Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS

October 24, 2023 Newsletter 


Fall Back

 Remember to turn your clocks back on Sunday, Nov. 5th


And as MSBR says goodbye to the 2022-2023 leadership this week, we will also welcome in the new 2023-2024 team at the awards and installation of officers event on Thursday. 


If you have signed up for the Awards and Installation of Officers 

we'll see you on  

Thursday, October 26, 2023 

11-noon Brunch & noon-1 pm Program


The Point at Pintail on 511 Pintail Point Farm Rd. in Queenstown


Burnett vs NAR Trial Update


Although this has been pending for some time, there has not been much to report, until now.  The trial is now underway and the MSBR Leadership wanted to share this information with the members.  


Many REALTORS have been following the trial, and the opening arguments began last week. The plaintiffs are well on their way to presenting their case in the Burnett trial. NAR wants members to know what resources they have to stay informed.


The plaintiffs contend that commission rates are too high,  buyers agents are being paid too much, and that the Code of Ethics and MLS lead to price fixing.   NAR fundamentally disagrees and intends to prove that that NAR's rules and the MLS marketplace benefits consumers. 


Updates can be found at www.nar.realtor/competition-in-real-estate.


In addition to updates, you will also find the NAR position. This site provides anecdotes of real people who've had real experiences with REALTORS® and how local MLS broker marketplaces work.  Traffic has been markedly up at the site and NAR encourages interested parties to keep looking there for quick facts, infographics, fact sheets, videos and other content they can refer to or distribute.


Check out realestatecommissionfacts.com, which is a good one-stop location to direct consumers or others for a better understanding about the basics of how compensation works. 


Per NAR President Tracy Kasper: All these tools and information are great, but there's nothing more authentic and true to who you are as REALTORS® and all you do than the one-on-one experiences, connections and conversations each of you has with your clients where you can personally express your value as a REALTOR.  I appreciate all that each of you and all of our members do to represent REALTORS® each day. We know how much and how hard we're working for our clients every day, and I know that shows through.


Keep up with the latest NAR News with the NEW NAR Mobile App


Streamline all the real estate information you need with

the NEW NAR Mobile App. 


NAR Mobile allows you to expertly navigate the real estate information that’s important to you. Up to date and ahead of the game—all while you’re on the go. 

Scan the QR code and download the app today


Amazing!  The 11th and 12th Down Payment Grants Awarded


Because MSBR members did such a great job

fundraising, there is still money to distribute.  


The 11th Grant ~ Pictured Above is 

Mark Murphy - Direct Mortgage Loans

Tempeest Jenkins - New Home Owner

Calisha Colbert, Shore Living Real Estate,  Buyers Agent


Below is the 12th Grant Distribution

Pictured below is

Lori McDonald- Eastern Shore Title 

Richie Wheatley - Bay Capital Mortgage 

Gwen Eskridge, Coldwell Banker Chesapeake, Buyers Agent

Nancy Eastern Shore Title 

and New Home Owner Ashley Strazza






CE, Lunch, & Tax Tips at no cost to members!


Thursday, November 2nd

Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS

8615 Commerce Dr, Suite 2, Easton


10:00-11:30  Cliff Quinn from First Fidelity Mortgage will teach UNDERSTANDING CREDIT. Good for the new agent and a great refresher for ALL! 1.5 hours elective CE

Click here to register


11:30-12:00 Join your fellow MSBR members for Pizza


12:00-1:00  You Deducted What?! Chuck Ireland from Accounting Strategies Group offers TAX TIPS FOR REALTORS.  Make sure you are taking all of your deductions!

Click here to register





Holiday Party on Friday December 1, 2023 


Sip & Shop with MSBR 



Music, Food, Beverages, Shopping, Gift Wrapping, and of course a fun time!


We will be collecting Toiletries for His Hope Ministries.

They  help families, individuals, youth, and elderly fight homelessness, hunger, and potential homelessness.


Needed:  soap, shampoo, feminine products, deodorant, toothpaste and brushes and other such items. 




Are you using the current Contracts


Make sure you have the current October 1st forms changes and additions.  Pick up the latest Maryland REALTOR magazine and go to the STATEWIDE FORMS article on page 18. Also, there is a recording of a webinar that was lead by Taylor Kitzmiller and Kathleen Dartez at Maryland REALTORS in September. Check it out!

Legal Forms Update (September 2023) - YouTube


Flood Insurance Rate Map Zone Information


Talbot County residences who live in mapped “Special Flood Hazard Areas” or SFHA can receive a  15% discount on their National Flood Insurance Premiums each year.  This discount offers a 5% discount if the home is outside the SFHA.


As a public service, Talbot County Department of Planning and Zoning will provide you with the following information upon request:

  • Whether a property is in or out of the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) as shown on the current Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) of the County. 
  • Additional flood insurance data for a site, such as the FIRM zone and the base flood elevation or depth, if shown on the FIRM. 
  • We have a handout on the flood insurance purchase requirement that can help people who need a mortgage or loan for a property in the SFHA.
  • Talbot County maintains elevation certificates for new and substantially improved structures in the SFHA since January 1, 1987.
  • Talbot County updates the Flood Insurance Rate Maps as needed when revisions are made to the maps.

There is no charge for this service.

If you would like to make an inquiry,  give them the street address and,  if known, the subdivision, tax map, parcel, lot and block number. Call  (410) 770-8030 or drop by the office at 215 Bay Street, Suite 2 in Easton, MD. You may also find additional information on the interactive land use and flood risk maps available at: http://www.talbotcountymd.gov/index.php?page=gis-maps




October-December 2023 classes and events


Visit www.midshoreboardofrealtors.com

to see the full events calendar and to register on-line


Can't make the MSBR Classes?  Take classes with the CE Shop.

There is a charge but the classes are available to you 24/7 

October 30% off promo codes: SELFCARE


Click this link to check what credits you need and what you have earned according to the Real Estate Commission




Member Volunteer and Notice Section


  • Tammy Andrews, affiliate member with is inviting all MSBR members to The Oaks on Wednesday, October 25th from 4-6pm.  It's a fundraiser for The Arc at 25876 Royal Oak Road in Easton. Cash Bar at Happy Hour Prices.   Donation to the Arc Foundation are appreciated thearcccr.org/holidaygiving.


  • Nov 10-12  Karla Wieland-Cherry is looking for volunteers to help with Waterfowl Festival! It's a 2 hour time slot Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Get a friend to sign up with you. There are service learning hours for kids as well. Please use the  link below to sign up for a spot. Thank you as always for your time and help.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805044AABA929AB9-44886313-waterfowl


  • Another Waterfowl Festival Volunteer opportunity.  Chivy Wieland is coordinating the volunteers to ride the buses and help out all of the visitors. Shifts available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 9 to 12 or 12 to 3. Call 410-310-4322 or chivyw@aol.com 


  • Karla Wieland-Cherry is the 2023 Festival of Trees Chairman and inviting all to attend this year's Festival-Caroling, Caroling Through the Town.  Special event on Sunday, November 26th from noon - 4pm called Santa's Workshop,  fun opportunity to bring children and grandchildren to see Santa, write a letter to him and make a special treat. Carols by Candlelight will also be Saturday evening, November 25th from 5pm - 7pm to hear local artists sing and perform holiday songs and join in the Caroling. For more information on volunteering visit our website festival-of-trees.org.



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