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SBA Paycheck Protection Program - Independent Contractors Apply April 10

Monday, April 6 2020 5:00 PM
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The SBA released its interim final rule for the program, which provides much-needed clarity on a point relevant to many real estate brokerages and REALTORS®: how should a business account for independent contractors?  
 
The final rule explicitly states that since independent contractors can apply for their own loans (beginning April 10), they should not be counted toward another business's employee headcount or its average monthly payroll costs.
 
Eligible borrowers should reach out to their lenders. 
 
To learn more about the program – who is eligible, how to apply, what borrowers need to provide to lenders, and other resources – please visit NAR's "SBA CARES Act FAQ," which has been updated with the new information from the interim rule.
 
 
Additional helpful links here:

CARES Act: Unemployment Benefits for Self-Employed

Friday, April 3 2020 3:00 PM
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The CARES Act provides a temporary Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program that extends unemployment benefits to those not traditionally eligible, including self-employed individuals.
 
Here is a summary of the program that will be updated with guidance anticipated from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL).
 
All indications suggest the State of Kansas intends to participate in the PUA program. This morning, the Kanas Department of Labor (KDOL) Deputy Secretary, Brett Flachsbarth, stated Kansas is waiting for the aforementioned detailed guidance from the USDOL to determine how the state implements the program.
 
 
If you are self-employed and intend to apply, what you can and should do now:
 
File an initial application for benefits. It will show as a not entitled claim at first; however, the KDOL wants self-employed filers to submit claims so once the State has the additional Federal benefits, they will already have verification on file. Although awaiting guidance, the State knows there will be a requirement to file as a part of the process. Applying now and getting in the queue should help expedite the process versus waiting to apply.
 
 
Please know the KDOL is receiving an unprecedented volume of unemployment benefit applications and related questions. They are answering those questions during the KDOL morning video update held daily at 9:30 a.m., Mon-Fri.
 
For additional information, please visit the KDOL website.

CARES Act FAQ Provided by NAR

Thursday, April 2 2020 5:30 PM
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NAR’s Federal Advocacy team has been working closely with Congress and the Administration to ensure the interests of REALTORS® and their clients are protected in any federal action in response to COVID-19. Many REALTORS® are small businesses, or work with them as clients. In the most recent relief package passed into law, the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" or CARES Act, there were significant provisions aimed at assisting small businesses during this difficult time. The CARES Act appropriates more than $360 billion total for new Small Business Administration (SBA) programs - the 7(a) Paycheck Protection Program loans and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) advance grants program. 
 
Here are a number of Q&As to address frequent questions about who is eligible and how to apply for these brand new programs created by the Administration. We continue to learn more about these relief measures daily and will update this document as events warrant. Application for the SBA PPP loan begins tomorrow, April 3, 2020.

COVID-19 Guidelines & Best Practices

Wednesday, March 25 2020 4:56 PM
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RSCK’s priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our members, staff, and community. We are committed to driving REALTOR® business and economic vibrancy of our communities. As we navigate this evolving emergency together, we urge all members to consult with their leadership, managing brokers, and attorneys. The COVID-19 pandemic and response are incredibly fluid. Members are urged to monitor our communication channels for changes and updates.

 

COVID-19 Guidelines & Best Practices

As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday morning, the citizens of Sedgwick County are under a Stay-at-Home order for the duration of 30 days. Real Estate Services are considered essential business in the order. This means real estate professionals may conduct business outside the home only if absolutely essential, and only while continuing to take proactive measures to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements. While this order is specific to the citizens in Sedgwick County, RSCK strongly encourages real estate professionals in Butler, Cowley, and Harvey counties to follow the guidance below for the health of our entire South Central Kansas community.

SCKMLS and RSCK Board of Directors issue the following guidelines and recommendations. Our goal is to provide you a better understanding of what the Stay-at-Home order means to your business.    

This document consists of two parts: guidelines and best practices. The guidelines are specific measures to maintain compliance with the “Stay-at-Home” order. The best practices are recommendations to serve the needs of your clients while complying with the order. Our classification as essential business and our ability to provide essential services are dependent on our collective actions and precautionary measures taken during this time. Please adhere to the following to the strictest degree possible.

 

PART I: GUIDELINES

Specific measures to be followed:

 

Open Houses

Open houses and broker opens are strongly discouraged. Open houses strictly contradict the health and safety guidelines currently provided by our local, state, and federal authorities to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Marketing of open houses in the MLS system will be suspended until the “Stay-At-Home” order is lifted.

Showings

Many homeowners are not allowing in-person showings due to coronavirus concerns. If showings are not allowed, use one of the following options:

  1. The listing remains active. MLS private remarks must state that no showings are allowed and related details (reason and timeframe) and a showing block must be set up in ShowingTime. Days on market will accumulate as normal.
  2. The listing goes in withdrawn status and is no longer active. Days on market will not accumulate.

ShowingTime has implemented a “No Overlapping Showings” default so two agents will not be scheduled to be in the same property at the same time.

Property Inspections

Inspections necessary for the closing of transactions are allowed. Social distancing requirements (6 ft. separation) must be followed.

Property Appraisals

Appraisals necessary for the closing of transactions, purchase, or refinance are allowed. Social distancing requirements (6 ft. separation) must be followed.

Closing Process

Most title companies have implemented new guidelines for closings including limiting attendance at those appointments. Please contact the title company for updates on their policies.

 

PART II: BEST PRACTICES

Recommendations to provide essential services to your clients:

 

Buyer and Seller Consultations

We recommend that members refrain from face-to-face appointments, unless deemed absolutely necessary, until the “Stay-at-Home” order is lifted.

  • Arrange for online meetings or conference calls with prospective buyers and sellers
  • Email presentation materials to buyers and sellers
  • Set up automated home searches for buyers
  • Ask sellers to provide video walk-throughs of their home for listing potential
  • Obtain electronic signatures on listing or buyer agreements

Showings

In-person showings should be conducted only for serious buyers who are in a position to write an offer. Social distancing requirements (6 ft. separation) must be followed.

  • Provide suggestions to sellers on how to prepare their home for showings: lights on, closet doors open, and hand sanitizer, gloves, and booties available at the front door
  • Suggest that the seller cleans surfaces before leaving and again when returning home
  • Instruct the buyers to refrain from touching surfaces in the house
  • Leave the house the way you find it
  • Restrict house viewings to the decision-makers only

Contract to Closing

Business related to the closing of transactions is considered essential. Best practices during this process are critical.

  • Sign all contract paperwork electronically and use online meetings or conference calls to review
  • Limit attendance at inspections to essential persons only and maintain social distancing requirements (6 ft. separation)
  • Encourage inspectors to wear gloves
  • Encourage inspectors to deliver inspection reports to buyers electronically
  • Make necessary arrangements for appraisers to inspect homes alone

 

This is not an all-inclusive list of real estate activities, nor should this replace the recommendations established by your company.

We are here to answer your questions. RSCK staff can be reached at (316) 263-3167 or you may email CEO, Sheila Rumsey, or Government Affairs Director, Dennis Clary, with inquiries about our guidance and the county order. Please visit the Sedgwick County website for detailed information about the Stay-at-Home order and the latest updates about the county’s response to the virus. Further, a bevy of information about coronavirus can be found on the National Association of REALTORS® website.

RSCK and SCKMLS are immensely grateful to everyone doing their part to flatten the curve, slow the spread of this virus, and save lives. Our industry is no stranger to adversity. As we have demonstrated in the past, our unity and care for each other will help us emerge from this challenge stronger than before.

Additional Resources

REALTORS® Secure Services as Essential in Sedgwick County Stay-at-Home Order

Tuesday, March 24 2020 12:09 PM
Categorized In REALTORS®

As we anticipated yesterday, the Sedgwick County Board of Health made a recommendation to the County Health Officer to enact a Stay-at-Home order.  At 11:00 a.m. today, it was announced Dr. Garold Minns signed the order.  It will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and continue for 30 days.

RSCK and its REALTOR® members were successful in lobbying the Sedgwick County Commission to include real estate services as an essential business in the order.  This means the real estate sector may continue to conduct business within Sedgwick County within the parameters of the various federal, state, and local government edicts (e.g. social distancing, no gatherings greater than 10 people, etc.).

There are bound to be questions.  Resources we’d like to point you to now:

  • Sedgwick County officials will hold a press conference to offer additional details at 1:00 p.m. today.  Watch here.
  • For your local one stop shop for all things COVID-19, go to www.sedgwickcounty.org
  • If you think you or someone else may be sick, dial 2-1-1
  • For Stay-at-Home inquiries from businesses, dial this hotline number 316-660-9000 or send an email to stayathomefaq@sedgwick.gov
  • RSCK will disseminate guidance to REALTORS® with information on how to operate in this environment this week
  • In the interim, please contact RSCK with questions at 316-263-3167 or dennis@sckrealtors.com with specific government affairs inquiries

Thank You,

RSCK Staff

SG Co. "Stay At Home" Policy - Deeming Real Estate "Essential"

Monday, March 23 2020 2:21 PM
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To all RSCK and SCKMLS members,

 

We expect the Sedgwick County Commission to take action on a  “Stay at Home” order today at 4:00 p.m.  Beginning yesterday afternoon, RSCK has been mobilizing members to communicate with, and message to, Sedgwick County Commissioners.  Our goal has been simple: to ensure the continuity of REALTORS® placing people in homes by deeming real estate an essential business.

 

As of 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, we have received confirmation from three commissioners that, should an order be ratified by vote, language deeming real estate as an essential business is included. The section specific to our industry in the list of services deemed essential reads as follows: Professional services, such as legal services, accounting services, real estate services, and insurance services.

 

We have received tremendous cooperation and will now turn our attention to advocacy among the additional counties within our RSCK  geography as they deliberate plans. 

 

For those interested in the conclusion of today’s Sedgwick County Commission meeting, please tune in at 4:00 p.m. on the county’s YouTube Channel.

 

Please be patient and be safe.  Your association and local governments are working together diligently to keep you and our citizens safe.

 

Thank You,

Dennis Clary

RSCK Government Affairs Directors 

RSCK Covid-19 Update Regarding Operations, Meetings and Events

Friday, March 20 2020 8:43 AM
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March, 20, 2020
 
RSCK has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our members and communities. The following is an update on how we are responding. Please keep in mind this plan is subject to change as circumstances evolve.
 
OPERATIONS – In an effort to protect our employees and support social distancing measures, the RSCK office doors will be locked beginning Monday, March 23rd and staff will work remotely. We are committed to serving our members with uninterrupted services and will continue to be available through email and the office phone number (316-263-3167).  The member desk will not be available through April.
 
We understand certain member services will require occasional in-person contact. We will schedule those appointments in advance (e.g. new member appointments, SUPRA issues, store purchases, etc.). Please call the RSCK office and together, we will determine the best way to proceed.
 
BOARD & COMMITTEE MEETINGS – During this time we will conduct all member meetings virtually. Your RSCK staff liaison will continue to be the primary point of contact for meeting details and questions.
 
EVENTS & CLASSROOM EDUCATION – Based on recommendations from federal, state and local officials, RSCK has postponed and/or canceled classroom education and events through April. If you have already registered for an event or class scheduled for March or April, please watch for communication regarding changes and related details. The weekly eReport will also provide updates for classes and events that may be transitioned to online.
 
CONFERENCE CENTER RENTAL – Conference center rental is suspended through the end of April. 
 
RESOURCES – Watch the RSCK website, social media and your email for new information, helpful links, webinar notifications and additional resources for your questions regarding real estate, education, COVID-19 responses and other topics.
 
These unusual circumstances are impacting every aspect of our daily lives and livelihood. RSCK leadership and staff want you to know that we care about each of you and the impact this is having on your lives. We are confident in our strength as REALTORS to work through these current challenges. Stay well.

Virtual Discussion - Coronavirus Impact on Local Real Estate 3.19.2020

Thursday, March 19 2020 3:57 PM
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On Thursday, March 19, 2020, Wichita State University Center for Real Estate's Dr. Stan Longhofer partnered with us to provide a valuable discussion on the impact Covid-19 is having on the local real estate industry. We appreciate the RSCK and SCK MLS leadership, managing brokers, and business partner members that participated to make this discussion so beneficial.

RSCK COVID-19 UPDATE

Friday, March 13 2020 8:47 PM
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Our priority is the safety and security of our members, business partners, staff and community. Considering the COVID-19 virus being declared an official pandemic and a national emergency, RSCK is taking steps to mitigate the risk of the coronavirus:

  • In accordance with today’s announcement from Sedgwick County declaring a ban on public gatherings of 250 people or more, we will not have any general membership events until further notice. 
  • Staff will review each committee meeting, council meeting, event and education class on a case-by-case basis to determine whether to cancel, postpone, or reschedule. Members participating in these various activities will be notified by email on the status. For those activities that continue, we will waive any cancellation fees and attendance requirements for anyone that does not feel comfortable attending.
  • For those meetings/events/classes that remain as scheduled, we will discourage hand shaking/other contact. We will be supplying hand sanitizer and working to minimize risks. We will practice “social distancing” and attempt to provide everyone with 3 feet of personal space.
  • All RSCK entry and exit door handles and other RSCK surfaces are being regularly wiped with disinfectant. Staff have been instructed to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer consistently throughout the day.
  • Any staff exhibiting the beginnings of flu or coronavirus symptoms will be required to work from home if the position allows or take mandatory PTO (paid time off).
  • Any member or volunteer visiting RSCK exhibiting flu or coronavirus symptoms will be asked to leave the building or meeting.
  • Staff will continue to monitor all applicable updates from health authorities for guidance.

 

We encourage our members and business partners to also take necessary precautions. Please consider limiting access to office buildings and providing health safety tips for showings and open houses. There are several great resources available for those making these important decisions about safeguarding the health of their employees and clients—A couple of the resources are listed here:

We are pleased to have a protocol in place to ensure continuity in the Association’s operations and continued service to our RSCK members. Currently, the Association office remains open for business, M-F 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You are encouraged to watch for RSCK updates on our website, social media, and your email, as we navigate through the next few weeks.

Director Spotlight - Monica Miller

Friday, February 7 2020 10:00 AM
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Monica Miller

RSCK Board of Directors - Secretary & Treasurer
Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate

1) Where are you from?
Wichita, KS


2) Who was one of your mentors, and what did you learn from them?
Bruce Peterson was on the Butler County Board of REALTORS® when I got my license. He encouraged everyone to get involved, including me, and dragged me to the Butler County Board meetings. He told me about The KAR Right Track: Leadership Academy and got me to my first KAR meetings. I don’t know if I would be involved like I am without his influence and encouragement.

3) What was your background, before real estate?
International logistics - I specialized in getting anything from Wichita to any part of the world as quickly as possible. It was fun, but real estate is my passion.

4) What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Hanging with the husband and dogs, running, hiking, canoing and beer drinking all top my “to do” list.


5) Where is your favorite place to take out of town guests?
Downtown Wichita is so fun and has something for everyone. The Zoo is great during the summer, especially with kids.


6) How are you involved in the community?
I have served on the Susan G. Komen Walk Committee for years and I have a team every year to fundraise for them. As a family, we support & volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. I also have served in various positions at RSCK and KAR.


7) What is your favorite app?
Everlance, it is a mileage tracker that saves me so much time.


8) What was your first job as a kid?
I was a cashier at KFC.

January 2020 President's Message

Thursday, January 9 2020 3:13 PM
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Sandy McRae
2020 President

 

It’s a new year, and a new beginning … The new year is a symbol of positivity; we all want to start on a good note. In our business, that might mean setting goals to generate more leads and more revenue than the previous year, or to align an enhanced marketing plan with our performance goals. Our personal goals,often called resolutions, are designed to improve our quality of life. No matter what your goals for 2020 look like, it’s your plan – your vision of success in the new year.

My new year begins with a new opportunity. I am honored to serve as the 2020 President of the REALTORS® of South Central Kansas. I have spent a couple of years defining my vision for success in this role. For those of you who were able to attend the Awards and Installation Ceremony a few weeks ago, you caught a glimpse of my vision. For starters, I revealed the theme I have identified for this year. It’s built on the highly recognizable NAR® advertising campaign with a localized flair.

Throughout the year, you will see this theme come alive, and I encourage each of you to embrace this positive work culture where we foster healthy relationships and treat each other with mutual respect. As the year goes on, you will also gain a better understanding of the four family dynamics - I referenced in my message - as they relate to our work family: caring, communication, commitment, and community. Look for more details coming soon and exciting opportunities to become more engaged in your Association this year.

As for the awards portion of the ceremony a few weeks ago, a big congratulations to all the recipients of 2019’s prestigious awards … such deserving honorees. You join the ranks of some of the best in this industry who have come before you.

And to the team of individuals who have agreed to serve on the Board of Directors or commit their time and energy to service on a committee this year, my sincere THANKS in advance to all of you! I look forward to building open and trusting relationships amongst a team of dedicated and passionate professionals with one goal in mind – success to all of our REALTOR® family in 2020!

 

May this new year be a joyful one for you and your family.

Here’s wishing the best year ahead.

Happy New Year!

Board of Directors Election Results

Tuesday, September 17 2019 12:00 PM
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Congratulations to our newly-elected 2020-2022 Board of Directors! 

-Wendy Carter
-Samar Edenfield
-Braden McCurdy
-Monica Miller
-Marv Schellenberg

There were five openings and eight candidates this election cycle. Polls closed on September 12th with a 19% voting turnout. Learn more about our new Directors in their bios below.  

Wendy Carter

J.P. Weigand & Sons

Wendy has lived most of her life in the Midwest and embraces the ideals and characteristics that are highly valued in the native state of Kansas.  She started her love for sales early in life, convincing her family to buy her rocks!  Wendy has since built a successful career in relationship selling over the past 28 years.  She has worked in every aspect of sales, including retail, fundraising, entrepreneurial sales, and real estate.

Wendy is dedicated to her family, including her husband and high school sweetheart (who is a member of our aviation community in Wichita), her two sons, and their Boxer. Both sons have attended and attend Maize High School.   Wendy, an athlete herself, enjoys everything from tennis, weightlifting, running, and cycling. She also enjoys reading and discussing the current read with her monthly book club. Wendy is an alumnus of Kansas State University and loves watching KSU sports (Go Cats!) and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Wendy has been recognized with honors as the J.P. Weigand 2017 Rookie of the Year, $1,000,000 Listing and Sales Club, $2,000,000 Sales Club, and the RSCK Rising Star Award. Wendy is the current Chairperson of the Community Involvement Committee for RSCK and has volunteered for the committee for the past three years.

Samar Edenfield

ERA Great American Realty

Samar started her real estate career in 2007 with Realty Executives Center. With a background in sales, service, and management, paired with her passion of helping others, real estate seemed to be the perfect fit. Samar got her broker’s license in 2018 and is currently an associate broker with ERA Great American Realty. Samar is a volunteer trainer and mentor at ERA and loves growing top producing agents. She feels it is important to assist agents in their growth because it benefits the entire real estate community. Her belief is that more is accomplished when we work together for the greater good of our industry and community. Samar has a strong work ethic and incredible time management skills. She is often asked, "How do you do all of this?" The answer is always the same, “I schedule everything and just do it!" Samar has been recognized as a top producer with her company as well as earning Masters Circle and Presidents Circle with RSCK.

When she is not helping clients, you can find Samar enjoying her family and friends. With a desire to give back, Samar is very active in the community. She is involved with YMCA Strong Kids, Board Member of the East YMCA, member of Andover Chamber of Commerce, Supporter of LLS, ALS, St. Jude’s, and the Junior Achievement Program. Samar married her high school sweetheart, Jake Edenfield and they have a 15 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. Her favorite pastime is watching her son play competitive basketball and football with his other biggest fan- her sweet 3 year old daughter!

Braden McCurdy

McCurdy Auction, LLC

Braden holds titles and certifications in: CAI, AARE, AMM, Chief Executive Officer, and Auctioneer. As a leading REALTOR® and real estate auctioneer in the industry, Braden McCurdy has an unparalleled approach to successful real estate transactions.  With his visionary leadership and drive for success, he has brokered over 250 million in sales dollars since becoming licensed twenty years ago. He is an active member of the National Association of REALTORS, Kansas Association of REALTORS, RSCK, and served as the past president of the South Central Kansas MLS and past director of the Kansas Association of REALTORS. He is a Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40 and has previously served on the 40 Under 40 selection committee.

Having grown up in the auction industry, Braden is passionate about the real estate industry and continuously looks for new ways to increase the success of his clients’ property sales. Braden has a long record of successfully assisting accountants, attorneys, bankers and other corporate sellers. He has been recognized annually with the Master’s Club Award from the REALTORS® of South Central Kansas for no less than $5 Million in annual sales since 2004. His specific areas of expertise include: counseling individuals and corporate clients with regard to investment opportunities, risk analysis, and monetary returns.  He is credited with developing McCurdy Auction’s web-based content management system for real estate auctions to better handle large volumes of real estate auctions and transactions, allowing the McCurdy team to better serve their clients’ needs and goals.

He is a member of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA) and holds three NAA designations; Certified Auctioneers Institute (CAI), Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate (AARE) and Auction Marketing Management (AMM).  Braden spends time in Washington, D.C. advocating for the auction industry for the National Auctioneers Association. Braden currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Auctioneers Association and also serves nationally as one of three instructors for the Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate designation.

Braden graduated from Southeast High School and Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Marketing and Management. Throughout college, Braden was an active member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, ACE (Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs), Interfraternity Council, and Student Activities Council.

Monica Miller

Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate

Monica Miller has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2005 and currently hangs her license at Coldwell Banker Plaza with her primary focus on residential property. Shortly after getting her license, she discovered the importance of volunteering in the both the local and state associations. She is a KAR Right Track: Leadership Academy graduate. She has experience in leadership at RSCK, KAR and is a past president of the Butler County Board of REALTORS®. She is currently a director for RSCK and KAR, the Zone 4 VP at KAR which serves RSCK and our councils, and as a state Communications Director for RRC/CRS. Her committee experience includes: Director Liaison for RSCK Governmental Affairs Committee, MLS Committee, past chair of Governmental Affairs Committee at KAR, past chair of Professional Development Committee at RSCK, and KAR Professional Development.

Monica is a lifelong member of the Wichita community where she lives with her husband and two spoiled dogs. She is “Wichita Proud!” She is actively involved with Habitat for Humanity and Susan G. Komen Mid-Kansas. Monica strongly believes in giving back to her community and making it a great place to call home. In her free time, Monica enjoys being outdoors, camping, canoeing, and spending time with her large extended family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marv Schellenberg

RE/MAX Premier

Marv Schellenberg is the founder and president of RE/MAX Premier and Schellenberg Development Company.  Schellenberg Development Company (SDC) is comprised of commercial, residential and senior housing communities throughout the Wichita area.

After receiving his real estate license in 1978, Marv started Premier Realty in 1988 and founded Schellenberg Development Company in 1989. He later purchased the RE/MAX Franchise in 2000 and formed what is now known as RE/MAX Premier.  Marv has successfully developed more than 16 residential and commercial communities in the Northwest Wichita area including Reflection Ridge, Fox Ridge, Hampton Lakes, Forest Lakes, and his newest development, Estancia. 

Marv currently is a member of the Wichita Area Builders Association, REALTOR® Political Action Committee, the National Association of REALTORS®, and currently serves on the RSCK Board of Directors as well as the RSCK Government Affairs Committee.

Marv holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Tabor College. Celebrating 38 years of marriage this year, Marv and his wife Andrea have four children, all of whom are involved in both RE/MAX PREMIER and Schellenberg Development Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Importance of Voting- President's Message

Tuesday, August 20 2019 9:30 AM
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As someone said, “the November 8th, 2016 United States Presidential election is shaping up as one for the record books. Voters will choose Hillary Clinton, the Democrat, or Donald Trump, the Republican. The election will also determine which party controls Congress. Voting should be at the top of the list of our responsibilities in a democratic society. It goes without saying that some of us will find all kinds of excuses as to why we will not vote in this election.” It’s easy to adopt an attitude of, “why bother?” or, “my vote is only a single vote cast among many.”

What is one vote??? Here are examples where one vote did make a difference! Thomas Jefferson was elected President by one vote in the Electoral College. So was John Quincy Adams. Rutherford B. Hayes was elected president by one vote. His election was contested, and referred to an electoral commission where the matter was again decided by one vote.

The man who cast the deciding vote for President Hayes was himself elected to Congress by a margin of one vote. In this issue you will see the biographies of 8 qualified RSCK member candidates that will be vying for YOUR vote, and are anxious, eager, and willing to put forth their time, energy, and experience to serve YOU as a Director on the Board of REALTORS® of South Central Kansas. They understand the dedication, devotion, and sacrifice away from their daily activities (and sometimes home and family) to commit the next three (3) years to serve their members. I encourage you to take time to read about them and honor them with your VOTE!!

You read, or at least hear the news every day that our very industry is under a constant barrage and attack by outside entities trying to dilute, or even eliminate the public’s perspective that there is even a need for REALTORS®. They want to take our jobs away from us.

This slate of candidates recognizes that the next few months and years bring significant challenges to our profession to maintain our value as an absolute part of any real estate transaction. As sales professionals, it is imperative that we be proactive and involved in preserving the integrity of this wonderful industry of real estate. Today we are the advocates and champions of real estate owners and buyers in this awesome nation of free enterprise. We must not quit, nor faint at the battles that face us in every level of government.

Voting for RSCK Director Elections opens August 19, 2019. Watch your email for details. Also, our local Primary Election opens August 6th, 2019. Last but not least, I say one more time……. VOTE!!!

Remember, “One transaction a career does not make.” We’re all in this together, hopefully for the long haul, so let’s network, make some friends, build relationships, and have some fun on the journey. It’s your career-OWN IT!! ‘til next time………

 

Warmest regards,


Cleve Smith, 2019 RSCK President

  

RSCK Board of Directors Candidate Forum

Thursday, August 1 2019 5:32 PM
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On August 9th at 9:00, RSCK will hold a Candidate Forum witht the 2020-2022 Board of Director Candidates.

There are eight candidates for five open seats, so join us and get to know those running so you can decide you to cast your ballot for when the election opens on August 19th.

 

 

Wichita - Community Issues & Information

Thursday, August 1 2019 5:30 PM
Categorized In Home Owners

The City of Wichita Community Services booklet is designed to provide you with important tips and information on a variety of community issues. By working together, we can help prevent and solve crimes, improve and make neighborhoods safer, resolve conflicts and enhance our quality of life. This booklet is divided into categories to make it simple to find information that is important to you. The City of Wichita hopes you will find this booklet to be a valuable resource and will share this information with your family, friends and neighbors.

Riverfront Legacy Master Plan Public Open House takes place on Wednesday, July 31, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Wichita Boathouse.  During the open house, people will be encouraged to share their vision for the area through interactive opportunities.

RSCK Hosting an NAR TechEdge Event

Thursday, August 1 2019 5:28 PM
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September 17th

9:00 to 3:30 

Distillery 244 (244 N Mosley St, Wichita, KS 67202)

NAR Tech Edge is a full-day professional development conference focused on how technology is impacting real estate businesses. Each event reflects the local market needs and trends on technology. These events are filled with rapid-fire sessions from national speakers and local tech experts. Attendees will learn immediate ways to implement technology trends in their practice.

 

One day event
Short sessions on the latest tech trends
High energy for a fast-paced industry
Local technology advocate speakers

 

What You Can Learn at a TechEdge Event: 

Productivity Tools, Video, Increasing Leads, Mobility, Google Tools, Online Branding, Data Security, Agent Ratings, Photography and Staging, Social Media Marketing

 

Member pricing: $49 early bird on/before September 10, 2019 | $59 regular 

Non-member pricing: $79 early bird on/before September 10, 2019 |  $89 regular

Registration includes lunch!

Thank you to our sponsors!

 

 

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Kansas Commercial Information Exchange Update

Tuesday, May 1 2018 12:45 PM
Categorized In REALTORS®

In an effort to combat the outrageous Loopnet cost increases – The Realtors of South Central Kansas, South Central Kansas MLS, and a task force of commercial real estate agents have recently created our very own Kansas Commercial Information Exchange service through the Catylist platform.

 

This service is now up and running successfully – we currently have roughly 14 companies, 65 Users, and 340 active commercial  listings and more being added every day. You can check out the public website at the following link: www.kscommercialre.com

 

We are trying to get the word out to all commercial agents in the area that would benefit from joining this service – please share this information as you see fit.  You do not have to be a REALTOR or SCK MLS member to join, though there are price breaks if you are.

 

If you would like more information including the application and fee structure, or if you have any questions about your specific office/agents and what membership would look like for you, please email Mandy@sckrealtors.com.

Kansas Commercial Information Exchange Update

Wednesday, April 4 2018 10:58 AM
Categorized In REALTORS®

South Central Kansas MLS and the REALTORS® of South Central Kansas are moving forward with a Commercial Information Exchange (CIE). This new service will be branded-

The CIE service will be offered through the Catylist platform. We are currently working through the implementation process with Catylist. We are on schedule to begin accepting CIE membership applications the week of April 9th. Please contact Mandy Robertson at mandy@sckrealtors.com if you are interested in receiving a CIE application packet.  

We will also be providing webinar demonstrations for those commercial companies interested in seeing the Catylist product. We currently have 30-minute webinars scheduled for Thursday, April 5th at 2:00 pm and Friday, April 6th at 10:00am. If you are interested in signing up for a Catylist demonstration webinar please email Mandy at mandy@sckrealtors.com with the date you would like to attend.  

We anticipate the CIE website to be available to CIE members by mid-April. At that time, you will have the opportunity to enter your listings and become more familiar with the Catylist platform. During the next few weeks Catylist will also be providing webinars to input listings as well as on-site training.

 

Please share this information with anyone that may be interested in the CIE service. Membership in the CIE is open to all Participants (principal, partner, corporate officer or branch office manager acting on behalf of the principal) and any nonprincipal brokers, sales associates, and licensed and certified appraisers affiliated with Participants. Please see the attached Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

This CIE platform will be a great service for our commercial members and will likely lead to new services and opportunities in the future. We remain committed to excellence, innovation and serving our 2,000+ members who represent every specialty of real estate.

We are anxious to launch the CIE platform and will keep you informed of details as they are released.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheila Rumsey

Chief Executive Officer

REALTORS® of South Central Kansas

South Central Kansas MLS, Inc.

Introducing Kansas CIE

Thursday, March 15 2018 9:19 AM
Categorized In REALTORS®

Exciting News for Commercial Real Estate!

Members, Non-Members, CCIM Members, Commercial REALTORS®, you will want to read this!

 

South Central Kansas MLS and the REALTORS® of South Central Kansas have been evaluating the addition of a Commercial Information Exchange (CIE) which would be administered by South Central Kansas MLS. We are excited to announce that this additional service was approved by the RSCK General Membership and the SCK MLS Participant Members on Friday, March 9, 2018. 

 

This new service will give us the opportunity to provide a local database and marketing option for commercial members. South Central Kansas MLS is in the process of negotiating a contract with Catylist. This will lead to an opportunity to have a broader commercial presence throughout the region and state. CIE members will have the ability to be served by our local organization rather than subscribing to a national service with minimal control of data and rising fees. This CIE service will be available to both REALTOR® members and non-REALTOR® licensees.  

 

Catylist offers a platform that enables members to share data and take advantage of the resulting efficiencies. Unlike other services, the members will retain ownership of their data while benefiting from a large network of partnering services around the country. Catylist has been in existence for 17 years and is committed to amazing customer service. Catylist currently works with over 45 Associations across the US and Canada. Catylist has the ability to showcase your listings on your company website. Catylist will also have the ability to feed information to NAR’s Commercial REALTORS® Property Resource (RPR).  REALTORS® Property Resource® (RPR®) delivers on-the-go access to an all-encompassing real estate platform, available exclusively to REALTORS®, and offered by NAR at no additional cost.

 

This CIE platform will be a great service for our commercial members, and will likely lead to new services and opportunities in the future for commercial members. We remain committed to excellence, innovation and serving our 2,000+ members who represent every specialty of real estate.

 

The new Commercial Information Exchange is on target to be implemented in April 2018. We will keep you informed of details as they are released.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Sheila Rumsey

Chief Executive Officer

REALTORS® of South Central Kansas

South Central Kansas MLS, Inc.

Homesnap App

Monday, January 8 2018 9:21 AM
Categorized In REALTORS®

Your life is going to change tomorrow.
We've partnered with Homesnap to provide you with the #1-rated real estate app for agents, Homesnap Pro, which gives you access to all of your MLS info on the go.
And the best part? It's free.
Keep an eye out for an email from Homesnap tomorrow with instructions on how to download the app and start using Homesnap Pro. Here are the steps you'll need to take:

1. Open the email from Homesnap and click “Confirm Account” to register for Homesnap Pro
2. After registering, download the Homesnap app (you can click this link on your phone to download the app: www.homesnap.com/get)

There are tons of useful tools in this app that we know you’ll love. Keep an eye out for the email from Homesnap tomorrow, and don’t forget to confirm your account and download the app.

Email Subject Line: Agent first name, Homesnap Pro is here! Free from SCKMLS

The email will be sent from: SCKMLS & Homesnap.

If you have any problems using the Homsnap app, please contact Homesnap Customer Support.
Email: support@homesnap.com
Contact Number: 866-855-2622
Hours:
          Mon-Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm EST
          Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm EST