Make Sure you Complete ALL CE Requirements2Failure to complete all CE & Qualifying Questionnaire prior to May 31st will result in a $200 penalty! In order to renew your NJ Real Estate License, you must complete the following steps.

  1. Complete NJ CE Requirements Prior to May 31st.
    1. NCJAR’s Live Virtual Classroom Calendar
    2. Online Self-Paced CE (Use PROMO Code NCJAR at Checkout & Save 40%)
  2. Verify your CE Credits are Reported Accurately to (2019-2021 Cycle) PSI.
    1. NJ Real Estate CE Tracking System
    2. Verify that your profile states “REQUIREMENTS MET”.
  3. Complete your Online Questionnaire
    1. Online Questionnaire

If you do not complete the steps above, your Broker of Record WILL NOT be able to submit your real estate license for renewal and your real estate license will expire June 30th.

AppraisalAppraisers are an integral part of the real estate sales process. It’s imperative that agents not only understand the fundamentals of the appraisal system but also follow the best practices for communicating with appraisers, especially while navigating today’s market.

At an interactive session Thursday called “Ask an Appraiser” during the 2021 virtual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, panelists shared best tactics for working with appraisers and making the process as smooth as possible for all parties involved in a transaction. Here are five of the most pressing points discussed.

4 Ways to Reduce Risk Amid Multiple OffersAcross the country, listings are being scooped up so quickly that there’s little inventory accumulation. Contract signings increased 23.3% year over year in March, according to the National Association of REALTORS® Pending Home Sales Index. Buyer demand has indeed created a hot market, but it’s also putting pressure on agents to help their clients compete amid multiple offers.

Unfortunately, multiple-offer situations can lead to some bumps in the road, said NAR Associate Counsel Deanne Rymarowicz during the Idea Exchange Council for Brokers Forum at the virtual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings on Wednesday. “But if you adhere to some key principles and risk management tips, you can help avoid complaints and fair housing issues while helping both the seller and the buyer understand their offers,” she said.

Lucy Edwards VHT.com NCJAR Affiliate, Lucy Edwards of VHT Studios delivers convenient photography and image management services to top real estate and business professionals looking to become even more successful. VHT Studios’ services ensure their properties get seen more, sell faster and at a greater price, which also helps attract new clients. A full-service partner to leading real estate agents and brokerages, the VHT Studios team delivers to professional Realtors® their most powerful selling tool—high-quality photography—from creation to display. This gives them more time to focus on what they do best—taking care of their customers.

For the month of May, VHT Studios is offering $50 their Listing Power Pack (Valid until 5/31/21). They bundled three services - stunning professional Photography, and Interactive Floor Plan, and Matterport 3D Tour all for one flat rate, all one appointment. 

Showcase your next listing with this amazing offer! $50 off the Listing Power Pack either Silver, Gold, or Platinum. 

Connect with Lucy!
Lucy Edwards, Director of Client Success
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Coming Soon Sign 2“Coming soon” listings may be utilized when a Seller is ready to sign a multiple listing agreement, but for personal reasons is not ready to “show” the property to potential purchasers.  The listing brokerage must put the listing in the MLS within 24 hours upon Seller signing of the listing agreement, and utilize “coming soon”.  The stipulation of “coming soon” is that there will be NO SHOWINGS of the listing by ANYONE INCLUDING THE LISTING OFFICE until the end of the coming soon timeframe.  If this is not adhered to, it can be a Code oCof Ethics violation of Articles 1 and 3.

Based on the low inventory and pent-up demand by buyers, using “coming soon” is creating “sight unseen” offers which present their own problems.  Here are two scenarios:

  1. listing agent is requiring “highest and best” prior to the first date of showing.  If the listing agent is advising the Seller to utilize “coming soon” to create sight unseen offers, or to give the listing brokerage an unfair advantage of access to the listing before the end of the coming soon timeframe, the listing agent is not working in the Seller’s best interest, and should re-think what they are doing.
  2. listing agent is requiring “highest and best” the day after the first showing date, and then telling buyer agents there are no appointments available, thereby not allowing potential buyers to see the property prior to making the offer ask the question….  is this in the Sellers best interest, or giving the listing brokerage an unfair advantage of access? 

It should be the choice of the Seller to utilize “coming soon”.  See the article  published in NAR REALTOR® Magazine Jan-Feb 2021 regarding “Sight Unseen Offers”. 

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Congratulations to NCJAR’s 2021 Leadership Team! Please take a moment to enjoy the Video Installation of NCJAR's 2021 Officers & Trustees. NCJAR's Officers and Trustees consists of experienced volunteer REALTORS® who are dedicated to promoting and fostering professionalism, ethical business conduct, and advocating for the rights of our members and the consumer. 

NCJARYPNBeachCleanupNCJAR's YPN is a growing group of career-minded real estate professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest tools, resources, and networking opportunities. The North Central Jersey Association of REALTORS® (NCJAR) YPN came together to pick up trash on the beach for the Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps event.  The program raises awareness about the negative impacts of litter on the ocean and collects legacy data to combat pollution. #ThatsWhoWeR 

Gift Card Drive for Children with Cancer and Blood DisordersFor the entire month of May, NCJAR’s Community Outreach Committee is collecting gift card donations to benefit The Valerie Fund’s children with cancer and blood disorders. For more than 35 years, The Valerie Fund has operated Camp Happy Times, a one-week overnight camp experience for any child aged 5-21 who has or has had cancer, regardless of where they are treated. The Valerie Fund offers Camp Happy Times free of charge, including transportation, meals and on-site medical care. Over 150 children attend Camp Happy Times each summer.

Please donate gift cards from Shop Rite, Amazon, Target, and or Walmart to purchase crafts, games, etc. for the camp. Gift Cards can be mailed or dropped off at NCJAR. 

NCJAR Team Leader Natalie Lentini 201.486.3115, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Benefiting Camp Happy Times for the Valerie Fund

Questionnaire.2021Each real estate licensee is required to complete and submit their own, individual online questionnaire as a condition of their license renewal. This includes Employing Brokers, Brokers of Record, Broker-Salespersons, Salespersons, and Salesperson (Referral) licensees.
Please refer to the email you received from the NJ Real Estate Commission on or about April 22nd for the Login Credentials (Reference Number & Pin) necessary to complete the questionnaire.

How to Complete NJREC Online Questionnaire

  1. Go to https://www-dobi.state.nj.us/DOBI_RELOLSRV/LicenseeLogin
  2. Enter your Reference Number or Name.
  3. Enter your Pin.
  4. Verify your contact information.
  5. Select 2021 Qualifying Questionnaire.
  6. Complete the Questionnaire and Select Continue.
  7. Certify your answers are correct & Select Submit.

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