October 17, 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.  Registration details will be coming soon!  Mark your calendars today!


October NDAR Meetings

Come to Minot on October 23!  There will be a General Membership meeting at 12:00pm, a Board of Directors meeting at 12:15pm, and then 2014 President Vicki Roller will start her Leadership Retreat.  The Leadership Retreat will wrap up around 12:30 on the 24th!


REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace

NAR offers REALTORS® a roster of health and wellness insurance plans and products through its REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace. This includes major medical health insurance exchange, temporary (short term) medical insurance, REALTORS® core health insurance (limited indemnity), REALTORS® dental Insurance, and drug card America.  All the details are located here: http://www.realtor.org/insurancemarketplace


Debt Ceiling: Lost Sales if Rates Rise

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun in a four-minute video with REALTOR® Magazine says home sales could decline by up to 450,000 units if mortgage interest rates rise by one percentage point as a result of investor concerns over a breached federal debt ceiling. Yun says the government will face tough choices on whether to cut spending or allow interest rate payments to lapse should no solution be worked out. Access and link to the video.


Senators Urge FHFA Not to Change Loan Limits

NAR sent a letter to FHFA urging them not to lower the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loan limits, asserting they do not have the authority to do so, and arguing against reducing mortgage liquidity across the nation. In August, FHFA announced the intention to lower the loan limits to encourage private growth in the mortgage market. Last week, 13 senators also sent a letter objecting to the lowering of loan limits.


25% Discount on SRES® Designation Course

Baby Boomers are part of the largest generation in the nation’s history — 81 million people, who head some 40 million households.  Many Boomers are trading up to a second or third home, and are a prime consumer group for vacation homes.  The Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) designation course will help your members understand what motivates this growing market, and how to address their needs. Enjoy 25 percent off the SRES® designation course in October. (The course expires six months from date of purchase.) To learn more about the SRES® designation, visit www.seniorsrealestate.com. Questions may be directed to realtoruniversity@realtors.org.


What Members Need to Know About Health Reform

Now that the online state health insurance exchanges are open, brokers and agents are facing decisions about their health insurance coverage. REALTOR® Magazine has published a guide explaining what parts of the Affordable Care Act affect real estate professionals, and detailing coverage options that you can share with your members.


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