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Warwick, RI, October 26, 2016…The Rhode Island Association of Realtors (RIAR) has announced that Arthur Yatsko of the Salisbury Agency in Warwick, R.I. and Joseph Luca of RE/MAX Preferred in North Providence, R.I. have been inducted into the Omega Tau Rho fraternity of the National Association of Realtors.  Membership in the honorary fraternity is represented by the Medallion of Service which is awarded as a token of the high esteem in which inductees are held by their fellow Realtors.  The Medallion of Service symbolizes the recognition and appreciation accorded to Omega Tau Rho members for their contributions to the National Association of Realtors and its institutes, societies and councils.

Yatsko is the 2016 President of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.  A licensed real estate agent since 1977, he is also a past President of the Rhode Island Commercial and Appraisal Board of Realtors and was twice elected the Board’s Realtor of the Year.  Among several other posts, he has served as a Director of the State-Wide Multiple Listing service, a member of the RIAR Government Affairs Committee, and Chair of the Realtor Troop Support Task Force which aids military families with housing-related needs.

Luca has held various leadership positions for the local, state and national Realtor associations as well, including his service as the 2017 President-Elect of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors and 2014 President of the Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors.  Some of his many contributions to the Realtor community include his service as Chair of the Northern Rhode Island Board of Realtors Communications and Nominating Committees, 2015 co-chair of the RIAR Government Affairs Committee; and 2015 of the Realtor Political Action Committee Participation Council.

Pat Lenihan Chosen as the 2016 RI Realtor of the Year

Warwick, RI– October 26, 2016 — The Rhode Island Association of Realtors (RIAR) has announced that Patricia Lenihan, Managing Broker of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in East Greenwich, R.I. was chosen by her peers as the 2016 Rhode Island Realtor of the Year. The award recognizes one of nearly 5000 Realtors throughout Rhode Island for their dedication to the Realtor organization and their local communities. The statewide winner is chosen from the winners of five regional Realtor of the Year awards.  Winners are chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to their local, state and national boards of Realtors, civic contributions and business accomplishments.

Lenihan has served in several leadership positions on the local, state and national Realtor associations, including: 2016 President of the Kent Washington Association of Realtors; Director on the Board of the R.I. Association of Realtors, member of the state association’s Government Affairs, Professional Standards, and Forms Committees; and National Association of Realtors Federal Political Contact to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

She has also been an active fundraiser for both the East Greenwich Rotary Club and Crossroads Rhode Island. Under her leadership, funds raised through the Rotary Club have benefitted such varied causes as the East Greenwich Scholarship Fund and the Rotary’s pure water project, an international effort that has directly resulted in lower infant mortality rates in villages in Central America and Cambodia. The hands-on volunteer work done by her and her agents through Coldwell Banker Cares include an annual holiday party for 30-40 children in homeless families and an Annual Picnic for the 50+ families living in support housing in North Kingstown. Since 2010, Pat has personally run a book donation program with Barnes & Noble bookstore in which customers can donate a book at checkout. Hundreds of books and thousands of dollars have been donated for the children at the Crossroads Shelter.

When not fundraising for these two organizations, Pat is a very active member and past chair of the Parish Council at St. Francis DeSales Parish in North Kingstown, RI, where she has served as a Trustee for the parish. She has been chair and a member of the parish’s Property Planning Committee, overseeing the process of building an 800-seat church in North Kingstown.

Pat is also a member of the East Greenwich Democratic Town Committee and a member of the Philanthropic Education Association, which raises funds for scholarships for women.

Licensed in 1985, Lenihan oversees 60 agents in Coldwell Banker’s East Greenwich office.  She has earned the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB), GREEN, Senior Real Estate Spet (SRES) and Certified Residential Spet (CRS) designations and is a historic property spet for the Providence Preservation Society.  She is a resident of East Greenwich.

Salvatore Named Government Affairs Director of R.I. Association of Realtors

WARWICK, RI – David Salvatore of Providence has been named government affairs director for the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. His primary responsibilities will involve the Association’s outreach efforts concerning legislative and regulatory initiatives with potential impact on real estate and housing. Currently a policy analyst for the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Salvatore will bring a wealth of public policy experience to his new position.

Salvatore holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Management at Rhode Island College and is currently working toward a Master of Public Administration degree from Roger Williams University. After gaining managerial experience during a 14-year career with Staples, Inc., he took a five-year post as a program and business services manager with the Office of the General Treasurer. In 2013, he joined the Rhode Island House of Representatives as a policy analyst where he researched policy issues and authored and shared reports that contributed to Rhode Island’s policy changes relative to business competitiveness. He also serves as a Providence city councilman.

“We’re very excited that someone of David’s caliber has agreed to join us in our government affairs initiatives. His experience will help us promote a legislative environment in which a strong housing market provides opportunities for all Rhode Islanders. It’s important to understand that housing is an important economic driver. With David’s help, we hope to promote state and local initiatives to enhance the state’s economy,” said Philip Tedesco, chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors.

Salvatore is a life-long resident of Providence, Rhode Island. He will assume his new position with the Rhode Island Association of Realtors in December.


Cesspool & Septic Upgrades

Failed system replacement

We have been talking to local realtors gathering important feedback for you to use and/or share with your friends and family about the new legislation on cesspools/septic systems. Knowledge is power and so often spending a little time, money & energy learning about your system (and options) could save you thousands $$$ by putting you in the driver’s seat!

Understanding your options can help you make the decision to either be proactive and upgrade your system prior to listing your property or put you in a much better position to negotiate with a buyer…

If you or someone you know is thinking about selling…please feel free to share our information with them.

Did You Know… (we’re going to keep reminding you) that replacing a cesspool is considered a repair by DEM. DEM will agree to adjustments (within reason) that are necessary to upgrade a substandard system. There is definitely a misconception out there that the only new system allowed these days is a (the Rolls Royce) denitrification system. More often than not a more conventional system will work.

“…one real concern is when a property has a cesspool vs. a septic and each town/city is taking a different approach to citing owners/new owners.” Marie Theriault, Broker Associate & Realtor Re/Max Flagship

“It is important for homeowners contemplating a sale to be educated on the options that are available for replacement and the potential costs. The costs can vary greatly and be devastating to owners that are up against negative equity” Allen Gammons, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – Gammons Realty

“Proactivity regarding septic systems will be important to sellers and I believe listing agents will be suggesting it. If the system is a cesspool, action is required regardless if it works properly or not.” Mark Oltedale – Home Smart Professionals Real Estate

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