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February 15th, 2017
Featured Article
Registration Now Open for REALTOR Happy Hour and Affiliate Expo at McKenzies in Malvern
Suburban West is bringing back our popular Happy Hour and Affiliate Expo to a new location! Join us on Thursday, March 16th (5pm-7pm) at McKenzie’s Brew House in Malvern for a fun evening of camaraderie & networking and to watch the March Madness basketball games!
Suburban West’s Affiliate Members represent the spectrum of businesses affiliated with real estate. From home inspectors to mortgage/financial specialists, from staging professionals to short sale negotiators and much more. Over a dozen Affiliate Members will host booths during the event so you (and your clients) can learn and benefit from their services. 
The Happy Hour will feature:
  • Expo Featuring a Dozen Affiliate Sponsor Tables
  • Cash Bar and Free Appetizers
  • Large screen TVs to watch the March Madness Games
  • A chance to win 76ers Suite Tickets
  • Networking with REALTORS and Affiliates
**Registration Required** Because of limited capacity, pre-registration is required on a first-come, first-serve basis. No waiting list or walk-ins will be permitted. To register, call 610-560-4800 or register online (access the Events Calendar).
Updated Local Market Statistics Now Available for the Final Quarter of 2016 and January
Suburban West, in partnership with TREND, offers monthly dash-board style reports for Berks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties and Philadelphia. Even more unique are these same reports for every school district in Chester and Delaware counties and select districts in Philadelphia and Montgomery and Berks counties. These reports are vital to keep yourself knowledgeable about market trends and to demonstrate to buyer and seller clients the most up-to-date and accurate local housing information available. Access the most recently published reports for January here.
Additionally, the Association also provides quarterly market activity reports for Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Please note that an assortment of reports are available to all TREND members at www.trendmls.com.
Association Office Closed on February 20th
The Suburban West REALTORS Association office will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observance of President's Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday, February 21st at 8:00am. Please take note of this closure as you consider any business you may have with the Association. And remember, that you can always visit the Association's virtual office at www.suburbanwestrealtors.com.
Association Tip
The Five "Cs" of Professionalism
At the February 2017 Professionalism Exchange REALTOR members shared thoughts on what is professionalism? The attendees, representative of 16 firms and 29 offices, began the discussion with a review of a recent survey conducted by the Association. In that survey, participants were asked to consider, “In a real estate transaction, what aspect(s) of the relationship with other REALTORS leave a positive (or negative) impression upon you?”
The 63 survey responses – both positive and negative – involved varying degrees of ‘Courtesy’, ‘Communication’, ‘Collaboration’, ‘Cooperation’, and ‘Consistency’. After general agreement that these things matter, the exchange attendees spent their time together trying to identify ways to improve the professional image of REALTORS. The common theme to address the issues involved raising awareness through education and holding REALTORS accountable. Accountability can happen in a variety of ways. Four of these are:
Questions? Contact Paula Tansey at 610-560-4800.
SWRA Events
March REALTOR/Lawyer Seminar: Act 133 - New PA Law That Protects Your Transactions
For too long in many municipalities, the road to settlement featured a potential obstacle—the withholding of a U&O certificate for minor property violations. The Pennsylvania Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act (MCOCA) was recently amended through Act 133 of 2016 to address situations in which municipalities were not following the Act, leading to some real estate transactions being postponed or cancelled due to this practice. The amendments in Act 133 clarify the rights and responsibilities of both municipalities and property owners during code inspections upon the sale of a residential property.
Join us on March 2nd (10:00am-11:30am) for the REALTOR/Lawyer Seminar: Act 133 - New PA Law That Protects Your Transactions to learn more about how this new law will impact what happens when your buyer and seller seek to obtain a U&O. Click here to register (access the Events Calendar). This seminar is generously sponsored by Edward Powell Pump & Well Drilling: Chris Powell.
Association of REALTORS School
Become a More Effective Leader and Communicator
Looking to become a more effective leader and communicator in today's real estate world? The broker-level course, Real Estate Office Management (five-day course beginning March 6th; 9:00am-3:00pm each day) will help you understand business management, supervising people and how to establish a profitable enterprise. The course will cover both the practical and legal issues of office management.
Click here to register (access the Education Calendar).Questions on continuing education and/or broker licensing? Contact ARS Administrator, Gail Parke.
Suburban REALTORS Alliance
New Kennett Ordinance Allows For "Traditional" Neighborhood Design
Kennett Township has enacted an ordinance that allows “traditional neighborhood design” (TND) developments in the township. TND developments mix various types of residential units with commercial space and common areas in the style of a traditional walkable community. The new ordinance establishes the right to create TNDs in the township’s business park district and sets out definitions of the concept and various terms used. The ordinance also requires developments to be 15 acres or larger, with a mix of housing types and non-residential uses. Read more.
Not receiving the SRA News Briefs email on Friday mornings? Association members can sign up to receive their free weekly News Briefs by visiting their Action Center.
Effective Negotiating Course Now Available for Registration
The Performance Management Network (PMN) designation core and ABR elective, Effective Negotiating for Real Estate Professionals is coming to Malvern on February 22nd; 9:00am-5:00pm. This course is designed to give you the tools and tactics to improve your effectiveness in a negotiation to facilitate the best outcomes for your clients, even under pressure. To register, click here (access the Education Calendar) or call 610-560-4900.
In This Issue
Registration Now Open for REALTOR Happy Hour and Affiliate Expo at McKenzies in Malvern

Updated Local Market Statistics Now Available for the Final Quarter of 2016 and January

Association Office Closed on February 20th

The Five "Cs" of Professionalism

March REALTOR/Lawyer Seminar: Act 133 - New PA Law That Protects Your Transactions

Become a More Effective Leader and Communicator

New Kennett Ordinance Allows For "Traditional" Neighborhood Design 
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Mark Your Calendars!
February 20
Association Office Closed

February 22; 9:00am-5:00pm

March 2; 10:00am-11:30am

March 3; 9:00am-5:00pm

March 6; 9:00am-3:00pm
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