MARlink Monday, May 27, 2019

Weekly Update for Members and Affiliates

Happy Memorial Day!

The MAR offices will be closed Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day, and Tuesday, May 28th Janna will be out of the office for a personal day.



We are so happpy to annoucne the Medhi Sepahi had a successful kidney transplant last week in Salt Lake City!

(Saturday, May 25, via Facebook) "Today at 10:00 am the Head of the kidney Transplant team Dr. Faud Shihab cleared me for discharge at 2:00 P.M I must not be more than 10 minutes away from hospital for the first two months. I had seen Dr. Shihab during my yearly visits to the Kidney clinic in Salt Lake. Last year he had told me that I hope to see you in operating room next year. Today he told me I got a very good Kidney and my test results are excellent and I can now move out of hospital. We are now staying in the patient and family housing for U of U hospital. It is a cute comfy studio with a little kitchen. Prior to transplant and while on dialysis 20 hours a week three days a week I was taking 20 pills a day. Now post-transplant I must take a variety of Anti rejection drugs that their job is to suppress my immune system. In total its close to 50 pills a day now and it makes those innocent 20 pills that I always complained about like a joke! I know forever my life is changed and I am so happy that I am not in the chain of dialysis machine and two huge size 14 needles anymore. I can now travel and move around. BE FREE! I am so grateful for my life and now my freedom. Lord willing if everything goes well I might be allowed to come back in one month and then we will use Montrose Hospital and Grand Junction Nephrology center to continue with my monitoring and examinations. I can deeply feel and see that these positive results are the reflection of thoughts and prayers of many angelic souls like yourselves and I sincerely ask that you continue your prayers for me. I know your voices are heard. Thank you greatly for all of your support for me and my family through this long journey to a new healthy life. Your financial support made this transplant possible without fear of how to pay all the extra expenses outside of insurance.

May Lord bless you and yours !!

Love, Mehdi"

Pleae continue to support Mehdi and his family through donations at the link below. Funds donated to this account allow Heidi and Mehdi to be absent from their lives in Montrose and focus on recovery in Salt Lake City for the next several weeks.


Board of Choice & MLS of Choice

Colorado Broker Associates may choose to participate in any REALTOR® representative Board, providing their employing broker is a member of that Board.

Similarly, a Colorado Broker Associate may choose to be part of any or all of the state's MLS providers, if the principal broker is also a member.

Commitment to Excellence (C2EX) The National Association of REALTORS® Commitment to Excellence program encourages professional development by offering opportunities for continuing education and professional growth. A member’s Commitment to Excellence is a continual practice, and a lifelong commitment to superior professionalism and first-rate customer service.

NAR created the C2EX platform to sharpen, expand, and engage industry skills while helping REALTORS® to track their growth and progress by taking each REALTOR® through a learning and behavior-change process which culminates in a C2EX Endorsement to be renewed every two years. It can be used every day to enrich REALTOR'S® capabilities and effectiveness, by:

  • Improving the quality and consistency of the service of REALTORS®

  • Improving the reputation of REALTORS® in the public eye

  • Encouraging engagement “beyond the sale” by showcasing the value of assisting other REALTORS® and becoming involved in advocacy

  • Creating a platform that continuously engages the REALTOR® in the process of self-improvement without disruption to the REALTOR®’S life

Learn more at, or

Sign up got get started:


MAR Calendar

See it all in one place!


Happy Hour at the Closing Time Bar - every 3rd Wednesday of the month! Please RSVP to, or on the events tab of our website so we have a good headcount. We hope to see you there!

  • June 19 - Wine Tasting Contest Contest rules: 1. Put $5 in the prize pot 2. Bring a bottle of wine under $20. We will wrap it in a brown paper bag so it cannot be identified, then have a tasting. The person wiho brings the wine that gets the most votes wins the prize pot!

  • July 17 - Barbecue

  • August 21 - Ice Cream Bar

CAR Fall Forum & Expo

Beaver Creek, Oct. 14-16, 2019

NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo

San Francisco, Nov. 8-11, 2019



First (north side) and third Tuesday (south side) each month. Next tour is June 4th on the North Side, and leaves at 2 pm from Coffee Trader @ 311 S. Fifth Street.

Montrose Broker Tour Rules:

  • Email, No Later Than Noon Monday with: - Property Address - MLS # - Listing Agent - Date of Tour - Location: North or South of Main Street Please DO NOT simply send a link to the MLS listing.

  • Each listing can be shown only once every 365 days

  • Maximum of eight (8) homes per tour, first come first added

  • Homes under contract must be removed from the tour, even if it's tour day

  • MAR will email a list of properties on the tour. You are responsible for printing your copy

  • Tours leave Coffee Traders, 311 South 5th, promptly at 2:00 pm; Carpools encouraged

  • Present details of your property at your listing. Handouts welcome

  • Please wear your name badge, we have so many new agents!

  • If you have a home on the tour, you must:

- Meet at Coffee Trader no later than 2:00 pm

- Be present at your listing

- Be respectful to your peers and tour all homes

Montrose Tour Dates

  • June 4 - North side

  • June 18 - South side

  • July 2 - North side

  • July 16 - South side

Ouray Tour Dates

Ouray County listings are toured by geographic area, and each area only once.

Ouray/Ridgway Broker Tour Rules -on the Ouray County tour, please email no later than 5:00 pm Monday with the following information:

  • Email, No Later Than Noon Monday with: - Property Address - MLS # - Listing Agent - Date of Tour Please DO NOT simply send a link to the MLS listing.

  • Each listing can be shown only once every 365 days

  • Homes under contract must be removed from the tour, even if it's tour day

  • MAR will email a list of properties on the tour. You are responsible for printing your copy

  • Present details of your property at your listing. Handouts welcome

  • Please wear your name badge, we have so many new agents!

  • If you have a home on the tour, you must:

- Be at the meeting spot prior to the start of the tour

- Be present at your listing

- Be respectful to your peers and tour all homes


Senior Real Estate Specialist Certification Class - 2 Day Course

Steamboat Springs | May 29 and 30 | Instructor Rich Sands | $200.00. | REGISTER HERE Contact: Jonathan Griggs at CAR:, or 303-785-7120.

Hampton Inn is offering rooms for $109.00 per night. Email

MAR Continuing Education Classes

Classes are free to MAR and DCBOR members, unless a price is noted.

  • New Member Orientation | July 18 | 8:30 am-noon | Mandatory for New Members *If have not yet attended New Member Orientation, please put it on your calendar. Attendance is required per MAR bylaws.

Delta Continuing Education Classes

RSVP to Gigi at 970-874-4727, or

Held at the DCBOR offices in Delta, unless noted.

  • Negotiations with Connie Tremblay | May 31 | 8:30am-12:30pm | 4 CE | $45

Thank you to Gigi and DCBOR for offering member pricing to MAR!

CE Requirements

  • CREC Update: CAR requires all members to take an annual CREC update course for a total of 12 credits over each 3 year license renewal period.

  • Ethics: NAR requires all members take 2 hours and 30 minutes of Ethics between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020, or be suspended until the requirement is met. ***Ethics classes taken before January 1, 2019 do not count for this cycle.

Be sure to track your hours! Use this form to track all your CE credits and ensure you are completing the requirements.


Legal Bites

Colorado Association of REALTORS®' General Counsel Scott Peterson poor Paragraph 32!



CREN - 970-240-1600

Coffee with CREN

More about InfoSparks


A mobile-ready, simple-to-use interactive stats product that will change the way you use and share housing information. It is multifaceted in its ability to combine local geography with customizable housing variables, timeframes and market metrics in order to quickly analyze and share trend data in a clean, intuitive interface. Use InfoSparks to generate charts that will support your recommendations at listing presentations by comparing local to regional numbers and for managing client expectations by answering the emotional point of price. Emphasize your expertise and knowledge on your website, in blog posts, through email marketing campaigns and on social media. Write specifically about a city, highlight a metric like months’ supply of inventory to show prevailing supply and demand trends, drill into variables like condominiums or bedroom count. Position yourself as the expert by including stats in all marketing materials!

  • Compare up to four geographies by housing variables and market metrics at once

  • Define variable categories like property type, square footage and bedroom count

  • Scan important market metrics like days on market and median sales price for your defined geographies

  • Share live charts and snapshots of the market or download raw data to make your own charts

Here's more about it from Ben!



We will continue to promote these REALTOR®-Safety applications until we have 100% member participation! Remember, they work best when we collaborate as a community.

Real Safe Agent

Watch here for tips on safe showings!

FREE to MAR members - Click here for a video explaining the features of Real Safe Agent.


FREE to MAR members - Click here to set up your account!

Remember - never let you guard down,

even when it appears a potential sale is coming your way.

Use the resources offered by MAR, and stay safe!


MAR's BOD meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, unless a conflict requires a change. Please note, the next meeting is this Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 9:00 am.

To meet with the Board, you are required by governing documents to be on the agenda prior to the meeting start time. Please call 970-249-6213, or email Janna to be added to the agenda. We are interested in what you have to say!


Want to get involved with MAR? We are seeking volunteers to join our committees!

Learn about them here!


Affiliates meet on the first Wednesday of the months. The next meeting is this Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 8:00 am at the MAR offices. Click here to meet our Affiliates.


Janna Burton


Contact Information Updates

If you change offices or contact information, be sure to complete the appropriate form online.

Let's Be Social

Follow us at @MontroseRealtors on Facebook and Instagram, or @MARMontrose on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the latest MAR news and events!


Post a Classified

Please email Janna to place a classified, promote an upcoming open house, or share other relevant news with MAR members. Deadline for Monday publication is Friday at noon.

Montrose Meeting Space

Do you need a place to meet a client or safe WiFi in Montrose? Come use the MAR office, just call Janna to make sure it's available.

Also, if you have a meeting and need a larger space, MAR's meeting room and kitchen area are available for use by members, based on availability.

Call or email Janna to reserve.

Sponsorship a Lunch & Learn! MAR is offering sponsorship's for summer Lunch & Learns and other educational offerings. Contact Janna to learn more!




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