Stuff You NEED to Know :)

Hey there Members & Friends! Happy Pre-Labor Day Weekend! I was thinking about two important services that might be very valuable to you! PAY YOUR INVOICE The HAR Website now has a featured button on the top of the website that allows you to pay your invoice/fees etc via Credit Card online... How cool is that?!  Also, we are working on credit card solutions to eliminate or significantly lower our processing fee.  I am encouraged that we will unveil this by new dues/fees year November 1st for you!   CLICK HERE TO PAY ONLINE I NEED HELP NOW This is a feature on our website that allows you to ask me real estate questions that you have.  I receive many calls from members with questions about real estate transactions, complaint issues, dispute resolution, real estate laws, license law, agency, anti-trust and the list goes on. If I do not know the answer, I will find it for you!  Many do not know that I have a background in real estate and have been in the real estate indus

Social Media and Your Real Estate Career

Your clients and you are crazy about Social Media these days and as a REALTOR®, we have to be careful in what we post and how we do it.  I am blogging to you about some advertising issues that I have personally viewed on REALTOR® pages business and or personal and also a little advice on posting. ADVERTISING ON SOCIAL MEDIA Advertising on Social Media is no different than advertising in the newspaper.  If you remember this, you will understand how to post correctly.  One of the most common mistakes I see is missing required information according to the Illinois License Law and you don't want to make this mistake, because the penalties can financially be high and you could lose your license in some cases.   What needs to be in your post?  Your Company Name and Your Name... If the listing is not yours then you must say "Listing Courtesy of That Agent and Company Names".  Simply it is no different that placing an advertisement in the Newspaper.  REALTOR®

Always Something New to Learn

Hello Members of HAR and Friends of my Blog! VARIABLE RATE COMMISSION...WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Almost everyone seems to understand what the term Commission means as it relates to the Real Estate Transaction.  The opposite is true as it relates to a Variable Rate Commission.  I hope this information helps explain what it is and how it relates to you and your Buyers and Sellers. Section 3.4 of the REALTOR Code of Ethics defines a Variable Rate Commission as follows: A listing in which one amount of commission is payable if the listing broker's firm is the procuring cause of sale and a different amount of commission is payable if the sale results from the efforts of the seller or a cooperating broker. The National Association of REALTORS Multiple Listing Policy & MRED Rules and Regulations requires listing brokers to disclose a Variable Rate Commission to potential cooperating brokers as soon as is practical.  There is a field in the MRED MLS that must be filled in by the

I LOVE Sharing What I Learn!

Dear Members and Friends! I hope you find the information on my blog useful and helpful to your real estate career!  I am a big believer in inspiring and motivating others to do their very best!  So take a minute to read and learn... ENJOY! Heather Wiedrich AE, RCE, e-PRO HomeTown Association of REALTORS Leaders READ: In Praise of the Purple Cow By: Seth Godin Thoughts to Ponder: What if we are too busy? (Are we busy doing the right things?) What fear of failure keeps us pinned down? I want to live! I stopped worrying about what people think of me! I think weird. I'm just going to be me and if you don't like it... Go away Surround yourself with good people  Structure your ideas around your area of brilliance and act now What do you do exceptionally well? Ways to be Remarkable Auto focus like a camera  What do you want and can you find a way to measure it? Education for YOU: Legal Issues Breakfast (Reference: Betsy Urbance and Jeff Baker I

Welcome to my Blog!

Welcome to my Blog!  As the Association Executive of the HomeTown Association of REALTORS®, I would love to share with you current information of what I learn along the way.  Education and Industry knowledge are important to me and sharing is the best way to help you along in your real estate career as well.  I hope you enjoy my blog... another great service of HAR for YOU! I recently attended the Illinois REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Collinsville and if you do not attend this great event, you may want to consider making it a goal for next year.  Over the next month I will be sharing the highlights with you.   Leaders READ: The Great and Powerful "Ah" By: Karel Murray Thoughts to Ponder: Today, the one sure way to fail is to be boring Your one chance for success is to be remarkable It's possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs Siblings can make you shorter Are you remarkable? Meaning worthy of being or likely to be noticed,