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Closed for Thanksgiving

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Our offices will close at noon on Wednesday, November 25th and will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 30th. We can't express how thankful we are to each and every one of our members. Have a very blessed ho
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We are excited to announce our partnership with the 11th Annual Space Coast Basket Brigade This is a fun, family event where volunteers come together to package, decorate and personally deliver Thanksgiving baskets to families in need in our community. As you can imagine this year we have more families than ever before and without the ability to host the usual fundraisers, special events and Gala the Brigade is asking for our support now more than ever. Currently there are over 3000 families on the list, and we have enough funds to feed approximately 650 families. There has never been a year where we have had to turn anyone away and we are hoping ...
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TOYS FOR TOTS NEED IN SOUTH BREVARD The South Brevard Toys for Tots campaign is in dire need of a 4,000 sq. ft space to be used as a Toys for Tots warehouse this year beginning November 1 st through January 1 st . This space is used to store toys once collected throughout the area and for volunteers to sort in order to be given to families in South Brevard. The need will be great this year and unless the campaign finds a warehouse very soon, there is a chance local families who have registered to receive toys won’t receive them.   The warehouse would be best located in the Melbourne area. Needs include A/C and parking for families when it’s time for them ...
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BIDDING IS OPEN at NOON!! www.spacecoast.givesmart.com The Online Gift Card Auction is LIVE at NOON TODAY thru November 6th at 8:00 pm. Any purchases made will go towards your 2020 RPAC Con
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Election Day Voting

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Election Day Voting The polls are open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot.  If you do not know where your polling place is, contact your  county Supervisor of Elections . You can also find your precinct and polling place on your county Supervisor of Elections' website or by using the  Voter Information Lookup . Whether during early voting or on Election Day, you will be asked to provide at the polls a valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted: Florida driver’s license Florida identification card issued by the Department ...
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Am I in violation of the Code of Ethics if I don't follow the detailed showing instructions in the MLS? Yes, As a reminder, when showing instructions have detailed requests such as all parties wearing masks or disclosures that need to be signed and returned before showing it is your responsibility to follow those instructions or you could be found in violation of the Code of Ethics.   Buyer’s Agent/Broker It is a violation of the Code of Ethics Article 3 and the complaint could also qualify as a citable offense of Article 3: Standard of Practice 3-9 with a $500 fine and required Code of Ethics training within six (6) months if you do not abide by ...
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City Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Advisory Boards Post Date: 10/28/2020 10:49 AM Volunteer board members provide vital input to the Melbourne City Council on important local issues and have the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to their community.  The City of Melbourne is currently recruiting interested citizens to serve on the following advisory boards. For more information and to apply, contact the City Clerk’s office at city.clerk@mlbfl.org or 321-608-7220. The Affordable Housing Advisory Committee reviews established policies and procedures, ordinances, land development regulations and the Comprehensive Plan of the City and ...
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2020 Voter's Guide

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The 1/2 cent Surtax Renewal We are workin g with Brevard Public Schools (BPS) to educate residents of Brevard County on the half-cent sales surtax that is up for renewal this election cycle. The current surtax, passed by voters in 2014, will sunset on December 31, 2020. An option to extend the surtax is on the November 3rd election ballot. The extension of the ½ cent sales tax for six more years will support infrastructure, technology and security upgrades at schools around the county. For more information on this initiative and for a detailed look by school at how these dollars are being utilized, check out the links below.   ...
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Be the Point Person for Your Legislator in Tallahassee Build a relationship with your legislator and act as the voice of Realtors when important issues arise. DEADLINE is November 13th   Key Contacts make up our most critical advocacy team, opening the door and leading the way, serving as the direct contact to their personally assigned state legislator. If selected, you will serve as the voice of Realtor issues at  Great American Realtor Days , and all year long, for a two-year term. Whether you have been a Key Contact for many years, or just entering the program for the first time, the personal relationship you develop and maintain with your ...
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RateMyAgent understands what a review actually embodies--your hard work, long hours, heart, and soul, all for the sake of serving your clients well. Now, there is finally a way to collectively raise the bar in real estate and celebrate the agents who make our industry better. In the past, awards recognized dollars and numbers, but we want to honor excellence. In the spring of 2018, real estate influencers, innovators and leaders gathered together in Palm Springs to create a manifesto called The Parker Principles on how to change the industry. We believe these ideals are captured in RateMyAgent’s Agent of the Year Awards.   The process is simple. ...
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Newly Received Coronovirus Relief Funds to Help Melbourne Residents Affected by Pandemic Post Date: 10/14/2020 11:33 AM The City of Melbourne has received additional $162,742 in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) from the State of Florida that it will use to expand programs designed to help residents experiencing economic hardship or homelessness in our community due to the pandemic.  Last night the Melbourne City Council approved a plan to put $122,742 of the new funding toward two City programs that help residents keep their homes and to allocate the remaining $40,000 to a program that provides emergency shelter for homeless residents and helps them ...
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We Invite you ... ... to submit your request to participate in a business experience that will expand your sphere of real estate knowledge and your network of business contacts, while encouraging you to take the opportunity to make a difference in the decisions that could affect your career. By serving on one of the Committees, Task Force Groups, Forums, or in a Leadership Position, you have the opportunity to design your engagement in ways that connect to the Associations mission and to your own skills, passions, and abilities. We hope you will share our vision for 2021 and join our family of real estate leaders today! We look forward to you participating ...
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Space Coast Association of REALTORS® Foundation Director position open Several years ago, our Association established a Charitable Foundation and this foundation has its own Board of Directors. This Board meets quarterly to approve requests for funds from local IRS qualified 501(c)3 Charities. These members are appointed for 3-year staggered terms. We will be filling 1 vacancy on this Board of Directors. If you would like to be considered for a position on our Foundation’s Board of Directors, please submit your name and any personal qualifications you would like to share with the Board of Directors to support your interest. Please submit your interest ...
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Voting Links

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Voting Links Accessible Voting for Persons with Disabilities Information on voting for persons with disabilities Early Voting How to cast a ballot at an early voting location before election day Election Day Voting Information on how to vote at the polls on election day Language Assistance for Voting Information on language assistance and translation of election materials into Spanish Military and Overseas Citizens Voting Information for military and overseas voters Vote-by-Mail How to request and vote a vote-by-mail ballot READ MO
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The Space Coast Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the recommended candidates for election to office for races held on November 3, 2020.   The REALTOR® organization recommends candidates who champion issues related to real estate, home-ownership, and private property rights. In addition, the Association considers support of issue campaigns that address the rights of the property owners and/or improves the quality of life within our region.   Space Coast Association of REALTORS® recommended candidates are:     Congress District 8 Bill Posey   State Senate District 17 Debbie Mayfield   ...
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Scams and fraudulent postings, you hear about it from time to time and every once in a while we see/hear about the increased activity. The bad behavior seems to be ramping up again, here is how you can protect yourself and your customers/clients. Set up a google alert for your listings. What's a google alert you ask? A google alert will monitor the web for what you specify the "alert" to be. In theory, this is what will happen: you enter the address of your listing as a google alert, that listing is in the MLS and most likely gets disseminated to third-party sites, you will be notified once that listings address matches your alert. What's great about setting ...
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September 15, 2020 BPS Launches Web Page to Educate Community on Sales Surtax Renewal Ahead of November 3rd Election VIERA, FL – Brevard Public Schools today launched a public web page that will serve as a central place for citizens to access information on the county half-cent sales surtax up for renewal this election cycle. The current surtax passed by voters in 2014 will sunset on December 31, 2020. An option to extend the surtax will be on the November 3rd ballot. The web page, www.Brevardschools.org/SurtaxRenewal , houses historical data on the current 2014 surtax, along with an informational “tool-kit” with easy to reference materials. ...
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Clear Cooperation Policy

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Did you know you have 5 business days to enter a listing into the MLS once the listing agreement is signed? This provides time to get pictures, write your creative description and input the listing. Here's the caveat, once you start publicly marketing that listing you now have 1 business day to enter the listing into the MLS. Public marketing triggers the Clear Cooperation Policy. What is public marketing? Social media posts, yard signs, open houses, and much more ... To view more about Clear Cooperatio
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A Message from Our Green Committee As the Chairman of the Green Committee, I was fortunate to be invited by Marilyn Waters, of the Brevard Indian River Lagoon Coalition, to join a Zoom presentation hosted by the  Ocean Research & Conservation Association .  ORCA presented  a detailed look at the collecting, testing and organizing of data from the Indian River Lagoon, as well as their "One Health" program.  The "One Health" program is focused on studying the transfer of toxins and toxicants from the Indian River Lagoon to humans and animals.  In addition, they explain the "Citizen Science" opportunities for all who wish to take part.  If you ...
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3 NEW MLS Products

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Get ready, we just launched 3 NEW MLS Products . These products, offered as benefits of your Association membership, will help build/maintain your online presence, keep you on the cutting edge of technology, and increase your profit and productivity! Learn more about these new products below.       Property Panorama           Features: Virtual tour product, Instaview - creates instant video from pictures uploaded in the MLS, customizable videos and marketing pieces. Launch Date: Monday, September 14th Learn this Product: View tutorials here  Read more about Property Panorama here View ...
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