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Weekly News, Tuesday, January 2nd, 2017

Free Seminar on USDA Rural Development Affordable Housing Programs with Michael Mathews, Housing Programs Director, USDA Development in New Jersey on Wednesday, January 3rd at 9 am to 12 noon. This class will give you 3 Elective Credits toward Continuing Education Cycle for 2019. USDA Rural Development (RD) Housing programs are among the best affordable housing programs in the country. The 502 Direct Program and 502 Guaranteed have provided more than 400,000 families and individuals with decent, safe and sanitary housing in rural America. In helping USDA achieve this mission and objective, partnerships with realtors and lenders are important. Expanding and enhancing our partnerships with realtors especially helps RD reach those borrowers in rural areas who are in extreme poverty and who do not have access to obtain conventional mortgage credit. This course will provide an in-depth overview of our programs and focus on lending practices that meld well in RD programs CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. ( To pay for your class use your (NRDS#) as log in and the password is “welcome” all lowercase. If you have any questions, call Anna at 609-392-3666.


Free Short Sale Informational Seminar with William Sokol from The Sokol Firm Attorney At Law on Thursday, January 4th, 9 am – 12 noon. CLAS IS FULL.



THIS WEEK: NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence® Sales Award®
This prestigious program comprises two awards: The NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence® Sales Award® and the NJ Realtors® Distinguished Sales Club. Please fill out your application at Completed applications and payments must be submitted, with verification material, to Mercer County Association of Realtors by close of business on Jan. 5th, 2018. NO exceptions.
No handwritten applications will be accepted.

The NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence® Sales Award® recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship.

The 2017 award levels are:

  • Platinum: $20 million and 30 units minimum, or 125 units
  • Gold: $12 million and 25 units minimum, or 90 units
  • Silver: $6.5 million and 20 units minimum, or 70 units
  • Bronze: $2.5 million and 15 units minimum, or 30 units

The NJ Realtors® Distinguished Sales Club Award is presented to NJ Realtors® members who have been recipients of the Circle of Excellence® Sales Award® for 10 years (which need not be consecutively earned). Download the 2017 Distinguished Sales Club Application here. It must be submitted to your local board with proof of electronic payment by Jan. 5th, 2018.

Click here for a quick guide on gathering verification materials.

If you have additional questions on what to include with your application, email questions to
Mercer County Educational Achievement Award, Deadline is Friday, January 12th, 2018.The purpose of the Mercer County Association of REALTORS® Educational Achievement Award is to recognize and reward Association members who seek excellence through education and who have great involvement and participation in industry-specific learning and development programs, based on their total number of approved for credit courses, certifications, classes, seminars and business related programs taken during the previous calendar year.

Eligibility: The Award is designed for primary members of the Association. Credits are awarded for professional education and specific REALTOR® or business related activity that ultimately results in superior service to clients and fellow REALTORS®.

Qualifications: The course/event qualification period is from Jan 1st through Dec 31st.

Awards: A total of five award levels are available: Platinum (120 credits), Gold (90 credits), Silver (60 credits) and Bronze (30 credits).  FOR APPLICATION IN EXCEL FORMAT CLICK HERE. If you have any questions call Anna at 609-392-3666 or email


INFORMATION ABOUT 2018 MCAR ANNUAL DUES:  Payment was due January 1st.  A 20% late fee will be in effect if dues are paid after January 31st– NO EXCEPTIONS. You have  received an email from on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16th with a link for you to log in to the Internet Member Service (IMS) page where you will be able to log in, view your bill and make the payment. To pay your 2018 dues go to and click on 1st slide Annual Dues. This will redirect you to the IMS (Internet Member Service), Login (Login is your NRDS# look up your NRDS# here and password is welcome, all lower case). Once you log in, on left hand side
-click the Pay Your Invoices Here
– Click Unpaid Invoices

– Check off “Pay Now” (last column on your right side)

– scroll towards bottom and click on “Choose Payment Options”

– At this point you can modify the RPAC amount.

– Click on Credit Card and enter your information to make your payment.

If you have any questions, please call Linda at 609-392-3666 or email No refund will be issued.


You are invited to the Realtors Breakfast and Tour on Friday, January 19, 9 -11 a.m. at St. Paul School of Princeton, 216 Nassau St. Join St. Paul School of Princeton for a midwinter’s treat & gift and visit their award-winning Kindergarten-8th grade school and Little Lions Preschool (ages 3 & 4). Established in 1880, St. Paul School graduates attend top area private and parochial high schools.  SPS is academically challenging with a warm, nurturing environment and affordable tuition. Free parking in rear. To RSVP CLICK HERE or email or for more information visit .


CLASS RESCHEDULED: Free Seminar: Link Up with LinkedIn Workshop  on Monday, January 22nd at 10 am at the Mercer County Association of Realtors with Joseph Scorese from Firstrust Bank.

You know the ins and outs of real estate marketing for Facebook. You tweet regularly to your many followers on Twitter. You even post on visual social networks like Pinterest and YouTube. But do you take advantage of all that LinkedIn has to offer? The unofficial social network for professionals is actually an excellent real estate lead generation tool. There is more to LinkedIn than simply signing up for an account, though. Real estate lead generation on this platform requires effort & understanding. Joe will discuss real estate lead generation ideas for LinkedIn that can grow your contacts database. Come learn how to raise brand awareness, and educate potential customers on your services. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. ( To pay for your class use your (NRDS#) as log in and the password is “welcome” all lowercase. If you have any questions, call Anna at 609-392-3666.



Free Seminar: Does your 2018 Business Plan get you an additional $22,500 a year? Pinky Shah from Fairway Independent Mortgage presents: How to have a record breaking year in 2018 on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at the Mercer County Association of Realtors office. Facebook just made life a lot easier to cross promote listings without having to create unique creative each time. Join Pinky to discover how to use this tool to generate 2 to 3 more transactions in the next year! (To register for your class, use you (NRDS#) as log in and the password is “welcome” all lowercase. If you have any questions, call Anna at 609-392-3666.


BROKER COURSE: Mercer County Association of Realtors has scheduled a Spring 2018 150 Hour Brokers Course. The schedule is as follows:

90 Hours of Brokers $550 – January 30, 31, February 2, 6, 7, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 23.
30 Hours of Management $275 – February 27, 28, March 2 and 6.
30 Hours Ethics $275: March 9, 13, 14 and 16.
To register call Anna at 609-392-3666. Brokers Course will count toward 2019 Continuing Education Cycle.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. ( To pay for your class use your (NRDS#) as log in and the password is “welcome” all lowercase. If you have any questions, call Anna at 609-392-3666.

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