IleneHIt is truly an honor and pleasure to serve a second term as President of the North Central Jersey Association of REALTORS®. We frequently hear members say that 2013 was the best year they’ve had in the past five years. Many industries and organizations have reported growth and improved business conditions this past year! I congratulate all of you for staying driven and focused through difficult times and on achieving greater success!

On Thursday, January 16, 2014 NCJAR held the 2014 Installation Gala at the Villa at Mountain Lakes. It was a luxurious evening of celebration honoring our 2014 Officers & Trustees! Those in attendance enjoyed great food, drinks, music and an opportunity to network with over 300 of NCJAR Members.

coe resizedCongratulations to NCJAR’s NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® Recipients and NJAR® Distinguished Sales Club® Recipients. The NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship. The NJAR® Distinguished Sales Club recognizes those members who achieved the NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® for ten or more years.

December2013MarketIndicatorsIn its entirety, 2013 proved to be a good year for housing. Home sales and prices were broadly higher across the state, while the number of homes for sale and the number of days it took to sell a home were all much lower. Multiple-offer situations became commonplace again and prices in many areas rallied. This, of course, varied by location and segment, but the proverbial glass appeared to be more than half full throughout the year.

NAR President Steve Brown provides a detailed video walk-through for your members on what they need to do between now and March 31 to comply with the new health insurance reform law. Brown talks about members' options if they have insurance or if they don't have insurance, whether to use a public or a private exchange, and who qualifies for an exception to the law. >> Access and share the video.

The New Jersey Association of REALTORS® Educational Foundation scholarship application is now open and has transitioned to an all-inclusive online system for 2014. NCJAR is proud to sponsor 4 scholarships of $2500 each year for this program!

successful1The New Jersey State Assembly passed the broker price opinion/comparative market analysis (BPOs/CMAs) bill on Jan. 6, 2014, following suit of the State Senate, which passed the bill in late December.

The legislation clarifies that a BPO is synonymous with a CMA and protects your right to continue to provide these services to your clients.

The bill will still need to be signed by Gov. Christie before it becomes law.

>> Click Here to View Bill


 

RPAC Award 2013Thank you NCJAR members for supporting RPAC this year! All your hard work has paid off! We collected $103,000 in RPAC dollars for 2013! NCJAR received the NJAR 2013 RPAC Outstanding Achievement Award for "Exceeding Goal 107%" and "1st Place Large Board Total Dollars Collected" at this year's NJAR’s Triple Play Convention.

NCJAR now provides another convenient full service location in Bloomfield! Membership, MLS, Supra registration, CE classes, technology training, real estate supplies, forms & more.

WineCheese Join us on Thursday, January 9th  at our NEW Full Service board office in Bloomfield! Enjoy some wine & cheese, meet the staff, tour the Board Store, Classroom and experience EVERYTHING NCJAR has to offer!

Happy New Year from NCJAR

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season and
prosperity in the New Year
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In observance of the holiday NCJAR board offices will be closing at 1:00pm, Tuesday, December 31st and Closed on January 1, 2014. We will reopen at our regular business hours (M-F 9:00am - 4:30pm) on Thursday, January 2, 2014.