About the foundation: The foundation is funded through the generosity of the Lubbock Association of REALTORS, its members and outside donations. It was established in 1981 during Mr. Walton's year as President of the Lubbock Association of REALTORS as simply, the Lubbock Association of REALTORS Education Foundation. The Trustees of the Foundation saw fit to rename it in 2016 in memory and honor of Mr. Walton. Mr. Walton, a 40 year REALTOR Emeritus member of the association, dedicated countless hours of service to the Lubbock, Texas and National Association of REALTORS. He served as the President of the Lubbock Association of REALTORS in 1981, President of the Texas Association of REALTORS in 1999, and was appointed to the Texas Real Estate Commission by Governor Rick Perry from 2001 to 2007. He was appointed as Chairman of the Commission by Governor Perry in 2004. Mr. Walton loved this community and the REALTOR profession and the foundation strives to honor his legacy.
Three awards were given at the Installation and Awards Banquet on January 13 at The Legacy. The association's yearly award, REALTOR® of the Year, is awarded to a REALTOR® for outstanding service to the association. Ken Harlan was recognized as the 2016 REALTOR® of the Year. Harlan has been a REALTOR® member of the LAR since 2003, and since joining, he has served on many committees, including MLS Issues and Policies, Finance, and Governmental Affairs/TREPAC. Harlan chaired the MLS Issues and Policies Committee in 2007 and 2014. He has earned the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute designation (GRI). He is also a graduate of the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program (TRLP) and a $1,000 Major Investor in TREPAC. Harlan also represents the LAR at the state level, serving on the Texas Association of REALTORS® MLS and Technology Committee and Professional Standards Committee. He is appointed as a Texas Association of REALTORS® Director for 2017 to 2019.
The association also celebrated two REALTOR® members with the Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Award is not a yearly award and is only given to REALTORS® who have dedicated many years of service to the real estate profession and especially, the LAR. Linda Gaither and Emily Ratcliff were given the Pinnacle Award for their 20 plus years of service to the LAR. They both hold the professional designations: Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI). They are $1,000 Major Investors in TREPAC and members of the National Association of REALTORS® President' Circle. Both ladies have served on more than ten LAR committees, subcommittees and task forces, each and chaired more than five committees. They were both elected as President of the LAR, Gaither in 2005 and Ratcliff in 2001. Their service also extends to the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Gaither has served on TAR's Legislative Liaison Program, Political Involvement Council, REALTOR® Legislative Network and State Representative Contact Team. Ratcliff served on TAR's Convention Task Force, Legislative Committee, Nominating Committee, Professional Standards Committee and served as a TAR Directors from 2002 to 2007.
It's a common misconception. Consumers think anyone that has a real estate salesman or broker licensee is a REALTOR®. But only members of the National Association of REALTORS® are allowed to call themselves a REALTOR®, which make you MORE than JUST a licensee.
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Top 5 Things You Need to Know About the REALTOR® Trademarks:
New REALTOR® members are granted provisional REALTOR® membership upon joining the association, with the understanding that they will complete the following requirements within the specified time frames. Failure to complete any of these within the time frames may result in membership termination.
- NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION - MAY 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Don't be late! Late arrivals will be turned away. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
- Orientation MUST be attended within the first two (2) times it is offered after joining. Orientation is only held every other month. Later orientation dates: July 26, Sept 27, Nov 29
- RAPATTONIMLS BASICS - APRIL 12, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Don't be late! Late arrivals will be turned away.
- Take the Code of Ethics New Member Orientation Course online here within 90 days after joining the LAR. This free on-line course covers the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics that all members agree to abide by.
Showing Properties the Safe Way
- When you are showing an empty property, you can take these simple steps to empower yourself against attack or theft.
- Using a Supra lock box is the safest, most secure way to allow other agents to show properties. They record access to the boxes and are near indestructible, so keys don't fall into the wrong hands.
- Show properties before dark. If you are going to be working after hours, use the buddy system, take your spouse/significant other or a friend. If you must show a property after dark, turn on all lights as you go through, and don't lower any shades or draw curtains or blinds.
- Try and call the office once an hour to let people know where you are.
- If you think it may be some time before a property sells (and you may, therefore, be showing it often), get acquainted with a few of the immediate neighbors. You will feel better knowing they know your vehicle, and they will feel better about the stranger (you) who frequently visits their neighborhood.
- Prepare a scenario so that you can leave, or encourage someone who makes you uncomfortable to leave. Examples: Your cell phone or beeper went off and you have to call your office, you left some important information in your car, or another agent with buyers is on his way.
- While showing a property, always leave the front door unlocked for a quick exit while you and the client are inside. As you enter each room, stand near the door.
- It is better to not display purses while at a property. Lock your purse in the car trunk before you arrive. Carry only non-valuable business items (except for your cell phone), and do not wear expensive jewelry or watches, or appear to be carrying large sums of money.
- Park at the curb in front of the property rather than in the driveway. You will attract much more attention running and screaming to the curb area. It is much easier to escape in your vehicle if you don't have to back out of a driveway. Besides, parked in a driveway, another vehicle could purposefully or accidentally trap you.