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April 4, 2017

This year is one of the most turbulent years when it comes to changes in legislation at both the federal and state levels. The federal government, under the guise of tax simplification, is looking to increase the standard deduction while eliminating several current deductions. The National Association of Realtors has been diligent in their efforts to keep the mortgage interest deduction, and it appears to be safe this year. However, the deduction of property taxes is in real jeopardy. New Jersey is the highest taxed state in the country, and more than double the average property taxes in the country. As a comparison, the average tax bill on $700,000 house in Alabama would be $3,010 vs New Jersey for the same value of $16,450. Elimination of this deduction will be devastating to homeowners in New Jersey.

Secondly, this is a gubernatorial election year and New Jersey currently has over $35 billion in debt not including unfunded pension liabilities of $68 billion. They are looking for new sources of revenue, and sales tax on commissions is a real possibility. As you may or may not know this has always been a possibility, but through the efforts of the New Jersey REALTOR® lobbyists we have been able to stop this from being implemented. This year is different. Sales tax on your commissions is a real possibility. Look at your earnings for 2016 and take out 7% off the top. Take a hard look at these figures. Why should the state fund pensions of former state employees on our backs? Who is funding your pension? And not only will you have this sales tax, which is really a way to impose an additional discriminatory income tax on us since commissions are not sales, but you will now be tax collectors for the state and you will now become custodians of funds belonging to the State of New Jersey. And anyone who has ever dealt with the sales tax division of the state of New Jersey, knows that audits are a regular occurrence and failure to pay sales tax is a serious issue.

This year, more than ever, you need to invest in RPAC to make sure our voice is heard and New Jersey REALTORS® can prevent this from happening. Look closely at the amount you may have to pay. This will not be a one-time bill since there is no such thing of a tax that goes away. We need your RPAC investment.

NARs 2018 Committee Application Process is now open!

Applications are being taken from April 3 through May 23, 2017 only!

Links for more information:

Committee Application Site:




NAR Committees by Experience Level or Area of Expertise:

Here are a few PDFs for quick reference:

*Beginning with applications filed in 2015, in addition to the forty (40) years of membership, a REALTOR® Emeritus candidate member must also have completed at least one (1) year of service at the National Association level. However, for applications filed through 2019, the one (1) year service requirement may also be met through service at the state or local level. This provision will sunset at the end of 2019.


Thank you to all the members of RealSource that donated supplies to our Community Service Committee's Pet Supply drive to benefit Southern Paws! We were able to gather a huge amount of supplies to help support the animals!

Pictured are l-r Ashley Gardenier of Southern Paws, Community Service member Rainie Gardenier and Suzan Koren, Association Executive of RealSource.

Did You Know? When making decisions about buying, selling or renovating their homes, Americans take their pets' needs into account, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors® more

RealSource Global Diversity Committee Presents:

Join the Cultural Diversity Committee for an informative presentation on Feng Shui given by Jackie Pirante-Fuchs.

Jackie advocates the authenticity of Feng Shui based on Classical Feng Shui, BaZi, Xuan Kong and other Chinese Metaphysics application. Jackie integrates her expertise in real estate with her interior design background in her Feng Shui analysis and consultation.

When: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: RealSource Association of REALTORS®, 5 Franklin Tpke, Waldwick, NJ



When: Thursday, April 27th
Where: Son Cubano Restaurant 40-4 Riverwalk Place, West New York, NJ 07093
Time: 4-6pm
Price: $10 Registered / $20 At the Door

Join the Women's Council of REALTORS® Bergen County in conjuction with the Council of Residential Specialists, for this fun opportunity to network at Son Cubano! 


Waldwick Interlocking Tower Volunteer Opportunity-Landscaping Event

When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 (DATE HAS CHANGED)
Time: Starting at 9:30a (depending on when you can volunteer)

The Waldwick Historical Society was awarded a generous $1500 grant from RealSource. With that grant, the Historical Society will be to dressing up the landscape around the tower.

On Sat April 1, starting at 9:30 AM, they will place new benches in the garden area, build a memory garden, plant a few shrubs, spread mulch, etc. If you care to help out join the members of the Waldwick Historical Society to create a park-like setting around the tower. Bring any gardening tools you are comfortable using to help as much or little as you can.

The tower is located next to 1 Bohnert Dr, Waldwick NJ adjacent to the NJ Transit right of way.

If you would like to sign up to help, contact Sue TenEyck at RealSource, 201-444-3100, ext. 4 or via email

Wine Down Wednesday

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Time: 5:00p - 7:00p
Where: iCan Storage, 135 N. Rt. 9W, Congers, NY 10920

Fine Wine in an iCan! Let us bring the wine country to you…Tour iCan Storage’s warehouse and see their level delivery systems in action while you sample several limited production, premium wines from the Boisset Collection -  it's the only way to taste before you buy without actually visiting the wineries themselves. 

Here is a great opportunity to connect at one of our Affiliate Sponsored Field Trips with two of our newer Affiliate Members, Judy Klein of iCan Storage and Julie Belardinelli of the Boisset Collection . There is no charge for this event which is open to all Realtors and Affiliates, but please do be considerate and RSVP by April 14th so they can plan appropriately.


YPN is seeking volunteers

When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The RealSource YPN is putting together two teams who will help Fight Hunger by volunteering their time to serve or cook at Family Promise of Bergen County.

We still need volunteers to SERVE the food in Hackensack. The shift on 4/6 is from 3:30p - 6:00p. We need at least 3 awesome people!

Please contact YPN Committee Chars, Deb Norman ( or Nick Esposito ( for more details.

And a huge THANK YOU to all our YPN chefs that have volunteered already to help us COOK the food (that shift is currently full).

The RealSource Community Service Committee has a question for you....GOT HEART?

If you do, please volunteer to help a senior citizen in Ridgewood with your able hands or generous sponsorship of needed supplies.

Individual or Office Sponsorship is Welcome!

When: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 8:00a until finished...or as much time as you can give.
Where: Steilen Road, Ridgewood

Call or email Jeanine Soderlund to volunteer your time on Rebuilding Day or to inquire about items to sponsor. Jeanine Cell: 201-657-1811 or email at

RealSource Community Service Committee Presents:

All-You-Can-Eat Beefsteak Dinner by Nightingale's Catering!
Beefsteak (Filet Mignon), Vegetarian & Chicken Dinners Available** Appetizers, Salad, Dessert, Beer, Wine, Soda, DJ and Dancing!

All for only $55 per person!

When: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 7:00p - 11:00p
Where: St. Leon's, 12-61 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn

Contact Jeanine Soderlund at, or any member of the community service committee for tickets. Tickets are also available at RealSource. Make checks payable to "Families in Need."

**Vegetarian & Chicken Dinners must be ordered at time of ticket purchase. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Fund-raiser supports Center for Hope & Safety, Rebuilding Together Bergen County, Center for Food Action, Community Meals, Eva's Village, Family Promise of Bergen County and many more!

The CE Shop is running a sale until midnight tonight!

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.  Enter savings code HOMERUN at checkout. 
Available Live Classes at RealSource:

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PLEASE NOTE: For all live CE classes: Anyone who misses 15 minutes or more of the class will NOT receive CE Credit. You must be on time and stay for the duration of the entire class. Attendees are required to sign in and out for each class. 

Newly Revamped CRS 201 Coming to Bergen County

The Eastern Bergen County Board of REALTORS® is sponsoring CRS 201, Listing Strategies for Residential Specialist, on June 6 & 7 at their office in Hasbrouck Heights.

Includes: 16 CRS credits, 8 hrs NJ CE Elective for 2019 Cycle and DE (16 Hr. Module 6 & 7).

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9:00 AM EDT -to- Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT
Where: EBCBOR Office, 411 Route 17 South, 5th Floor, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
Instructor: Gee Dunsten

Cost: EBCBOR Members early bird (until 5/5) $200 after 5/5 $225
Non-Members early bird (until 5/5) $225 after 5/5 $250


Do you know someone you would like to nominate??

Each year, the NJ Realtors® Educational Foundation awards dozens of scholarships to high school seniors and undergraduates through the generosity of our members. 

Click here to submit an application! Applications must be submitted by April 7, 2017.

Olga Roginkin to Berkshire Hathaway Wyckoff
5 Franklin Turnpike Waldwick, NJ 07463
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