Member News ~ April 18, 2012

NO CARAVAN tomorrow – April 19 –

There will be a great tour next week  following the presentation by Amesbury Mayor, Thatcher Kezer.

Thank you to Port Pride Campaign . . .

for the informative presentation on the proposed project for a new “Bresnahan” school, new Senior Community Center, and work to be performed at the Molin/Nock Middle School.   For more information visit the following links and


Maximize Your iPad and iPhone – April 20 (three offerings, 9-3)

Do you have an iPad or iPhone, ever wonder how to get the most out of it and take advantage of all the great things it can do?  Now’s your opportunity!  Enroll in one of the three sessions being offered THIS FRIDAY,  4/20.  The day will be split into Beginner, Inter/Advanced, and Open Discussion.  Enroll in one or all three sessions, to learn more and sign up for what works best for you, click here:  This day of learning (including lunch) is generously sponsored by Audio Video Experience and NEMoves Mortgage.

RPR – Realtors Property Resource – April 23 (10:30-noon)
(from the National Assoc. of REALTORS) –
RPR Training is occurring at associations all across the U.S.  Have you heard about RPR?  A free benefit to REALTORS developed by the National Association of REALTORS (NAR).  This 1.5 hour class is designed to bring you up-to-date on what this powerful automated tool can do for you during the listing process, and how it can be helpful for clients inquiring about a particular neighborhood/geographic area.  Learn about this great resource for creating reports that supplement your CMA.  Enroll now:

Fair Housing – a free training for
REALTORS at the YWCA (non-CEU)

When:          April 25, 2012 noon to 2:00 PM
Where:         Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb Street
Presenter:   Anne Seligsohn, The Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston

Last fall, the YWCA hosted

an event on how to develop a welcoming community for people of color.  Barry Bluestone from the DukakisCenterpresented demographic data that dispelled many myths and misconceptions regarding the impact of increased minority population.  Michelle

Waters-Ekanem, Director of Diversity for the Department of Environmental Protection [MassDEP] in Bostoninvited attendees to comment and respond to the presentation.  One of the outcomes from this discussion was the desire to hold a luncheon for REALTORS focusing on fair housing law.

On April 25th, Ann Seligsohn from the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston will be conducting the training regarding fair housing law.  The first portion of the training will review protected classes, types of discriminatory actions, exemptions, Massachusetts Lead Law, Section 8 housing vouchers and Fair Housing as it relates to disabilities.

The second portion of the training will be a more practical approach to the law in which advice is given on how to balance the desires of landlords and owners with the law.  A series of best practices will be presented to guide the work of REALTORS.  Consequences of housing discrimination will also be presented.  The training will end with a question and answer session.

This training is free of charge for REALTORS and includes a complimentary lunch.  For members of the general public who are interested in fair housing, the cost of the lunch is $25. Reservations are required by calling 978-465-YWCA (9922).


NEXT THURSDAY April 26 – Amesbury Mayor Thatcher Kezer
April 28 and 29 – National Open House Weekend – NAR – National Association of REALTORS


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