By Marilou Butcher Roth
One of the topics that is always fun to explore is fitness. Ah, yes, cardio, weights, pilates — we love them, don’t we! However, I want to take this idea a little further. How would you rate your fitness level when it comes to your business? Or how about your financial fitness, how do you measure up? Fitness is a state of mind and can be achieved in any part of our lives.
How can you raise your level of fitness in all areas of your life? Here are some categories to check:
- Business Fitness
- Relationship Fitness
- Financial Fitness
- Emotional Fitness
- Spiritual Fitness
- Physical Fitness
For you as a REALTOR to be at the top of your game, you must be looking not only at your business but these other parts of your life as well. I have seen it happen far too often, an agent will throw themselves totally into their business and quickly see other areas suffer. You can have it all, you know. It’s a matter of deciding what’s important and then creating some consistency to make sure it happens.
As you toss this idea around, you may want to ask yourself these questions: What result am I trying to achieve? How am I actively pursuing this result? What needs/wants to happen next?
I love the idea of creating fitness in all areas of your life. The biggest problem we encounter is not taking the time to tune into what it is we really want. Or sometimes, we set ourselves up with the idea that what we want is unattainable so we don’t even bother to attempt it. So let yourself become clear. What would “fitness” in these areas look like? If what you see seems too large to tackle, ask yourself what you can do (something small and measurable) to take yourself in the direction that you want to go — not the whole enchilada, just forward.
Be gentle with yourself. We often make things so much harder than they need to be! Ask me how I know!
By Carl Horst, OAR Director of Publications/Media Relations
A little less than a year ago, the Ohio Association of REALTORS unveiled a redesigned website as part of the organization’s total overhaul of its communications programming. Our goal was simple — create a site that would meet the diverse demands of today’s real estate professional, one that would become the “go-to resource” for information pertinent to Ohio’s REALTOR community.
It seems as if we’ve done just that and more…at least in the eyes of the judges in a national competition hosted by Hermes Creative Awards!
We’ve recently been notified that ohiorealtors.org won the “Gold Award” honor in one of the world’s largest competitions of its kind. Our website was judged against entries ranging in size from individuals to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. Competition judging is conducted by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.
“Receiving an accolade of this nature is extremely humbling, yet the true reward is in offering Ohio’s REALTOR community a viable, useful tool to help in the day-to-day practice of real estate,” said Bob Fletcher, OAR’s chief executive officer. “Our approach in redesigning the site was to make every visit a unique and enriching experience, have the information easily accessible and focus on the needs and wants of the real estate professional.”
Our website prominently spotlights the latest Ohio industry news, views and issues that are featured in our OAR Daily Buzz blog — ranging from legal opinions, to political developments from the State House, to Ohio home sales and industry trends, and much more. In addition, we offer comprehensive information on the areas of interest to today’s REALTOR under an array of categories (such as legal, education offerings, public policy, statistics and Association news and events). You also have access to our various social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and our own You Tube channel.
By Carl Horst
The latest report on the Ohio housing marketplace shows, compared to the findings of a year ago, the inventory of homes for sale remains low and the number of days properties are being marketed continues to decline. However, there appears to be a renewed willingness for sellers to put their homes on the market so far this year, evidenced by month-over-month gains.
According to REALTOR.com’s April 2013 Housing Report, which tracks inventory of for-sale single-family homes and condos, median list prices, inventory levels and days on the market for 146 cities across the country:
The home buying season shifted into high gear in April 2013 as inventory and home list prices on realtor.com® increased by 4.12 percent and 2.63 percent, month over month, respectively. As of April, homes are on the market nationwide approximately 81 days — a decrease of nearly 11 percent since April 2012 — highlighting that while new homes are entering the market they are not available for long.
Compared to the findings from the March report, the Ohio market in April is showing an uptick in the number of homes being put on the market, along with higher list prices:
April 2013 vs. March 2013
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“The month-over-month gains in the number of listings across Ohio is a positive sign and reflects a marketplace that is entering into what is the strongest home buying and selling period,” said Thomas J. Williams, president of the Ohio Association of REALTORS. “The fact that we’re seeing the median list price rise and a continued shrinking of the time that homes are being marketed is a solid indicator that the recovery of the housing market in the Buckeye State is continuing.”
Compared to April 2012, every Ohio market is showing declines in inventory levels and days on the market, while list prices are moderating:
April 2013 vs. April 2012
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The National Association of REALTORS is joining forces with the National Association of Homebuilders to host a special webinar focusing on the significant revisions made to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). These revisions – a product of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 – include changes in rate structures and price increases due to new or updated flood maps.
A representative from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will make a presentation and answer any questions you may have. The webinar will be on Thursday, May 23, from 1-3 p.m. Click here if you would like to participate.
By Peg Ritenour, OAR Vice President of Legal Services/Administration
I’m often asked what are the areas of real estate practice that receive the most questions on the OAR Legal Assistance Hotline. License law issues, disclosure, contract law, ethics and commission problems are consistently the source of most of the calls. Each week we’ll share a Q&A with you in the OAR Daily Buzz that we hope will help you as REALTORS. Our initial question involves commission issues…
Q: After a meeting at our local Board office, a few REALTORS were discussing a broker in our MLS who offers a much lower “coop” fee on his listings than most other brokers do. We decided that we’re going to tell this broker that we’re going to lower the coop fee we pay him to equal what he’s paying us. Is this ok?
A: Whoa! Does the term “antitrust” sound familiar to you?!
As most REALTORS know, both federal and state antitrust laws prohibits two or more brokers from setting what amount they will charge the public on their listings or for other services. But what is sometimes forgotten is that brokers can’t enter into an agreement as to what they will pay a competitor as a coop fee. Not only could this be considered price fixing, but it could also be found to be an illegal boycott. This occurs when two or more persons agree that they will not pay — or will pay a lower amount — to a competitor whose practices they don’t like. And if such discussions take place in your Board’s offices or at its meetings, it could possibly spell trouble for the Board as well.
Because of these antitrust laws, you and the other brokers in your Board should never discuss or enter into any type of agreements as to what you will all pay another broker. Instead, each broker must individually determine how much compensation they will pay another broker.
If you individually decide that you wish to pay this other broker the amount that he pays you on his listings, you can do this. The MLS rules specify that this must be communicated by sending the other broker written notice that you are offering him a different amount on your listings than is reflected in the MLS. As long as you make this decision unilaterally and notify the broker in writing, you should not run afoul of the antitrust laws, Code of Ethics, or MLS rules.