Association Highlights

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In this section of our website, “Association Highlights” you will discover the spirit of Board of REALTORS®, our service to the membership, community and beyond. We have provided a comprehensive resource that contains not only our formal missions, governing documents and history, but also the fun and informative part of the Board. You can read about the volunteers that are currently serving the association and find our how you can take part – whether you are considering joining as a REALTOR® member of our Board, or if you are already a member and thinking of getting involved.

We hope you enjoy your exploration

Champions of Homeownership

We have had so many REALTOR supporting the initiatives and we want to thank so many for contributing and supporting our efforts. We have dealt with issues such as Energy Scoring, Community Preservation, Transfer Taxes, Home Rental Taxes, PCB Dumps, Train Studies, Smart Growth in Pittsfield (Tyler St. Initiative), advocating for High Speed Broadband, Marijuana

Outstanding REALTORS in the Berkshires!

Last month we were proud to honor local award recipients at our Legislative and Awards Luncheon.  Today we’d like to share with you a brief on each of these deserving individuals and how they’ve helped our industry and you, our members this past year.  Award recipients include:  Franz Forster, REALTOR of the Year, Cindy Poulin

Build a Better Block Planning Meeting

If you are interested in participating (or at least learning more about) the Tyler Street Better Block event scheduled for August 26th, please consider attending our planning meeting.   We will discuss the details and brainstorm… we hope you can attend our meeting on August 2 @ 2p.m. at the Board Office.  A little background is shown below, but we are coordinating efforts to have Realtor volunteers beautifying and cleaning up the area, and then creating our own real estate hub pop-up for the day of the event.  We need to plan what materials we’d like to have available, what properties to feature, coordinating listing agents to show properties, and encouraging all commercial Realtors to bring their investors, etc…

We have also asked if a member of the Better Bock group can be present to help us create a successful plan.  Please mark your calendars now, and we’ll send out reminders as well.

History:

Board leaders met with stakeholders of the Tyler Street Transformative Development Initiative (TDI) to consider a smart growth grant and to create a plan for Realtor involvement in revitalization efforts of Team Build a Better Block.  We received a $15,000 smart growth grant from NAR and made  a commitment to contribute up to 10% of our own funds (up to $1,500) towards beautification efforts, Realtor-branded marketing materials and creation of a pop-up Real Estate Hub in the neighborhood for a big August 26th event. We are looking for REALTOR volunteers who are interested in helping with cleanup and/or beautification efforts, and also looking for a group to help develop a Real Estate Hub pop-up storefront, designed to share information about the neighborhood and housing and commercial opportunities.  For those that would like more information about this entire project, here is the grant application that outlines the need for the project and our hopes for a great outcome.  This initiative is an exciting opportunity to be a visible and engaged leader in helping revitalize both housing and commercial real estate

Reminder of our upcoming events!

Upcoming Events: Flexmls Webinar: An Intro to Custom Reports: April 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Professional Standards Tribunal Training: May 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 pm Flexmls Coffee Break: The Listing Activity Report: May 10 @ 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Flexmls Webinar: Intro to Flexmls Web: May 22 @ 1:00 pm

To List is to Show

Just a reminder that if you list your property in the MLS, you have to be actively showing it to cooperating brokers.  While it’s understandable not all sellers can show immediately, advertising a property in the MLS for days or a week before it is ready to be shown (or holding it until a public

Housing Hero Award Nomination

New!! The Board of Directors just approved a new award… but not for us… for any individual, community leader, legislator and/or organization helping to make Berkshire’s housing diverse, affordable, available, sustainable, safe, and/or healthy. The future of our community depends on filling this critical need.  This is a way for REALTORS to recognize and reward
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