Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for March 2, 2018

Government Affairs Forum: 2018 Political & Policy Forecast Panel 3/6
There's still time left to get tickets for this special Government Affairs Forum - 2018 Politics & Policy Forecast Panel on March 6 at the Columbus Airport Embassy Suites! The panel will be moderated by Scott Light, Political Anchor of WBNS-10TV and include Democrat Aaron Pickrell, Former Senior Advisor to President Obama and Republican Michael Hartley, Strategist and Former Advisor to Bush/Cheney Campaign, Governor Kasich and Congressman Steve Stivers! Space is limited and seats will go fast. Register.

Foundation Wine Tasting is 3/15!

Don't miss this year's Foundation Wine Tasting at the new Exchange at Bridge Park in Dublin on 3/15! Tickets include eight beverage tastings, hors d'oeuvres by Cameron Mitchell catering, on-site parking and more! Tickets are $45 thru Mar. 5; $50 after Mar. 5. Group Rate: 10 tickets for $425*. Register.

Understanding the Residential Real Estate Purchase Contract
There have been quite a few changes to this contract over the last year! (Please note this class is only offered 2-3x/year.) This class is designed for both the newly licensed agent and the experienced salesperson. The course will review the key concepts and clauses in the contract and associated forms. Cost: $30 if paid by 03/14/18; $40 on day of class. Register.

Real Estate Core Law Update
This course on 3/22 satisfies the core law requirement and will cover an update of legal real estate issues such as Agency, Real Estate Contract terms/negotiation, the Impact of FIRPTA and more. Class is free; registration required.

Affordable Housing benchmark raised to $180,000 
On 2/21/18, the Board of Directors approved a request from the Affordable Housing Committee to increase the affordable housing benchmark to $180,000 (from $150,000). To determine the new benchmark, the committee looked at how much home the typical central Ohio family could purchase if they make 80% of the area median income. Read more.

YPN Connect 3/29
Don't miss this special panel discussion on 3/29 highlighting the hottest real estate marketing and tech trends! Panelists include Sean Carpenter, Ronnie Woodrow, Shaun Simspson and Trish Morrow who will share their knowledge and experience after attending Inman Connect. Tickets are $10; register.

Workshop: 3/6/18 – RPR/Zipform partnership
A part of your business day just got easier. Join this workshop to learn how to leverage these two powerful REALTOR® business tools to your advantage.

Workshop: 3/8/18 – Getting started with RPR
Join this webinar to gain a basic understanding of how to use RPR’s dynamic data and best-in-class tools to help attract, retain and lead clients to the closing table.

News for your clients! 
Hack Your Home for Better Sleep
We spend a third of our lives passed out, tucked between the covers, drooling all over the pillow. But when it comes to home improvements, most of our projects benefit our waking selves. Good sleep is essential to living our best life. So why not invest in it? Here are 10 ways you can hack your bedroom for better sleep.