September President's Message
Sarah Gustafson, 2017 President of the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts, delivers her monthly President's message.
RACM President's Message - September 2017
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The REALTOR® Association of Central MA would like to congratulate our President, Sarah Gustafson, on being accepted into the NAR Leadership Academy Class of 2018! What a wonderful accomplishment!
Community Action Committee
RACM Annual Backpack Drive

During July and August, Association Members and participating REALTOR® offices rallied to provide backpacks and school supplies to children that might otherwise go without.  Items donated included backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, highlighters, glue, binders, rulers, along with many other essentials for students starting school in the Fall.  One day of “backpack stuffing” by Committee members and RACM Staff took place in August so that a full supply was available for distribution at the start of the school year. This year’s backpack drive saw 330 backpacks donated to school children throughout Worcester County. This is an annual drive and anyone needing future assistance should contact the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts.
IHN Rehab Day

Members of The REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts (RACM) volunteered on Wednesday, August 9th at the Interfaith Hospitality Network in Worcester. IHN, Inc., one of the REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts Community Action Committee’s charities of choice for 2017, provides shelter and assistance to families with children who are homeless. Members of RACM spent the day painting and making general repairs to their property at 91 June Street, Worcester. “After IHN, Inc. had been chosen as one of our charities of choice, the committee visited the property and instantly recognized an opportunity to help. As always, the committee and the board stepped up in a huge way” said Keith Krikorian, Chair of the Community Action Committee.
September Committee Update

September Committee Update

Membership, Government Affairs, Community Action, & Professional Development status.
Call For Action

2017 MAR President Paul Yorkis explains the upcoming Call For Action that the National Association of Realtors® will be sending out regarding flood insurance legislation.

Dear Member,

Without Congressional action by September 30, 2017authority for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire. If the NFIP lapses, more than 40,000 real estate transactions per month will be in jeopardy.

Urge your member of Congress to pass “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act” H.R. 2874 as soon as possible.

H.R. 2874 contains numerous provisions of critical importance to consumers and REALTORS:

  • Reauthorizes NFIP for a full 5 years, avoiding the uncertainty of short term extensions and potential shutdowns
  • Caps NFIP rates at $10,000 per year for property owners
  • Directs FEMA to develop more granular rate tables, to ensure fewer properties are over charged by NFIP
  • Sets aside $1 billion for flood mitigation assistance grants
  • Increases access to private market flood insurance

Tell Congress to PASS Flood Insurance Reform Now!


Done In A Day Volunteer Opportunity
The National Association of REALTORS® has once again awarded our Government Affairs Committee a grant for $2500 to help the town of Warren clean up the Lucy Stone Park, which has become overgrown with vegetation. 
The goal is to beautify the park and have it be a community gathering place with kayaking, bike and walking trails. The grant money will be used to buy plants, shrubs etc. and their first volunteer day is Saturday, September 9th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
They are looking for volunteers to plant, mulch and do some weeding. If you are interested and can lend us a hand for a few hours, please email the Association. Lucy Stone Park is located on the left hand side of Old West Brookfield Rd. just before the sports field at Quaboag Regional High School (284 Old West Brookfield Rd. Warren, MA 0108.
Please bring gardening gloves and tools if you have them.
2017 Legislative Breakfast

Friday, September 15th
8:00 a.m. – 10: 00 a.m.
Publick House Historic Inn
277 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566


Save The Date

Date:               October 19, 2017
Place:              Galliford’s Restaurant, Southwick's Zoo,
                        2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA  01756
Time:               Registration 11:00 am
                        Program and Buffet Lunch – 11:30
Cost:                $30 member; $35 for non-members

Registration Deadline – October 13, 2017
RACM Committee Volunteer Day
Date:              November 16, 2017
Place:             REALTOR® Association of Central Massachusetts 
                       492 Washington Street, Auburn, MA 01501
Time:               4pm – 6pm
Installation of Officers & Directors
Date:               November 28, 2017
Place:              Worcester Art Museum
Time:               4pm – 6pm
Registration:    3:30 pm
Program:         4pm – 6pm
Cost:                $30 member; $35 for non-members

Registration Deadline – November 21, 2017
September 6th   

CEU: REALTOR Property Resource  10 – 12 p.m.

REALTOR® Code of Ethics Training 12:30 – 3 p.m.
September 13th

CEU: RE36R05 Conducting Open Houses and Developing a Safety Plan
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CEU: RE32RC03 Technology and Real Estate Brokerage 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
September 14th

Cyber Crime Presented by RES/TITLE 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
September 15th

zipForm® Plus Training 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2017 Legislative Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

September 19th

Lunch & Learn with Norcom Mortgage 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
September 20th

Orientation 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Class is FULL)
September 21st

Lunch & Learn with Wintrust Mortgage: USDA/Rural Loans
CEU: RE76R12
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
September 25th

Lunch & Learn with Fairway Mortgage: Residential Mortgage Loan Market
Credit Today 
CEU: RE47R05
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m​
September 26th

Lunch & Learn with Prestige Mortgage: Finding, Hiring, and Utilizing Virtual
Assistants to Maximize Your Time & Profits
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m
Notes From The Legal Hotline

Re: MA data security regulations and how they apply to REALTOR®. 
Market Statistics

Local Market Stats for July 2017 as published by MAR.
New Members
Congratulations to our new REALTORS® applicants, who will be sworn in as RACM members at our next Member Orientation, and continued success to those members who have transferred offices!
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