JAN 18 – GNAR Newsletter Vol. 3

SAVE THE DATE:

Our first Membership Meeting of 2017 will be Thursday, February 9, speaker still yet to be confirmed.  Meeting will kickoff with refreshments at 8:45am…. speaker at 9am. MARK your CALENDARS please.

AVOID A LATE FEE…
Dues Billing Deadline Approaching…

Please be sure to pay your 2017 dues invoice prior to 1/31 to avoid a $50 late fee.

Invoices were sent to all members in early November, if you did not receive one, please contact GNAR asap, as we may have an inaccurate email on file.  Any questions concerning dues billing, please call GNAR.  Checks should me made payable to GNAR, or you can easily pay your dues via credit card online 24/7 using this link:

https://secure.realtor.org/ecommenu.nsf/ecommenu?OpenForm&Menu

Next Monday, NEREN (NH CE – MLS)
Class and Solar Energy (MA CE)

We are excited to offer two classes on January 23 for CE credit.  For details and to register use the button below:
Eventbrite - NEREN Paragon Software Training (AM Class) or New Solar Energy Class (PM Class)

MLS PIN Classes at GNAR –
Every month, Free!

Enroll Today for next weeks – January classes

Pinergy’s Contact Management 01/25/2017 9:30 AM Sign Up
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JAN 11 – GNAR Newsletter Vol. 2

Dues Billing Deadline Approaching…

Please be sure to pay your 2017 dues invoice prior to 1/31.  After that date a late fee will be added.  Invoices were sent to all members in early November, if you did not receive one, please contact GNAR asap, as we may have an inaccurate email on file.

Any questions concerning dues billing, please call asap.  You can pay your dues online 24/7 using this link:

https://secure.realtor.org/ecommenu.nsf/ecommenu?OpenForm&Menu

GNAR Continuing Education 2017

We are excited to offer two classes on January 23 for CE credit.  For details and to register use the button below:
Eventbrite - NEREN Paragon Software Training (AM Class) or New Solar Energy Class (PM Class)

MLS PIN Classes at GNAR –
Every month, Free!

Enroll Today for January classes

Pinergy’s Contact Management 01/25/2017 9:30 AM Sign Up
VOW: Getting Started with Your Pinergy Virtual Office Website 01/25/2017 12:30 PM Sign Up
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JAN 4 – GNAR Newsletter Vol. 1

Wishing a very Happy New Year to
our REALTOR® members and the community…

GNAR is sending greetings to the local community for a very Happy New Year–be sure to see our full page ad to appear this Friday in the Newburyport Daily News, as pictured below.  As a member, you should include REALTOR® as part of your signature line on emails and in all presentations.  There is a difference between a sales agent and a REALTOR®.  Visit http://www.www.nar.realtor for more information on using the branding, trademark, and logo in all your communications and on social media.

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GNAR Continuing Education 2017

We are excited to offer two classes on January 23 for CE credit.  For details and to register use the button below:
Eventbrite - NEREN Paragon Software Training (AM Class) or New Solar Energy Class (PM Class)

MLS PIN Classes at GNAR –
Every month, Free!

Enroll Today for January classes

Pinergy’s Contact Management 01/25/2017 9:30 AM Sign Up
VOW: Getting Started with Your Pinergy Virtual Office Website 01/25/2017 12:30 PM Sign Up
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December 28 – GNAR Newsletter

Happy New Year 2017

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Government Affairs Update from NAR

National Association of REALTORS®
FROM:    NAR Government Affairs
John DiBiase
Communications Director
Government Affairs
RE:            Year-End Update/2017 Preview
DATE:      16 December 2016 

While NAR cannot predict what the New Year will bring, we do have some insights from our friends in Congress that lead us to an anticipated path for 2017.

Congress adjourns without passing Tax-Extenders

After passing a Continuing Resolution that will fund Federal Government operations until April 28, 2017, the 114th Congress adjourned on Friday, December 9, 2016.  An extension of the Mortgage Cancellation Debt Relief, part of the “Tax Extenders” package was not passed in the lame duck session.  Homeowners completing a short-sale or a mortgage modification at any time during calendar year 2016 are eligible for the relief when they file their 2016 Income Taxes in April of 2017.  NAR will be working on an extension in early 2017 that would be retroactive to January 1, 2017.

We’re onto 2017
The 115th Congress will open on January 3, 2017 when Members take their oath of office.

What About Tax Reform?
Here is what NAR has learned so far. The Trump Transition Team along with the Republican Congressional leadership intends to use a legislative vehicle called Budget Reconciliation to move Tax Reform.  NAR is already engaged with key members of the tax writing committees in the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle, to outline our positions on Tax Reform.  Our Tax Team has drafted two documents for association members who may have questions about Tax Reform, for FPCs (Federal Political Coordinators) who will be meeting with Members of Congress and for general use.  These documents will evolve as the Tax Reform debate evolves.  We will periodically let you know when there has been a revision and we will keep the document at the same web link throughout the debate so if you can always have access to the latest information.

Document One Issue Brief: http://narfocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/19/2795.pdf

Document Two Talking Points: http://narfocus.com/billdatabase/clientfiles/172/19/2796.pdf

Individual Real Estate Tax Provisions
There is currently no Tax Reform Bill since Congress has adjourned.  The House Ways and Means Committee is using the Blueprint a series of tax reform principles to help guide and shape the debate. The Blueprint contains an increase in the Standard Deduction and elimination of the deduction for State and Local Taxes.  NAR is opposed to these two concepts.  Additionally, many of you have been contacted by outside groups who are asking you to mobilize your members in opposition to changes to the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange provision.  NAR opposes any changes to the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange provision and will launch a Call for Action on Tax Reform Legislation when appropriate, please disregard these outside requests.

NAR Priorities for the 115th Congress
Regulatory reform, tax reform, National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization, housing finance reform (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and other housing and real estate issues that arise. 

GOP Priorities for the 115th Congress
The GOP leadership has identified several priorities for 2017.  These are not listed in any particular order, but rather are intended to provide a snap-shot of what issues are going to be looked at early in the new Congress.  While the media has made much of the “the First 100 Days” agenda of the incoming Administration, Congress is going to evaluate progress throughout 2017.  In order to use Budget Reconciliation both chambers must pass the same Budget.  It is the leadership’s intention to pass both an FY17 Budget and an FY18 Budget so that they can use Budget Reconciliation twice, one time to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the second for Tax Reform.  Regulatory reform is expected to be high on the list of Congressional action.  This is a reaction to the large number of executive orders issued in the Obama Administration. Congress will flex its muscles as a co-equal branch of government.  Job Creation it is expected that the GOP will claim most recent job creation was the result of regulatory compliance and not added demand for workers.  Immigration GOP will push for border security measures including the Southern Border Wall.  Additionally, the US Senate will have more than 1200 nominations to process, potentially slowing down legislative activity.

 

Holiday Gala and Installation Photos

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December 21 – GNAR Newsletter

Holiday Gala and Installation Photos

Thank you to Kyle Cutcliff of RE/MAX On the River for providing these great photos from our recent holiday celebration and installation of officers.  The event was published in the Newburyport Daily News yesterday – the Daily News article content is directly below the photos.  If you have photos you’d like to share, please send to services@gnarealtor.com

Have a great holiday everyone!

Newburyport Daily News – December 20, 2016

Realtor Group Installs New Leadership Team 

The Greater Newburyport Association of Realtors’ 2017 leadership team was installed on Dec. 1 at the Blue Ocean Music Hall at Salisbury Beach. Greater Newburyport Association of Realtors’ Past-President Craig Holt administered the oath of office to the new president, officers, and Board of Directors.

Kim Weeks, Realtor, with RE/MAX On the River in Newburyport, was installed as 2017 president; Michael Jewell, Realtor with Real Estate Aspects in Amesbury as president-elect; William Barrows, Realtor, Keller Williams/Newburyport, treasurer; and Erin Duggan, Realtor, Coldwell Banker/Manchester, as secretary.

Joining the executive officers, as local and state directors, are Frank Bertolino (The North Shore Realty Group); Kristin Leone (The North Shore Realty Group), Michael Morales (Coldwell Banker/Newburyport); Linda Knight (William Raveis-The Dolores Person Group); Christine Masiello (Coldwell Banker/Newburyport). Also speaking at the event was 2016 president, Marion Spark of Coldwell Banker/Newburyport. She conveyed to the attendees the value Realtors bring to their clients, the level of professionalism, and their adherence to the Realtor Code of Ethics.

A past president, Spark has served on most every committee, most notably the MAR Forms Committee and the Consumer Outreach Committee. During her tenure as president, her commitment to the association and the community was evidenced through giving back at the Boys and Girls Club and Salvation Army throughout the year.

2017 Board of Directors and Officers

Officers/Executive Committee –
2017 President – Kim Weeks
2017 President Elect – Michael Jewell
Immediate Past President – Marion Spark
Treasurer – Bill Barrows
Secretary – Erin Duggan

Local Directors – 
Frank Bertolino, Michael Morales, and
Kristen Leone
MAR Alternate Directors – Linda Knight and Christine Masiello

 

Thank you to Susan Grillo

For these great shots of the tree floating on the Atlantic Ocean in Salisbury.  Both GNAR and Blue Ocean published these cool pics to their facebook pages this past week!

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