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The Official Magazine of the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®

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Summer 2019

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A Letter from the CEO Summer 2019 Summer is upon us, and with that comes not only the changing of seasons, but opportunities for new adventures with friends and family. These adventures may simply last a day, like a trip to the beach or a day spent hiking, or they may last a few weeks, like a new backyard pool project. Within the pages of this magazine, you’ll find guides on how to take on these adventures, and much more, this summer. Whether it be exploring the summer fun that the Lehigh Valley has to offer, planning a hardscaping project for your home, helping someone sell a home, or learning how to keep your pets cool – we have it all. As always, be sure to peruse our department updates to stay up to date with everything going on at the Association. We’ve got you covered with information on education, RPAC, Supra and more. Happy summer, everyone. Make it a goal to take advantage of as many adventures as you can this season, and while you’re at it, treat yourself to a nice, cold glass of iced tea. We all know you deserve it.

Justin Porembo

CEO, Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®

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Contents

Summer 2019

cover story 34 Summer Fun in the Lehigh Valley A variety of unique experiences

ceo letter 4A  Message From Our CEO

features 16 Easton - A Community Profile 20 B  each Ready 6 Books Every RealtorÂŽ Should Read This Summer

22 A  Commitment To Excellence Lehighton Area School District profile

24 S elling Homes With Pols 26 F rom Devastation To Transformation Amy Robach Reflects on Life Before, During and After Breast Cancer

30 B  ake Shop - Summer Cookies for Open Houses 40 S ummer Movie Must Sees

department updates 11 Real Estate Academy 12 Professional Standards 44 Government Affairs Advocacy, Accountability. Action

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guest writers Jim Andrews, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Rick Schoenen, Able Pay

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Publisher Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® CEO Justin Porembo | 484-821-0501 Sales Director Tammy Lerner | 484-821-0511 Art Director Melissa Arranz | 484-821-0509 eCommunication Specialist Mallory Siegfried | 484-821-0504 Editorial & Marketing Assistant Jennifer Khawam | 484-821-0514 Billing Sharon P. Adams | 484-821-0503 The Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® eMagazine is published quarterly by Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® 10 S. Commerce Way, Bethlehem, PA 18017

Welcome New Members! February 23, 2019 - May 20, 2019 Andrea M. Arner Charlotte Solt Inc. Anis A. Atiyeh Iron Valley Real Estate Lehigh Valley | Kimberly Aybar Keller Williams Real Estate Mylissa D. Battoni Coldwell Banker Hearthside | Kevin C. Berger Keller Williams Real Estate Toyae E. Berry Weichert Realtors | Joseph J. Bilek Compass Pennsylvania LLC Alex M. Bokan Weichert Realtors | Shantel Buchanan HomeSnipe Real Estate, LLC Mirelis A. Burgos Century 21 Ramos Realty Jeffrey K. Cataraso BHHS Fox & Roach - Coopersburg | Chiafeng Chuang Weichert Realtors Mary K. Collins Weichert Realtors | Florence Corcoran BHHS Paul Ford Realtors Dustin E. Coughlin Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate Tiffany Cruz Homeway Real Estate | Jade A. Diamond BHHS Fox & Roach - Bethlehem Robert M. Donchez Morganelli Properties LLC | Blake E. Emerich Preferred Properties Plus Anny M. Espinal Keller Williams Real Estate | Julius E. Ewungkem Sr TSB Property Ana M. Fernandez Keller Williams Real Estate Maureen C. Frinzi BHHS Fox & Roach - Coopersburg Joseph K. Gadecki Keller Williams Real Estate | Ginny L. Gemmel Keller Williams Real Estate Melissa J. Gemmel Howard Hanna The Frederick Group Gregory S. Gibbs West End Associates

Board of Directors Carl Billera, President

Thomas Cramer

Kelly M. Golden BHHS Fox & Roach - Easton | Elisabeth Grant RE/MAX Real Estate

Sean LaSalle, Past President

Charles R. Haley

Shandeka M. Greenfield BHHS Fox & Roach - Easton

Jack Gross, President-Elect

Lyn Hufton

Mark Lutz, Secretary

Glen Paisley

Barbara Gorman, Treasurer

Robert Ritter

Donna Bartholomew-Sacco

Howard Schaeffer

Tarrant Booker

Michael J. Walters

Cass Chies Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® reserves the right to edit or refuse any advertising submitted to this publication. The Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® eMagazine is the official publication of the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®. All advertising published in the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® eMagazine is believed to be truthful and accurate. However, Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® assumes no responsibility whatsoever for typographical errors or omissions in the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® eMagazine. All real estate advertising in this publication is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968, as amended, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This publication will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of this law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this publication are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination, call HUD toll-free at 1-800-424-8590. Any reference made to the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® is not to be construed as making representations, warranties, or guarantees concerning the information on properties advertised in the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® eMagazine. All ads contained herein are solely the responsibility of the advertiser. The opinions and statements contained in advertising or elsewhere in the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® eMagazine are those of the authors of such opinions and are not necessarily those of the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®. This magazine is published to inform GLVR members of matters of general interest and give reports of current events relating to real estate. Copyright © by Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the consent of Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® is prohibited.

Ryan J. Hadeed Iron Valley Real Estate Lehigh Valley | Patrick A. Haftl Bairo Real Estate Kaela Hartpence Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate John W. Haskins Iron Valley Real Estate Lehigh Valley Urbina Hernandez Coldwell Banker Hearthside Cheryl D. Hess Keller Williams Real Estate | Susy S. Hong Keller Williams Real Estate Shirley E. Howard BHHS Fox & Roach - Bethlehem | Michael F. Howell Realty One Group Restore Danielle C. Hurrey Keller Williams Real Estate | Rosa E. Javier BHHS Fox & Roach - Easton Jerry J. Kardos Equity MidAtlantic Real Estate | Maya A. Keyock CENTURY 21 Keim Joseph Khal Weichert Realtors | Kalliopi Kozyraki Weichert Realtors Gerald S. Kresge II Weichert Realtors - Allentown Joel N. Krieger Krieger Real Estate LLC | Robert M. Laky Jr. Setton Realty Matthew S. LaSalle BHHS Fox & Roach - Macungie David P. Lauterhahn Keller Williams Real Estate Shawn A. Leadbetter Iron Valley Real Estate Lehigh Valley Janelle E. Lockett Castle Gate Realty | Kathy L. Magditch BHHS - Choice Properties Evan F. Magill BHHS Fox & Roach - Bethlehem | Tammy L. Marshall Koehler-Marvin Real Estate Atika A. Masood Keller Williams Real Estate | Kay Matsuyama Keller Williams Real Estate Kelly A. Matthews Great American Real Estate Co Thomas L. McCreary Jr. Spade Property Management Inc. Jill C. McNabb Real Broker LLC | Matthew T. Morrow Keller Williams Real Estate Nicole A. Muraro Howard Hanna The Frederick Group Shannon E. Naylor BHHS Fox & Roach - Allentown Kathryn A. Opperman Long and Foster Real Estate Matthew D. Orban Grace Realty Co Inc | Michael Ostrelich CENTURY 21 Pinnacle Adalgisa Peralta Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate Deanna M. Pickett BHHS Fox & Roach - Macungie Nathan M. Powell Keller Williams Real Estate | Alexander A. Quaglieri Weichert Realtors Nadine M. Quinn Keller Williams Real Estate Daniel Quinones Keystone Property Management & Maintenance LLC LeeVanessa Ramirez Real Estate of America | Amanda L. Rapoli RE/MAX Supreme Reina A. Reimundo Keller Williams Real Estate | Ryan A. Roberts Sr. Weichert Realtors Madeline Rodriguez Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate, Cassidon Realty Joshua Salamone RE/MAX Real Estate | Juan J. Sanchez-Ordonez Steel City Realty Jennifer Santiago Century 21 Ramos Realty | Sarah J. Scovens Weichert Realtors Mark J. Scuderi RE/MAX Supreme | Shanna Sigmans BHHS Fox & Roach - Coopersburg

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DepartmentUpdate Real Estate Academy

Real Estate Commission Mandates Education on Advertising and Property Management For the 2018-2020 licensing renewal period, the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission has mandated that real estate licensees take 3.5 hours of continuing education credits on advertising and property management. Two hours of review will be dedicated to real estate advertising guidelines, and 1.5 hours of review will be dedicated to property management.

• Classify Fair Housing classes, and discuss emotional support animals

The Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy will hold an advertising and property management course at least two more times in 2019. The class is currently scheduled for September 19 and November 19. More dates will be added before the renewal deadline.

Designation and Certification Courses Coming to the Academy

During the class, students will review the rules and regulations of the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission, as well as Federal laws, such as Regulation Z, and HUD guidelines, social media, and what agents need to do to comply with these laws. Students will also review RELRA regulations regarding requirements to manage property in Pennsylvania, and review Fair Housing guidelines. In addition to providing students with 3.5 required continuing education credits, this course also satisfies the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics training for the 2019-2020 cycle.

For more information on this class and/or to register, visit www.GLVREAcademy.com and click on “Continuing Education.”

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and its affiliated Institutes, Societies and Councils provide a wide-range of programs and services that assist members in increasing skills, proficiency and knowledge. Designations and certifications acknowledging experience and expertise in various real estate sectors are awarded by NAR and each affiliated group upon completion of required courses. NAR and its affiliates offer designations and certifications for a wide range of real estate specialties. Earning these designations and certifications helps members to increase their expertise and marketability, giving them a professional advantage. The following designation and certification courses are scheduled and open for registration:

Course learning objectives:

Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) Certification – 15 CE Credits | 1 Broker Credit

• Identify the basic requirements for advertising in order to comply with RELRA

Tuesday and Wednesday, September 24 to 25, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Review HUD guidelines regarding advertising

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) – 15 CE Credits | 1 Broker Credit

• Describe Regulation Z and how it affects real estate advertising

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 to 30, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Interpret all of the above regulations as they apply to social media advertising

Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Certification – 7.5 CE Credits

• Identify the requirements to be a property manager in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, November 12, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Review the recent case dismissal of an unlicensed person who attempted to sue the SREC to continue to manage real estate

These designation and certification courses are cheaper if you register on or before a specific date. For more information and/ or to register, visit www.GLVREAcademy.com and click on “Designations & Certifications.”

• Explain best practices for real estate management

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DepartmentUpdate Professional Standards

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he Professional Standards department at the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® fields numerous inquiries from both Realtors® and the public, on a number of issues related to real estate professionalism, transactions, and disputes. Here is a case interpretation from the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics & Arbitration Manual related to Article 17 of the Code of Ethics, which states: In the event of contractual disputes or specific non-contractual disputes as defined in Standard of Practice 17-4 between Realtors® (principals) associated with different firms, arising out of their relationship as Realtors®, the Realtors® shall mediate the dispute if the Board requires its members to mediate. If the dispute is not resolved through mediation, or if mediation is not required, Realtors® shall submit the dispute to arbitration in accordance with the policies of the Board rather than litigate the matter. In the event clients of Realtors® wish to mediate or arbitrate contractual disputes arising out of real estate transactions, Realtors® shall mediate or arbitrate those disputes in accordance with the policies of the Board, provided the clients agree to be bound by any resulting agreement or award. The obligation to participate in mediation and arbitration contemplated by this Article includes the obligation of Realtors® (principals) to cause their firms to mediate and arbitrate and be bound by any resulting agreement or award. (Amended 1/12)

Case # 17-1: Obligation to Submit to Arbitration (Revised Case #14-2 May, 1988. Transferred to Article 17 November, 1994. Revised November, 1995. Revised November, 2001 and May, 2017.) REALTOR® A and REALTOR® B had been engaged in a cooperative transaction that resulted in a dispute regarding entitlement to compensation. Rather than requesting arbitration before the Association of REALTORS®, REALTOR® A filed suit against REALTOR® B for payment of the compensation he felt REALTOR® B owed him. Upon receiving notification of the lawsuit, REALTOR® B filed a request for arbitration with the Association, which was reviewed by the Grievance Committee and found to be a mandatory arbitration situation. REALTOR® A was advised of the Grievance Committee’s decision, but refused to withdraw the lawsuit. Thereupon, REALTOR® B filed a complaint with the Board charging a violation of Article 17 as supported by Standard of Practice 17-1.

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REALTOR® A was directed to be present at a hearing on the complaint before the Board of Directors. Evidence that REALTOR® B had sought REALTOR®R A’s agreement to submit the dispute to arbitration was presented at the hearing. REALTOR® A defended his action in filing the suit and refusing to submit to arbitration by asserting that under laws of the state, the Association of REALTORS® had no authority to bar his access to the courts or to require him to arbitrate his dispute with REALTOR® B. The Board of Directors concluded that REALTOR® A was correct as to his legal right and as to the Association’s lack of any right to prevent him from filing a suit. It was pointed out to REALTOR® A, however, that the Association of REALTORS® is a voluntary organization, whose members accept certain specified obligations with respect to their relations with other REALTORS®, and that if he wished to continue as a member of the Association, he would be obliged to adhere to the Association’s requirements as to arbitration. Because REALTOR® A would not withdraw the litigation, the Board of Directors concluded that REALTOR® A was in violation of Article 17 for refusing to arbitrate in a mandatory arbitration situation. However, it was noted that if REALTOR® A had filed litigation against REALTOR® B, and had REALTOR® B then requested arbitration with the Grievance Committee determining that an arbitrable issue of a mandatory nature existed, REALTOR® B might have successfully petitioned the court to remand the matter to the Association for arbitration, and there would have been no finding of a violation of Article 17 since the Association’s arbitration process would have been ultimately complied with.


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Tips for Organizing an Estate Cleanout: Make this stressful process a little easier with the right planning

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state cleanouts can happen for a number of reasons. Mainly, though, they are due to difficult life events, like death, divorce, or downsizing due to debt or higher costs of living. These events are stressful on their own, but having to liquidate an entire house’s belongings only adds to the stress. Planning ahead helps ease some of this headache. Here’s how to organize an estate cleanout when the time comes.

Estate Cleanouts • First, it’s helpful to create a timeline. Select a specific date to complete your cleanout. This is especially important if the home has been sold or if an apartment has been leased by a new renter. Facing a specific timeline gives you incentive to move the process along. • Next, locate important legal and financial documents. These documents include wills, real estate titles, bank statements, social security cards, life insurance paperwork, and other financial documents. • Depending on the value of the items in the estate, an estate appraiser and an estate liquidator might be necessary. For a

fee, appraisers can help you figure out the value of the estate’s contents, including jewelry, antiques, and furniture. An estate liquidator helps you figure out how to make the most of the items you don’t wish to keep. There might be items that hold value to others that can be sold in an estate sale or auctioned off. • Donate or sell unwanted items that aren’t as valuable. Consignment shops are a great place to start. Items like furniture and clothing can be consigned. Consigning gives you a percent of each sale. Donate other items to thrift stores or non-profit organizations that take items to help those in need.

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EASTON A Community Profile

By Jennifer Khawam Editorial & Marketing Associate

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n 2008 the financial crisis hit Wall Street, the United States and, by extension, the rest of the world. Easton, Pennsylvania, like other cities in the country, was not immune to the losses that the financial crisis instigated. “In 2008 we came in office right at the biggest recession since the Great Depression and we were on the verge of Act 47, which is basically financial insolvency,” said Easton Mayor Salvatore J. Panto, Jr. “We were millions of dollars in debt and taxes were going up every year.” Over a decade later, Easton has come out the other side and is now thriving. Residential opportunities, development, improvement of the city’s West Ward, and the ever bustling downtown have led the city to an A+ rating and high potential for even more growth in the future. “We’ve increased our credit rating and we’ve stabilized our finances,” said City Administrator Luis Campos. “Now we’re in a position, as development occurs here in the city and as money comes in through fees, where we can use that money aggressively in open space [opportunities].”

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According to Campos, there is now money that can be used for open space projects, for pedestrian-friendly projects, for improved walkways, for more bicycle paths, and for improvement of street signs that help identify Easton’s neighborhoods as unique places to visit. The city and its economy are already thriving with life. The Governor Wolf Building, the Pomeroy Building and the Silk Mill hold immense residential potential for the city. Parks and recreational activities that include the Karl Stirner Arts Trail and Hugh Moore Park allow a break from the city, and downtown Easton is booming on the weekends with its many small businesses, restaurants and nightlife spots. Employment opportunities are also increasing as organizations such as Hearst Magazines and Access Networks are becoming fixtures in the city. Even with all that Easton has to offer, the city continues to stride towards bigger and better things for their residents and visitors. “In five years, I see us as a vibrant downtown with more daytime economy,” Panto said. “Right now, we

have a great nighttime economy, but with the addition of places like Hearst, Access Networks and Lafayette College coming downtown – right there’s about 275 to 300 employees. We need more employees downtown working during the day and I would like to see that in five years. I would also like to see Easton have an affordable housing component so that we don’t gentrify the city.”

No doubt Easton pride is at an all-time high socially, economically and residentially. The city not only plays an important role in the lives of its residents and visitors, but in the existence of the Greater Lehigh Valley itself. Growing population and residency in the city has also come to the forefront of Easton’s growth. “We’ve invested heavily in our police department, in our fire department, in our codes department – all three of those are important factors that


N keep the city safe,” Campos said. “That’s bringing in a lot of not only development opportunities, but people coming in and occupying vacant upper floors. Owners of buildings are saying, ‘Well, it’s time now. There’s a demand for my space above my store. I have three floors. They’ve been vacant.’ Now they’re saying that people are willing to rent them.” Improvements are in the works for the West Ward thanks to a $1.2 milliondollar grant that was announced in late April. According to Lehigh Valley Business, the grant and its purpose to improve the West Ward will be carried out by The Greater Easton Development Partnership, calling it the West Ward Community Initiative. “I think the future is very bright for the West Ward in that we’ll be able to leverage the $1.2 million dollars, which is paying for our staff to roll up their sleeves and work on various types of projects,” Campos said. “We’ll be able to leverage that for even more development. The West Ward plan was deliberately put together in an effort to increase the investment in the West Ward by the city in an effort to continuously improve that area.”

No doubt Easton pride is at an alltime high socially, economically and residentially. The city not only plays an important role in the lives of its residents and visitors, but in the existence of the Greater Lehigh Valley itself.

Median Sales Prices, Easton Area School District

“I think Easton offers to the Lehigh Valley an opportunity,” Panto said. “We have a lot of people from the Valley come down for our restaurants, a lot of people come for our state theater, and I think it gives them the opportunity to see that all three cities [Easton, Allentown and Bethlehem], all three urban cores, are doing well. I think, as a Valley, we have everything to offer of a big city without all of the hassles of a big city.”

2017 - $185,500

2014 - $174,000 2015 - $178,500 2016 - $180,000

2018 - $211,500 2018 Market Report for Easton Area School District: Total Closed Sales – 906 New Listings – 1,317 Inventory of Homes for Sale – 180 Months Supply of Inventory – 2.3 months Percent of List Price Received – 97.8 percent *This data is provided by the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® annual market report.

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WHAT IS SUPRA? T

he Supra System makes it easy for showing agents to access properties and for listing agents to track activity at client properties. The latest Supra® keybox, iBox BT LE, adds Bluetooth® Low Energy technology, and communicates with newer smartphones without any additional hardware.

A data record is created each time a keybox is opened, and Supra’s wireless keys transmit the showing information immediately so real estate agents can obtain real-time information about showings. Client questions can be answered quickly, and feedback from showing agents can be gathered while information is fresh in the showing agent’s and client’s minds.

5 SUPRA FAST FACTS 1. For assistance with authorization codes, billing questions, technical questions or product inquiries, the Supra Support Team is available at 1-877-699-6787 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. (EST). 2. Supra information is available on the Member Portal, where you’ll find video tutorials, troubleshooting tips, pricing, reciprocity details, and more. Just visit www. GreaterLehighValleyRealtors.com/Members, log in, and click “Supra” in the menu.

SUPRA USAGE IN NUMBERS • There are 4,950 iBox BT LE keyboxes in circulation (electronic lockboxes owned by either offices or individuals) • 1766 individuals lease the eKEY service on their smartphone devices • 400 individuals lease the XpressKEY • From January 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019, shackles were opened on 1,500 lockboxes. This indicates that a box was either put on a property for a new listing or removed from an existing listing.

3. When you terminate your membership with the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, make sure to send an email to Gina@GLVR.org to terminate your eKEY service with Supra. If you don’t, you’ll continue to be billed. 4. If you’re not utilizing SupraWeb, you’re missing out on important information! SupraWEB is a secure website that is available to all Supra keyholders. Real estate agents use SupraWEB to help manage their listing and showing information. Valuable showing data is accessible through SupraWEB so that agents can create reports for their clients, send updates about a particular listing to agents who recently showed that listing, or provide showing feedback. In addition, mobile SupraWEB is available from within the eKEY app so that information can be viewed while you’re on the go. 5. Need a lockbox? They are available for purchase at the Association office.

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SUMMER HOURS

The hours of operation for the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORSŽ are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, staff members rotate through summer hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. So, while the Association’s hours of operation do not change and at least three staff members are available until the usual closing time, some staff members will leave for the day at 3:30 p.m. Please keep this information in mind if you do not hear from a specific staff member after 3:30 p.m.

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BEACH READING: 6 Books Every REALTOR® Should Read This Summer

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f it’s been a while since you’ve picked up a book – don’t worry, you’re not alone. The life of a REALTOR® is hectic at its best, and crazy at its worst. That doesn’t mean that reading books shouldn’t be left to professors and publishers, though. If you want to be the best real estate professional you can be, then picking up a book is one of the best things you can do to help you reach your goals. We’ve compiled a list of books that will help you do just that: achieve your goals and realize your dreams as a real estate professional and as a reader. e

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The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It’s Not About the Money...It’s About Being the Best You Can Be! by Gary Keller

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Outrageous Authenticity: You Are Your Best Sales Weapon by Leigh Brown

An essential when it comes to reading up on how to be a better real estate agent, The Millionaire Real Estate Agent presents concepts and strategies that benefit anyone in the business – whether they’re new or a veteran of the business. Learn how to stimulate production and more with this bestselling book.

Leigh Brown teaches you how to be the most confident and proactive Realtor® you can be in Outrageous Authenticity. Being your most authentic self will lead to more sales and a more loyal fan base when it comes to being the greatest salesperson you can be in today’s real estate world.

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#GetSocialSmart: How to Hone Your Social Media Strategy by Katie Lance

Social media is extremely important in marketing yourself today. If you’re not marketing yourself on social media, you can pretty much say goodbye to any potential for exceptional success. In #GetSocialSmart, Katie Lance teaches you how to utilize multiple social media platforms and their features to promote yourself as a real estate professional in the best ways possible.

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The HyperLocal HyperFast Real Estate Agent: How to Dominate Your Real Estate Market in Under a Year- I Did it and so Can You! by Daniel James Lesniak

Dan Lesniak totaled $22 million in sold volume during his first year in real estate. In The HyperLocal, HyperFast Real Estate Agent, he teaches you how to be just as successful as him by using the STP framework (segmentation, targeting, and positioning).

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod

If you find it hard to be motivated into waking up in the morning to start your day, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod will help you find that motivation. Motivation, energy, and focus will make you the best Realtor® you can possibly be and will also help you find the path to achieving your career dreams.

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The Road to Recognition: The A-to-Z Guide to Personal Branding for Accelerating Your Professional Success in The Age of Digital Media by Seth Price and Barry Feldman

Are you looking to brand yourself as a professional in your field of work? This book by Seth Price and Barry Feldman will make sure you succeed in doing that in just 275 pages and 26 lessons. It also includes advice from real professionals who are succeeding in their areas of business.

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A SCHOOL DISTRICT’S COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE How Lehighton Area School District’s dedication and opportunities instill excellence in their students.

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tudents and staff from the Lehighton Area School District in Carbon County follow three words in their quests to teach, guide and receive an education: Commitment to Excellence. Committing to excellence is not meant to instill extra pressure on Lehighton’s students. Superintendent Jonathan J. Cleaver simply wants his students to commit to doing their best. “Not every kid is going to be an A student, not every kid is going to be the best athlete, not every kid is going to be

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the best musician, or the best performer, or what have you,” Cleaver said. “So, when you’re doing something, no matter if it’s something new that you’ve never done before, just do it to the best of your ability. That’s really what we focus on with our kids, because if the kids are committed to something, you know they’ll be successful.” Every student in the district has access to unique opportunities that encourage them to seek out their interests and discover what they want to do – and who they want to be – in the future. To make sure each child has access to

everything they may want to explore, the school district has followed an axiom they call “the whole child,” which ensures experiences of not just the typical math, science, and English curriculums, but also arts, humanities, athletics, and more. “When we look at the curriculum, we have what we say is your basic reading, writing and arithmetic,” Cleaver explained. “But then there’s also a piece called the ‘hidden curriculum.’ It’s very important for the kids to understand more than just two plus two equals four.”


Both the high school and middle school have STEAM labs, and the elementary school has a makerspace lab. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, and a makerspace lab, according to edutopia. org, provides hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering.

and develop. Renovations and changes include: • 5th grade was moved to what is called the elementary center, removing the need for modular classrooms at the middle school. • 6th, 7th and 8th grade each have their own wing in the middle school and the cafeteria was moved up a level.

The opportunities at Lehighton really are endless. There’s a fly-fishing club, drama and music programs, “encore” classes that include computer science and library science, as well as before and after school tutoring programs. Not only that, the K-2 program is almost oneto-one with iPads, and the district is working with Apple to develop curriculum programs to go along with the use of the tablets. Another notable perk for the high school students is a dual scholar’s program. “Right now, us and another school district are the only two who do [the dual scholar’s program],” Cleaver noted. “We have students who go to the [Lehigh Carbon] community college their junior and senior year of high school. They’re going to graduate with us on June 14 and then, at the end of August, they will graduate with their associate’s degree from the community college.” In recent years, Lehighton has not only developed new programs, but has also renovated all three of its schools. The process of planning to renovate the schools started back in 2008, according to Cleaver, and took years to review

• The elementary center now houses K-5 with the only shared facilities being the gym and cafeteria. • At the high school, offices were renovated and separated from the guidance area, classrooms were added and renovated, there was complete renovation of the HVAC system, in addition to electrical upgrades. • The district established secure entrances at all of its schools. All of these building projects, according to Cleaver, were done with LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

Lehighton’s programs, curriculum and renovations all come together to make a unique school district. Innovative and committed to excellence, Lehighton Area School District attributes much of the opportunities it provides to students to the Greater Lehigh Valley community. “There are so many resources out there,” said Cleaver. “We know we have Carbon County and Lehigh County, but we really look at it as the Greater Lehigh Valley. We’re a half hour from Allentown, Bethlehem, and even going north 40 to 45 minutes to the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton area… the Valley has really kind of embraced what I call the ‘educational community.’” “We’re very fortunate,” Cleaver concluded. “I’ve been in other places and not everybody has the same feeling and the same opportunities that our kids, and really our whole community, have. [The district is a] gem of the area, for sure.” The second in a series, staff at the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® will continue, in future magazine editions, to highlight school districts in Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties. Please note that this information is not meant to steer consumers to one school district over another, but to highlight the positive work of each and every school district in the Greater Lehigh Valley. A full list of Greater Lehigh Valley school districts, including charter schools and colleges/universities, are available at www.GreaterLehighValleyRealtors.com.

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Selling Homes with Pools: By Jennifer Khawam, Editorial and Marketing Associate

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s kids, our dream of the perfect house had to have a few key components: a big backyard, a driveway with a basketball hoop, a pet of some sort (whether that be a dog, cat, or if you were that kid, a snake or an iguana) and, of course, a swimming pool. As adults, we know there’s a lot of work that goes into having any or all of these things in a house – especially swimming pools. From the cost of having it built to maintenance and upkeep, it’s an expensive venture. Not only that, but pools – although fun – can pose life threatening risks to those with children and/or pets in the family. With all of this in mind, we’re here to tell you exactly why it may be difficult to sell a home with a pool, plus some tips and tricks that will make the selling process easier. First, it is important to discuss the cost of pools. According to realtor.com, who spoke with Dan DiClerico from HomeAdvisor, building an in-ground pool can cost anywhere between $35,516 and $65,067. That’s a hefty price, not to mention the cost of upkeep and, according to HouseLogic, a possible increase in insurance costs and annual property taxes. For those who have braved the cost of installing a pool, the results may have been worth it, especially if those specific homeowners were confident in their purchase and accepted the liabilities. When it comes to moving, however, potential buyers may not be so accepting of the liabilities that come with having

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TIPS and TRICKS

a house with a pool, especially if they’ve never had one before. So how do you convince them? According to Opendoor, there are a few things you can do to convince buyers that choosing a home with a pool is a good idea. When it comes to closing the deal, what it really comes down to is aesthetics, maintenance, transparency and safety. Opendoor recommends doing the following when it comes down to the aforementioned categories: 1. Keep the pool and its surrounding areas clean and maintained. This includes any surrounding landscaping. If your pool area is appealing to the eye and is well kept, it will surely be more appealing to potential buyers. 2. Make sure you have paperwork on any and all previous repairs on the pool just in case a potential buyer has questions. 3. Consider improving the safety of the pool by adding, for example, fencing or some sort of barrier. This is especially important for families with children or pets. That’s just a bit of what Opendoor has to say when it comes to selling a home with a pool, but what do REALTOR® members with the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® think? Here are some of their very own tips and tricks for selling a home with a pool:


“Make sure it’s open and clean, and maybe with a calming waterfall. Add a float or two. Maybe a pink flamingo or a slice of pizza. Something funny. Throw in lights for night showings.” Yvonne Worman, BHHS Fox & Roach, Bethlehem

“If you are selling your home in the fall, make sure your pool is inspected and professionally closed by a reputable pool company. Pass on those receipts and information to the new buyer. During the summer, make sure your pool is open and clean.” Donna Bartholomew-Sacco, Coldwell Banker Hearthside

“Have a certified pool inspector there before the house is listed, if possible. Have a complete list of all expenses for buyers.”

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Patti Davidson, Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate

“Make sure to have the seller have the pool opened and operating by settlement, if possible. Schedule a time to have the seller show the buyer how it runs, how to clean it, etc.” Ashley Lilly, DLP Realty

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From Devastation to Transformation: AMY ROBACH REFLECTS ON LIFE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER BREAST CANCER By Mallory Siegfried | E-Communications Specialist

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hile reflecting on a conversation with Captain Chesley Sullenberger and the passengers who were aboard U.S. Airways Flight 1549 – the Airbus A320 they were flying in struck a flock of geese and Sullenberger was forced to ditch the plane in the Hudson River; all 155 people aboard survived – Amy Robach was best able to summarize her keynote speech for the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® 7th Annual Signature Event scheduled for June 13, 2019: “One of the [Miracle on the Hudson] passengers said to me, ‘At one point in everyone’s life, everyone experiences their plane crash,’” Robach remembered. “It doesn’t have to be cancer. it doesn’t have to be an actual plane crash. At one point in everyone’s life, you reach a point where you realize that life is not guaranteed. That tomorrow is not guaranteed. That today is all we have.” Inspirational, motivational and transformative, Robach’s keynote at the Musikfest Café at SteelStacks in Bethlehem will take the audience on a journey of how to live life, not how to live a long life, and how to live with an attitude of gratitude. As a breaking-news anchor for “Good Morning America,” co-anchor of ABC’s “20/20,” and a reporter across ABC News, Robach has one of the most recognizable names and faces in journalism. In addition to interviewing countless newsmakers and celebrities, Robach has traveled nationally and internationally to cover major news events. She reported on the terrorist attacks in Manchester, UK and in Brussels, Belgium, as well as the mass shootings at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Sandy Hook elementary school in Newton, Connecticut, and the targeting of police officers in Dallas, TX. In November 2013, Robach was thrust into the public consciousness for more than her journalism. After receiving

a mammogram on live television, Robach revealed on “Good Morning America” that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. What follows below are lessons and change that Robach learned and implemented during and after what she calls a devastating, transformative and inspirational cancer journey. As we are a Realtor® association, the room will be filled with a mix of real estate professionals and the public. For the real estate professional, how can your story and your journey not only help them in their personal lives, but also in the workplace and within the team and office setting? It was my work and my job that got me through treatment, because you never realize how much it’s important in your life to have that structure, something to look forward to, something to accomplish. Having my job while I was going through cancer treatment actually ended up being this huge, amazing safe haven and oasis, which is not what I would have imagined. When other people had gotten cancer and you heard stories, you think, “Why don’t you just go home and take care of yourself and relax?” What I realized was that, when you’re going through something that’s scary and frightening, when your security has been taken from you and you don’t know what is going to happen around the bend, you realize how important it is to have that incredible team around you and to have a place to go to each morning and to find joy in your coworkers and support. It was really a beautiful thing. Going forward in terms of my career, everything did get put into perspective. When you enjoy your job, it’s such a completion of your life and why you want to get up each morning. But the other part of it too, and I joke about this, but it’s really true, is one of the biggest changes that I made when I came on the other side of this was that I take all of my vacation

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days. I used to brag that I left vacation days on the table, that I’m such a hard worker. I realized at a certain point that it’s great to be a hard worker and I still am, and I love my job, but I also make sure that I have that work-life balance that I really, truly didn’t have before. So, I started by taking all of my vacation days. That made me a much more effective and productive person at work because I feel fulfilled in a way that I wasn’t allowing myself to feel. I’m more rested. I’m more energetic. I’m more excited about rolling up my sleeves and coming up with the next project.

“One of the [Miracle on the Hudson] passengers said to me, ‘At one point in everyone’s life, everyone experiences their plane crash,’” Robach remembered. It really does spark creativity, when you also take the time for yourself, to take care of yourself, to take care of your family, and to really carve out that time not only for vacation but also for exercise and diet. All of it equates into this great balance. I do think that when you take care of yourself in your me time, in your personal time, it 100 percent translates into your work, productivity and your ability to think outside the box. It’s a game changer when you start taking care of yourself in your personal life and in your work life. I was working myself into

the ground. That was not an effective strategy in becoming a better journalist or in rising up through the ranks. It was actually counterproductive. It might be a counter intuitive thing to take all of your vacation days and to make sure you’re exercising every day, but those are things that actually make you a better employee. 67 percent of Realtors® are female… your career after college has followed quite the trajectory. In today’s climate with women really rising above and striving and thriving and making waves, what advice do you have for these women? The number one thing is we have to start supporting each other, we have to start being able to count on each other and to trust each other… When you can work with other women and truly root each other on and truly be excited for other women’s success, we all have a much better landing pad when things go wrong. I think together we’re strong. What I’ve done at work is I created what I call a “Girl Gang.” When we finish work, we lunch together, we work out together, we shop together. We really have forged these incredible friendships that have made me feel that when I walk into work, I walk into a family. My other family. We’ve really created a healthy environment… We schedule our days around healthy activities that we do with each other so that it becomes a social and a healthy experience. Not only has it been a physical change, but an emotional and a spiritual change in me, too, because I just feel so supported. I have so much more love in my life than I did before. Everything from head to toe has changed for me in terms of how I feel. Healthcare has been a hot topic for our real estate professionals. Most are independent contractors and many face very high insurance premiums. With this in mind, coupled with your story, we’ll be supporting two local cancer support organizations with a live and silent auction. These organizations not only lend support and information, but also help the uninsured and underinsured with various things needed during their cancer journeys. Did you have any experience with these kinds of organizations either during or after your cancer journey? [Cancer support organizations] are vital. I did have something pretty significant happen to me. I had my first mammogram in a Mammovan on live television in the middle of Times Square. I had it done and then it was a couple days later that I get a call from the imaging center saying, “Hey, we see something, it’s probably nothing, but out of an abundance of caution, you should get a follow-up mammogram with your own OBGYN.” … The night before my followup, I get a call from [NYU Clinical Cancer Center] and they say your insurance company – and I have Disney insurance,


and my husband, we’re going to do a 100-mile trek through the Swiss Alps… and then I’m running the New York City marathon in November. That’s a huge personal challenge that I’m actually more nervous about than Kilimanjaro… I actually start feeling massive butterflies when I think about doing it, but I’m excited. I think we should always be a little bit uncomfortable and push ourselves to see what we can accomplish and what our bodies are capable of. I’ve found out the hard way what can happen to our bodies and I lost trust and faith in my body at a certain point. I’m kind of obsessed at proving how strong I can be and how strong my body actually is.

---The Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® will hold its 7th Annual Signature Event on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Musikfest Café at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pa.

probably some of the best insurance in the country – has denied covering your follow-up mammogram… I thought in that moment of not doing it, and I have $800 [to cover the cost] to spare. When I got the diagnosis, I thought back to this moment. I considered saying, ‘Eh, forget this follow-up. I’ll just do another one in a couple of years.’ And then I thought, for how many women is that money their rent money or the food that goes into their children’s mouths? That $800 is not something they can be flexible with. It wouldn’t be a choice of whether they said no. They would have had to say no. When you’re a busy, working mom trying to make ends meet and you don’t have insurance, I can understand why women say, “What are the chances? It’s probably not going to happen to me. I’m just gonna punt.” It’s a real problem when women don’t have access to life-saving tests because they don’t have insurance. The fact that there are groups out there that women have access to, I think it’s so vital in the community… I applaud the efforts of the organizations that bring healthcare to women – and at no cost.

In addition to Amy Robach’s keynote, the event will include a charity auction in support of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Women’s 5K Classic. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on unique items that include a signed football, mini helmet and jersey by the Lehigh Valley’s very own Saquon Barkley, a round of golf for three at Lehigh Country Club, spa packages, in-home dinner parties with a private chef, vacations, housecleaning services, and much more. There will also be a “Tree of Hope” display. Attendees will be able to purchase paper leaves, write messages to loved ones who have faced cancer, and place them on the tree. All monies raised will be split between the above organizations. For more information on the event and/or to purchase your ticket(s), visit www.glvrandamy.com!

What’s next after Mt. Kilimanjaro? Do you have something major planned? I do. That’s something that I’ve really put into practice, because I think when you walk this cancer journey there are a lot of valleys, and so you have to have those summits that you can reach – both literal and figurative. For my vacation with friends

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Summer-Themed Cookies to Serve at Your Next Open House

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here’s no better way to spruce up your next open house this summer than to make some delicious summerthemed cookies. Check out these fun recipes from TasteofHome.com and get ready to make a splash with all of your potential clients!

Citrus Cookies

2. Roll dough into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Coat the bottom of a glass with cooking spray, then dip in granulated sugar. 3. Flatten dough balls, redipping glass in sugar as needed. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. 4. Cut a small hole in the corner of a small plastic bag; add frosting. Pipe circle of frosting on cookie tops; dip in colored sugar. Pipe lines of frosting for citrus sections. © 2019 RDA Enthusiast Brands, LLC

Watermelon Cookies

1 teaspoon sesame seeds, optional Directions 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extract. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Reserve 1 cup dough. 2. Tint remaining dough red; shape into a 3-1/2-in.-long roll. Wrap in plastic. Tint 1/3 cup of reserved dough green; wrap in plastic. Wrap remaining plain dough. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. 3. On a lightly floured surface, roll plain dough into an 8-1/2x3-1/2-in. rectangle. Unwrap red dough and place on a short end of the plain dough; roll up. 4. Roll green dough into a 10x3-1/2-in. rectangle. Place red and plain roll on a short end of the green dough; roll up. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate overnight.

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD: about 2 dozen.

5. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough into 3/16-in. slices (just less than 1/4 in.). Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Lightly press chocolate chips and, if desired, sesame seeds into red dough to resemble watermelon seeds.

Ingredients 1 tube (18 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough 2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Orange and yellow paste food coloring

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD: about 3 dozen.

6. Bake 9-11 minutes or until firm. Immediately cut cookies in half. Remove to wire racks to cool.

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Ingredients

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2 teaspoons lemon extract

3/4 cup butter, softened

Sugar

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup vanilla frosting

1 large egg

Orange and yellow colored sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

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2 cups all-purpose flour

1. Divide cookie dough in half. Place one half in a small bowl. Add the orange zest, orange extract and orange food coloring and mix well. Stir in the lemon zest, lemon extract and yellow food coloring to the remaining dough and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons orange extract

Bomb Pop Cookies

1/8 teaspoon salt Red and green gel food coloring 1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips or raisins, chopped

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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD: 40 cookies Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 1/3 cup canola oil 2-3/4 to 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/4 teaspoon salt Red and blue paste food coloring 1/2 teaspoon each cherry, raspberry and lemon extract Directions 1. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and oil, beating well. In another bowl, whisk 2-3/4 cups flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Gradually beat into creamed mixture, adding flour if needed, until dough forms a ball. 2. Divide dough into 3 portions. Add red food coloring and cherry extract to one portion. Add blue food coloring and raspberry extract to second portion. Add lemon extract to untinted portion. 3. Shape each portion into a 10-in.-long block. Place red, white and blue logs side by side. Lightly press blocks together. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes. 4. Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap and cut dough crosswise into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. To create ridges, lightly press cookies with a fork. Bake until set, 10-12 minutes. Cool on pans 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. © 2019 RDA Enthusiast Brands, LLC

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6. Play outside/walk in the early mornings and evenings instead of in the heat of midday.

Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool in the Summer

7. If you have a yard or deck, make sure there are shaded areas for your pet to sit and get away from the hot sun.

8. Consider investing in a kiddie pool if you don’t already have one so they can cool off on the hottest of summer days.

9. Know the symptoms of heatstroke in your pet: extreme panting, disorientation, seizures, excessive drooling, weakness, vomiting, and so on.

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t’s finally that time of year! It’s time to break out sunglasses, fans and pink drinks with little umbrellas in them. Summer is a season a lot of us look forward to, especially after a long winter and short spring. However, it’s important to keep in mind that as your seasonal habits change, so should your routine with your pets. Hot weather can hurt both humans and pets alike, so take a look at this list of ways to keep your pet cool during these next few months. That way, both you and your furry friend can have fun in the upcoming daze of summer.

1. NEVER leave your pet in a hot car. If you see someone has left their pet in a hot car, call the police as it can be fatal if they are left in there for too long.

2. Check the ground before taking your dog out to make sure it’s not too hot for their feet. If it is, stick to walking on grass or putting booties on your dog’s paws.

3. When going out for a long walk or to the dog park, be sure to bring lots of water to keep your pup hydrated.

4. Make some chilly treats to keep your pet cool. For example, freeze treats and toys so they can keep cool while still having fun.

5. Put ice cubes in their water so they can get that “Ahhh” feeling when they drink.

10. Some pets have a harder time cooling off than others, specifically those with flat faces (also known as brachycephalic breeds) like pugs, bull dogs, Pekingese, Persian cats, and more. Be sure to take extra care if you own a brachycephalic pet, as they have a harder time breathing and panting to keep cool in the summer heat.

11. While your pet’s fur keeps them warm in the winter, it also protects them from sunburn in the summer, so be sure not to shave them down too much.

12. Keep your pet indoors on hot days, especially if you plan on being out of the house for a while and are tempted to take them with you. They’ll be safer and more comfortable until you get home.

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SUMMER fun The Lehigh Valley offers a variety of unique experiences!

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ummertime in the Lehigh Valley is the feeling of the hot summer sun reddening your cheeks as you walk down Main Street in Bethlehem. It’s the splash of refreshing, cool water as you race down a water slide at Wild Water Kingdom and jump off an iceberg float at Dutch Springs. It’s the mouthwatering aroma of fresh, roasted corn from Aw Shucks as you stroll through vendors at Musikfest. Summertime in the Lehigh Valley is truly an experience you won’t get anywhere else, according to Kaitie Burger, the Content and Communications Manager for Discovery Lehigh Valley, which helps build the region’s economy and image through destination marketing.

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“Like Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom and Dutch Springs, the outdoor recreation scene here, whether you’re doing some whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, walking, running, whatever it might be on the trails – there’s just so many great things,” Burger said. Theme parks and nature-based outdoor activities aren’t the only things that make summers here special. There’s something to do for all ages in any state of weather. On rainy days, you can take the kids to the Crayola Factory to engage in colorful fun or venture to the Da Vinci Science Center for hands-on scientific learning. Adults get to play in any weather,

too. The beer and wine scene in the Lehigh Valley is unlike any other. From Allentown and Bethlehem Brew Works, Weyerbacher Brewing Company and Two Rivers Brewing Company, to an eight-part Lehigh Valley Wine Trail that includes Blue Mountain Vineyards and Galen Glen Winery, the Lehigh Valley has everything there is to offer for beer and wine connoisseurs. And what goes great with drinks? Food, of course! Dining in the Lehigh Valley will make any epicurean happy. There’s delicious southern gumbo and collard greens from The Bayou in Easton, beef cheek pot roast and chicken paprikash from The Hamilton Kitchen and Bar in Allentown, and authentic spicy miso and tonkotsu ramen from Rakki Ramen


in South Bethlehem. The dining possibilities are endless. Summers in the Lehigh Valley also mean a jammin’ music scene. There’s Martin on Main in Nazareth and (like we’d ever forget) Bethlehem’s Musikfest, the largest free festival in the country that was recently voted as the number one music festival in North America by USA Today. Couple Musikfest with the Godfrey Daniels Music Listening Room, the Levitt Pavilion at SteelStacks and various big-name concerts at the PPL Center, and you’ll have one rockin’ summer. As for some lesser known activities, Burger recommends the Lehigh Valley’s drive-in movie theaters. “We have two really great drive-in movie theaters here: Becky’s Drive-In and Shankweiler’s Drive-In,” Burger said. “Shankweiler’s is actually the oldest operating drive-in movie theater in the country. I think those are really great local gems that people often forget about, but as soon as we think about drive-in movies it just pulls back that awesome sense of nostalgia that everyone has some kind of memory tied to. To still have two that are functioning here is really special.” What’s really great about the Lehigh Valley’s summer activities, which also include farmers’ markets, sporting events, art galleries, museums, theater performances and shopping, is the affordability.

The uniqueness that Lehigh Valley summers offer is not something many other regions can say they have. In fact,

Dining in the Lehigh Valley will make any epicurean happy...The dining possibilities are endless. the Lehigh Valley’s individuality makes it not only a great place to have fun, but an interesting economic prospect as well. Live. Work. Play. That’s how Don Cunningham, CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, sees the economic potential of the Lehigh Valley. “The warm weather just kind of brings more people to visit, more people out, and we have such a great dynamic that’s merged here particularly with downtowns,” Cunningham said. “We’re getting interest from a lot of office employers because of the live-work-play element of the Lehigh Valley. People want to live downtown, they want to work there, they want to be able to go

to arts and cultural things, and that’s the first step of economic development – marketing and showcasing. And the summer is great for that.” Besides arts and culture, Cunningham highlighted the Lehigh Valley’s physical location and how it brings more visitors and potential residents to the Valley. “We’re a large metropolitan area that has a smaller town feel,” Cunningham said. “When you look at the two counties, you’re looking at almost 700,000 people, but they live in 62 different communities or 62 municipalities… We’re the third largest population center in Pennsylvania after the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh region, so there’s a good volume of people, which translates to potential employees, great educational infrastructure in the colleges, community colleges, vocational-technical schools, hospitals and health networks.” With New York City and Philadelphia less than two hours away from Allentown, Easton and Bethlehem, the Lehigh Valley is a hotspot for any and all visitors – whether they are summer vacationers, potential homeowners, renters or aspiring entrepreneurs. All of the activities and opportunities

“Another thing that is unique [about the Lehigh Valley] is how budget-friendly a lot of these things can be,” Burger added. “It makes it really attractive for summer fun for families because they know they can come to an area and have a great day of programming without breaking the bank with a million things they have to spend money on.”

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the Lehigh Valley offers are what make it such an enviable place to live and work – especially during the summertime when the possibilities are endless. “I think we see the region catching up to some of those things that other areas have been doing for a while, but then rolling past where they are and taking it to the next step,” Burger said. “Whether it’s the breweries and wineries that are thriving here and doing really well versus in other areas where it’s kind of plateaued a little bit. I think the Valley continues to see all of those industries really drive forward.” Wondering what’s going on in the Lehigh Valley this summer? Visit www.DiscoverLehighValley.com/Events to learn more about any and all activities happening during the upcoming summer season. Interested in the economic side of the area? Visit https://lehighvalley.org/ for more information, and be sure to check out LVEDC’s new marketing campaign called “Made Possible in the Lehigh Valley.” {Photo credit for all photos: Discover Lehigh Valley}

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Crayola Experience, Easton, PA

Becky’s Drive-In, Walnutport, PA

Lost River Canyons, Hellertown, PA


freely in its element. Hawk Mountain offers not only a place for nature fiends to camp out and watch Raptor Hawks go by, but also a place for others to become one with the world around them. Go hiking, camp out, or stay in one of the nearby accommodations to get the full experience. After a full day of exploring, be sure to check out the surrounding wineries and breweries. Plus, they have plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Learn more at http://www.hawkmountain.org/.

Bushkill Falls in Bushkill, PA

GETAWAY SPOTS TWO HOURS OR LESS FROM THE GREATER LEHIGH VALLEY

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veryone knows summer is the best time to get away from reality and spend a few days resting and having fun. Most people think you have to travel far to experience such luxuries, but in the Greater Lehigh Valley, that is far from true. Here are five getaway spots two hours or less from the GLV that will lead you on paths to adventure, relaxation and everything in between.

Skytop Lodge in Skytop, PA The Skytop Lodge is the perfect getaway for adults and kids looking to get away for relaxation and fun. Surrounded by gorgeous mountain and lake views, adults can enjoy massages, wine dinners, facial and body treatments and so much more in the beautiful provided lodging. Golfing, fishing and yoga are also a plus, along with other activities that are for the whole family such as a treetop adventure course, archery tag, paintball, rock climbing, boating, hiking, swimming and more! Check out what they have to offer at https://www.skytop.com/.

Hawk Mountain in Kempton, PA Calling all mountaineers and lovers of the great outdoors! Hawk Mountain in Kempton, PA, is an amazing getaway spot to explore nature and watch it live

Known as the “Niagara of Pennsylvania,” Bushkill Falls is one of the most beautiful attractions in the United States. Cascading waterfalls and wooden pathways make you feel like you’re on a magical journey. That, coupled with the many activities they have and the option to stay at the nearby Bushkill Inn, combines to make a perfect getaway for those who want to get away from busy day-to-day life and just enjoy the beauty of nature. See what else they have to offer at https://www.visitbushkillfalls.com/.

The Hotel Hershey in Hershey, PA Sure, Hershey Park is all fun and games – especially if you’re looking for some exciting summer thrills. But if you’re looking to relax after a long day of riding coasters and steep waterslides, The Hotel Hershey is the place to be. Cocoa facial? Check. Rose garden massage? Check. Yoga and dance fitness? Check. Swimming pool, fine dining, golf and s’mores roasts? Check, check, check and check. Needless to say, Hershey, PA, is the place to be this summer. Check them out at http://www.thehotelhershey.com/.

Asbury Park in Asbury Park, NJ Okay, so depending on where you are in the Greater Lehigh Valley, Asbury Park may be a bit over two hours away. Nevertheless, it’s worth the drive. After all, what’s a summer without visiting the beach? Explore the boardwalk, play some arcade games, and eat funnel cake and corndogs to get the full, traditional summer experience. It wouldn’t feel right to let a summer go by without having one. Plus, you can stick around on the first Saturday night of each month for “First Saturday Asbury Park” to enjoy the shops and restaurants being open later. There’s nothing like a classic weekend at the beach, after all. For more information, visit https://www.visitnj.org/article/asbury-parks-beach-andboardwalks

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Patios, Pools & Hardscaping: What do they mean for home value?

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hen summer comes around, homeowners begin to think about what they can do to improve not just the inside of their home, but the outside as well. The possibilities are endless: patios for summer barbeques, outdoor lighting for chatting late into the night, a pool for the kids to splash in, and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

resale is a new pool. The report also looked into which hardscaping projects appealed to buyers the most, as opposed to just listing the projects that had the most proven resale value. Research indicated that buyers find a wooden deck the most appealing

The homes we renovate don’t always end up being our forever homes, though. When it comes to selling, will all of that hardscaping hurt you or help you in terms of home value? Well, for the most part, hardscaping will add value to your home. After all, it’s only logical to get some money back for all that you spent on it. The real question is, is it worth it? Before deciding, it’s important to do some research. Lucky for you, we’ve done it already. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2018 Remodeling and Impact Report on Outdoor Features, the hardscaping project that is most likely to add value to a home for resale is a patio. The least likely project to add value to a home for

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in terms of hardscaping, and water features the least appealing. Going back to the project that seems to yield the most resale value, NAR reported that landscape professionals estimate a $7,200 cost in building a patio. REALTORS® estimate the cost recovered would be $5,000 – a 69 percent return on investment (ROI).

Wooden decks come next on the REALTOR® rank of hardscaping that will add resale value to a home, and is number one on what appeals most to buyers in terms of hardscaping. Landscape professionals estimate a $10,000 cost in building a deck, while REALTORS® estimate an 80 percent ROI, or $8,000. Sellers and buyers see value in creating a space where they can enjoy their home. Softscaping aside, they want to be able to sit and enjoy the space they created – not just have it there for curb appeal. We all want somewhere to convene after a long day of work to enjoy the fresh air, to talk late into the night about our likes and dislikes, our problems and achievements. The most important projects, the NAR report reveals, are those that bring people together on cool fall nights and hot summer days.

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here’s nothing like enjoying a hot summer night with some buttery popcorn, a refreshing drink and a good movie. We know our REALTOR® members like to catch a movie every now and then just like the next person, so we’ve compiled a list specifically for REALTORS®. Whether the characters are real estate professionals or they’re trying to deal with household renovations, there’s something for every real estate professional on this list.

“Based on the true story of four outsiders who saw what the big banks, media and government refused to: the global collapse of the economy. A bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of banking, where everyone and everything is in question.”

Movies Every REALTOR® Should Watch on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after?” –IMDB

-Amazon

1. The Big Short (2015) 3. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

2. I Love You, Man (2009) “Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But, when his instabond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain

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“David Mamet’s award-winning play about a group of desperate real estate agents comes to the big screen from director James Foley. In a role created specifically for the movie, Alec Baldwin appears as a sales motivator, informing the group of hard-luck salesmen that they must compete in a sales contest


where the losers will be fired. The agents work their same tired leads, until one hatches a scheme to burglarize the office, steal the leads, and sell them to a rival.” –Rotten Tomatoes

5. Revolutionary Road (2008) “Adapted from the classic 1961 novel by author Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road tells the tale of a young Connecticut couple whose once-idealistic relationship steadily deteriorates into a ceaseless cycle of petty jealousy and bickering as they strive to retain their independence in the conformity-obsessed world of picket fences and perfectly manicured lawns.” –Rotten Tomatoes

7. The Break-Up (2006) “A once-loving Chicago couple whose happily-ever-after quickly turned into a never-again finds their crumbling romance complicated when both parties refuse to move out of the pair’s recently purchased condo.” –Rotten Tomatoes

4. 99 Homes (2015) “A timely thriller about a single father who is evicted from his home and his only chance to win it back is to go to work for the charismatic and ruthless businessman who evicted him in the first place.” ¬ -Amazon

6. The Money Pit (1986) “Tom Hanks and Shelley Long buy their dream home, but life soon becomes a nightmare as their shabby mansion falls apart around them in this comedy from executive producer Steven Spielberg.” -Amazon

8. Pacific Heights (1990) “A San Francisco couple whose dream of owning a Victorian house turns into a living nightmare when they become terrorized by their sadistic tenant.” -Amazon


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elcome to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors® Sponsor Highlight feature in our e-magazine! This section of the e-magazine is here to provide you with any and all updates and announcements from our sponsors. That includes new offers for our members, updates in leadership, and anything in general that our sponsors want to share with you! Read on to find out more. This month’s sponsor highlights:

HomeSpot Media Welcomes Ethan Arner Ethan Arner joined HomeSpot Media as a full-time employee in January 2019. He is a Bethlehem resident and recently graduated from DeSales University with a degree in TV and Film Production. Ethan is a staff photographer, videographer and video editor, specializing in HDR photography, 360 photo/video and special video productions, including client video testimonials. He recently earned his FAA Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems License to operate a drone as a professional videographer and is also certified with Google to shoot 360 photo/video.

HomeSpot Media Relocates to Bethlehem HomeSpot Media is moving! The company will be relocating to their new office in Bethlehem in May 2019. The new building will allow for a professional photo and video studio, office space, and conference rooms, which will be offered as a location for closings.

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Are you a GLVR sponsor? Let us know what you and your team do to bond together and/ or tell us what it is about your team that makes you all so unique when you work together. We also welcome you to send any industry updates you would like to share with the members of the association. Email jennifer@glvr.org with the subject line “Sponsor Highlight” to learn more.


DepartmentUpdate Government Affairs

ADVOCACY. ACCOUNTABILITY. By Matthew Marks, Government Affairs Director, Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®

ACTION.

Local

Several Candidates Victorious in Primary Election On Tuesday, May 21, four RPAC-supported candidates won their respective elections for various seats within the City of Allentown. Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® Political Action Committee members supported the following candidates: Ray O’Connell, Allentown Mayor, Joshua Siegel, Allentown City Council, Nancy Wilt and Nick Miller, Allentown School Board. The Association’s Political Action Committee will now shift its attention to the November General Election and will update membership on future election efforts.

State

Property Tax Reform Bill Introduced: State Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton) and State Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe) are reintroducing their school property tax legislation from last session and are now being joined by State Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Fayette/Washington) in what has become a more bipartisan effort. House Bill 1200 would enable school districts to exclude up to 100 percent of a homeowner’s school property tax bill by increasing the state Personal Income Tax (PIT) by 1.8 percent to cover the amount needed to offset owner-occupied residential school property taxes. The Representatives believe the stability of the PIT makes it the best vehicle for relieving the current school property tax burden

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on homeowners. The bill has been assigned to the House Finance Committee.

Federal

Real Estate Professionals Must Comply with Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Regulations: The National Association of REALTORS® has received information that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may be stepping up its enforcement of lead paint disclosure laws. It is important for all real estate professionals to understand this law and how to comply with it. Congress passed the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992, also known as Title X, to protect families from exposure to lead from paint, dust, and soil. Section 1018 of this law, as directed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the EPA, require the disclosure of known information on leadbased paint and lead-based paint hazards before the sale or lease of most housing built before 1978. Enforcement of this law is conducted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which gives the EPA authority to inspect, subpoena documents, require testimony from real estate professionals, and bring civil administrative actions and fines. Below are resources to help members comply with this law:


NAR: www.nar.realtor/lead-based-paint#section-166042 EPA: https://www.epa.gov/lead/real-estate-disclosures-about-potential-lead-hazards HUD: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes/enforcement/disclosure

FAIR HOUSING FAIR HOUSING CASE STUDY

In an effort to educate our members about the Fair Housing Act, we ask that you review the situation below. While this situation happened in a different state, the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® feels it can bring further fair housing knowledge to local REALTORS®. HUD Reaches Agreement with California Housing Providers Settling Claims of Housing Discrimination The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on April 5, 2019, that it has approved a Conciliation/Voluntary Compliance Agreement between the owners of a Sunnyvale, California, apartment complex and a single mother of two who is a domestic violence survivor. The agreement settles claims alleging that Essex Property Trust, Inc., and Essex Portfolio, L.P., discriminated against the woman based on her sex when they refused to remove her then-husband from her lease after she obtained a restraining order against him. The Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination based on sex. “Survivors of abuse shouldn’t be victimized by having their housing rights violated,” said Anna María Farías, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “HUD is committed to ensuring that housing providers are aware of their responsibilities under the Fair Housing Act and that they take steps to comply with those obligations.”

The case came to HUD’s attention when a single mother filed a complaint alleging that the manager of her apartment building discriminated against her because of her sex when she refused to remove the woman’s then-husband from the lease and change her locks, even after she had obtained a restraining order against him. The woman alleged that the property manager ultimately agreed to change the locks but told the woman that her then-husband could still have a copy of the new key upon request. The woman alleged that she moved out of her apartment due to concern for her safety. The owners deny that they discriminated against the woman but agreed to resolve the complaint. Under the terms of the agreement, Essex Property Trust, Inc., will pay the woman $20,000. In addition, Essex Property Trust and Essex Portfolio will implement a domestic violence policy at its more than 240 residential properties that addresses the safety and housing needs of tenants who experience domestic violence, and distribute the policy to its employees and agents. The agreement also requires that the owners’ regional manager and on-site property manager participate in fair housing training. Persons who believe they have experienced discrimination may file a complaint by contacting HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at (800) 669-9777 (voice) or (800) 927-9275 (TTY ).

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GLVR Member Benefits You Need to Be Taking Advantage Of W

hen you become a REALTOR® member at Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, you get access to a plethora of member benefits. No doubt there are some you already know about – but there are also quite a few that you may not know about or forgot are offered when you become a member with us. No fear – we have some of those benefits right here for you to peruse and take advantage of. After all, these member benefits are here for your benefit! 1. Design and copywriting services that include logo, business card, flyer, brochure, and postcard design. 2. Discounts on events through the Association and discounts on classes at the Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy. 3. Access to Realtor Property Resource® and a database of more than 145 million residential and commercial properties in the U.S. It includes information on assessor, recorder and mortgage data, MLS content, foreclosure information, demographics, neighborhood data and more. Just visit the Member Portal,

click on MLS, and then MLS Vendors to learn more. 4. Access to monthly market updates that position REALTORS® as go-to experts for consumers, as well as access to market updates that date back to 1996. Just visit the Member Portal and click on MLS to access them. This is also where you can find annual reports dating back to 2016. 5. Access to membership rosters that list names, e-mails, office locations and phone numbers should you need to find someone within our membership. Click on Member Resources in the Member Portal and then select Member Rosters to access them. 6. Access to a municipal database that provides information such as residential resale inspection requirements, building code requirements, and more. Check it out on the Member Portal under the Government Affairs menu item. 7. Discounts and/or special offers at certain local businesses with the use of your RCard. Find out which local businesses participate by visiting the

Member Portal, clicking on Member Resources, and then selecting the RCard button. 8. Access to MyRental™ from CoreLogic®, which offers tenant screening solutions to help brokers and agents identify top quality applicants – leading to happy landlords and repeat business. Learn more about it on the Member Portal by clicking on MLS and then clicking on MLS Vendors. 9. Access to zipFormMLS-Connect®, which is a quick solution to alleviating data entry error during the transaction creation process. You can import or push data from your MLS listings directly into zipForm® Plus to fill out forms quickly and easily. Take advantage of this member benefit by visiting the Member Portal, clicking on MLS, then clicking on MLS Vendors. For more information on membership at the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS®, visit http:// www.greaterlehighvalleyrealtors. com/licensing-membership/glvrmembership-information-inquiries.

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REALTORS®® POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE 2017 2019 INVESTORS Pamela Adams Peter SharynAdams Adams Sharyn Adams Peter Adams Wajeeha Ahmed Robin Aldinger Theresa Alfano Jennifer-Lyn Phillip AllenAmantea Michael Ameer-Beg Michael Ameer-Beg Sebastian Amico Sebastian Amico Kori Andralis-Erceg Jeffrey Amore Debra Andrews Kori Andralis-Erceg Paula Antario Barbra Andretti Belinda Asmar KatelynnAttieh Anthony Albert Laura Aurigemma Donald Antry Debra Bagarozzo Tiffany Aritz Paveet Bali Andrea Arner Suchismita Banerjee KimberlyBartholomewAybar Donna SaccoBaig Mujahid Lori Bartkus Shawn Bailey LeeAnn Baumer Todd Baringer Susan Beattie Lisa Bartholomew Raymond Behan Donna Bartholomew-Sacco David Beil Karen Basak-Carey Randall Beitler Janice Benner LeeAnn Baumer Christopher Dorothy Bealer Bennick Diann Benscoter Susan Beattie Merrill Beyer Randall Beitler Nancy Bischoff Janice Benner Cynthia Bishop Richard Bogdanski Dean Benner Mary Beth Bohri Kevin Berger Zoltan Boldizsar Michael Bernadyn Mary Lynn Bonsall Carl Billera Tarrant Booker Michele Bilsak Alan Bosch Barbara Bottitta William Black Lou FrankBottitta Boccuzzi Faith Brenneisen Angela Bock Catherine Breslin Mary Beth Bohri Darcel Bridges Alex Bokan Bobbi Jo Bromley Mary LynnBrown Bonsall Michael Marissa Burkholder Barbara Bottitta Robert Bury Kathryn Boucher-Gutman Frank Calabrese Sharon Bradley Theresa Calantoni Faith Campbell Brenneisen Lori CatherineCampos Breslin Suzete Jon Capobianco Stacey Brobst Dean MichaelCarnes Brown Gerard Carpinello Michael Bruccoliere Carmelo Carrasco Sarah Buck Melissa Carreras John Budd James Carroll Gabriel Casas Eileen Budd Sonia MarissaCastro Burkholder Deborah CesanekNadine Caban Nothstein Lori Campbell Janice Chrinko Meredith Campbell Christopher Christian James Christman Suzete Campos Tiffani Christman Kim Capers Stefan Cihylik Kenneth Carey Jessica Cincilla Dean Carnes

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DepartmentUpdate MLS

You asked. We delivered! The following counties have been added to the CRS MLS Tax suite: Berks, Bucks and Schuylkill. These counties, which join Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton and Monroe counties, will include annual assessor updates and mortgage and sales transfers. Please be aware that the data populated in CRS for Berks, Bucks and Schuylkill counties may be less populated than what you are accustomed to seeing in other counties. This is a result of less data being provided to CRS and NOT because of any known error in the input process. However, please feel free to contact staff at the Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® if you believe certain data should be there, but isn’t. Should you have any CRS-related questions, please contact CRS Data Support at 800-374-7488, x3, or at gethelp@crsdata.com.

Lone Wolf to Acquire zipLogix™ By Bob Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of REALTORS®:

Lone Wolf Technologies, a leader in residential real estate software, announced on April 24 that it has acquired zipLogix™, a leading provider of transaction management, electronic forms, and eSignature solutions for the real estate industry. Previously, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) was the majority owner of zipLogix™, owning roughly two thirds of the company. C.A.R. decided to sell zipLogix™; and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), as a minority owner, concurred with that decision. NAR believes that the combination of these two firms, Lone Wolf and zipLogix™, will accelerate the development of next-generation transaction management products. The acquisition will also improve the technological capabilities and resources of REALTORS®, helping brokers and agents be more efficient and productive and deliver superior customer service. NAR’s agreement with zipLogix™ to provide its software products free to you, the members of NAR, will remain in force until its expiration at the end of 2020. We believe the financial return on our zipLogix™ investment, as well as the software it has provided to help you be effective and efficient in your real estate business, has demonstrated the value of strategic investments in technology. When the agreement expires, we will have the option to renegotiate it or seek other software options that serve your needs. Due to confidentiality agreements that were a part of the purchasing contract, we cannot discuss the sale price, but here is additional information about the acquisition:

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Cancer Support A night out to raise funds with Amy Robach for local cancer support organizations By Mallory Siegfried and Jennifer Khawam

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he Greater Lehigh Valley REALTORS® 7th Annual Signature Event with Amy Robach will include a charity auction in support of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and the Women’s 5K Classic. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on unique items that include memorabilia signed by the Lehigh Valley’s very own Saquon Barkley, a round of golf for three at Lehigh Country Club, spa packages, in-home dinner parties with a private chef, vacations, housecleaning services, and much more. In addition to the auction, there will be a “Tree of Hope” display. Attendees will be able to purchase paper leaves, write messages to loved ones who have faced or are facing cancer, and place them on the tree. All monies raised will be split between the above organizations.

been here 15 years, so we’ve touched over 40,000 people.” The organization also partners with local hospitals for patient referrals and brings in doctors to discuss different topics, such as chemotherapy side effects, diagnosis-specific information, and information on clinical trials. All programs, including educational ones, are available to people of all ages and of all cancer diagnoses. Addressing the mental health of those going through a cancer diagnosis, as well as those who take care of them, is important to the organization.

Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley

“You really can’t take care of someone else if you’re not taking care of yourself,” Buss said. “You’ve got to be your best person to take care of you, and then be able to take care of someone else who is in a crisis situation.”

“We laughed, and right before he was leaving, he looked at me and said, ‘You know Amanda, this is the first time that I’ve laughed in about two years.’”

Buss herself, who has been living with metastatic breast cancer for the past nine years, found solace in the Cancer Support Community.

That’s what an older gentleman who had just received a cancer diagnosis told Executive Director Amanda Buss of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley after visiting the organization in Allentown.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 28 and my daughter at the time was four or five,” she said. “I really didn’t know how to explain to her what cancer was, what was going to be happening to me, why I wouldn’t have hair. I found the Cancer Support Community myself and attended programs.

The mission of the Cancer Support Community is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. The organization, which relies completely on donations, has helped people affected by cancer actively engage in their health care, connect with others, reduce stress and isolation, and restore hope for a better quality of life. There are support groups, educational workshops, wig salon events, healthy cooking classes, exercise classes that include T’ai Chi, yoga and karate, and so much more. And it’s all free to those affected by cancer. “We probably see over 3,000 people a year who come through and take advantage of our programs,” Buss said about the organization, which serves five local counties, including Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, Monroe and Warren. “We’ve

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“My daughter and I attended programs together and it was just so life-changing for both of us. She got some tools that she needed to have confidence, to ask me questions and to understand a little bit more about what’s going on. I was able to meet other parents going through this journey as well and was able to get some advice from them and also share my experiences. It was just a win for all of us.” The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley is open to help and funding since their programs are offered to their members at no cost. “Funding is one of our needs,” Buss said. “We like to partner with businesses to maybe help offset some costs. If they want to come in and do some painting or some handyman work, and also, too, any kind of drive that will help our members. We have


dollar raised by one of the largest all-women events remains in the Lehigh Valley and supports local programs, organizations and institutions. “We’ve given over $3 million and it all stays local,” Gerber said. “We follow up on all of our grants to make sure the money is being used for what it was intended for. The oversight allows for full transparency so that you know that every donation is going to the cause.” Gerber added that the Women’s 5K Classic doesn’t hold onto the raised money for long. The goal is to have all funds distributed by December 31.

a lot of local colleges and groups, Girl Scout troops that will collect chemo care bags. They’ll put together a little bag with, say, tissues and a crossword puzzle book… anything just to brighten someone’s day.” For more information on how you can take advantage of the Cancer Support Community’s programs, or to find out how you can get involved with the organization, visit https://www.cancersupportglv.org. Women’s 5K Classic Some races are for kicks. Some races are for glory. The Women’s 5K Classic is a race for life. Since 1993, the Women’s 5K Classic has raised funds to support Greater Lehigh Valley organizations that share its mission of promoting fitness among women of all ages, assisting women and families affected by breast and other female cancers, and educating women about breast cancer awareness, prevention and treatment. When the race first began, about 250 women participated and raised $2,500, which was donated to Lehigh Valley Hospital. Since that time, the race has grown to nearly 5,000 participants annually and includes a competitive walk, a 5K run, a Pink Ribbon Loop, and a Friday Night Health Expo. Since the very first dollar was raised, more than $3 million has been invested in the Lehigh Valley community. The Women’s 5K Classic, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that takes over the Little Lehigh Parkway in Allentown every October, has touched the lives of over 13,000 women and their families.

What grants are being funded? We’re glad you asked. Some of the 2018-2019 funded grant programs include (the full list and who to contact to take advantage of these programs can be found at https:// womens5kclassic.org): Allentown YMCA – Beautiful You Breast Cancer Recovery Program: Provides a support group for women with cancer, group exercise classes that include yoga, aqua fitness and Zumba, cooking classes, health lectures, seminars and some memberships. Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center: Creation of a support group for LGBT cancer survivors and their caregivers. Cancer Support Community: Provides free breast and GYN cancer support groups. These regularly scheduled groups emphasize tools for a healthy lifestyle and educational workshops as well as bring hope to women diagnosed with breast and GYN cancers, their family members and caretakers. Girls on the Run of Lehigh Valley: Inspires girls from grades 3-8 while building confidence and self-esteem through running. Also utilizes a lifestyle curriculum. St. Luke’s Gnaden Huetten Campus: Provides screening and diagnostic mammography for uninsured and underinsured women. Available to St. Luke’s patients. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network: Provides lymphedema garments to uninsured or underinsured female cancer patients who require compression garments. Registration is now open for the Women’s 5K Classic on October 5, 2019. For more information on the Women’s 5K Classic and/or to register, visit https://womens5kclassic.org.

According to Ingrid Gerber, a member of the Women’s 5K Classic Board of Directors and Co-founding Committee, every

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