Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS  January 16, 2024 Newsletter 


Don't set Resolutions - set Goals.


Soar in 2024 with MSBR -Investing in Yourself 


Great News!


Coastal & Mid-Shore agents now have full SentriLock reciprocity.  


This means REALTORS do not have to get paperwork approved to be able to show property at the beach.  You still need to follow all rules including setting up an appointment and being present at all showings. 


This covers Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties.


ChatGPT for Real Estate

Sign up and learn more in the one hour session

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM) (EST)

Discover how ChatGPT can help grow your real estate business in ways you never thought possible.  This one hour session will get you started.  


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


January 25th

10am MSBR is hosting Bright's Economist Dr. Lisa Sturtevant 


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.


Speak with confidence when you meet with your clients. 

Sign up today


GRI 100 & 200 Series | Signup Deadline Approaching 


Whether you’ve been in real estate for years or are just beginning, you can expand your knowledge with the Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI) designation.

It’s a complete educational experience that will add confidence in every transaction. Complete both 100 and 200 modules to earn the GRI designation! 


Educate Yourself About Unconscious Bias from 2-5pm on Feb. 22, 2024


This 3-hour CE "C" class will be offered in person at MSBR. The presenters are Colette Massengale, Senior Policy Representative for Fair Housing at National Association of REALTORS and Kathleen McTeague Dartez, Director of Legal Affairs at Maryland REALTORS.  The class will be followed by a reception to meet the presenters and network with fellow attendees.


The objectives of the class are:

1. Describe the history of bias and discrimination in real estate to understand how neighborhoods became segregated and appreciate the challenges many consumers still face because of their identities.

2. Explain how implicit bias may result in violations of Fair Housing laws and industry ethics. 3. Identify interventions to prevent implicit bias, identify anxiety, and stereotype threat from influencing behavior so that consumers are treated with equal concern, respect, and fairness. 4. Increase personal motivation to confront these phenomena in business and the community.

 February 22, 2024 from 2-5 pm In-Peron at the MSBR Office 

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is hosting this CE Class.  Afterwards, attendees will enjoy a networking happy hour 




President Shelby Roney presented the 110th Habitat homeowner

with a welcome basket last weekend. 


MSBR has been providing the welcome baskets for the past few years as a way to support Habitat and help new homeowners.


Thank you to Past President Megan Rosendale for taking time to shop for all these wonderful basket items. 


Do you know sellers who think REALTORS just put a sign in the lawn and put an ad on the internet, and the home automatically sells itself?  


Do buyers think all you do is take a key, open the door and then go collect a big fat check?


Sell your value to buyers and sellers.


With robust real estate information readily available online, consumers are questioning the value of your services—and they may even ask for a discount on your compensation.


As an agent, you need to make a point to share with your home buyers and sellers a list of the tasks you do to help them navigate a successful transaction. Consumers want value, and most people are willing to pay for that value.


The problem is that some REALTOR don’t know how to sell their value-Do YOU?

Here are some ways that agents can better demonstrate the skill set they bring to a transaction.


Support the Community & Show Your Creative Side


Talbot County Empty Bowls is asking us to paint bowls for the

community fundraising dinner to combat hunger.  No artistic skills needed. 


Join us for one or both times:

Thursday, Jan 25th 4:30pm 

Thursday, Feb 8th 12:30pm 


Cost is $26 per bowl 


Kiln Born is located in the old McCords building at

114 S. Washington Street, Suite 106 Easton


Check out this article on Understanding Compensation


In this issue’s of “CEO Corner,” (read "My Kingdom for a Crystal Ball" here) Maryland REALTORS® CEO Chuck Kasky offers a brief history lesson, outlining the evolution of buyer representation and of the compensation model under which the listing brokerage offers cooperative compensation to subagents and buyer’s agents.


Pending seller class-action litigation against the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and four corporate brokerage defendants has increased both awareness and scrutiny of the existing compensation model.   




Open the Door in 2024 

Want 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: March 11, 2024 10am


Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee:

Co-Chairs Shandell Green and Annie Raymond

Meets monthly.  

Next meeting: February 6, 2024 10:30 am 


Golf Tournament Committee:

Chairs Leslie Stevenson and Kari Anderson

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

MSBR LOVE Down Payment Grant Program

Next meeting: 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 regulations.

Meets Monthly March- December to review Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot real estate related regulations. 


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: January 17, 2024 at 10am 



Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available 


MSBR Golf Tournament May 14, 2024

Fundraiser for the MSBR LOVE

Down Payment Grant Program


Sponsors To-Date: 

 2 -Eagle Sponsors at $1,500

Bay Capital Mortgage Corp

USA Mortgage 


  1- Birdie Sponsor at $1,000 

Mary Mabry with Keller Williams Select 


To sponsor or for more information click here


Affiliate member Richie Wheatley is looking for volunteers to help with meal packing for RISE AGAINST HUNGER.



Meal Packaging Event for 30,000 meals

Date – Saturday, January 20, 2024

Time – 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (arrive by 9:00 am)

Location – Waterfowl Festival Headquarters

Volunteers – Need 125+ for this event


If you can help out- send an email to Richie Wheatley  rwheatley@baycapitalmortgage.com


How can you help?

Volunteer the day of the event or financially support with a donation. 


Affiliate member Troy Blades holding a Wear & Carry

Next class starts January 17, 2024

Register Here or call 410-231-3790


Welcome new Affiliate member Allen & Rocks, Inc. 


Allen & Rocks, Inc., established in 1948, is a family owned and operated corporation committed to providing quality multifamily housing communities supported by exceptional property management services.  


We have been proud members of the Eastern Shore community for more than 30 years. We understand that the success of a community is more than “bricks and mortar.” It’s the people who are the backbone and quality housing is a necessary element in a thriving community.


Our motto is “We Put Our Hearts in Your Home.” 


Our newest communities are Lakeside Run at Trappe in Trappe, MD, Coastal Run at Heritage Shores, and The Villas at Bridgeville, both located in Bridgeville, DE. Each of  these communities has been purposely designed to satisfy the needs of the local community while attracting new residents.  


Here are links to our communities and the homes/townhomes for lease:





Please feel free to call or email Phil Rudder if you have any questions or would like to set a a tour or meeting.  Philip Rudder, Business Development, Allen & Rocks, Inc.; Office: 302-450-4520  prudder@rocksco.com


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 

January 30% off promo code: ELEVATE


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