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From the Board President

Anne Marie Ohly

Having just returned from the 2009 NAR conference in San Diego, I am feeling good about the optimism that prevailed over the entire conference. Lawrence Yun gave a residential economic update, saying that home sales in 2010 will increase 15% and REALTOR income will be up 20%. Condoleeza Rice, also offered a generous serving of optimism along with a helping of patriotism to thousands of REALTORS gathered at the Conference’s general session. As REALTORS we want to provide the highest level of service to our clients. Last year NAR launched the Right Tools, Right Now initiative to help it’s members in this challenging market. With hundreds of NAR products and resources available for free or at cost, REALTORS can access tools to grow their business and help clients more easily than ever before. There are many programs, publications and educational offerings to give you new skills and knowledge to better prepare you for today’s real estate market, find new ways to generate leads, connect with consumers and stay on top of trends and changes in the market through a variety of resources at example, you can:Build your client base by providing crucial information to buyers who are on the fence. Download informative brochures – including, “It’s a Great Time to Buy”, “Getting It Sold” and “It Pays to Work With a Realtor” – for free, and use them as the basis for your website, presentations, or conversation. Take advantage of the variety of free educational webinars at NAR also has a new certification called SFR (Short Sales &Foreclosure Resource Certification). You can check this out at NAR is waiving the $175.00 application fee for this Certification through December 31, 2009. The Summit Association of Realtors is also committed to your success in this coming year. I welcome and value your comments on benefits or services you would like to see as a part of your membership in SAR and I look forward to seeing you in the coming months.

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