wcr: Leadership Opportunities - SLAR Election - 07/26/10 04:45 AM

 
THE ST. LOUIS ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® announced that the election for its 2011 Officers and Directors will be held from Wednesday, September 1, 2010 through Monday, September 20, 2010 at noon. The following offices are open for election:
PRESIDENT-ELECT VICE PRESIDENT/TREASURER 5-REALTOR® DIRECTORS 1-REALTOR® ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR 1-NAR DIRECTOR NOMINATION: Nomination and consent to serve forms are available from SLAR. 
ELECTION DEADLINE:
First Day to File for Election: July 23, 2010 Last Day to File for Election: August 6, 2010 Online Voting Opens:  September 1, 2010 Online Voting Closes:  September 20, 2010
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wcr: Electronics Recycling in St. Louis, Missouri - 07/24/10 03:01 PM
 

This month, we focus on a local non-profit Web Innovations and Technology Services ("WITS") who is the largest non-profit electronics recycler in Missouri.  Under Missouri law, electronic equipment such as computers, televisions, cell phones, cordless telephones, and monitors are classified as "hazardous waste" and must be collected and disposed by regulated collection sites because electronic equipment often contains heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and even PCBs.  Although there are a number of commercial electronics recyclers in the St. Louis area, there is only one with a strong track record of re-use and recycling.

Here are some of … (0 comments)

wcr: WCR Fashion Show - Looking for Silent Auction Items - 07/24/10 01:44 PM

Our next networking and fundraising event is the 2010 WCR Expo & Fashion Show entitled "Passion for Fashion" to be held on November 10, 2010, at the Sheraton Westport Chalet where local real estate professionals will model clothing generously provided by Macy’s-St. Peters and will collect gently used business clothing for Dress for Success. Dress for Success is a local charitable organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and  career development tools.
The 2010 Expo & Fashion Show will include:
Vendor Expo Business Networking Reception with Free Drink Tickets … (0 comments)

wcr: Legal Update - Recent Missouri Real Estate Court Cases - 07/24/10 12:31 PM

The following cases may be relevant to your real estate practice in Missouri:
City's real estate "for sale" restriction requiring a certificate of code compliance prior to marketing a home for sale declared invalid.  City of Bellefontaine Neighbors v. Scatizzi, Appeal No. 92965 (Missouri Court of Appeal Eastern District) Attorney's fees incurred to clear title due to filing of invalid mechanic's lien claim recoverable as special damages in slander of title case.  Lau v. Pugh, Appeal No. 29289 (Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District) Lender may sue original owner for fraud and negligent representation for non-disclosure of flooding … (0 comments)

wcr: New WCR Membership Benefit - Fedex Discount Program - 07/24/10 12:27 PM

The Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® is pleased to announce a new member benefit from Fedex Kinkos.  Starting August 1, 2010, chapter members will receive the following discounts from Fedex Kinkos:
30% discount on black/white or color copying 10% discount on all other services The discount does not apply to:
specialty quoted large jobs outsourced products and services notary services, office supplies shipping services ink jet cartridges video conferencing services equipment rental conference room rental Sony Picture Stations gift certificates specialty papers custom calendars holiday promotion greeting cards postage The discount is available at Fedex … (0 comments)

wcr: 2010 Man Auction - Great Networking Opportunity and Fundraising Event - 07/24/10 12:17 PM

 
MAN AUCTION
The Metropolitan St. Louis Council of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® hosted its third networking and fundraising event for the year – the 2010 MAN AUCTION – on July 15 at the Jive & Wail Dueling Piano Bar in Maplewood.

The night started with a live auction of 13 men on the 2010 "Man-u" including:
Craig Adams - Vino Vitae - Wine Class and Tasting Jeff Pfitzer - USA Mortgage - Happy Hour at Iggy's Mexican Restaurant Brian Magill - Expert REALTORS - Home Design Consultation with Coordinating Lifestyles Bob Sargent - USA Mortgage - 4 … (0 comments)

wcr: The Legacy Project - Taking Effective Minutes - 07/24/10 10:59 AM

On a regular basis, the Legacy Project will be publishing articles relating to chapter management. The articles are not definitive and should be used only as a guide. The articles may relate to specific positions or may relate to specific topics. We hope that these articles will be of assistance to future chapter leaders.
THE ROLE OF MEETING MINUTES
Minutes of a meeting are invaluable to chapter leaders and members. Minutes serve a number of purposes and uses beyond simply recording events and decisions – such as:
REVIEW OF PAST ACTIVITIES: Minutes record past stances and positions taken by individual … (0 comments)

wcr: WCR MISSOURI UPDATE - 07/01/10 01:02 PM

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
The Missouri Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the election of the following members as its 2011 Missouri State Chapter Officers:
President – Carol Harris (Kansas City Northland Chapter) President-Elect – Jan Thomas (Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter) Treasurer – Donna Joerling (St. Charles County Chapter) Secretary – Michelle Silies (Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter) Governor – Caroleen Ferrell (South Central Missouri Chapter) WCR Missouri President Barbara commented “We are fortunate to have such an incredible pool of talented real estate professionals to assist our chapters in growing their membership and delivering quality educational … (0 comments)

wcr: ON SALE NOW -- 2010 MAN AUCTION TICKETS -- GET THEM WHILE THEY'RE HOT!!! - 07/01/10 12:41 PM

Our next exciting WCR-Metro St. Louis fundraising event is the 2010 MAN AUCTION on July 15, 2010 (6-8 pm) at the Jive & Wail Dueling Piano Bar in Maplewood (7376 Manchester Road). Doors open at 6 pm, Man Auction begins at 6:30 pm and the dueling piano entertainment goes for 8 pm until who knows when.
What's this all about? Having a great time with your fellow WCR members and guests while bidding on exciting items, services and "men" to raise money for our local Women's Council of REALTORS®. All funds raised go towards programming, training and development of our members.Just a sampling of … (0 comments)

wcr: WCR-STL LEADERSHIP SERIES - THE EVOLUTION OF LEADERSHIP - 06/30/10 05:41 PM

Last year, the Leadership Series participants presented a discussion on the power of participation. One of the greatest assets of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® is the access that it provides to experienced industry leaders as well as the leadership training and opportunities that are provided at the state and local levels. Leaders aren’t born. Leaders evolve and grow over time. So, the question is: How do I become a leader?
STAGE 1 – PARTICIPATION. It is not often that someone joins an organization and is instantly recognized as a leader. It starts on a much smaller scale. It starts … (0 comments)

wcr: Aging in Place Inspections - from Beacon Property Inspections - 06/30/10 05:20 PM

We Want Our Seniors & Disabled Juniors to Stay in their Homes, But Are They Capable of LIVING In & Negotiating Within Their Homes, still?
AGING IN PLACE is the Terminology Used
Seniors, with and without the help and support of their adult children are deciding, everyday whether to move out of the house, home & environment they have known for years and raised their family or move into an assisted living community where they know fewer people than who live next door to them. They can choose to stay in their own house and safely, independently, and comfortably … (2 comments)

wcr: MISSOURI BLUE BOOK - YOUR GUIDE TO YOUR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT - 06/30/10 05:10 PM
 
Great FREE Missouri Resource!!
 

For over 100 years, the Missouri Secretary State has published the Missouri Blue Book (also known as the “Office Manual for Missouri”). It is an invaluable guide for real estate agents and brokerages that handle relocations, specialize in the marketing and sale of historic or commercial properties or that market to a niche group such as senior housing or low income housing.
It is also an invaluable tool for those who simply want to keep abreast of political developments impacting the real estate industry. The manual includes such information as descriptions and contact information … (1 comments)

wcr: SPOTTING REAL ESTATE TRENDS - FEDERAL RESERVE BANK PUBLICATIONS - 06/30/10 04:58 PM
 
Another resource for policy wonks and data addicts for spotting housing trends and for identifying opportunities.
 

 
 
The Federal Reserve Bank offers a wealth of information on the housing market, financial markets and the economy generally.  By visiting its website, you can view current and past issues of their publications to track tends and spot business opportunities. Here are some publications available from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis:
PERIODICALS
Annual Report:  current issue | subscribe | past issues - Preserving the independence of the Federal Reserve is as important today as it was when Congress … (1 comments)

wcr: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS WHEN WORKING WITH SENIORS IN MISSOURI - 06/30/10 04:44 PM
 
Good post from my business partner on some special considerations associated with working with seniors in Missouri.
 


When working with seniors, there may be special considerations associated with acquisition and disposition of real estate not commonly associated with the typical sales transaction. Such special considerations may include:
 
Incapacity of an owner to execute a deed. Use of a power of attorney to execute a deed and/or close the sales transaction. Conveyance of title to or from a trust. Death of co-owner. Tax related issues associated with the disposition of real estate such as estate tax and … (1 comments)

wcr: BUSINESS RESOURCE MEETING UPDATE - 06/30/10 04:20 PM

A. JUNE BUSINESS RESOURCE MEETING - BOOMERS & BEYOND.
On June 3, 2010, the Programs Committee featured a program on Boomers and Beyond with speakers Andrea Lenzen/Prudential Alliance, Liz Connolly/INhanceIt Home Staging and Stephanie Cassidy/Structured Services. This program was timely when you consider that "boomers" will comprise a large segment of purchasers in the real estate market for years to come.
Andrea Lenzen first provided statistics on the senior market followed by a description of the profile of a senior buyer. She also explained the results of recent surveys showing common housing requirements or preferences for seniors as well as … (0 comments)

wcr: PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE (JUNE, 2010) - 06/30/10 03:46 PM

As we complete the first half of 2010, I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate our members on the successes achieved so far this year.
A. CHAPTER AWARDS.
In May, 2010, we received several awards from the National Women’s Council of REALTORS®:
* 2009 Gold Award for Chapter Excellence
* 2009 Wells Fargo “Inspire Educate Enable” Award
* 2010 Membership Retention Award
These awards were the culmination of many years of hard work by our members who volunteer their time and resources to the success of this organization. It is equally attributable to the generous financial support provided by … (0 comments)

wcr: SUPPORT OUR WCR SPONSORS / ADVERTISERS - 05/31/10 05:07 PM







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wcr: MAY BRM SPONSOR - USA MORTGAGE - 05/31/10 04:13 PM

There are four key reasons for USA Mortgage's ongoing success, and they form the cornerstone of our strategy to continue to deliver to our clients a level of service unrivaled in the mortgage industry.
We view our customers as "customers for life"We want you to be our client for life...and we treat you accordingly. We strive to build lasting relationships that enable each and every person relying on us for their financing needs the opportunity to achieve the American dream. We know that the purchase of a home is a large investment - both financially and emotionally - and we … (1 comments)

wcr: USE WCR AS YOUR GPS TO PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS - 05/31/10 03:55 PM

 
By Jan Thomas, ABR - 2007 President, Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter, Women's Council of REALTORS® & 2010 Treasurer, Missouri State Women's Council of REALTORS®
As a REALTOR®, I need to know where I am going. I also need to know how to get there. To maximize my efficiency, I purchased a GPS (Global Positioning System) for my car.
Here is how it works: When I turn it on, it searches the area and makes its satellite connection to acquire data on where I am located. When this is completed, it asks me where I want to go. I enter … (1 comments)

wcr: WCR LIVE - INNOVATORS EMBRACING CHANGE - 05/31/10 03:07 PM

THIS MONTH'S SHOW - "INNOVATORS EMBRACING CHANGE"
In this episode of WCR LIVE-THE ST. LOUIS BROKER CONFERENCE CALL, guest host Ryan Shaughnessy discussed innovation and the need to embrace change with featured guest Steve Rosenbaum - Business/Marketing Consultant and Host of the Home Energy Solutions Show on ESPN Radio in Austin, Texas. Discussion topics included developing the qualities all great innovators share, embracing change, creative brainstorming, how to find new solutions to old problems and how to create a business culture of innovation. If you missed this episode, be sure to listen to the archived show at www.BlogTalkRadio.com/WCRLive. In addition, guest Steve … (0 comments)

 

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