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

1031 Like-Kind Exchanges

What are 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges?

1031 Like-Kind Exchanges are critical to America’s economy. Hear the whole story and how eliminating this tax incentive can be bad for your clients and their investments. Like-kind exchanges — when you exchange real property used for business or held as an investment solely for other business or investment property that is the same type or “like-kind.”  Properties are of like-kind if they’re of the same nature or character, even if they differ in grade or quality.  Learn more in the brief video overview below. Visit IRS.gov for more information

Affiliate Panel Discussion - TITLE

In Case You Missed It, Here is Today’s Panel Discussion on TITLE (Pt 1 of 2)

For those who could not attend our Town Hall Caravan Meeting today, here is a recording of our Affiliate Panel Discussion on TITLE. This is part one of a two-part series brought to members by Zabrina Carroll, Affiliate Chair. The second panel will be held October 13. Be sure to attend part two at our Town Hall Meeting. MODERATOR:  Taline Baghdassarian PANELISTS:  DANIEL HWANG Vice President of Sales at FIRST AMERICAN TITLE servicing the Glendale, Burbank, La Canada, and La Crescenta real estate community. RAUL CONTRERAS – OLD REPUBLIC TITLE A consummate professional who returns every call! STEVE SOMMERS – CHICAGO TITLE Steve Summers is Vice President of Sales at Chicago title. 

Realtor Safety Day Sep-10 @ 10 a.m.

REALTOR® Safety Day – Sept 10 AT 10 a.m.

GAOR is proud to sponsor REALTOR® Safety Day.   There is no cost to our members. RE Events is hosting this important webinar and there will be a lineup of guest speakers covering: Personal Safety Workplace Safety Cyber Security:  Josh Sharfman, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer Crisis Management:  Connie Meyers Hazard Safety:  Veronica Verde, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (FEMA) Speakers from FEMA (Dept. of Homeland Security) and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept. will talk about natural disasters (including wildfire and flood), as well as active shooter situations.  Join the annual REALTOR® Safety Day hosted by RE Events Sept. 10, 2021 at 10 a.m.   Register for REALTOR® Safety Day See Promo Video Click Here to Learn About Two NAR Safety Webinars In Case You Missed It, Here is The Event Recording

Realtor® Safety Month - NAR - GAR

Realtor Safety Month 2021

The goal of the REALTOR® Safety Program is to reduce the number of safety incidents that occur in the industry. REALTORS® accomplish this goal together by improving a Safety Culture that requires us all to: Talk about safetyCreate a Safety PlanFollow Your Safety PlanEncourage Your Fellow REALTORS® to do the same Here are the top 5 safety action items for REALTORS® Plan Your Safety StrategyTips and Best PracticesTraining VideosPersonal Protection ResourcesTake the REALTOR® Safety Pledge Check out NAR’s collection of Safety Articles Brokerage SafetyConvention SafetyPersonal and Professional SafetySafety and TechnologySafety at Open Houses and on Property ShowingsSafety for Commercial and Rural Real EstateSafety Tips to Share With Your Clients During the REALTOR® Safety Month, please make the time to join NAR and other members at two webinars on September 15 and 16. Start Here With NAR Do Not Miss This Year’s TWO Scheduled NAR WEBINARS Check Out NAR’s Library of...Continue reading

GAOR Affiliates - Panel Discussion - TITLE

GAOR Affiliate Panel Discussion – Explore The Different Ways to Hold Title

Please join this exclusive GAOR Panel Discussion to answer all your questions and concerns about TITLE.  No question is too basic or too complicated for our panelist to address. This panel discussion will be held at our weekly Town Hall Meeting on September 15, 2021. Share this with your colleages on your social media outlets and please join us at 9 a.m., September 15.   MODERATOR Taline Baghdassarian – The Elite Team Taline Baghdassarian is Vice President of Sales at Chicago title. Taline and her longtime business partner Steve joined forces with Anthony and Mary to form the Elite Title Team! Taline started in the title industry in 1992, the Elite title team combined are close to 100 years of closing transactions. Taline and the Elite Title Team have the tools and knowledge needed to get your deals across the finish line.  Taline spends all her free time with her 2...

Labor Day 2021

Happy Labor Day

The GAOR offices will be closed on Labor Day, September 6th. Have a safe holiday weekend with family and friends. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, September 5, 1882. Following the deaths of 13 workers during the Pullman Strike in June of 1894, President Grover Cleveland made reconciliation with the labor movement a top political priority, and Labor Day become a federal holiday in 1894.  Read More…

Code of Ethics - Cycle 6

Cycle 6 NAR Code of Ethics Training Required By All

ALL REALTORS® are required to complete Code Of Ethics training. If you have completed your CYCLE 6 requirement, read no further.  If you haven’t, it is mandatory that you take this three-year certification to keep your NAR status active.  If you are unsure of your compliance status, you can check here.   Check My Ethics Compliance Code of Ethics Training as mandated by NAR every three years. This course is required to be completed by December 31, 2021, so please DO NOT DELAY!  We urge you to complete this course as soon as possible and avoid the end-of-year rush.  There will be no exceptions for those who do not complete it before the deadline. Once you have completed the Code of Ethics Training, you must email us a copy of your certificate to gaor@gaor.org. As a REALTOR® it is one’s obligation to represent competency, fairness, and high integrity of our profession....Continue reading

LA Census Data

LA Seen Through Census Data: Older, Richer, and More Diverse,

California, for the first time ever, lost a congressional seat. But the state didn’t lose people. Its population grew by 2.3 million, or 6%. The nation, however, grew even more, by 7.4%. Los Angeles County’s population now numbers 10,014,009 residents. It added 195,404 people in the past decade, or about the equivalent of the entire population of Mobile, Alabama. But that is still the slowest growth ever recorded for the county over a 10-year period. See Article Is the Count Correct?

Property Taxes Will Increase

Property Taxes Are About to Rise

The 2020 housing boom may “take a couple of years to fully translate into dramatically higher property tax bills because counties usually reassess property values every few years, often three-year intervals,” Brian Davis of Spark Rental, which provides software for housing providers, told realtor.com®. About 34 states restrict how much taxes can increase in a single year too, providing some level of protection to homeowners. For example, California limits that assessed home values cannot grow more than 2% in a year until the home is sold See Realtor Magazine Article

In Memorium - Charlie Suh

Charlie Suh – In Memoriam

We are sad to report the passing of a long-time member Charlie Suh. Charlie was a member for 30 years and will be dearly missed. Funeral services are August 26 at 5 p.m. at Han Kook Mortuary. 2045 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018 If you would like to share a memory that we can add,please share your thoughts below and we will update this post. I knew Charlie Suh as being a very nice person and a good agent. I knew him at least 25 years. I will always remember him as always had a smile on his face. Rest in peace Charlie. Gigi Ramirez Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.Please Share Your Thoughts or Story BelowYour Name * Custom Captcha * = Submit Due to spammers, to submit a message on this website, you are required to complete a math problem. (+) Addition...

Affordable Housing in Los Angeles

Los Angeles to Require Public Listing of New Affordable Housing Units

A rule change approved by the Los Angeles City Council could make it a little bit easier to find affordable housing. The L.A. Council voted to require that all covenanted affordable units in the City of Los Angeles must be listed publicly on the website lahousing.lacity.org, as well as the on leasing website for any relevant project. Additionally, the Council’s instructions to the Housing Department and City Attorney also require an open application process for the new units. Until now, the process of actually applying for (and securing) one of those coveted affordable units is often unclear. While any income-restricted financed by the city is listed publicly, projects built with private funds had until now not been subject to the same requirement. Go To Article

RentSpree Now An Integrated i-Tech Feature

RentSpree is Now an i-Tech Integrated Core Product

Available to all CRMLS users at no extra cost!  Below is a short video explaining the benefits of RentSpree: What is RentSpree? RentSpree is a premier rental application and tenant screening tool. Through a simple link, tenants can apply to rental properties in minutes. You receive a complete rental application, credit report and score, criminal background check, and eviction report – all at no cost to you! (Applicants pay a $30 screening fee.) What’s the new integration? We have added an “Online Screening” field to residential lease input forms. It is now a required field for lease listings in all CRMLS-supported MLS systems. Just select “RentSpree” in this field if you want to collect rental applications via the MLS! (You may also select “None” if you wish to opt out.) Find out exactly where to find this new field in i-Tech.

GAOR Affilate Social

GAOR Affiliate – Welcome Back Social

Join Us! AUGUST 17 | 6 TO 8 P.M. The GAOR Affiliate Committee is currently selling tickets to their ‘Welcome Back Social’. Where?  GAOR Open Air Parking Lot A $10 ticket includes Food, Drinks, and a Raffle Ticket!  Flash this QR code to a colleague so they too can easily purchase tickets online!

YPN Summer 2021 Hike

New Time! YPN Hiking Event – August 22 – 7:00 a.m.

Please join GAOR’s YPN committee members on a summer hike in the hills of Glendale’s.  Take in vistas of the city of Glendale, downtown L.A. and The Valley.  Meet up with us at the trail head at the Brand Library.  The trail head is just behind the library’s parking lot.   The hike can be strenuous yet suitable for people in any condition.  It being August, we are planning for sunny weather, and a hot summer day can take its toll. Hence, the starting time of 7:00 .a.m. Still unsure? Not to worry.  Take it at your own pace.  Take the trail as far as you like and make an about-face when you’ve reached your threshold.  The trail is wide and trafficked by many day-hikers.  Be sure to… Wear a pair of hiking shoes with good tread; boots are not necessary. Apply plenty of sunscreen Carry plenty of water. Bring a...Continue reading

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

Charlie Oppler Op Ed and Video

NAR President | Navigating the Housing Market, Industry Disruptors, and the DOJ Reversal

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

Leadership Institute

GAOR Leadership Institute

Spread the word!  Starting in Q1 of 2022, the GAOR Leadership Committee will launch a new program called the GAOR Leadership Institute.  The program was developed and designed to groom REALTORS® to be future advocates for their community, leaders in our local real estate industry, and productive members of our Association of REALTORS®.  Share PDF Flyer Please Post This Flyer In Your Office! Learn About GAOR’s Leadership Institute

City of Glendale Sign Policy

Glendale Open House Sign Policy – REMINDER

Directional Sign Policy As a REALTOR®, you must be aware of and comply with the City of Glendale Municipal Code, Zoning, Chapter 30.33.110 (Signs).  Learn about… Public location options Display information requirements Sizing limitations Safety requirements Types of signs permitted Quantity limits per Open House Weekend display hours (8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m.) on Saturdays and Sundays Caravan hours Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Glendale Sign Policy

NAR DOJ Update

2020 NAR-DOJ Agreement Regarding MLS Rules

Listen to Lesley Muchow, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Legal Affairs and Antitrust Compliance give an update. The rule changes 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 that their services are 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.WATCH VIDEO Hear What Our NAR Has To Say

Realtor.com Apples To Oranges Webinar

New Realtor.com Webinar Will Help Make You More Successful

On Wednesday July 14th at 10am PST Realtor.com® has invited all members of the California Association of  REALTORS® to attend its Apples to Oranges, the Realtor.com Difference webinar. This webinar was created to make you more successful in today’s ultra competitive real estate market by showing you how to take advantage of the Realtor.com difference.  You will also learn how Realtor.com products and services are designed to keep you at the heart of the homebuyer and seller journey. What your REALTOR® colleagues are saying… “This presentation totally changed my impression of Realtor.com. Thank you.” (attendee, New York Association of REALTORS®) “Appreciate the tips and direction to have a good on-line presence through REALTOR.com.” (attendee, Michigan REALTORS®) “Made me realize I need to update my profile and become more acquainted with their services. I love that they are trying to keep the realtor relevant.” (attendee, Minnesota REALTORS®) As a way of...Continue reading

NNO - National Night Out - City Of Glendale

Glendale Police Are All Out on National Night Out

National Night Out is an annual event that promotes police-community partnership and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhood a safer and more caring place to live. National Night Out is about getting to know your neighbors and the officers that patrol your neighborhoods. By knowing who your neighbors are, you will recognize the suspicious person(s) and activity. Please help us share this event with our Glendale residents and community. The Glendale Police Department encourages all of our Glendale residents to participate in this neighborhood camaraderie, either by attending or hosting. This year’s National Night Out event is on August 3rd! Download Meeting Flyer Download Event Flyer Learn More About National Night Out Register To Participate

Oppose City of Glendale Rental Registry

Say No To A Rental Registry For The City of Glendale

The Glendale City Council is considering the formation of a Rental Registry in our city. Please lend your voice to our cause and oppose the formation of a Rental Registry. This issue is important to Realtors® and their clients because this is just another attempt to chip away at private property rights and an overture to potential rent control. I Oppose A Rental Registry! Where Do I Sign?

GAOR GAD Legislative Update Greg Astorian

GAOR GAD Legislative Update – AB832 Eviction Moratorium

In case you missed it, here is an important presentation that was given by our Government Affairs Director, Greg Astorian at our June 30 Town Hall. Learn the importance of California State Eviction Moratorium AB 832. State Rent Moratorium Extension and the COVID Rental Housing Recovery Act (AB 832) Quick SummaryExpanded State Rental Assistance Program for Landlords Quick Guide (PDF One-sheet Summary)Governor signs bill to pay housing providers COVID-19 back rent in full (C.A.R. Legal Q&A) Hear the implications of this from Greg Astorian. Also, be sure to save share this on your Facebook wall.

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

Workforce housing projects in Glendale and Pasadena

​Workforce Housing Projects in Glendale and Pasadena Funded Through Cal Cities

Workforce housing properties were acquired by the cities of Glendale and Pasadena from the issuance of more than $481.5 million in tax-exempt Essential Housing Revenue Bonds through the California Statewide Communities Development Authority’s (CSCDA) new Workforce Housing Program.  The projects will be converted to rent-restricted units for low and middle-income tenants. Read Full Article… 

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

AB 3088 - Questions and Answers

Housing Is Key – Rent Relief For Tenants, Landlords, and Homeowners

Housing.ca.gov addresses in detail, all issues and burning questions you may have about AB 3088. Tenants: Learn what EVICTION PROTECTIONS you may have under the new state law if you cannot pay your rentLandlords: Learn about SUPPORT for you and get customized information on working with your tenantsHomeowners: AB 3088 applies to homeowners and landlords with four (4) or fewer properties, whether those properties are owner-occupied or not, and who have had difficulty making mortgage payments because of COVID-19.Everyone: Take about 2 minutes to answer a few questions to get your TAILORED REPORT

onlineballot box

Vote For Your 2022 Leaders By July 9, 5pm

It is that time of year where we have a roster of candidates running for leadership roles on the GAOR Board.  As the candidates publish their public statements, we will update this post and reference their messages to the membership. Board of Directors (four seats open): Vivian Long Eddie Minassian Vahe Saginian Keith Sorem Treasurer:  Addora Beall Vice President:   Sevak Sohrabian President-Elect: Carmen Arom George Khachatourian This year we have an online ballot box for you to cast your vote.  Thank you for being an active member and taking the time to vote for your leaders! I’m Ready To Vote, I know the Password The online voting ballot box is password protected.Please keep an eye out for an email regarding voting and the password within.  

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:...

2021 Assembly Bill Initiatives

C.A.R. Backs 4 Important Assembly Bill Initiatives

C.A.R. has put together a short explainer video about the legislation we’re sponsoring and supporting as it relates to fair housing. AB 263 – Implicit bias training for all real estate licensees AB 491 – Stops discriminatory practices of treating residents of affordable housing units and mixed-income developments differently from market-rate housing units residents. AB 633 – Makes changes to current law to preserve intergenerational wealth AB 948 – Requires information to be provided to buyers and sellers on how to report discriminatory appraisals by licensed real estate appraisers Learn from the video, the importance of these measures and share it with your clients to show how REALTORS® are fighting for fair housing.  

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