First Time Home Buyers

First Time Home Buyers Rent History Can Now Be Used in Risk Assessment

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

Glendale Caravan

Glendale Caravans Are Back

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

prop 19 flyer and videos

Why Prop 19 Is Good For California Home Sellers and Home Buyers

‘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

Landlord and Tenants Rights

L.A. Tenants Have New Protections From Landlords Who Harass Them

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

Nomination by Petition

Announcement of Nominations by Petition For the 2022 GAOR Officers and Directors

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:...

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

Revised Open House Rules

Open House and Showing Rules As Of June 15

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!

2020 Slate of Candidates

Nominating Committee Slate for the 2022 GAOR Officers and Directors

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...

Deadline for nominating for petition

Frequently Asked Questions about the GAOR Election

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...

Top Opened Emails

Top Opened Email Subject Lines

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

SELM Upload to CRMLS

SELMs For CRMLS i-Tech Rapattoni

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

Access to Glide Still Available Through CRMLS, However…

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

DRE Deadline

DRE License Deadline Extension is Quickly Approaching!

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!

BCH Rent Relief Program

California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program for Landlords

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

10 Things New Users Should Know About RPR Residential

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

New iTech Login Screen

NEW iTech Log On Screen

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

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.

prop 19

Proposition 19 Resource Material

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

Rapattoni Learning Center - iTECH

Rapattoni Video Tutorials on iTECH

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.

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

Become a 2021 Sponsor

2021 Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available at GAOR

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

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.

Supra Payment Management Update

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)....

RPR - Branding for Brokers

RPR – Branding and Tools Tailored for Brokers

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

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....

REVEI Courses

Revei Real Estate Education

Stress Free DRE Continuing Education in California. The simplest way to earn your DRE continuing education requirements with the Revei online learning system. Following are the course offerings.  You have multiple date options from which to choose. Residential Purchase Agreement      |     Oct 7, Nov 4 License Renewal Crash Course      |      Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Nov 13, Nov 20, Dec 4, Dec 11 Realtor Code of Ethics (COE) Due Every 3 Years      |      Nov 12 41 Standard Disclosures in Residential Real Estate      |      Nov 18, Dec 17 zipForm® Plus by LoneWolf      |      Dec 2 You can always stay up-to-date with Revei 'EventBrite' courses here. Residential Purchase Agreement Everything you need to know about the Residential Purchase Agreement The 2 plus 1 plus 1 plus 10 plus 1 plus 1 page RPA...

Supra Service Hours

Supra Service Hours at GAOR

Most Supra services and payments can be handled online or over the phone. However, in some cases, you may need to come to the office. Due to local regulations, we must limit staff hours in the building. With this in mind, please adhere to the following: Call or email us in advance and make an appointment to come in. The appointment windows are Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. only. Please do not be late or come to the building outside of these times. Do not show up without an appointment. If you miss your appointment time then reschedule with the staff to come in during the next appointment window. If you have a major emergency and need a Supra box right away, contact us. SOON….We will have a new phone system in place that the staff will be able to pick up remotely. FOR NOW…the quickest way...Continue reading

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.

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