Nominations Open: 2023 CTAR Board of Directors

 

Are you interested in taking an active role in your Realtor® Association and helping ensure Realtors will continue to succeed in the Charleston market?

We are looking for a diverse group of leaders for our 2023 Association Board of Directors! The deadline to apply is August 19, 2022.

To apply for an Officer or Director Position, please contact Daezhue Hunt.

 

 

Information about CTAR Board Positions


Duties of Officers

The First Vice President shall keep or cause to be kept, a true and complete record of the proceedings of all Association meetings. The First Vice President shall perform such other duties as these Bylaws may require or that the Directors may prescribe. The First Vice President shall have authority to make decisions regarding the implementation of administrative policies and procedures.

2022 SC Primary Realtor Friendly Voter Guides Are Here!

As a service to all Realtor® members, a volunteer group of your Realtor® peers takes the time each election season to interview the candidates running for office. If you’d like to participate in our candidate screening committee, please email Josh Dix. This committee is open to all Realtor® members.

These voter guides identify candidates who are pro-business, pro-public property rights and whose values closely align with Realtor® interests.

Not sure where to vote or which district is yours? Find out here.

There are Realtor®-friendly voter guides available for each county, linked below.

Berkeley County | Charleston County | Dorchester County

CTAR Retains Position on 526 Expansion

CTAR Retains its Position of Support for the Expansion of I-526 

As our region continues to grow, the conversations regarding traffic and infrastructure have intensified. We should care how citizens move about the region, and we have a responsibility to ensure every citizen is moving safely from place to place.

Safety and the ease of mobility should be the focus of any discussion on transportation.  That is why the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® is in full support of extending 526 from West Ashley to Johns Island. We need to protect every member of our communities, those here today and those yet to come.

Johns Island has roughly 4,500 entitlements in the City of Charleston alone.  Kiawah has the opportunity to develop roughly 500 acres around Freshfields and roughly 1,500 units will be developed just outside of Kiawah Island.  That will lead to a great deal of stress on an already over-extended network of roads.

Mark Clark is not the silver bullet that will immediately remedy our congestion issues but it is an important part of a bigger solution.  Addressing the North and South Pitchforks, implementation of the Main and 17 Flyover, getting CARTA access to the islands, examining bike and pedestrian options and completing 526 are all part of the strategy to begin addressing the transportation needs of our region.

Safe options are how we develop thriving communities.  The comfort in safety creates better drivers and better drivers means eased road congestion.  We cannot safely move the number of residents coming to the barrier islands without a comprehensive strategy, and that strategy must include 526.

We cannot view these islands and their future needs through a static lens.  Just as we are working to anticipate future needs in housing, the economy and workforce development, Lowcountry Rapid Transit, education, public safety and more, the islands deserve all the assets we have as a community.  Our infrastructure is stressed because we have not had visionary direction.  We need to address 526 with the same drive and direction as the other community initiatives we have taken on.

There is no denying the updated costs gave us all a bit of sticker shock—but those numbers aren’t going to decline, they will only continue to grow. The reality is that there is not a project whose future costs will not be higher, and perhaps a bigger cost to consider is the safety of those who travel our roadways. Overtaxed roads with constant traffic congestion, residents stranded on islands, unable to get to where they need to go is a safety issue. Instead of discussing increasing costs, we should be discussing how to increase the safety of our roads.

We need to come together as a community and decide what community we want to be.  Do we want to be stuck with the same infrastructure in worse conditions or do we want to embrace that we need to be thinking of the future and not our static condition?  We believe in planning for the future and our future generations’ needs.

Planning for the future are what thriving communities do.  They anticipate the growing needs and implement smart strategies that address those concerns.  We believe 526 is part of the solution to the infrastructure and safety dilemmas the barrier islands face.  We encourage our leadership to continue putting safety above all else and protect the citizens of our Charleston region.

Wil Riley, CEO, Charleston Trident Association of Realtors®

Wil Riley is the CEO of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® with a membership of over 7,000 across Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties.

Join Now! Women’s Council of Realtors has Launched!

The Coastal SC Women’s Council of Realtors is now accepting charter members!

Be among the first to join this fantastic network of successful Realtors, advancing women as business leaders in the industry and in the communities they serve.

Membership Investment
Realtor Members $280*
Affiliate Members $380*

*Both WCR Realtor and Affiliate members must hold membership with a local Association of Realtors prior to applying for WCR membership

Annual Coastal SC Women’s Council Benefits
4 educational events per year
2 social/networking events per year
WCR National discount program
WCR National benefits

Apply today!

Interested in sponsoring an upcoming Coastal SC Women’s Council event or questions about WCR membership? Contact Claire Hayden or 843.793.5211.

2022 Residential Market Update Follow Up

More than 700 Realtors® attended virtually and in person to hear an update from economist Dr. Joseph Von Nessen and hear the results of CTAR’s first-ever housing study.

Links to the presentations from the event are available below, and you can replay the event any time, here. Photos are available to view on our Facebook page.

Replay the Livestream of the Event

Dr. Von Nessen’s Presentation

CTAR Housing Study

AEG’s Presentation of the Housing Study

Review CTAR’s Housing Study

As we have seen over the last decade, but especially in the last few years, home prices in the Charleston area have increased on a level that is out of reach for many residents.  From January to June 2021 alone, listing prices rose 12.5% and average rents increased approximately 14%. The cost of housing overall has risen 43% in the last decade.

Access the Housing Study
Read the One-Page Housing Study Summary
Review the Full Report

In 2019, it was estimated that over 76,000 households in our region are spending more than 30% of their budget on housing costs which classifies them as “housing cost burdened” and is not only a strain on those families that are impacted, it also hurts our economy by not providing disposable income for other wants and needs of the family.

For this reason, the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR) retained Anderson Economic Group to conduct a study of housing affordability and housing policy in the Charleston metro area.  The purpose of this report is to identify promising housing policy proposals based on both their feasibility and their capacity to have a meaningful impact on housing affordability in the Charleston region.

The study process:

  1. Conduct an analysis of the Charleston metro area housing market
  2. Review a wide range of housing policy proposals and case studies
  3. Evaluate policy proposals in terms of their feasibility and potential impact on the region’s housing supply

The study analyzes current market conditions and works to identify policy solutions that could potentially address the housing challenges our region faces.

These local remedies could help relieve the stress the market is feeling. If we are able to create a stable environment, with smart solutions, it will allow us to develop and rehabilitate more market friendly housing options. CTAR looks forward to working with our local governments to implement these policy recommendations.

AEG Presentation from the Residential Market Update
Click the image below to access the PDF of slides from Andrew’s presentation during the annual Residential Market Update.

Access the Housing Study
Read the One-Page Housing Study Summary
Review the Full Report

Additional Resources
NAR Housing Study by the Rosen Group

Realtor Ethics Training Deadline is Dec 31!

Realtors® are required to complete ethics training of not less than 2 hours, 30 minutes of instructional time within three-year cycles. The training must meet the specific learning objectives and criteria established by the National Association of Realtors®.

A new three-year cycle began on January 1, 2019. The deadline for this Cycle 6, NAR code of ethics course completion is December 31, 2021.

To see if your Ethics requirement has been completed and recorded:

Login to our IMS System here. (link will open in a new tab)

  1. Under “Other Services”
    2. Choose “Education Information”
    3. Choose “Personal Education Tracking”
    4. Check for completion under “Cycle 6 Code of Ethics”

If your record status shows pending, but you have completed a Code of Ethics training course online or with a provider other than CTAR or NAR after January 1, 2019, please upload your certificate of completion here.

Failure to complete the course by December 31, 2021, will result in membership suspension until course completion, regardless of the status of dues payment. Suspension of services includes all Board, State Association and NAR dues-based services.

(NOTE: the core course you took for license renewal is NOT a NAR code of ethics course)

If you still need to complete your NAR Code of Ethics training prior to the December 31, 2021 deadline, complete one of the options here to meet the NAR requirement and update your completion status in one easy step.

2022 Gold Cards are Sold Out!

The Gold Card provides free CE courses January – December and are available to members who have paid their annual Realtor® dues.

2022 Gold Cards are SOLD OUT!

Gold Card Benefits
You can knock out 2 renewal cycle requirements for $125 instead of paying the member price of $440 for 32 CE hours.  For the June 2022 renewal cycle obtain your 16 hours of education (January-June).  Then use the Gold Card again July-December for another 16 hours of education to complete your next renewal cycle!

You will also receive discounts on some designation and certification courses and enjoy a $150 discount on Broker A & B licensing course combo (some restrictions apply).

Not sure when your license expires? Look it up with the LLR, here.

You can read more about your continuing education requirements, here.

Please note:  Gold Cards are electronically based (you will not receive a physical card) and are not activated for use until January. You MUST pay online to qualify for the dues billing pre-sale. 

Realtor Party Broker Resources

In this section, you will find tools, resources and information that will help you communicate the value of RPAC and the Realtor Party to your agents.

Download the “Value of RPAC” presentation here.

Download talking points for the presentation here.

VIDEO RESOURCES

Legislative Division Overview

Why Invest in RPAC?

Commercial Education Week October 5-8

Ethics is a Code – commercial case studies (virtual)
October 5 | 10 – 2pm | Instructor: David Jaffee
CEE3000 | 4 Elective Hours | meets NAR Code of Ethics requirement (1/1/2019 – 12/31/2021)

This course clarifies the differences between requirements in the S.C. Code of Laws / Real Estate Practice Act and those of a Code of Ethics from a professional organization such as the National Association of REALTORS. Four commercial case studies highlight the course.

REGISTER HERE!

Big League Hardball: A Rental Property Workshop (virtual)
October 6 | 12pm-4pm | Instructor Tom Lundstedt
CEE3593 | 4 Elective Hours

This course is designed and will be presented in a manner to benefit the general public. The focus will be on how to reduce investment risk by being knowledgeable about issues such as rental income, operating expenses, depreciation, property management and valuation.

REGISTER HERE!


Exploring Commercial Finance (virtual)

October 7 | 9am-1pm | Instructor: Brian Woods
CEE3564 | 4 Elective Hours

In commercial and investment real estate, it’s vitally important the buyer either has the cash or a strong financing to have the ability to close the deal.  No money, no transaction.  The fundamentals for commercial lending are quite different than for owner-occupied residential properties.  In this course, we will explore the topics it is important you understand related to commercial and investor financing.  Learn what it takes to understand the financing aspect of your real estate deals, have good financing options for your clients and get your transactions to successfully close.

REGISTER HERE!


Exploring Commercial Real Estate (virtual)

October 8 | 9am-1pm | Instructor: Brian Woods
CEE3565 | 4 Elective Hours

While in many cases, your existing real estate license is what is required for you to practice commercial real estate, commercial is fundamentally different from residential real estate.  We will explore the differences and introduce you to key commercial concepts, terminology and resources designed to assist your success in commercial real estate.

REGISTER HERE!