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Petition: Keep North Carolina Film Incentives

WILMINGTON, N.C. (September 1, 2014) - North Carolina is enjoying unprecedented growth in feature film, television series and commercial productions as a direct result of our balanced, sustainable Film Incentive Program.

With annual in-state spend approaching $500M in 2013, North Carolina was home to Iron Man, The Hunger Games and hosts ongoing series like Banshee and Homeland.

While our 25% incentive attracts Hollywood productions looking to save money through tax-rebates, the vast majority of the money spent in-state is driven to "below-the-line" tradespeople like carpenters, production assistants, electricians, grips, make-up artists, catering and craft services freelance employees. Local hotels, restaurants, retail stores and industries that support the filmed-entertainment industry reap millions of dollars from visiting productions due to the Film Incentive Program.

In the long-term, NC needs new tax legislation / tax reform to lure long-term investment from companies looking f or a new, permanent home.

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Claim Your .REALTOR Domain Early

CHICAGO, I.L. (August 20, 2014) - Recently, NAR announced that REALTORS® can begin to claim a .REALTOR domain on October 23, 2014. Having a .REALTOR domain instantly showcases your status as a REALTOR® to consumers and connects you to the $5 billion REALTOR® brand.
 
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As a member on the priority registration list, you have 72 hours BEFORE the general membership to claim your domain(s). Mark October 20, 2014 on your calendar now to visit www.claim.realtor and be among the first to have a .REALTOR website.  Additional details on priority registration will be provided.

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NC REALTOR® Residential Forms (Finally) Released

GREENSBORO, N.C. (August 11, 2014) - Following a brief delay, 19 residential forms that have been created, revised or eliminated in the past year are now being released.  Although the forms are usually updated July 1 each year, this year's roll-out was delayed as a result of a bill pending in the General Assembly that would have required additional forms changes if it became law.  It does not appear that the bill will be acted on in this legislative session, so the forms are now being released.

The "Summary of July 2014 Residential Forms Changes" can be accessed on the Legal Department page of the NCAR website by clicking here. Clean and sample versions of the forms are now available on the Legal Department page under Contract Forms.  The forms have also been sent to NCAR's approved forms software vendors.

 

The Naïve Question

What’s working and what’s not in real estate today?

Written by Steve Murray, REAL Trends publisher

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) recently unveiled a significant new effort to increase the efficacy and performance standards of all state and local associations. At the heart of the effort is a list of standards of performance that focus on advocacy, community involvement, code of ethics issues, regulatory focus and other subjects closely related to a new core mission for the association. While the launch of the program is making some local associations nervous, for the most part it is well received by leaders at all levels of the association.

This effort may also be followed by a similar effort focused on the organization and operation of the MLSs of the country. NAR is to be congratulated for taking the initiative to look inside its own house and do what can be done to raise the level of performance across the board.

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'Pocket Listings' Under the Legal Microscope

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2014) - Licensees are reminded that properties should be marketed as "coming soon" only at the direction of their clients after they’ve been informed of the pros and cons of such limited marketing efforts, NAR General Counsel Katherine Johnson says in an article. Access a summary of the article and other resources on "coming soon," "pocket," and other off-MLS properties via the button below.

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10 Facebook Dos and Don’ts

Facebook is a great marketing tool, if you use it wisely.

By Graham Wood, REALTOR® Magazine

Facebook is a powerful way to stay in touch with your past clients, friends, and sphere. It’s also a great way to show your network the multifaceted you. But Facebook is for friendship and sharing, not for selling, so be a personality, not a salesperson, when you post or update your status.

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