New Simulation Training Supports Agents in Fair Housing Efforts The National Association of REALTORS® announces the launch of its new fair housing training platform, Fairhaven. Available to all 1.4 million NAR members, the interactive online simulation helps learners identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. In the fictional town of Fairhaven, agents work against the clock to sell homes while confronting realistic scenarios where discrimination can occur. In each interaction with clients and colleagues, learners make choices and receive feedback they can apply to daily business interactions. The training also puts the learner in the shoes of a client experiencing discrimination and includes powerful testimonials demonstrating the impact of housing discrimination in real people's lives. Make sure you're adhering to fair housing principles by exploring the town of Fairhaven to help identify and combat discrimination in home buying.
A handy guide containing every page of every real estate form from C.A.R., including the new/renamed forms and the recently revised forms from January to July 2022. Quite possibly the most important book in real estate! This book contains a current sample of EVERY Standard Form from C.A.R. in an easy-to-reference format. The forms have been grouped together by category and then listed alphabetically leading with the Purchase Agreements. Sample Forms Book
Supra is introducing a new billing and payment system to help streamline processes for keyholders and put more self-service in the hands of account holders. Below are a few essential things to know about the new system. Automated notices will take place if the credit card on file is rejected for payment: 1 DAY after the debit credit card payment is unsuccessful a courtesy email will go out to notify agents to update their credit card that is on file. 5 DAYS after the debit credit card payment is unsuccessful, your eKey app will stop working. A big red notification button will present itself in the app to update your account. 25 DAYS after the debit credit card payment is unsuccessful, a $25.00 late fee will be added to your account balance. An additional email notification will go out about this account update. At any time a keyholder can re-activate their account...Continue reading
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Need a step up on which forms to use. Below is a couple of C.A.R. Quick Guides to help you for your client’s given situation. Here are some scenarios to consider… Single-family, 2-4 units, including condos, + ADUsRental property. Single-family or multi-familyNon-residentialVacant land. Urban lot or agricultural.Residential with agriculture use presentSeller in foreclosure. Single-family, 2-4 units, including condominiumsMobile/manufactured home. Whether on leased or rented land or in a parkProbate sales. Decedent’s estate, conservatorship, guardianship, or receivershipTenant-occupied property (full or at least one unit)Mixed-useTenancy-in-common saleStock cooperative saleProperty sold under court authorityNew Construction Not yet builtNew construction. Already built. Public ReportNew construction. Already built. No Public ReportProperty converted to condominium THE RIGHT FORM TO USE – BY TRANSACTION TYPE THE RIGHT FORM TO USE – BY FORM CODE
GAOR endorses Revei. It is one way to earn your DRE continuing education requirements using this online learning system. Check Out their Eventbrite calendar! Revei Trainingeventbrite Calendar
As you may have seen from past emails, GAOR has chosen to switch our MLS provider from i-Tech to CRMLS Matrix in April 2022. This message is the first of many from GAOR and CRMLS so that you will know what is happening, what to expect, and how you can be prepared with your real estate business. Some of you may be familiar with Matrix while others have primarily used i-Tech MLS. Matrix has a number of features and benefits built in, and you will have many opportunities beginning in January to learn and ask questions through training programs in person, webinars, on-demand videos, how-to articles and more. At the same time, we recognize that many GAOR members have more familiarity with i-Tech MLS and may have questions and concerns. We want to make it easier for you during this transition and provide you with as much time and learning...
Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 15, by order of the California Department of Public Health, masks are required to be worn in all indoor public settings, regardless of vaccine status. The key requirements of the statewide order are: Masks are required at open houses and showings regardless of vaccination status The order will be in effect statewide beginning December 15, 2021, through January 15, 2022, at which time it may be extended Local cities/counties may continue to have stricter mask requirements In workplaces, employers remain subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) but clients are required to wear masks if visiting any real estate brokerage open to the public This order supersedes all prior face covering guidance
This is a BIG Deal for First-Time Home Buyers! Fannie Mae Will be adding the history of rent payment for the 1st time buyer to its DU (Desktop Underwriter). ““Positive rent payment history” refers to a new feature, effective Sept. 18, which will allow DU to use verification of asset (VOA) reports (i.e., bank statement data) to identify recurring rent payments to potentially enhance DU’s credit assessment of prospective, first-time home buyers.” See Release Notes View the Positive Rent Payment History Facts
We are happy to bring back both the Glendale and Sunland/Tujunga Caravans. Our meeting before Caravan will still be virtual via our weekly Town Hall. To have your listing published in i-Tech… Members, please add Broker Open Showings in i-TECH MLS. See some reference screenshots below. Non-members, please complete this form. All REALTORS® are encouraged to show up to our Town Hall meeting to pitch your listing to our membership. Listing photos will be displayed while you give your best elevator pitch (45-90 seconds). Town Hall Meeting: Wednesdays @ 9:00 a.m. Glendale Broker Opens: Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunland / Tujunga Broker Opens: Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See you there. Best of luck with your listing. Caravan Request Form for Non-members MembersLearn How To Add, View, and Print Caravan Listings in i-TechLearn How to Comply With Caravan Rules View Glendale Wednesday’s Caravan ListContinue reading
The GAOR offices will be closed July 5th to celebrate Independence Day! Please have a safe holiday weekend.
‘California Dreamin’ is alive and well right now if you’re selling your home. In 2020, home sellers typically pocketed a net cash gain of $210,000 from the sale of their homes. That’s a 63.8% increase from the purchase price! Thanks to PROP 19, seniors, retirees, all homeowners aged 55+, Homeowners with severe disabilities, and victims of natural Disasters can move closer to family, medical care, or to a home that better meets their needs anywhere in California without a tax penalty. PDF Flyer Flyer with Music
After years of debate, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, passed an ordinance giving renters new protections from landlords who harass them. The ordinance lists a number of actions that could constitute harassment, including: Reducing the services outlined in a tenant’s lease (for example, taking away a parking space) Failing to perform necessary repairs Unlawfully entering a tenant’s unit Threatening physical harm Refusing to accept payment of rent Asking tenants to disclose their immigration status or threatening to report them to authorities Other repeated acts that “substantially interfere with or disturb the comfort, repose, peace or quiet of a tenant” Tenants will be able to sue landlords for violating any of the provisions in the ordinance. Read Article To Learn More About Landlord / Tenant Rights Here are other resources mentioned in the aforementioned article. Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment. Housing Rights Center
View Candidate Statements Here Dear Members, As is required by our bylaws and policy, the Nominating Committee announces a Nomination by Petition and releases the final slate as shown below. GAOR has received enough verified petition signatures to add a second candidate for the position of President-Elect. Thank you to all the candidates running for these seats on our Board. We are grateful for your dedication and volunteerism to our Association. We will publish all the candidate statements this Wednesday, June 23rd. Officer candidates are invited to speak at the June 23 Town Hall meeting and Board candidates are invited to speak at the June 30 Town Hall. Candidates should watch for a separate message with more details. Nominating Committee Slate for the 2022 GAOR Officers and Directors Board of Directors (four seats open): Vivian Long Eddie Minassian Vahe Saginian Keith Sorem Treasurer: Addora Beall Vice President: Sevak Sohrabian President-Elect:...
As of June 15, the California economy will reopen and, with limited exceptions, will return to normal operations. NEARLY ALL COVID PROTOCOLS WILL END No physical distancing for attendees and customers No cleaning No posted rules of entry required No PEADS or any other type of sign in No one will have to agree to an office prevention plan No one will have to attest to their current health status No capacity limits (below 5,000) No restrictions on door knocking or handing out flyers STAY TUNED!
View List of Candidates Here Dear Members, As is required by our bylaws and policy, the Nominating Committee releases the below slate of candidates for you to consider as you vote for your 2022 Association leadership. Nominating Committee Slate for the 2022 GAOR Officers and Directors Board of Directors (four seats open): Vivian Long Eddie Minassian Vahe Saginian Keith Sorem Treasurer: Addora Beall Vice President: Sevak Sohrabian President-Elect: George Khachatourian The four Director positions are for two-year terms, while the Officer positions of President-Elect, Vice President, and Treasurer are for one year each. For detailed information on the roles and eligibility requirements of each position, download the document “Duties and Responsibilities of Elected Officers and Directors” The results will be announced at GAOR’s General Membership Meeting by President Rick Bonyadi on Wednesday, July 14. Please note that we added a few days to the end of the election calendar in...
View List of Candidates Here Dear GAOR Members, The 2022 Leadership Election is coming up! Please review this important information for voting members and for candidates. These Frequently Asked Questions outline the petitioning and voting process. Stay tuned for future communications from GAOR as the election date gets closer. When are the election results announced? The results will be announced at GAOR’s General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, July 14. Please note that we added a few days to the end of the election calendar in order to accommodate our regular town hall audience which normally meets on Wednesdays. Under this schedule, the online election will begin as on Wednesday, June 23, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 9. The deadline for turning in petitions is now Friday, June 18. These minor changes are in keeping with GAOR’s bylaws and policy. Contact GAOR for more details. I want...
Read the County Assessor’s Office memo on the subject of ‘Assessor 101 – Basic Facts Property Owners Should Know’ Read Article
A recent consumer survey from ActivePipe, an email marketing firm, found the following subject lines generate the most opens on emails that are sent from real estate professionals: “Just Sold in Your Area” “Real Estate Market Snapshot for Your Area” “Have You Been Wondering What Your Home Is Worth?” “List Now or Later—Why the [enter season] Market Pays Dividends” “Six Steps to Get Your Home Ready for a Listing” “Thinking About a Vacation Home?” Read NAR Article
CRMLS Rapattoni User Exclusion Form Submission. Per CRMLS Rule 7.9, If the seller refuses to permit the listing to be disseminated by the AOR/MLS, the Listing Broker shall submit to the MLS within 2 business days of the effective date of the listing agreement a compliant certification signed by the seller that the seller does not authorize the listing to be disseminated by the MLS.Please note that CRMLS has adopted the NAR Clear Cooperation Policyas referenced in paragraph 9 of the C.A.R. Form SELM. A C.A.R. Form SELM or broker created form may be used, but any form submitted must comply with the requirements further set forth in Rule 7.9 This process requires two steps. Step #1: Obtain a compliant seller-signed exclusion form Step #2: Upload SELM to CRMLS Learn More I’m Ready To Upload My SELM
The “Submit offer using Glide” button has been disabled from MLS systems. Here is a notice that went out to all CRMLS members…. On Friday, 5/14, C.A.R. sent an email to its members announcing its decision to keep Glide’s form license in place. CRMLS has received extensive feedback through various avenues, including a recent email survey completed by thousands of users like you, to help us determine the next course of action. Due to the overwhelming amount of feedback we’ve received, we will remove the “Submit offer using Glide” button from Matrix, Paragon, Flex, and IDX today, Monday, 5/17. We want to thank those who have completed the survey and want you to know that we have heard and appreciate your concerns. Here is CRMLS’s status with Glide: Glide is, as of this writing, still a CRMLS benefit provided at no cost to our users Any transactions you have in...Continue reading
Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom issued four executive orders that extended deadlines for certain DRE licensees and pending applicants. The most recent order, N-83-20, extended some fee payment and license requirement deadlines until June 30, 2021. That deadline is quickly approaching! The Department of Real Estate (DRE) is urging licensees and examinees in the following four groups to take action now to beat the upcoming deadline: Those whose DRE four-year license expired between April 16, 2020 and June 29, 2021 Those whose DRE license “late” renewal rights expired on or after April 16, 2020 Those who applied for a license exam and are in the two-year window to schedule an exam Those who have passed their exam, but have not applied for their license Read DRE’s Full Advisory Revei | 800-582-7979 | Buy Now C.A.R. Members: FREE 45-Hour Package!
Please refer to this member center page forSeller Instruction to Place Listing into CRMLS Coming Soon Status. In Summary, there are THREE simple steps to follow. Download FormHave Seller Sign FormKeep form in YOUR files for compliance matters. You are NOT required to upload or submit your form to your association. Get Form Frequently Asked Questions
Not sure where to begin or where to go next with RPR, why not make this resource your RPR Launching pad and get what you need to be done quickly. RPR Dashboard
Tweeting 101. Here is a great video that came out of C.A.R.’s Legislative Day that would serve us all well!
Be sure to block out your schedule for these i-Tech / CRMLS Webinars REGISTER NOW! See Our Curated List of Webinars Here! See All Webinars by CRMLS See All Our i-Tech / CRMLS Services
For your convenience, GAOR has a dedicated page to all the available resources to you regarding MLS.
If you are a landlord who has one or more eligible renters, you can apply to get reimbursed for 80% of each eligible renter’s unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. You are required to agree to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent for that specific time period. Learn about the requirements and what you need readily available before applying. Take the Landlord Eligibility Quiz About BCSH
Need help or have questions? RPR will guide you along and help you learn every step of the way. The RPR Learning Menu is accessible on almost every page within RPR. They also offer Guided Shortcuts that help you through, step-by-step and click-by-click, some of our most used (and most helpful) features. Another useful source for new members is the RPR New User Article Series. We consider these features to be the “pillars” of what RPR has to offer. Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in the RPR New User Series: Homepage Property Search Maps Property Details Property Pricing Neighborhoods Schools Market Activity Report Reports RPR Mobile™ Learn or Brush Up on RPR
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Coming Thursday, Feb 25 will be a modern iTech launch page. It will have the links you are already familiar with, as well as a few other common links added for convenience. From this page you can: Access your iTech MLS Dashboard Search for Properties Search for Offices and Agents Access your agent portal to pay member dues Access GAOR’s Credit Card Authorization form to pay for dues (often needed when paying past the online cutoff date) Contact iTECH/CRMLS Support Center CALL the iTECH/CRMLS Support Center Link directly to GAOR.org We do not anticipate any disruption of service to iTech MLS. iTech MLS
Questions about listings in other areas? Here is a directory of all the California REALTOR® Associations. CAR Local Associations Directory CAR Local Associations By CITY A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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As new information about the implementation of Proposition 19 comes out this year, we will make every effort to disseminate the data points and bring them to your attention in the form of a post or discussion topic at our Weekly Town Hall Meeting. Any information we gather will be collected and summarized on this dedicated resource page. gaor.org/prop19 Should you come across a worthy resource, please contact us so that we can add it and share it with your fellow members. Take Me To GAOR’s PROP 19 Resource Page
If GAOR garners 100 followers, we have the ability to customize our YouTube channel URL. So, be sure to follow us on YouTube. I’ll Follow GAOR on YouTube!
On Friday, January 22nd, Jeff Prang of the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office held an informative webinar to discuss the implementation of Proposition 19. Here is a link to a recording of that webinar. Proposition 19 Webinar PROP 19 FAQs
Need a quick fix? These video tutorials from Rapattoni are a GREAT resource. From the iTECH dashboard… Click on HELP from the top menu Choose LEARNING CENTER You can search by keywords or filter by categories! Take Me To The RAPATTONI Learning Center NOTE: Video titles marked with an asterisk refer to optional features and functions that may not be available in your MLS.
To learn how to create CMAs in iTech, visit the Learning Center in iTech. In iTech… Go to the HELP menu option Select ‘Learning Center’ Search for ‘CMA’ You will get a list of videos on the topic of CMAs. As of this posting, you will see videos for… CMA Quick Tours Five videos on creating a package CMA Preference Setups Go To iTech
Going forward, the GAOR Weekly Town Hall Meeting will now start at 9 a.m. on Wednesdays. Your meeting link and password are provided in the Weekly Newsletter Notice that goes out to members.
This one-minute video serves as a reminder to us all, the purpose of the REALTOR® Action Fund, and why it is vital to The Real Estate industry and the livelihood of your business. What Is the REALTOR Action Fund? Contribute To The RAF
CRMLS supports fair housing opportunities for all. Find resources to help you understand fair housing laws and best practices from national, state, and local Associations of REALTORS®. Bookmark This CRMLS Resource Page
NAR will host monthly training to provide guidance on the changes to the Code of Ethics that was approved by the NAR Board of Directors on November 13, 2020. Registration Required. Expect to hear more from us on the topic as we adhere to the new standards in 2021.
Just to recap, January is a busy month for paying both Annual Membership Fees and MLS Fees. On THE FIST DAY of every year, your Association Membership Fees are due. This year, we are giving members 30 days to pay those fees. A GAOR Late Fee of $35 will be assessed beginning February 1st A C.A.R. Late Fee of $30 will be assessed beginning March 1st In THE FIRST MONTH of every year, the first of FOUR MLS quarterly installments is also due. This year the first installment is due January 11th. GAOR iTech/CRMLS Late Fees Will Be Assessed Beginning January 12th Learn More About Fees Here Pay My Fees
Reserve your space today as an annual GAOR 2021 sponsor. As we leave a century of tradition in our wake and forge a new century of real estate innovation and civic involvement, GAOR invites you to be an innovative influencer in our post-pandemic world in 2021. Put your logo, your product, and your service offerings in front of 1,500 associate REALTORS®. Show your innovative spirit and leadership while participating in events of all sizes both virtually and someday in person. Stay tuned for a new 2021 Sponsorship Package! We will work with you to create a special sponsorship format that best fits your own marketing needs. Sponsor Form
Fortunately, the librarians working in the Library & Archives of the National Association of REALTORS® have you covered. These recent books related to homes, buildings, and other facets of real estate are at the top of their wish lists. From history to business to fiction, these gift suggestions may inspire anyone who loves to learn and think about how real estate and communities influence how we live.
Dear Members, Following is a notice from SUPRA. Dear Supra Customers, Effective January 31, 2021, Supra will no longer process ACH payments (electronic, bank-to-bank money transfers) for monthly debits. Keyholders who pay their Supra key fee using the ACH payment option will be affected by this change. We are implementing this change to the Keyholder payment options in order to streamline our processes and provide better service to our customers. SupraNET and SupraWEB will be updated in mid-December 2020 to discontinue ACH as a payment option. After the change is made, you will no longer be able to sign up Keyholders with the ACH payment option for initial or recurring payments. Any Keyholder currently set up to pay via ACH will need to change their payment option to a debit or credit card no later than January 31, 2021. Pre-paid cards can also be used as a payment option (Visa/MC/Amex)....
GAOR has made searchable in our Member Center, insights from the California Association of REALTORS® on issues surrounding Proposition 19. Check out this one-page summary Quick Guide on Property Tax Increase Limits on Primary Residences. For more of a deep dive, C.A.R. offers some legal perspective as well.
As REALTORS® pivot to technology and virtual methods to show homes and properties, NAR compiled these handy links and resources to get you started. Virtual Showings Virtual Tours Best Practices for Virtual Tours and Virtual Showings Useful Websites eBooks & Other Resources Take Me There
Don’t have subscriptions to the real estate news you need? As a NAR member, you have access to thousands of publications through EBSCO. NAR’s Library & Archives now allows you to log in with your NAR credentials and begin your research. Find out more. Search Books Journals and More
Learn to optimize RPR for your marketing needs. See how other Brokers are using RPR… “A major feature of RPR is the integration of all the data feeds. It allows the agent to do one-shop research. It’s the Google® of the REALTOR® marketplace.” BROKER TOOL SET: Take a closer look at the invaluable assets this tool set offers LEARNING: Quick and convenient video tutorials for RPR knowledge seekers ENROLL: Get started by telling us about your brokerage and we’ll do the rest UPDATE BROKER TOOLS: Update or modify your Broker Tool Set