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The REALTOR® ACTION CENTER posses the question; If not you, then who? As REALTORS® we must be politically active. If not, who will take on the responsibility of protecting the values and rights we hold dear?

Be assured that someone will—someone who may not value wise business planning and could threaten property owners and their rights.

If REALTORS® do not speak out, get INVOLVED and help shape the discussion, someone else will. No one knows a community better than a REALTOR®. REALTORS® know the lay of the land, the families, the best schools, the neighborhoods and the leaders of any given area. REALTORS® work in every city, county and community in the nation. REALTORS® are on the front line as defenders of real estate issues.

RPAC is the voice of REALTORS® on Capitol Hill. Since 1969 RPAC has been promoting the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. During the last federal election cycle alone, RPAC contributed over $12 million to pro-REALTOR® candidates to Congress, making it the number one trade association political action committee in the nation. Why has RPAC been successful? Because RPAC is not a charity. RPAC is a business.

According to OPEN SECRETS, The National Association of REALTORS® is ranked 4th on the list for Top All-Time Donors (1989-2012) and contributes between 40% and 59% to both parties. In the past 20+ years, NAR has contributed $43,720,142 towards lobbying efforts.

In Arizona’s political scene, REALTORS® have long understood the importance of providing financial support for RAPAC – the REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee. Because RAPAC receives such robust support from its members, it qualifies as an Arizona “Super PAC,” which allows RAPAC trustees to award financial support to candidates at a higher spending limit. RAPAC is currently one of 22 such higher participation PACs in the state.

At our local level, our Legislative Committee keeps our membership informed on local government issues. They actively represent our Association every week at our County Supervisors meetings. The committee monitors and protects public issues and helps maintain contact and opens the door for interaction and communication with our local city and county elected officials to help shape public policy that will best protect Private Property Rights.

SCCBR has recently revised our web site’s GOVERNMENT AFFAIR section. The Association is committed to being the voice in real state for Santa Cruz County. We will continue the rally to protect the AMERICAN DREAM by helping our membership and community stay informed and get involved!

Visit the Government Affairs section by clicking on the following topics:

AAR’s newest member benefit is here! eSign is the new electronic signature benefit system, powered by GoPaperless. This member benefit is now available at no extra cost to our members. Forms in the zipForm® AAR library are pre-mapped when imported into eSign using the eSign Printer Driver. The printer driver, along with a companion instruction sheet, can be downloaded to your computer using the following links:

How to begin using eSign

Access your eSign account directly by visiting http://aar.esignonline.net. To login to your eSign Gopaperless® dashboard, enter your Username (your email address) and your Password. (First-time users will enter their NRDS# as the password. You will then be prompted to create a new password.)

eSign Printer Driver

Printer Driver Installation Instructions (PDF)
Printer Driver Download (updated)
A Mac version will be available by the end of May.Read the instructions (PDF) for using the eSign program without using the printer driver.

Training Videos

WATCH ESIGN VIDEOS

Training Webinar Registration

Friday, June 1, 9:00am – 10:00am
Monday, June 4, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday, June 8, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

If you haven’t heard the news…Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS® recently won the 10th annual best web site contest for fewer than 300 members! Just another benefit of being a member for our association! Visit our web site at, www.sccazrealtor.com

This Web site gives no clues that it’s from a small association and is updated by the president and EO. From the Twitter feed and elegant mobile version to the quick MLS search and unobtrusive pop-up windows, this site has the features and functions offered by large associations.

From the judges: “I love the action of the photos on the different pages. The sunrise-to-sunrise banner is captivating! There is nothing stagnant about this Web site! Under Government Affairs, I was really drawn to the Legislators and Legislative Tracker. If I were a member and wanted to know what my representatives were up to, this is an easy resource to navigate. Good job! I was able to find a category easily, and finding out how to become a member is easy. I like the way it flows.”

REALTOR AE, Spring 2012

To read about the other associations that won the contest, visit: 2012 Web Site Contest Winners  

After several strategic planning sessions and membership surveys, SCCBR’s Leadership Team has finalized our objectives for this coming year.  SCCBR’s committees, your Board of Directors and Executive Officer will strive to meet the 5 strategic goals set forth for 2012:

1. Communicating with you through different networks;
2. Provide relevant programs, services, and technologies;
3. Engaging you in the process by hearing your concerns;
4. Have a voice in the improvement of our community;
5. Promote the benefits of home ownership;

So, what’s in store for 2012? The SCCBR 2012 Membership Guide will be our road map to accomplish our goals set for 2012.

SCCBR’s committees are the lifeblood of our association, they provide forums for ideas, vision for the future, and they accomplish the majority of our association’s work. We need your participation to make our Association the best it can be! Start by getting involved with Your Local Association.  Begin by attending our local meetings and functions, and volunteering for one of our committees.

To learn more about our committees and task forces go to: http://www.sccazrealtor.com/sccbr-committees.html

Are you a team player? Do you want to contribute your expertise to one of our teams? Below is a list of our Team Captains for 2012, you may contact them directly or submit your request through: http://www.sccazrealtor.com/join-a-committee.html

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Donna Beedy

REALTORS® of AZ POLITICAL ACTION (RAPAC)

  • Tina Totty

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

  • Kathi Campana & Fred Johnson

HOUSING & EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

  •  Aracely Stout

PUBLIC RELATIONS & MEDIA

  •  Emily Wilson

MEMBERSHIP SERVICES

  •  Candy Bell & Lupita Mendoza

RISK MANAGEMENT

  •  Lois Cooper

FUNDRAISING

  •  Marty Durkin & Karen Sykes

FOUNDATION

  • Aracely Stout & Karen Sykes

TECHNOLOGY

  •  Carlos Ramos & Lori Adamson

REALTOR® (PEER) SUPPORT

  •  Connie Bracamonte & Yolanda Oropeza

PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY GROUP (PAG)

  •  Karen Miller, Nanci Pottinger & Mindy Maddock

MLS STANDARDS

  •  Meg Flanders, Candy Bell, Carey Daniel, Natalie Jarman,  Mindy Maddock, Jim Ross, Denise Valverde, & Lois Cooper
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If you are looking for a new marketing tool here’s one for you…Lowe’s and NAR have teamed up to provide REALTORS® an exciting new real estate marketing tool. Under this exclusive program, Lowe’s will send valuable coupons and rebate offers to your customers & clients, on your behalf, via highly customized direct mail featuring your photo and company logo. Best of all, it’s absolutely FREE to REALTORS®. As an added benefit of this online real estate marketing partner program, REALTORS® can purchase gift cards, at any amount, and receive a 5% discount.

For more information, visit LowesRealtorBenefits.com.

With the Lowe’s REALTOR® Program, you’ll have access to a FREE online real estate marketing system that allows you to give sellers and new homeowners coupons and rebates to use at Lowe’s. Customized, high quality, professionally produced direct mail is sent on your behalf — FREE.

The Membership Services Committee has put together for 2011 a SCCBR’s Annual Dues Guide in effort to have a good understanding of what SCCBR does for YOU and to take full advantage of all the benefits offered by SCCBR, AAR and NAR for the incoming new year!

The Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS® is dedicated to serving you. Now more than ever, it’s important for you to know what benefits you have as a result of being a member of this Association. We  hope after reading over this Guide, you will see your dues dollars provide you with outstanding benefits. Your benefits with the National Association of REALTORS® and the Arizona Association of REALTORS® range from discounts at major retailers on travel to medical and dental. NAR recently opened the first REALTORS® Federal Credit Union and now offer a REALTOR® Platinum Visa. AAR’s newest 2011 benefit will be offering members the ability to electronically sign documents. In addition, SCCBR will continue to provide members in good standings free CE classes and will also promote our members’ social medias through our association’s website Find a REALTOR®. Members will be able to request to update their social medias through Update My SCCBR Profile who want to take advantage of our newest benefit!


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