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Multiple Offers – How to Tame the Beast

posted: 07/15/2019

Perhaps no situation routinely faced by REALTORS can be more frustrating, fraught with potential for misunderstanding and missed opportunity, and without a perfect solution than presenting and negotiating multiple offers on the same property.

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Jean McCarty Selected to Serve on National Committee

posted: 07/15/2019

Jean McCarty has been appointed by the Home Innovation Research Labs of the National Association of Home Builders to serve on the committee charged with updating the ANSI Standard of Measurement for Single Family Residential Properties. McCarty is the Executive Director of the MS Coalition of Appraisers and longtime advocate for appraisal issues in Mississippi.

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Piña Coladas in Pearl? Perhaps!

posted: 06/24/2019

The City of Pearl is excited to announce that restaurants in the entire city are now eligible to apply to serve liquor and wine by the glass.

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Voter Registration

posted: 06/24/2019

Voter registration deadline in Mississippi is thirty (30) days prior to an election.
Election day for this Primary election is August 6, 2019.

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July 1 - Important Upcoming Deadlines

posted: 06/24/2019
  • Proof of E & O renewal to MREC -- If MREC places a licensee’s license on inactive status for failure to renew E & O, REALTOR® membership and MLS access will be suspended.
  • Last day to pay quarterly MLS fees before the late fees are added. Pay today using the Member Portal EZ-Button.
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Texting Can Be the Devil in Real Estate Transactions

posted: 06/10/2019

Everyone loves the ease and convenience of texting. However, relationships between REALTORS® can be damaged because of them.

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How Does That work? The Code of Ethics Enforcement Process

posted: 06/10/2019

The REALTOR® Code of Ethics has been the cornerstone of the REALTOR® membership for over 100 years and provides REALTORS® a process to police themselves and to raise the bar of professionalism. It is your duty as a REALTOR® to help enforce the Code of Ethics by filing complaints when necessary.

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We Know Your Mama Taught You Manners!

posted: 06/10/2019

Manners seem to be slipping when it comes to showing property. When you learn that a scheduled appointment will run late or is canceled, have the good manners to let the listing agent know so that the seller can understand the change in circumstances.

In ShowingTime, there is a reschedule option that only takes a minute and it lets the listing agent know your appointment is not panning out.

Your Mama would be proud that you are using your good manners!

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2020 CMR Board of Directors Self-Interest Survey

posted: 06/10/2019

The CMR Board of Directors is charged with meeting objectives tied to specific Core Standards required by the National Association of REALTORS® and CMR’s Strategic Plan

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You May Be on Candid Camera

posted: 06/03/2019

All potential buyers and their agents should assume there are cameras on every property you are showing and act and speak accordingly.

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The Crazies are Out!

posted: 06/03/2019

It’s summer. Everyone wants to look at houses. Some are real buyers, some are not. Some are real but do not want to follow conventional processes.

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Searching for Hinds County REALTORS® interested in the political environment.

posted: 06/03/2019

If you are a Hinds County or Jackson resident, the Governmental Affairs Committee needs you. Please send a quick email to Bethany Culley at bethanyculley@gmail.com if you are interested in serving on this year's Governmental Affairs Committee. The committee is monitoring the municipality elections and needs interested REALTORS® who live in the Jackson/Hinds area to help vet candidates.

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Need a reason to reach out to past clients?

posted: 06/03/2019

Please show your value to your clients helping them get registered to vote in the August 6 election if they moved into a new voting district. Providing voter registration forms and even offering to mail them in shows your interest in your clients and adds value to your service. REALTORS® vote and encourage their clients to vote as well. Visit CMR’s Get Out The Vote page to download and print the Mississippi Mail-In Voter Registration Application.

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Just Do It!

posted: 05/13/2019

Get it out of the way on June 17.  Your CEO, Jo Usry, is teaching the “Raise Your Right Hand” (required Code of Ethics class) at the REALTOR® Institute.  It’s not your same old, tired Code of Ethics class. 

Procuring Cause and Buyer Representation Agreements

posted: 04/22/2019

If you enter into a buyer representation agreement with a buyer and your buyer “gets loose,” buying directly from a seller or through another Broker in MLS, the buyer representation agreement isn’t a determiner of procuring cause.

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Office Closure - April 24-25 for MLS EXPO

posted: 04/20/2019

The CMR and MLS office will be closed April 24-25, 2019, while the staff works the MLS EXPO.  The office will reopen Friday, April 26, 2019, at 9 am.

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When the Client of Another REALTOR® Contacts You

posted: 04/08/2019

Be careful and know what you can and cannot do.

If a seller contacts you, know what you can and cannot do if the listing has not yet expired.

If a buyer contacts you, determine whether or not he/she is a party to a buyer representation agreement.

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Showing Instructions also means ACCESS instructions.

posted: 04/08/2019

Be careful and avoid a potential ethics violation (Article 3, 3-9) by assuming that the MLS term “showing instructions” ONLY apply if you are showing a property to a potential client.  “Showing instructions” includes ACCESS to the property for any reason.  To say that you didn’t need to follow showing instructions because you were not “showing” the property is an improper interpretation.

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TheHUB.realtor

posted: 04/08/2019

Don’t rely on social media and news from places other than NAR for reliable updates on the class action anti-trust lawsuit (Moehrl v NAR et al).  Instead, rely solely on the updates that Katie Johnson, NAR’s Chief Legal Counsel, provides to the membership.

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Attention MAR’s Standard Forms Users

posted: 04/08/2019

Six of MAR’s forms have been revised and have 2/2019 revision dates. If you use MAR’s forms, ensure you are using only the most current ones. Using copies of old forms from 2008 is not in the best interest of your client. Although not revised, Form 39 Seller Multiple Offer Notification and Form 40 Buyer’s Agent Acknowledgement are forms that have kept many REALTORS® out of harm’s way by presenting Multiple Offers according to the Seller’s wishes. Check them out in the Forms Library if you haven’t seen them yet.

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