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New Mapping System in the MLS

Solid Earth has released a new mapping system which is now on line.

SolidEarthMapFeaturesThis is a very simple change that includes a new Single Property Map view of a listing. You will see this new page when you click on the Address Link from two places: 1) property search results or 2) from an agent report. This new single listing view simply shows the location of the property on the map utilizing the new map background. We understand how important the maps are to you and are taking care to introduce the change to you.

The Single Property Map page is a new, super simple way to get a quick look at where the home is located. But don't worry, if you are looking to do some fancy map searching, you can click on the link in the upper right corner to access the full set of map features. Here is a quick peek at how the new format looks and functions.

NAR Offers Insurance Marketplace

NARMarketplaceREALTORS® Insurance Marketplace is an exclusive 'one-stop' insurance shopping site. It provides NAR members with a roster of health and wellness insurance plans and products, including a major medical health insurance exchange. Visit the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace.

  • Obtain quotes, compare plans and purchase directly online.
  • All plans are from top-rated insurance carriers, including (but not limited to) Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Celtic, Coventry, Kaiser Permanente, Markel, and United Health.
  • Site is powered by SASid, a trusted NAR partner who specializes in helping NAR members find the best insurance plans and products for themselves and their families.

See NAR's full article about the insurance marketplace.

2014 Directors Announced

At the third quarter business luncheon today the GBRAR Board of Directors was announced, including the election results for the 2014 Directors. 

GBRAR welcomes its new directors and looks forward to an exciting and productive 2014.

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President's Note for August 8, 2013

PatWattamGreetings from the President's desk.

There are a couple of GBRAR business items on which I'd like to update you.

As you may have heard, CB&I, the company that bought out the Shaw Group, is moving some 400 positions to Baton Rouge. BRAC and LED did a stellar job putting on two Newcomer's Fairs to help orient the potential new Baton Rougians. They asked for GBRAR to help, and we gladly did. Your Executive Committee and GBRAR staff have been very busy the past two Saturdays doing presentations at the fairs for the people from CB&I who have the opportunity to move here. Please make sure your broker has signed up to receive leads from CB&I!

We have only received 38 requests for housing assistance, and many of them are looking for apartment rentals. Whatever comes to the board, whether to rent or to purchase, those leads are passed on to you all and we need to take care of what ever they need. I thought that low number was a little strange until I met with the people over the past two weeks. Their situations vary, but all face a challenging situation and have been given very little time to make a decision that changes their lives and the lives of their families. Many of them are coming from areas that are significantly less expensive than our area, and they have to be here so quickly that they don't have time to sell their homes. Others were close to retirement age and figure they would only be here 4 years and would move back home. Most of the people I met had lived in their current city for many years and are just unsure of moving – especially if they can find another job where they are. If you have rental properties now would be a great time to put them in MLS!

Speaking of, work continues in evaluating alternative MLS platforms. In July the MLS task force spent a full day meeting with three potential MLS vendors. It was a long, hard day, but we saw some pretty cool things. We were able to narrow it down to two options in addition to Solid Earth's new Spring platform. We will have a final decision this fall. Stay tuned for more updates!

And last but not least, in this heat I hope everybody is staying cool as possible when showing houses. A tip for your sellers from the folks at National Foundation Repair: Have your sellers put a soaker hose around their slab to help stabilize the soil. With the amount of rain we had the first of the year and the lack of rain we've had this time of year, the soil dries up causing foundations to shift.

That's all for now,
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Pat Wattam
2013 GBRAR President

How to Log In to gbrar.com

How and Why to Log In to www.gbrar.com

The new www.gbrar.com features content for both the public and GBRAR members. Members can access all of the public content without logging in, just as the public can.

Members can also access information specifically provided for them, and not available to the public, by logging into the site. They can do this by clicking on the big, red "Log In" button in the upper right corner of any page on www.gbrar.com. Image 1 below shows the log in button on the home page. The log in button appears in the same place on any page.

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