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Weekly News, Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

JOIN THE COMMITTEE: Here’s your chance to be a part of the Mercer County Association of REALTORS® by contributing your talent and ideas as a member of a Committee. President, David DePaola, is putting together a new slate of committee chairs and committee members for 2018. Let him know if you would like to serve by completing the form below and returning it to the Association Office.

Please Note: Except for offices that are elected or appointed for a specific length of term, no committee positions are automatically retained for the new year. All new chairpersonships and committee slates will be designated for 2018. Even if you served in 2017, you still need to complete this volunteer form to be appointed to a committee for the coming year. Mail, fax or email your response to Mercer County Association of REALTORS® at 1428 Brunswick Ave, Trenton, NJ 08648; fax to 609-394-3939; or email to Carolyn Reilly .

Deadline is Wednesday, November 1st 2017. CLICK HERE FOR FORM.

MCAR and Trend MLS New Member Orientation on Wednesday, November 8th at the Mercer County Association of Realtors. 9 am – Trend MLS Basics, 10:30 amMCAR New Member Orientation, and 1 pm prospecting. 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 on Thursday, November 9th at 10 am at the Mercer County Association of Realtors office, presented by Glen O’Brien from Movement Mortgage. Learn from Movement Mortgage – Agent Marketing Academy: Growing Your Business in Today’s Market;  Renovation Loans to Sell More Homes; Social Media Tools to attract Buyers and Sell Listings;  Marketing to Millennials;  New Rules of Real Estate Marketing and Increase exposure to your Listings. To Register call Anna at 609-392-3666.



Free Seminar: How to have a record breaking year in 2018! Wednesday, November 15th at 10 am to 12 noon at the Mercer County Association of Realtors with Pinky Shah from Fairway Independent Mortgage. Pinky will dicuss how to be among the first to use the new Facebook Dynamic Ads just for realtors! Facebook just made life a lot easier to cross promote listings without having to create unique creatives each time. Join us to learn how to use this tool to sell your listings faster, which will help you get more listings and buyers.To register call Anna at 609-392-3666.

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. 5, 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. 5, 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



Health Care Executive Order

Health Care Executive Order was signed on Thursday, October 12th, the White House issued an Executive Order directing the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Treasury to consider changes to increase access to more affordable health insurance options for Americans, including “Association Health Plans” (AHPs). The focus of the Order’s AHP provision is employer provided health insurance coverage. It does not specifically apply to insurance coverage for self-employed individuals or independent contractors.


NAR has long supported legislation enabling the creation of AHPs, as well as other similar efforts to expand health insurance options for REALTORS®. While the Executive Order’s AHP provision does not appear to apply to independent contractors, NAR will continue to work with the Administration and Congress on regulatory and legislative changes needed to make Association Health Plans a workable option for REALTORS®.


Background of the Executive Order

The Order directs the Department of Labor to issue guidance to allow small business to band together to form AHPs and purchase of health insurance coverage in the large group health insurance market, which is exempt from some Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations, with the goal of reducing insurance premiums. The Executive Order also directs Treasury, DOL, and HHS to (1) consider expanding the length of short-term limited duration insurance policies (STLDI) for individuals; and (2) consider changes to the rules governing Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) offered by employers to fund employee health care expenses.


In response to the Executive Order, NAR President Bill Brown released the following statement:  “Today’s White House announcement is an important part of the work to expand health coverage opportunities. Association Health Plans have long offered promise for small business owners and self-employed individuals seeking affordable health coverage. NAR is reviewing the specifics of the proposal to determine the promise that it may offer self-employed individuals, like real estate professionals.”

I you have any questions, please contact:

Christie DeSanctis,, 202-383-1102 or

Marcia H. Salkin,, 202-383-1092 .




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