Sentricard Renewal Software Alert

Beginning March 25, Sentrilock will alert you if you are running an old version of the Card Utility software while renewing your Sentricard.

On September 1, support for software versions older than 4.0 will end and older card readers will not work.

Update your Sentricard Utility software by August  31, here.

This update is required by August 31, as major internet providers will no longer support the drivers used by the older Card Utility versions after that date.

If you renew your Sentricard Utility software now, you will not see any further alerts leading up to the renewal deadline, August 31.

If you receive the alert below, renew your Sentricard Utility software by following the instructions here.


If are still using the card reader below, you will need to upgrade prior to August 31. Newer versions are available at the CTAR & MLS Offices for $40.


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The 2015 Certified Negotiation Specialist Designation Course is SOLD OUT! 

Certified Negotiation Specialist Designation Course
March 30 & 31 | 9am -6pm 
with Marie Spodek, DREI

Special Realtor Rate: $259
Gold Card Rate: $234
Non-Member Rate: $299

What You Will Learn
Competitive Hard Bargaining vs. Collaborative Negotiating How to Persuade and Influence Others The Psychology of Buying How to Plan for Negotiation Success!

What You Will Takeaway
16 Elective CE Hours (CEE2102)
CNE Designation
200+ pages of negotiation and CNE marketing materials

What Other People are Saying about CNE
“Normally I try to pick up just one good idea in a training class. In the CNE class I learned 10 new ideas on just the first day! I don’t like to sit in classes all day but this class sailed right along. I am sure the CNE class will help me become an even better REALTOR® and all of the material will certainly enhance my skills” — Richard Meitz, RE/MAX Hall of Fame

About Marie Spodek
Marie Spodek brings more than 25 years of real estate education and practical experience to Charleston agents in this exciting new negotiation and business-building seminar. The class is upbeat, informational, and specific enough to set you apart from your competition with no on-going fees.

Realtors Giving Back


Recently, members of the 2015 SCR Housing Opportunity and Diversity Committee presented a $5,000 check from the American Dream Housing Fund to Sea Island Habitat for Humanity for their Laurel Oak Grove Community on James Island.

The American Dream Housing Fund raises money through sales of the “Homeownership: The American Dream” license plate, which supports construction of new affordable housing in South Carolina.

Join your fellow Realtors® in support of this cause and learn more about the American Dream license plate here.

Pictured:  David Kent-SCR President Elect, Owen Tyler-SCR Region 1 VP, Matt DeAntonio-CTAR President, Wil Riley-CTAR CEO, Valarie Frasier-Vice Chair SCR Housing Opps Committee, John Cowan-Member SCR Housing Opps Committee, John Rhoden-SIHH Executive Director

Weekly Legislative Update

Legislative Update for the week of March 8

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Mt. Pleasant Town Council 3.10.15

This Week at a Glance

  • Former School Board member Elizabeth Moffly is pressing officials to break up the Charleston County School District
  • The Beach Co. withdrew its Sgt. Jasper site rezoning request from the Charleston Planning Commission following weeks of public opposition and losing the support of Councilman Mike Seekings
  • Hanahan officials say a land deal is off for its proposed new elementary school
    Mt. Pleasant Town Council members voted 6-3 in support of a proposed pay increase that will almost double their current compensation
  • A $500 million borrowing in the State House was killed this week, paving way for a new budget consensus

The Future of Charleston’s Architecture
City Consultant Andres Duany gave his final talk on Charleston’s architecture Friday morning, recommending a smaller jurisdiction of the Board of Architectural Review, a sliding scale of requirements for new buildings, and amending the appeals process. Public reception will largely determine if the recommendations are ever implemented as the city addresses mounting growth concerns.

Charleston County Subdivision Regulations
At the urging of land surveying groups and builders, the Charleston County Planning Commission amended subdivision requirements for subdivision plats by requiring a preliminary wetlands determinations letter from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will reduce the cost associated with inheriting land.

Realtor Rally
Join us on March 24 at 10 am at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and the South Carolina Statehouse, to show your support for the American Dream of Homeownership and Quality of Life for all South Carolinians! The day’s events will include a full issue briefing by your SCR lobbyist, grassroots events inside the Statehouse, and a BBQ lunch with your legislators. Governor Haley plans to address the group from the Capitol stairs. Join your fellow Realtors®, legislators and the media as we let our voices be heard. The issues we’re tackling this year are:

  • Real Estate License Law Update & Modernization
  • Business License Tax Reduction
  • Patent Reform
  • Environmental litigation Reform
  • Property Tax Reform

Register here.
If there is enough participation, CTAR will provide transportation to the event.



Legislative Update for the week of March 1

Mt. Pleasant Town Council Committee Meeting 3.2.2015
Mt. Pleasant Town Council Committee Meeting 3.2.2015

News at a Glance

  • Mt. Pleasant council members move to raise their pay from $8,918 to $15,000 and the mayors from $24,000 to $42,000 per year
  • Gov. Haley and Speaker Lucas are working to resurrect ethics reform after stalling in the State Senate
  • Mayor Linda Page met with County representatives and the SCDOT who agreed to study widening S.C. Highway 41
  • the City of Charleston may not have a GOP mayoral candidate this year
  • State House lawmakers approved a bill to streamline local governments’ funds
  • Rep. Horne proposed the South Carolina Jobs, Education and Tax Act – a plan to pump $1.3 billion into roads and schools by making property tax rates uniform across the state
  • Daimler announced a $500 million expansion plan in the Lowcountry, and our regional port competitor, the Savannah Harbor, was awarded a $134.5M contract for expansion.

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new net neutrality rules, which gives the Commission strong legal authority to regulate broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restrict their power to control download speeds on the web. The new rules ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing any traffic and from striking deals with content companies, known as paid prioritization, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers. The new rules are a victory for consumers, and for REALTORS® who embrace technology and online resources to meet the needs of their clients.

FAA Proposes Commercial Drone Rule
The FAA has begun the rulemaking process to address the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones. The proposed rule would allow commercial use of drones in a variety of situations, including real estate photography. The rule governs machines weighing 55 lbs. or less, and some of the restrictions placed on operators include: daylight flights only, line of sight operations only, flights limited to an altitude of 500 feet, and operator certification by the FAA.

FEMA Holds Standard Hearings
The White House recently issued an Executive Order 13690: “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input.” This Executive Order (EO) requires that any new construction or development in, and affecting floodplains funded by the federal government, will be required to meet the level of resilience established in the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).
To obtain public input on the FFRMS, FEMA has announced several listening sessions on implementation of the standards. These sessions provide the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and provide feedback on how federal agencies implement the Standard.



Legislative Update for the week of February 15

In the News
The Ethics Commission will investigate complaints that Folly Beach mayor Goodwin pushed for approval of a referendum in an official letter, Dick Elliot dropped out of Charleston mayor’s race, the Charleston County School Board is moving cautiously in superintendent search, the Tides IV condo project plans to break ground next month in Mount Pleasant, IOP & Sullivan’s are still working toward beach parking pass, Vice President Biden visited Mount Pleasant’s port to promote a new transportation plan, Charleston County School Board is not sold on a proposed alternative high school, a crowd angry over density put the Charleston Planning Commission meeting about Sergeant Jasper site on hold, Charleston upper peninsula is planning for a new major apartment complex, ten candidates are in the race for four Sullivan’s Town Council seats, a proposed property tax plan in the legislature would raise $2 billion for schools and roads, and Charleston’s growing pains were the main topics of Monday’s mayoral forum.

Mt. Pleasant Growth
Town Council met last week, where they reassured more than 200 residents present of their plans to control growth through strict codes enforcement and requiring greater commission input on major projects. Council also backed out of a deal to lease parking spaces from the proposed garage on Shem Creek. CTAR’s Legislative Committee has now formed a Mt. Pleasant Growth Issues Task Force.

Charleston City Entertainment District
Last Wednesday we met with Charleston’s Late Night Activity Review Committee, where members proposed the city taking control of liquor licenses from the state, soft closing for bars, and limiting parking variances for late-night establishments to control growth.

2015 NAR Legislative and Regulatory Priorities

  • Homeownership and Real Estate Investment Tax Policies
    The growing federal debt, weak economic recovery, and continued growth of tax complexity have kept tax reform near the top of the national agenda and places a variety of tax laws, including those affecting commercial and residential real estate, under increased scrutiny.
  • Credit and Lending Policies
    Overly stringent lending standards have continued to limit the availability of affordable mortgage financing for credit worthy consumers and federal policymakers are weighing a number of proposals aimed at creating healthier housing and mortgage markets.
  • Business Operations
    There are a number of issues before Congress and the Federal Regulatory Agencies that could have a significant impact on the business operations of real estate firms, including a 3% cap on fees and points, RESPA/TILA harmonization, copyright protections, net neutrality, patent reform, and appraiser independence regulations.
  • Commercial
    More than $1.2 trillion in commercial real estate loans will come due over the next few years, and many of these deals will have trouble getting financing. NAR supports consideration of legislation and regulations to protect and enhance the flow of capital to commercial real estate.

For more information about CTAR’s Legislative initiatives please contact Patrick Arnold. 

License Renewal Resource Center

License Renewal Information

According to Section 40-57-220 B. of South Carolina Real Estate License Law, “A real estate broker, salesman, or property manager who fails to renew his license and continues to engage in such business is guilty of a misdemeanor and, if convicted, can be fined up to five hundred dollars, or be imprisoned up to six months -or both…”

As a real estate professional, it is your responsibility to know when your license expires, how many hours you need to complete in each renewal period, and to pay any associated fees to renew your license with the LLR online.

Download the License Renewal Worksheet, here. It’ll help you track all your courses across LLR, CTAR and NAR’s requirements.

We know you’re busy, so CTAR is here to help! Everything you need to know about the upcoming license renewal is below, but if you still need help, call us! 843.760.9400.

Not sure if your license is expiring?
Check online, here.

License Renewal Information

If you are on a two-year renewal cycle and your salesman, broker or broker-in-charge license expires on June 30, 2015, you must complete the following:

.  Eight hours of continuing education (CE) is required for all licensees by the Real Estate Commission/LLR, including the four hour core course and four hours of elective course(s) (possible exemptions below),

.  Six additional elective hours of CE if you are a REALTOR® member (possible exemptions below)

.  Prior to your expiration date, you must renew your license online with the LLR

NOTE: If you currently hold a provisional license, your requirements may differ. Please call CTAR with questions. 843.760.9400.

Completion of the National Association of REALTORS® quadrennial ethics requirement is required every four-year cycle (current cycle 1/1/13-12/31/16). The 2.5 hour course can be taken online at no cost (with no CE credit). Find the online course, here.

Questions? Please email Kelly Bramble or Lora Able in our education department, or call 843.760.9400.

Need to register for classes to complete your hours?
Check out all upcoming CE courses, here.

Have you completed your classes but need to renew online?
Online renewal is now available at LLR’s website

Exemptions for License Renewal

LLR and CTAR allow an exemption from CE if a post-licensing or a broker licensing course has been completed during the renewal period.

If you are a broker or salesman age sixty-five or older, with a minimum of twenty-five years of licensure, and you have submitted and been approved for an age exemption,  you are exempt ONLY from the LLR (state licensing board) portion of continuing education requirements.

You are still required to meet additional hourly requirements for REALTOR membership as well as completion of the National Association of REALTORS quadrennial ethics training (2.5 hours of an NAR-approved ethics course) every four years.

Questions? Please email Kelly Bramble or Lora Able in our education department.


Nominate a Realtor® for the Distinguished Service Award

Do you know a Realtor® who has gone above and beyond in the industry for at least 25 years? Submit their name to CTAR for nomination to receive the NAR Distinguished Service Award.

This NAR award recognizes dedicated Realtors® who have set themselves apart as a leader for at least 25 years by remaining actively involved in the local, national and state Associations, staying politically involved in their local community and demonstrating exceptional service.

Candidates must:

  • have attained the age of 60 or have at least 25 years service with NAR, including leadership positions in the Member Board, State Association, National Association, and the Institutes, Societies and Councils.
  • continue to be active participants at all levels of the Association — local, state and national.
  • have a valid real estate license as a broker or salesperson and are currently active in the real estate industry.
  • have been recognized as a local leader whose performance of service and involvement in political and/or community activities is extraordinary.
  • have not served as President of NAR.

The deadline to submit a candidate to CTAR is Tuesday, March 31.

Nominate a Realtor® for the Distinguished Service Award here. 

New Home Construction and Buyer Representation

New Home Construction and Buyer RepNew Home Construction and Buyer Representation
October 15 | 9am-6pm

Course Cost: $125
Realtor® Gold Card Cost: $99
Register here.

Take a comprehensive look at the special complexities of working with buyers who are searching for a newly built or yet-to-be built home. Learn where and how to find new home sales business, understand how the development and new-home sales processes work and the type of services the buyer needs.

This one-day course provides buyer’s representatives with the product and transaction knowledge needed in order to guide buyer-clients through the steps and processes for purchase, construction, and customization of a new home. Students will learn how to interact with new home builders and sales representatives to protect clients’ interests while developing productive business relationships.

This course will earn you 8 elective hours (CEE2505) and is also approved as an elective towards the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) Designation.

Become a resort & second home expert

resort-and-second-home-property-specialistResort & Second-Home Markets Course
May 28 | 9am-6pm

Course Cost: $199
Realtor® Gold Card Cost $179
Register here. 


Why earn the RSPS Certification?
RSPS is recognized as an official NAR Certification, and allows buyers and sellers to have confidence in the ability of a Realtor® who specializes in buying, selling or management of properties for investment, development, retirement, or second homes in a resort, recreational and/or vacation destination, to assist them with their search.

The RSPS certification course is also approved as elective credit towards the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) designation.

What you’ll take away:
6 elective CE hours (CEE2253)
RSPS Certification

Questions about earning your RSPS? Click here. 

Earn your SRES Designation at CTAR

SRES_Logo_w_tagSeniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) Designation Course
September 9 | 9am-5:30pm

Course Cost: $199
Realtor® Gold Card Rate: $179
Register here. 


This course seeks to instill knowledge and understanding of and empathy for 55+ real estate clients and customers and to develop the business building skills and resources needed for specialization in the 55+ real estate market.

This course earns you 8 elective hours (CEE2469) and is required to attain the SRES® Designation. It also counts as one elective course towards the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®) designation and the Resort and Second-Home Markets Certification (RSPS).


Broker Council Breakfast


Businesspeople having a lunch break.






Are you a Broker or Property Manager-in-Charge? Stay up to date with Broker Council and join us for the Broker Council Breakfast, Tuesday, January 27, 8:30-10am.

Take advantage of the opportunity to network and enjoy coffee and a light breakfast with other BICs and PMICs and have your legal questions answered by attorney Mark Weeks.

Register here. 

*Broker Council events are open only to BICs and PMICs.