Member News

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had applied last year to full membership after taking a new member orientation last month. We had 27 Realtors drop membership, retire or the broker notified us they were no longer hanging their license with their firm in the coming year. We are happy to welcome back 20 affiliate members and 8 Affiliate Appraisers.
All members have either paid their dues, or the Designated REALTOR terminated license affiliation with the following agents:
Annie Alquist Barnbrook Terminated/Resigned
Melissa Avalle Steepleview Realty Dropped by DR
Mireille Azzi Mireille Azzi Resignation
Jay Baver Lenox Canyon Realty, Inc. Resignation
Patrica Best Best & Cavallaro Resignation
Judi Chenail Real Living Realty Retirement
Jack Curley Curley Appraisals Resignation
Amal Gerlitz Steepleview Realty Dropped by DR
Nicole Mancivalano Steepleview Realty Dropped by DR
Adam Perusse Barnbrook Dropped by DR
Justin Price Re/Max Terminated per DR
Jeff Rose Rose Real Estate Resignation
Barbara Schafer Keller Williams Berkshire Resignation
Chrissy Stewart Barnbrook Resignation
Donna Terrill Barnbrook Resignation
Donna Todd Rivers Gile Real Estate Resignation
Todd Tyer Berkshire Parkway Realty, LLC Resignation
Ellen Cohen Cohen and White Associates Resignation
Jan Perry Jan Perry & Assoc. Real Estate Resignation
Susan Beaudry Cohen and White Associates Resignation
Joyce Harsch Harsch Associates Resignation
Rebecca Weeks Jan Perry & Assoc. Real Estate Resignation
Kreston Johnson Lance Vermeulen Real Estate Resignation
Gary Campagna The Kinderhook Group Resignation
Robert Killiard Fairground Real Estate Resignation
Chuck Gillett Wheeler & Taylor Real Estate Resignation
Justin Dezess All Season’s Realty Group Resignation
Members on the Move:
First Name Last Name Previous Office New Office Move Date
Mary Blair BHHS Barnbrook Realty Signature Associates 1/14/2020
Tony Blair BHHS Barnbrook Realty Signature Associates 1/14/2020
Cody Gavin Tucker and Associates William Pitt Sotheby’s Int’l 1/10/2020
Sean Taylor Steepleview Moresi Partners 1/16/2020

We also just had a new member Orientation class, so there are only 2 Provisional Members currently on file:

Steepleview Realty Paula Bopp 1/21/2020
Steepleview Realty Stephany Feliciano 1/30/2020
Here is our amazing list of Affiliate sponsors (in alpha order):
Platinum Sponsors:
Academy Mortgage
Adams Community Bank
Greylock Federal Credit Union
Lee Bank
MountainOne Bank
The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank
Trustco Bank
Advertising Affiliates
Greylock Insurance Company
Village Mortgage
Republic State Mortgage
Basic Affiliates
All-Ways Moving & Storage
Caring Transitions of the Berkshires
Cross Agency
Farm Credit East, ACA
Mayflower Valuation, LTD
Michael J Shepard PC
NBT Bank
Republic State Mortgage
Salisbury Bank and Trust, Co.
Village Mortgage

Commitment to Excellence

We also wanted to share a C2EX update. I’m sure you’ve seen our blasts about the members who have achieved the C2EX (Commitment to Excellence) endorsement from NAR. President Eric Steuernagle has challenged 100 REALTORS to complete this program to show our united commitment to raising the bar on professionalism! We have had the following 38 step up and join the efforts to raise the bar! (in alpha order)

Margaret Apkin-Freer, Lynn Arseneau, Corey Bishop, Marie Bourassa, Nikki Carchedi, Sandra Carroll, Leslie Chesloff, Stacy Chojnowski, Tammy Christen, Nancy Cuddihy, Barbara Davis-Hassan, Mary Jane Dunlop, Cory Evangelisto, Nicholas Geranios, Barbara Greenfeld, Allen Halstead, Mark Harris, Jane Kavanau, Christy Martino, Paula McLean, Anne Meczywor, Sheryl Morehouse, Jason Nocher, Bonnie Parsons, Michelle Picard, Pamela Roberts, Tiffany Roberts, Victoria Ross, Rosemary Schnopp, Mary Smith, Michael Sorrentino, Eric Steuernagle, Molly Thomas, Claudia Trancynger, Peter West, Mary Jane White, Brandon White and Brian Wright.

Members get started by logging-in to www.C2EX.realtor and taking the self-assessment that measures their proficiency in each of the elements of professionalism, known as the C2EX Competencies. Based on their results, the platform will generate customized learning paths, recommend experiences, and provide tools and resources to increase their knowledge and enhance their skillsets.


2021 Dues…Have You Paid Yours Yet??

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had

Our Sympathy to Bill and Cindy Miner

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had

Twas the Night Before Listing

Twas’ the day before meeting

I’m listing their dwelling

They’ve lived there for decades

And now they are selling.

The seller’s ready to sign

The price has been set

We decided 150 was as much as they’d get.

 

I’m at the house, promptly at four

My paperwork’s ready, I knock on the door

The dog, barking and slobbery, jumps on my new coat

As I watch his teeth aim for my throat.

 

Then out on the lawn there arose such a clatter

I turned around slowly to see what was the matter

There’s the sellers’ brother, father and HIS father too,

Grampa Elroy, who did real estate back in 1922.

 

Dad built this house with his bare hands for his son

Mom wallpapered and wallpapered and still isn’t done

“The price is too low “they all said with a shout!

I gathered my comps, I had sales to point out

 

Look, this one has 4 bedrooms, a fireplace and granite

Your house has 2 bedrooms and the floors they are laminate.

Your kitchen is nice for those that like plastic

Right there is when Grampa became kinda spastic!

 

“They don’t make houses like these anymore!!!” he exploded!

And then the whole group, one by one just unloaded!

“This house it’s much better than ones in your report,

The location is great, across from the airport!!”

 

“Sure, the windows are old but they’re solid and strong

If you prop them up with a stick, they stay open all day long!”

“We didn’t need closets, we used drawers in a dresser!”

My stomach is sick I can’t stand the pressure.

 

“The price should be higher, 250 is good,

And New Yorkers will come, they love the neighborhood 

They have the money, and we know THEY will pay!!!

We can always come down later if not, any way.”

 

So, on sellers, on father, on mother, on brother

Grampa Elroy, and cousins and your friend the plumber

Why don’t you talk and give me a call?

But for now, Dash away dash away dash away ALL!

– Lynn Arseneau, Berkshire REALTOR

And remember last year’s popular poem…

Twas’ the Night Before Closing…

I’m a counselor, a teacher,
sometimes I’m a pastor
With TRID in effect, I can’t close any faster.

Made it through the inspection,
I thought I’d go crazy,
4 over-fused circuits
And a window that’s hazy.

The sewer line is bad,
The roof’s got 3 layers of shingles
Santa can’t land on top of it
With his jangles and jingles.

There’s a crack in basement
The furnace is dirty
And the radon results –
Can you believe, it was 30!?

This inspector is good
Explains with much clarity
It’s a Federal Pacific panel
And we have reverse polarity.

You’re going to need gutters
The chimney needs to be pointed
The plumbing pipes seem
To be all disjointed.

Now appliances, they stay every now and again,
But the stove must pass the test.
It must be bolted to the wall,
If, on the open door, a large turkey or child will rest!

Well, out on the lawn there arose such a clatter!
I ran to the window to see what was the matter!
And there outside he had a back hoe and a pump
Digging the septic was a cute plump little chump!

He had a broad face, and his donut, t’was jelly
A coffee with cream and some gloves that were smelly.
Long story short, the septic did fail
Oh gosh, what the heck will this mess entail?

Then, there’s the appraiser
The bank can’t find one here
It’s been over 6 weeks
And he’s from Delaware.

Oh, let us not forget the good ol’ Purchase and Sale
I sent it off for attorney review
He re-wrote it all then returned it to me
WHERE’s the VALIUM?  Give me a few!

On co-broke, on lawyer, inspector and plumber; go banker, appraiser, this deal is a bummer,
On buyer, on seller and all of their parents
My head is all screwed up, I’m so incoherent!
A flood zone, asbestos, lead paint and now farming
The number of things is just so alarming!

AH…but the closing’s tomorrow
I’ve made it though
I’ll finally get thanked
For all I do!

So Santa will be there
At the new house on his sleigh
The kids will leave cocoa and cookies and hay.
I’ll cash my check and I’ll figure my pay,
It’s somewhere around 12 cents a day.

– Lynn Arseneau, Berkshire REALTOR

New Membership Hub

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had

Savings just for REALTORS

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had

NEVER Buy a Gift Card for Someone Asking Via Email!

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had

Condolences to Two REALTORS

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had

Reminder: 2021 Dues Payment Plan

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had

2021 Dues Payment Plan

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had

New Member Portal Coming Soon!

We have just wrapped up dues billing for 2020, and here are the membership numbers: We have had 494 renewing and current members pay for 2020 dues, (470 budgeted). For MLS, we have 608 Realtors using the system, holding Realtor membership in the Berkshires and beyond (budgeted 585). We just welcomed 9 Realtors who had