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REALTOR® Logos and Trademark Rules

REALTOR® Logos and Trademark Rules

It is important to use NAR’s membership marks—including the REALTOR® logo and the terms REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, REALTORS®—correctly and according to the rules outlined in the Membership Marks Manual.

Read the top 5 things you need to know about using the REALTOR® trademarks correctly, then take this quiz to test your knowledge.

he Same Rules Apply to Use of the MARKS on the Internet

The policies and guidelines set forth in this Manual apply to all uses of the MARKS – including use on the internet and in social media. Therefore, Member Boards may only use the MARKS in their domain name or username if used properly in connection with their name or sponsored activities; and members may only use the MARKS in their domain name or username if used properly in connection with the member’s name or firm name.

The Limitation on Form requires Member Boards and members to use separating punctuation, all capital letters, and the registered “®” symbol. This Limitation is relaxed when it is not possible or feasible to use the required form in domain names or usernames.

The following examples are all proper uses of REALTOR® by a member named Jane Smith:  (SUCH AS EMAIL , DOMAIN OR SOCIAL)

Proper Uses
Janesmithrealtor
Jsmithrealtor
Smithrealtor
jane_smith_realtor
realtorjanesmith
realtorjsmith
realtorsmith
realtor_smith
jane_the_realtor
jane_a_realtor
realtorjanechicago
chicagojanerealtor
realtor_jane_number1

The following examples are all improper uses of REALTOR® because they each include a descriptive work or phrase in connection with the MARK:

Improper Uses
Chicagorealtor
Yourchicagorealtor
your_chicago_realtor
cyberrealtor
virtualrealtor
realtor_mom
realtorsolution
localrealtor
top_chicago_realtor
number1realtor
hotshotrealtor
residentialrealtor
commercial_realtor
janechicagorealtor

 

Get tips for using the terms REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, and REALTORS®:

Social Media Use

What is a Facebook username?
Facebook is for the first time allowing users to register a custom username. Each Facebook account can only have one username and you can never change nor can you transfer it to someone else. In fact, even if you delete your Facebook account, your username will not go back in the pool of available usernames. As of now, Facebook usernames are only being used for custom URLs, but the uses for usernames might change in the future. Choosing a Facebook username is optional and having a username will not change the name that appears on your profile or anywhere else on the site.

Can I use the REALTOR® marks with my username on social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter?
The same rules governing the use of the REALTOR® marks apply on the internet. In a username, members are authorized to use the REALTOR® marks only to indicate membership to NAR by using the marks with a member’s name or with the legal name of a member broker’s real estate business.

Do I need to use punctuation to separate the REALTOR® marks from my name in a username, email address, or domain name?
The REALTOR® marks do not need to be separated from a member’s name or real estate business name with punctuation in usernames, email addresses, or domain names.

In a username, do I still need to capitalize the REALTOR® marks or use the trademark registration symbol?
The requirements to use capitalization and the registration symbol with the REALTOR® marks are relaxed since such formalities either cannot or are not normally observed on the Internet including on social media sites.

Why do the rules prohibit the use of descriptive words or phrases with the REALTOR® marks (e.g. hotshotrealtor or floridarealtor)?
The term REALTOR® was created by a member to identify members and distinguish them from non-members. When the REALTOR® marks are used with a descriptive word or phrase it does not identify a person as a member but is most likely to be understood to be referring to a type or service that might be provided.

Is it okay for me to use the REALTOR(R) block R logo as the icon for a mobile device application, such as an iPhone App?
The rules for using the REALTOR(R) logo as an icon for an application are the same ones which govern its use in any other medium. The logo is intended to identify the user as a member of the Association. A Member may use the REALTOR (R) logo as an icon for an App if (i) the App is provided in connection with the Member’s real estate business and (ii) the logo appears in the icon adjacent to the Member’s name or the name of the member’s real estate business. A Member Board may use the REALTOR(R) as an icon for an App if (i) the App is provided in connection with the Member Board’s publications, or its educational courses, clinics and similar service projects produced or sponsored by the Member Board and (ii) the logo appears adjacent to the Member Board’s name. Please note, acronyms and abbreviations are not permitted.

 

To read more, visit: https://www.nar.realtor/logos-and-trademark-rules


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2018 Americas Best Ranking

Congratulations on being ranked as one of REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals sponsored by Adwerx! Due to your success and those of your peers, those represented on America’s Best closed a remarkable 1,075,263.97 sides and more than $371 billion in sales volume for 2017—a 20.5 percent increase in sales volume from last year.

Nearly 14,000 U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured. To be included in the ranking, agents must have closed at least 50 transactions or $20 million in closed sales volume in 2017.  Teams must have closed 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume in 2017. All production numbers are independently verified by a third-party to ensure accuracy and report integrity.

Other notable recognitions of RE/MAX agents and team leaders in the 2018 REAL Trends “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” rankings:

  • RE/MAX qualified 3,146 agents, Keller Williams was second with 2,518 and Coldwell Banker was third with 1,630.
  • 22.7 percent of the agents in the survey are RE/MAX agents, the highest percentage ever for RE/MAX and a significant increase over 19.9% last year. The number of RE/MAX qualifiers grew by 640 agents.
  • 28 percent of the rankings for transaction sides (2,805 of 9,883) went to RE/MAX agents and team leaders.

Industry surveys continue to recognize the RE/MAX network for its high productivity. RE/MAX had more of America’s most productive agents than any other brand in the recent 13th Annual REAL Trends “The Thousand.” RE/MAX agents have claimed the most rankings in the respected survey three out of the last four years. RE/MAX associates also outperformed participating agents with other real estate brands in the 2018 REAL Trends 500 survey. For the eighth consecutive year, RE/MAX agents in the survey on average outsold competing agents – averaging more than twice as many closed sales than agents at other participating large brokerages.

 


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Top 100 RE/MAX Florida Region April 2018

Top 100 RE/MAX Florida Region April 2018

Congratulations to our Top 100 within the RE/MAX Florida Region! Out of over 5,700 agents these agents made the list of top achievers!

April 2018



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June Elite Rockstars!

We couldn’t be more proud of our agents!!!  Great job finishing out the first half of the year!!

#AboveTheCrowd #REMAXhustle #remaxelitefl #EliteAgents #weareELITE #weareREMAX #eliterocks

 


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New condo and association laws go into effect July 1 2018

1. Official records – 718.111(12)(b)/HB841. Plans, permits, warranties, declaration, articles, bylaws, rules. meeting minutes and accounting records from the inception of the association must now be kept forever. Chapter 718 previously required these documents to be kept for only 7 years. All other records must still be kept for 7 years with exception of ballots, proxies and related voting material that only needs to be kept for 1 year.

2. Access to official records – 718.111(12)(b)/HB841. Access to official records must be made available within 10 “working” days. Formerly it was 5 working days but since the penalty did not arise until after 10 working days effectively nothing has changed. Records must still be made available within 10 “working” days.

3. Website creation – 718.111(12)(g)1/HB841. The requirement imposed in 2017 that condominiums (excluding timeshares) must create a website and post digital copies of most of its official records on its website by July 1, 2018, has been extended to January 1, 2019. The term “association” has been replaced by the term “condominium” thereby making it clear that multi-condominium associations that manage several condominiums each with less than 150 units but cumulatively 150 or more units are now exempt from the website requirement.

4. Website records – 718.111(12)(g)2.e and g/HB841. A list of all bids in excess of $500 received by the association for materials, equipment or services within the past year must now be posted on the website if a website is required. Additionally, the “monthly income or expense statement” must be posted.

5. Website records failure to post – 718.111(12)(g)4/HB841. The failure to post required records on the website is not sufficient to invalidate any action or decision of the association’s board or any committee.

6. Board and members meeting notices on website – 718.112(2)(c)1 and (d)/HB841. In addition to sending and posting notices for board and members meetings by regular mail, the board may now adopt a rule to allow the posting of such notices on the website if a website is required. The rule must also require that an e-mail be sent to all owners who have requested electronic notice with a link to the posted notice.

7. Term limits – 718.112(2)(d)2/HB841. The 2017 law limiting a director from serving no more than four consecutive two-year terms has been changed. The law now provides that regardless of the length of the term (one year or two years) a director cannot serve more than eight consecutive years unless no other eligible candidates run or at least 2/3 of those who vote approve the person to continue serving beyond eight consecutive years. The revised language also clarifies that if the governing documents so provide, directors may be elected to serve terms of more than two years each.

8. Electronic notice – 718.112(2)(d)6/HB841. An owner who consents to electronic notice is solely responsible for removing or bypassing filters that block receipt of e-mails. This will prevent an owner from objecting to a lack of notice if the notice is stopped by the owner’s spam filter.

9. Recalls – 718.112(2)(j)1/HB841. A director is recalled immediately at the conclusion of the board meeting held to consider the recall if the recall is deemed “facially valid.” Under the prior 2017 change in the law which created a number of procedural ambiguities, the director was apparently recalled even if the recall agreements were clearly insufficient in number to effectuate a recall. Note that a definition of “facially valid” is not provided.

10. Recalls attorney fees – 718.112(2)(j)6/HB841. If a recalled board member files a petition for arbitration to challenge the recall and is successful, then the arbitrator may award reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs. If the board member is unsuccessful, the arbitrator may award the other party its attorneys’ fees and costs but only if the challenge is found to have been “frivolous.”

11. Material alterations – 718.113(2)(a)/HB841. Clarifies that any material alteration or substantial addition to the common elements that requires owner approval must be approved before the work is commenced.

12. Electronic vehicle charging – 718.112(8) and 718.121(2)/HB841. Allows unit owners to install electronic vehicle charging stations in their limited common element parking spaces under certain conditions and subject to certain requirements. Among other things, the owner must pay to install a separate meter and pay for the electricity. Further, the owner’s insurance must also name the association as an additional insured, and if the association’s insurance premium goes up as a result of the charging station, the owner must pay the increase. Moreover, if the owner fails to pay the contractor that installs the charging equipment, the contractor cannot file a construction lien against the association.

13. Contracts with directors – 718.3026(3) and 718.3027(2)/HB841. The 2017 change in the law allowing an association to contract with a director under certain circumstances but allowing owners to void any such contract with a vote at the next members meeting was removed from 718.3026 and relocated to 718.3027.

14. Fines and suspension committees/Payment of fine – 718.303(3)(b)/HB841. Provides that the fining committee has three members and that the members cannot be the “spouse, parent, child, brother, sister or employee” of any director. Formerly, the condominium law did not set the number of members and only prohibited board members and persons residing with a board member from being on the committee. Oddly, the new law removes the prohibition that a member of the committee cannot be residing with a director. If the committee approves the fine it must be paid within five days of the committee meeting. The association must give written notice of the fine or suspension after the committee approves it by mail or hand delivery.

 

Source: floridarealtors.org


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Your Home Inspection Checklist

Unless it’s a glaring flaw or you’re a trained professional, you probably can’t tell if your home needs repairs. The home inspection is one of the most critical pieces of the buying and selling process. It’s good to know what to look for before any inspection. If you’re buying, you’ll have a better idea of what the inspector is looking for and if he or she misses anything. If you’re selling, you can have an idea of what to fix before your home goes on the market. It will take away the chance of surprises.

Here are a few things to look for:
Are there visible cracks?
Are your appliances all working well?
Do you hear any unusual noises?

I’ve been through many, many home inspections in the area. I can help you understand this checklist and how to negotiate after the home inspection.


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RE/MAX Elite’s Month of Miracles 2018!

August is RE/MAX’s Month of Miracles!

Check out some of the fun events we have planned and help us Make Miracles Happen!

Wednesday, August 1st – Kick off Party at UNO’s Chicago Grill 5:30pm-7:30pm.  50/50 Raffle, Auction Items and a ton of fun for the entire family!  The Doughraiser at UNO’s will donate up to 20% of your ticket back to CMNH!

Wednesday, August 15th – Ceiling Tile Painting party in the Suntree Training Center!  $20 to participate, paint a ceiling tile for our Suntree offices!!  Always a great time and no skills required!

CMNH Tour – Date TBD

Saturday, September 8th – Family Fun Day at Suntree Rotary Park!  Our finale fundraiser and fun day for the entire Elite Family, we will have a dunk booth for our Management Team and each member will be in the dunk tank for 30 minutes for your chance to dunk them!  $10 per ball, all proceeds will be donated to CMNH!

Management Team: Justin Brown, Kerry Ramage, Lisi Ross, Heather Holliday and Susan Lewis!


RE/MAX Elite is Proud to be a Miracle Office raising over $250,000 since opening the doors in 2006!

#1 RE/MAX Office for donations to Orlando CMNH since 2013

2018 Miracle Maker Award Recipient


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Negotiate to WIN!

NEGOTIATE TO WIN!

Negotiating is a must in our business. It’s how you approach a negotiation that can make or break your business. What better place to look for negotiation tips than from one of the best in the world? Former FBI Negotiator, Chris Voss, shows real estate pros how to implement FBI tactics into the real estate business. It all starts with leveraging emotions.

Through listening techniques, you can tap into the emotions of the buyer and seller. A straightforward way to ensure that you’re listening is to use the practice of mirroring your client’s words and actions. Mirroring allows you to build rapport and helps your clients feel more comfortable throughout the negotiation. As a bonus, you’ll gain valuable information.


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Listing Checklist!

Got a new listing?  You know you need to get the marketing done but you aren’t sure where to start or exactly what to do?  Check out these Tips from Heather!

 

LISTING CHECKLIST

  • Flyer Completed
  • Postcard Completed
  • Realtor.com Enhancement
  • Zillow.com Enhancement
  • Zillow Walk-Thru Video Completed
  • Website Enhancement
  • Video on YouTube
  • Blog Post on Website
  • Adwerx Enhancement
  • Wk 1 Social Announcement – Photos w/ link
  • Including IG highlighted story
  • Wk 2 – Upload Video to Social
  • Wk 3 – Collage Social Flyer to Social
  • Wk 4 – Link to Property website on Social

SOLD CHECKLIST

  • Sold Client post to Social
  • Sold Blog Post
  • Remove Highlighted Story on IG
  • Send email for Reviews
  • Post Testimonial Graphic to Social
  • Add Testimonial to website

Of course modify these to match your marketing platforms, price of home, etc.  This list should be a great start to your marketing and of course if you have any questions, let me know!  Also, if you would like this checklist in an excel or google drive format, let me know!


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Open House Checklist!

Many agents come to me and are looking for ways to MAXimize their Open House experience so I thought I would put together the 5 basic steps as a checklist for getting people thru the door!

Read more details below the graphic…..

  1. Add the Open House info to the MLS, realtor.com, Zillow & remax.com as well as any other website that will allow you to do this!  This will give consumers searching online the information!
  2. Let neighbors know! Knock or send postcards!  Most of your neighbors chose this area for a reason and when they love their neighborhhood, they will let their friends, co-workers, etc know about the Open House!
  3. Send email to sphere & other agents!  Using e-blast or other email program.. let your prospects looking in this area know as well as other agents who can send their clients to your Open House!  RE/MAX Elite Agents – Heather can set up a FREE mailchimp account and help you through this process!  If you are using our KV system, send out notifications is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  4. Post info with photos on FB, run targeted ad!  Post your Open House Flyer, Listing Flyerr (you can use the flyer that is automatically sent to you with our Automated Listing Marketing services or Heather can help you create a gorgeous flyer in your Design Center)!  Post this flyer or multiple photos to facebook with a link to the property website for full details and run a local ad on Facebook!  ~Not sure how?  no worries, get with Heather and she can create one for you!
  5. Make sure you have a minimum of 10-15 branded Open House directional signs!  You can gain a lot of eyeballs for your Open House as well as you personally with these branded Open House signs!  Soon people will be telling you that they see your signs EVERYWHERE!  So even if you have a low turn out for your Open House, know that your name has been seen by all of the drive by traffic!!  Put out a minimum of 10-15 signs!!!

Of course this is the basics… if you want to add more, set up your appointment with Heather today!  You know her head is a scary place to be!  😉


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