Columbus, Ohio, January 19, 2015 Scott Biechele, CRS, was named Ohio CRS Chapter, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) of the Year for 2014. Biechele, a 30-year resident of Sandusky, was recognized for his dedication and service to the community, contributions to the real estate industry and his top producing real estate sales performance. Biechele's involvement in real estate began in 2001 and he currently serves Sandusky, Huron, Perkins and the surrounding area.
Biechele of Vacationland Realty, Inc. has had many accomplishments during the years including Firelands Association of REALTORS® "REALTOR® of the Year" and Resort and Second Home Property Specialist National Committee Member.
The Council of Residential Specialists is a not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of REALTORS® comprised of more than 30,000 members. It awards the CRS designation to experienced REALTORS® who have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.
Where will you be when you get the Call for Action?
You can be anywhere because the new REALTOR® Action Center mobile app contains a host of features to help you VOTE, ACT and INVEST on to go:
Mobile Advocacy: Receive a notification alerting you whenever there is a new Call for Action. The new mobile alert format will make participation a snap. No forms to fill out. Short, fast and easy!
Mobile Investing: Make your annual investment via your phone. Now there is no excuse to not invest in RPAC!
Action Profiles: The app contains a summary of your REALTOR® Party engagement. A list of open action items, actions you have already taken.
Advocacy Reports: Track how your state and local associations are doing in terms of their advocacy efforts to help us reach our annual 15% goal.
REALTOR® Party Tracker: Learn how your state and local association are using NAR programs to build political strength in your own backyard. Find out what tools and programs NAR is providing your association and how much money those programs cost.
How to get started:
- The REALTOR® Action Center mobile app is currently available only for the iPhone and Droid platforms. Search for "NAR Action Center" on the iTunes Store or Droid Market and download the app today.
- After downloading the app, you will be asked to login using the email address associated with the REALTOR® Action Center and your NRDs number.
- When you login, you will be asked if you want to receive notifications from the REALTOR® Action Center. Click "Yes" to receive them.
- Once you are logged in, click on the button in the upper right corner that looks like three horizontal white lines to navigate the app.
You can also visit the link provided for links for the app: REALTOR Party Action Center Mobile App
Are you a broker owner or managing broker? Are you involved with NAR's Broker Involvement Program?
This dynamic program provides you, the broker-owner, with a quick and effective tool to rally your agents on critical legislative issues affecting our industry.
The Broker Involvement Program offers you and your agents:
A voice on Capitol Hill.
The program is an opportunity to bring a strong and united REALTOR® voice to Members of Congress. With over 17,000 broker owners and 450,000 agents in the program, the REALTOR® voice will be heard loud and clear.
An easy-to-manage solution.
Nothing needs to be downloaded and there is no cost to the broker. NAR gives the broker-owner or managing broker access to the Broker Portal.
Your online participation report will show you response rates on Broker Calls for Action are significantly higher. The message is from you, the broker, to your agents. Nearly 40 percent of all responses on the Broker Calls for Action are from agents in the Broker Involvement Program. Your agents listen to you then take action!
2014 Broker Summit is in Atlanta on August 6th and 7th.
The General Membership meeting held September 3, 2014 at the Sandusky Yacht club was well attended and featured the induction of former CEO Ruth DeHenning into the FAOR Hall of Fame. President Phillip Bolte opened the meeting with the introduction of distinguished guests, Robert Fletcher, CEO of OAR, OAR Treasurer Sara Calo, and OAR District 2 VP Len Partin. The meeting began with the reading and approval of the minutes from the June 18th 2014 meeting. Treasurer Sara Riesen presented an up-to-date report of the financial picture of the association to the membership. She detailed the account lines that had variances from budgeted amounts. The floor was opened for questions; being none the motion to approve the report was made and seconded. Motion passed. President Bolte then reported on the work of the nominating committee. It was the recommendation of the committee to nominate Sara Riesen for a second term as director. The floor was opened for nominations, being none a motion was made to close the nominations. The motion passed unanimously.
It announced to the membership to sign up for 2015 committee's on the forms provided. Reminder was made to the membership on the upcoming OAR convention in Cleveland and our awards banquet to be held October 8th.
CEO David Freitag then reported to the membership on the NAR core standards and the effect on our Board. We have to ensure that our by-laws are in compliance with NAR's requirements and because of this a by-laws review has been conducted. It was noted that the one area that the committee is addressing is raising the limit of expenses that the Directors can approve from the current limit of $5000 to $15,000. A Broker's meeting has been scheduled for September 23rd and also a by-laws meeting to follow.
Robert Fletcher, CEO OAR was introduced to induct Ruth DeHenning, RCE into the FAOR Hall of Fame. Mr. Fletcher told of his long association with Ruth and her detailed some of her many accomplishments over her years of service to all REALTORS in Ohio. Ruth then gave a short acceptance speech and thanked all of the members and staff for their help over the years.
Being no further business the meeting was adjourned.