MCAR News

Our 2019 Preferred Member Cards have arrived!

Posted May 1, 2019

The Preferred Member Card is a major benefit as an MCAR Member. It's not only exclusive to MCAR members, but you receive major discount offerings at local businesses. The Wait is over. Come and get your card at the front desk today and start saving!


IT’S EASY TO CONTRIBUTE TO RPAC!

Posted Apr 25, 2019

Support the PAC that protects the real estate industry and homeownership. Since 1969, RPAC has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. The purpose of RPAC is clear: REALTORS® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests. The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary contributions made by REALTORS®. These are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process. RPAC doesn’t buy votes. RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.

Contributions to RPAC are not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary and are used for political purposes. The amounts indicated are merely guidelines and you may contribute more or less than the suggested amounts provided your contribution is within applicable contribution limits. The National Association of REALTORS® and its state and local associations will not favor or disadvantage any member because of the amount contributed or a decision not to contribute. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal. Unless otherwise required by applicable law, any request for the refund of a contribution must be made within two (2) business days of the date on which you authorize RPAC to charge you for said contribution. Your contribution is split between National RPAC and the State PAC in your state. Contact your State Association or PAC for information about the percentages of your contribution provided to National RPAC and to the State PAC. The National RPAC portion is used to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 52 U.S.C. 30116.

To make a contribution to the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) for 2019, click the link below, sign into your account with MCAR, add the contribution to your cart and follow the prompts to check out.

https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/shopping/shopping.aspx?site=middlesex&webcode=shopping&prd_key=31fc1487-9410-4ebc-a7c8-a0b66c929a33


Changes to Referral License Category

Posted Apr 22, 2019

Please see the attached document explaining the Real Estate Commission's changes to the Referral License category.


Attachment: Referral_Changes_FAQ_4-22-19.pdf


Frequently Asked Questions: CE Credits

Posted Mar 28, 2019

Questions about CE credits? Please click below for detailed information about the most frequently asked education questions.

http://www.metrocentrerealtors.com/userdocs/CE_Information.pdf


2018 COE Award Recipients

Posted Feb 1, 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence® Sales Award®! Click below to see the full list of awardees.

http://www.metrocentrerealtors.com/userdocs/2018_MCAR_List_of_Circle_of_Excellence_Recipients.pdf


COPY OF YOUR REAL ESTATE LICENSE

Posted Jan 1, 2019

Print Your Real Estate License at the NJREC/NJDOBI Online Licensing Services Brokers of Record, Broker-Salespersons, Salespersons, Referral Agents: To generate your pocket license, you must first login to NJDOBI Online Licensing Services (OLS) using the link at the bottom of this page. Once logged in, your OLS Main Menu contains a link regarding generating your license. Click the "Email My Individual License" menu item. You will be instructed on how to view, save, print, or email your license. Please note that the license can only be emailed to an email address filed with NJDOBI OLS (the ability of filing an email with NJDOBI OLS is also available through your OLS Main Menu). As noted above, the individual license is now also the pocket card. You have two options: 1. Carry a physical copy of your pocket card license 2. Have a digital image of your pocket card license in your possession (cell phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic device) Regardless which option you choose, you must have either the paper or digital pocket card license in your possession at all times when engaged in the business of a real estate broker, broker-salesperson, salesperson or referral agent and must be able to produce the physical or electronic image of your pocket card license upon request.

https://www.state.nj.us/dobi/division_rec/licensing/online_Instructions/index.html


MCAR Strategic Plan for 2018-2019

Posted Oct 29, 2018

MCAR's Strategic Plan has been updated for 2018-2019. Click the link to read the full details.


Attachment: 2018-2019_MCAR_Strategic_Plan.pdf



TAGS: Strategic Plan Update 2018 2019

Discount Group Coaching

Posted Oct 29, 2018    by Nicole Banbor

MEMBER BENEFIT

Group Coaching with Inspire Greater Expectations.  Special Discount Pricing for MCAR members.


6 Week Program – Your Best Value!  https://mcar6weekcoaching.eventbrite.com
TOTAL VALUE for 6 Week Program $1625 $597 Discount! *Max 10 Per Group.  MCAR Price- $547 per 6 Week Program
 
3 Week Programs - Part 1 with 3 Week Part 2 Option.  https://mcar3weekcoachingpart1.eventbrite.com.
TOTAL VALUE Per 3 Week Program $825 $339 Discount! * Max 10 Per Group.  MCAR Price- $299 Per 3 Week Program

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http://www.metrocentrerealtors.com/userdocs/6_&_3_Week_Group_Coaching_MCAR_Special_Pricing!.pdf


MCAR PRESS RELEASE - Membership Benefits, Dues Update

Posted Oct 19, 2018

South River, NJ— Since last year, the Metro Centre Association of Realtors’ (MCAR) nearly 3,000-member community received some of New Jersey’s most helpful membership benefits. After years in our nostalgic Realtor® home base, we’ve moved locations to a new, state-of-the-art building to give our dedicated community the tools to succeed.

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While stationed in the new building, our association has continued to offer education for our members and affiliates. Members of the Metro Centre Association of Realtors have been able to take advantage of various certifications, training in ethical standards, and even the ability to earn NJREC CE credits online for a discounted rate. Our association has shown complete commitment to providing information and ensuring that our community members are the most knowledgeable in the business.

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Additionally, MCAR works hard to save our members’ money. Our discounts and promotion codes have left more money in our members’ pockets when buying items online and when purchasing tenant screening reports. What’s more, members of our community were able to connect with local business owners and Middlesex County’s consumers through a Preferred Member Card. Printed just like a credit card and offered at no cost to members, the Preferred Member card gives access to special deals from a variety of local businesses in Middlesex County.

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All of the above items are membership benefits that increase community awareness. Gaining access to a wide variety of Realtors®, consumers, and business owners is as easy as continuing membership with MCAR. Our organization offers opportunities for strengthening community relations, networking events, and annual awards to celebrate the best and brightest in our awesome community.

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“We have worked hard to rebrand and refresh the association of Realtors by modernizing our location and member benefits. As our organization continues to prepare our community, MCAR needs just a little more help from our members,” said MCAR President, Lorraine Colavito. “In the next two years membership rates will increase in order to better serve our associates.”

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In 2019, the MCAR membership fee will increase by $15 and by 2020 the annual rate will increase by the same amount again. MCAR administrators hope that all members see that the benefits offered are worth this slight price increase. With the help of the MCAR community the association will continue to offer new and better benefits for the community.

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“Thank you all for the continued support,” finished Colavito.



TAGS: News Press Release Dues Increase Benefits

Find an MCAR Affiliate Member

Posted Sep 7, 2018

View or print a copy of the current MCAR Affiliate Membership List (as of 9/7/18).


Attachment: MCAR_Affiliate_List.pdf


REALTOR® of the Year Award Nomination - Deadline to Submit is July 13, 2018

Posted Jun 7, 2018

This program involves the selection of the REALTOR® member who has contributed the most to the advancement of his/her community and the cause of REALTORS®, as well as had significant involvement in humanitarian services. The individuals so selected by each local board/association will be honored by NJ REALTORS® as the NJ REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year. The NJ REALTORS® REALTOR® of the Year nominees will be judged on the following categories. When choosing your candidates, please note that “Community Services and Involvement and/or Humanitarian Services” and “Local Board Activity” are two of the most heavily weighted categories during the scoring process. Realtors® are nominated by each local board or association. Once nominations are submitted, nominees are judged by the REALTOR® of the Year Committee on six categories: - Realtor® Spirit - Local Board Activity - State Association Activity - National Association Activity - Business Accomplishments - Community Services and Involvement and/or Humanitarian Services All submissions are to be completed and submitted electronically to Metro Centre Association of REALTORS by Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5pm, to Info@MetroCentreRealtors.com.


Attachment: 2018_Realtor_of_the_Year_Award_-_Rules_and_Application.pdf


Newest Member Benefit - Preferred Members Card

Posted Apr 13, 2018

Now available to all MCAR Members! Your Preferred Member Card gives you access to deals from a variety of local businesses, and is completely FREE. Stop by our office 9am - 5pm weekdays to pick up yours! Watch the video or see below for details.

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La Bonbonniere Bakery (Multiple locations: Edison, Somerset, Woodbridge, South Plainfield):--$15 Gift Card with Purchase of Any Platter less than $50--$25 Gift Card with Purchase of Any Platter Over $50

Labebe, Authentic Mediterranean Restaurant North Brunswick:--Purchase $50 Gift Card, Get a $15 Gift Card Free

Ryan's Pub, Monroe:--Complimentary Glass of Wine or Beer with Purchase of Entree

Skylark Diner, Edison:--Purchase $50 Gift Card, Get a $15 Gift Card FREE

Greek on Main, Greek BYOB Bistro, Metuchen:--Purchase $50 Gift Card, Get a $20 Gift card Free

Gardenias Florist, Metuchen:--Purchase a $50 House Warming Bouquet, Get a $15 Gift Certificate FREE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyuW_M24XdA&t=1s


Attachment: 2018_Preferred_Member_loyalty_card_flyer.pdf



TAGS: Preferred Members Rewards Program Preferred Members Card Card Free MCAR 2018

New training classes available next week at our offices in South River

Posted Apr 9, 2018    by Scot

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The MCAR Office is Closed March 7, 2018 Due to Inclement Weather

Posted Mar 7, 2018

The MCAR Office is Closed March 7, 2018 due to Inclement Weather and will re-open on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 9:00am.


Meeting Rooms Available for Rent

Posted Feb 21, 2018

Need a location for your next meeting or seminar? Consider the attractive facilities at the Metro Centre Association of Realtors office. Two separate rooms. Reasonable cost. Great location. AV equipment. And free coffee. More information is detailed in the flyer below.


Attachment: 2018_Meeting_Room_Rental_Flyer-1.pdf


Congratulations 2017 COE Award Recipients

Posted Feb 2, 2018

Metro Centre Association of REALTORS® is proud to announce the 2017 Recipients of NJ REALTORS® Circle of Excellence. View 2017 Circle of Excellence Recipients below.


Attachment: COE_2017_Metro_Centre_Recipients.pdf


COE Advertising Rules

Posted Jan 17, 2018

Advertising Rules & Enforcement Note: All advertisements will be subject to the most current advertising rules of the New Jersey Realtors® in the current year's application regardless of when the award recipient last applied or received the award. Please click below to view full Advertising Rules & Enforcement.


Attachment: 2017_COE_Advertising_Rules.pdf


Updated Facebook Policy

Posted Jan 16, 2018

Posting Guidelines and Protocol of Facebook Pages “Metro Centre REALTOR Group” and the “Metro Centre Association of Realtors” November 18, 2015 Due to Facebook’s policies, majority of the posts will be in the Group page. Events will be created on the public page. The group was created to provide a centralized place where the Metro Centre Association of REALTORS® (MCAR) could communicate with its members and the members can exchange ideas and challenges. Posts during MCAR events with photos are encouraged. The MCAR Facebook pages may be use as an online forum among members. Questions and comments pertinent to MCAR or beneficial to the overall membership are welcome. Posts will be monitored by the Technology Committee and the MCAR staff. The Executive Officer will have sole discretion on the deleting of posts that are inappropriate and do not fit the guidelines. The Executive Officer will have the ability to consult with Technology Committee, if deemed necessary, prior to deleting a post. Acceptable Posts: - Beneficial Association Comments and Questions - Affiliate Sponsored Functions at a neutral venue (non-Brokerage). - Events by other real estate organizations open to MCAR members (i.e. CJMLS, WCR, AREAA, NJR, NAR) - Job postings for real estate organizations and the affiliates that would be looking toward the membership for a candidate. - Articles appropriate to the real estate industry Unacceptable Posts - Derogatory, political, or threatening questions or comments. Any post violating the code of ethics. - Broker sponsored events that can be construed as recruiting or self-serving. A broker sponsored event that is beneficial to the entire association and that is being held at an appropriate venue to accommodate such a large group should be cleared with the Executive Officer before it is posted. - Self- promotion that is a blatant advertisement. - Public and Broker open houses


Attachment: 2015_MCAR_Group_Facebook_Page_Posting_Policy_11.18.2015-1.pdf


2017 Circle of Excellence Deadline Extended to January 8, 2018

Posted Jan 3, 2018

NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence® Sales Award® This prestigious program comprises two awards: The NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence® Sales Award® and the NJ Realtors® Distinguished Sales Club. Please fill out your application at coe.njrealtor.com. Completed applications and payments must be submitted, with verification material, to your local board by close of business on January 8, 2018. NO exceptions. No handwritten applications will be accepted. The NJ Realtors® Circle of Excellence® Sales Award® recognizes those members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship. The 2017 award levels are: Platinum: $20 million and 30 units minimum, or 125 units Gold: $12 million and 25 units minimum, or 90 units Silver: $6.5 million and 20 units minimum, or 70 units Bronze: $2.5 million and 15 units minimum, or 30 units The NJ Realtors® Distinguished Sales Club Award is presented to NJ Realtors® members who have been recipients of the Circle of Excellence® Sales Award® for 10 years (which need not be consecutively earned). The 2017 Distinguished Sales Club Application is below. It must be submitted to your local board with proof of electronic payment by January 8, 2018. Click below for a quick guide on gathering verification materials. If you have additional questions on what to include with your application, email questions to coe@njrealtor.com.

coe.njrealtor.com


Attachment: Flow-Chart-2017.pdf


2018 REALTOR® CODE OF ETHICS and VIDEO SERIES

Posted Jan 1, 2018

Every REALTOR® agrees to abide by the REALTOR® Code of Ethics as part of membership in the National Association of REALTORS® – and by extension, the Metro Centre Association of REALTORS® (MCAR). It’s a good time to review the 2018 Code of Ethics. To print a copy, click below. Short 8-minute video segments that cover the Preamble, Articles and many Standards of Practices. Perfect for office meetings and training. The videos are important reminders of the obligations established in the Code of Ethics. It’s available 24/7 and it’s FREE at http://Realtor.org/codevideos

http://Realtor.org/codevideos


Attachment: 2018-Code-of-Ethics-and-Standards-of-Practice.pdf


ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Posted Nov 10, 2017

The Metro Centre Association of REALTORS® (MCAR) is committed to providing an accessible website. If you have difficulty accessing content, have difficulty viewing a file on the website, or notice any accessibility problems, please contact MCAR at 732-442-3400 to specify the nature of the accessibility issue and any assistive technology you use. MCAR will strive to provide the content you need in the format you require.


VISIT OUR BOARD STORE

Posted Jun 20, 2015

Check out the MCAR Online board Store by going to My Account under Quick links. Log in and go to Online Store. Great items for sale such as multi cleaning cloths, shoe covers, St. Joseph Statues, pens, pamphlets and more.

https://netforum.avectra.com/eWeb/Shopping/Shopping.aspx?Site=Middlesex&WebCode=Shopping&cart=0


TENANT REPORTS DISCOUNT

Posted Apr 20, 2014

$5 Discounts offered on bundled tenant screening reports at  www.TenantReports.com/MCAR    MCAR members can receive a $5 discount on online Tenant Screening Bundle reports.  The Statewide Bundle includes credit summary with FICO Score, SSN verification, criminal background check, sex offender search and eviction report for only $20 (cost is $25 with no discount).   All reports can be ordered online with instant results. Multiple ways to place orders.  Have the applicants pay with their own credit card. You also have the option to choose from individual reports if you don't want the bundle.   GET TENANTS ACCEPTED INTO RENTAL PROPERTIES QUICKER.  MAKE RENTING A PROPERTY EASIER FOR A LANDLORD.  THESE REPORTS WILL HELP SPEED UP THE RENTAL PROCESS. To receive the discount, go to www.TenantReports.com/MCAR

https://www.tenantreports.com/affiliate-program/mcar/


MONTHLY HOUSING MARKETING REPORTS

Posted Feb 19, 2014

The Market Reports from New Jersey REALTORS® Research are available to Middlesex County Association of REALTORS® members. Want to see how your area's housing market performs each month? These unique, monthly reports shed light on the true picture of the residential housing market at a state, county and local level, unseen before in New Jersey. The reports may be found at www.njrealtor.com/research/10k/ in a user-friendly map. Login is required with your NJ REALTOR® username and password to view the member only section. Once logged in, click on Middlesex County on the state silhouette and then on the municipality you are interested in. Updated reports will be available each month, so check back frequently.

http://www.njrealtor.com/research/10k/


REALTOR® PLEDGE

Posted Jul 22, 2011

I AM A REALTOR® Pledge Myself To protect the individual right of real estate ownership and to widen the opportunity to enjoy it; To be honorable and honest in all dealings; To seek better to represent my clients by building my knowledge and competence; To act fairly towards all in the spirit of the Golden Rule; To serve well my community, and through it my country; To observe the REALTORS® Code of Ethics and conform my conduct to its loft ideals. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®


REAL ESTATE TODAY RADIO

Posted Jun 7, 2011


SAVE 10% AT THE REALTOR.ORG STORE

Posted May 3, 2011

Use promotional code MC5 at check out and receive 10% off all products at the www.REALTOR.org/Store. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) is offering the latest must have products to help you take advantage of the changing market at the completely redesigned online store, www.REALTOR.org/Store.