GHAR REALTOR® of the Year: Carl Lantz
GHAR is proud to present Carl Lantz, of Re/Max Premier, as the 2019 GHAR REALTOR® of the Year, the highest honor bestowed upon a REALTOR® by their peers at the local level!!!
 
This award is given to one REALTOR® who has displayed outstanding volunteer leadership service and contribution to the real estate industry and the REALTOR® organization. Since 2005, Carl has served on numerous boards and committees on the local, state, and national level, including President of GHAR in 2017. He is also the Region 3 Vice President for the CT Association of REALTORS® and has been a director since 2007. He continually puts the REALTOR brand first, is an active member of the West Hartford community, as well as a strong advocate for the real estate industry and homeowner rights.
 
Selection is based on the applicant's activities in local, state and national REALTOR® associations (50%), REALTOR® professionalism (30%), and business accomplishments (15%) and activity in civic affairs (5%).
 
CTR will recognize Carl's achievement at the CTR Leadership Conference and he will be formally recognized at GHAR's Holiday & Volunteer Appreciation Party in December.
Annual Golf Tournament - or Come to Dinner!
Thursday, September 12th | 11:30am lunch | Blue Fox Run, Avon
Lunch! Golf! Dinner! Drinks! Live Music! Raffles! FUN!
Golf or not! Just come and enjoy dinner. Only $120 per person ($40 for dinner only). Don't miss out - it never disappoints!

Proceeds of the golf tournament will benefit Rebuilding Together Hartford, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income homeowners through home renovation and repair. Also, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Dana Farber Institute in honor of long-time committee member, Charlie Hartigan. All are welcome! 

Commercial and Investment Real Estate Certification
Thursday, September 12, 13, and 20th | GHAR
This extensive program teaches the foundations needed to provide commercial and investment real estate brokerage services. This program includes topics from all of my courses and new material. Instructor Ed Smith, 9 CE Credits

Successful completion of 22.5 hours of instruction (three 7.5 hour courses), is required for certification. Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion and will be recognized as “Commercial and Investment Real Estate Certified” (CIREC) agents.
Wine, Cheese, and Legal-Ease
Wednesday, September 25th | 5pm to 7pm | Solomon Welles House, Wethersfield
Attorneys Lou Tavano, Scott McCuin and Michael Bonanno will answer your legal questions all while offering a wine tasting and purchasing opportunities! Non perishable items and monetary donations will also be collected for the Wethersfield Food Bank.
Organized by the South Region Committee of GHAR. Thanks to sponsor: Freedom Mortgage

2 CE Classes to Keep you Safe
September 27th | 9am- 12pm and/or 1pm-4pm | GHAR
Numerous strategies you can protect your data, use of various tools to ensure the data that criminals want is impossible to get
Explore the journey of paper or digital information and how it can wind up in the wrong hands, insight into criminals minds and the methods they use to exploit your information. Reverse-engineer criminals’ strategies to teach you how to use these strategies to protect yourself.
Pictured: Instructor Robert Siciliano. Both courses meet the requirements for 3 elective continuing education credits
Nominations for GHAR Officers & Directors
The GHAR Nominating Committee has nominated the following members to serve as

Additional candidates for the officers and directorships to be filled may be nominated by a petition signed by at least 1% of the REALTOR® members. The petition must be filed at GHAR at least thirty (30) days before the election (September 17th), and the Association shall send notice of such additional nomination to members eligible to vote before the election. The official election meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17th at 10:00am at The River in Wethersfield. Only REALTOR® members in good standing of GHAR are eligible to vote. Members are urged to vote online starting on September 18th. Requests for a petition form may be made by contacting Shelley Devanney or call 860.561.1800 ext. 1009.
POLL Results from 8/18 GHAR Newsletter
What flooring to you prefer in a bedroom? (81 respondents)

70% said Hardwood

30% said Carpet
Scholarship Opportunity $$$ for New GHAR Members
In an effort to ease the financial burden of a new REALTOR® member just starting in the business, the GHAR Bridge Committee has created the New GHAR Member Scholarship. Scholarships are based on a one-time reimbursement of REALTOR® fees paid (exclusive of licensing) and will be awarded to a newly licensed agent within 6 months to 2 years of application. To be considered, please submit the following information and documentation when applying. Deadline to apply is October 1st.
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Save the date...
Oct 10th: Head Shot Photo Day at GHAR
Oct 18th: “REALTORS® en Vogue” Charity Fashion Show
Oct 25th: Haunted Hayride, Flamig Farm, West Simsbury
Nov 14th: Tax Tips for the Real Estate Professional, Taphouse 150, Cromwell
Nov 20th: NYC Bus Trip