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Shred Day (To Be Rescheduled)

Shred Day (To Be Rescheduled)

Due to inclement weather, Shred Day will be postponed. The rescheduled date will be announced soon. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Bring your unwanted documents and paper files to the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® on Tuesday, April 26 from 1-4 p.m. for secure “ON-SITE” shredding.

No registration needed! Simply show up—assistance with unloading your files will be provided. This service is being offered to members of the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® only.

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Association staff will also be collecting donations that day for the REALTOR® Housing Assistance Fund (RHAF) to help combat homelessness—giving those in need the opportunity to have a safe, healthy place to call home. Cash and checks will be accepted.

Thank you for participating!

Questions? Please contact Karen Dunn at kdunn@stlrealtors.com or 314.590.2312.

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April Municipal Election Day

April Municipal Election Day

This Tuesday, April 5, is a municipal election day – a chance for voters to shape the policies that affect our everyday lives as real estate practitioners, homeowners, investors or renters. Several ballot initiatives affect property owners, so click through the links below to learn about each issue and to make an informed decision!

All voters …

Two ballot initiatives in relation to the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) are up to all voters in the St. Louis area:

Proposition Y is a wastewater bond authorization, which will determine how MSD pays for federally mandated wastewater treatment and infrastructure capital improvements. Passing the bond financing will result in lower monthly fees over a four-year period while not passing Proposition Y would result in higher monthly MSD bills to homeowners and commercial property owners by year 2020. The capital improvements will happen regardless of the passage of Proposition Y.

Proposition S is a proposal to equalize MSD storm water revenue collection throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area so all homeowners can receive similar services for fixing erosion and storm water infrastructure. The current collected fees would go up in some service areas and be lowered in others.

Learn more about MSD Proposition Y and Proposition S

St. Louis City voters …

The one percent earnings tax is up for renewal in the City of St. Louis. Currently the earnings tax accounts for 33 percent of the city’s general revenue. The one percent earnings tax is applicable to income earned off real estate transactions in the City of St. Louis. There is no proposal for how the City of St. Louis would replace revenues if the earnings tax was eliminated, but higher property taxes in the city are a possible funding source.

Learn more about Proposition E

St. Louis Public School District is seeking a 75-cent tax increase from their current tax levy of $3.75 per $100 assessed valuation to $4.50 per $100 assessed valuation. The 75-cent tax increase would mean an additional $142.50 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home. St. Louis Public Schools plans to use the funds for childhood education, alternative education options, equipment upgrades and toward salaries for teachers and staff.

For comparison, when the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® supported the passage of Prop R in the Mehlville School District, their property tax rose to $4.23 per $100 assessed valuation, which was an additional $93.10 per year on a $100,000 home. It was at $3.74 per $100 before the .49 cent tax increase. So comparatively St. Louis City Schools are asking for 26 cents more than Mehlville did last fall. This still puts St. Louis City on the lower end compared to other school districts in St. Louis County.

Learn more about Proposition 1

Florissant voters …

Proposition R makes changes to the Florissant Rental Licensing Code, changing the annual fee from $15 per license to $50 PER UNIT on each license. The St. Louis Association of REALTORS® believes this will negatively affect the real estate market in Florissant and is actively campaigning on behalf of our membership against Proposition R.

Proposition A expands Florissant’s Vacant Property Registration Code to assess a $200 annual fee to a property owner of any residential structure that has been vacant six months or more, regardless of whether or not the property is well maintained. The St. Louis Association of REALTORS® believes the liens that the City of Florissant can impose based on this change could impact buyers and sellers of vacant property at the closing table.

If you are a Florissant resident, the association encourages you to VOTE NO for Prop R and Prop A!

Learn more about Proposition R and Proposition A 

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Rebuild Day

Rebuild Day

Rebuild Day had a rocky start due to the rain but it didn’t dampen the spirit or determination of the volunteers – they resolved to make it the best day possible for the three homeowners. Groups were formed to tackle day-long tasks and many volunteers used the “buddy system” to tag team jobs that could be knocked out more quickly. Luckily, we also had several members who are skilled carpenters and assisted the Rebuild Together house captains on the more complex installations and upgrades – including doors and roof flashing. With little reprieve from the elements – the volunteers stayed focused on completing the job lists for each house. Fortified with a pizza lunch and a short break, with big smiles and even bigger hearts – everyone got right back to work and plowed through task after task.

The day wrapped up after nearly eight hours of intense labor. Residents hugged, thanked and waived as volunteers left and were shuttled back to their cars. It was an incredibly proud day for St. Louis REALTORS®!

Rebuild Day Press Release


 

Click here to view more pictures from Rebuild Day.

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2016 RPAC Auction

2016 RPAC Auction

Network with industry leaders and invest in your business at the 2016 RPAC Auction! This fun-filled night will feature dinner, an open bar and a “live” and mobile-bidding online silent auction! All ticket sales and proceeds from the night’s purchases will benefit the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC). To register for this event, please fill out the form below.

Please also consider getting involved with the Auction in other ways by Donating an Auction Item or entering our Basket Competition. See below the registration form for full details.

Date: Thursday, June 9
Time: 6-10 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person | $400 per table of 10
Location: Orlando Gardens – Maryland Heights | 2050 Dorsett Village | Maryland Heights, MO 63043

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Auction Item Donation
Silent and live auction item donations are needed! Please consider donating electronics, sports, tickets, gift certificates or special, one-of-a-kind items and trips. Don’t have time for shopping? Make a cash contribution to the RPAC Auction and we will purchase an item and recognize you as the donor.

Auction Item Donation Form

Basket Competition
Get involved in RPAC while engaging in a little friendly competition! Submit an entry to the second annual RPAC Auction Basket Competition. The prize is a big, bragging rights, traveling trophy. The winning basket will be the one that raises the most money at the RPAC Auction!

Basket Competition 

Sponsorship Opportunities
Interested in sponsoring the 2016 RPAC Dinner Auction? As an RPAC Dinner Auction sponsor, your name and Sponsorship 2016 Auction company will be prominently displayed in a variety of ways. Sponsorship levels range from $400-$5,000 and the benefits of each level are described on the RPAC Sponsorship flyer. Donors of any amount will be recognized in the auction book, on the St. Louis Association of REALTORS®’ website and in the REALTOR® Report.

View Sponsorship Levels 


Contributions are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes. RPAC contributions are voluntary and used for political purposes. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal or otherwise affecting your membership rights. Seventy percent of your contribution goes to your State and Local PACs to support state and local political candidates. Thirty percent is sent to National RPAC to support Federal candidates against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after the state PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.

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Florissant FAQ

Florissant FAQ

Florissant FAQ Sheet

What is the difference between Proposition R and Proposition A?

Proposition R makes changes to the Florissant Rental Licensing Code, which has been in place since 1997. Currently the annual rental license fee is $15 per license. If passed, Proposition R will change the annual fee to $50 PER UNIT on each license. This change applies to all rental properties, whether single family homes or large multi-unit apartment complexes.

Proposition A makes changes to the Florissant Vacant Property Registration Code, which has been in place since 2005. Currently property owners are charged a $200 semiannual fee if a property is vacant for 6 months or longer AND is in violation of the Florissant property maintenance code, unless it meets the exemption requirements listed below. If passed,  Proposition A will expand the code to assess a $200 annual fee to a property owner of any residential structure which has been vacant six month or more, regardless of whether or not the property is well maintained.

Your property is exempt from the vacant property registration code if:

  • The property is actively listed for sale and has a current municipal housing inspection
  • The property has suffered damage caused by fire or extreme weather conditions. This exemption lasts for a period of 90 days, but can be extended if the owner applies for a building permit within the 90 days.
  • The property is undergoing rehab or restoration under and approved permit issued by the City of Florissant
  • The property is occupied by a member of the military and is deployed for military service
  • The property is only occupied on a seasonal basis

What is the date of the vote?

Both Proposition R and Proposition A will be on the April 5, 2016 election ballot in the city of Florissant. Polls are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

What is the fiscal impact?

Currently Florissant brings in $22,150 of revenue into their general revenue fund from the rental licensing program. With the passage of Proposition R, the city will bring in roughly $350,000. For large apartment complexes in Florissant this could be a change from a $15 annual fee to over a $20,000 annual fee

In 2015, the City of Florissant collected approximately $20,000 under the vacant property ordinance. Proposition A would roughly collect an additional $35,000 in the city’s general revenue. Proposition A also adds additional fines to address “chronic vacancy” with a few exemptions outlined below.  A vacant property that is in violation of the property maintenance code for a period of two years shall be subject to an additional $100 fine. For three years, the additional fine is $200. For four years, the fine is an additional $500.

In total, the city of Florissant will be collecting roughly and additional $363,000 from rental property owners, vacant property owners, and renters.

How does this affect real estate?

Increased fees on rental property negatively affect all property values – even those that are owner occupied. The passage of Proposition R will lower property values as investors pass over the Florissant community due to the excessive fees. Existing rental properties for sale and vacant, bank owned properties would no longer be appealing for investors and would remain vacant for longer periods of time.

Additionally, renters in Florissant will suffer from higher rent prices and less available affordable housing in the community if landlords are forced to adapt to nearly 16 times the current fees.

Doesn’t Florissant already collect landlord contact information?

Yes. Florissant collects this information three times throughout the rental process. All rental property owners already register their properties and pay a $15 annual fee. Then an occupancy inspection must be obtained, which is another $30 fee. After the occupancy inspection is approved, the tenant must apply for an occupancy permit, which has a $40 application fee. To update information on a tenant’s occupancy permit, an additional $30 fee is required. The City of Florissant already receives at least $70 per tenant change over on every apartment rental unit or single family home rental.

The St. Louis Association of REALTORS® sees the dramatic fee increase as a revenue generating scheme for the city of Florissant. The money from the fee increase will go into Florissant’s general revenue fund, without specification for its use. The ability to enforce property code violations, public nuisance complaints, and to have immediate contact information for the responsible landlord is not improved by a rental licensing fee increase.

What is the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® doing to stop these Propositions in Florissant?

The St. Louis Association of REALTORS® is focusing its efforts on a targeted campaign to oppose Proposition R in the city of Florissant. With the resources of the campaign services department at the National Association of REALTORS®, the St. Louis Association of REALTORS® Government Affairs team is coordinating a series of mailers, phone calls, and online ads to inform likely voters in Florissant to vote no on Proposition R.

Want to get involved in the campaign against Proposition R? Email Martina Johnson (mjohnson@stlrealtors.com) to sign up as a volunteer.

How will the ballot language read for Proposition R?

“Shall the City of Florissant, Missouri increase the fee for the residential rental license to $50 per rental unit?”

Yes (  )

No (X)

How will the ballot language read for Proposition A?

“Shall the City of Florissant be authorized to impose and annual registration fee of $200 to be paid by the owner of any residential structure in the city which has been vacant for six months or more?

Yes (  )

No (X)

 

Paid for by St. Louis Association of REALTORS® Issues Mobilization; Martina Johnson, Treasurer.

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Fair Housing – Reasonable Accommodations for Housing Professionals

Fair Housing – Reasonable Accommodations for Housing Professionals

The Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws allow persons with disabilities the right to request changes to rules, policies, and procedures to allow them to have equal use and enjoyment of their homes. All too often, though, housing providers don’t understand what the law requires or view it solely as a burden on their business practices. This conference will explore in depth what the law requires and how housing providers can use reasonable accommodations in a way that benefits both providers and occupants.

Following the training event, there will be a happy hour and an Open Door Awards Dinner to celebrate individuals and groups that have made a significant impact on fair housing in the region. Registrants can choose to register for the training, the dinner, or receive a discount to register for both. This course counts for 3 CORE CE Credits.

Fair Housing – Reasonable Accommodations for Housing Professionals
Date: April 8
Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 1:00 p.m.)
Where: Ferguson Community Center (Multipurpose Building)
Cost: $35

Register Today

Questions? Contact Karen Dunn at 314.590.2312 or kdunn@stlrealtors.com.

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Build a Better St. Louis

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20,000 reasons why YOU should attend the 
St. Louis Association of REALTORS®’ partners meeting on March 24!

If you’re passionate about building a better St. Louis, mark your calendar to attend the upcoming St. Louis Association of REALTORS®’ partners meeting March 24 at UMSL! Not only will we be celebrating the kickoff of our new Community Engagement Committee, the REALTORS® Housing Assistance Fund (RHAF) will be presenting a $20,000 check to Rebuilding Together St. Louis, an organization that is dedicated to restoring the homes of neighbors in need. And that’s not all! We’re going to have a fantastic line-up of speakers at the meeting and we’ll tell you how YOU can get involved in Rebuilding Together St. Louis’ upcoming Building Day on April 30 – an event guaranteed to change the lives of 53 families in need.

When it comes to giving back to the community, St. Louis REALTORS® can build a better St. Louis!

St. Louis Association of REALTORS®’ Partners Meeting
Date: Thursday, March 24
Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: UMSL, JC Penny Conference Center, Room 204 (CLICK TO VIEW CAMPUS MAP)

We hope to see you there!

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Did you know the St. Louis Association of Realtors® is comprised of 7500+ members AND we add on average over a thousand new members every year? While our average agent is over 55 years old, we have many members under 30. Geographically, we represent every part of St. Louis City and County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and even other states!

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2016 RPAC Trivia Night

2016 RPAC Trivia Night

Batter up! Come join us for a fun-filled evening at RPAC Trivia Night with colleagues and friends. Dress up as if you were heading out to the baseball game and have fun with industry peers all while protecting your business. Please complete the registration form below.

Attendees are encouraged to attend in teams of ten. Beer, soda, and wine will be provided but teams may also bring food and decorations to complete their table. In addition to ten rounds of trivia, a small silent auction will also be available the night of the event.

The price of tickets and silent auction purchases count towards your RPAC investment for 2016! Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and Last Place winners as well as the Best Decorated Table.

Date: Friday, April 1st
Time: Doors open at 6:00 PM | First Question Promptly at 6:30 PM
Location: St. Louis Association of REALTORS® | 12777 Olive Blvd. | St. Louis, MO 63141
Cost: $25 per person* | $250 per table (of ten)

*Your ticket price includes beverages.

Please complete the form below to register for the 2016 RPAC Trivia Night:

 

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Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy

Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy

The Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy is a selective, comprehensive leadership development program designed for Missouri REALTORS® who want to grow personally and professionally. Consider applying for this highly regarded program which has proven to be a springboard to success benefiting agents, brokers, the REALTOR® organization, and the community. The deadline to apply for the 2016-2017 class is Friday, June 10, 2016.

Objectives of the Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy include:

  • To identify Missouri REALTORS® who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in the REALTOR® organization, its history, and goals
  • To train participants in leadership skills
  • To motivate participants by increasing their awareness of real estate and association management issues and challenges and involving them in problem-solving activities on issues of current interest
  • To develop a network of leaders across the state who will actively work for the continued growth of the REALTOR® organization at all levels

Participants work together in a training course of five retreats that combine presentations, group activities, and project planning. Sessions include the development of leadership skills, team-building exercises, goal setting, personal profile analysis, communication, ethical decision-making…and much more. Retreats take place between October 19, 2016 and September 14, 2017. Find out more about the Leadership Academy program online. 

Apply Now 

Contact Cara Harmon at cara@morealtor.com or 573-445-8400 ext. 117 with questions or to submit completed applications.

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