Suburban West Realtors Association
Suburban West Weekly
October 14th, 2020
  • Registration Now Open for the 2020 Virtual Joint Annual Membership Meeting

  • RPAC Update - Telethon a Success

  • Review and Renew Your Defense Against Hackers

  • Reminder: Realtor® Membership Dues Are Now Live and in Cycle 1

  • State Extends Deadline for Rent, Mortgage Assistance

  • Calendar of Events 


Gerry Sandusky – Motivational Speaker and Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the Baltimore Ravens

Registration Now Open for the 2020 Virtual Joint Annual Membership Meeting

Suburban West and the Montgomery County Association of Realtors® are excited to welcome Gerry Sandusky, motivational speaker and radio play-by play broadcaster for the Baltimore Ravens as this year's Virtual Joint Annual Membership Meeting Keynote Speaker on October 22nd; 10:00am-11:15am!
With an energetic and entertaining style, Gerry's presentation "Probortunity Thinking: The Mindset of Seeing Problems as Opportunities", will cover:
* How to turn your problems in the start of something better instead of the end of something good
* The one question that can help us regain control in a hopeless situation
* Ten pillars of strength to lean on when there's nothing you can do
* The one habit all leaders must develop to see problems as opportunities
* How Probortunity Thinking can save careers, marriages and even lives
In addition to Gerry's keynote presentation, the virtual event will also feature:
* An Association of Update with SWRA Chairman Kit Anstey and additional leadership
* Recognition of our Leadership Development Program graduates
* Recognition of the "Making a Difference" Community Service Awards winners
Don't be shut out of the premiere Association event of the Fall and register today! NOTE: Connection information will be sent to you within a couple of days after you register as well as reminders 1-day and 1-hour before the program.

RPAC Update - Telethon a Success

Throughout September, 16 member volunteers committed themselves to help raise money for the Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC). Their diligence in relaying the importance of RPAC and the impact that legislation has on real estate resulted in over $26,000 in total investments, helping to meet the goal! The Association would also like to congratulate Dominic Cardone for soliciting the most overall investments and reaching out to the most investors during the telethon!
Suburban West is appreciative of the 170 members who collectively have helped our industry react quickly to challenges and be at the forefront of issues that are important to Realtors® and homeowners. Included in this group of investors was the winner of the $100 Amazon Gift Card, Alexander Zay. With the addition of these investors, over 2,200 Suburban West members have supported RPAC so far this year – click here for an updated list!
Interested in making your 2020 RPAC investment, click here to make your investment online today. And remember that any 2020 RPAC Investment of $99 or more guarantees automatic entry in the RPAC Car Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 2-year lease on a Mercedes-Benz GLA-250 SUV. Click here for more information on the Sweepstakes.

Review and Renew Your Defense Against Hackers

Over the years experts have guided individuals and businesses toward practices and policies designed to protect against identity theft which leads to crimes like wire fraud. Yet last year alone, real estate and rental fraud resulted in $221.3 million in total losses to victims—a 48% increase in monetary loss over the year prior, according to FBI data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center. It is believed that the COVID-19 pandemic will bring those numbers even higher as many have dropped their guard in search of aid and information. Hackers could be using the global pandemic as an opportunity to target real estate as more transactions and communications are conducted remotely.
Last month, at a National Association of Realtors®-sponsored virtual session, “Cyber and Data Security,” (part of the Tech Edge series) speakers warned that now more than ever, Realtors® and their clients need to be on guard against cybercrime. Here is a summary of their suggestions

Reminder: Realtor® Membership Dues Are Now Live and in Cycle 1

Are you still unpaid for the 2021 Realtor® membership year? If yes, please note that the deadline to submit your dues during Cycle 1 is Sunday, November 15th. By paying in Cycle 1, you will realize savings over the membership fees charged during Cycle 2 (November 16th-December 31st) or Cycle 3 (January 1st-January 31st).
Members still needing to submit dues have the option to submit the payment in full or via an installment plan and can click here to pay online through our secure system. Questions? Please contact SWRA Bookkeeper, Cathy DiMarco.

State Extends Deadline for Rent, Mortgage Assistance

Gov. Tom Wolf has reopened the application period for the COVID-19 rent and mortgage relief grant programs and extended the deadline to November 4th. All eligibility requirements remain the same as they were when the programs originally ended on September 30th. Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic can apply for rent and mortgage relief via the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, which is administering both grant programs. Funding comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The agency’s call center — at 855-827-3466 — is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist the public. The county organizations to which applications are submitted have webpages offering useful information and can also be contacted with questions. Read more here.
For more news items from the Suburban Realtors® Alliance, click here to access their Weekly News Briefs.
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1 Country View Road, Suite 201, Malvern PA 19355
P: 610-560-4800 | F: 610-560-4801
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1 Country View Road, Suite 101, Malvern PA 19355
P: 610-560-4900 | F: 610-560-4801
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