Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for June 2, 2017

REALTOR® Care Day is next week!
There's still time left to sign up and make a difference in central Ohio alongside fellow real estate professionals in the 13th annual REALTOR® Care Day on Jun. 7!  This year's main project consists of providing improvements to 10 properties and two pocket parks in the Hungarian Village area (E. Woodrow Ave.) of Columbus’ South Side. More info/register. Or volunteer at one of the area association projects - click here

Urgent Call for Action on Municipal Income Taxes
Please contact your Senator in support of the single tax filing method proposed in Gov. Kasich's '18-'19 Ohio budget. (Currently, Realtors must file tax returns for each taxing jurisdiction where they sold a property - very cumbersome/complicated). More info and take action here.

Bump, Set, Spike! Sign up for the YPN Volleyball Tournament!

Get your team of 6 together and sign up for the hottest volleyball tournament of the year on Thursday, Jun. 15 at Flannagan's! Teams are $150 and can be registered by contacting YPN Liaison Beth Sacks (614) 475 - 4000 x251; individual registration is $25 and can be done here. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place! More info.

Bus Tour – New Build Developments in the East/SE area
If you’d like to see what new developments are available in the East/Southeast area of central Ohio, sign up for the 6/14/17 BRAC Bus Tour! We’ll visit six new home developments in Blacklick, Pickerington and Canal Westchester. Cost is only $10. Sign up here.

Don’t Let Cybercrime Put You Out of Business
Ransomware is “insidious and powerful,” said NAR attorney Jessica Edgerton, and if it heads your way, paying the ransom may be the only way to get your data back. Here’s how to guard against ransomware attacks and other cybercrimes.

Tax Strategies for Real Estate Professionals
This course will be taught in partnership with the  Affordable Housing Committee on Tuesday, Jun. 13 and will cover important tax information for REALTORS® to efficiently and profitably administer their real estate business. Topics covered include how to keep out of hot water with the IRS, Home-Office Deduction and how you can use the 105 medical plan. Cost: $20 if paid by 6/12/17; $30 day of class. More info and register.

Credit Scores Hit Record High
Rising credit scores will likely prompt banks to make more credit available, at a cheaper cost, to mortgage borrowers. Read more.

Last call for discounted Cameron Mitchell gift cards! 
Only a few days left to place your order for discounted Cameron Mitchell gift cards! Orders can be placed here. All order forms and payment must be received by Monday, Jun. 5, at 5pm. This order form can be emailed to Member Services or faxed to (614) 337-7559. Gift cards will be available for pickup in the Columbus REALTORS® Member Services Center on Thursday, June 15 after 12pm. Order here.

News for your clients! Staging Tips That Help Buyers Fall in Love
Staging your house can make you money. Seventy-one percent of sellers’ agents believe a well-staged environment increases the dollar value buyers are willing to offer, according to NAR. Check out these staging tips that'll leave buyers head over heels.