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March Events to Help You Succeed!

Commercial Forms Workgroup March 7 @ 9:30 am11:00 am

At the inaugural Commercial Investment Meeting this month, the group decided to form a Commercial Forms Work group to (1) reexamine and update the data input fields for commercial, lease and business opportunity properties (2) suggest a definition of “Business Opportunity” for our policy and (3) eventually examine if there is a need for Berkshire specific commercial contracts (as opposed to using MAR’s.  Please submit any suggestions for their consideration. (Chaired by Peter West) Find out more »

Master the CMA with FlexMLS Trainers online March 7 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Lunch hour lesson, right from your own desk.  Learn more about the Flexmls Full CMA, including selecting comparables, making adjustments, and more. Join Josh for a how-to session that will walk you through the online options and functionality.   Register Here for the Full CMA.Find out more »

Real Estate 1-2-3 LIVE  March 12 @ 2:00 pm3:30 pm

Join Sue O’Brien for RE 1-2-3, a basic class to review some FlexMLS functions (including portals), Ziplogix basics and RPR highlights. Members here have access to these three tools – learn how to use them in your business!  Register via your member portal, or call 413-442-8049 Find out more »

DR Meeting March 13 @ 12:00 pm

We’d like to invite all Designated REALTORS / MLS Participants to a meeting to discuss emerging issues for the MLS and Board of Realtors.  You will work on creating goals for the new Strategic Plan, learn about proposed, progressive new MLS Polices, billing options and much more.  Light lunch included.    Register via your member portal, or call 413-442-8049 Find out more »

REACT Meeting March 14 @ 10:00 am11:00 am

2018 REACT Taskforce

The REACT planning meetings (Real Estate Agent’s Charitable Taskforce), chaired by Mary Jane Dunlop, are tentatively scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.  All are invited to attend and the various projects planned each year will be coordinated at these events.  You can chose to participate in all projects, just some or one event that is important to you.  All volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend!  Please RSVP! Thank you.Find out more »

Wow your clients with your business card in Flex March 18 @ 3:00 pm3:30 pm

Onlne class with FlexMLS. You have the ability to create customized business cards by adding links to social media, changing the look of your text, or adding additional images. In less than 30-minutes, Kendra will take a look at the report editing tools that let you edit your business card and save it for future use in Flexmls. Register here:  Coffee Break – Custom Business Cards

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Ask the Experts March 20 @ 11:00 am1:00 pm

Please join us for a light lunch and panel of experts to discuss emerging issues. We will be discussing new P&S contract changes coming, Pittsfield police will be here to talk about Cyber security and safety, and one more expert we are waiting to confirm.  It’s a lively discussion with a chance for Q&A and time for table conversations! (this is a take-off on last year’s Realtor Roundtable) We hope to see you there.  Register via your member portal, or call

Investment Real Estate Cash Flow Analysis – RE68C11 March 28 @ 9:00 am11:00 am

Rob Nahigian will discuss cash flow and the cash flow worksheet; non-operating expenses; estimating taxable income and more.  This course is geared to the advanced investment commercial broker or for the residential broker representing investors on the purchase or disposition of investment real estate. Material covered includes a cash flow analysis for rental structures beyond a 1-year term and establishing an opinion of value for a seller or buyer based on discounted cash flow value.  Please make sure you bring  Find out more »

Commercial Space: Methods to Measure & Impact on Rent #RE100C17 March 28 @ 11:30 am1:30 pm

Get up off of that chair!  This class will have you learning about the process for measuring space with hands-on practice.  The course is directed to the beginning residential and/or commercial real estate broker to help explain the differences in the methods of measuring space and the determination of annual rent. There is no legal standardization for measuring commercial space that can lead to confusion and misunderstanding with commercial tenants. The space measurement is also a direct correlation to how Find out more »

Look Like a Pro, Report Pendings ASAP

When your sellers sign a Purchase and Sale, you have 2 business days to update the status in MLS – Please be aware that if your seller wishes you to continue to market and show the property, you are able to keep the listing as active, with a contingency “U/A show” status update.  If you

Commercial Investment Network – Help Set the Direction!

Tuesday, February 12th 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Board Office conference room Join Peter West, chair; at this inaugural meeting of the Commercial Investment Network.  This will be an information gathering meeting where we’ll discuss objectives for the year, make plans to achieve our goals and hear your suggestions.  Everyone is welcome to attend! 

Free beginners social media class

Remember former Board employee Kim Gritman? She invites you to attend her workshop: Grow Your Business with Basic Social Media Skills presented by Downtown Pittsfield. Inc. For both member and non members.    Choose from two 1-hour sessions held at the Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. Conference Room, 33 Dunham Mall, Pittsfield Tuesday, February 12, 2019 | Session 1:

Save Money with Tax Deduction on Rental Income

On January 24, 2019, NAR released some important information on the 20% business income deduction as it relates to rental income and 1031 exchanges.  Take a look if either of those apply to you: The Internal Revenue Service has issued final rules (link is external) on the 20 percent business income deduction (Sec. 199A of

Don’t “fall” for this liability trap

Brrr.  It’s cold. And members have been calling extremely frustrated to arrive at a property showing appointment to discover that the drive or walkway has not been plowed or shoveled.  In the cases of long drives, properties were not even accessible to buyers – dangerous and very messy.  Members have been so frustrated, they are
Town Monitor Program of the Berkshire County Board of Realtors.

Help the Pittsfield Community Police

Thanks to town monitor Mary Jane Dunlop for sharing an opportunity in Pittsfield.  Safety is integral to healthy communities, and Realtors know how crime and perception can impact a town’s property values and the resident’s peace of mind.  You can help.  The Pittsfield City Council approved Mayor’s Tyer proposal for a Police Advisory and Review
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