FHDS C.A.R. zipForm

New C.A.R. Form: Fire Hardening and Defensible Space Advisory, Disclosure, and Addendum

C.A.R. has released the Fire Hardening and Defensible Space Advisory, Disclosure, and Addendum (C.A.R. Form FHDS).  For transactions that close on or after July 1, the new FHDS should to be added to the Agreement by addendum or counter for any transaction that requires a TDS and is in a High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone. Get FHDS on zipForms

Fairhaven - NAR

In the fictional town of Fairhaven…

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.

ANNUAL and QUARTERLY Fees Now Due

Both Annual -AND- Quarterly Fees Are Due in January

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

REimagine - Free C.A.R. Member Benefit

C.A.R. Has Available 40+ REimagine! Virtual Conference Sessions For Members

Great news! As an exclusive member benefit, C.A.R. has added all 40+ REimagine! Virtual Conference sessions on car.org. Watch and rewatch on-demand at your convenience. These session videos will stay on car.org and members can access them at any time, from anywhere, for FREE! It’s an excellent resource for you to learn emerging trends and new marketing strategies, stay on top of hot issues, and much more to help your businesses grow. The videos are behind a password-protected page, making them exclusive to members only. Log into the car.org website with your credentials.  They can also be found in the “Learn & Thrive” tab in our navigation bar under “Meetings & Events.”

nar dog agreement

NAR Reaches Agreement with DOJ on MLS and Commissions Rules

In accordance with the MLS system’s long-standing focus on creating an efficient, there are rule changes that re-affirm that MLSs and brokerages, as always, must provide consumers all properties that fit their criteria regardless of compensation offered or the name of the listing brokerage. While NAR has long encouraged buyers’ agents to explain how they expect to be paid, typically through offers of cooperative compensation from sellers’ agents, there will be a rule that more definitively states that buyers’ agents cannot represent their services as free to clients. Finally, with the seller’s prior approval, a licensed real estate agent will have access to the lockboxes of properties listed on an MLS even if the agent does not subscribe to the MLS. Read More…

NAR Giftig Ideas

NAR Gifting Ideas With a Real Estate Spin

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.

Glide Coming Soon

GLIDE Into Your New Free Member Benefit!

C.A.R. is introducing Glide as a new FREE member benefit on January 14, 2021. Glide is a fast, simple, safe digital forms filling and transaction platform that includes all your C.A.R. standard forms along with participating local form libraries. You will still have free access to Transactions, zipForm Edition but starting January 14th, you will have the option to choose which forms and transaction platform you want to use.​​​​​​ PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS: Streamline seller disclosures, including AVID, PEAD, and the entire C.A.R. forms libraryFill, eSign, and share your forms via the web or iOSManage all your forms and documents in one placeSign unlimited transaction documents for freeConnect your DocuSign accountCollaborate easily with the innovative wizard and MLS integrationManage brokerage compliance effortlessly (upgrade fee required) In the coming weeks, look for upcoming webinars to get a tour of Glide. Discover REALTOR® Secure Transaction Access all your transactions, tools, and tips from a new...Continue reading

NAR 2021 Financial Webinars

NAR Upcoming Financial Wellness Webinars

Webinars designed to help REALTORS® understand financial topics on a deeper level. Presenters include subject matter experts who will provide tips, planning options and an array of valuable information to help REALTORS® advance their financial journey. No matter the career stage or level of financial planning, these webinars are helpful and informative to all members. Registration Required

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Is Here!

CREBPT Open Enrollment is Here It’s that time of the year for all REALTOR® & Affiliate Members! Who Can Enroll?  REALTOR® and Affiliate Members of Local Realtor Associations Open Enrollment for CREBPT with Kaiser has been Extended until November 30th, 2020! During this time you are able to enroll or make changes to your benefits package, with many options from 13 Grandfathered plans and 11 Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant plans to choose from. Contact The Benefits Store today and get the help you need now to make the best decisions for you and your family’s health care coverage! Kaiser’s unique “one-stop” Health care program where you can get all of your medical needs taken care of in one location. View Flyer View Brochure Traditional Group Plan QuotesDEADLINE NOVEMBER 30 ACA Insurance Exchange QuotesDEADLINE DECEMBER 15 Primarily ACA, Medicare and Tele-Health Options

GAOR broker owner manager meeting

GAOR Broker Owner Manager Meeting

Owner / Broker / Manager Meetings are geared toward issues facing real estate brokerages today. The topics are to offer you timely information to help you make business decisions and guide your agents to be more productive in today’s market and as we navigate 2020 societal changes. We are privileged to have two guest speakers: Jeanne Radsick, C.A.R. 2020 President as our keynote speaker Art Carter, CRMLS CEO Please join us in lieu of our Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 28 at 8:30 a.m.

zipForm Training Webinars

zipForm® Webinars

Below is a list of webinars from the Californa Association of REALTORS® website. Be sure to visit the C.A.R. website for the latest lineup or changes to their webinar offerings. Date/ Time Course Registration 10/20/20201 p.m. to 2 p.m. Grow Your Knowledge of Lone Wolf Transactions (zipForm Edition) – Learning the Basics Register here 10/22/20202 p.m. to 3 p.m. Lone Wolf Transactions (zipForm Edition) Best Practices in a Paperless World! Register here 10/27/202011 a.m. to Noon Sign Documents Electronically with Digital Signatures inside Lone Wolf Transactions (zipForm Edition) Register here 10/29/202010 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fill Contracts Out on the Go with zipForm® Mobile – and go Paperless! Register here 11/3/202010 a.m. to 11 a.m. Grow Your Knowledge of Lone Wolf Transactions (zipForm Edition) – Learning the Basics Register here 11/4/202010 a.m. to 11 a.m. Learn All the Advanced Features of Lone Wolf Transactions (zipForm Edition) Register here 11/10/202011 a.m....

NAR Financial Wellness Live Event

NAR’s Financial Wellness Live Event

Financial Wellness Live – Virtual Edition is all about investing in yourself, your business, and your future. NAR’s Center for REALTOR® Financial Wellness will be hosting an all-day virtual event on Wednesday, October 7 starting at 8:00 a.m. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from leading financial experts who will offer valuable insights that will help drive strategic growth and long-term stability for your personal and business success. Sessions Include: Session 1: What Keeps You Up At Night FinanciallyGain insight, answers and perhaps relief, when you hear from a Certified Financial Planner who will help you overcome common financial challenges REALTORS® face during this time. Session 2: Helping REALTORS® With Irregular Income Manage Their FinancesNavigate through a financial shock and develop money-saving strategies.Session 3: Retirement Planning for Independent Contractors Determine how much you will need for the retirement you envision and how to develop a retirement strategy that...

NAR Broker's Edge Events

NAR’s First-Ever Broker’s Edge Series

Registration is now open for NAR's first-ever Virtual Broker's Edge Series brought in two live-streamed events.  The next is on October 27, 2020. Brokers will receive informative information on how to best prepare their brokerage for the future with topics such as technology and virtual trends, cyber and data security,, the future of brokerages amid crisis, and financial tips.

REALTORS® Conference & Expo

2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo

GAOR Members, Now is a great time to make an investment in yourself and your business that will pay dividends for years to come. At NAR’s 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo you can take part in specialized education programming to optimize your experience and collect key insights specific to your business needs and goals. Join us to reset, refocus, and get reinvigorated to position yourself and your business for a big 2021! Register with your NRDS ID to begin registration. REGISTER TODAY! NAR Members: $199 | Non-Members: $249 Register for the Premier Access Pass to get unlimited access to all Governance activities and Conference and Expo sessions, November 2-18, 2020. Sales & Marketing StrategiesFinding Your RLegal Issues & Risk ManagementProperty Management BONUS: Receive a complimentary REALTORS® Conference & Expo T-Shirt for being one of the first 5,000 Premier Access registrants! Add the REALTORS® Relief Virtual 5K when you register for...

Realtor Safety Month

REALTOR® Safety Month Activities

Dear Association Members,September is REALTOR® SAFETY MONTH. Please take the time during this month to read up and familiarize yourself with the many security risks real estate agents and our industry are exposed to on a daily basis. In the month of September, you will come across many communications on the topic of SAFETY and we hope that you can learn from them and more importantly share things learned.Below are two events that come highly recommended by GAOR.REALTOR® SAFETY DAY by RE-EVENTSREALTOR® SAFETY DAY is presented by GAOR and by nearly two dozen Associations around California. Thanks to GAOR’s support, you are able to attend this important online event for FREE! Don’t miss this line-up of industry experts as they discuss your safety needs. See our image below or CLICK HERE to register.REALTOR® SAFETY MONTH Webinar by NARThis FREE event is provided by NAR. Join many other REALTORS® nationwide on...Continue reading

Realtor Safety Day

REALTOR Safety Day

REALTORS® are traditionally among the most vulnerable professionals at work in the field. In addition to personal safety, the impact of the pandemic has resulted in an escalation of new problems, including an increase in commercial wire fraud and the occasional abusive reaction to state/county-mandated safety requirements. On September 11, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., RE Events Productions will live stream REALTOR® Safety Day, presented to many associations across the region. In addition to providing invaluable information, the event will raise funds for Peace Over Violence, an organization dedicated to stopping abuse and violence. Register with GAOR For FREE Admission Do Not Register at the RE Events website. Register with GAOR who has prepaid for your participation.

Otto Catrina CAR - Town Hall Guest Speaker

Town Hall Guest Speaker SEPT 9 – Otto Catrina – CAR President-Elect

Please join us on September 09, at 8:30 a.m. at GAOR’s Town Hall Meeting to welcome Otto Catrina, C.A.R. 2021 President-elect . Otto Catrina is the broker/owner of Catrina Real Estate in Castro Valley, California.  In addition to serving his clients, Catrina also is active with his local, state, and national associations of REALTORS®. At the local level, Catrina was 2011 president of the Bay East Association of REALTORS®, where he served on various committees, including Strategic Planning, Board of Directors, Marketing, Professional Standards, and Local Government Relations. Distinguished in the real estate industry, Catrina has been recognized by the Bay East Association of REALTORS® with numerous honors. He received the Association’s prestigious “REALTOR® of The Year” in 2007, the John A. Deadrich Distinguished Service Awards in 2009 and the Outstanding Leadership Award in 2019. Catrina also serves as a State Director for the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, where he...

Implicit Bias Training

NEW | NAR Implicit Bias Training Video for Members & Associations:

As part of its commitment to addressing racial injustice in America, the National Association of Realtors® has begun circulating a new 50-minute implicit bias training video to its members and association staff. Partnering with the New York-based Perception Institute, NAR’s online video draws upon recent research to illustrate how the human brain’s automatic, instant association of stereotypes with particular groups can cause people to treat those who are different from them unfairly. Scientific evidence also suggests these biases persist despite people’s best intentions and often without conscious awareness.    READ MORE HERE.

Coming Soon Status - FAQs

‘Coming Soon’ Status FAQs

Does i-Tech MLS share ‘Coming Soon’ listings with any neighboring MLSs?For now, ‘Coming Soon’ listings are shared with CRMLS. It may be shared with other MLSs in the future. Contact GAOR for details What is the Coming Soon status?The i-Tech ‘Coming Soon’ status is defined as a property that is under a valid listing agreement but may not be shown to the public. What is the status color for Coming Soon listings?The status name and pin color on maps is a yellow-gold. What is unique about the Coming Soon status?A listing in the ‘Coming Soon’ status satisfies the requirement of NAR’s Clear Cooperation policy, MLS Rule 8.0. A listing broker may advertise and/or market a listing in the ‘Coming Soon’ status, but the property may not be shown to the public. Are there any requirements for marketing or advertising a ‘Coming Soon’ property?Yes. Marketing and Advertising of a property in the...Continue reading

C.A.R. Documents Scheduled For June 22 Release

C.A.R. Documents Scheduled for June

NOTE: The forms are tentatively scheduled for a June 2020 release. Depending on the comments received, and other priorities, CAR reserves the right to postpone the release date until December 2020 or take some other action. *Following, you will find the latest ‘redline’ copy of the June 2020 draft forms. These forms will be released the week of June 22, 2020.  Although in it’s final stage, we reserve the right to make last-minute changes.

New Open House Rules

Open House New Rules

The Glendale Association of REALTORS® adheres to the C.A.R. guidelines (Log In Required) for showing properties using social distancing methods. In short, NO Open Houses are allowed under COVID-19.  Your office must have a policy that complies with CDC and CAL-OSHA guidelines, if your office doesn’t have one, then I suggest adopting the California Association of REALTORS® BPPP guidelines. Specifically: Sellers Providing Declarations Arranging showings Viewing the Property Provision of Sanitation Products and Protocols Cleaning and Disinfecting the Property Visitors Agreeing to “Posted Rules for Entry”

National Association of REALTORS

NAR Special Report: Board Actions – 2020 Legislative Meetings

Special Report: Board of Directors Actions from the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings 2021 Budget, MLS Policy, NAR Campaign Changes Among Board’s Actions The National Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors passed new advocacy and MLS policies; approved the 2021 budget and funded important legislative and legal programs; ushered in the next slate of association leadership, and honored long-time leaders. And they did it all virtually at a meeting that capped off the 2020 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings.

C.A.R. Legal Documents and Useful Materials

Coronavirus Legal Documents and Useful Materials

The recent events surrounding the spread of the Covid-19 strain of the coronavirus has led to many questions about the continued enforceability of real estate contracts under the circumstances. Rather than risk an uncertain outcome in court or arbitration over such disputes, Buyers and Sellers may elect to address the unanswered issues contractually. The following materials will assist with potential issues in contracts and other issues related to best practices under the current conditions related to coronavirus.

RAF - REALTOR® Action Fund

What Is RAF Doing For You?

Help Protect Your Livelihood CONTRIBUTE TO THE REALTOR® ACTION FUND TODAY! Vote – Act – Invest  Learn More Through This Video Overview! Note:  Political contributions are not tax-deductible as charitable contributions for federal and state income tax purposes. Contributions to the REALTOR® Action Fund are voluntary, and the amounts above are only guidelines; you may give more, less, or nothing at all. RAF – REALTOR® Action Fund – Contribution Form

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