Weekly News – January 10 – Vol 50

From: NAR Government Affairs Director, John DiBiase
Subject: NAR Analysis of 2017 Tax Reform Law

The following is a summary of provisions of interest to NAR and its members. NAR will be providing ongoing updates and guidance to members in the coming weeks, as well as working with Congress and the Administration to address additional concerns through future legislation and rulemaking. Lawmakers have already signaled a desire to fine tune elements of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as well as address additional tax provisions not included in this legislation in 2018, and REALTORS® will need to continue to be engaged in the process.

The examples provided are for illustrative purposes and based on a preliminary reading of the final legislation as of December 20, 2017. Individuals should consult a tax professional about their own personal situation.

What Tax Reform Means for Real Estate Professionals

John J. DiBiase
Government Affairs Communications Director
National Association of REALTORS®
Washington, DC 20001

Got Committee Interest?
Due by 1/12/18 to GNAR

An email was sent last week regarding opportunities for participation on a committee, or committee work to prepare for leadership roles on the Board of Directors thru committee service.

Dear GNAR Members —

Happy New Year 2018!

Our Association is busy preparing to help make 2018 a very successful year for you.  During my acceptance speech at our annual gala and installation, I mentioned several goals I had for our Association.  One of them was to get more members involved with the Association’s committees.  To help achieve this goal we are asking that you review the list of committees below to find one or more on which you would like to serve.

Please reply with your interest detailed to Susan Tiernan – services@gnarealtor.com   If you are interested in more than one committee, please number in priority order the ones you wish to be considered for and reply to Susan no later than Friday, January 12, 2018

Thank you very much for your interest!  I look forward to working with you in 2018!

Best regards, 


Michael L. Jewell, CRB, CRS
2018 GNAR President


Background:  GNAR Committees are established annually by the President of the association, and Chairperson appointees are presented to the Board of Directors for confirmation per Bylaws.  Committee Chairs are agreed upon by the board and are given the task of soliciting additional members, as needed, to form the committee.  Committees are designed to aid the Board of Directors in meeting the goals of the Strategic Plan as well as generating ideas, input, feedback, and creative suggestions for existing and future programs.

Committees also function to provide volunteer assistance with projects that could not be accomplished solely by association staff and/or BOD members.

Committee Reports are to be provided on a regular basis (or after any meeting held) to the President so that they may be shared with the entire Board of Directors at their scheduled meetings.

Note: Committees do not set policy or make policy decisions, rather they provide recommendations to the Board of Directors for actions and expenditures which benefit the association membership as a whole. 

Fosters knowledge, integrity, and professionalism among GNAR REALTORS® by identifying timely and useful topics and optimum formats for GNAR education courses. Plans the education portion of GNAR’s member meetings as well as monthly and annual meeting speakers.  Open to REALTORS® & Affiliates

Plans and implements Community Service projects such as drives for food pantries, dinner service at local organizations, and various projects jointly with local charitable groups, such as Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Hospital Dream House, and others.  Open to REALTORS® & Affiliates

Plans site selection and theme/programs for various GNAR events including – RPAC Comedy night, Awards and Recognition Event (REALTOR and Affiliate of the Year), Annual Meeting, and Installation.  Open to REALTORS® & Affiliates

Oversees financial matters at GNAR, including recommending fiscal policy, creation and monitoring of annual budget.  Chaired per bylaws by Treasurer.  Treasurer duties to include payroll and tax reporting of payroll and association annually.  Open to REALTORS® 

Plans political involvement events as determined, such as a legislative meet and greet; RPAC/PAF fundraising event (in coordination with Events Committee) and promotes member attendance and involvement at MAR’s REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill. The committee supports homeownership and protects property rights by highlighting important Government Affairs information for members and encourages member donations through fundraisers for RPAC (the REALTORS® Political Action Committee) and PAF (the NAR Political Advocacy Fund).  State Political Coordinators are automatically members of this committee and/or may serve as Chair.  Open to REALTORS® & Affiliates

Promotes the benefits of joining to both REALTOR and Affiliate members as well as increasing membership and communicating existing member benefits available as they are revised or added.  Open to REALTORS® & Affiliates

This Committee requires trained members whom may be required, from time to time, to serve on Hearing Panels and hear ethics violations of conduct or arbitration requests. Prerequisite: all-day training in Professional Standards every 2 years; Board of Directors selects members from qualified applicants. Open to REALTORS® 

GRIEVANCE COMMITTEE – Reviews written ethics complaints and arbitration requests to determine whether or not a hearing is warranted. Prerequisite: all-day training in Professional Standards every 2 years; Board of Directors selects members from qualified applicants.   Open to REALTORS® only

MEDIATION – Trained mediators available to members should they wish to avail themselves of this service for arbitration concerns (not ethics).  List of mediators is maintained by the State association and other local associations/jurisdictions may support local concerns if required. Open to REALTORS® only

OMBUDSMAN – Trained members available to offer services to membership that expedite resolution of ethics matters without the need for a formal hearing process through Grievance and Pro Standards.  Open to REALTORS® only 

Task Forces

Organizes activities which promote networking amongst REALTOR® and Affiliates, such as member mixers, educational events and others.   Works toward generating ideas, input, feedback, and creative suggestions for existing and future programs which are mutually beneficial to all members.  Affiliate Liaison to the Board (REALTOR) is appointed by President.

Appointed by the President to review the existing bylaws in accordance with NAR requirements and ensure they meet the needs of association management and NAR Core Standards.

Works to create foundation which will support REALTOR® related causes in times of need.  Currently in planning phase.

Creates calendar of communications/public relation activities that ensure the membership and business community are aware of ongoing activities of the association.  Announcement on recent events, installations, and awards to be submitted to local papers, creation of consumer facing content for use at events and by members to promote the value of the REALTOR® brand.

Appointed by President to establish key learning aspects required to ensure effective operation and continued interest for members to join Leadership roles within the association at local, State, and National levels.

Establishes association operating policy pertaining to finance and operations in conjunction with executive officer.  Reviews policy on regular intervals to ensure up to date.

Assists with implementation of new technology within the association such as AMS (Navica AMS), website review, social media usage, and other new features that may increase service to members.  Additionally, shares new technologies to improve business productivity for members.


Comprised of the President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer.  Responsible for the ongoing management of association activities and human resource needs related to position of Executive Officer.  By election per bylaws

Comprised of past winners, tasked with selecting a REALTOR® and Affiliate winner from submissions received from the general membership which are in accordance with the guidelines provided on the submission form. Recommends to the Board of Directors a slate of eligible award nominees for the GNAR Awards Celebration.

Comprised of existing Board of directors for annual review, additional members will also be appointed in years of full-review with outside facilitator, if required.  By election per bylaws and appointment only

Appointed by the President to seek out those members which seek involvement in the management of association activities by Board participation.  Goal is that members which serve are prepared to move toward leadership roles at the Executive Committee level when they are tenured.  

Dues Billing

GNAR member invoices can be paid from home by logging in to Navica AMS.

To Pay your invoice
Go to www.gnarealtor.com and click the MEMBER LOGIN tab on the home page, then click on NAVICA STREAMLINE AMS LOGIN, where you can make your payment securely using this system, as well as print your invoice.  Your NRDS number is required as USER NAME, and PASSWORDis your last name with first initial capitalized, ie Smith.  Your NRDS number may be looked up on the member login page.
or click below to go to the member login page:
Please consider making your voluntary annual RPAC Contribution with your dues payment.  The importance of RPAC cannot be understated.  Now more than ever, it is critical for REALTORS® across America to come together and speak with one voice about the stability a sound and dynamic real estate market brings to our communities.   RPAC and PAF funds are used to support real estate driven legislature in both MA and DC.

Thank you to those members who paid by 12/29 and will be included in the drawing for one lucky winner to have their 2018 dues ($540) returned.  We had a great turnout of payments and the new system is working well.

CEU Education Offerings 

Please mark your calendars for the following dates in the first Quarter 2018.

Class enrollment is now open using the AMS Navica system.  When enrolling for one class or two – the confirmation will show the entire day.  Please note, you are enrolled as selected when registering.

The new system will allow for you to have all your course records (taken at GNAR) accessible centrally via the database.  Paper records and certificates should still be kept on file should you be audited by the MA Division of Licensure.











29 9:00-12  NH CORE  NH only NH
  12:30-2:30P Due Diligence (MA/NH) RE97R15 MA/NH
5 9-11:30A Code of Ethics RE33RC11 MA
12-2P Commonly Used Forms Mandatory/ Optional RE39C05 MA
5  9-11A RPR (CMA) RE33RC11 MA
11-1 Facebook Business Skills (Technology & RE Brokerage) RE32RC03 MA
1-3:30 COE RE33RC11 MA


MLS PIN Free Training at GNAR Monthly!

Course Date & Start Time
VOW: Getting Started with Your Pinergy Virtual Office Website 01/31/2018 9:30 AM Sign Up
Pinergy’s Contact Management 01/31/2018 1:00 PM Sign Up


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Only real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® may call themselves REALTORS®. All REALTORS® must subscribe to NAR’s strict Code of Ethics, which is based on honesty, professionalism and the protection of the public.
More on the importance of being a REALTOR can be found a http://www.nar.realtor or here:  7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

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