The Realtor® Report

News for you from the ND Association of REALTORS®

2015 REALTOR® Convention a success!

Along with our friends and neighbors from the South Dakota Association of REALTORS® over 412 REALTORS®, spouses, affiliates and exhibitors took time from their busy schedules to attend the 2015 Convention of the Dakotas in Watertown, SD. The Northeast Board of REALTORS® members and staff were excellent hosts and put on a wonderful convention at the Watertown Events Center and Ramkota that was full of networking opportunities, top-notch education, and a ton of entertainment. The weather was great for the golf event (and the wasps enjoyed it also) on Wednesday, the course was beautiful and everyone had a great time.


Convention Highlights

Board of Directors Meeting

A resolution was approved as a thank you to the NE Board of Realtors and SDAR for hosting a fine convention.   Region 8 RVP Jeff Nelson gave an update on NAR, federal legislation and policy, and answered any questions or concerns.  A budget for 2016 was also approved and a presentation by was made – see presentation here


Election of 2016 Officers and Installation

President – Cindy Harvey, Elite Real Estate, Minot; President Elect – Lyn Dwyer, Town and Country Realty, Fargo ; Vice President – Ben Schroeder, Park Company, Fargo and Director at Large (appointed by President) – Lorrie Nantt, Re/Max Integrity Realty, Dickinson.


State REALTOR® of the Year:  Scott Breidenbach, Park Co., REALTORS®, Fargo



Dakotas CRS Chapter Officers 2016:

Chair – Bud Hanna, Re/Max in the Hills, Spearfish, SD; Finance Leader/Vice Chair, Sharon Lunski, RE/MAX Grand, Grand Forks, ND; Education Chair – Charlie Larkin, Diversified Real Estate, LLC, Watertown; Membership Chair – Cathy Ogdie, Ogdie Realty, Sioux Falls and Immediate Past Chair – Diane Duchscher, Home and Land Company, Dickinson.


Omega Tau Rho Awards:  For 2014 REALTOR® of the Year and Dakota CRS President, Diane Duchscher, Home and Land Company, Dickinson; 2015 NDAR President – Greg Larson, C21 Morrison Realty, Bismarck and for over 40 years of continued membership in all three levels of the REALTOR® family-local, state, and national – Neil Graf,  Advantage Inc. REALTORS®, Al Jaeger, Alvin A Jaeger Company, Mark Nelson, Town & Country Realty, Vernon Pederson, RE Services all from Fargo and Norm Streifel, Streifel & Associates, Williston.


Charities Fundraising Efforts:

Spare Key was once again the charity that was focused on at the convention.  In the end it is expected to be able to count nearly $14,000 in total revenue from their time in Watertown.  This includes what was raised at their booth as well as the lunch and a matching donation from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.


The Dakotas CRS Chapter also participated in fundraising for the TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and are happy to report roughly $2,627 was raised with donations still coming in.  Past President of the Chapter, Vicky Matson, Park Company, Fargo, hopes to meet with a representative from the ND National Guard during our Leadership Training on October 13 in Bismarck to present a check.


Congratulations to All!!


For photos of the convention, check out our Facebook page at



Need Education?  NDAR offering end of year CE- Register today!

End of year education classes set for October 20 & 21 at the Ramada Bismarck, ND

Every ND licensee (except those that are exempt) will need 9 hours of continuing education by November 15, 2015, of which at least 3 hours must be taken in the mandatory topic of Personal Safety.


Issues for the Broker (open to all)   3 hours ND elective 

8:30-11:30 am     Tuesday, October 20     Instructor: Casey Chapman


Code of Ethics    3 hours ND elective 

1:00-4:00 pm     Tuesday, October 20     Instructor:  Daryl Braham


Self-Protection & Predator Awareness    (Mandatory Safety Topic-Covers the 3 ND Mandatory Hours)

8:30-11:30 am     Wednesday, October 21     Instructor: Don Moseman

Please visit for registration options.2015.pdf



NDAR Member Finalist for REALTORS® Got Talent Contest in San Diego

We are pleased to announce that one of the finalists for this year’s REALTORS® Got Talent contest at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego is a member of NDAR! Please join us in congratulating Jason Carrier, Park Company, Fargo, ND who was selected as one of eight finalist through an audition tape process.  Way to go Jason and we will be there to cheer to you on – GOOD LUCK!


These finalists will perform on Sunday, November 15, from 7:30-8:45pm, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.  The evening will start with the REALTORS® Got Talent Contest followed by the Celebrity Concert starring John Legend.  Conference registrants holding a Premier Access or One Day Sunday passes can attend with their registration.  Others may purchase a ticket for $60 on site at NAR Registration.



NDAR Leadership Training October 13

Leadership Seminar: The Leadership Puzzle   Putting the Pieces Together – Adorna Carroll, DSA

Tuesday, October 13– 9:00 am to 3 pm at the Ramada Bismarck

This is your opportunity to hone your skills and discover new ideas for effective leadership. These skills will enhance your personal and professional business by giving real work in-the-trenches information.

Session is open to all but if you are incoming state or local leadership, committee chair or vice chair, committee member or volunteer on other boards this will be vital information!

This program helps leaders understand how the Local Association, State Association, Region & National Association are connected.  In addition it reviews what happens where there are issues or areas of conflict and how all of those players manage those realities.  This seminar will put all of the pieces together for members so that they understand not only the basics but how each position fits with the others.  Fiduciary Duties, Anti-Trust, Voting on more than one level of the organization, how votes and actions get implemented, job descriptions, meeting agendas and much more!

*Seminar is a wealth of information for members, but no CE is available for attending

$40.00 with early registration & does include lunch!

BE HERE San Diego- It’s Your Time to Shine (November 13-16)

Did you know REALTORS® Conference & Expo attendees make two times the average real estate income? Attend the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 13-16 in San Diego, and network with some of the most successful pros in the industry, who are very willing to share ideas as to what works in their markets – and referrals

The REALTORS® Conference & Expo is the largest meeting exclusively for real estate professionals. Be here this November in sunny San Diego, and see how one long weekend can make a year-long impact on your business.
This year’s event includes:



2016 Convention of the Dakotas

The 2016 Convention of the Dakotas EVOLVE will be hosted by the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of REALTORS®

To view the tentative convention schedule & see the great events they are planning please visit:





CRS Class to be held in Bismarck October 6 & 7

CRS 200 Business Planning and Marketing    12 CE hours ND elective    *(Individuals who take this course will earn 16 CRS Education course credits toward the CRS Designation)

8:30 am-5:00 pm     October 6 & 7    Instructor:  Chandra Hall






The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® Hosting 2 GRI courses in Fargo October 5

Both courses have been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 3 Hours of real estate continuing education each.

MN Contracts      (9-Noon)

Negotiating with Confidence & Power: Advanced     (1-4 pm)

Both courses count towards the GRI Designation.

The location is Hilton Garden Inn, 4351 17th Avenue S. Fargo

The link for registration is:

(You will need your NRDS # if you’ve never registered before.)


October 3 Deadline Fast Approaching- Are You Prepared?


With the arrival of new rules and forms that will rewrite the closing process just a few weeks away, senior officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) joined National Association of REALTORS®’ 2015 First Vice President-Elect Elizabeth Mendenhall last week to unveil online tools designed to help consumers and agents navigate the Know Before You Owe initiative.$&om_ntype=INSWeekly#sf13483159

September 8 REALTOR Report

September is REALTOR® Safety Month Access information from the REALTOR® Safety Webinar Summit, a half-day educational event on September 9 featuring four webinars on safety and they are FREE as well. The summit kicks off at 11 a.m., Central Time, and covers safety in rural areas, data security, everyday hazards, […]

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August 18 REALTOR® Report

NAR Call for Action: Stop Patent Trolls There is still time to participate in NAR’s Call for Action (CFA) on H.R. 9, “The Innovation Act.” “The Innovation Act” is common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS® from patent troll abuse. REALTORS® are […]

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June 24 REALTOR Report

June 24 REALTOR® Report NDAR June Meetings Update Nominating Committee interviewed candidates for NDAR offices for 2016 and forwarded the following for election (with Board of Directors ratification) in September:  For Vice President:  Lorrie Nantt and Ben Schroeder and for President Elect: Lyn Dwyer.  Watch for absentee […]

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(you will need your log in and password) Housing Finance Agency to host 25th Statewide Conference Event offers Affordable Housing Education and Networking Opportunities (ND CE Available) Feb. 16-17 2016 at the Ramkota Hotel, Bismarck For registration materials & information please visit   Other Need […]

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May 18 REALTOR Report

Below is an update that NAR has done following the meetings last week in DC and action that the NAR Board of Directors took at their meeting on Saturday morning:   NAR Board Approves Nationwide Broker Data Entry System The NAR Board of Directors at its 2015 […]

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May 14 REALTOR Report

Nominations Now Being Accepted Applications are available for anyone interested in running for NDAR Vice President or President Elect.  See the following links for position descriptions and qualifications: President Elect Position DescriptionVice President Position Description.   Go to to complete the form and submit it to NDAR by May 29 (Email […]

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May 1, 2015 REALTOR Report

ND Real Estate Commission Schedules Rules Hearing A public hearing to receive comments on proposed rules changes is scheduled for 9:00 am CDT, Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Leadership Hall Room 201, Bank of North Dakota, 1200 Memorial Highway, Bismarck, North Dakota. A meeting of the […]

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March 11 REALTOR Report

REALTOR® Emeritus Candidate Forms Due April 3 is the deadline to complete certification forms for REALTOR® Emeritus status, which recognizes REALTOR® and REALTOR®-Associate members with 40 years of continuous membership and who’ve served on committees. Members will be recognized at the NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings in May if eligible […]

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January 6 REALTOR® Report

Leadership Academy Accepting Applications The online application process for the Leadership Academy is open until March 31. The program gives emerging leaders with state and local experience an opportunity to gain institutional knowledge and an understanding of the big picture to help them become leaders at the […]

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December 15 REALTOR Report

2015 NDAR Committee Sign Up Your trade organization needs you!  Join the NDAR volunteer team by serving on a 2015 Committee. As a REALTOR®: YOU have the knowledge to enhance the work of any committee or task force. YOU have the leadership skills to positively impact the […]

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