My RSS News Feed, 10 Nov 2015 10:55:27 GMT45Be Aware of Real Estate Internet Scams and Fraud need to be cautious when posting rental properties and real estate on-line. The Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3) continues to receive numerous complaints from individuals who have fallen victim to scams involving rentals of apartments and houses, as well as postings of real estate on-line.<br />Rental scams occur when the victim has rental property advertised and is contacted by and interested party. Once the rental price is agreed-upon, the scammer forwards a check for the deposit on the rental property to the victim. The check is to cover housing expenses and is, either written in excess of the amount required, with the scammer asking for the remainder to be remitted back, or the check is written for the correct amount , but the scammer backs out of the rental agreement and asks fro a refund. Since the banks do not usually place a hold on the funds, the victim has immediate access to them and believes the check has cleared. In the end, the check is found to be counterfeit and the victim is held responsible by the bank for all losses. <br />Another type of scam involves real estate that is posted via classified advertisement websites. The scammer duplicates postings from legitimate real estate websites and reposts these ads, after altering them. Often, the scammers use the broker’s real name to create a fake email, which gives the fraud more legitimacy. When the victim sends an email through the classified advertisement website inquiring about the home, they receive a response from someone claiming to be the owner. The “owner” claims he and his wife are currently on missionary work in a foreign country. Therefore, he needs someone to rent their home while they are away. If the victim is interested in renting the home, they are asked to send money to the owner in a foreign country.<br />If you have been a victim of internet crime, please file a complaint at<br /><br />Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:55:27 ESTREALTORS Come Together to Support Pride in Homeownership September 18, 2015, dozens of REALTORS® and Affiliate partners from The Hunterdon/Somerset Association of REALTORS® and the Warren County Board of REALTORS® came together in Flemington, and Lambertville, NJ to spend the day doing much needed maintenance work for homeowners who were unable to do the repairs themselves. Realtors® Care Day® is an all-day initiative dedicated to positively impact homeowners living conditions. <br /><br />“As REALTORS®, we work hard to help make homeownership dreams come true,” said H/SAR CEO Roxanne Daiuto. “It was an honor for the REALTOR community to be able to help maintain and enhance these homes.” REALTORS® and Affiliate Partners alike devoted the day to help with necessary, but often unaffordable, exterior home repairs.<br /><br />REALTORS® Care Day was made possible with the help of the following sponsors: <br />• The H/SAR Affiliate Partners<br />• Niece Lumber, Lambertville NJ<br />• Lowes, Flemington NJ<br />• Rutgers Landscape and Nursery, Ringoes NJ<br />• Sweet Valley Farms, Ringoes NJ<br /><br />REALTORS® Care Day was initiated by NJARHOF as an extension of its commitment to affordable, fair and safe housing, and to provide an opportunity for REALTORS® to give back to local communities throughout the Garden State.<br /><br />NJARHOF is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that seeks to create greater homeownership opportunities for New Jersey residents. The foundation is dedicated to funding, education, advocacy and leadership programs that are focused on fair and affordable housing and workforce-housing initiatives. The foundation serves to position and educate REALTORS® as leaders, promote homeownership and provide funding to create housing opportunities. <br /><br />The Hunterdon/Somerset Association of REALTORS® is a non-profit trade association serving the needs of 2,100 REALTORS in Hunterdon and Somerset counties and surrounding areas. For more information, please visit ####<br />Mon, 26 Oct 2015 15:13:28 ESTCOE Deadline for RPAC Donation 10/2/15 Circle of Excellence Sales Award Deadline is Friday, October 2, 2015. A minimum donation of $100 to the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC) Earns on Credit towards the NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Award. Keep the date in mind as H/SAR must receive the donation by the close of business on Friday, October 2, 2015 to be eligible for the reward credit. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 09:10:43 ESTMerger FAQ's of HUNTERDON/SOMERSET ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS<br />and<br />NORTH CENTRAL JERSEY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS<br /><br />FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS<br /><br />1. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE MERGER? <br />There is a financial savings to Dues, a shared service mindset, events are subsidized, more networking opportunities, larger voice at the State and National level, and more Continuing Education opportunities (15 instructors on retainer). Various revenue streams (which keep Dues lower). Three locations; Morristown, Westfield, and Bloomfield. There is also a legal hotline available to all members.<br /><br />2. HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY MEMBERSHIP?<br />It will not affect your membership for 2015. At the effective time, by virtue of the Merger, and without any action on the part of HSAR or NCJAR, the members of HSAR shall be converted into members of NCJAR. <br /><br />3. WILL OUR DUES GO UP? <br />No.<br /><br />4. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO OUR PRESENT FACILITY? <br />The present facility will remain fully operational for the foreseeable future. <br /><br />5. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE STAFF? <br />The agreement is contingent upon HSAR terminating its current employment contract with its Chief Executive Officer. The office will remain staffed with at least (1) full time administrative staff member at the HSAR Real Estate location.<br /><br />6. HOW MANY MEMBERS WILL THERE BE AFTER THE MERGER? <br />The combined HSAR/NCJAR membership will be approximately 10,000 members.<br /> <br />7. WHERE ARE THE NORTH CENTRAL JERSEY ASSOCIATION OFFICE LOCATIONS? <br />NCJAR currently own and operate out of three (3) locations:<br />Morristown: 910 Mount Kimble Avenue <br /><br />Satellite Offices:<br />Bloomfield: 375 Broad Street <br />Westfield: 767 Central Avenue<br /><br />8. WILL CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES STILL BE OFFERED AT THE HSAR LOCATION? <br />Yes. Continuing Education will be held at all the respective locations. In addition, Broker offices may request to have CE classes taught at their Broker offices (a very low fee may be required). <br /><br />9. WHEN WILL THE CHANGEOVER OCCUR? <br />The “effective time” of the Merger will follow after an affirmative vote for the Merger is voted for by both HSAR members and NCJAR members. If, HSAR members vote approving the Merger, a subsequent meeting is held by NCJAR for their members to vote. <br /> <br />10. DO I HAVE TO JOIN NORTH CENTRAL? <br />No, you have Board of choice. <br /><br />The "Board of Choice" concept allows REALTORS® to choose the board to which they want to belong on the basis of the factors they decide are most important rather than being limited by office location or jurisdictional boundaries. At the same time, services of other boards are available without the necessity of holding membership in those boards.<br /><br />11. CAN I JOIN ANOTHER BOARD? <br />Yes.<br /><br />12. WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HSAR COMMITTEES? <br />Certain pre-merger committees existing and serving HSAR shall combine with the analogous committees serving NCJAR. Some pre-merger committees of HSAR will dissolve. <br /><br />13. WILL THERE BE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CE CREDITS? <br />Yes, there will be opportunities, at all 3 post-Merger locations. In addition, instructors can teach at Broker locations.<br /><br />14. WHAT ABOUT CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE, WILL IT BE ONE GROUP NOW? <br />The Circle of Excellence Gala will be a grouped celebration event.<br /><br />15. WHO WILL BE THE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS AND DIRECTORS? <br />This Merger shall not modify the identity or terms of the Officers currently holding office or scheduled to hold office for NCJAR in 2015 or thereafter. President, Michael DelDuca is currently serving his first term presidency of NCJAR. <br /><br />Five (5) pre-Merger HSAR Directors and all of the pre-Merger Board of Trustees shall comprise the post-Merger NCJAR Board of Trustees. The terms of the HSAR Directors shall expire as follows: (0) on December 31, 2015, (1) on December 31, 2016, (2) on December 31, 2017, and (2) on December 31, 2018. In addition HSAR shall be entitled to appoint seven (7) observers who may attend the first two (2) post-effective time meetings of the Board of Trustees only, but shall not have any voting rights. <br /><br />16. HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE AFFILIATES? <br />Affiliate members are merged into the membership.<br /><br /> <br />17. WHO CAN VOTE? <br />All Realtor members, who have HSAR as a primary board.<br /><br />18. HOW CAN WE VOTE? <br />You’ll have the option of voting online or in person at the meeting being held on September 25, 2015.<br /><br />19. WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR BOARD ASSETS? <br />They will get merged into NCJAR.<br />20. WILL PROXY VOTING BE ALLOWED AND IF SO, HOW WILL THAT WORK?<br /><br />.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />6/2015<br />Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:26:16 EST2015 RPAC Important Dates be aware of the following Important Deadlines for RPAC in 2015.<br /><br />April 13, 2015 Midyear Recognition<br /><br />June 1, 2015 RPAC of New Jersey Early Money Deadline<br /><br />October 2, 2015 NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Award Deadline<br /><br />December 1, 2015 RPAC of New Jersey Local Board/Association Awards/NAR recognition<br /><br />December 7, 2015 2015 End of Year DeadlineFri, 13 Mar 2015 16:18:19 ESTH/SAR Library would like to invite our members to help themselves to the contents of our library. These items are more valuable in the hands of our members than sitting on shelves at the association. Attached is a list of available items. Please contact if you see anything you’d like to have, or stop by the Association to browse the collection for yourself.Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:56:29 ESTRealtors® Care Day® Volunteers Needed® Care Day® is a community-wide home repair project that assists homeowners with exterior home repairs and provides adaptive and safety modifications for those in need. Homeowners must go through a application process that involves submitting income and homeowner verification, mortgage and citizenship status, as well as a number of other factors.<br /><br />H/SAR is projecting a date sometime in September of 2016. Committee members are currently being sought to organize this project. If you are interested please contact Roxanne Daiuto at or at 908-725-3117. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:25:29 ESTH/SAR presents $2,000 to Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity Hunterdon/Somerset Association of REALTORS? recently presented a donation of $2,000 to Carrieanne Dubiel, and Doreen Blanc Rockstrom of Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. <br /><br />Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry with the goal of making decent, affordable housing available to every family worldwide. Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity (RVHFH) is our local Habitat Chapter committed to achieving that goal in Somerset and Hunterdon counties. <br /><br />H/SAR member volunteers have been supporting habitat build days for 12 consecutive years. Each year H/SAR volunteers offer a hand in helping build homes, hope and communities in Raritan Valley.<br /><br />A Habitat build day is projected for fall of 2014. If you have particular skills or if you would like to work on a particular phase of construction, please contact H/SAR president John Dinizio at<br /><br />Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity is also planning an upcoming car raffle, details will be forthcoming.Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:21:48 ESTH/SAR OFFICE CLOSED H/SAR Office will be closed today Thursday February 13, 2014 due to inclement weather.<br /> <br />If you have an emergency and need to contact someone immediately please contact Roxanne Daiuto at 908-616-3904.<br />Mon, 03 Feb 2014 07:44:03 EST REALTOR® EMERITUS APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED person who has held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or a combination of both, for a cumulative period of 40 years in one or more Associations of REALTORS® is eligible before the new qualifications take effect in 2015.<br /><br />The dues waiver does not take effect until the following 'dues season.' For example, members approved as Emeritus at the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo or REALTORS® Conference & Expo meetings in 2014 would have their dues waived starting in 2015 since dues are due and owing by the local associations as of Jan. 1 each year.<br /><br />Deadline; Any application submitted after Apr. 2, 2014 will not be approved until November 2014. <br /><br />Contact to have an application submitted. <br /><br /> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:05:30 EST