November 1, 2013 REALTOR Report

December Education

Last chance for CE!  Our annual December Education session will be held on December 4 and 5 at the Ramkota in Bismarck.  Casey Chapman, Legal Counsel, will be teaching Risk Reduction (pending ND CE approval) and It’s All About the Words (ND CE1213-034, MN CE 1012850) on December 4 and Dave Flohr, ND Housing Finance Agency, will be teaching FirstHome Essentials (CE1314-024) on the morning of December 5.  The flyer and registration information can be found at  Register today!!


REALTOR® Relief Foundation First Annual Online Auction Fundraiser

This is a LIMITED-TIME event and will start on November 8, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. (CT) and close on November 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. (CT), being held during NAR National Convention in San Francisco.  You do not need to attend the conference, you can participate from anywhere!  Just go to on Tuesday, November 5 and take a look at all the items.  The auction will officially open on Friday, November 8 at 3:00pm.  NDAR has donated two bundles of ND items, valued about $250.  One includes UND attire and the other NDSU attire.

State’s Housing Program Wins National Award

The North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) was recognized for its merit winning a 2013 Award for Program Excellence from the National Council of State Housing Agencies in the Rental Housing Encouraging New Production category.

“The Housing Incentive Fund has been an incredible tool in developing affordable housing units across North Dakota,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA acting executive director and fund administrator. “I’m pleased that we are able to share one of our success stories with our peers from across the country.”

Capitalized by contributions from state taxpayers, HIF provides the state with a means for developing affordable multifamily housing for essential service workers and low- to moderate-income families. During the 2011/2012 biennium, a $15 million program supported the development of 23 affordable housing developments.

The program was reauthorized by the state legislature during the 2013 session. NDHFA received a $15.4 million general fund appropriation and the authority to issue up to $20 million in state tax credits to further capitalize HIF. Thus far, the agency has made conditional commitments to 18 new HIF projects. NDHFA plans to announce more funding commitments in November.

The award was announced at the annual conference of state housing agencies in late October. HFAs in Rhode Island, Arizona and Louisiana also submitted entries in the same sub-category.

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency that finances the creation and rehabilitation of affordable housing across North Dakota. The Industrial Commission, consisting of Governor Jack Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency.

More information on HIF is available online at



Have you signed up to ring the bell?  December 6, REALTOR® Ring Day, is right around the corner!  Make sure to sign up today!  Contact your local board for details.


Technology Helpline

The Tech Helpline is a member benefit offering support for hardware, software, networking and digital devices.  The best part is you have the choice of contacting their friendly and knowledgeable analysts via phone, fax, e-mail, or online chat.  They troubleshoot problems and offer solutions, often by remoting in to your computer while you relax.  They can advise you on hardware and software purchasing, and most importantly, they understand your needs as a REALTOR®.   Call them at 866-432-3029 or for chat support, go to

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