real Estate in Brewster. “Buyers are having to use every additional dollar worth of purchasing power they are getting from these historically-low interest rates to close a deal.”

Inventory and Days on Market:

Single-Family June 2016 June 2015 %Change
Inventory 17,711 24,649 -28.1%
Months of Supply 3.6 5.8 -37.9%
Days on Market 81 85 -4.7%
New Listings 8,612 9,391 -8.3%
  • 53rd straight month of year-over-year inventory decreases
  • New listings added to the market down for the third time in 12 months
Condominium June 2016 June 2015 %Change
Inventory 2,646 2,630 +0.6%
Months of Supply 2.3 3.6 -36.1%
Days on Market 64 64 0.0%
New Listings 2,816 3,031 -7.1%
  • First time in 65 months that inventory has increased
  • New listings added to the market down for the third time in 12 months

“While we need more than just homeowners to list their homes for sale to meet our inventory shortage, it is the most immediate thing we can do to help boost supply,” said Blatz.

About the Massachusetts Association of Realtors®:

Organized in 1924, the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® is a professional trade organization with more than 22,000+ members.  The term REALTOR® is registered as the exclusive designation of members of the National Association of REALTORS® who subscribe to a strict code of ethics and continuing education programs.

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July 20 – GNAR News

Tonite at the Firehouse and
Merchants in Newburyport

GNAR has donated a gift basket to support the fundraiser benefitting those impacted by the fire on June 28.  From 5-9pm The Firehouse will have a great line-up of bands including:

Lux                                                5 PM
Henry Welch Band                   6 PM  
Cup of Joe                                   7 PM
Liz Frame and The Kickers     8 PM 

There will also be a variety of local retail items and beer and wine raffled at the Firehouse event (GNAR’s basket is pictured below).  Suggested donation for the event at the Firehouse is $25 per person.

Additionally, many local restaurants and retailers are donating a percentage of their proceeds today toward the relief fund.  President Marion Spark will be at the Firehouse, stop by and join the fun, while helping the cause!  CLICK the FiredUpNBPT picture below to see all the participating businesses (provided by Newburyport Chamber of Commerce website).


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FIREDUP BASKET

THURSDAY NITE–5:30pm
Member Mixer – 
SurfSide 5 in Salisbury

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Join your fellow members for an after work casual mixer with two raffles and snacks, cash bar.  This month, the Affiliate hosts will be Arlene Keating of Law Office of Arlene Keating and Lance Adie of Citizens Bank.  Thank you to our sponsors.  Should be a nice night on the back deck overlooking Salisbury Beach!  beautiful views from 5:30p-7:30 or later – stay for the sunset!

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Letter to the Editor – Daily News 7/20/16

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Weekly – Broker OH and Luncheons

 Learn the market, see the listings!

Search for the latest Broker Open House offerings using MLS PIN.  Search for Broker OH (next 3 days) and you’ll see all the listings with a broker bus icon offered in our area.   Reminder:  JPEG flyers (for luncheons only) should be sent BEFORE NOON each Wednesday for inclusion in this newsletter.  No flyers are needed for broker OH without luncheon, but must also be added to MLS PIN before noon each Wednesday.

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July 13 – GNAR News

Join us next Thursday!
July Member Mixer!

SurfSide 5 in Salisbury – 5:30pm

Next Thursday, July 21, join your fellow members for an after work casual mixer with two raffles and snacks, cash bar.  This month, the Affiliate hosts will be Arlene Keating of Law Office of Arlene Keating and Lance Adie of Citizens Bank.  Thank you to our sponsors.  Should be a nice night on the back deck overlooking Salisbury Beach!  beautiful views from 5:30p-7:30 or later – stay for the sunset!

 

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Thursday – Broker OH and Luncheons

 Learn the market, see the listings!

Search for the latest Broker Open House offerings using MLS PIN.  Search for Broker OH (next 3 days) and you’ll see all the listings with a broker bus icon offered in our area.   Reminder:  JPEG flyers (for luncheons only) should be sent BEFORE NOON each Wednesday for inclusion in this newsletter.  No flyers are needed for broker OH without luncheon, but must also be added to MLS PIN before noon each Wednesday.

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EXTENDED….
NAR CALL for ACTION (CFA)

Your RPAC dollars at work!  

Call for Action: Pass HR 3700

Take action now to urge your Senators to pass H.R. 3700.  The “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016,” makes needed reforms to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) condominium loan program, federal assisted housing programs and Rural Housing Service loan programs. Simply, this bill makes buying a condo A LOT easier by expanding opportunities for first time home buyers and streamlining rural housing programs for low income rental residents. The House of Representatives passed this bill unanimously with a bipartisan vote of 427-0 and now we need the Senate to act!

This CFA from NAR is still open – if you haven’t yet, please take a moment to respond.  Our legislators listen to the voice of REALTORS.  We are happy to report that GNAR continues to lead the State of Massachusetts on the NAR CFA with 22.57% (up from 21.09% last week) response rate.  If you haven’t yet, please don’t delay, click below today!

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July 6 – GNAR News

RPAC Comedy Fundraiser Results

Thank you to all that came to our first (and perhaps annual) event to benefit RPAC.  We had a great time with three very funny and talented comedians performing.  The event helped raise funds toward the REALTOR Political Action Committee (RPAC) and PAF (Political Action Fund).

Ticket sales and proceeds from the incredible gift basket silent action totalled $2,145, which means GNAR has exceeded both the participation and fundraising goals set by MAR for 2016.

Please note, for 2017, RPAC contributions can be made when paying your annual dues invoice or at next years event, such as the Comedy Night.  Your participation is voluntary, and supports local political candidates (RPAC) that support legislation with a positive impact on the real estate industry.  PAF funds are for legislative issues at the National level and are not candidate specific.  For more information on the importance of RPAC, including the most recent Call For Action (CFA) please visit http://www.realtor.org/topics/rpac

Photos from the event can be viewed here http://gallery.hydren.net/comedy

Thank you again to our sponsors
for this special evening

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CALL for ACTION (CFA)

Your RPAC dollars at work!  

Both the National and State Associations have recently sent emails asking for you to participate in a Call For Action.  It takes less than a minute to respond, so please click thru so our legislators see first hand the voice of REALTORS at the State and Nation level.

We are happy to report that GNAR leads the State on the NAR CFA with 21.09% response rate.  If you haven’t yet, please don’t delay, click below today!

Call for Action: Pass HR 3700

Thursday – Broker OH and Luncheons

Search for the latest Broker Open House offerings using MLS PIN.  Search for Broker OH (next 3 days) and you’ll see all the listings with a broker bus icon offered in our area.   Learn the market, see the listings!  Reminder:  On flyers for luncheons, these must be sent as jpeg file to be included in the newsletter.

FREE CEU/Marketing Session offered 
by REALTORS Commercial Alliance

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June 29 – GNAR News

CONGRATULATIONS!
Realtor and Affiliate of the Year 2016

REALTOR OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Nancy Rose of Keller Williams the GNAR 2016 Realtor of the Year!  A great night was had by all at the Bradford Tavern last Thursday, June 22.  Everyone enjoyed celebrating Nancy’s accomplishments.  Through her association participation as well as within our communities, Nancy has made an impact on our industry.  Nancy was both surprised and honored and looks forward to continued volunteer work with GNAR while at Keller Williams.

AFFILIATE OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to our 2016 Affiliate(s) of the Year as well.  We were very excited to honor both Rob Ciampitti and Charlie Palmisano of Liberty Law for their contribution to the industry and for all they do in supporting our members — whether it be for transactions, training, or sponsorships, their activities within the community and our association are truly appreciated.

Update:  It is important to note that Liberty Law suffered damage as a result of the fire in Newburyport yesterday and has seamlessly relocated to temporary space at 10 State Street, Suite 214.  They are fully operational at this space and can be reached at the same phone numbers and emails.   You are in our thoughts during this time of rebuilding.

Photos from the event:

 

Thank you to MLS PIN for their generous sponsorship of the event!

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CALLS for ACTION!!!

Both the National and State Associations have sent emails asking for you to participate in a call for action.  These should not be ignored.  Both have far reaching implications and would make your business more challenging to transact if the proposed legislation were to pass.  Please read them, it takes less than a minute, and click thru so our legislators hear the power of the combined forces of REALTORS in the State and Nationally.  This is your RPAC dollars at work!  There is a click thru on the home page of our site for the NAR CFA.  The MAR CFA is for a vote that occurs tomorrow, don’t delay, click today!

Thursday – Broker OH and Luncheons

Search for the latest Broker Open House offerings using MLS PIN.  Search for Broker OH (next 3 days) and you’ll see all the listings with a broker bus icon offered in our area.   Learn the market, see the listings!  Reminder:  On flyers for luncheons, these must be sent as jpeg file to be included in the newsletter.

Free MLS PIN Training at GNAR
July 2016 – Register Today!

Laptops are provided!

Pinergy’s Listings Management 07/19/2016 9:30 AM Sign Up
Pinergy’s CMA & Market Reports 07/19/2016 12:30 PM Sign Up
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