Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for April 20, 2018

Awards Lunch honors our best and brightest!
Nearly 400 people attended the annual Awards Lunch yesterday honoring Broker of the Year - Lorri Molnar; Salesperson of the Year- Sue Van Woerkom; Rising Star of the Year- Stephanie Rucinski; Affiliate of the Year - Chris Hamilton; Citizen of the Year - Rev. John Edgar; Instructor of the Year - Sean Carpenter; 2018 ’10 Under 40’; and 25, 40 and 50-year members. Full story. View pictures.

Important - if you missed the display key exchange 
If you missed the display key exchange at the Makoy Center this week, you will need to come to the Association building to do the exchange of the display key. You can come in during normal office hours beginning Monday, Apr. 23 and see the exchange staff in the lobby area. All questions should be directed to Samuel Brody-Boyd, kebox administrator (614) 475-4000 ext. 282.

Bowling for Benevolence is next Wednesday!
Hit a strike for REALTORS® in need at the annual Bowling for Benevolence team competition at Columbus Square Bowling Palace on 4/25! Compete in teams of (up to) five and see who will be this year's champion! Cost: $25 per / $125 team  More info and register.

CORPAC Auction quickly approaching on 5/10!
This year's CORPAC Auction is inspired by everyone's favorite high-stakes property game, Monopoly! Tickets include heavy hors d'oeuvres, parking, cash bar and access to all auction items. Register. Group pricing is available at a discounted rate,10 for $325. To purchase, contact Ida Seitter (614) 475-4000 ext. 247. Note: Group rate does NOT include reserved table seating. Click here to sponsor the event, or donate an auction item.

Tax Reform: What it means for you & your clients
This class on 5/3 is designed to cover important tax information for real estate professionals to efficiently and profitably administer their real estate business to be able to maintain solvency and to continue to provide professional services to customers and clients. Content will cover individual and business tax changes, Ohio tax considerations and more. Cost: $20 for members if paid by 05/02/18; $40 day of class. Register.

Tax-Free Real Property Exchanges Under I.R.C. 1031
This class on 5/10 10a-12p focuses on understanding the process and pitfalls to properly represent your clients. Course content will cover topics including introduction and history of the 1031 Exchange, statutory requirements, tax consequences of any exchange and more. Cost: $20 if paid by 5/9/18; $40 day of the class. Register.

When does photoshopping go too far?
The ability to alter and retouch listing photos is both a blessing and a curse. Learn when enhancements are appropriate and make your property pop and when they cross the line and mislead buyers.

News for your clients! 
New wallpaper will tell you if your home is on fire
Wallpaper tends to be highly flammable and can be a major contributor to house fires. But scientists now believe they can re-engineer it as a whole-house fire alarm. Read more.