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JANUARY 2021

Dear members,

As we settle into the new year I am reminded that 2021 brings with it some important projects for KAR and its members.

First, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Chuck Bennett and I am very happy to serve on KAR’s board of directors as the 2021 President. 

We’re kicking off the year by bringing back our monthly newsletter with a new spin: the focus of these communications will be specific to the work carried out by the directors, committees, and staff so that our members can remain informed.  

Last year we successfully engaged our committees to help guide the operational plan of the organization, and we plan to keep them busy again in 2021. The committee chairs are finalizing their member lists but there’s always room for more! If you’re interested in joining any of these committees, feel free to send your details to communcations@kar.realtor. 

Here are this year’s committees:

-Finance
-Technology
-Education
-Professional Standards
-Nominations

We’re also keeping brokers engaged with quarterly broker meetings which started last week. These are great opportunities for generating conversations and highlighting some important updates.

Finally, I want to express that our directors and staff are always on hand to assist where we can. We’ll keep a “contact us” section updated in this newsletter so that you know how to reach us when you need us. 

Here’s to an exciting 2021!

Chuck Bennett
2021 KAR President

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Education

 

Do you know the difference between self-directed and accredited PDP hours? Interested in the 2021 learning opportunities available to you?

The KAR Member Portal is where it's at! All the details about the Professional Development Program (PDP) and your requirements for membership renewal are available, as well as:

  • View My PDP Hours

  • Self-reporting

  • KAR Course Calendar

  • Provincial Course Calendar

You can access it here or from the "Resources" widget on the home page of Xposure.

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Technology

 

You may have noticed there have been a few updates in

Xposure recently, and more are on the way.

Here's are the most recent updates:

1. The ability to Save property lists for each Client
2. The name and address of the subject property on all 8 steps in Autoload
3. The ability to check the actual search that was used at the time of sending a Gateway link
4. A 'Show Listings near me' feature within the Search tab (when you use Xposure on mobile) 
5. Include/remove assessment info before sending CMA Gateway

And we're looking forward to the following:

1. Full implementation of the Xposure Meets feature (P2P Video Conferencing)
2. Client timeline to have a PCS search toggle button
3. Ability to add email attachments within Xposure

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MLS® Department

Reporting your sales on time is more important than you might think. 

According to KAR's MLS® Rules of Cooperation, all sales must be reported within five days of the offer becoming unconditional. 

 

But why does this matter so much? While there are many reasons to list, one in particular has become even more evident since KAR started releasing monthly press releases.

If you don't report your sales on time, those numbers don't get counted in the official press releases. Ever. And although we don't like to brag (too much) some months those press releases are reaching over 2000 people even before they make it to the papers, and REALTORS® are left trying to explain the discrepancy between what they're seeing in Xposure vs. what's released to the public. 

We strongly urge you to report your sales on time - for everyone's benefit. 

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From the

KAR Office

 

There have been some changes at the KAR office:

we moved, but not far! Our new location is at 

102-247 Baker Street. During the pandemic, access is by

appointment only as staff members are mainly working

from home. Call 250-352-5477 to set up your appointment.

Here is how to get a hold of KAR staff:

Main phone line: 250-352-5477

Fax (please note new number): 855-281-3609

Linda Hamelin

MLS®, SentriLock, Membership Services
linda@kar.realtor

Jodi Dergousoff

Education, Professional Standard, Subscribers, MLS®

jodi@kar.realtor

Joelle Lavack 

Director of Continuity and Member Excellence

joelle@kar.realtor

Trevor Koot

Executive Officer

trevor@kar.realtor

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Coming Up

 

Feb 4

Board meeting

Feb 4

BC Northern Real Estate Board Lunch and Learn

More info

 

Feb 18

PDP: Win/Win Conflict    Resolution for  REALTORS®

More info