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- Aug. 25 | 1% Down Lunch & Learn
- Aug. 26 | Tax Strategies – Ten Wealth Eroders
- Aug. 30 | New Buyer Credit – Lunch & Learn
- Aug. 31 | How to Avoid Escrow Issues
- Sept. 1 | Citrus Valley Caravan
Client Tips: Make Your Home Appeal to Young Buyers
If you’re considering putting your home on the market, you may want to think about doing some renovation work so that your home has greater appeal to younger home buyers. That way, you may be able to sell your home more quickly and at the price that you want. There are many ways to increase your home’s value if you know what to look for.
Discounted LA County Fair tickets are available now to Citrus Valley Association members at all 3 CVAR locations. The cost is $13 for ages 13 and up, and $7 for ages 6-12.
CVAR is holding a contest in honor of REALTOR® Safety Month in September. Tell us your safety-related story–something that happened to you or a colleague while conducting business, or a time in which you took action to avoid a scary situation, etc.–and you will be eligible to win a gift card. Submit your story, 300 words or less, or a video under 1 minute, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll be sharing information for REALTOR® Safety Month that can help CVAR members stay safe on the job. We’re also offering 10% off all safety items at all three of our CVAR stores for the month of September!
Don’t Make These 3 Twitter Mistakes!
If you’re not successfully engaging with followers, you may be doing more harm than good. Make the most of this social site by avoiding these three missteps.
1. Set it and forget it – If you never add the human touch to your tweets, it could cost you followers.
One in five seniors falls victim to financial abuse, whether that’s by family members or outside sources, and only a fraction of those cases are reported, according to a 2015 Consumer Reports article. Real estate fraud is a part of that abuse. So as a practitioner, what’s your role and what should you do if you sense your elderly client’s family is trying rip them off in a real estate transaction?
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Going Viral – Locally
The number of views your videos garner isn’t the only measure of whether they are successfully circulating online. If your videos spark a conversation among your intended audience — both online and offline — then they’re fulfilling their purpose. For example, Iowa REALTOR® Megan Hill Mitchum racked up more than 258,000 views for her parody of singer Adele’s “Hello.”
If you happen to get into a bidding war, which actually occurred in six out of 10 closed sales in Q2 2016, “you’d better be prepared to pay an additional $134,000 for your dream home,” writes Bin He, CoreLogic’s principal economist.
Consumers Love Online Home Search
Americans spend an average of 55 minutes per online visit with real estate apps on their phones, according to new research unveiled by Google. Basically, “customers roll over in the morning and start looking at real estate listings [on their phone],” John Thornton, a partner in Google’s real estate business, said about the study’s findings.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents Google surveyed call “shopping for real estate fun” from their phone and online. In fact, Americans are so addicted to home shopping online that 64 percent say they keep checking out houses and home values even after they purchase a home. The Google study also finds that people start hunting on real estate sites three years before they buy on average. Also, one in five of the people checking out homes on real estate apps and websites are actually in the current market to purchase a home, the study found.
Source: “Consumers Love Looking for Homes Online,” (REALTOR®Mag, August 2016)
Real estate professionals must materially participate in their rental activities in order to deduct rental losses according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which interpreted Internal Revenue Code § 469 in Gragg v. United States of America; Internal Revenue Service, No.14-16053, August 4, 2016.
Get 10% off open house registries at all of our CVAR stores for the month of August. CVAR HQ, 504 E. Rte 66, Glendora; CVAR West, 1170 Durfee Ave., Ste. A, South El Monte; and CVAR East, 8229 Rochester Ave., Ste. 120, Rancho Cucamonga.
Extended! The chance to get this nifty CVAR tool kit has been extended. Why are we offering this opportunity? Because lobbying behind the scenes against laws that hurt the real estate industry and make home ownership less affordable for your clients is crucial. How do we do it? Through the REALTOR® Political Action Committee (RPAC) and REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF).
Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS® is encouraging members to find out more about the fight against upcoming legislation that could devastate the California real estate industry. Come into any of our three offices to find out how REALTOR® members can get a FREE CVAR tool kit. READ MORE
CVAR West – Now Open Saturdays!
CVAR members now have two offices to choose from for their real estate needs on Saturdays. CVAR West, at 1170 Durfee Ave., Ste. A, in South El Monte, will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday.
Previously, CVAR East, at 8229 Rochester Ave., Ste. 120, Rancho Cucamonga, had been the only place to shop at a REALTOR® store or get membership needs addressed on the weekend.
CVAR Headquarters, 540 E. Route 66, in Glendora will retain its Monday-Friday schedule.