MSBR  Dec.19, 2023 Newsletter 



Avoid the $100 late fee - pay your dues by 5pm on Jan 2nd


MSBR Office will be closed on:

Monday, Dec. 25, 2023  and Monday, January 1, 2024


Soar in 2024 with MSBR

By Investing in Yourself with Education and Skills


REALTORS® Commitment to  Excellence (C2EX)

Be an advocate for the future of your industry. Be committed to excellence.

Take the First Step by starting the C2EX  No Cost to you!

You just might learn something & you can add the C2EX logo to your credentials!


C2EX,  is NAR’s innovative professional endorsement program, and is now  a mobile app  that includes a digital coach who assists and motivates you on your endorsement journey.  Throughout your journey, your digital coach offers ongoing guidance, tips, and point-of-need support. Plus, the C2EX app guides you to Real Life Experiences that provide vital opportunities to apply your expertise in the real world.


Welcome New MSBR Agents 


These new REALTORS attended the new agent orientation presentation last week.


Pictured above from left to right is: Emily Carney with Keller Williams Select; Sara Willis with Benson and Mangold; Robin Connolly with Long & Foster; Ashley Moore with Long & Foster; Shawn Moore with Meredith Fine Properties and Matthew Gorin with Meredith Fine Properties. 


Maryland Realtors Staying the Course 

Watch this 5:21 minute video for more information 

Recent lawsuits against the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) have sparked rumors and confusion within the industry, but buyer representation remains a crucial aspect of real estate. Maryland REALTORS® is committed to providing accurate information and guidance on best practices to navigate any shifts within the industry, so that you can provide transparent and accurate representation for your clients.

MSBR is looking for a new Cheryl.


If you know of anyone who is looking for a part-time position with strong administrative skills and excellent customer service skills have them call Debbie.  Real estate related experience a plus. or  410-822-8767 


"Unlocking Tomorrow's Homefront: Navigating the Future of the Housing Market"


January 25th 10am MSBR is hosing Bright's Chief Economists

Dr. Lisa Sturevant 


This 30-minute zoom webinar will provide you with information on the current market in the BRIGHT footprint, in Maryland and in our local Eastern Shore Market. 


Bright’s Chief Economist will present on national and local economic and housing market conditions. In addition to insights on the economic and demographic factors impacting the housing market, she will provide an update on key market trends, including inventory, pricing, and buyer activity. Don’t miss this insightful presentation!

Sign up today!



Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing,

an NAR certificate course 


Unconscious biases can inadvertently harm your interactions with clients, customers and colleagues. Interrupt stereotypical thinking to avoid fair housing violations and provide equal professional service to all.


2pm-5pm on February 25, 2024 3-hour CE

followed by a Happy Hour 


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is hosting 

the Implicit Bias Class


Presentation by: Colette Massengale, attorney and senior policy representative for fair housing with the National Association of REALTORS & Kathleen Dartez, Director of Legal Affairs with Maryland REALTORS. 


This dynamic duo will lead this class.

Afterwards, attendees will enjoy a networking happy hour. 




Congratulations to Realty Navigator on their

new Chester Office. 

Pictured above is the chamber ribbon cutting event. 


Maryland REALTORS  Legal Hot Topics Webinar 

Thursday, December 21st from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.


Want to make sure you don't get coal in your stocking?

Then stay on the right side of the law!


Join the Maryland REALTORS® Legal Dream Team as they address some of the latest topics and answer your questions in this Legal Hotline Webinar! 


Another benefit of being a REALTOR is the education provided by the state and MSBR at no additional cost to you!


How NAR and the REALTOR Party Action Committee

(RPAC) help your Business


Last week, Freddie Mac announced an important expansion of its Condo Project Advisor tool.  The changes will help smooth the condo review process for lenders working with condo buyers, but it will also allow HOAs to provide information about their project if it is missing.  These changes are an important step toward improving HOA's ability to comply with the new, more challenging requirements implemented in the wake of the Surfside building collapse.  NAR previously called for the GSEs to, "take a proactive role in helping to improve the availability and consistency of association documentation, financials and studies. This task would fit within their duty to serve the market."


The changes to Condo Project Advisor include assigning all projects in Freddie Mac's database an approved or not-approved status.  This simple change allows lenders to see the status of condos Freddie Mac has previously reviewed.  If the project is approved, any lender can now use that status and there is no need to resubmit a costly and time-consuming review. Alternatively, a lender can submit information for review if the project is not approved.  Finally, if a project is about to lose its approved status, Freddie Mac will proactively reach out to the HOA to remedy and missing information.  Furthermore, if a project loses its status, the HOA, rather than the lender, can contest the change directly with Freddie Mac.  These three changes are significant, and NAR appreciates them.


More can be done to help condo owners and buyers- many projects in Freddie Mac's database are not approved and Freddie Mac should provide information on why.  These initial changes apply to large HOA projects for which Freddie Mac already has data.  In time, Freddie Mac should seek to expand the universe of projects for which it has information, especially to smaller HOAs where the cost of such review is a burden.  Finally, REALTORS are the tip of the spear in helping buyers close sales.  Allowing agents access to the Condo Project Advisor tool will help them asses the information needed for the buyer to obtain financing and work with HOAs to get that process started earlier.  


NAR appreciates these important changes and Freddie Mac's willingness to engage and overcome these challenges.  We look forward to further collaboration.

Kenneth Fears/NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS/Washington DC/202-383-1000


Open the Door in 2024 to Opportunities 

What to know what's going on ~~ Join a MSBR Committee and find out


Education Committee: Chair is Debbie McQuaid

Meets Quarterly to recommend CE Classes and Lunch & Learns

Next meeting is: March 11, 2024


Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee:

Co-Chairs Shandell Green and Annie Raymond

Meets monthly to recommend ways to promote inclusion for all in the association 

Next meeting is: January 9, 2024


Golf Tournament Committee:

Chairs Leslie Stevenson and Kari Anderson

Organizing the May 14, 2024 Golf Tournament in support of the

MSBR LOVE Down Payment Grant Program

Next meeting is: January 18, 2024 at 10am  


Government Affairs: Chair is Sheila Washburn 

Reviews City and County Real Estate regulations, and helps educate elected leaders on ramifications of proposed and existing laws. 

Meets weekly January- March to review State related real estate proposed laws.

Meets Monthly March- December


Membership: Chair- Jenn Dudley

Looks for opportunities to meet in casual and fun environments; find products, services, or ways that enhance the REALTORS and Affiliates to be more productive and profitable. Combines a charity or a cause with networking events to boost community involvement.  Meets Monthly.   Next meeting is: January 17, 2024 at 10am 




Need Stocking Stuffers?  


 Now selling 50/50 tickets-

Drawing is the day of the Golf Tournament on May 14, 2024

$5 for 1-Ticket

  $20 for 5-Tickets


Hog Neck Golf Course in Easton, MD


All proceeds go the the MSBR LOVE Down Payment Grant



MSBR Golf Tournament May 14, 2024

supporting the

MSBR LOVE Down Payment Grant Program


Sponsorship Opportunities now available


at the Hog Neck Golf Club in Easton 


EAGLE  -  $1,500 SPONSOR   (6 Max ~~ Have 1- Bay Capital Mortgage Corp.)        4 Golf Tickets & 2 Guest Lunch Tickets/ 1 T-Sign at 1 Hole/Media & Website promotion/Banner Recognition/Promotional materials can be placed on lunch tables.

BIRDIE  $1,000 SPONSOR (8 Max)  · 4 Golf Tickets/Website Promotion/Banner Recognition/1 T-Sign at 1 Hole

PAR  $500 SPONSOR (Unlimited)  · 4 Lunch Tickets/Banner Recognition

GOLF CART $400 SPONSOR  (2)  Your sign on half the golf carts and you buy the water bottles.


Players  $125 per Golfer/ $500 for a foursome; Includes, golf, cart, lunch, awards. 

INTERACTIVE Sponsorships on the COURSE

· 1 Beverage Cart Sponsor $600  - Can ride in cart

· 1 Beat the Pro  $600   You get the Pro and interact with the golfers

· 1 Putting Contest  $600 You handle the contest and interact with the golfers

· 1 Turn Sponsor  - Water  $400  - Buy water for golfers

· 1 Turn Sponsor  - Snacks $400—Buy snacks for golfers

· 1 Breakfast Sponsor $250  - Buy Coffee & Donuts for 100


Register Here for the Chat GPT Tips & Tricks

Grow You Business in 2024 with this exciting skill.  


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 

December 30% off promo codes: DEC30


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