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Angel Tree Toy Drive

posted: 11/11/2019

Until Dec 5, we are collecting donations for children and seniors in need.  Let's make a difference this holiday season.

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Commissions are Negotiable

posted: 11/18/2019

Can a buyer's agent negotiate the cooperative fee with the listing broker?

Yes, with one exception.

Reminder for Brokers

posted: 10/28/2019

Save yourself some money and hassle; remember that as a Designated REALTOR® and MLS Participant that adding a new agent to your roster comes with responsibilities to CMR.

C2EX Certificates

posted: 10/28/2019

Thank you to each member who submitted their C2EX certificate. We are happy to announce that we are now able to get those records automatically from NAR and that there is no longer a need to forward those certificates to us.

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MCAR Sponsored Commercial Real Estate “Tool Box” Panel Event

posted: 10/28/2019

Attend this 3-hour session on Nov 12 and learn from experts about the purchase agreement, the survey, environmental issues, the appraisal, financing, and closing.

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Watch Your Contract Deadlines

posted: 10/28/2019

Also, know what it takes to meet them.

Attention to detail is monumental when working through a real estate transaction. If the closing date cannot be met, do not assume the parties will agree to an extension. Both clients are put in jeopardy when the agents involved are not properly facilitating their part of the transaction. Being complacent can cost you the deal. It can also cause the parties to look carefully at whether or not you honored your fiduciary duty to discharge reasonable care and diligence.

Communication is paramount. Keep the other REALTOR® informed of issues that affect the closing as soon as you know them and document that communication.

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Auto-Billing Not Available for Annual REALTOR® Renewal

posted: 10/21/2019

By now, you will have received your annual REALTOR® renewal notices by email.  Please note that auto-billing is only an option with quarterly MLS fees, not with annual REALTOR® membership renewal.  Staff can neither 'assume' that you want to renew REALTOR® membership nor 'assume' that you wish to include your voluntary RPAC investment.  As such, each individual must manually pay annual REALTOR® renewal through the Member Portal.

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Beware the Craigslist Scams

posted: 10/21/2019

Members can create Google Alerts on their listing addresses and get notified when something squirrely pops up on that address. Members should remind sellers not to let anyone in the house who is not accompanied by a licensed agent regardless of what they might say.

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What Buyers Need to Know About Home Inspections

posted: 10/21/2019

Buying a house is exciting but can be stressful unless you know what to expect along the way. After identifying the dream house and negotiating the contract, it is time for the buyer to select a home inspector. Home inspections help the buyer know the property's condition in areas not generally seen during the looking phase of home selection.

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Paying into RPAC for 2020

posted: 10/21/2019

The only way to pay toward 2020 RPAC is with dues. If you make a separate payment, that payment counts toward 2019 until the end of the year. If you want to pay RPAC for 2020 and have already paid your 2020 dues, you will have to wait until January.

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Don’t Risk a $10,000 Fine

posted: 10/07/2019

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is performing random audits of local broker's offices; they are reviewing Lead-Based Paint disclosures.

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Member Safety Report

posted: 09/23/2019

REALTORS® face job-related risks every day—working alone, meeting with strangers in unfamiliar places, and sharing personal contact information. While independence is one of the perks of our industry, it can leave agents open to vulnerabilities.

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REALTOR® Benefits

posted: 09/23/2019

The National Association of REALTORS® has partnered with a long list of companies to provide exclusive benefits to REALTORS® Whether you need to rent a car, want to buy a new car, need insurance or need office supplies, make sure you take advantage of all the benefits available to you.

[REALTOR Benefits® Program]

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Don't Shoot the Home Inspector

posted: 09/16/2019

There seems to be some misunderstanding about how Home Inspectors schedule appointments and perform their inspections. Let’s review:

 

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Meet the 2020 CMR Board of Directors

posted: 09/16/2019

President: Katie Warren
President-Elect: Duke Garraway
First Vice-President: Rashida Walker
Treasurer: Allan Summerlin

Directors:

James Carson
BJ Doty
Meshia Edwards
Melissa Honea
Sterling McCool
Allison Palmer
Tommy Payne

Jesse Barrilleaux, MLS President

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2019 Award Winners

posted: 09/16/2019

REALTOR® of the Year: Gary Parker
Affiliate of the Year: Russ Ogburn

REALTOR® Emeritus Award recipients:

Besty Folmar
Peter D. Maloney
Jeanie P. Malouf
Halinda Mitchell
Gary R. Parker
Charles Thompson

MCAR REALTOR® of the Year: Bob Ridgway

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Aggressively Advocating for Your Client While Not Attacking the Other Agent

posted: 09/09/2019

Real estate is a negotiation business. To be successful in the long haul, you must learn to aggressively advocate for your client while treating the agent on the other side of the fence with professionalism and respect. 

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MLS Confusion Untangler

posted: 09/09/2019

Question: What do you call the commission paid by the listing broker to a selling broker who is not a member of the MLS?

Question: Is a variable-rate commission one that a listing broker agrees to pay a selling broker who is not a member of our MLS?

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Do Not Help Criminals

posted: 09/09/2019

There is a myriad of things you must do as real estate professionals to keep your clients out of harm’s way. One is to caution them against exposing their names and families to the wilds of the Internet through marketing photos.

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What kind of impression do you leave with fellow REALTORS® and consumers?

posted: 08/26/2019

If you want to leave the kind of impression that results in referral business from clients and in other REALTORS® delighting in having you on the opposite side of a transaction, consider adopting NAR’s rules of etiquette. Called Pathways to Professionalism, respect is required divided into three categories: Respect for the Public, Respect for Property, and Respect for Peers.

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NAR: New Condo Rules Will Open More Doors for Buyers

posted: 08/19/2019

The National Association of REALTORS®, after reviewing the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new condominium financing rules, says the guidance affords property owners greater flexibility in the qualification process for loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration.

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C2EX Is a Winner

posted: 08/19/2019

We are proud to announce that the National Association of REALTORS®’ Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) Program has been selected as a 2019 Learning! 100 award winner. This award honors organizations for fostering a culture of professional growth, innovation, and organizational performance.

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Commitment to Excellence (C2EX)

posted: 08/19/2019

Congratulations to the following members for completing NAR's Commitment to Excellence endorsement program.

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Deadline: Salvation Army Food Drive, Aug 31

posted: 07/31/2019

The Salvation Army is in critical need of some items that we hope you will help provide. In addition to the CMR Office and the Salvation Army HQ, we have five other drop-off locations.

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A Special Education Event

posted: 07/29/2019

Courses designed specifically for real estate practitioners, but will also benefit appraisers.

11:00 - Introduction to Bifurcated/Hybrid Appraisals

12:30 - Best Comps

Buyer Representation and Procuring Cause Concepts

posted: 07/29/2019

Some concepts to remember about buyer representation agreements and procuring cause.

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