Realtor Goodfellow Succumbs At 76

May 11th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Michael Paul Goodfellow, 76, of Deep Creek Lake, MD, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Garrett Regional Medical Center, Oakland, MD.

Born October 4, 1940, in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of the late, David Clifford “DC” Goodfellow, founder of The Goodfellow Agency and Mary Eleanor (Ruhl) Goodfellow.

Mr. Goodfellow was owner and broker of Goodfellow Real Estate Services and Commercial Appraisals and was a Garrett County Local Commercial and Residential Developer. He was a distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Arizona, earning a BS degree in Business Administration, majoring in Real Estate. Michael served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during Vietnam (1962-1965), receiving an Honorable Discharge.

He was a member of the National Association of Realtors: Realtor Emeritus, served 14 years on the Maryland Real Estate Commission, with 2 terms as Chairman and Vice-Chairman and a member and Past Regional VP of NARELLO, National Association of Realtors License Law Officials. He was also a member of the Maryland Association of Realtors, with 2 terms as Vice-President and Cumberland Board of Realtors, with 3 terms as President.

Mike was an avid sports enthusiast, which is why he chose Deep Creek to be his home for the last 31 years. He looked forward to his golf days, boating, skiing and then coming home to one of his favorite activities, gourmet meals.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lisa (Santiago) Goodfellow; one son, Michael Shawn Goodfellow, Jr. and wife, Shelly (Wrightsman), Santa Barbara, CA; one step-son, Karlo Gesner and wife, Amanda (Stoner), Lancaster, PA, Amanda’s parents, Freddie Stoner, Jr. and Joyce Stoner, Oakland, MD; three grandchildren, Shawn Clifford Goodfellow, at home, Santa Barbara; Gabby Rottier and Sage Marie Gesner, at home, Lancaster; two sisters-in-law, Melanie (Santiago) Hedrich and husband, Robert, Columbia, MD; Joy (Santiago) Uy-Tioco, Manila, Philippines; one brother-in-law, Carlos Santiago, III and wife, LeeAnne, Cumberland; nieces and nephews, Samantha and Jeanne Santiago, Lia, GB Patrick and Ted Uy-Tioco and Andi Hedrich.

Friends will be received at the Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 1100 Memorial Dr., Oakland, on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 6:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Chris Duckworth officiating. Military services will be conducted by local area veteran’s organizations. Cremation will follow the services.

Expressions of sympathy may be directed to Friends Aware.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Clarksville Association of Realtors awards Mike Groves scholarship

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – (CLARKSVILLENOW) The Clarksville Association of Realtors® Young Professionals Network (CAR YPN) awarded seven students with the Mike Groves Memorial Scholarship.

The CAR YPN raised funds through its hugely successful Handbags for Hope fundraiser to endow this scholarship. In 2016, $7,000 was raised specifically for this scholarship allowing CAR to award seven local students.

This scholarship was established in honor of the late Mike Groves. Groves was a member of the Clarksville Association of REALTORS® from 1991 until his passing in 2015. In his 24 years with CAR, Mike served in dozens of leadership roles, including being CAR’s primary REALTOR® Code of Ethics instructor. He was named REALTOR® of the Year in 2001, and was elected to serve as President in 2000 and 2015.

“Mike believed that the future of this organization was in educating, encouraging, and investing in young leaders, and embracing new technology,” said Melissa Powers, 2017 CAR YPN Committee Chair.
“Mike championed the formation of the CAR YPN and without his support, it wouldn’t be what it is today. The CAR YPN is proud to honor Mike with this scholarship for years to come,” said Powers.

The seven $1,000 scholarships were awarded to graduates of Montgomery or Stewart Counties who exhibited exemplary academic accomplishments, as well as extra curricular involvement in the community. These students will also be attending Tennessee colleges.

The students receiving the CAR YPN Memorial Scholarships for 2017 are Sagar Patel (Rossview High), Bailyn Dupont (Northeast High), Morgan Wilson (Clarksville Academy), Kimberlee Beals (Rossview High), Hannah Goins (Clarksville High), Grace Kuchenbecker (Montgomery Central High), and Anna Cherry (Clarksville Academy).

The CAR YPN exists to help young real estate professionals excel in their careers by giving them tools and encouragement in the association, the industry, the community and with peers. The Clarksville Association of Realtors has over 790 active REALTOR members and 69 Affiliate Partners that work together to improve the public awareness of the value of Realtors to the community and to the benefits of their services.

The Clarksville Association of Realtors also serves to promote the success and future developments of its members in association with the Tennessee and National Associations of Realtors.

6 reasons I’m attending NAR’s Midyear Legislative Meetings

Editor’s note: Tracy Freeman is YPN Chair for the North Central Jersey Association of Realtors. 

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Midyear Legislative Meetings take place in Washington, D.C., next week.

I will be there and so should every Realtor in the United States. Midyear is unique because it takes place in our nation’s capital and highlights the impact that the real estate industry has on the financial health of our country.

As we all know, residential real estate provides housing for families.

It’s often the greatest source of wealth and savings for many of us. For this reason, the real estate industry, from the national to the local level, plays an integral role in the U.S. economy.

1. The National Association of Realtors is not only the largest real estate lobbying force on Capitol Hill, but one of the largest lobbying groups period.

Why should this matter to you?

Because this very large and vocal group is fighting on your behalf to ensure that issues like real estate tax deductions remain intact.

2. NAR is a trade association of more than 1 million members and functions in part as a regulator of the brokerage industry, setting the rules — for example — for how brokers use multiple listing services.

Why should this matter to you?

Before the creation of NAR, real estate was a highly unregulated industry with customers being taken advantage of by unethical sales agents. Now all Realtors must abide by our Code of Ethics.

If they are found to be in violation of these ethics, their licenses will be suspended or revoked.

3. According to an analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics, NAR spent more than $64 million in 2016 on lobbying activities on behalf of our clients and our industry’s interests. This is the second highest amount spent by any group in any industry.

Why should this matter to you?

When local issues arise — like proposed changes to requirements for construction permits or CCU documentation — we have one of the largest voices advocating on our behalf.

4. Real estate plays a critical role in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our country in two ways: through money spent on residential investment and on housing services.

Construction, including that of manufactured housing, remodeling and the fees charged by real estate brokers, are all components of residential investment.

Money spent on rent and utilities are what make up the portion known as housing services. In 2016, real estate contributed $1.2 trillion to the country’s economic output, which is 6 percent of the US GDP.

Why should this matter to you?

Homeownership is the American dream. Homeownership and real estate impact every aspect of our national economy.

5. NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun will be speaking at Midyear and will provide Realtors with the latest information on economic activity, employment and monetary policy, with an eye on the outlook for the remainder of 2017.

Why should this matter to you?

I plan to be there, front and center, so that I am educated and up to date on what is next on the horizon for our local market. At the conference, you’ll learn about the latest statistics, laws and policies impacting us today.

6. As part of their week in D.C., Realtors are given the opportunity to meet with their state senators and representatives on Capitol Hill.

This year we will be discussing tax reform, national flood insurance and protecting sustainable housing.

Why should this matter to you?

These are all key issues for New Jersey homeowners, and I plan to take full advantage of this unfettered access to our local representatives to make sure that issues affecting our local market are addressed.

I fully realize that each real estate transaction is a very personal and emotional process for each of my clients, and these big picture issues may not seem relevant to a client’s homebuying or selling process.

However, as a professional Realtor, I understand that the larger issues of our industry have an impact on our local market.

Taking the time to attend this conference in person is a no-brainer to me; I want to have this knowledge so that I can be the best, most educated representative for my clients.

Tracy Freeman is the Young Professionals Network Chair for North Central Jersey Association of Realtors and a broker/sales associate with Coldwell Banker in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Email Tracy Freeman.

Realtors push for renewal of tax relief on forgiven housing debt

The passage of a bill that would temporarily re-establish mortgage-forgiveness tax-relief is one of the National Association of Realtors’ “highest priorities” for the year, the group said Tuesday.

NAR in a letter to the Senate pushed for the passage of S. 122, the Mortgage Debt Tax Relief Act, a bill introduced by Senate Finance Committee Members Dean Heller, R-Nev.; Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; and Bob Menendez, D-N.J. The bill would extend the relief for two years.

Online Courses for 13 NAR Credentials Offered at Center for REALTOR® Development

The following information is provided by the Center for REALTOR® Development (CRD).

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and all of the organizations affiliated with it offer education in classroom or online format, and one or more credentials called designations and certifications.

In total, there are 26 NAR designations and certifications. Each of these individual programs have their own dedicated websites, which are great places to start your research if you are looking for detailed information about each—such as requirements for obtaining, benefits, and fees. The vast majority of NAR credentials require specific coursework.

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Four of NAR’s affiliates focus predominantly on residential real estate—CRB (now called REBI), CRS, REBAC, and WCR. The others focus on specialized real estate markets or activities, such as commercial investment, property management, land brokerage, and real property advising.

At our online learning site—onlinelearning.REALTOR—we offer online courses that lead to 13 of these 26 official NAR designations and certifications. We concentrate on credentials, topics, and courses that are of most interest to “resi-mercial” real estate agents—in other words, agents that focus primarily on residential real estate, but who may also do some work in commercial and land markets.

Below is the list of the seven official NAR designations for which we have online courses at our site:

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR®) Designation
Accredited Land Consultant (ALC) Designation
Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation
NAR’s Green Designation
Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) Designation
Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) Designation

Below is the list of the six official NAR certifications for which we have online courses at our site:

At Home With Diversity® (AHWD®) Certification
NAR’s e-PRO® Certification
Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification
Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) Certification
Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification
Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Certification

You may have noticed that our Center for REALTOR® Development online platform has “featured” courses each month that are offered at reduced prices. What we do monthly is focus on a different credential listed above (we don’t have an entire month for all of them, but we do for most).

For an entire month, we offer the credential’s courses for sale, usually at 25 percent off, which for the higher-priced courses is a very substantial savings. For example, during the month of May the featured courses are the ones related to the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation.

Worried about missing the news about which course go on special and when? Don’t be! You can stay up-to-date at all times by checking our Monthly Specials web page, checking here at our RISMedia.com blog each week, checking our Facebook page, and signing up for our email list.

For more information about the CRS courses on sale this month, check out the designation’s landing page on our site. All CRS courses and bundles are 25% off during the month of May.

For more information, please visit onlinelearning.realtor.

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

Denver one of few counties with more construction in 2015 than 2005

Stapleton residences as seen from a hill in Central Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) stapleton; central park; residential; suburbs; homes; denverite; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty
Stapleton residences as seen from a hill in Central Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Only 12 percent of counties in the whole country had a construction peak in 2015, not 2005 or 2000, according to an analysis from the National Association of Realtors. Denver was one of them. 

This is not a simple case of urban areas behaving differently than suburban or rural areas either. Only a few metros held a similar distinction.

Most counties in the analysis saw the highest number of building permits issued in 2005, according to the National Association of Realtors, a time of “strong” inventory conditions. In Colorado, most counties had the most construction even earlier in 2000.

By 2015, most of the country had fewer houses available, according to NAR. Plus, most areas had not recovered to pre-recession home values, according to an analysis from Trulia.

While low inventory is certainly the lay of the land in Denver, the metro has definitely rebounded in terms of home values.

What does it all mean? Recovered home values plus strong construction numbers are another quick numerical indicator that interest in Denver real estate has been strong over the past few years, strong enough to stand out across the country even.

Join the Celebration of REALTOR® Advocacy This May – RISMedia

Every member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) shares the goal of revolutionizing the real estate industry and preparing REALTORS® for sustainable future success. Advocacy plays a critical role in achieving those goals, while also supporting property ownership throughout our communities.

To help demonstrate the importance of advocacy at the national, state and local levels, the month of May has been designated by NAR as a celebration of REALTOR® Advocacy, designed to engage and educate members on the REALTOR® Party—namely Vote, Act and Invest.

As a broker, there are numerous steps you can take to get involved and encourage your agents to follow your example. Starting the week of May 7, each week of the month will follow one of the three key themes:

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Week 1 – Vote (May 7-13)
From voter registration drives to learning about REALTOR® Champions, the vote week is an excellent opportunity to educate your team on how to support pro-real estate candidates and issues.

Week 2 – Act (May 1 -20)
The REALTOR® Party revolution requires action. The act week is the perfect time to engage in community outreach projects and visit members of Congress during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings Trade Expo (May 15-20 in Washington, D.C.).

Week 3 – Invest (May 21-27)
Help your agents learn about the numerous benefits of the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and political fundraising during the invest week.

How to Get Involved
NAR has helped lay the groundwork for associations and REALTORS® to highlight how you use the 80-plus programs, services and grants offered by the REALTOR® Party. Stay tuned to your state and local REALTOR® Associations for specific activities, as well as the REALTOR® Advocacy website (www.realtoractioncenter.com/realtoradvocacy), for more information and shareable content.

There are countless ways to get involved, including:

  • Participate in various local and state events.
  • Attend the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings Trade Expo to learn more about NAR’s legislative priorities.
  • Organize your own community advocacy outreach project.
  • Encourage support for weekly advocacy-themed activities throughout May in your office sales meetings.
  • Post and share advocacy-related photos and videos of your advocacy efforts on social media using the hashtag #REALTORParty. Be sure to tag REALTOR® Action Center (on Facebook) or @REALTORAction (on Twitter) in your posts.
  • Download and add shareable graphics and social media buttons to your website. Links can be accessed at realtoractioncenter.com/realtoradvocacy/#promotions.

About the REALTOR® Party
The REALTOR® Party is the only advocacy group in America that fights exclusively for homeownership, real estate investment, strong communities and the free enterprise system. It speaks with one voice to advance candidates and public policies that uphold private property rights, real property ownership, strong communities and a vibrant business environment.

Since the REALTOR® Party was launched in 2012, REALTOR® Party resources have been put to work more than 13,000 times by more than 1,000 REALTOR® Associations. In recent years, local level activities have increased; REALTORS® have gained political clout through legislative victories in every corner of the country; and state and local REALTOR® Associations have expanded their community and political presence…all because of the actions of the REALTOR® Party.

Now more than ever, it is critical for REALTORS® across America to come together and speak with one voice about the stability a sound and dynamic real estate market brings to our communities.

To stay updated on national news, events and shareable content in support of REALTOR® advocacy this May and throughout the year, please visit www.realtoractioncenter.com/realtoradvocacy.

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

Zillow, Realogy and National Association of Realtors Executives Receive 2016 T3 Visionary Award

Dale Stinton, Alex Perriello and Spencer Rascoff receiving the Visionary Award from Stefan Swanepoel

Dale Stinton, Alex Perriello and Spencer Rascoff receiving the Visionary Award from Stefan Swanepoel

“These three exceptional leaders have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Realtors.”

The CEOs of the Zillow Group, Realogy Franchise Group and National Association of Realtors received the first annual T3 Visionary Award from the Swanepoel T3 Group. They were recognized for their significant impact to the residential real estate industry.

In presenting the awards Stefan Swanepoel, New York Times best-selling author, Chairman and CEO of the Swanepoel T3 Group, said they were chosen in recognition of going far beyond what was expected, making a major impact on their organization and shaping an entire industry. The award ceremony was held on Friday, May 5 at the T3 Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California.

The three visionary executives are:

Dale Stinton, CEO of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). After serving for 24 years in various executive positions at NAR, including chief financial officer, Stinton has been CEO for 12 years, making him the longest-tenured chief executive in NAR’s 109-year history. Stinton is slated to retire at the end of this year. Swanepoel said, “Stinton will forever be remembered as the executive that introduced a business-minded approach to the nonprofit world of NAR.”

Alex Perriello, CEO of the Realogy Franchise Group. Over his 38-year career, Perriello rose from real estate agent to become the most senior executive in the Realogy Franchise Group, the largest real estate group in the world. “This placed Perriello at the head of more real estate brands – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty – than any other person,” said Swanepoel. Perriello stepped down on April 1 and was succeeded by John Peyton.

Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow Group. Rascoff (41) oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Spencer helped launch Zillow in 2005 and became CEO in 2010. Since then, Rascoff has led Zillow through 13 acquisitions and its 2011 IPO. “Rascoff has led Zillow Group to become one of the most formidable real estate brands in the nation,” Swanepoel said. Rascoff also earned the #1 position on the 2017 SP200 (http://www.sp200.com), the annual ranking of the most powerful people in residential real estate. He was the first person not from the brokerage or franchise real estate ranks to do so.

At the T3 Summit, a think tank for 300 real estate CEOs and other C-suite leaders, Swanepoel said, “These three exceptional leaders have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Realtors, and the residential real estate industry salutes you!”

Arizona Association of Realtors Chooses Valor Global for IT …

Valor Global, a leading provider of IT Managed Services, Technical Support Services, and Contact Center Services, is proud to include the Arizona Association of REALTORS® (Arizona REALTORS®) to their growing customer base. Under the terms of the multi-year contract, Valor will provide Systems Management, Network Management, SQL Database Management, Microsoft Active Directory and Exchange Management and Storage and Backup Management.

“The Arizona REALTORS® makes every effort to manage our operations efficiently to make doing business with us affordable for our members,” said Nick Catanesi, VP, Business Services Technology. “Partnering with Valor gives us access to a stable and deep talent pool at a cost-effective and controlled price. We are pleased to have found an Arizona-based partner to help us regain focus on our core mission, which is service to our members and community.”

“Providing critical 24/7 service, using a broad talent pool and retaining that talent, can be costly. Valor focuses on building quality relationships internally, as well as externally, creating a virtuous circle where communication and collaboration nurtures the engagement and vice versa,” said Sheri Cusanek, Director of Client Services and Partner Alliance. “We are proud to show turnover metrics well below industry standard.”

About The Arizona REALTORS®:

The Arizona Association of REALTORS® (Arizona REALTORS®) represents more than 45,000 members who hold active real estate licenses and subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice established by the National Association of REALTORS®. In addition to providing a number of member benefits and services including risk management, education and a legislative voice, Arizona REALTORS® is dedicated to the protection of private property rights for all Arizonans.

For more information, visit http://www.aaronline.com

About Valor Global:

Valor Global is a world-wide leader in IT Managed Services, Technical Support Services, and Contact Center Services. Founded in 2004, the company employs more than 900 people throughout North America, Costa Rica, the Philippines, and Germany. The company offers cost-effective and flexible on-shore, near-shore, off-shore, and hybrid support options to include service desk, cloud and hosting solutions, managed IT services, application management, professional services and contact center solutions.

Valor leverages ITIL and LEAN methodologies to provide best of class support with a focus on continuous improvement and is a leader in providing and improving Net Promoter Score (NPS) for its customers.

Visit valorglobal.com for more information.

Zillow, Realogy and National Association of Realtors Executives …

Dale Stinton, Alex Perriello and Spencer Rascoff receiving the Visionary Award from Stefan Swanepoel

Dale Stinton, Alex Perriello and Spencer Rascoff receiving the Visionary Award from Stefan Swanepoel

“These three exceptional leaders have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Realtors.”

The CEOs of the Zillow Group, Realogy Franchise Group and National Association of Realtors received the first annual T3 Visionary Award from the Swanepoel T3 Group. They were recognized for their significant impact to the residential real estate industry.

In presenting the awards Stefan Swanepoel, New York Times best-selling author, Chairman and CEO of the Swanepoel T3 Group, said they were chosen in recognition of going far beyond what was expected, making a major impact on their organization and shaping an entire industry. The award ceremony was held on Friday, May 5 at the T3 Summit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, California.

The three visionary executives are:

Dale Stinton, CEO of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). After serving for 24 years in various executive positions at NAR, including chief financial officer, Stinton has been CEO for 12 years, making him the longest-tenured chief executive in NAR’s 109-year history. Stinton is slated to retire at the end of this year. Swanepoel said, “Stinton will forever be remembered as the executive that introduced a business-minded approach to the nonprofit world of NAR.”

Alex Perriello, CEO of the Realogy Franchise Group. Over his 38-year career, Perriello rose from real estate agent to become the most senior executive in the Realogy Franchise Group, the largest real estate group in the world. “This placed Perriello at the head of more real estate brands – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA and Sotheby’s International Realty – than any other person,” said Swanepoel. Perriello stepped down on April 1 and was succeeded by John Peyton.

Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow Group. Rascoff (41) oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Spencer helped launch Zillow in 2005 and became CEO in 2010. Since then, Rascoff has led Zillow through 13 acquisitions and its 2011 IPO. “Rascoff has led Zillow Group to become one of the most formidable real estate brands in the nation,” Swanepoel said. Rascoff also earned the #1 position on the 2017 SP200 (http://www.sp200.com), the annual ranking of the most powerful people in residential real estate. He was the first person not from the brokerage or franchise real estate ranks to do so.

At the T3 Summit, a think tank for 300 real estate CEOs and other C-suite leaders, Swanepoel said, “These three exceptional leaders have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Realtors, and the residential real estate industry salutes you!”