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Opening Market - June 11 Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures set in place, Farmers Market Council Bluffs has decided to delay our opening market to Thursday, June 11. The FMCB committee and staff at The 712 Initiative are working diligently to make sure the market has a safe opening for the Council Bluffs community. The decision to delay comes from discussions with state and local governments, the Council Bluffs Police Department, Health Care Systems, and other local markets. The 2020 season will run from June 11 until September 24 on Thursdays in Bayliss Park from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Upon opening, there are plans to structure and monitor patron traffic throughout the market. These plans will be explained in more detail closer to the opening market date. Supplemental activities at the market will be suspended until further notice due to social distancing practices. This includes the play space wellness activities live music These activities are suspended due to their nature in encouraging gathering in place. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of our market. This was not an easy decision to make but we must make the safety of our vendors and patrons top priority. We can't wait to see you back at the market in June! Farmers Market Council Bluffs is a program of The 712 Initiative the712initiative.org/events/farmersmarketcb

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Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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Caucuses are this Monday, February 3rd! As always, each of our 1,682 precinct caucuses will begin promptly at 7 PM Monday evening. It is recommended that you arrive early to give yourself enough time to check in. To prepare for Monday, we strongly encourage you to double-check your location. Although many have remained the same, some locations have been updated.










Exercise Your Voice Through Your Vote!
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January 2020 - Mortgage Rates Approach 3-Year Lows




Why Use a REALTOR? 7 Reasons to Work with a REALTOR

REALTORS aren't just agents. They're professional members of the National Association of REALTORS and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR difference for home buyers:

1.An expert guide. Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there's a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.

2.Objective information and opinions.REALTORS can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need.

3.Property marketing power.Property doesn't sell due to advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner's contacts with previous clients, friends, and family. When a property is marketed by a REALTOR, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

4.Negotiation knowledge.There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows you the flexibility you need to take that next step.

5.Up-to-date experience.Most people sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each sale. Even if you've done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.

6.Your rock during emotional moments.A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they'll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.

7.Ethical treatment.Every REALTOR must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR's client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters.

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REALTORS Donate over $7,000 to Salvation Army Flood Relief

REALTORS donate $10,400 to Dream Playground Re-Imagined

The Soutwest Iowa Association of Realtors<SUP></SUP> donated $10,418.92
The Soutwest Iowa Association of Realtors donated $10,418.92

Proceeds from the association's annual golf bash - were donated to the Dream Playground Re-Imagined fund drive.

See pictures of the Affiliate/REALTOR Dream Playground Re-Imagined Build Day Under the Photos Tab




Project Jack Grants for Kids to Pay-IT-Forward

The REALTOR Foundation of Iowa provides $250 grants to classes across the state of Iowa for children to pay-it-forward in each of their communities.

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April 2018 Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act!




Please join in the celebration by meeting at the Tom Hanafan Pavilion area on Thursday, April 5th at 10:30 a.m. to join hands across the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge.

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When major disater strikes, the REALTORS Relief Foundation has one goal:

Help families who have endured unimaginable loss.

The REALTORS Relief Foundation is currently coordinating efforts for relief in the gulf coast cities and in the greater Houston, Texas area due to unprecedented flooding left by Hurricane Harvey.

Contributions

The REALTORS Relief Foundation welcomes contributions - not only in times of disaster, but at any time throughout the year, and 100% of all funds collected go to disaster relief causes.


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Use this secure online form to make a contribution.

By mail - via check Make checks payable to: REALTORS Relief Foundation 430 N. Michigan AvenueChicago, IL 60611 Check Memo Description: RRF Contribution Note: The REALTOR Relief Foundation distributes 100% OF ALL FUNDS COLLEECTED TO DISASTER RELIEF CAUSES. THE FUNDS ARE DISTRIBUTED ON AN "AS-NEEDED" BASIS BY THE FOUNDATION'S DIRECTORS. THE FOUNDATION CANNOT GUARANTEE DONORS THAT DONATIONS MADE IN RESPONSE TO A PARTICULAR DISASTER WILL BE USED FOR THAT SPECIFIC DISASTER, BUT THE fOUNDATION DOES GUARANTEE ALL DONORS THAT 100% OF THEIR DONATION WILL BE USED FOR AN APPROPRIATE DISASTER RELIEF EFFOR.










Southwest Iowa REALTORS Give Back to the Community


From left, Lori Shields, Marge Leaders, Barry Cleaveland, Lynne Branigan, LuAnn Hansen, Gary Fenster, Justin Schultz and Kristi Jerkovich pose for a portrait at Lake Manawa State Park's Dream Playground on Friday, July 21st. The Southwest Iowa Association of Realtors donated $1,400 each to the Dream Playground Re-Imagined renovation project, Make-A-Wish Iowa, and the Catholic Charitties Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program, using money raised at the annual Realtor Golf Bash held in June. More Photos under the "Photos" tab.

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The Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS earned the Travelling Plaque for Participation Leader: REALTOR Division
The Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS earned the Travelling Plaque for Participation Leader: REALTOR Division
















Dream Home Drawing Contest Sponsored by the Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS

The Cook Brothers - Cameron and Keegan
The Cook Brothers - Cameron and Keegan
Look Here!Cameron Cook of Neola is the Southwest Iowa Association of REALTORS Dream Home Drawing Contest Winner. Cameron won an outdoor playhouse and will ride on the REALTORS Celebrate CB float. The float will feature the playhouse as part of an urban setting and showcase a key to UNlock the door to your dream home.




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The REALTOR Foundation of Iowa & SW Iowa Assn. of REALTORS Donate to Area Food Banks

West Central Commmunity Action - Malvern, IA
West Central Commmunity Action - Malvern, IA

Realtors Foundation of Iowa & Southwest Iowa Assoc. of Realtors donate $1000. each to nine Southwest Iowa Food Banks!! "A BIG THANK YOU to the Volunteers in each community who make it happen for those in need, EACH AND EVERY DAY!! What you do with the limited resources you have, AMAZED ME!! It was an honor to meet each and every one of you and learn about each of your organizations!! Friends - Take a look at the Volunteers from your Community who donate so much time and effort - and the next time you see them, be sure to tell them Thanks, and be sure to ask "What can I do to help?""

Words of Wisdom courtesy of Byron Menke

REALTOR Foundation of Iowa & SWIAR Donate to Area Food Banks
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Do you know a REALTOR who goes above and beyond to serve their community?


Every day, REALTORS are making a difference in their communities and they are dedicated volunteers who have the courage to reach out to people in need. The honored REALTOR contributes countless hours and resources to ensure that their respective communities will flourish.Application deadline for the 2020 award is May 10, 2020.

Click on the image to view the application - Questions? Please call NAR's Information Central at 800-874-6500.































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