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
The new C.A.R. RPA form (Residential Purchase Agreement) is now available for your review. The form can be downloaded effective today. Get more information from C.A.R. here. Curious what the changes are between the old and the new. Preview the deltas here. Did your eyes just glaze over flipping through all those changes! We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the resources C.A.R. has made available to REALTORS®. NOTE: There is still one scheduled RPA live training webinar to be given by C.A.R. on December 29. Here is one great oppoturnity to get your burning questions answered. If that were not enough, to get a jumpstart on all the changes, visit our YouTube channel to hear straight from our own resident expert and C.A.R. MLS board member Rick Bonyadi! Rick gave a 1 hour 54 minute overview at our Town Hall on Wednesday, 12/15/21. About the C.A.R. Residential Purchase...Continue reading
There were plenty of reasons that the proposed creation of a rental registry was bad news for Glendale, the third largest city in Los Angeles County. It was not only unnecessary, it was going to be costly, cumbersome, and, most alarming, it would expose personal data to public scrutiny. The Glendale Association of REALTORS® understood all the complexities of the threat, and why it was so important that the measure be defeated. Using multiple resources from the REALTOR® Party, they were able to ensure that it was. Read Full Article
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
NAR President, Charlie Oppler discusses challenging issues that ultimately affect all REALTORS®. Mr. Oppler sets the record straight on misconceptions by some about the real estate industry. Commissions for real estate agents and brokers are negotiable. Always have been. Always will be. Let’s put that on the table right now.Charlie Oppler, NAR President Watch The Interview Read President Oppler’s Op-Ed
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
We are sad to report we lost a colleague, Tanya Zimmerman, Sunday, June 13. Tanya was a GAOR member from 1985 to 2016. She lost her personal battle with breast cancer. Services will be today, Tuesday at 12 p.m. Harbor Lawn Mortuary1625 Gisler AveCosta Mesa, ca 92626 Have A Memory to Share?The Family Would Love To Hear Your StoryOn Tanya’s Virtual Guest Book
There are new disclosure requirements for properties in the City’s high fire hazard area that take effect on July 1st, 2021. Sellers of property in the high fire hazard area must provide the following documentation to a buyer: 1. provide a disclosure notice to the buyer, if the home was constructed before January 1, 2010, that includes the following statement: “This home is located in a high or very high fire hazard severity zone and this home was built before the implementation of the Wildfire Urban Interface building codes which help to fire harden a home. To better protect your home from wildfire, you might need to consider improvements. Information on fire hardening, including current building standards and information on minimum annual vegetation management standards to protect homes from wildfires, can be obtained on the internet website http://www.readyforwildfire.org.” 2. provide to the buyer documentation stating that the property is in...
In a press conference this morning, Newsom announced that California will receive an additional $2.6 billion in rental assistance from the federal government. That brings California’s total federal rental aid to $5.2 billion. Read On…
We thank the 52 members who showed up for GAOR’s first webinar. Your show of support for our distinguished panel who presented our concerns to Assm. Laura Friedman on Legislative Day was a BIG SUCCESS. Our GAOR representatives drove home two important issues, which C.A.R. supports, in regard to housing: Greg Astorian, GAOR Government Affairs Director Panel Facilitator Eddie Manisian SB6: State Senate Bill An act to amend Section 65913.4 of, and to add and repeal Section 65852.23 of, the Government Code, relating to land use. Senate Bill 6 enacts, until January 1, 2029, the “Neighborhood Homes Act,” which establishes a housing development project as an allowable use on a “neighborhood lot,” which is defined as a parcel within a commercial zone where office and retail uses are permitted, so long as the parcel is not adjacent to an industrial use. Here is the California Government Posting Antoinette Stahl ACA7:...
Please be aware of a scam asking for donations to a GoFundMe campaign on behalf of C.A.R. being circulated among C.A.R. members via email. This scam is using C.A.R.’s logo, the email subject line says, “Martin Recovery Journey” and reads in part as below. Dear Member, One of our members is in dire need of the entire California Association of Realtors help to save her son who is critically ill and needs to be operated urgently. It will be appreciated if we all can join hands together as one family and save her son. A fundraising campaign has been created and we are relying on the entire family support to help her raise the funds needed. Below is the fundraising campaign, thank you for your support in advance. No amount is too small and any amount donated out of the kindness of your heart will be highly appreciated. Do not click...Continue reading
With heavy hearts, this is to inform members that John Withers, Jr. passed away on Christmas Eve 2020. He was a long-standing member of the Glendale Association of REALTORS® and had just received his 45 Year Acknowledgement of Loyalty®. John also served as past President of the Burbank Board of REALTORS®. Born May 28, 1939, he grew up in Glendale, graduated from Hoover High School then went on to earn his B.S. from the University of North Dakota. His wife of 49 years, Kay Withers, passed away in July of 2010. He is survived by his two daughters, Kristi Cousens and Kimberly Beaton. He was 81 years old when he passed peacefully at home with family at his side. His daughters are planning to hold a Celebration of Life later this year. Please contact them if you would like to be included, all are welcome! Feel free to email: Kristi.Cousens@Compass.com...
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
GAOR is proud to host this fundraiser for the Glendale S.T.A.R. Kids program in loving memory of Loosik Bonyadi. The family requests that in lieu of flowers you consider making a donation to S.T.A.R. Kids, which is one of her favorite charities in support of Glendale’s kids. This Fundraiser Has Been Closed. Thanks for your generous support. We exceeded our Goal of $1,500 and reached $3,365 The Bonyadi Family and The GAOR FamilyThank You For Your Loving Support
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C.A.R. partnered with ABC to be the presenting sponsor of their new documentary called “California Dreaming” airing on 2/6 and 2/13 at 9:00 p.m. on KABC-TV, Los Angeles, KGO-TV, San Francisco, and KFSN-TV, Fresno. The documentary explores the “state of the state”, pointing to the significant challenges associated with wildfires, extreme weather, earthquakes and the rising cost of living, whilst also covering all that is good about living and working in California. C.A.R. President Dave Walsh introduces the documentary, closes out the film, and is also featured within the program. In addition, our partnership includes the following: Custom C.A.R.:30 spots to air directly after the show 3-5-minute news features each day leading up to the airing Heavy promotion across channel + station websites Access to content/usage post airing Spot bank for usage during Spring flight Learn More About California Dreaming,The Future of the Golden State In case you happen to...Continue reading
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.
Emergency Order This post is to serve as a reminder that On Tuesday, October 20, 2020, the Glendale City Council adopted a revised Emergency Eviction Moratorium Order aligning the repayment schedule for past-due rent with Assembly Bill No. 3088 (“AB 3088”). Under Assembly Bill No. 3088, Glendale’s residential eviction moratorium was modified to have expired on August 31, 2020. Learn More About The City of Glendale EMERGENCY ORDER See California’s Rent Cap and Just Cause Eviction Law, Q&A Visit The California Rental Housing Association (CalRHA) Q&A
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.
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…
GAOR donated $120,000 for immediate humanitarian aid in the region GLENDALE, Calif. – December 9, 2020 – In keeping with its pledge to support the humanitarian emergency in Armenia which has also affected the local community, the Glendale Association of REALTORS® (GAOR) delivered on December 3, 2020, a donation of $120,000 to Armenia Fund for humanitarian aid to civilians impacted during and after the hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan that have taken place this fall. In order to help share this story with the local community, GAOR President Steven Small appeared on the Glendale-based Armenian American Broadcasting Corporation (AABC) on November 6, 2020. AABC host and Glendale Mayor Vrej Agajanian interviewed Steven Small and presented the GAOR story in English and Armenian. The Armenia Fund is a non-profit and non-sectarian organization whose mission is to help the people of Armenia and Karabagh through humanitarian and infrastructure development. GAOR continues to...
Dear Members, We can not thank you enough for the outpouring of support that we have seen during this incredible year of challenges. There is no denying that there is a real loss for many local Glendale businesses and the people they employed. Now, more than ever, our local community will be looking to GAOR to help support their efforts to meet the overwhelming demand for their services brought about in 2020. We have one last opportunity to give back to our community. With that, GAOR is launching a holiday GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the trusted charities that we have come to know and appreciate. Food For Thought Pantry (Glendale Community College) Glendale Education Foundation Glendale Humane Society The Salvation Army S.T.A.R. Kids (Glendale Police Dept.) Veteran's Village Any amount you can give toward this fundraiser will be very much appreciated. Our GoFundMe campaign will be open now...Continue reading
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.