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REALTOR® Safety Month
September is REALTOR® Safety Month, so we’ll be sharing information that can help CVAR members stay safe on the job (watch the NAR video below).
We’re also offering 10% off all safety items at all three of our CVAR stores starting this week on Sept. 1, and hosting a contest to promote awareness of REALTOR® safety practices (see agent stories below).
Common Practices That Put You in Danger
When you’re in the field with a prospect, these practices could put you in greater danger.
- Taking clients into rooms with one exit. Attics, basements, and interior bathrooms typically have a single doorway to enter and exit and no windows to safely crawl through. During showings, encourage clients to explore these rooms on their own.
- Parking in the driveway. Other cars can block you in, which will make it difficult to escape … READ MORE
CVAR’s Real-Life Safety Stories
To coincide with REALTOR® Safety Month, CVAR members are sharing their stories and the measures they take to be safer in the field. Watch CVAR At A Glance and our social media posts this month for helpful safety info! To submit your story of REALTOR® safety in the field, send 300 words or less to Communications and Marketing Director Laurie Schenden at email@example.com.
Eddie Perez, Keller Williams – Covina
“I was showing a house and my client wanted to see the garage. We couldn’t get the door open, but there was a little window. I reached through this little window and was able to open the door. My clients couldn’t see, but there were people in the garage shooting up. I said, ‘oh, excuse me’ and shut the door. I got my clients out of there. As soon as we left I called the cops and the listing agent. I carry a knife in my pocket at all times.”
Josie Calderon, Century 21 Citrus Realty
Our office was having a practice session where we go out to assess a house. The house I got was a beautiful, huge house in Via Verde. I thought it was odd everything was unlocked. I went outside, and made sure everything was locked, and I got a feeling that someone was in the house. I came back inside and there was a pizza box – and it was still warm. That was scary.
My husband goes with me now if I have to go look at homes by myself, or if I have an open house.
Read more CVAR safety stories in next week’s At A Glance!
End of Summer Bash
All friends, members and supporters of Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS® are welcome to join our fabulous End of Summer Bash! Only $10 includes beverage and delicious food catered by Claro’s Italian Markets. Food sponsor is CRMLS, table sponsors include Dream Trips, Everest Escrow, Kinecta, SCE Credit Union, Cutco, Residential Bancorp, and Invesnotic. For tickets click the flyer; for sponsor participation contact Joey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many firefighters and scientists are saying that fires in the West will likely be bigger and hotter in the future, thanks to climate change. It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of threats like that, but Don Ross of the Crescenta Valley Fire Safe Council says even the most at-risk homes can put up a fight against fire. It’s important to have what’s called “defensible space” around a home. READ MORE
Discounted LA County Fair tickets are available now to Citrus Valley Association members at all 3 CVAR locations, 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. Cost: $13 for ages 13 and up, and $7 for ages 6-12.
In Case You Missed It…
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.
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?
Get 10% off open house registries at all of our CVAR stores through Aug. 31. 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 is being continued. Why are we offering this opportunity? Because lobbying behind the scenes against laws that hurt the real estate industry and to make home ownership more 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.
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.