Annual Election Results

Lyndon LaFevers - EMTAR President for 2018

Our annual election was announced at Membership Meeting on Sept 21, 2017.   President for 2018 is Lyndon LaFevers,  President Elect (President in 2019)  Michael Leach   Recording Secretary Kay Self, BOD to serve 4 year terms are:  Jody Kelley, Eddie Rockensock and Betty Southworth    BOD for DeKalb and Smith Counties:  Kim Bush.    Congratulations to everyone who allowed their names to be on the ballot.

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REALTORS® Raise $1.8M for Storm Victims


The REALTORS® Relief Foundation has collected $1.8 million to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as real estate professionals around the country sprang into action in the wake of the devastating storms. Donations from individuals as well as state and local REALTOR® associations have totaled $1.2 million, and NAR has contributed another $600,000. Every dollar contributed to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation goes directly to disaster relief.

To donate, visit the Realtors Relief Foundation...

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Voting for 2018 Officers and Directors Available September 7th


On line polls will open on September 7, 2017 and will close the night of September 20, 2017. Elections results will be announced at our Membership Meeting on September 21, 2017 at Rutland Place in Mt. Juliet.

Procedure to vote starting Sept. 7,2017:

1)   Click Here  - (

2)   User Name   and Password  (this will be your NRDS #, if you have never used this site before)

3)   Enter the above data  and click LOG IN

4)   On left hand side you will go down til you see Voting and Polls  click on this link

5)   Poll is there,  click on Vote   and  vote and hit submit

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The RMA Family celebrate 30 years of doing business in Wilson County!


The RMA Family gathered yesterday evening to celebrate 30 years of doing business in Wilson County!

Established in 1987, Jere McCulloch and Jody Aulds, partners since 1982, joined their practice with that of former Tennessee State Senator, Robert (Bob) Rochelle, who was licensed in 1969.  With a staff of eight, the law firm offered legal services in a broad range of civil and criminal practice.

Today, Rochelle, McCulloch & Aulds, P.L.L.C. stands as the largest law firm in Wilson County, boasting two offices, 13 practicing attorneys, and 18 staff members.  We are proud to have served Wilson County for 30 years, and look forward to another 30 as RMA continues to grow!  Thank you for continued support.

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Wilson Bank & Trust Promote Amelia Vance to Regional President


Wilson Bank & Trust has promoted Amelia Vance to regional president, a role in which she will oversee the management of five full-service Lebanon branches including the bank's main office.

Vance was named senior vice president of mortgage operations at WB&T in 2014 and began supervising the bank's secondary market mortgage services upon being named manager of the mortgage center in 2007. Since joining WB&T in 1998, her roles have also included assistant mortgage manager, mortgage loan officer and mortgage loan processor. Vance began her career in financial services in 1996.

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Eastern Middle TN. Realtors Awards Scholarships


At the Membership Luncheon on Wednesday June 15th - EMTAR's Scholarship Committee Chairperson, Jeff Jolly presented the following with their scholarships:

$500 Winners:
Isaac Martin, Seth Price, Baily Redmond, Jacob Andrews

$1000 Winners:
Christina Greer & Rachel Fusion

Two recipients of $500 were not present: Maggie Taylor and Allison Rogers

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7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR® (from Realtor Magazine)

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR® (from Realtor Magazine)

REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:

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Some Great Apps From TAR Convention:

Some Great Apps From TAR Convention:

Beth Ziesenis, your nerdy best friend,  did three sessions at TAR Spring Meetings  this week, here are some apps that Realtors find useful in their daily work process:

Slydial - this app will go directly to the persons voice mail, if you just want to leave a message and do not want to talk to the person.  iPhone and Android  works with

Photomeasure - the app lets you measure a room- easy…..Iphone and Android

Todolist- notes, photos and even audio recordings.  iPhone and Android

Googlephoto - Your photos are now searchable by the people, places and things in them - no tagging required.  iPhone and Android

Microsofttranslator - much improved...enables you to translate text or speech, have translated conversations, and even download languages to use offline.  iPhone and Android

Ava - Ava is the fastest and easiest way to understand and participate in conversations for deaf & hard-of-hearing people.    iPhone and Android

Meetingmogual - MeetingMogul allows you to join any conference call with one-touch, you won’t ever have to remember or enter phone numbers and audio pins to dial into conference calls again. iPhone and Android

Truecaller - Millions of users trust Truecaller for their communication needs, whether it’s identifying unknown calls or blocking spam SMS. It filters out the unwanted, and lets you connect with people who matter.    iPhone and Android

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Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors 2017 Scholarship Guidelines

Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors
2017 Scholarship Guidelines

Martin Cummings and Karen Lowe Scholarships:

For the year 2017 we are honored to award two $1000 scholarships and six $500 scholarships in the names of Martin Cummings and Karen Lowe. 

Martin Cummings was a resident of Wilson County and a leader in the real estate business here for many years.  Martin was a very giving man.  He never met a stranger, knew everyone and gave of his time and knowledge. 

Karen Lowe is now celebrating her 30th year as director of EMTAR.  Her leadership has been outstanding during a time of enormous growth and change in the real estate business in Wilson County.  Karen’s enthusiasm is contagious and her encouragement is invaluable to everyone she meets.


To enable the recipient to continue their education in order to pursue their career ambition


The student must be a 2017 graduating senior from a high school in Wilson, DeKalb, or Smith County.  The school may be public, private, or registered home school.  The student must be planning on attending a college, university, or trade school in the Fall of 2017.

Submission Deadline:

Completed application with all enclosures must be submitted by April 15th, 2017.  Incomplete applications, or those received after the submission deadline, will not be eligible for consideration.

Enclosures Required With Application:

  1. Essay (500 words or less) on why you need and deserve this scholarship.
  2. Copy of original high school transcript
  3. 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, school administrators, coaches, pastors, or employers.   Letters must be typewritten and signed, and 150 words or less in length.  Letters should include how long the writer has known the student and in what capacity, a description of the student’s overall character, and why they believe that the student is deserving of the scholarship.  The writer’s email address and phone number must also be included.
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Don't Miss The 2016 Awards Banquet!

Don't Miss The 2016 Awards Banquet!


Banquet February 25, 2017
Cocktails 6:00-7:00
Dinner/Awards/Entertainment 7:00 till....

Formal Dress

Rooms $179 plus taxes total $205.22. To make reservation call 800-228-9290 tell them you are with EMTAR and you will get this rate.  You will have to give them your credit card.  The CUT OFF TO MAKE RESERVATION FOR ROOM IS JANUARY 27TH, 2017 AT 11:59 AM 

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EMTAR Installation Luncheon

EMTAR Installation Luncheon
EMTAR Installation Luncheon
Lebanon Country Club
1300 Coles Ferry Pike
Lebanon, TN 37087
December 08, 2016 @ 11 A.M.
We hope you will join us. This is our yearly luncheon to install our new President, President Elect, Recording Secretary and Directors for 2017, so be sure to make reservations for the EMTAR luncheon.

We are limited in seating to 130 so we absolutely cannot make changes to reservations after December 5th. The reservation cost for the luncheon is $15 and can be paid online. If you make reservations and are unable to attend, please cancel before Monday, December 5th, 4:30 pm.
To make your reservation go to and go to Members Login and if you're signing in for the first time use your NRDS number for the user name and for the password. For Affiliates your user name and password would the initial of your first name and your last name (jdoe) and all would be in lower case.

If you have trouble you can Cher at 615 758-9851 OR e-mail 
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RPAC: Your Best Investment in Real Estate

RPAC: Your Best Investment in Real Estate

Since 1969, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has promoted the election of pro-REALTOR®candidates across the United States. The purpose of RPAC is clear: REALTORS® raise and spend money to elect candidates who understand and support their interests. The money to accomplish this comes from voluntary contributions made by REALTORS®. These are not members’ dues; this is money given freely by REALTORS® in recognition of how important campaign fundraising is to the political process. RPAC doesn’t buy votes. RPAC enables REALTORS® to support candidates that support the issues that are important to their profession and livelihood.

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Awards Banquet was Excellent!

Awards Banquet was Excellent!

Awards of Excellence Banquet was held at The Mill on Saturday evening. There were 390 in attendance with 247 Realtors being recognized for their accomplishments for 2015. 

RPAC raised 4900.00. Margaret Dixon, Chairman, Kay Self, Joann Pucciarelli-Moore sold tickets to individual who attended the  banquet.  The two pieces of jewelry were, a Pandora Bracelet, won by Sherry Mullins, Mullins Real Estate and diamond earrings were won by Jason Loggins, Bank of Tennessee.

Congratulation to Debbie Hobbs with Century 21 West Main Realty & Auction!  Debbie Hobbs was selected to receive the Realtor of the Year Award. 

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THDA Launches 2016 Great Choice Ad Campaign

THDA Launches 2016 Great Choice Ad Campaign

REALTORS® who are approved to work with Great Choice Home Loan customers are getting a helping hand from Tennessee Housing Development Agency in the form of a $750,000 ad campaign.

“We’re working hard to drive new clients through your door with a six-month campaign of TV, radio, newspaper, and online ads aimed directly at the homebuyer,” said Debbie Reeves, director of Business Development for THDA.

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NAR Ethics

NAR Ethics

Every 4 years NAR requires all agents to complete an ethics class and 2016 is the year that its due to be completed.  We will be offering ethics classes throughout the year and also you can take the ethics class on line at the CE shop and also on (you won’t receive ce credit at……

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Application for 2015 Awards

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about the EMTAR Awards Banquet. The awards banquet will be held on February 27th, 2016 at “The Mill” in Lebanon.

Click Here for form to fill out for the awards with the instructions. If you qualify for an award you will need to fill the forms out and turn them and the application fee of $60 into us by the deadline. If you are a new recipient or if you want a new picture used please email me a picture when you turn in your application (

The completed application and check must be received in the Association Office by this time and in proper form in order to be considered.

This deadline is absolute. Excuses, whether or not valid, do not extend the deadline. The committee recommends nominee submit their application before the deadline and at the earliest possible time.

This year you can fill out the forms online and then email them to and then call with a credit card number or a debit card number (applications will not be processed until payment is received). You can also print them off if you wish and then mail in the forms and the application fee.

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Safety Tips for Realtors

Common sense ways Realtors can protect themselves while doing their job!

Realtor Safety Tips:

1. Always meet a client for the first time in the office. Introduce him or her to coworkers and make it clear that they know you are taking him out of the office. Try to take separate cars but if that is not possible you will have slightly more control if you drive. Do not meet a client at the property, particularly if he is calling on a yard sign. He will already have had a chance to note if the property is vacant.

2. Get a license plate number and leave it at the front desk. Just explain that it is office policy; a customer who means no harm won’t mind. You might also leave an itinerary for your house tour.

3. Don’t identify a property as vacant to a caller on an ad or sign.

4. When showing property to a stranger, follow rather than lead him through the house. Don’t let him get between you and the door. At an open house, take up a position as close to the door as practical.

5. Ask the office manager to control keys to the office and to place deadbolts on the doors. If you are alone in the office at night draw the shades and do not admit anyone you do not know well and trust.

6. Keep your windows and counters clear. Robbers and attackers like to work in private and police like to see in. Keep a radio or T.V. playing fairly loudly in the back room when you’re alone in the office. Secure all unused doors and windows, especially if they are in the rear of the office and out of sight and sound.

7. Upon entering a house for the first time, check all rooms and determine several “escape” routes.

8. Make sure all deadbolt locks are unlocked to facilitate a faster escape.

9. Make sure if you were to escape by back door, that you could escape from the backyard. Frequently, high fences surround yards that contain swimming pools or hot tubs.

10. Place one of your business cards, with the date and time on the back, in a kitchen cupboard. Note on it if you were the first to arrive or if clients were waiting.

11. When prospects begin to arrive, jot down their car description, license number and physical description.

12. When showing the house, always walk behind the prospect. Direct them, don’t lead them. Say, for example, “the kitchen is on your left,” and gesture for them to go ahead of you.

13. Watch what the prospects are doing at all times. Do not become preoccupied with viewing the home.

14. Notify someone in your office, your answering service, a friend or a relative that you will be calling in every hour on the hour. And if you don’t call, they are to notify the police immediately.

15. Inform a neighbor that you will be showing the house and ask if he would keep an ear open for any thing out of the ordinary.

16. Have someone from your office, a relative or friend stay with you.

17. Go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, if anything raises the hair on the back of your neck escape the situation immediately. You might feel like an idiot but don’t worry about it.

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Results from EMTAR Annual Election for 2016

Melissa Hayes - EMTAR's 2016 PresidentYour new leaders are as follows:

  • 2016 President - Melissa Hayes
  • 2017 President  - Anita Tate
  • 2016 Recording Secretary - Judy Roark

3 New Directors for the years 2016-2019:

  • Phyllis Hobbs
  • Sherry Mullins
  • Brad Smith

Remaining Officers and Directors are:

Judy Hughes Past President


  • Terry Atkinson
  • June Bilbrey
  • John Blackwell
  • Tina Perry
  • Debbie Hobbs
  • Angela Knee
  • Elaina Ryan
  • Lisia Tucker

Amy Hamilton, MLS Director

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TAR Elects 2016 Officers! (from TAR Digest)

TAR Elects 2016 Officers! (from TAR Digest)

At the TAR Annual Convention, the Tennessee Assn.'s Board of Directors elected 2016 officers for the state association. They were all installed at the Convention's final banquet this past Friday evening and will assume office in the latter part of November, 2015.
Chattanooga Realtor Randy Durham will be TAR's 2016 President. 

Other 2016 TAR Officers will be:

2016 President-elect - Brian Copeland, Nashville
2016 Secretary/Treasurer - Leon Dickson, Memphis
2016-2017 Division 1 Vice President - Brian Williams, Lexington
2016-2017 Division 2 Vice President - Kathy Dunn, Cookeville
2016-2017 Division 3 Vice President - Travis Close, Chattanooga

Continuing members of next year's TAR Executive Committee will be: Pat Beech (Memphis) as Immediate Past President, Division 1 VP Nancy Guy (Memphis), Division 2 VP Hagan Stone (Nashville), and Division 3 VP Doyle Webb (Knoxville).

Congratulations to our 2016 leaders!

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TREC New Advertising Changes

TREC New Advertising Changes

The Tennessee Real Estate Commission is changing the way real estate advertising works in our state and here’s a quick run-down on what changes are coming:

Rule 1260-02-12

(3) General Principles

(a) No licensee shall advertise to sell, purchase, exchange, rent or lease property in a manner indicating that the licensee is NOT engaged in the real estate business.

(b) All advertising shall be under the direction supervision of the principal broker and shall list the firm name and the firm telephone number as listed on file with the Commission. With regard to the size and visibility of the firm name and firm telephone number, all of the following shall apply:

1. The FIRM NAME MUST BE THE MOST PROMINENT NAME featured within the advertising, whether it be by print of other media; and

2. THE FIRM’S TELEPHONE NUMBER SHALL BE THE SAME SIZE OR LARGER THAN the telephone number of any individual licensee or group of licensees.

(c ) Any advertising which refers to an individual licensee must list that individual licensee’s name as licensed with the Commission.

(d) No licensee shall post a sign in any location advertising property for sale, purchase, exchange, rent, or lease, without the written authorization from the owner of the advertised property or the owner’s agent.

(e) No licensee shall advertise property listed by another licensee without written authorization from the property owner. Written authorization must be evidenced by a statement on the listing agreement or any other written statement signed by the owner.

Please read these new rules at :

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