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GPAR Gazette 01/14/14


January 14, 2014******Issue 420

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GPAR Office Visits- If you would like to schedule an office visit with GPAR, please contact Diane Lucidi at  Office visits are simply another way GPAR communicates its benefits, services and happenings to our membership.

The following individuals and/or offices have made application for membership. Pursuant to the Association’s Bylaws, any comments from REALTOR® members of the Association need to be put in writing and submitted to the Chief Executive Officer for receipt by Monday, February 3, 2014:

REALTOR® Members:   Nicole H. Andrews, Long and Foster: Jeryl E Butler, Keller Williams, Center-City: Jason Cohen, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Jonathan M Cohen Coldwell Banker Preferred; James P Cutler, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Georjes El-Roueiheb, United Real Estate-Philadelphia, PA; Jeffrey J. George, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Gianna Ginnetti, William Festa Realty; Robert B. Glendinning, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Stephen Goldstein, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Eileen Gray, Century 21 Alliance; Thomas Greer, Coldwell Banker Preferred; Rebecca Harclerode, Plumer & Associates, Inc.; John T. Manion, Long and Foster; Joshua D. Mermelstein, Fifth Realty; Mary V. Mulson, Century 21 Alliance-Lafayette; Michelle J. Shlomo, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Ryan L. Silver, Orens Bros. Real Estate, Inc.; Prince O Smith, Century 21 Advantage Gold; Joshua M. Solow, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Jeanne O Sweeney, Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS; Melissa H. Tewksbury, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services; Huishan C. Wu, Hong's Realty LLC; Cherise Wynne, Coldwell Banker Preferred.

Monday, January 13, 2014 The Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS will be attending the Land Bank Bill Signing Ceremony.  GPAR received a personal invitation from Mayor Michael A. Nutter to attend this event.  The event will take place today, Monday January 13, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.. in the Mayor's Reception Room
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 GPAR's Legislative\Government Affairs Committee will hold its first meeting of the year.  Congressman Chaka Fattah will be a guest speaker at the meeting.  Congressman Fattah will be talking to the committee regarding Flood Insurance as well as other federal issues.

On Tuesday, January 14, GPAR will launch DocuSign as a member benefit for all members whose membership is paid and active for 2014.  Since DocuSign identifies its accounts via email, You MUST provide GPAR with your correct email address. For existing DocuSign users through GPAR, your account will automatically update to the email address you previously provided to the Association. If you are a new user of DocuSign or obtained it on your own (online, paid subscription, free trial offer, etc.), it’s recommended that you ensure your email address on file with GPAR is the same email address currently being used for your DocuSign account (the two email addresses MUST be the same).
On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Cartavi, a transactional management program will be launched. All GPAR members in good standing will receive an e-mail referencing the Association’s promo code. You will simply click on the link and insert the code to set up your own account with Cartavi. 

We have been alerted by the Chalfont Borough Police Department that serial thefts of jewelry and prescription drugs have occurred during several recent open houses in the Chalfont area.  In addition, this person has claimed to fall at other open house events. The police have a woman they would like to question in relation to these incidents.  That person is a white female approximately 5' 5" or more in height, heavyset with dark brown or black, curly, should-length hair.  She may wear brown or red wire-rimmed glasses and perhaps a cast. She also could be wearing burnt orange or dark tan slip-on shoes.  She is known to be accompanied by a female child between 9-12 years of age.  She may also wear a large diamond ring and drive a newer white SUV.  She has listed her name as "Heather Quinn" and "Heather Morris" and spoke of desiring to find a home for her mother, who is from the New Hope area.  She has also mentioned that she is from Jenkintown, and the child spoke of attending a Jenkintown school.

 TREND Workshops for 2014:
 --February 27, 10 a.m.. to NOON:  TREND Basics:  Jump Start Success
 --April 24, 10 a.m.. to NOON:  Farming Facebook Using TREND:  Turning Friends into Clients
 --June 26, 10 a.m.. to NOON:  Price is Right with TREND
 --September 18, 10 a.m.. to NOON, TREND Basics:  Jump Start Success
 --November 18, 10 a.m.. to NOON, TREND Basics:  Jump Start Success
Members may register at:
Workshop Descriptions can be found at:

Continuing Educations Classes hosted by Schlicher-Kratz Institute will be held at GPAR and Occasions by Galdo Caterers please visit our website or for more information.  Below are some courses available:
7 Hours of Broker/Salesperson Continuing Education for PA for the 5/31/14 renewal date IF you were not originally licensed BEFORE December 1, 2011.  The following courses do not count as CE for "New Licenses"

• How to Structure a Lease Purchase.  Instructor Ann Rubin  Thursday January 16, 2014 9 a.m.. - 5 p.m..
Location: GPAR Headquarters 1341 N Delaware Avenue, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA  19125
Lease purchases are becoming a popular tool for moving some of the oversupply of houses on the market today.  Topics in this course include: the concepts and advantages of a lease purchase, identifying the types of properties and sellers that may consider this type of agreement, and establishing a system for monitoring the agreement from beginning to end.

• Outside the Numbers/Ethics & Etiquette  Instructor Charles Cosgrove Thursday March 13, 2014 9 am - 5pm
Location : GPAR Headquarters 1341 N. Delaware Avenue, Suite 200, Philadelphia, PA  19125
Outside the Numbers: Learn what is happening in the residential resale market and discuss how to explain it to your clients.  Using current TREND date, examine inventory, days-on-market, sold-to-list price, and the "Success Ratio" in the TREND MLS area.
Ethics & Etiquette: Provides a practical look at ethics issues that are commonplace in the market.  This class satisfies NAR Quadrennial Training Requirements. 

• Financing in the Brave, Old World/Fair Housing, Disclosure & Representation Issues 
Instructor Charles Cosgrove  Tuesday March 25, 2014 9 am - 5pm

Location : GPAR Headquarters 1341 N. Delaware Avenue, Suite 200 Philadelphia, PA  19125
Financing in the Brave, Old World: Enhance your knowledge of financing methods, help clients understand the tightening of lending standards and impact of Dodd-Frank Act, qualify buyers, loan assumptions, pros and cons of available loans.
Fair Housing, Disclosure and Representation Issues:  Present and explain contracts effectively when meeting with clients and discuss agency concepts.

Courses listed below are REQUIRED CE for New Licensees
• General Module: The Big Picture Instructor Heather Petrone Shook Wednesday January 22, 2014 9 am-5 pm

Location: GPAR Headquarters 1341 N. Delaware Avenue, Suite 200, Philadelphia. PA  19125
Topics Include: Duties of Licensees, Closing Costs, Agreement of Sale, Addenda and Special Clauses, Title Reports, Zoning, Agency Relationships and Representation Agreements
Save the Date - GPAR members…You are cordially invited to the upcoming Shen Yun performance in Philadelphia this April. A Beautiful Tradition Returns! After many sold-out shows, including at New York’s Lincoln Center and Washington’s Kennedy Center, Shen Yun will bring this spectacular performance to Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater on April 25 - 27. Shen Yun explores the origin and meaning of life through magnificent Chinese classical dance and music. Young and old alike, regardless of background, have been touched by the timeless values presented in these incredible performances. Don't miss this golden opportunity for an inspiring experience! Order Tickets thru or 215-893-1999 (Box Office). Please use Promo Code "GPAR" for an exclusive saving.  For more information visit
• January 13 – GPAR at Land Bank Bill Signing
• January 14 – 2014 Inauguration of GPAR President Allan Domb and the Board of Directors
• January 16- “Lease to Purchase” Course (credits for CE)
• January 17- Horizons Task Force Meeting
• January 20 - GPAR Office Closed/Martin Luther King Day
• January 21 - Lunch and Learn in GPAR Classroom
• January 22- Government Affairs Meeting
• January 26-29 PAR Business Meetings
• January 29 – HUD Course
• February 24 - Dodd Frank Act seminar/workshop
• February 27 - TREND Basics:  Jump Start Success