August eConnect Articles

New Missouri Amendment Seeks to Ban Sales Taxes on Services

 There's a proposed constitutional amendment slated for the Missouri ballot this coming November, and it's been causing some discussion among Metro-area REALTORS®.

The amendment, labelled Amendment 4, aims to ban sales taxes on professional services such as haircuts, healthcare, home repair and even services provided by real estate agents.

While Missouri doesn't currently tax professional services, the idea is catching on in other states, like North Carolina and Washington. Amendment 4, then, is being considered a "preemptive strike," according to Scott Charton, a spokesperson for the group pushing the measure.

The Missouri Association of REALTORS® was among the groups who helped secure funding to gather the signatures needed to get Amendment 4 on the ballot. There is currently no opposition to the proposed amendment, but November is still several months away.

There promises to be more developments on this amendment as we head into fall, but you can visit the amendment proponent's website for more information.

Get a Leg Up with RPR

It doesn't matter if you're a newcomer to the industry, or a long-time verteran; we all need a little extra help every now and again to keep an edge and stay current.

 Fortunately for everyone, the RPR Video Learning Center is packed to the brim with amazing video courses that are available to everyone free of charge. The classes are organized in a clean, easy-to-navigate site and cover a wide array of topics from Geographic Farming to International Real Estate. Subject matter is tailored for all comers, be they agent, broker, appraiser, commercial or MLS.

The videos themselves are broken down into easily digestible chapters, each no more than just a few minutes long, and consist of clear and accessible verbiage and excellent narration. Check out the site today and find a class that works for you!

KCRAR Adds New Code of Ethics Classes for December Deadline

 The December 31st deadline for your Code of Ethics Training is coming up fast. Because we want to ensure our members all complete this extremely important requirement, KCRAR has added weekly occurring Code of Ethics class, held each Monday in our Leawood, KS office.

The class consists of a simple, easy-to-understand video that covers everything you'll need to meet your Code of Ethics requirement for the 2016 cycle. While this class does not offer CE credit, it is absolutely free and will be held every Monday morning  from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Some exceptions apply. Please check our Events Calendar for complete list of dates).

Time is Running Out to Nominate Your 2016 Award Winners

 We  all know somebody who absolutely goes above and beyond the call of everyday duty, so why not recognize them? Nominations for KCRAR's "Of the Year" Awards are open, and we're accepting nominations through September 15. Nomination forms can be found right here. Simply fill them out and email them right over to Debbie Strange. Remember: friends don't let friends go unrecognized for being awesome.