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2018 Leadership Installed for Kentucky REALTORS®
October 3, 2017

Kentucky REALTORS® (KYR), one of the state’s largest professional associations representing more than 10,600 members, elected and installed its 2018 Board of Directors and leadership during the 95th Annual KYR Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Steve Cline, a member of the REALTOR® Association of Southern Kentucky (RASK) in Bowling Green, was installed at the Convention as the 2018 President of Kentucky REALTORS®. Cline has been a REALTOR® for more than 25 years and has served the real estate industry at the local, state and national levels. He serves on the Board of Directors, Delegate Body and Leadership Team. He has been a member of the Investment, Strategic Planning and Finance committees and the Legislative Quick Response Team. He served as a Trustee for both the Kentucky REALTOR® Institute (KRI) and the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC), where he also served as chair. Cline is a graduate of the LeadershipKYR class of 2005 and holds the Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI), e-PRO and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designations. Cline served as President of his local association in 2000, the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in 2005 and 2009 and the Kentucky chapter of CRS in 2009 and 2010. Locally, he was named REALTOR® of the Year in 1997 and 2004 and was twice honored with the Distinguished Service Award. He participated in Leadership Bowling Green, where he served as class president and received the Bart Hagerman Leadership Award, the top honor for a graduating member of the program and is selected by classmates. Nationally, he is a major investor in the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and serves as one of RPAC’s Federal Political Coordinators for U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie. In his community, he has served on numerous boards, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Foster Grandparent Program, Indian Hills Country Club, the Homebuilders Association and the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation. He is actively involved with his church, Hillvue Heights & Lakeside Experience, and currently serves as President of the Bowling Green Quarterback Club.

 

Other leaders elected to the KYR Board of Directors were as follows:

President-Elect: Rip Phillips (Louisville)

Treasurer-Elect: Charles Hinckley (Elizabethtown)

Region 1 Director: Earleene Woods (Murray)

Region 3 Director: Elizabeth Monarch (Louisville)

Region 5 Director: Robin Roseberry (Foster)

At-Large Director: Mike Inman (Salvisa)

At-Large Director: Brenda Loyal (Owensboro)

At-Large Director: Art Reed (Erlanger) 

 

Existing members serving on the Board of Directors will be Immediate Past President Mike Becker (Villa Hills), Treasurer Lester Sanders (Louisville), Region 2 Director Don Cecil (Vine Grove), Region 4 Director Barbara Curtis (Lexington) and Region 6 Director Marcie Estepp (Van Lear).
 

The five remaining At-Large Directors for the state include Barbara Flannery (London), Ann Elizabeth Delahanty (Louisville), Mike Spicer (Independence), Libbi Taylor (Lexington) and Donna Gordon-Willoughby (Louisville).

 

Cathy Corbett (Falls of Rough), Christie Moore (Henderson) and Nelson Weaver (Somerset) were elected to serve as At-Large Delegates. 

 

Kentucky REALTORS® is one of the largest and most influential associations in Kentucky. Founded in 1922, Kentucky REALTORS® represents over 10,600 REALTORS® who are involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial real estate brokers, sales agents, developers, builders, property managers, office managers, appraisers and auctioneers.                 

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State Award Winners Honored at Annual REALTOR® Convention
October 2, 2017

Kentucky REALTORS® (KYR), one of the state’s largest professional associations representing over 10,600 members, presented several awards honoring outstanding REALTORS® across the Commonwealth during the 95th Annual KYR Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Norman Jones, the owner and broker of two real estate companies, Big Sandy Realty in Pikeville and First Choice Realty in Paintsville and a member of the Eastern Kentucky Association of REALTORS® (EKAR), was named KYR’s 2017 REALTOR® of the Year. Jones began his real estate career in 1986 and specializes in residential sales and appraising. He has served in nearly every capacity at EKAR, including the organization’s Board of Directors and as President twice in 1994 and 1999. He was also named REALTOR® of the Year for EKAR in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2012. On the state level, Jones completed a term as Treasurer in 2012, President in 2015 and has served on the Board of Directors and as Region Six Director. He has served on numerous KYR committees including Finance, Appraisal and Legal Affairs. In addition, he has served as a Trustee for the Kentucky REALTOR® Institute (KRI). Jones has given his time volunteering for Hand in Hand Ministries, the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America.

 

The 2017 KYR Distinguished Service Award was presented to Linzie Craig, the broker and owner of Craig Realty Co. in Shelbyville and member of the Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS® (GLAR). This award is given to someone who has provided outstanding contributions to the real estate industry and his/her local community. Craig, who has been licensed for 38 years, is a third generation REALTOR® and is the first third generation REALTOR® to be a member of GLAR. He was also a lifelong member of the Shelbyville Board of REALTORS® until it merged with the Central Kentucky Association of REALTORS®, located in Danville. Craig was selected REALTOR® of the Year locally in 1985 and again in 1987 and served as President of the Shelbyville Board several times. On the state level, Craig was elected Director At-Large in 1987 and has since served on numerous committees, elected to the offices of Senior Vice President and in 1997, was elected KYR President. He was also awarded REALTOR® of the Year for KYR in 1999. Currently, he serves as a member of the KYR Delegate Body and is the program director with the state association’s leadership program where he has remained active for more than 15 years. He is also a Certified Residential Appraiser and was among the group that took the first appraisal exam administered by Kentucky in 1982. Craig served on the Board of Directors for the Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce and the Shelby Development Corporation, helping direct the business/industrial development of Shelbyville/Shelby County.

 

Jeff Ratanapool, the Chief Operating Officer at Century Mortgage, has taught more than 100 classes for KRI since 2002. He has taught the GRI finance course for more than a decade and is a regular speaker at numerous events, including presenting annually at the Kentucky REALTOR® Institute’s Broker Summit. For this, Ratanapool was presented the 2017 Nat Sanders Education Award, an award created to honor Nat Sanders, former executive vice president of the Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS®, and designed to recognize an individual who has made the most significant contributions to, while exemplifying leadership and service in real estate education at either the local, state or national levels. Ratanapool teaches at several local associations, and is an active instructor for the Kentucky REALTOR® Institute. He continually strives to not only stay current, but beyond the curve in the ever-changing world of financing mortgages. In addition to teaching, Ratanapool is committed to giving back to his community in many different forms. He has served or is serving on the boards of directors for Kentucky Easter Seals, Louisville Easter Seals, Louisville Homebuilders Association, Affordable Housing Task Force, Political Action Committee, JCPS/Stopher Elementary School and the Fern Creek High School Alumni Association.

 

The 2017 Good Neighbor Award is designed to recognize a REALTOR® who has made an extraordinary impact on his or her community or on the national level, through volunteerism. This year’s recipient is Cathy Corbett of Falls of Rough and the Greater Louisville Association of REALTORS®, for her involvement with the Friends of Rough River. Corbett helped start the organization in 2008 to promote economic development of the lake and currently serves as Treasurer. Her role has helped move legislation forward that funded a nearly $2 million expansion, relocating the marina to a deep water year-round location, as well as legislation that keeps the lake at summer pool a full month longer than surrounding lakes which increases the tourism season by 25 percent. To accomplish this, she spent 20 or more hours each month traveling to Frankfort and Washington DC to weigh in on legislation to support the lake. In addition, her real estate company, Greater Rough River Realty Group, personally funded the construction of a new “swimming beach” at the lake which helps attract locals and tourists from around the state and country, and she contributed funds to help renovate the visitor’s center. Honorable mentions for the Good Neighbor award went to Laura Hayden, Lexington, and Willie Baker, Perryville, for their contributions to their local communities.

 

The 2017 Community Service Awards, given to REALTOR® associations on the local level that improve the quality of life in their communities, were presented to three local REALTOR® associations based on their size – in small, medium and large association categories. The award in the large category went to the REALTOR® Association of Southern Kentucky (RASK) in Bowling Green for contributions with their REALTORS® Hope for Homeless event. Through the Hope for Homeless, RASK helps poverty stricken and homeless children, individuals, and families in the community by collecting non-perishable foods, toiletries and monetary donations. These donations benefit family resource centers throughout the area, as well as HOTEL, Inc., an organization that breaks the cycle of poverty and homelessness to build self-sufficient households. In the medium category, the Eastern Kentucky Association of REALTORS® won for donations to the Turning Point Domestic Violence Service, an organization dedicated to eliminating domestic partner violence through advocacy, education and action for social changes. The Association also contributed to the Harlan County Boys and Girls Club by collecting backpacks and school supplies for the children the organization serves. For their work with several organizations including Need Line, Soup for the Soul and the Humane Society of Calloway County, the Murray Calloway County Board of REALTORS® took home the award in the small category.

 

Kentucky REALTORS® is one of the largest and most influential associations in Kentucky. Founded in 1922, Kentucky REALTORS® represents over 10,600 REALTORS® who are involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial real estate brokers, sales agents, developers, builders, property managers, office managers, appraisers and auctioneers.                 

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State releases county unemployment data for August
September 29, 2017

Unemployment rates fell in 32 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in three and rose in 85 counties between August 2016 and August 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. 

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.5 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 3.8 percent; Campbell, Fayette, Monroe, Oldham and Scott counties, 3.9 percent each; Jessamine County, 4 percent; and Boone, Kenton and Spencer counties, 4.1 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 15.4 percent. It was followed by Leslie County, 12.7 percent; Elliott County, 10.7 percent, Carter and Harlan counties, 10.5 percent each; Letcher County, 9.7 percent; Breathitt County, 9.3 percent; Lewis County, 9.2 percent; Owsley County, 9.1 percent; and Jackson County 9 percent.

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 5.2 percent for August 2017, and 4.5 percent for the nation.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at https://kcews.ky.gov/KYLMI.

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Real estate in Kentucky experiences continued growth despite low inventory
September 19, 2017

Second half of the year off to a solid start

 

Real estate sales in Kentucky continued to increase after a strong first half of the year. Total home sales in July hit 4,996 for a 3.9 percent increase over the same month in 2016. Year to date, home sales hit 30,939 versus 29,596 in 2016, an increase of 4.5 percent. These improvements in the market come at a time when housing inventories across the state dropped to under 4 months in July, a decrease of 13 percent from a year prior. For the year, inventory levels have declined almost 17 percent versus the same time in 2016.

 

Homes available for sale don’t stay that way for long as days on market in July dropped to 113 days versus 126 days in 2016, a drop of over 10 percent. For the first seven months of 2017, days on market hit 121.3 days versus 138.3 in the same period a year prior, a decline of over 12 percent.

 

“Buyer interest has held up through the strongest home buying months,” said Mike Becker, president of Kentucky REALTORS®. “The limited housing inventory would seem to be a concern, but from what we are seeing in most places across the state, home sales continue to be robust.”

 

The median home price in July rose to $140,502, a monthly record and an increase of 9.5 percent over the $128,260 median in July 2016. The median for the year increased to $126,023, an increase of 3.4 percent over 2016. The total volume of all home sales reached $981 million in July and $5.6 billion for the first seven months of the year.

 

On the national front, home sales rose slightly by 2.1 percent in July versus a year ago, but hit the slowest sales pace in 2017, dropping 1.3 percent from June. The median home price nationally in July was $258,300, up 6.2 percent from July 2016 when it was $243,200. July’s price increase marks the 65th straight month of year-over-year gains.

 

New home sales, which are viewed as a market stimulator, took a dip in July falling 9.4 percent from the month prior. Year to date, however, new home sales are 9.2 percent above where they were for the same period last year. According to the National Association of Home Builders, some pull back in new home sales in July is not surprising after strong May and June readings.

 

“The housing market in Kentucky has been left unshaken so far this year with home sales above where they were at the same time last year,” stated Becker. “Affordability within the state continues despite a less than ideal inventory of available homes. This is helped by mortgage rates that are still hovering around record lows despite an uptick in the national funds rate. Qualified buyers have more purchasing power and can afford more house when the rates are favorable.”

 

Kentucky REALTORS® is one of the largest and most influential associations in Kentucky. Founded in 1922, Kentucky REALTORS® represents more than 10,600 REALTORS® who are involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial real estate brokers, sales agents, developers, builders, property managers, office managers, appraisers and auctioneers.

 

To view housing statistics for the state, as reported to Kentucky REALTORS®, visit housingstats.kyrealtors.com.

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GSEs appraisal-free purchase mortgages
September 18, 2017

On August 18, 2017, both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, collectively the Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs), announced they would allow for the use of their proprietary automated valuation tools in lieu of traditional appraisals for some purchase loan transactions.

Freddie Mac will utilize their automated collateral evaluation (ACE) to determine home value by using data from multiple listing services and public records as well as their own data of historical home values to determine collateral risks. Homes must have an 80% or lower loan to value, be a one unit single-family residence, and the borrower’s primary residence. Prior appraisals on the property are not required. Lenders will find out if a property is eligible for ACE by submitting the loan data through Freddie Mac's Loan Product Advisor®. Freddie Mac does not have an estimate for how many loans will be affected. ACE will be available for qualifying home purchase loans on September 1, 2017.

Fannie Mae will allow lenders to receive a Property Inspection Waiver (PIW) on certain one-unit principal residence and second home purchase transactions with loan to value ratios up to 80%. Home value is determined through Fannie Mae's data based valuation methods. Unlike Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae will require that the property in question have a prior appraisal in electronic format that has been analyzed by Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter®. Lenders must submit the loan data through Fannie Mae's Desktop Underwriter®. Fannie Mae anticipates no more than 5% of loans will be affected, but that could change in the future. PIWs for purchase loans are available immediately.

Freddie Mac Press Release(link is external)

Fannie Mae Press Release 

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CFPB final rule on CD sharing effective date
September 17, 2017

On July 7, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the final rule amending the “Know Before You Owe” (KBYO or TRID) mortgage disclosure rule. As advocated for by NAR, the final rule clarifies the ability to share the Closing Disclosure (CD) with third parties - a victory for real estate professionals nationwide.

As outlined in the 2016 proposed rule, the final rule highlights an existing exception within the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) and implementing Regulation P that allows lenders to share the CD with third parties (sections 502(e)(1) and 509(7)(A)). The CFPB recognizes the CD as a “record of the transaction,” which is “informative to real estate agents and others representing both the consumer credit and real estate portions of residential real estate sales transactions.” The CFPB notes that CD sharing is permissible to the extent it is consistent with GLBA and Regulation P and is not barred by applicable State law.

The final rule was published in the Federal Register on August 11, making it effective on October 10, 2017. Mandatory compliance is required by October 1, 2018.  

CFPB Press Release(link is external)

CFPB Final Rule(link is external)

October 19, 2016 - NAR Comment Letter to CFPB

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Kentucky unemployment remains unchanged in August
September 15, 2017

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary August unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for August 2017 was unchanged from the revised 5.4 percent reported for July 2017.

The preliminary August 2017 jobless rate was up 0.4 percentage points from the 5.0 percent rate recorded for the state in August 2016.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate for August 2017 was 4.4 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The U.S. unemployment rate for August was up 0.1 percentage points from the 4.3 percent reported for July 2017.

Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. It is designed to measure trends rather than to count the actual number of people working. It includes jobs in agriculture and those classified as self-employed.

 

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In August 2017, Kentucky’s civilian labor force was 2,059,885, a decrease of 7,294 individuals compared to the previous month. Employment was down by 8,552 while the number of unemployed increased by 1,258.

Civilian labor force statistics include nonmilitary workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

In a separate federal survey of business establishments that excludes jobs in agriculture and people who are self-employed, Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment increased by 8,300 jobs in August 2017 compared to July 2017. Kentucky has added 30,500 jobs since August 2016, a 1.6 percent employment growth.

“Kentucky’s unemployment rate is holding at relatively low levels and nonfarm payrolls continue to show good growth. The increase of 8,300 jobs in August was the largest increase shown so far this year. On average Kentucky has added approximately 2,000 jobs per month so far this year,” said University of Kentucky’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) Director Chris Bollinger, Ph.D.

 

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Nonfarm data is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Employment Statistics program. According to this survey, seven of Kentucky’s 11 major nonfarm North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) job sectors experienced employment growth from the previous month. Three sectors declined from the previous month and one was unchanged.

Kentucky’s professional and business services sector showed the largest employment gains, adding 3,400 jobs from July 2017 to August 2017. This represents an increase of 1.5 percent from July 2017. Within this sector, professional, scientific and technical services subsector increased by 1,200 jobs and the administrative, support and waste management subsector increased by 2,000 jobs.

The education and health services sector also added 3,400 jobs in August. Education services decreased slightly by 100 jobs in August. Health care and social assistance added 3,500 jobs. This represents an increase of 1.4 percent from July 2017 and an increase of 2.1 percent since August 2016.

Construction added 2,400 jobs from July 2017 to August 2017. Since August 2016, construction employment has grown by 6,300 jobs.

“Kentucky’s construction labor market has shown strong growth this year, increasing by 8.3 percent from a year ago,” Bollinger said. “Construction has also increased nationally but by only 3.2 percent from a year ago.”

Kentucky’s manufacturing industry added 1,100 jobs from July 2017 to August 2017. This represents an increase of 0.4 percent for the month. Jobs in durable goods manufacturing increased by 1,400, or 0.9 percent, this month. Jobs in non-durable goods manufacturing decreased by 300.

The trade, transportation and utilities sector added 500 jobs from July 2017 to August 2017. This represents an increase of 0.1 percent since July 2017 and 1.5 percent since August 2016.

The financial activities sector gained 500 jobs in August 2017. Since August 2016, this sector has gained 2,300 jobs or 2.5 percent.

Other services sector gained 100 jobs in August 2017. This sector is up 2,200 jobs since August 2016. Other services includes repairs and maintenance, personal care services and religious organizations.

The government sector did not change from July 2017 to August 2017. State government employment increased by 500 jobs in August 2017. Federal employment decreased by 100 jobs and local employment decreased by 400 jobs in August 2017.

Employment in the mining and logging sector declined by 100 in August 2017. This sector has declined by 400 positions, or 4 percent, since August last year.

The information services sector decreased by 500 jobs from July 2017 to August 2017. This sector has grown by 4.4 percent since August 2016, adding 1,000 positions. The industries in this sector include traditional publishing as well as software publishing; motion pictures and broadcasting; and telecommunications.

Leisure and hospitality decreased by 2,500 jobs in August 2017. Within this sector, accommodation and food services lost 2,300 jobs and arts, entertainment and recreation decreased by 200 jobs.

“While the number of jobs in leisure and hospitality decreased last month, this sector has generally increased since the beginning of the year,” Bollinger said.

Kentucky’s statewide unemployment rate and employment levels are seasonally adjusted. Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events, such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. However, because of the small sample size, county unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Learn more about the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics at http://www.kylmi.ky.gov/.

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Kentucky home sales remain strong in 2017
August 23, 2017

Sales and prices increase for the first six months of the year

In the first six months of 2017, Kentucky’s real estate market remained strong in every category tracked. Total home sales continue to exceed the totals seen through the same period in 2016 with an increase of 4.7 percent, from 24,786 in 2016 to 25,943 in 2017.

Housing inventory for the first half of 2017 reached a cumulative 6-month low of 4.32 months, down 17.4 percent from the time frame in 2016 when inventories were 5.23 months. Days on market also hit a record low for the first half of the year, dropping to 122.7 days from 140.3 in 2016, a decrease of 12.5 percent.

 

“The market is very active with the homes available going very quickly if they are priced correctly,” said Mike Becker, president of Kentucky REALTORS®. “Supply is certainly low but homes continue to move once they come up for sale.”

 

The median price over the first half of the year increased 2.3 percent from 2016 reaching $123,610 (from $120,808). This pushed the total volume of all home sales to almost $4.7 billion through June.

 

In June, total home sales hit 5,500 which was an all-time high for the month, increasing 1.7 percent over June 2016. The median price for the month reached $133,674 which was another record month, the highest it’s ever been for a single month in Kentucky. This resulted in only the third time that total sales volume broke $1 billion in a month (June 2016 and May 2017) but this month set a new record at $1.08 billion.    

 

On the national front, home sales slipped in June by 1.8 percent due to a lull in contract activity over the past three months although home prices increased 6.5 percent. The decline in home sales, according to Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of REALTORS®, were due to the low housing supply and price growth experienced across much of the country. He added that the demand for buying a home is as strong as it has been since before the Great Recession and the good news is “sales are still running slightly above last year’s pace despite the persistent market challenges.”

 

“I am encouraged by the overall performance of Kentucky’s housing market in 2017,” stated Becker. “Housing starts are up, nationally, compared to a year ago. In the southern states, which includes Kentucky, single family housing starts are up over the same period in 2016 by more than 10 percent. As these homes are completed, the market should be stimulated with a ripple effect of sellers moving up, and creating a greater availability of homes on the market. Coupled with interest rates that continue to hold below 4%, we look forward to a strong finish for the year.”

 

Kentucky REALTORS® is one of the largest and most influential associations in Kentucky. Founded in 1922, Kentucky REALTORS® represents more than 10,400 REALTORS® who are involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial real estate brokers, sales agents, developers, builders, property managers, office managers, appraisers and auctioneers.
 

To view housing statistics for the state, as reported to Kentucky REALTORS®, visit housingstats.kyrealtors.com.

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RPAC Major Investors get exclusive event at Convention
August 11, 2017

Kentucky and Ohio RPAC Major Investors will have exclusive access to the Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox game on Sunday, September 24. The baseball game leads off what promises to be four days of fun and excitement occurring throughout the first-ever joint Annual Convention & EXPO in Cincinnati, being held September 24-27.

RPAC Major Investors (members that have invested $1,000 or more in the 2017 RPAC campaign) will enjoy food, drinks and a rematch of the memorable 1975 World Series from the private comfort of Great American Ball Park’s Machine Room Grille, which is being reserved solely for REALTORS from the Buckeye and Bluegrass states!

Click here to register

NOTE: When registering, make sure to identify as a “Major Investor” and you’ll be provided the opportunity to secure your complimentary ticket, as well as purchase guest tickets ($65).

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Gregory joins Kentucky REALTORS® as Director of Governmental Affairs
July 27, 2017

Kentucky REALTORS® (KYR) announced that Pamela Gregory has been hired as the Director of Governmental Affairs. Pamela comes to KYR with an extensive background in managing various aspects of advocacy, governmental relations and outreach. 

 

Gregory was previously the manager of the Southeastern Region for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce based in Atlanta, GA. She supported congressional and public affairs for eight southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The mission of the Southeastern Regional Office is to develop and maintain the region’s legislative, political, and grassroots resources to achieve the U.S. Chamber’s public policy goals.

 

Pamela joined the Chamber directly from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. There, she served as the Southeast regional outreach manager and built relationships and coordinated all aspects of the coalition in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Previously, she spent more than five years in outreach roles for former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston.

 

“The breadth of Pamela’s expertise in governmental relations and from working for one of the nation’s strongest business advocacy organizations is the perfect fit to help KYR achieve its legislative and political involvement goals.” said Steve Stevens, CCE, KYR’s CEO. “We look forward to having her take us to a new level of member engagement at KYR.”

 

KYR, the voice for real estate in Kentucky, is one of the largest and most influential associations in Kentucky. Founded in 1922, KYR represents more than 10,400 REALTORS® who are involved in all aspects of real estate, including residential and commercial real estate brokers, sales agents, developers, builders, property managers, office managers, appraisers and auctioneers.

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