News and Announcements




Look Here!NAR REALTOR Ad Center

Check out the new NAR Ad Center

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NAR ensures that campaign materials reach consumers across many media platforms




Look Here!Affiliate Updates

Council Bluffs Savings Bank is now Availa Bank

Pulaski Home Mortgage is now Busey Home Mortgage and welcomes Deborah Hunter.

Please Welcome New Affiliate Members......

Veridian Credit Union - Lori L. Lustgraaf

SAC Federal Credit Union - Deborah J. Rorebeck

Genuine Pest Control - Dana (Dan) Nielsen

Amoura Productions Real Estate Photography & Videos - Jacy Riedmann

Stratton home Inspections - Christopher Stratton




The Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS is excited to announce that Real Safe Agent was deployed on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.














Thanks to everyone that has already installed Real Safe Agent. If you have not already done so please locate the "RSA Invitation" email sent to you and follow the directions.

Look Here!Be sure to leave Real Safe Agent in listening mode (running in the background)

Listening Mode

LinkReal Safe Agent

Promo Video

If you need help learning the system there are on-line live 30 minute training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am central time; you can access the training through the following link:

LinkPlease register for the date and time that works best for you:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

For questions or further assistance, please contact Julie Eden at 402-630-8410 or julie@menkeauction.com

Get Real, Sell Safe!




REALTORS Giving Back to the Community!

Gary Fenster, Marge Leaders, Diane McKee - Phoenix House, Mike Fox and LuAnn Hansen
Gary Fenster, Marge Leaders, Diane McKee - Phoenix House, Mike Fox and LuAnn Hansen
LuAnn Hansen presents a check to Diane McKee, Phoenix House in the amount of $1,250.00
LuAnn Hansen presents a check to Diane McKee, Phoenix House in the amount of $1,250.00
Marge Leaders, Mindy Martin, LuAnn Hansen, Ashley Winans , - Gary Fenster- Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, Mike Fox and LuAnn Hansen
Marge Leaders, Mindy Martin, LuAnn Hansen, Ashley Winans , - Gary Fenster- Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands, Mike Fox and LuAnn Hansen
LuAnn Hansen presents a check to Ashley Winans, Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands in the amount of $1,250.00
LuAnn Hansen presents a check to Ashley Winans, Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands in the amount of $1,250.00

The Southwest IA Assoc. of Realtors annual Golf Bash was able to raise and give over $1000 to the local Phoenix House as well as The Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands.




Supra iBoxBT

Cost for a new iBoxBT ~ $101.75 plus $7.12 tax for a total of $108.87

iBoxBT ~ Used SWIAR will purchase for $55.00 (in good working order)

iBoxBT ~ Used SWIAR will sell for $60.00 (if available)

DocumentSUPRA 2016-2017 Fee Schedule




#MyIowaHome Photo Contest

Love Instagram? You are in luck, we do too! So when you go to post that magnificent photo of your city center, unique setting, Christmas Lights display, beautiful snow scape, or events that make your hometown great, use the hashtag #MyIowaHome and tag @iowarealtors on Instagram.

Entries will be judged for possible inclusion in the next IAR Benchmark Magazine, reposted to @iowarealtors Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts and/or featured in a blog post at www.iowarealtors.com. This is a yearlong contest with prizes given each interval to make sure we capture Iowa in all of its seasons! Read through the official rules (attached) for more details and submission deadlines.

This contest is open to REALTORS as well as anyone else that wants to join! Just be sure to follow us on Instagram - @iowarealtors Get your phones out and get ready to win great prizes including possible publication in our quarterly magazine!




Welcome New Members ~

Shawn Lake ~ Key Real Estate

Michele "Shelli" Hulsing ~ Heartland Properties

William "Bill" Wilson ~ NP Dodge, Council Bluffs

Katie Adler ~ Nebraska Realty

Doug Hartman ~ Better Homes & Garden Integrity

Mark Ciochon ~ BHHS Ambassador

Chris Rochleau ~ Heartland Properties

Loretta McNally ~ Re/Max Platinum

Heeran Workman ~ Re/Max Platinum

Brittni Edgell ~ NP Dodge, Council Bluffs

Juan Garcia ~ NP Dodge Glenwood

Natasha Garcia ~ NP Dodge Glenwood

John "Huston" Hunter ~ Key Real Estate

Brett Larson ~ Heartland Properties

New Offices ~

New Affiliate Office

A1 Mold Testing & Remediation Services ~ David Bayne




Susan Noland-Hunter, Theresa Ruby, and Kristi Jerkovich
Susan Noland-Hunter, Theresa Ruby, and Kristi Jerkovich
Glen Tiessen
Glen Tiessen
Nellie Hunter and Sara Porter
Nellie Hunter and Sara Porter
Erin Trescott, Marge Leaders, MJ Svoboda, Elaine Jacobsen, and Barbara Jacobsen
Erin Trescott, Marge Leaders, MJ Svoboda, Elaine Jacobsen, and Barbara Jacobsen
Not Pictured - Cindy Carnes, Larry Taylor, LuAnn Hansen & Nicki Montelongo
Not Pictured - Cindy Carnes, Larry Taylor, LuAnn Hansen & Nicki Montelongo
Karen Carmona
Karen Carmona
Tina Polly
Tina Polly
Rhonda Johnson
Rhonda Johnson

Thanks to our 2015 REALTOR Ring Day Ringers!

Look Here!Thanks to All ~ The Winter Clothes Drive was a Big Success

Thanks to all who donated their time, money, and of course clothes for the recent winter clothes drive. This wouldn't have happened without You!







Look Here!Realtor Foundation of Iowa Grant

The Southwest Iowa Association applied for a $5,000 grant to the Realtor Foundation of Iowa and received the honor last week during state convention. This grant money will go to 8 area food banks in Southwest Iowa. Byron Menke was instrumental in initiating and securing the win for this grant. There were several boards in Iowa that applied and our board was the ONLY board to receive the grant money.

Thanks to these gals for calling members to raise money as a grant match
Thanks to these gals for calling members to raise money as a grant match










September was REALTOR Safety Month, but here's to keeping Safe All Year!

LinkSafety Videos

Videos fromNAR

Below are links to a couple of very good YouTube Safety videos.

Man to Man: You're Just as at Risk

Male practitioners should be as concerned with safety as females.

LinkSafety First

Listen to those alarms going off in your head.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun













Rental Housing Inspection

Look Here!

Cities within Iowa with a population of 15,000 or more are mandated by the State of Iowa to have a rental housing inspection program. Therefore to comply with this mandate the city has established an ordinance for rental housing inspections "in order to establish minimum quality standards for all residential dwellings, dwelling units, rooming houses and rooming units; to provide for the enforcement of such standards; to establish a program of regular rental inspections; and to protect the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa".

The rental housing inspector performs random and complaint-based inspections looking for dangerous conditions and violations of compliance with minimum physical standards for residences. There are 8500+ units registered with the city All and the inspector normally will perform 10 inspections per week.

All owners of rental property are required to register each rental unit with the City. There will be a $15.00 per unit annual registration fee. The rental registration renewal reminder forms are mailed to the owners at their last known address. The rental registrations are due back by the 1st of January of each year. There is a penalty of $1/day up to a maximum of $35 for every day the registration is returned late to the City after the 1st day of March.

All owners of rental property are required to perform a self-inspection of their rental units on an annual basis being due upon annual registration. The self-inspection is composed of a checklist of items, (i.e. plumbing, electrical) that the rental property owner verifies meet city standards.

Renters that have a complaint against their Landlord shall send a letter of complaint by certified mail and give their Landlord an amount of time that is reasonable to fix their problem. If the Landlord fails to comply with the letter of complaint within the time requested, then the Renter may contact the Housing Inspector and show their proof of notification and letter of complaint.

Call the Housing Inspector at (712) 328-4628 normal office hours are 8:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday.

Rental Inspection Ordinance

city-council.jpgCity of Council Bluffs Rental Inspection Ordinance #6224
An Ordinance to amend title 17 entitled "Housing" of the Municipal Code of the City of the city of Council Bluffs, IA by amending Chapter 17

Attached is the rental inspection ordinance #6224 that the city council is working on as a "live" document. The attached document is as of Jan. 12, 2015 and is continually subject to amendments. The city council is asking for feedback from the public. The SWIAR Board of Directors wants to hear from you! Based on YOUR feedback, our legislative committee and board of directors will compile a list of amendments to this document and present this to the council for their consideration. Our Legislative Committee is meeting Friday, Jan. 16th at 9:00 a.m., here at the board office. You are welcome to attend this meeting.







department-of-housing.jpgFHA TO REDUCE ANNUAL INSURANCE PREMIUMS
FAQ Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions

DocumentHUD Mortgagee Letter




REALTORS Property Resource

LinkWhat is RPR?

A YOU Tube Video

LinkREALTORS Property Resource

RPR Mobile ~ Empowering REALTORS anytime, anyplace

Introduction to RPR Mobile

On-the-go access to the property data your clients are asking for!

Instantly view any nearby property and get listing, sales, valuation, assessment, deed, foreclosure, school stats and market trends - all on your phone! Then easily create, customize, and sent RPR's full library of reports.

ALL this at no cost!

RPR is exclusively for REALTORS and is 100% covered by your NAR member dues.

NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun discusses the modest gain in existing-home sales in February 2015.

Home Sales Improve Slightly in February

DocumentFact Sheet
DocumentRefund Fact Sheet







Legislative Bus-In Day 2015

Hill Notes

Online Invoice Payments!

Look Here!Southwest Iowa Association of Realtors Proudly presents........

Online Invoice Payments! Beginning January 1, 2015 member offices can pay their invoice online. Just look for the "Pay Now" link on your customer invoice and input your bank routing and account number - DONE! It's FREE. Payments are processed thru Intuit PaymentNetwork - Secure Network and your Financial Information is NEVER shared. You do not need to create an intuit account. This is a more cost effective way for us to do business. Saving members money IS a member benefit.

Supra Web Training Notes

DocumentSupra Web Training Notes

Call For Action

DocumentCall For Action
NAR Call For Action: Don't Tax "Phantom Income" on Short Sales Congress has begun its "Lame Duck" session with a big list of unfinished business items. Number one on that list for REALTORS is an extension of "The MortgageForgiveness Tax Relief Act." This bipartisan legislation would extend an expired provision that has helped millions of distressed American families by allowing tax relief for homeowners when lenders forgive some portion of themortgage debt they owe. Today's housing market is finally recovering. However, there are still too many homeowners unable to meet their mortgage obligations. Estimates show that about 5.3 million homes are still under water. In addition, there are still more than 1 million homes in the process of foreclosure. If "The Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act" is not enacted, hundreds of thousands of American families who did the right thing by short-selling their home or received a much needed loan reduction from their lender will have to pay income tax on "phantom income." Urge your Member of Congress and Senators to act on "TheMortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act" before the end of 2014 and help provide certainty for struggling homeowners and stability for our nation's housing markets.

Congratulations are in order to the following members on their appointment to the

IAR 2015 Slate of Officers ~

Michael Allmon, Regional Vice President

Tammy Stuart, IAR Director

Byron Menke, IAR Board of Directors Delegate

Free Safety Webinar

Claim your .REALTOR domain

.REALTOR Launches Oct.23, 2014

Document.REALTOR Domain Fact Sheet
.REALTOR Launches Oct. 23, 2014

Are you ready? The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) is pleased to announce that members can claim their .REALTOR domain. With .REALTOR, members can instantly communicate to consumers their status as a REALTOR in their website address, strengthening their connection to the REALTOR brand, and identifying themselves as a trusted source for real estate information. NAR will provide the first 500,000 members who register with a FREE .REALTOR domain for one year. After the first free domain, pricing for additional domains will start at $39.95, with multiple domains and multiple year discounts available. Domain names will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so mark you calendars to visit www.claim.REALTOR on Oct. 23 to claim your .REALTOR domain.

Link.REALTOR Domain

Registration Video

September is REALTOR Safety Month!

While NAR works hard to remind REALTORS about the importance of safety all year long, what about their clients? Learn more safety strategies, view tools, resources, videos and articles. Join NAR for : Safety Tips to Share with Sellers on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Bluffs Tomorrow 2030 ~

A Blueprint for Development & Growth of Council Bluffs

Updates & Announcements Subscribe to the RSS Feed by clicking the orange button Community Open House - Wednesday, August 20, 6:00 pm! Posted Thursday, August 07, 2014 The City of Council Bluffs invites you to be part of the process that will help guide the future of the community. Please join us at a Community Open House to review and comment on Bluffs Tomorrow: 2030 Plan, a Comprehensive Plan for the Council Bluffs community. Once adopted by City Council, Bluffs Tomorrow: 2030 Plan will be a consensus-based visionary document and a policy guide for decisions about land use, transportation, open space, recreation, economic development and community character. This is an excellent opportunity for citizens of Council Bluffs to provide input into the planning process prior to plan adoption! Months of community dialogue, data gathering and analysis has resulted in the draft version of Bluffs Tomorrow: 2030 Plan. This draft will be presented at a Community Open House on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. at Community Hall, 205 South Main Street, Council Bluffs. From 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, you are invited to come in at your convenience to ask questions of City staff and consultants. At 7:00 PM, a formal presentation will be given, followed by an opportunity for public comment. The Draft Comprehensive Plan document can be downloaded by going to www.bluffstomorrow2030.com and clicking on the "Documents" tab. Print copies are available for review at the Council Bluffs Public Library reference desk, the City Clerk's office located in City Hall, and the Community Development Department office located at 403 Willow Avenue. We need your participation - your comments are important to us. Come to the Community Open House to learn more and provide input regarding the future of Council Bluffs! Community Open House Meeting Information: Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Location: Community Hall, 205 South Main St, Council Bluffs.

LinkBluffs Tomorrow 2030

A Blueprint for Development & Growth of Council Bluffs

Southwest Iowa AOR Public Relations Booth at the Farmers Market

Pictured from left to right Rob Cerveny, Lauren Greve and Tammy Stuart

Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS Public Relations Committee - Rob Cerveny, Lauren Greve and Tammy Stuart hosted a booth at the Farmers Market in July! They gave away 200 sugar cookies in the shape of an R to raise awareness on the importance of contacting your local REALTOR when looking to buy or sell your property. About 100 brochures were handed out. The brochures featured information for buyers and sellers on why it pays to work with a REALTOR, including online resources such as www.realtor.com and www.houselogic.com. We'll be back! Stop by the booth on August 28th and Sept. 25th!

Reauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act

DocumentReauthorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

Southwest Iowa Home Sales Increased for June 2014!

In The News!

Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act

Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act The United States Senate has passed The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act by a vote of 72 - 22. The Legislation that passed ~ * REPEALS (the original Senate bill only delayed) the property-sales provision in the Biggert Waters law (sec.205) that has triggered the most excessive and inaccurate premium increases over the past year. *REFUNDS (the original Senate bill would not refund) excessive premiums to those who have already seen an increase but were not warned by FEMA prior to purchasing the property. (This would apply to ALL purchases of property including purchases of a second home or commercial property). *RESTORES (the original Senate bill only delayed) the grandfathering of lower rates when new flood maps are issued by repealing Section 207 of the law before any increases can be implemented.

Access Blueprint

Access Blueprint ~ What FHA is Doing to Expand Access to Mortgage Credit for Underserved Borrowers

DocumentBLUEPRINT FOR ACCESS







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