Legal Library Legacy Tools Retiring on Mrch 31st!
As a reminder, with the launch of Legal Library PRO, CBA’s new proprietary legal forms application, we will be retiring our legacy Microsoft Word and ZipForm Plus products. All members must transition to the new Legal Library PRO application by March 31st.
Legacy products will not be accessible on the CBA website or supported after this date.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION! PLEASE READ:
ZipForm Plus Users
When your current zipForm Plus license expires on March 31st, you will NOT be able to renew it by contacting ZipForm Plus directly. After March 31st, we will not renew or extend zipForm Plus licenses, and the product will no longer be accessible on the CBA website. CBA will not support zipForm Plus beyond March 31st.
Legal Library MS Word Users
MS Word licenses will expire on March 31st. After March 31st, we will not renew or extend MS Word licenses, and the legacy MS Word product will no longer be accessible on the CBA website. CBA will not support the MS Word plug-in beyond March 31st.
Any contract information that is lost due to members using unsupported tools beyond the cutoff date will not be retrievable. CBA cannot guarantee the accuracy or validity of MS Word contracts beyond the March 31st cutoff date, and as such bears no liability for issues arising from using expired products or forms.
Register now for free training on our Legal Library PRO application! Dial in for a webinar to learn how to leverage this powerful new tool.
Sign up today!
In alignment with CBA’s mission to help you be more productive and successful, we are pleased to announce the upcoming rollout of a new, Catylist-powered property research and listings platform in 2019.
Over the past two years, the CBA Team and its Board of Directors have been strategically developing and investing in improvements to our current tools and services. As a result, CBA has established partnerships with industry innovators that will benefit our members by enhancing our essential services and the platforms you need to run your business on a daily basis. All CBA members received an email on November 1, 2018 with detailed information about the key features of our new tools.
As we proactively look to the year ahead, there will be some important changes forthcoming. We strongly encourage you to stay abreast of our announcements regarding specific rollout dates, new product training and orientations, and support tools and services offered to help ease and simplify the transition for all members.
Watch this space, your inbox, and CBA’s social-media channels for rollout updates and information about opportunities to receiving training on these powerful new tools!
Drive Traffic to Your Listing as a Featured Property
Featured Properties get front page, above-the-fold promotion on our website, which means they are one of the first things people see and they get increased click-throughs! We offer one-week and four-week packages. Members who sign up for four weeks can switch out their listings once a week.
To sign up, fill out our order form and send it to us today!
Are you needing to research apartment building sales in the region..? We’re here to help! CBA provides members commercial marketing analytics on apartment sales since 2000 in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, including all 5+ unit market rate apartment properties that are arms-length transactions.
As a CBA member you have access to our Legal Library, over 60 market-standard contracts and legal forms for Washington and Idaho. These are developed and maintained by our legal counsel, and are widely recognized as the commercial industry standard.
Helping You Be More Productive
Learn the tips and tricks so that you can use our website to work better. This one-hour session is bi-weekly, 11:00 AM – Noon, and the next session will be Thursday, October 4. The webinar focuses on using the tools of our site, such as creating Hot Sheets and Broadcast Emails, as well as adding, editing, and managing listings and their media content.
Improving Your Experience
CBA is constantly making improvements to our site and services, some big and some small, and usually in response to your feedback.
One recent tweak that you've asked for is a time-saving feature allowing you to upload photos for your sale and lease listings at a property at the same time.
You can now do this in the "Upload Photo to Additional Listings" feature in the Media Manager.
Go to one of your listings and give it a try!
United Way's Day of Caring
CBA is closed Friday, September 14, so that our staff can help with United Way's Day of Caring, the largest volunteer event in the state, to give back to our community.
CBA staff will be working to help restore Juanita Beach.
We will return to regular business hours on Monday, September 17.
CRE Continuing Education Classes
Now that summer is ending, sign up for our live Commercial Real Estate CE classes, which will help you keep your RE license active:
• SBA 504 Loans – Sept 5 in Kirkland (filling up fast!)
• Commercial Core Curriculum – Sept 10 in Lynnwood
• CRE Development – Sept 14 in Kirkland
• Title, Escrow & Commercial Transaction – Sept 19 in Kirkland
• Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment – Sept 26 in Seattle
Many more through the end of the year, and more added just last week!
Heading out of town soon?
Spend the boring parts working on your RE license renewal!
The CE Shop has over 25 hours of online CRE Continuing Education courses you can take no matter where you are.
Sign up today!
Nominations* for 2018 SIOR® Awards
Each year the Washington State SIOR® Chapter selects award winners from each of the following categories:
• Office Broker of the Year | Nomination Form
• Industrial Broker of the Year | Nomination Form
• Investment Broker of the Year | Nomination Form
Please complete the nomination forms, and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for the nominations is August 10
Awards will be based on production from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
*Nominees do not have to be SIOR designees
If you haven't already, ALL realtors must take 2.5 Hours of Code of Ethics training before December 31, 2018.
Can't remember if you've already taken the training? Email WaRealtor or call the new phone number at 1.800.562.6024.
There are two options for the course:
• Code of Ethics Course with CE Credit - $25
• Code of Ethics Course w/o CE Credit – Free
CBA members can also get a discount promo code on the CE course when accessing The CE Shop through the CBA website.
Looking for basic info on how to use our site, or needing a refresher on tips and tricks? Our new training webinar, for Members Only, highlights the most commonly used features of our site and services.
This one-hour session is bi-weekly, 11:00 AM – Noon, beginning August 9.
The first half of the webinar focuses on searching CBA’s site for listings, creating Hot Sheets, and broadcasting e-blasts. The second half focuses on adding, editing, and managing listings and their media content.
Support is now easier than ever to find
Support is now part of the main navigation at the top of our website, and we have just added new How-To Guides, YouTube videos, and in-depth FAQs so that you can get tips on how to use our site at your own pace.
And as always, CBA Members continue to have access to our live support during regular business hours, too.
Are you working on renewing your RE license?
CBA has partnered with The CE Shop to give our members access to over 25 hours of pre-approved online Commercial Real Estate CE courses anytime, anywhere.
And when you enroll through our website you get discounts on registration.
Sign up today!
Did You Know..?
Members cannot post listings for which they do not have a signed exclusive agreement. They also cannot post marketing materials branded with any non-member or non-brokerage.
From our Rules & Regulations:
I 14. Courtesy Listings. CBA will not accept courtesy listings from other multiple listing services and/or non-members. I 15. Non-Member Listings. No member or participating agent shall cause a listing of a non-member within their office/ownership to be submitted to CBA. The fine for violation of this Rule is the amount of the then current CBA membership dues for the non-member for one year. All services for the member may be terminated for three months, at which time the offending member office must make application for membership and pay an application fee per the then current fee schedule.
For more about our Rules & Regulations, go here.
Letter from CBA's Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Commercial Brokers Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Chris McDougall as its new President and CEO. He replaces Michelle Mills Clement, who recently accepted a position as the CEO of the Chicago Association of Realtors.
Mr. McDougall is a veteran commercial real estate industry leader with extensive experience in research, data, brokerage, and technology. Most recently Chris was head of Enterprise Information Management for North America at Colliers International, where his team was responsible for numerous strategic data, research, and business intelligence initiatives. Previous roles include Vice President of Information Management at LoopNet, where he was an integral part of the team who developed one the largest commercial real estate property databases in the US at the time, and National Director of Research & Client Services at Grubb & Ellis Company, where he led a team of 100 research and marketing professionals across 45 offices. McDougall also has experience in commercial real estate brokerage and transactions, having been a key member of ATREG, Inc., a boutique, Seattle-based firm specializing in the disposition of semiconductor manufacturing assets, including clean room facilities, industrial buildings, and land.
“We are extremely excited to have Chris leading our organization” stated Jeff Johnson, SIOR, CCIM, and Chairman of the CBA Board of Directors. “Our Mission at CBA is to increase the productivity of our members, and his background in IT, Research, and Brokerage makes him uniquely qualified to run CBA. He is a strong leader who truly understands what it’s like to be a broker, and the ever-changing technology and research trends in our industry.”
Michelle Mills Clement expressed confidence in the board’s choice. “Chris’ depth of knowledge and experience in commercial real estate data and technology, along with his dedication to the brokerage industry, really made him a solid choice for the role. I’m very happy with the search committee’s decision, and I’m confident Chris will continue CBA’s position as the largest and most robust commercial real estate MLS association in the country while taking it to the next level.”
McDougall started his new role on Monday, March 19th.