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Norman Morris Named LR CEO
Louisiana REALTORS® has named Noman Morris as the new Chief Executive Officer of the statewide organization, effective immediately.  Morris has been serving as interim CEO since March.

"The officers felt strongly that Norman is the right person to lead our organization," said LR President Matt Ritchie of Alexandria.  "He has remarkable knowledge of our profession and the issues we face, and he has a proven record of results for REALTORS® in Louisiana.  Norman not only knows our industry, he is well respected amongst our members, his peers, and the public."

Before taking over as interim CEO, Morris served for 18 years as senior vice president and chief lobbyist of LR.  He was responsible for the overall operation and management of two LR political action committees, LARPAC and Friends of Louisiana Real Estate PAC.  Morris is a native of Shreveport, and has an undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech and an M.B.A. from Southeastern Louisiana University.  He is currently president-elect of the Louisiana Society of Association Executives and holds the REALTOR® Associaton Certified Executive Designation from the American Society of Association Executives and the REALTOR® Association Certified Executive from the National Association of REALTORS®.  He resides in Baton Rouge with his wife, Sheri, and daughter, Maurie.

"It's a tremendous honor to receive this vote of confidence from the officers,"  Morris said.  "I am looking forward to working with LR members, as well as the 13 local associations around the state to advance the profession and promote the benefits REALTORS® bring to the clients they serve." 

Louisiana REALTORS® is a professional trade association serving nearly 11,000 members.  As one of the largest trade associations in Louisiana, LR represents its membership on important real estate-related issues to state and federal government, while providing legal assistance, professional development, discounts and unique services for its members.  Louisiana REALTORS® has been the voice for real estate in Louisiana for 96 years.  For more information, please visit

This is a reminder that when holding open houses please lock away valuables, money, drugs, etc.  We received a rport this week of medication and jewelry being stolen during an open house.  We also advise that you ask for an ID of people entering the house.  More than likely an agent will have a business card.  If the person is not an agent ask for any photo ID.  You should a sign in sheet and you may want to write down their driver's license.  Please report any incidents to us so that we can in turn advise the members.  It's better to be safe than sorry!

School Needs Children's Books!
Six years ago, KIPP Central City Primary opened with their first class - 96 kindergarteners.  They have since grown to 525 students in grades K-4 and are now concentrating on raising expectations for the students by improving the learning environment.

Literacy has become their most important focus.  Research shows that the more exposure children have to books, the grater their love of reading.  To that end KIPP CCP is in the process of creating their very first school library.  And they need help to make this dream a reality.

KIPP CCP needs donations of hardback children's books.

As most REALTORS® know, de-cluttering and donating items are part of the steps most people take when selling or buying and moving to a new home.  So, please forward this email to your clients and ask for the hardback children's books that they no longer want.  It might also be a good time for a little "spring cleaning" at your house, as well!

A collection box will be at both NOMAR's Metairie and Mandeville offices from June 9th until August 15th.  Please donate!

Bowling Party Next Friday, June 13th at Rock'n Bowl
All Lanes are sold out but ... individual registrations are still being taken.  NOMAR members $30.00 & non-members $40.00.  Pick up your tickets at Metairie office.  Dress as your scariest movie monster or TV monster.

Registration includes

  • fountain drinks
  • draft beer and wine
  • assorted finger food
  • door prizes

Also, there will be

  • MARPAC parade of prizes and raffle
  • best team costume
  • best individual costume and
  • best original costume will win $cash prizes

Click on the following link for more information.  Printable Registration Form

REALTOR'S® Thought for the Day
We are in a very demanding business which requires cooperation and respect among all REALTORS®.  Sometimes a simple phone call to a fellow REALTOR® can resolve a situation and create a very good business relationship.  A question was posed on the NAR Official LinkedIn Group and ... click link to view article



Want to Learn How to be a Commercial Tenant Rep?
Save the date ... Thursday, September 18th is "Rookie School".  CID is bringing in Gregory Schenk to teach his Relationship Approach to Business:  Tenant Representation A to Z.  Course is geared towards agents in the business two years or less.

Agents will learn the difference between a transaction approach to business and a relationship approach to business; how to develop those relationships; and the history of tenant representation - why it started, whether they should be in this niche or not, by itself or with the listing side of the business.  The agent will learn about lease clauses and why "mastering the market and process" is so important.

Agents learning this technique will be able to help their clients through the process of a lease renewal or relocation to lease, purchase or invest and will be better prepared to save the clients time and money!

So, save the date and stay tuned for more information ....




The Metropolitan Association of REALTORS® Political Action Committee (MARPAC) is having a raffle!  Buy your tickets today for a chance to win:

  • $500 Amazon Gift Card
  • 2014-2015 GSREIN Dues
  • Full Registration for NAR Annual Conference in New Orleans in November

Tickets are 3 for $35 or 10 for $100 and can be purchased at NOMAR or through any MARPAC Trustee.

If you have questions on MARPAC or the raffle, contact NOMAR Government Affiairs staff Kelli Walker, Melissa O'Donnell or Tranell Barton at (504) 885-3200.

Disclaimer:  Contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.  If in doubt, please consult your tax advisor.  Contributions to MARPAC are voluntary and used for political purposes.  The indicated amount is only a suggestion and you may give more or less or refuse to contribute without affecting your membership rights.  Up to 70% of each contribution is used by the Louisiana REALTORS® Association PAC to support state and local candidates.  At least 30% of each contribution is sent to the National RPAC.  Of that amount, 90% is used by National PAC to support Federal candidates and is charged against your limit under 2 U.S.441a, while the remaining 10% is used for other Federal Grassroots political activities.

Blood Drive for David DaCunha
As you may know by now, David daCunha, former President of CID, "Service to the Industry" Award winner, and dedicated CID member for over 16 years was involved in a serious motorcycle accident on March 19th, breaking both of his legs and sustaning multiple serious injuries.  He hit a pothole and was thrown into a parked car.

David has had five separate surgeries.  He was at University Hospital for 3 weeks and at United Medical Rehabilitation Hospital for almost a month.  David is now home where he is getting physical therapy three times a week.  He has been out of work for over two months now and the CID Board of Directors wants to do some things to help.

So, first we plan to host a Blood Drive.  But to schedule a date The Blood Center must have a minimum of 25 donors signed up.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would be willing to donate blood.  We will keep a list and, when we reach the minimum number required, schedule the date, time, and location, and notify you.

2015 Mandatory CE Topic Suggestions
Our three LREC Commissioners attended the February Education Committee meeting and the annual mandatory course was discussed. The Commissioners want to know what you think the 2015 Mandatory Course should be.  Please send your suggestions to Lynda Nugent Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Condolences to ...
... Patricia Hightower of Bayou Equity Mortgage whose dear mother Alfretta Sider Reynard passed on April 28th at the age of 92.  Please keep Patricia and her family in your prayers.

... the family and friends of Sigrid Giarranto, GARDNER, REALTORS® Lakeview office, who passed away on May 30th.  Services will be Monday, June 9th, at St. Angela Merici Church, 901 Beverly Gardner Drive, in Metairie.  Visitation is 11-1:00 with a Mass to follow at 1:00.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Angela Merici Church.  Sigrid was an agent with GARDNER for more than 25 years.

NOMAR Board Store
We have many REALTOR® items that may help you in getting that listing sold.  Drop by our Metairie or Mandeville office to check out what is new!!!