Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for July 13, 2018

Become a better leader!
The Leadership Academy is an intense 9-month program designed to help develop personal and professional leadership skills. Although Columbus REALTORS® always welcomes member involvement, the program is not geared just to REALTOR® association involvement, but to community and company leadership as well. Please consider this program for yourself or consider which of your agents might be a good candidate. Application deadline is Aug. 1 for the 2018-2019 class. More information/application.  Video of what this year’s graduates had to say.

Ethics for Real Estate 7/24
This ethics course on 7/24 satisfies the core State of Ohio Ethics requirement, the NAR Ethics requirement and is designed to make your agents' required ethics CE a fun experience while also being relevant to real estate! This class is free as a member benefit! Please encourage your agents to attend. Register.

Don't miss YPN Unplugged on 8/28!
The newest and most exciting event of the summer is YPN Unplugged at Mohican Lodge and State Park 8/28-8/29! This overnight retreat is open to all members and centers upon building relationships and growing your business. The retreat features the Ferris Property Group of Indianapolis and Sam Powell of Chicago. Attendees will spend the afternoon canoeing, followed by a cookout and bonfire! This event is in lieu of the annual Scavenger Hunt. Single and shared room options are available; register and get more info here. Sponsorship info. Deadline to register is 7/27.

‘Bump Clauses’ are giving sellers a safety net
In some cooling markets, more transactions are reportedly including a “bump clause” to assure those selling a home that they have received the best offer. More info.

When and how much should you water your lawn?
Help your clients learn lawn care tips that will boost their curb appeal.

Some design trends create noise pollution in homes
Luxury owners spend big bucks for “acoustic consultants” to solve noise problems enabled by open floor plans and smart-home gadgetry. Read more.

News for your clients! 
The 7 most financially savvy home upgrades you can make
When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend those dollars wisely. Here are seven affordable home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide excellent financial return in the future.