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Only TEN DAYS Left to Exchange Your Keys and Lockboxes!

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All Active Key & Lockbox exchanges will now be by appointment only.

Please realize that there are only two staff members in each office to assist you, so it may take days for you to get an appointment.

To book your appointment now: please call either the Metairie office at 504-885-3200 or the Mandeville office at 985-882-8521

Due to the large number of people making appointments, if you have to re-schedule an existing appointment there will be a $25 rescheduling fee. This has become necessary to ensure everyone who needs an appointment gets in as quickly as possible.

Our goal is to make this transition as easy as possible for our members so please make your appointment.


Annual Agent MLS Dues – Only Ten Days Left to Pay

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Current dues billed are for the period July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017; dues are $340.  NOMAR members receive a $20 discount due to services extended to GSREIN members that are funded from NOMAR dues, such as Professional Standards and support staff.

Please note:  Dues are due by June 30 and are considered delinquent on July 1.  After June 30 there is a $75 late fee that must be sent in with payment.  On July 1, the user's MLS services will be suspended for nonpayment.  Click here to pay your dues online with a check or credit card. 

If a check is post marked on June 30, there will be no repercussions. However, at midnight on July 1, there will be an immediate $75 late fee and ALL MLS access will be suspended.

Click here for more information.

Note:  Agents pay Annual MLS Dues and Brokers pay Quarterly MLS Dues.


MLS Matrix and Instanet Support

While our MLS staff is working on the ongoing key and lockbox exchange, this is who you should contact for the time being if you need help:

MLS Matrix Support

For all Matrix support questions contact Matrix Support Reps:

James, Cheryl or Carli at 504-456-9903 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you need help with Instanet please contact them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are a broker who wants to upload your company forms to Instanet; you have until July 31st to do so at no charge by emailing them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


IDX/RETS/VOW Renewal July 1

What is the difference between IDX, RETS & VOW access?

An Internet Data Exchange (IDX, also known as Information Data Exchange) is a real estate property search site which allows the public to conduct searches of approved Multiple Listing Service properties in a certain area.  (Uses company websites)

Real Estate Transaction Standards (RETS) is used to give brokers, agents and third parties access to listing and transaction data.  (For office management and syndication)

Virtual Office Website (VOW) is a website that is used to conduct business activities.  One example is a VOW used as a real estate property search site allowing the public to conduct searches of approved Multiple Listing Service properties in a given area under certain conditions.

For more information, click here.


Code of Ethics Cycle Due

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NAR’s Quadrennial Code of Ethics Cycle is ending THIS YEAR. To ensure that you do not get suspended with no services, complete your Code of Ethics cycle now – before classes (and time) runs out.

If you do not know if you have completed your Code of Ethics training, click here to download the list.


NOMAR Partnership with NOPD for a Safer New Orleans

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NOMAR is challenging all REALTORS® to join us in our efforts to install 100 cameras for a safer New Orleans! NOMAR's $15,000 grant (in conjunction with NAR) to the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation purchased the first 34 cameras. Thanks to a $10,000 contribution from Latter & Blum and the donations of many other REALTOR® members, NOPJF was able to purchase 26 more cameras. We are now only 40 cameras away from reaching our 100 camera goal!

Don't forget, Latter & Blum is offering a dollar-for-dollar match to the United Way for each dollar donated by REALTORS® to the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation. Donations will be matched up to $15,000 in a donation to United Way to support their social service efforts to stop crime before it starts.

Click here for more information and to make a donation!


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REALTOR® Call For Action

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We need your help to tell the United States Senate to get to work and make homeownership a priority!  

Take action now to urge your Senators to pass H.R. 3700, the "Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016," a bill that makes needed reforms to the Federal Housing Administration condominium loan program, federal-assisted housing programs and Rural Housing Service loan programs.

This bill makes buying a condo A LOT easier by expanding opportunities for first-time homebuyers and streamlining rural housing programs for low-income rental residents. Condominiums are among the most affordable homeownership options for first-time homebuyers, as well as lower income borrowers.

The House of Representatives passed this bill unanimously with a bipartisan vote of 427-0 and now we need the Senate to act!


Women’s Council of REALTORS® St. Tammany Hosts Bras for a Cause

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The sixth annual Northshore Bras for a Cause Event will be held on Oct. 13, 2016, at the Northshore Harbor Center, located at 100 Harbor Center Blvd., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased for $50 in advance or $60 at the door.

This event features, food, beverages and music, along with a silent and a live auction.

Show your support for this worthy cause here!


Condolences and Prayers are offered for…

Jeffrey Andrews, of First Source Realty, who passed away on June 10, 2016. Memorial services were held on Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home. Any agents who have active transactions with Jeff are asked to call Robin Franks, Broker of First Source Realty, and 985-210-0486.


Featured CE: Building Blocks for Success – FHA 203 (K) & Energy Efficient Mortgages

Renovation mortgages can help you to sell more houses and resolve home inspection and appraisal issues. “Building Blocks for Success” with Walter “Bo” Smith can teach you to successfully navigate renovation mortgages and grow your business.

This class will cover the basics of FHA203k Renovation Mortgage and Energy Efficient Mortgages.  Learn from the expert on how to farm new business but also manage obstacles in a market that is plagued with aging homes.

The class will be held on Friday, June 24 at 9:30 a.m. at the Metairie office. To register for the class, please click here.


Monthly CE Schedule

Attached is the CE Schedule and important information for the month of June. Please refer to our online calendar for a more details and future CE classes.

Click here for this month’s CE Schedule.