Featured Classes and Events
- March 3 | Free MLS Forum – Let Your Opinions Be Heard
- March 4 | Free Cloud Stream Training
- March 7 | Free CRMLS Training – Mobile Solutions and More!
- March 8 | Deliver the WOW factor to Clients – Free Lunch & Learn
Real Estate REvive Returns!
It’s a real estate extravaganza not to be missed! Click to register now at realestaterevive.com. But don’t take our word for it … Let Leigh Brown, the real estate rock star, tell you! CLICK HERE to hear the award-winning Realtor® and “serial entrepreneur.”
New Member Benefit – MLS for Mobile Devices
Click the image to see video of our salute to the Oscars. “The Big Short,” a dark comedy about the financial crisis of 2008, didn’t win the Best Picture Oscar over the weekend, but did win the Academy Award for adapted screenplay, from writers Charles Randolph and Adam McKay.
Hear What’s Happening With the Nation’s Largest MLS From Head of CRMLS
The free MLS Forum, slated for this Thursday, March 3, at the CVAR Glendora office, is “a great opportunity to talk to the CEO of CRMLS,” says Mark Epstein, CEO of Citrus Valley Assn. of Realtors®. Art Carter is Chief Executive Officer of California Regional Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (CRMLS), the nation’s largest MLS, providing products and services to over 71,000 subscribers from 35 REALTOR® associations. Carter will talk to CVAR members about changes in the MLS and listen to their input. Admission is free, but registration required, CLICK HERE.
Win a Trip to Legislative Day in Sacramento
CVAR members have the opportunity to participate in an all-expense paid trip to Sacramento for the C.A.R. Legislative Day on April 27, 2016. Winners will receive two nights lodging, round-trip airfare and meals. Legislative Day is your opportunity to we meet with our state legislators to talk about issues most important to the real estate industry. We will also hear from the Governor and members of both the Assembly and the Senate.
To participate in our Legislative Day contest you must: Be a CVAR member; have never attended a C.A.R. Legislative Day; be an investor in the Realtor® Action Fund at $148 or better, or become a $148 RAF investor.
The schedule for Legislative Day is attached to the application. We encourage you to apply for this special opportunity. Our deadline is Tuesday, March 1, at 5 p.m. CLICK HERE for the application.
Cities Plagued by Shrinking Inventory
More than 1.3 million (1.6%) of the nation’s nearly 85 million residential properties are vacant. That’s down 9.3% from the third quarter of 2015, according to RealtyTrac’s first quarter 2015 Residential Property Vacancy Analysis. Los Angeles makes the Top 10 list of cities with the fewest number of vacant properties in the first quarter.
CVAR’s Market At A Glance Report
Learn more about the current housing market by selecting from the following list, or visit your CRMLS dashboard to customize your report:
Home Inspector or Specialist?
Buyers may wonder why they should pay for a home inspection when they can get specialists to point out trouble spots for free. As a real estate professional, your duty is to educate. It might seem like a simple question to answer, but in order to serve your clients fully, you must first understand the why behind it.
Top Community Features for Baby Boomers
While many in the real estate industry are focused on the wants and needs of millennial buyers, older generations of home buyers still have a lot of purchasing power. Baby boomers actually make up 31 percent of the home buying population, and real estate pros need to be familiar with their housing and neighborhood preferences. According to NAHB’s new Housing Preferences of the Boomer Generation report, this generation seeks out single-family detached homes in low-traffic communities. In fact, nearly 80 percent of boomers say they prefer cul de sac lot designs since they limit the traffic flow.
Why Did That Agent Send You a 1099?
Here’s Why Micro-Apartments May Be Coming to Your Neighborhood
The next big thing in apartment living may be very small – that is, micro. But for the real estate owners who develop them, the returns the may be huge. Buildings in some of the most expensive cities in America now offer units so small that ordinances had to be waived just to allow them. California is one of the states that might see waivers allowing for construction of micro living spaces.
Know Your NAR Benefits: Vision Insurance Now Available
Save on annual eye exams, frames, lenses, contact lenses, and more through the new REALTORS® Vision Insurance, offered through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. Designed exclusively for NAR members and their families, plans begin at $12.70 per month. Choose from two guarantee-issue group plans: a PPO or a non-PPO. REALTORS® Vision Insurance rounds out the platform of robust insurance and wellness products available through the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace. Learn more at RealtorsInsuranceMarketplace.com/Vision or call a Marketplace benefits specialist at 877-267-3752. REALTORS® Vision Insurance and REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace are powered by SASid Inc. (Smart and Simple Insurance Development), a long-term and trusted NAR partner.
Source: Get to Know Your NAR Benefits (realtor.org)
House Flipping: Déjà vu All Over Again
House flipping is always hottest when home prices are nearing a peak. That is not the case right now nationally, and so flipping has remained pretty stable overall … with two very glaring exceptions. Las Vegas and Miami. But while these markets are hot, investors are making the most money in Los Angeles, according to Jeremy Brandt, CEO of We Buy Houses.
Put More Love Into Your Listing Ads
You may want to get more romantic with your property descriptions, but move past the word “love” to describe a home. Realtor.com® researchers analyzed various terms of endearment used in listing descriptions, and found that listings using the word “romance” had a median asking price of $820,000; “seductive” homes were listed for a median of $640,000; and “sexy” properties had a $620,000 median price tag.
3 Properties Where Open Houses Work
Agents often think of open houses as a waste of time because they don’t always attract serious buyers. But if you use it to showcase the lifestyle a home offers, it could do the trick. Here are three instances where open houses closed the deal.
Remind Clients to Check CO Detectors
Now is a great time to put a reminder in your client mailings and social media correspondence that it’s important to check their carbon monoxide detectors. CO gases result from the burning of wood, natural gas, oil, and kerosene. It is odorless and colorless, which means homeowners wouldn’t know its presence unless they had a detector to alert them to when levels get dangerous inside their home.
Campaign Urges Consumers: ‘Get Realtor®’
The National Association of REALTORS® launched a new advertising campaign that wants consumers saying: “Get Realtor®.” The Get Realtor® campaign demonstrates how members of the National Assn. of REALTORS® can help buyers, sellers and investors succeed. We want today’s consumers to understand that having a REALTOR® at their side is their competitive advantage in the real estate transaction.
Why Non-Owners Are Afraid to Buy
Almost half of renters surveyed by Bankrate.com say they haven’t purchased a home yet because they believe their credit isn’t good enough to qualify for a mortgage or they can’t afford a down payment.
“A lot of people make assumptions that they can’t afford to buy based on just some perceptions, and many have not taken the step to figure out how mortgage-ready they are,” says Marietta Rodriguez, vice president of NeighborWorks America, a national home ownership programs.