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Suburban West Realtors Association
Suburban West Weekly
December 5th, 2018
Applications Now Live for Annual
Leadership Development Program

A License is Required to
Show Property

Winter Broker and Designation
Course Schedule Released
West Chester Votes to Raise
Earned Income Tax, Lansdowne
Considering Increase

C/I Exchange to Meet on Friday,
December 14th in Malvern

Calendar of Events

Applications Now Live for Annual Leadership Development Program!

Suburban West is excited to announce that the 2019 Leadership Development Program applications are now live and available for submission! Now in its fifth year, the program's objective is to empower our members to maximize their business and leadership skills and to build their confidence to take their business to the next level. 
The winter curriculum will begin in February and will feature the following workshops:
  • Building a Team for Success: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (February)
  • Emotional Intelligence: The Missing Link to Effective Leadership (February)
  • Powerful Presentations: Using Professionals Speaking Techniques (February)
  • Negotiating Success: Win-Win Negotiating (March)
  • The Economics of Real Estate (March)
Both REALTOR members and Affiliate members are welcome to apply for the program. Applications can be found here:
Applications are due by December 31st, 2018. For questions or to submit an application, please contact Kristin Tornetta.

A License is Required to Show Property

The merger of the TREND and MRIS MLS systems to form BRIGHT MLS will mean even more listings available to MLS participants across state lines. This presents a ‘just because you can doesn’t mean you should’ scenario. A real estate license issued by the state in which the property is located is required to perform real estate related activity on the property. This includes showing the property.

The MLS, through ShowingTime requires agents to confirm proper licensure in order to schedule appointments. This confirmation step serves as a reminder to agents that appropriate licensure is required. When in doubt, listing agents have the right and duty to check the license status of anyone seeking access to their client’s home. To verify that an individual has an active PA license, click here. New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland have similar online verification portals.

Winter Broker and Designation Course Schedule Released

The Association of REALTORS School offers licensees the opportunity to earn designations and/or obtain a Brokers license, or to simply ehance their professional career, with the knowledge contained in the courses provided. The following designation and Broker credit courses are taking place this winter and are now open for registration:
To register for classes, please call the Association of REALTORS School via 610-560-4900 or register online (once logged in, scroll over "Events" and then click "Upcoming Classes"). 
Questions on obtaining a Brokers license or a Designation? Contact ARS School Administrator, Gail Parke.

C/I Exchange to Meet on Friday, December 14th in Malvern

The Commercial/Industrial Marketing Exchange is set to meet on Friday, December 14th beginning with networking at 8:15am at the Association office in Malvern. The event will begin with the Marketing Exchange where you can bring your "haves" and "wants" including flyers for discussion during the first portion of the session to help serve your clients. Following will be a presentation featuring “Growth & Smart Development at River Station in Downingtown” by Stacy Martin, CCIM who serves as Director of Commercial Sales and Leasing for Hankin Group. Registration is not required. Questions? Email Steve Farace.

West Chester Votes to Raise Earned Income Tax, Lansdowne Considering Increase

West Chester Borough Council voted unanimously to enact a balanced $52 million operating budget that includes a 25 percent increase in the earned income tax (EIT). Currently, the borough levies a 1 percent EIT, which will increase to 1.25 percent. Half the one-percent fee goes to the West Chester Area School District, and the other half is retained by the borough. The additional 25 percent levy will pay off borough pension liabilities. 

Meanwhile in Delaware County, the Borough of Lansdowne will consider the adoption of an ordinance establishing an earned income tax at the rate of one half of one percent (0.5%). The earned income tax is necessary to diversify the tax base of the borough and allow the borough to lower property taxes for its residents. The ordinance, if enacted, will go into effect in 2019. The public is invited to attend and provide comment regarding the ordinance when it is considered for adoption on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Lansdowne Borough Hall, 12 E. Baltimore Ave. Read more here.

Calendar of Events

Suburban West REALTORS Association
1 Country View Road, Suite 201, Malvern PA 19355
P: 610-560-4800 | F: 610-560-4801
Association of REALTORS School
1 Country View Road, Suite 101, Malvern PA 19355
P: 610-560-4900 | F: 610-560-4801
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