Friday October 24th 2014

Stalk Us!

Only a few short weeks away

old sturbridge

I know that it may be hard to believe, but the 2015 Installation will be happening in just a few short weeks. This year’s event will be taking place at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Old Sturbridge Village is a “must-see” New England attraction which depicts an early 19th-century rural Village, featuring costumed historians, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm.

Want to make a weekend out of the event? Come a night early, December 7th, and enjoy Christmas by Candlelight! Click here for more information and to register.

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New Member Benefit: Save Money on Prescription Drug Card

Discount Prescription Drug Card
MAR now offers FREE Discount Prescription Drug Cards for members! Help lower your prescription drug costs and receive savings of up to 75% (discounts average roughly 30%) at more than 54,000 national and regional pharmacies. This card can be used as your primary plan and/or it can be used for prescriptions not covered by your insurance plan. This program also includes other value added programs which will be listed on the card. This card is pre-activated and can be used immediately. Click here to learn more and to take advantage of this new benefit.
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Social Media Monday: SlideShare App #marealtorssmm

If you haven’t already heard, the LinkedIn-owned SlideShare finally released an iOS app this past month. According to this article from Tech Crunch, the app offers “a modern, clean layout to browse and search through the presentations hosted on SlideShare’s service.”

As we’ve explained before, SlideShare is the social platforms to, well, share slides and presentations. There’s practically a presentation for every genre, including a host of stuff on the real estate business. This new app is just one more reason for REALTORS to get on SlideShare in our opinion.

Read the rest of the TechCrunch article on the SlideShare app here here.

The iOS app is free here on iTunes.

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GRI 202 Seats Available



There are a few available seats for next week’s Graduate REALTOR® Institute course @ the Greater Newburyort Association of REALTORS®, October 21-22. New and experienced REALTORS® are invited to the two-day course that covers some of the industry’s essential topics like Architecture, Condos, Co-ops, Appraisal, Residential Construction, Zoning & Building Codes, Smart Growth,Green Awareness. Call 781-839-5506 to register!

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What’s being said in the media: September Future Indicators Report

Here are the articles and posts that resulted in the release of our September 2014 Future Indicators Report (a combination of our pending sales and REALTOR Confidence Indexes data.) We’ll continue to update this post as more articles come in.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mass. pending home sales jump 22 percent
The Lowell Sun

Pending Mass. homes sales up; prices flat
Worcester Business Journal

Home sales up, gas prices down
Cape Cod Today

MAR: Mass. Pending Home Sales Climb, But Agent Confidence Continues Decline
Banker & Tradesman

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Susan Renfrew Named 2014 Recipient of the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS® Public Policy and Property Rights Advocacy Award

MAR announced that Susan M. Renfrew, broker and co-owner of Renfrew Real Estate in Greenfield, has been named the 2014 recipient of the MAR Public Policy and Property Rights Advocacy Award. Renfrew received the award at the Association’s annual REALTOR® Day on Beacon Hill event that took place at the Massachusetts State House on June 11, 2014.

Renfrew was the 2008 president of the Massachusetts association of REALTORS®, and is currently a MAR Director. She has served on numerous committees at MAR over the years, including Government Affairs. She is also currently a member of the Audit and Personnel Committees and the Building, Member Mobilization, and Structural Audit Task Forces. In 2002 she was presented with the Milton H. Shaw Distinguished Service Award.

She is a member of the NAR Board of Directors, and Immediate Past Chair of the NAR State and Local Issues Mobilization Committee. She was also a member of the REALTOR® Party Commercial Work Group and the Public Advocacy Advisory and Smart Growth Program Advisory Groups.

Renfrew is a REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) Sterling “R” and RPAC Major Investor.

Read the rest of the release on our website.

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