News in the WC
We all have a fantastic opportunity to come together and raise money for our community through a partnership with the Williamson County Habitat for Humanity. Why is this a great opportunity you may ask? Through donations and volunteering your time, you can: help families achieve their dreams of home ownership and reap the benefits that come with it; invest in neighborhood revitalization and community value; reduce blight, crime, and povert; build economic impact – sponsorship funds are spent locally; activate business and faith values through Habitat;
So the question is not "Why", but "Why Not". And to add a little fun to our actions we will have prizes for the top 3 fundraiser contributors as well as gaining an opportunity to volunteer hands on along side one of the Habitat families at an upcoming build site. By clicking here, you can either create your profile and become a fundraiser, or you can donate to help the cause!
Join WCREALTORS and the Installation Committee for the Annual Installation/Awards Banquet, the premier event of the season. This year, we will be having a black tie event at the United Heritage Center at the Dell Diamond. Installation of our New Williamson County Association of REALTORS® Board Members, the 2016 President, Shavonne Martin, and the presentation of the industry awards to the Top Performers in their specific categories are all on the agenda. Tickets are available for only $50 and include one drink ticket, dinner, and admittance to the VIP event following the Installation Banquet. More Information | Advertising Opportunities | Buy Your Ticket Now
The Awards Committee is excited to announce the nominees for our 2015 Industry Awards:
REALTOR® of the Year (The REALTOR® of the Year Award recognizes and rewards a primary REALTOR® member of WCREALTORS for the time and energy expended on behalf of fellow REALTORS®.)
- Anne Cano, RE/MAX Round Rock
- Suzanne Gantner, Sky Realty
- Barbara McLaughlin, JB Goodwin
- Rina Peiffer, Bella Casa Realty
Rookie of the Year (The Rookie of the Year recognizes and reward a primary REALTOR member of WCREALTORS for the effort and work expended on behalf of fellow REALTORS®.)
- Jenna Dubon, RE/MAX Vision
- Michelle Sherwood, Keller Williams - Round Rock
- Kriston Wood, Keller Williams Round Rock
Affiliate of the Year (The Affiliate Member of the Year is to recognize and reward an individual Affiliate member for his or her work and contributions made to the Williamson County Association of REALTORS which have been beneficial to the Association as a whole and the membership in general during the calendar year.)
- Chelsea Brown, KB Home
- Debby Jewell, Lennar Homes
- Celina Johnson, Advisa Mortgage
- Holly Schuler, Title 365
Congratulations to all of the nominees of this year's awards. The winners will be recognized at the Installation & Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Tickets are on now on sale for only $50.00.
The Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS® approved a partnership between the association and zipLogix to provide a national forms and transaction management benefit to all NAR members.
The meeting closed out the 2015 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego. Some 18,000 REALTORS® and guests attended the conference, which includes several days of education sessions, forums, and committee meetings, along with the trade expo.
At the meeting, the board heard reports on a number of NAR initiatives and successes. In advocacy, NAR’s recent Call for Action on guarantee fees was the most successful CFA in the association’s history, with almost 19 percent of the association’s 1.1 million members nationwide responding. The CFA, which is still in effect, asks members of Congress not to use funds generated from guarantee fees to fund federal initiatives that aren’t related to housing. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac use the fees to manage their home mortgage credit risk.click here to read more
SAN DIEGO (November 12, 2015) – This evening, Federal Housing Administration Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed Golding joined National Association of Realtors® President Chris Polychron on stage before a packed ballroom of Realtors® and industry experts to announce changes to FHA condominium policies.
NAR has long advocated for broad improvements to FHA’s condo rules, arguing that existing policy is overly restrictive and keeps many consumers from buying and selling a home.click here to read more
At its November 2 meeting, the Texas Real Estate Commission adopted form revisions and altered education requirements. Here are highlights of the changes, which are all effective January 1.
Visit the Adopted Forms section of texasrealestate.com to see redlines of all the revised TREC forms, which are effective January 1. Four of the changes are discussed below. These will appear on the appropriate forms but may not apply to all TREC contracts:click here to read more
News You Can Use
Motorists will need to learn to navigate a new type of intersection after the Texas Department of Transportation opened the Diverging Diamond Interchange at University Boulevard and I-35 on Nov. 20.
The intersection temporarily shifts traffic to the left side of the road, which allows through traffic and left-turning traffic to proceed though the intersection simultaneously, according to TxDOT. Because of this, the intersection does not feature left-turn arrows.click here to read more
Starting next year all Leander ISD students grades sixth through ninth will be using mobile devices to enhance the classroom experience. The program, Mobile Leander ISD, or mLISD, is an initiative to teach students to use technology to work on monitoring their grades, collaborating on group projects and completing assignments.
Last year, the Leander ISD school board approved the sale of existing bonds to account for district needs, such as $17.8 million for technology. The district began initiating the mLISD program in the 2014-2015 school year when mobile devices were placed in middle school math classrooms at a two-student-per-device ratio.
Canyon Ridge Middle School, Henry Middle School and Leander High School were selected for the first phase of the pilot program. This semester the program was expanded to students in all of these campuses grades six through eleven.click here to read more