My RSS News Feedhttp://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=rssen-usWed, 03 Oct 2018 18:48:51 GMT45Status of the Mergerhttp://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1925http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1925The merger between Mercer Association of REALTORS and Hunterdon/Somerset Association has been voted and approved by you the membership. We have filed our legal papers with the State of New Jersey (not NJR) and with the National Association of REALTORS. This was all approved as well, why you don't see our name change on documents, emails, etc is the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) has to approve our name. This is done by the National Association sending out notices to all the Associations in the our State to see if anyone will object the name of Core Association of REALTORS. That process will take 30 days and begun on October 1st. If NAR does not receive any notices of objection they will approve our name. In the interim we can not use the name of Core Association of REALTORS. The two buildings will stay open to serve its membership.<br />Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your patience and will keep you updated as news arrives.Wed, 03 Oct 2018 18:48:51 ESTMergerBe Aware of Real Estate Internet Scams and Fraud http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1640http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1640Individuals 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 /><br />Rental scams occur when the victim has rental property advertised and is contacted by an 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 for 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 /><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 the foreign country.<br /><br />If you have been a victim of Internet crime, please file a complaint at www.ic3.gov.Individuals Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:55:27 EST2019 Dues Bill will Not be Mailed UPDATED PLEASE READ!http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1358http://www.hsar.com/news.cfm?fc=article&id=1358Please be aware, in order to reduce its' impact on the environment H/SAR will be doing all of its' billing electronically. No paper bills will be sent for the 2019 billing period. Please look for an email later this month. This year the late charge will go into effect on February 1st, 2019 and will be 20% of the total dues bill. Billing will be opened until March 5th, 2019.<br /><br />Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:30:44 EST