MLS & TECHNOLOGY 2018 Tech Training & Highlights Total Students Attending Tech Training Classes in 2018 374 STUDENTS - PERCENTAGE BY CLASS (32%) Tech Day (22%) Beginner Paragon 374 (8%) RPR- Realist (18%) Intermediate Paragon (20%) ZipForm UPSTAR promoted the SentriSmart App heavily in 2018. As such, increasingly more members switched over to the app as their sole source for all things SentriLock. If you aren’t using the SentriSmart app, you should be. The app eliminates the need for a SentriCard. Take a look at the short video below to see what you have been missing: http://bit.ly/SentriLockApp Social Media Stats Social Media Outlet Year-End % Change YouTube Views 1,800 +85.0% Facebook Likes 697 +31.7% Twitter Followers 156 +.013% IRMLS launched a partnership with Homesnap Pro. The app gives agents access to powerful tools that will enhance their ability to work in the field in collaboration with their clients. Some of the features include: • Access real-time MLS information on your phone or tablet • Edit your listing on the fly • Prepare and send a Rapid CMA • Get confidential showing information and agent competitive data • Connect and collaborate with your clients and other agents Tech nology DAY zipForm received a new interface, UPSTAR hosted a Tech Day on October allowing agents to maintain all 18, 2018 at the AMC Movie Theatre, documentation and correspondence where members heard presentations on in one central location. Agents can the Homesnap app, Social Media, Virtual now upload any kind of document into Tours from Property Panarama, and tech the transaction, create tasks, share devices from Best Buy. The movie theatre documents and access a history of —complete with popcorn and soda— all action taken on any transaction, was a great atmosphere for a morning of including E-signature. technology presentations.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS & Economic Development Highlights UPSTAR’s Government Affairs Department advocates for the private property rights of homeowners and the business interests of REALTORS ® in local government, which includes support for economic development initiatives that promote the growth of Northeastern Indiana. The association also works in concert with the Indiana and National Associations of REALTORS ® to support their advocacy efforts on a state and federal level. 2018 ELECTION PRIMARY ELECTION - RPAC TRUSTEES The Trustees supported seven local candidates in the primary election and six of those candidates won. Below are the winning candidates: • Rich Beck for Allen County Commissioner • Tom Harris for 2nd district Allen County Council • Joel Benz for 3rd district Allen County Council • Kittie Keiffer for 4th district Huntington County Council • Tamara Robins for Wells County Commissioner • George Schrumpf for Whitley County Commissioner GENERAL ELECTION - RPAC TRUSTEES All candidates supported by the Trustees won the general election. Below are the winning local candidates: • Therese Brown, Allen County Commissioner • Rich Beck, Allen County Commissioner • Sharon Tucker, Allen County Council – District 1 • Tom Harris, Allen County Council – District 2 • Joel Benz, Allen County Council – District 3 • Stacey O’Day, Allen County Assessor • Christopher Nancarrow, Allen County Clerk • Anita Mathers, Allen County Recorder LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS • Made changes to the Allen County Septic Ordinance and delayed its adoption • Worked with Regional partners to start phase one of a housing study and find funding for phase 2 • Worked with New Allen Alliance to be named one of the 2018 Stellar communities STATE HIGHLIGHTS • Compromise reached on short-term rental restrictions • Wire transfers in real estate transactions will remain mandatory • Remote notarization of documents to be allowed FEDERAL HIGHLIGHTS • Congress passed comprehensive farm legislation that includes long-sought protection of the Federal Rural Housing Services programs for thousands of small communities across the country. The bill maintains, until 2030, the current definition of rural community, which allows these communities (with specified criteria) to remain eligible for federal mortgage financing and other programs under the Rural Housing Service. Those programs consider factors unique to borrowers and the properties available to them in rural areas. • NAR continues to work on Flood Insurance. They were able to extend it till May 2019. During the shutdown, they were able to get the department to issue and renew policies. • NAR continues to work on policies to help the real estate professional and the industry. The work includes tax policies, real estate finance, fair housing, GSE reform, association health plans and transportation infrastructure. REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • Deals = 33 (highest since 2013) • New Jobs = 2,445 (highest on record since 2001) • New Annual Payroll = $115,027,120 (highest on record (since 2012)) • Total Investment = $336 Million • Major Expansions = Sweetwater, Midwest Service Supply, Aardvark Paper Straws, ElringKlinger, Rural Sourcing • Local funding approved for Electric Works • GFW Inc joined with AWS Foundation to start the Employing People with Disabilities Initiative • 2018 Chamber of the Year award by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association