GNAR News – 3/24/11

Guest Speaker, Mayor Donna Holady
GNAR is pleased to welcome Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday, at 9am.  We look forward to hearing from the Mayor. 

There will not be a Caravan this week, caravan will resume on 3/31.  As a reminder, details on properties should be submitted no later than 12 noon on Wednesday before tour.  For additional information on the Caravan rules, please see the page tab above.

Disaster in Japan: How to Help
March 16, 2011 by Wendy Cole · 4 Comments
Filed under: Breaking News, NAR 
By Wendy Cole, Senior Editor, REALTOR® Magazine
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® has watched with horror at the events  in Japan since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off shore on March 11, triggering a tsunami, unimaginable devastation and a nuclear crisis that is still unfolding.

As in the case of the recent earthquakes in New Zealand, NAR has identified four funds that the association believes are well equipped to provide disaster-relief services. NAR urges members who want to make a donation to consider one of these organizations.

“REALTORS® build communities here in the U.S., but we also have a role to play in the global community, as well. With that in mind, we want to express our heartfelt concern and support for the people of Japan during these trying times,” says NAR President Ron Phipps.

Jason Watabe of Mercer Island, Wash., NAR President’s liaison to Japan’s four real estate associations, has helped to develop additional support programs with the Seattle-King County Association of REALTORS®.  “We cherish our business relations in Japan,” he said.  “And we have to show our friendship by extending financial support in providing the victims food, water, heat and shelter for tonight and tomorrow.”  The association has set up a site for those interested in contributing to both immediate relief efforts and and long-term shelter and rebuilding initiatives.

The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), based in Carlsbad, Calif., has set up a fund to help address Japan’s long-term needs and support future rebuilding of homes for the people of the hardest hit Tohoku region. Read about the initiative and how you can help.

Here are brief descriptions of the NAR-recommended funds along with helpful giving tips from Read more

Additional Articles of Interest from REALTOR Magazine

Since Apple Inc.’s iPad hit the market last spring, more than 3.5 million units have sold, beating the market’s expectations for the product demand by 162 percent, according to the manufacturer. The 1.5-pound device has also beaten the expectations of many real estate pros, allowing them to show listings, schedule appointments, sign documents, and ultimately get to closing more easily.  To see the rest of the article from REALTOR Magazine, click Applications for Closing Transactions: Technology: REALTOR Magazine.

Yet another interesting article from the magazine (since we live/transact near the Seabrook Nuclear facility) …. REALTOR® Magazine-Daily News-Homes Near Nuclear Plants Face New Challenges.


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