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Updated Guidance on Open Houses May 22nd

Friday, May 22 2020 12:57 PM
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Based on the revised Kansas reopen plan issued by the Governor this week, Phase 2 begins today, May 22nd, and is limited to gatherings of 15 people (not 30). Phase 3 is scheduled for June 8th, and will increase to gatherings of 45 people.
 
Based on the revised plan, South Central Kansas MLS has re-enabled the ability to schedule in-person open houses in Paragon. You should continue to observe the gathering limits as well as maintaining 6-foot social distancing. Frequent disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces and signs requesting that visitors refrain from touching surfaces in the home can also help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
 
See the following link for detailed guidance from the Governor on the reopen plan:
 
You can still use live streaming open houses as an alternative to in-person open houses. The ability to hold an open house is ultimately the decision of the broker and the seller. We will continue to offer guidance at the local, state and national level and continue to convey the requirements set by our state and federal governments.
 

Application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits is now open in Kansas

Tuesday, May 12 2020 6:35 PM
Categorized In REALTORS®
The Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) announced it has begun accepting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) applications as of today.  
 
PUA is a broad program enacted by the Federal CARES Act that expands access to unemployment, in addition to what state and federal law already pay. This includes those who traditionally are not able to get unemployment (e.g. REALTORS®).
 
As a reminder, make sure you have already applied for and been denied for regular unemployment insurance benefits.
 
All PUA applications will be completed online at  http://PUA.GetKansasBenefits.gov.
 
KDOL is expecting payments to be issued starting May 25.
 
Please review the following information prior to applying to understand this process:
 
KDOL
 
National Association of REALTORS ®

Updated Guidance on Open Houses May 6, 2020

Wednesday, May 6 2020 5:57 PM
Categorized In REALTORS®
Based on evaluation of the Kansas reopen plan issued by the Governor last week, South Central Kansas MLS has concluded that open houses do not meet the guidelines established in Phase 1 of the reopen plan. As expressed in Phase 1, mass gatherings of no more than 10 individuals are allowed and individuals must maintain 6-foot social distancing. Open houses have the potential to contradict both requirements.
 
SCK MLS has determined that marketing of open houses in the MLS system will continue to be suspended until Kansas enters Phase 2 of the reopen plan, which is currently projected to start on May 18th. 
 
In Phase 2 of the plan there continues to be a requirement to maintain 6-foot social distance, but mass gatherings are increased to no more than 30 individuals. Once we enter phase 2, SCK MLS plans to begin marketing open houses in the MLS system.
 
See the following link for detailed guidance from the Governor on the reopen plan:
 
We recommend live streaming open houses as an alternative. The ability to hold an open house is ultimately the decision of the broker and the seller. We will continue to offer guidance at the local, state and national level and continue to convey the requirements set by our state and federal governments.     
 

Homeowners: PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

Tuesday, April 28 2020 3:57 PM
Categorized In Home Owners

The impact of COVID-19 was swift and unexpected, leaving many people in a financial emergency. If you are a homeowner who is struggling or unable to meet your loan
obligations, work with housing experts and your lender to find a solution, now. Don’t wait until you fall behind to seek help. Acting quickly may help you keep your home and the money you have already invested into it. This brochure offers guidance on options provided by lenders, and how REALTORS can help you.

 

Protect Your Investment: A Guide For At Risk Homeowners

Tuesday, April 28 2020 3:02 PM
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Help homeowners who are struggling to meet their loan obligations by sharing Protect Your Investment. This brochure encourages homeowners to work with REALTORS® and housing counselors and offers guidance on options provided by lenders.

RSCK CARES Act Webinar Continues

Thursday, April 16 2020 2:37 PM
Categorized In REALTORS®
As you may have heard, the Small Business Administration’s $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program officially ran out of money this morning (April 16, 2020). Our CARES Act webinar will continue to be offered as scheduled to provide education on these programs so that you can gear up and be prepared to apply once additional program funding is available.
 
From SBA website-

“SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding. Similarly, we are unable to enroll new PPP lenders at this time."

 

Handout #1 for Webinar

Handout #2

Handout #3

 

 
The CARES Act webinar continues to take place tomorrow, Friday, April 17, 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada).
 
The 2020 CARES ACT provides STIMULUS funds for individuals, business owners, and the self employed. Accountants know very little about the funds available to their clients and that is why you must attend this webinar.
 
Dale and Chris have completed over a dozen of these webinars and have
had their material posted to the National Association of REALTORS® website, Residential Real Estate Council (RRC), and local REALTOR® Associations in various locations nationwide. Many REALTORS® have been told that they do not qualify... Dale and Chris will dispel those myths.
 
In this 1 and 1/2 hour webinar, you will leave with an ACTION PLAN on the steps you must take immediately to access your share of these funds before they run out.
 
The four programs that will be discussed in depth are:
  1. Stimulus payments and timing
  2. Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Grants
  3. Paycheck Protection Plan Program Loans
  4. REALTOR® access to State Unemployment Funds

Chris Bird
 
Dale Carlton
 
 
Register in advance for this webinar
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom webinar.
 
 
Post-Webinar Handout

 

 

 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program Update

Tuesday, April 7 2020 4:20 PM
Categorized In REALTORS®
In today’s daily update with the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL), Secretary Delia Garcia and Unemployment Insurance Deputy Director Shawn Yancy, shared the following:
 
 1.    KDOL has received guidance from the United States Department of Labor regarding implementation of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.
 
2.    The PUA program is not yet operational at KDOL.
 
3.    KDOL is advising the self-employed to file an unemployment claim to demonstrate ineligibility for traditional unemployment insurance (UI). When asked for employment information, put your information. You should receive a denial in the mail. Though perhaps counter-intuitive, in this case, receiving a denial is positive because in order to be eligible for the Federal PUA program, you must be ineligible for traditional UI.
 
4.    Tomorrow, KDOL is hosting a Facebook live event at 3:00 p.m. CST to provide further details around their intended administration of the PUA program. All interested in PUA program benefits are encouraged to watch.
 
 
For additional information, please visit:

SBA Paycheck Protection Program - Independent Contractors Apply April 10

Monday, April 6 2020 5:00 PM
Categorized In REALTORS®
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
Categorized In REALTORS®
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
Categorized In REALTORS®
 
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
Categorized In REALTORS®

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
Categorized In REALTORS®

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
Categorized In REALTORS®
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
Categorized In REALTORS®

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
Categorized In REALTORS®

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
Categorized In REALTORS®

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
Categorized In REALTORS®

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