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Q & A with Nick Kline, 2017 CCAR President

Nick Kline, the co-founder of Ornelas + Kline Real Estate Group of Keller Williams, became president of the Collin County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) on January 1, 2017. Since 2011, Kline’s involvement in the organization has included serving on various committees such as the Board of Directors, the North Texas Young Professionals Network, and the Government Affairs Committee. We caught up with Kline to discuss his passion for the industry, his involvement in CCAR, and his goals as president.

Q: You have been employed in a real estate-related field since 2006. What initially inspired you to work in this industry?

A: “It was a management trainee program that I was offered out of college. From that, I decided to get my real estate license.”

Q: What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

A: “I love helping people with their next transitions in life, be it new couples and their first homes, investment properties for their kids or investments to help build their wealth, empty nesters who are downsizing, or families relocating to the area. There are so many different facets to the industry, and no day is the same. You are always experiencing and learning new things, which keeps it interesting and never boring.”

Q: Since joining six years ago, you have been an active member of CCAR. You have served in committees like the Budget and Finance Committee, the Community Outreach Committee, and the Technology Committee to name a few. What has been the most beneficial part of being a CCAR member?

A: “CCAR has many benefits including our family feel, the best customer service of any board in North Texas, and our CEO Mary Leidy, who has been with CCAR for more than 40 years. Being active at CCAR and on its Board of Directors and being involved in committees means that you get to know agents who are involved in real estate in a big way. This helps you and your clients out on their purchases, especially when it comes down to multiple offers.”

Q: CCAR prides itself in providing quality services and programs to its members. What additional goals do you want to accomplish as president?

A: “Something new for 2017 is communicating with our members in a more personalized way with our social media channels, videos, and emails. We also have a great goal to increase our membership as 2017 is going to be a fantastic year for real estate in DFW.”

 

NKline 3 facts

 

 

1. “I literally was born in the desert and lived in the desert until about age 5.”

Born in Las Vegas, Kline is a self-declared Air Force brat whose family moved to Saudi Arabia when he was 9-months-old. He attributes this to part of the reason he dislikes cold weather. “I’m sure there is no scientific reason, but from birth until 5, I literally lived in the hottest places on earth,” he said.

2. “I love cooking.”

Kline said he finds it relaxing to whip up a tasty meal after enduring a rough day.

3. “For the past nine months, I have been an avid spin class attendee.”

Along with other devoted spinners, Kline enjoys burning approximately 1,000 calories during an hour-intensive class. The reward? “ I can go cook more,” he said.

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Reminder: 2017 Annual Membership Renewal Dues

Dear CCAR Member,

December 1, 2016 was the due date for 2017 Dues.  A $50 late fee will be assessed for all dues received at CCAR after Dec. 15, 2016. Following are the three ways to submit your payment:

  1.  To view your invoice and/or pay online:
    1. Go to www.ccar.net and from the “Team, Tools, Resources” box on the homepage, click on “Pay Dues.”
    2. Log-in with your seven-digit real estate license number. You will also need your MLS password. If you don’t remember your password, please click here.
    3. Affiliate members: use your CCAR member number and password assigned by CCAR’s Member Services. If you don’t remember your password, please click here.
    4. Follow the step-by-step procedure to pay your invoice.
    5. PRINT your receipt page for your records.
  1. You may fax in your credit card payment:
    1. To fax in your credit card payment, complete this form: http://www.ccar.net/docs/membership/forms/credit_card_form.pdf
    2. Fax the completed form to 972-491-3180.
  1. You may also pay your dues by bringing or mailing a check payable to CCAR to:
    1. Collin County Association of REALTORS®
      6821 Coit Road
      Plano, Texas 75024
    2. If you pay Local Dues to CCAR as a Secondary Member, and you wish to make CCAR your Primary association, please contact Member Services at 972-618-3800 or membership@ccar.net Application fees for REALTORS® and Designated REALTORS® are waived if you are transferring membership from another association in Texas or joining CCAR as a secondary member.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: to avoid termination of your REALTOR® membership and all services, please ensure your payment is paid to CCAR not later than December 31, 2016. After December 31, 2016 a $100 application fee and full 2017 annual dues will be required to reinstate your membership.

  • Please pay online at http://www.ccar.net or remit to: CCAR 6821 Coit Rd, Plano, TX  75024-5417
  • Collin County Association of REALTORS® is very pleased to have you as a member.  It is our mission to aggressively provide the tools and resources for our members to succeed. For 16 years CCAR has held the line on local dues costs while continuously improving the most responsive and personalized member services in the region. For personal attention to your Dues or Membership questions, please call us at 972-618-3800 or email membership@ccar.net.
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Carl Raspante: Attempted Murderer Up For Parole

In 1997, Joan Malone was a real estate agent in the Dallas area.  Carl Raspante sought her assistance in viewing several residential properties for sale.  While visiting a property in Coppell TX, Raspante physically attacked Joan Malone, beating her and stabbing her.  Raspante robbed Malone of her valuables and left her for dead in the residence as he drove away in Malone’s personal vehicle.  Jan Malone dragged herself across the residence to a phone to call 911 for assistance with a broken back and as she bled profusely.  Joan Malone suffered serious injuries and a long recovery from her attack.

19 years later, Carl is scheduled to be considered for parole. Realtor family, friends and colleagues we implore your help! We encourage you to use the ‘No Parole Letter‘ and respectfully ask that parole be denied to Carl Raspante.

No Parole Letter available for download!

Further Info Regarding 1997 Murder Attempt and Conviction:

Thank you!

The Salary Needed to Afford a Home in the USA

The Salary Needed to Afford a Home in the USA

Buying a home is one of life’s biggest commitments.

Tight inventory and an industry currently in favor of the seller makes educated decision making a true necessity. To avoid getting into a debt-filled situation, please check out the minimum salary needed to afford a home in the US’s most popular cities.

The Minimum Salary You Need to Buy a Home, in 27 Cities
via www.twocents.lifehacker.com
Everyone’s situation is different. It is important to be informed before you make a huge life decision. Please check out the link below for more detailed info and an interactive map.
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Property Taxes Are Out for Nearly all Texas Counties

By Julie C. Nichols, Member – CCAR’s REALTOR®/Lender Committee

Texas Tax Code § 31.01 identifies that all counties shall prepare and mail property tax bills by October 1, or as soon thereafter as practical. Most, if not all, Texas Counties have published their tax bills at this time. Be aware that any property listed for sale prior to the published tax bills will most likely list the 2015 taxes as the estimated tax number.

Before your buyer makes an offer on a home, make sure to verify the property taxes listed in MLS are current year. Loan Officers will be using the 2016 taxes to establish escrow accounts for the upcoming year, and with the property value growth we have experienced in our area, that number could be larger than what the buyer was anticipating for their budget if last year’s numbers are in MLS.

Another common question we hear this time of year from buyers is, “Why am I paying property taxes through December at my closing when I have not lived in the house yet?” Once the property tax bills are published, they are required to be paid at closing even though a late fee is not assessed until after January 31 of the following year. The time period between the published bills and January 31 is a grace period, however, the title company needs to show the taxes paid in order to provide the needed tax endorsements on the policy. Buyers who purchase a home after the property tax bills are published and prior to the end of December, will need to bring a bit more cash to closing to cover the pro-rated taxes than if they had purchased earlier in the year.

If you have any questions or need help explaining how property taxes work with your buyers, please contact CCAR’s REALTOR®/Lender Committee at realtorlender@cccar.net.

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Women’s Council of REALTORS®: Building Career Success

By Mary Nelson, WCR Past President

The Women’s Council of REALTORS® (WCR) is a national organization that promotes education for REALTOR® members. Many of our past leaders attribute their career successes to WCR, including Leslie Rouda Smith, Bob Baker, Linda Chase, Barb Trumbull, and David Alan Cox.

The WCR Collin County chapter has been chartered through CCAR since 1974, and we are grateful for the continued support of our Association. We invite all CCAR REALTORS® to join us and take advantage of our numerous educational programs, as well as our networking events. WCR is a safe haven that allows you to network with your peers and build relationships with the many mentors in our chapter. In addition, WCR members are connected to 12,500 others nationwide. The WCR Scholarship Program offers up to $300 in scholarships to all national members after one year of membership.

Upcoming events include:

Battle of the Bras
Annual fundraiser benefiting Women Rock, which assists local breast cancer victims.
October 28, 6-9:30 p.m.
Marriott – The Shops at Legacy, Plano

Marketing to Millennials
November 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Stonebriar County Club, Frisco

Installation of 2017 Officers
December 14, 4-6 p.m.
Gleneagles County Club, Plano

Finally, a note of thanks and remembrance to Karen Wunderlick for her support and dedication to our WCR Collin County chapter. Karen served as Chapter President in 1999 and was a member since 1994. Karen passed unexpectedly on August 19, and she is missed by so many. In her honor, the “Karen Wunderlick Performance Management Network (PMN) Scholarship” will be awarded to a qualified Chapter member who takes courses to obtain their PMN designation. PMN is a national WCR designation, and Karen was a PMN designee.

We hope that you will join us and find out for yourself all that WCR has to offer!

 

Professional Learning Series

Professional Learning Series

The professional learning series is a tool designed to provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for agents. Within the framework, each course contains resources to build a foundation with the additional training, education, and exercises to develop your career.


Professional Social Media Practices
CE: 3 HRS. TREC # 31411 Provider: #0298
Social Media is an excellent way for REALTORS® to build Strong relationships, interact with clients, find new customers and grow their sphere of influence. Learn proper social media etiquette, use of proper changes and TREC rules when using social media.
DATE: Wed. ,October 26, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
COST: $35 CCAR Members
INSTRUCTOR: Amber Esparza

REGISTER

 

REALTOR® Survival Tips
CE: 1 HR. TREC # 30495 Provider: #0298
This course provides best practices for any active REALTOR® or license holder who works with buyers. Shoes, using the “facilities” and dealing with families are just a few of the topics covered in this humorous “REALTOR® reality “course.
DATE: Wed. ,October 26, 2016
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
COST: $15 CCAR Members
INSTRUCTOR: Valerie Keener

REGISTER

 

Agent On The Other Side
CE: 3 HRS. TREC # 31374 Provider: #0298
Utilizing the 4C’s when working the various phases of a transaction:

  • Communication– two way process of exchanging information through words, signs or behavior in which the participants can reach a mutual Understanding.
  • Cooperation– the process of working together to the same end
  • Courtesy– politeness in one’s behavior and attitude towards others
  • Competence– possession of sufficient knowledge, ability or skill to so something successful or efficiently.

DATE: Fri., October 28, 2016
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
COST: $35 CCAR Members
INSTRUCTOR: Lori Solecki

REGISTER

 

Get Yourself Affiliated
CE: 2 HRS. TREC # 31231 Provider: #0298
The purpose of this course is to raise awareness, improve communication and quality of service be-tween the REALTORS® and Affiliate Advertisers who support and provide a variety of real estate industry related services. This will develop harmony and assist agents benefit the client with service provider recommendations.
DATE: Fri. ,October 28, 2016
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
COST: $25 CCAR Members
INSTRUCTOR: Marion Napoleon

REGISTER

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Weekly Update

Take a peek at our upcoming events, reminders and news!


weekly update We are pleased to announce that CCAR will conduct a mandatory iBox Upgrade Exchange to the new iBox BT LE, which will provide you with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including low-energy Bluetooth access. CCAR Supra keyholders who own blue iBoxes can take advantage of this mandatory 1-for-1 Upgrade Exchange on Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1. You must be an active CCAR Supra keyholder to participate in the exchange program.

More information about the mandatory iBox Upgrade Exchange will be provided throughout the month of October. In the meantime, you can learn more about why CCAR is holding the iBox Upgrade Exchange, receive answers to your questions, and see a demo of the new iBox BT LE’s advanced technology, by joining us for a free 15-minute webinar on Thursday, October 6 at 2 p.m. Register for the free webinar now!


Weekly updateWe know that you have a choice when it comes to your local association membership and we want to thank you for choosing CCAR. Please join us in the CCAR Banquet Room for a special evening as we say “thank you” for being our member.

We’ll have free appetizers, beverages, and prize drawings (must be present to win). In addition, CCAR’s committees will have informational booths and representatives available to answer your questions and encourage committee participation. No RSVP is necessary, please feel free to stop by!

 

Weekly UpdateNow Accepting Applications
Do you have a desire to make a difference in the careers of young REALTOR® professionals? CCAR’s North Texas Young Professionals Network (NTYPN) is run by a dedicated group of CCAR members, which is comprised of REALTORS® and Affiliates. This committed group is responsible for the planning of NTYPN’s events and education programs, policy making, member communication, and Strategic Partner solicitation. NTYPN is accepting Advisory Council Applications through October 14. To apply, visit www.ccar.net/ntypn-application. For more information about NTYPN’s Advisory Council, contact Christa Fulton, NTYPN Administrator, at christa@ccar.net or 972-618-3800.

 

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Nominate a CCAR REALTOR® or Affiliate of the Year
It’s time once again to nominate a CCAR REALTOR® and/or Affiliate member for the Association’s highest honors: REALTOR® of the Year and Affiliate of the Year! Nominations will close on October 14, so be sure to nominate someone today.

The REALTOR® of the Year Award recognizes one REALTOR® in the Association based on his/her work and effort on behalf of fellow REALTORS®. Access the REALTOR® of the Year nomination form at www.ccar.net/aoy. The Affiliate of the Year Award recognizes an Affiliate member for his/her work and contributions to CCAR, which have benefited the association and its membership. Access the Affiliate of the Year nomination form at www.ccar.net/aoy.

The winners will be selected by committees composed of past recipients, and will be announced at CCAR’s Installation of Officers and Directors on November 17.

 

weekly updateCCAR has invoiced for its 2017 CCAR Annual Membership Dues, which are due on December 1. To view your invoice and/or pay online visit www.ccar.net and log-in with your seven-digit real estate license number and your MLS password. Follow the step-by-step procedure to pay your invoice, and be sure to print the receipt page for your records. A $50 late fee will be assessed for all dues received after December 15.

Please note: Auto-bill-pay credit card forms on file will be charged on December 1, 2016. Members taking advantage of auto-bill-pay will continue to receive reminders until December 1, 2016.

CCAR values your membership tremendously, and we strive to provide you with superior customer service and a superior experience. For 16 years, CCAR has not raised local dues, while continuously improving the most responsive and personalized member services in the region. For personal attention to your dues or membership questions, please call us at 972-618-3800 or e-mail membership@ccar.net.

 

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In observance of Columbus Day, our Plano, Wylie and Dallas offices will be closed Monday, October 10. We will resume normal business hours Tuesday, October 11. Enjoy your day!

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iBox Upgrade Exchange

We are pleased to announce that CCAR will conduct an iBox Upgrade Exchange to the new iBox BT LE, which will provide you with the latest state-of-the-art technology, including low-energy Bluetooth access. CCAR Supra keyholders who own blue iBoxes can take advantage of this 1-for-1 Upgrade Exchange on Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1. You must be an active CCAR Supra keyholder to participate in the exchange program.

More information about the iBox Upgrade Exchange will be provided throughout the month of October. In the meantime, you can learn more about why CCAR is holding the iBox Upgrade Exchange, receive answers to your questions, and see a demo of the new iBox BT LE’s advanced technology, by joining us for a free 15-minute webinar on Thursday, October 6 at 2 p.m. Register for the free webinar now!

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Member Fest

We know that you have a choice when it comes to your local association membership. We want to thank you for choosing CCAR. Please join us for Member Fest as we say “thank you” for being our member.

We’ll have free appetizers, beverages, and gift card drawings (must be present to win). In addition, CCAR’s committees will have informational booths and representatives available to answer your questions and encourage committee participation. No RSVP is necessary, please feel free to stop by!

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