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July 20, 2015

Volume 16, Issue 15

NFCAR's Election Announcement

Time is running out -you must declare your candidacy by August 14th!

NFCAR's Election Committee had set August 14th as the date for the close of nominations! Any further nominations after the close of nominations shall be in writing and signed by no fewer than 35 of the Boards REALTOR® Members.

Your Election Committee is in the process of receiving nominations for the following offices:

2016 President Elect: 

6 Local Directors : Pat Fink & Connie Strait

2 State Directors:

Please call Diane LaPine, (203)798-2048 or The NFCAR office (203)744-7255 with questions, or nominations...

NFCAR's 2015 Lunch & Learn Schedule

Seminars are only $10 Each, Lunch is included!!! All Seminars Held At NFCAR.

- August 27th - featuring Joe DeLaurentis - 11:00am-12:30pm - Law & Order Home Inspection Unit - In a real estate transaction, home inspection and disclosure offenses are considered especially heinous. In CT, the dedicated Professionals who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Home Inspection Unit.  This interesting and compelling seminar reviews seven disclosure and home inspection disputes that resulted in CT Law Suits!

Click Here To Download The Registration Form

NFCAR's 2015 Awards 

Do you know someone who should receive an award for being an Affiliate, REALTOR® or Rookie Of The Year?

'Affiliate Of The Year': This award is given annually by NFCAR to an Affiliate member who excels in Business Accomplishment, Local Association Activity & Civic Activity.

'REALTOR® Of The Year': This award is given annually to a REALTOR® member who excels in Current Local Association Participation, Current State Participation, Current National Participation, Previous Involvement At The Local/State/Regional/National Levels & Civic/Charitable Participation.

If you are interested in nominating someone for this award, click here. 

'Rookie Of The Year': This award is given to an individual who has started in Real Estate in the past 18 months who excels in Local Association Activity, Local / Civic / Charitable Activity, State Association Activity & National Association Activity.

If you have any questions, or wish to be considered for this prestigious award, please call NFCAR at (203) 744 - 7255. Nominations must be received by Friday, July 31st

Caravan Contact InformationJust a reminder – Caravans are not managed or operated by NFCAR – they are managed and/or operated by REALTORS®.  Rules and regulations apply to each of the individual caravans.  If you have any questions regarding the caravans, please call the contacts listed below.

Bethel: Jim Adams 203-290-0883 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Brookfield; Kellie Martone email your listing address and price to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday’s at noon.

Danbury;  Thomas Lutz at Newtown Savings Bank (203) 364-2970

New Fairfield; Jane Serfass at Neumann Real Estate (203) 746-6565

New Milford; Tom Lutz at Newtown Savings Bank (203) 364-2970

Condo Only Caravan; Debbie Blum at Cornerstone CT Realty (203) 733-8379 


NFCAR's Real Estate Law Course

Do you want to be a Broker? Or know someone who does? Sign Up Today For Our 30 Hour Pre-Licensing Elective Class Real Estate Law

Atty. Larry Riefberg, will use practical case studies to illustrate real estate transactions in the state of Connecticut. Illustrations will include, contracts, types of ownership, documents of conveyance, mortgages and closing procedures and much, much more. 

(This course meets the minimum education requirements set forth by the Department of Consumer Protection Real Estate Commision. Real Estate: 30 hours for your Broker license; 6 hours of Real Estate CE)

Here are the details: 

   -Begins: Tuesday, October 13th

   - Runs: Every Tuesday & Thursday

   - From: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

   - Ends: Thursday, November 12th

   - Price: $369

Click Here to download the registration form. 

Principles & Practices Evening Course Starting July 20th

Do you know of someone who's thinking of becoming a licensed salesperson or if you are interested in converting your license from 'salesperson' to 'broker', this is the course to take. Call NFCAR for details or with any questions. 

Here are the details:

      - Starting: July 20th

      - Runs: Monday & Wednesday

      - From: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

      - Ends: October 5th

      - Price: $399

Click Here to download the registration form. 

GRI-2 Course at NFCAR

The REALTOR® Institute is more than twenty five years old and has graduated thousands of REALTORS®. These professionals find the GRI designation a powerful tool for attracting and

building new business.

In today’s competitive business environment, you need more than just motivation and initiative to succeed; you need the advantage of the education you receive in the GRI program!

NFCAR Office 15 Stony Hill Road, Bethel

September 1st, 3rd, 8th & 10th 9:00am - 5:00pm with half-hour lunch break (Lunch is included with the program fees)

registration is 8:30am

Pricing: $399 (14 days prior to course)

              $424 (within 14 days of course)

              $449 walk-in fee (if space available)

Click Here To Register Online

WCR Links

Woman’s Council of Realtors is a networking and realtor education group for men and women realtors. Our mission is to empower realtors as professionals and leaders in business, the industry and the communities they serve.

Local Chapter Facebook Page:

In CT:


Legal Spotlight by CTR Legal Staff

Fire Sprinkler Disclosure in Leases Q&A

The CTR Legal Hotline received calls from several members after providing information in the last e-newsletter that the new fire sprinkler disclosure statute requires all residential leases to disclose whether or not there is an operative fire sprinkler in the dwelling unit and if yes, the date of the last maintenance and inspection. Under the statute, this disclosure must be in all residential leases where a dwelling unit exists, effective as of October 1, 2015. Below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions we have received about this new requirement.

1. Is there a requirement to install a sprinkler? There is no requirement in the new sprinkler bill to install a sprinkler. The only requirement is to include a notice in the lease whether there is or is not an operating sprinkler system in the unit.

2. Where does the sprinkler need to be located in the unit? Again, the only requirement is to include a notice in the lease whether there is or is not an operating sprinkler system in the unit. Location of the working fire sprinkler system is not part of the statute requirement.

3. What language do we use to say there is no sprinkler in the unit? The following language is recommended to comply with the sprinkler law to notify that there is no operating sprinkler in the unit: "Landlord hereby puts Tenant on notice there is no operating fire sprinkler in the unit." [Please note, per the statute this needs to be in size 12 font, in bold, and in the same typeface as the rest of your Lease]

4. Will CTR be updating the Lease available at the CTR site and on Zipforms? CTR is in the process of updating the Lease to reflect the new changes in the law that takes effect October 1, 2015. We will announce once that updated lease is available at our website.

2015 Leadership Conference

On October 6-7, CTR will hold its 14th Annual CT REALTORS® Leadership Conference at Foxwoods in Ledyard.  This conference is designed with State/Local leadership in mind, but is open to all.

We are excited to welcome back Terry Watson as our opening speaker! An internationally known speaker and trainer, Terry has his own unique brand of imparting knowledge. His understanding of the real estate industry, sense of humor and uncanny ability to reach and involve all types of learners will definitely kick the conference off on a high note. In addition, we are honored to have ESPN’s former Executive Chairman and President George Bodenheimer as our closing keynote speaker. His leadership is recognized throughout the media industry due to the unprecedented amount of growth experienced by ESPN. during his time in leadership there. Don’t miss this invaluable time with this globally recognized leader.

Other highlights include a National Association update from 2016 NAR Region 1 Vice President Kevin Sears and an entertaining post-awards banquet bowling party at High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge. The second day will feature a session specifically for local/state leadership and the mandatory continuing education course “CT Real Estate Review & Update” required for 2016 license renewal. 

Visit in the coming months for further details and registration information!

Attend the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

The REALTORS® Conference & Expo is the largest meeting exclusively for real estate professionals. It's where like-minded top producers come together to learn, share and network. Be here this November in sunny San Diego, and see how one long weekend can make a year-long impact on your business.

This year's event includes:

100 education sessions led by industry experts

400 exhibitors  in real estate's largest marketplace

Four affordable registration options 

20,000 REALTORS® and guests to network and idea share with

Visit for more information.



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