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Moving from Paper to Plastic

posted: 03/09/2020

We would like to let you know of an important change in the way we accept payments.

Effective May 1, 2020, we will no longer accept cash and checks as payment options.  Both, the Board of Directors for Central Mississippi REALTORS and the Board of Directors for Central Mississippi MLS adopted this policy change regarding payment of dues and fees.

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NAR Provides Two Months of TeleHealth Access

posted: 04/06/2020

During this unprecedented time, the National Association of REALTORS® understands that access to health care options may be top of mind for members. Telemedicine is playing an essential role today as we navigate uncharted territory and the need for virtual healthcare.

NAR is supporting members by funding 2 months of Members TeleHealth as a benefit for those who do not currently have access to telemedicine, with an ongoing significantly-reduced rate available for members thereafter.

Enrollment is limited*. Sign-up by April 15th.

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COVID-19 Termination Form

posted: 04/06/2020

Use caution when providing MAR's new COVID-19 Termination Form to clients. The intent to cancel a contract must be agreed upon mutually, and the reason must be based solely upon that of The Emergency described in line three. The interpretation of a client using the form to terminate a contract for any other reason could be misrepresentation, fraud, or both.

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Did you know CMR has a fine policy for violating the Code of Ethics?

posted: 03/30/2020

Some violations of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics are cut and dry; they are not subjective and not distorted by interpretation. In those incidences, the Respondent, the one with a complaint filed against them, has the choice: (a) pay a fine and the matter is closed or (b) request a hearing before Professional Standards Committee

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Johnny Thrash Finishes MRE

posted: 03/30/2020

After two years, Johnny Thrash, CMR's Chief Information and Communications Officer, earned his Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Holmes Community College in May 2014. Then he completed his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in December 2016. Finally, in February 2020, he completed his Master of Real Estate with a concentration in Real Estate Association Management from REALTOR® University. His graduation will occur coincident with the 2020 REALTORS® Conference and Expo in New Orleans in November.

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Alex Manuel Finishes MBA

posted: 03/30/2020

Alex Manuel, Accountant at Central Mississippi REALTORS, began studying accounting part-time at Hinds Community College in 2010 while working as a proofreader at Haddox, Reid, Burkes & Calhoun (now Haddox, Reid, Eubank & Betts). She transferred to Mississippi College in 2012 and continued to earn her degree while working full-time, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She then returned to Mississippi College for graduate school while working as a sales and use tax auditor for the State of Mississippi Department of Revenue, and, in 2020, she completed a Master of Business Administration with Accounting concentration.

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Great Time to Work on NAR Designations

posted: 03/30/2020

NAR's Center for REALTOR® Development is offering 30% off all online courses through Mar 31, 2020.  There is no better time than now to earn a new NAR designation.

[Discounted Online Courses]

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Social Media and Violating Article 16 of the Code

posted: 03/23/2020

Making friends on social media is a good thing unless the friendship intends to interfere with an existing listing agreement another REALTOR® has with a seller client. Posting a comment on a listed seller’s social media page that you’d love to help him sell his home is a violation of the Code of Ethics. Only after the listing has expired can contact be made, making such solicitations.

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Showings in the New World

posted: 03/23/2020

Staff is hearing from members that business is good in this uncertain world. Sellers are listing, and buyers are looking. However, the environment of listing and looking is different, requiring new measures.

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A Coronavirus Addendum is Coming Soon

posted: 03/23/2020

MAR is working diligently with legal counsel to provide an addendum in their Standard Forms Library to address issues such as delayed closings. Watch for that from MAR.

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CMR/MLS Events and Processes

posted: 03/23/2020

Although the CMR and MLS staff is working remotely, we are handling each member’s needs.

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So, With Whom Do I Communicate?

posted: 03/16/2020

Make it clear upfront to other agents in a transaction exactly with whom in your firm the other agent is to communicate when emailing offers, documents, and providing additional information.

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Coronavirus Notice

posted: 03/16/2020

Because our top concern is the safety of our members and staff, Central Mississippi REALTORS® is closely monitoring the coronavirus development.

Please visit our Coronavirus Notice Page for up-to-date information.

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REALTOR® Day at the Capital

posted: 02/17/2020

Be part of a different experience this year for REALTOR® Day at the Capitol!

You must register for this March 5th event.

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Office Closed for Strategic Planning

posted: 02/03/2020

For staff to assist the Board of Directors in implementing the Association’s Strategic Plan, the staff needs to be part of that work process. Due to the Strategic Planning Workshop being held offsite, the CMR and MLS offices are closed today, Feb 4. Office hours will resume Wednesday, Feb 5, at 9a.

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Need Medical Insurance?

posted: 02/03/2020

Shopping for new health insurance or simply wanting to compare prices?  Be sure to check out what your REALTOR® membership has to offer through the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace.

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Form F1 Gets Another Revision

posted: 02/03/2020

The earnest money clause in MAR’s Purchase Agreement (Form F1) has been revised again since the 12/2019 revision and is now available in MAR’s Standard Forms with a revision date of 1/2020.

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Free Customizable Buyer and Seller Guidebooks

posted: 02/03/2020

Give your clients information that makes you indispensable.

Head over to nar.realtor. At the bottom of the page, click on "What is a REALTOR?"...

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It is Right There in Black and White

posted: 01/27/2020

Let’s review some requirements listed on page one of the Property Condition Disclosure Statement (PCDS) that are sometimes overlooked or forgotten...

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Front Gate Realty Finalist in C2EX Challenge

posted: 01/27/2020

The innovative C2EX Challenge: C3 grant competition encouraged state and local REALTOR® associations and brokerages to CULTIVATE interest in the program, COMMUNICATE the benefits of participation, and CELEBRATE the success of their members and agents who are holding themselves to a higher professional standard.

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MAR Form Revisions

posted: 01/14/2020

If your firm uses MAR's forms for your real estate transactions, for your clients' protection and yours, be sure to use the latest versions of the forms which launched Monday, January 13.

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My Buyer Does Not Seem to Care about Contract Deadlines

posted: 01/06/2020

There seem to be more uncommitted buyers in the market today than in past years. By uncommitted, I don’t mean procrastinating in making offers; I mean procrastinating when it comes to diligently honoring deadlines in contracts.

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FAQs about the REALTOR® Code of Ethics Required Course

posted: 01/06/2020

When is the next deadline for completing the Code of Ethics class?

December 31, 2021

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The Designated REALTOR®’s Choice in Policy Regarding Non-Member Licensees

posted: 01/06/2020

The National Association of REALTORS® calculates the personal dues of Designated REALTORS® (DR), the Broker of the firm, to include a non-member assessment multiplied by the number of non-members licensed with the firm. A DR with agents adopts one of two office policies that apply to how the DR's personal dues are calculated and owed.

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Save the Date: February 5, Adorna's Coming

posted: 12/30/2019

CMR’s favorite national trainer, Adorna Carroll, will be here on Feb 5th to teach two 2-hour education sessions. A morning session from 9 am till 11 am and an afternoon session from 1 pm till 3 pm.

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Never Assume

posted: 12/30/2019

Today, December 31, is the last day to renew REALTOR® or Affiliate Membership for 2020, and the day before 1st quarter MLS fees are due. For both, payment can be made through the Member Portal. If you have outstanding invoices, they display in a green box on the Member Portal.

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