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 Letter from the President
 
Dear Fellow Realtors and Affiliates,

Spring is practically sprung with an Early Easter on March 27th.
I hope everyone has been busy showing and most importantly selling real estate!

FLEX and THE KEY WEST ASSOCIATION:
For those that don't already know The Key West Association of Realtors will be giving up their Rappatoni MLS program to join the FLEX FBS MLS program. All three Boards will be using the same MLS program as of the end of the summer, around August.  So no more delayed photos or listing information.  Hurrah! We are so excited to see this progression of the Key West Board, it has taken a couple of years to get this accomplished.  As a result we will be having some FBS/FLEX training going on, we will be sure to let everyone know when these training sessions will be going on if you would like to refresh your MLS program skills.

FIRM GOLF TOURNAMENT: Key West Golf Club Sunday June 19, 2016 FATHERS DAY!

We have set the date for our FIRM Golf Tournament.  This year the tournament will be on Father's Day.  So grab your Son or your Dad and plan on playing in this tournament. As well, please ask for donations for this VERY IMPORTANT cause. We should all be donating money to this because this is our business and our insurance premiums we are fighting for! Wayne at the Association Office can collect any checks you may have...and if you would like to donate, Call or email Wayne CEO@MLKAR.com he can ebill you right through email and make your donation. I challenge everyone to give $100.00 as a hole sponsor with advertising.  We would meet our goal if everyone donated. Our goal is $30,000.00.  We made it last year.  We can do it again!! We will be sending out flyers on this event this month.  So be on the look out.

Have a GREAT day everyone and Sell something!

Don't forget to check the calendar for new and upcoming professional development opportunities.  

Professional Standards

Mandatory ethics training requirements for new and continuing REALTOR members was established by the National Association’s Board of Directors at the 1999 Annual Convention with the following goals:
  1. To heighten member awareness of the key tenants of the Code of Ethics
  2. To create an awareness of and appreciation for the role the Code can and should play in their professional lives
  3. To enhance professionalism and competency
  4. To encourage REALTORS to view their Code of Ethics as a living viable guide in their daily dealings with clients, customers, and the public.
The Quad Ethics 4-year period is up Dec 31, 2016. All REALTOR members need to take or have taken Quad Ethics before that date, to maintain their license. Look on the calendar for upcoming times and places.
Online Education
 
Florida Realtors now offers online GRI Courses for CE and post licensing credit effective August 1, 2015. If you have wanted to start, or finish the GRI program, now is the time to get started on your own time and pace. The GRI program can be bought as a total package or in modules. Also offered on the site are free learning videos for all you newer agents. The link to this site is:
http://www.floridarealtors.org/education/onlineeducation/
Also look for all the new and live classes our own Association will be providing. It will be a “learning” year.
Nothing has changed the real estate industry more than the continuous growth and role of technology and the explosion of Internet being used by both real estate practitioners and consumers. With today’s consumer having access to more information and tools, their needs and expectations have evolved and they are demanding more knowledge and service from their REALTOR® than ever before. Due to this, to succeed in today’s real estate industry, a licensee must learn about and be comfortable using the latest technologies available that will help them properly and safely reach, service & communicate with their potential, current & past customers in the most efficient way anywhere in the world and stand out from the competition. It is not the intention of this 1-year certification program to turn participants into technology experts; just to make them aware of important resources and develop a better understanding of the tools, rules, regulations, etc. and how to leverage the advantages of using technology to help them
excel in today’s real estate world. This program is perfect to prepare a real estate practitioner who is new to the business or re-educate a seasoned veteran on the fast moving technology side of the business.  
Certification Structure
This MLKAR Exclusive Certification Program consists of completing Four (4) Required live instruction courses taught by RETI within a 12-month period.
In addition to receiving this prestigious certification, by completing the KRETE program, candidates will receive 14 CE credit hours.
The 4 required courses needed to achieve the KRETE certification will be held on 2 consecutive days at MLKAR.
In each future year, applicant must complete 2 additional MRETE Elective courses to maintain the MRETE Certification status. Applicant must be in good standing with local, state & national Associations.
Civic Affairs:
Charity of the Month January: 

VNA Hospice of Key West
Charity of the Month February: 
Florida Keys SPCA
Charity of the Month March: 
More Marine Laboratory

Charity of the Month  2016  Schedule

  • January – VNA/Hospice
  • February – Florida Keys SPCA
  • April – Habitat for Humanity
  • May – Bird Center
  • June – FIRM
  • July – Domestic Abuse Shelter
  • August – Florida Keys Children’s Shelter
  • September – United Way
  • October – KAIR food pantry
  • November – Saint Peter Church Food Bank
  • December - Wesley House Family Services
Welcome New Members!
Alicia Lund - American Caribbean Real Estate - Ramrod Key FL
Jeremy Herd - Coldwell Banker Schmitt - Marathon FL
Thuy Watler  -Coldwell Banker Schmitt - Big Pine Key, FL
Elizabeth Hubbard - Re/Max All Keys - Marathon, FL
Charlie Holmes - The New Home Spot, Inc - Marathon, FL
Gregory C. Carson - American Caribbean - Marathon, FL
Monica Barrett - Coldwell Banker Schmitt - Marathon, FL
Lynn Thompson - Key Colony Beach Realty - Key Colony Beach, FL
Yvette Toldedo -Hoirizon Homes Realty - Summerland Key, FL
Samantha Mothner - Coldwell Banker Schmitt - Marathon, FL
Bill Robie - Thompsopn Broker - Round Hill, VA
Dasha Ray - Conch Realty LLC - Key West, FL
 Nick Frankel - Re/Max All Keys Real Estate - Marathon, FL
Dorothy Blasberg - Fathom Realty -Summerland Key, FL
Angela Mitchell - The New Home Spot - Marathon, FL
Jorge L. Guerra, Jr - Real Estate Sales Force - Coral Gables, FL
Isabel Nelson - Nelson Homes Realty Inc. - Pembroke Pines, FL
Douglas Goethel - Coldwell Banker Schmitt - Big Pine Key
Patricia Brueckman - KeyIsle Realty - Cudjoe Key, FL
Grace Weis - Coldwell Banker Schmitt - Big Pine Ke
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Thanks to our January, February and March Luncheon Sponsors: 
Please support our wonderful Affiliates...
Florida Realtors will be opening the 2017 Committee Request site on May 2, 2016.  Committee Requests will be accepted until June 30, 2016.
 
https://floridarealtors.org/serve 
THIS SITE WILL NOT WORK UNTIL MAY 2, 2016.
Join your fellow Realtors® from the Keys and all over the state of Florida at the Florida Realtors® Convention and Trade Show August 24th - 28th in Orlando.  Learn from all the wonderful CE Classes offered, network with Realtors® all over Florida and make more Referral dollars, Enjoy entertainment from Jay Leno and bond.  

This is Florida Realtors® 100th Anniversary and they want this to be a huge celebration so they are offering to cover the registration fee for the first five people that attend from our Association, who have not previously attended so sign up soon and save $150.00!!!  Hope to see you there.

 
PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER
It will guide you to the Florida Realtor's Registration Page
Dear MLKAR Members, Affiliates and Friends,
I hope everyone has a very Happy Easter.  Our FIRM Charity Golf Tournament is coming up soon.  FIRM is of huge importance to the Real Estate Business locally and to every single person that lives or works in the Keys.  Your monthly rent, mortgage and / or insurance payments would be a lot higher without the FIVE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS FIRM HAS SAVED THE KEYS SO FAR in windstorm and flood insurance.  

It's as easy as just sending me an email and saying "Bill me $100, $500, $1000, etc. for FIRM Sponsorship and I will do it.  Your friends even if they are not Realtor's can do the same from Key Largo to Key West anyone can help.  If each of our members and affiliates donate $100 as a Hole Sponsor which comes with advertising we will make our Goal and help FIRM Save us more money especially with the new CRS Program for Flood Insurance.

 
Our goal is to provide you the best service possible.  Please share any suggestions you may have on how we can serve you better.  We are always just an email or phone call away.

Sincerely,
Wayne Carter
Chief Executive Officer
Marathon and Lower Keys Association of REALTORS®, Inc
5800 Overseas Highway, Suite 15
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: 305-743-2485        Fax: 305-743-4679

CEO@MLKAR.com
 
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