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End of Year Membership Reminders

‘Tis the season to keep your membership alive! Here are the end of the year reminders you may or may not have remembered:

Annual Membership Dues

Member dues must be paid annually in order to keep your membership active. The membership dues deadline was November 30. If you haven’t yet, please login to pay your renewal.

MLS Fees

In addition to paying membership dues upon joining MAAR, you will also be required to pay the current MLS fees if your broker is a member of the RMLS. MLS Quarterly Fees are $119.00. To continue access to the MLS, please submit payment for Quarter 1 MLS Fees by December 31

Code of Ethics

One year down, one more to go. We’re nearing the second year of the 2-year cycle for Code of Ethics. Complete your Code of Ethics requirement by December 31, 2018 in order to continue your membership with the Association. Stay tuned for upcoming classes to satisfy your Code of Ethics requirement.

Benefits of Membership 

1.    Discounted Marketing Products 
2.    Extended support via staff
3.    Communication 
4.    Networking opportunities
5.    Opportunities to make a difference by joining committees
6.    Advocacy 
7.    Political Action Group 
8.    MAAR Foundation 
9.    Professional Development 
10. Local Market Research (Infosparks)
For more details on each, view the Benefits of Membership video.

Code of Ethics. Your Key to Being a REALTOR.

By now you probably realize the value of your REALTOR® status and we hope you have a sense of confidence in ethics when it comes to your business. MAAR is here to make it easy for you to satisfy your Code of Ethics requirement. Did you know the requirement has switched from a 4-year cycle to a 2 year? This means that members must complete the training by December 31, 2018 in order to continue their membership with the Association.

REALTORS® who have joined the Association after January 1, 2017 and attended New Member Code of Ethics, have already fulfilled their Code of Ethics training requirement that must be completed by December 31, 2018. So, new members, you’re off the hook this time around.

If you haven’t yet, choose one of the three ways to satisfy your Code of Ethics requirement.

  1. MAAR Class
  2. Online with The CE Shop
  3. Online through NAR (No CE available)

Read more on the current cycle and ways to complete your Code of Ethics.

Upcoming COE Class

Tuesday, December 5 (1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) 
Pathways to Professionalism – Code of Ethics 2017/18
This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 2.50 hours of real estate continuing education

2017 REALTOR Heart of the Community Award

MAAR shines a light on a few of our members who have dedicated their time, talents and energy to serve in a volunteer leadership capacity in our communities. These REALTORS are change agents. They recognized a critical need in our community and took action to address those needs. Some of these members have established are nonprofit organizations while others have committed countless volunteer hours to lend a hand to help shape a local program. These REALTORS understand the value of community and service. MAAR applauds their efforts and will make a $500 to the organization they serve as a volunteer on their behalf.
  • • Jacqueline Erikson, Bridge Realty;  Hacienda La Paz Inc
  • • Rich Kelley, Edina Realty; Quetico Foundation-US
  • • Whitney Kieffer, Keller Williams Realty Integrity Lakes; Ready for Success
  • • Kevin Knudsen, Coldwell Banker Burnet; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Minnesota Chapter 
  • • Gregory Kuhl, Edina Realty; In Love, Word & Deed 
  • • Jennifer Olstad, Keller Williams Classic Realty NW; Harold Mezile North Community YMCA      

The Home Payment Report – Q4

The “MGIC/MAAR Home Payment Report” is a quarterly overview of typical monthly payments on homes recently sold in the Twin Cities’ 50 most active real estate markets. Agents can download the report and forward it to prospects or include it in their own marketing pieces.

The report is produced through a partnership between MAAR and MGIC Corporation, one of the country’s leading private mortgage insurers. It combines home sale prices, property tax rates and interest rate data to give consumers a good feel for what their monthly home payment would be on lower-priced, mid-priced and higher-priced homes in 50 markets ranging from Andover to Woodbury.

“Educating consumers on housing affordability and the costs and benefits of owning versus renting is key to sound decision-making,” says David Arbit, MAAR director of research & economics. “We’re delighted to be working with MGIC to bring this useful new quarterly report to our members and the public.”