Category: EMTAR

SentriCard Deprecation – Postponed until March

As a reminder, those who own lockboxes will be able to use their SentriCard® with lockboxes they own, if necessary, for certain basic ownership functions. Those functions include:

  • Taking or transferring ownership
  • Releasing the shackle
  • Assigning the lockbox to a listing
  • Opening the key compartment
  • Setting a Lockbox Clock
  • Customizing a Lockbox(please note, your organization’s inventory allows for all of these these functions to be completed using the SentriKey® Real Estate mobile app and does not require a SentriCard®)

How to move from the card to the SentriKey® Real Estate mobile app.

In advance of the March timeline, SentriLock is releasing several new features to improve members’ experience using the SentriKey® Real Estate mobile app:

  • Improved ability to generate Mobile Access Codes, for non-Bluetooth® lockboxes, in situations where there is poor or unreliable cellular data service .
  • Your organization has the option to increase the SentriKey® Real Estate mobile app credential renewal time period from the current setting of 24 hours to 10 days, or 20 days. This offers more flexibility in situations where members might have extended periods of time in an area with poor or unreliable cell coverage. Your Customer Success Manager will contact you to make decisions about this new setting.
  • Visual indicator on the SentriKey® Real Estate mobile app home screen to indicate mobile credential expiration. This serves as a reminder of the SentriKey® Real Estate mobile app credential expiration and indicates the need to open the SentriKey® Real Estate mobile app, while in cellular service or wifi, before credential expiration.

Why Are SentriCards Being Deprecated?

The smart card, while innovative at the time of introduction, is a technology that is reaching the end of its life cycle. We have experienced numerous challenges as smart cards approach the end of their utility, such as:

Industry-wide difficulty in acquiring key components that go into the use
of smart cards.
An inability to develop new, highly desirable features that will work with
smart cards.
The natural migration of customers to the superior Bluetooth® connectivity
and app-only environment.
As a technology company, we take pride in always keeping a keen eye toward the future, while staying firmly committed to providing the best overall customer experience. The result of this approach means that some technologies must be retired as newer, more efficient solutions become available.

If you have any questions or need assistance transitioning your members to the app, please contact your Customer Success Manager.

Sincerely,
SentriLock, LLC

Celebrating National Designation Month (November)

The real estate business is a career-long commitment to learning so there is never a bad time to engage in your professional development. With profitability and a commitment to serving the needs of your clients in mind, obtaining a designation or a certification is paramount for positioning yourself for the post pandemic real estate market. Every November, the National Association of REALTORS® focuses on designations and certifications to enhance your skills while you position yourself for success. Each of these professional courses focus on key elements of the business no matter which market you represent. There are robust topics that address everything from sustainability to working with buyer and seller types. Not only will obtaining a designation or certification help you stand out in your market, but it will also impact your bottom line. In fact, a survey of REALTORS® conducted by the National Association of REALTORS® found that members with just one designation increased their income by over $27,000 (NAR Member Profile).

If you are newly licensed and looking to jump start your career, I recommend the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute or as commonly referred to as the GRI designation. The materials developed in this six-module designation are thoughtfully designed to help you sharpen your skill set and reinforce the fundamentals of a solid real estate business. You also have the added benefit of post licensing education credits. The Pricing Strategy Advisor- PSA Certification course is currently the most popular course being taken. Its performance is directly related to the changing market and being able to discuss valuation and pricing matters with your clients. The refreshed e-PRO Certification course will focus on popular technology tools, tricks, and trends including the ever important need to secure your data and your client’s personal information. The At Home with Diversity Certification course was also recently updated, and you will not only gain a better understanding of Fair Housing laws but also strengthen your understanding of working with multi-cultural clients. Since our market is also impacted by second-home and international clients, I urge you to take the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist-RSPS Certification Course or become a Certified International Property Specialist- CIPS designee. Your CIPS designation gives you access to a vast network of other professionals making your listings and marketability Global. These courses will improve your ability to share market information of our area to outsiders. Of course, there are professional designations available that focus on the needs of a buyers, sellers, and even specialized market as working Senior clients. It is important to note as you budget for your professional development that a certification will incur a one-time application fee while a designation will require an annual fee to receive benefits. Just one successful real estate transaction could pay that back many times over!

As you look at the list of options available, focus on which courses will position you to conduct business more efficiently and assist your clients in a smooth real estate transaction. You will gain access to business building skills and introduced to a network of other career minded professionals which means your market reach extends further. Continuing education may be available as well! Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS® wants to be your business partner and your go to place for personal development.

For more information, visit https://www.nar.realtor/education/designations-and-certifications

Steve McDonald is the Education and Programs manager for Middle Tennessee Association of REALTORS®. Steve is a second-generation REALTOR from the Nashville area and served as the Director of Education for the Tennessee Real Estate Commission. Prior to joining MTAR, Steve served as the Director of Professional Development for Tennessee REALTORS.

Please feel to connect steve@mtar.org

April 2021 – RealTracs Sales

The following represents raw data reported monthly by RealTracs for Wilson County.

The data differs slightly from the “in-depth” scrubbed data provided by RealTracs’ reporting tool, InfoSparks

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2020 REALTOR® of The Year

“The 2020 REALTOR® of the Year is none other than Dorothea Meisch,
Congratulations Dorothea!!!”
Of all the awards a REALTOR® can achieve, REALTOR® of the Year is the highest honor and award that can be obtained. Unlike all the other awards that are based solely on sales, this award is based on many attributes that make a REALTOR® stand out above the rest. It recognizes those who have served not only the real estate profession but also their communities, how much they have participated at all levels of the REALTOR® organization, how they have advanced their professional development, and their contributions to civic activities, charity and community development. REALTORS® are nominated by their fellow peers and then each candidate is screened and scored by a committee made up of past REALTOR® of the Year recipients.

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2020 Rookie of The Year

Logan LaFevers, Congratulations!!!

With hard work and dedication in his first year as a Real Estate Agent, Logan achieved the highest sales in direct competition with all other first year agents in 2020. We see a bright future ahead for Logan and know that he’ll help many future home buyers and sellers further the American Dream of owning a home. Congratulations Logan!

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EMTAR’s Rookie of The Year for 2019 is…

Christy Tarsh Harris, Congratulations!!!

With hard work and dedication in her first year as a Real Estate Agent, Christy achieved the highest sales in direct competition with all other first year agents in 2019. We see a bright future ahead for Christy and know that she’ll help many future home buyers and sellers and further the American Dream of owning a home. Congratulations Christy and Congratulations Cumberland Real Estate, LLC!

EMTAR’s REALTOR® of The Year for 2019 is…

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ANGELA KNEE IS EMTAR’S REALTOR® OF THE YEAR FOR 2019! CONGRATULATIONS ANGELA!!!

Of all the awards a REALTOR® can achieve, REALTOR® of the Year is the highest honor and award that can be obtained. Unlike all the other awards that are based solely on sales, this award is based on many attributes that make a REALTOR® stand out above the rest. It recognizes those who have served not only the real estate profession but also their communities, how much they have participated at all levels of the REALTOR® organization, how they have advanced their professional development, and their contributions to civic activities, charity and community development.

REALTORS® are nominated by their fellow peers and then each candidate is screened and scored by a committee made up of past REALTOR® of the Year recipients.

COVID-19

COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and out of our concern for your continued health and well-being, our Board of Directors and Officers are evaluating our services, meetings and events and how we proceed as an organization. We will follow closely our municipalities, cities and county as well as the state of Tennessee to see what Phases are implemented and how we can best server the EMTAR membership. Please be vigilant and stay safe. We are praying for you and your families as we weather this crisis together.
 
For COVID19 Up-To-Date information, we encourage you to use the Tennessee Realtors web site: 
 

  • RESOURCES FOR REALTORS®

    • NAR’s Right Tools, Right Now – Free/discounted products and services including webinars, education courses, and much more! *NAR is funding 2-months of access to Members TeleHealth at no cost to members that sign up by May 31, 2020.*
    • NAR’s Comprehensive Guide to Benefits for REALTORS® – Congress passed a $2 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package on March 27, 2020 with overwhelming bipartisan support. Find out what it means for REALTORS® and their consumers.
    • TN REALTORS® COVID-19 News – Stay up to date with the TN REALTORS® COVID-19 webpage.
  • HOW TO PURCHASE SIGNS AT EMTAR

    Pre-order OR Walk-In
    As COVID restrictions have lightened up, you are welcome to still pre-order signs by either calling our front office staff (615-758-9851)
    OR
    by purchasing via Walk-In. We are happy to help in any way.
     
  • SENTRICARDS & LOCKBOXES – Info and Service

    As a RealTracs’ store front we sell Lockboxes, card readers and batteries.

    If you need a Sentricard please contact us at 615-758-9851, and we will get you set up, please have your RealTracs password with you. Or you can call RealTracs directly at 615-385-0777.

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