Featured Classes and Events
- Jan. 5 | CVAR Caravan; Edwin Estes Jr.
- Jan. 7 | New Member Orientation
- Jan. 9 | CRMLS Training – Free
- Jan. 9 | Dues Are Due! (Click Video for Help Paying Online)
- Jan. 13 | Listing/Buyer Agreements
- Jan. 13 | RPA Updates
Happy New Year!
Client Tip: Choosing an Inspector
There are about 30,000 home inspectors in the U.S., but not all are licensed. In fact, there are around 15 states, California included, where inspectors aren’t required to be licensed at all, according to the American Society of Home Inspectors. READ MORE
Assembly Addresses Affordable Housing
Four Assembly bills announced in December address California’s affordable housing crisis. The proposed bills will fund production of housing for low-income families, incentivize local governments to complete upfront planning and environmental review and approve housing permits to increase housing supply, fund the enforcement of existing state housing law by the Attorney General, and provide rental assistance to homeless Medi-Cal recipients. READ MORE
Pay Dues by Jan. 9 for Chance to Win!
Twenty-five CVAR REALTOR® members will win $100 Visa gift cards by paying their dues by Jan. 9, 2017, with a minimum $49 donation to the REALTOR® Action Fund! Only full REALTOR® members are eligible, so your chances are pretty darn good! READ MORE
New home sales showed signs of growing in 2016 and “builders expect more of the same next year,” said Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). “A key to continued growth in 2017 will be to ensure that prospective, qualified first-time home buyers have access to affordable home loans.” READ MORE
In Case You Missed It….
Real estate agency Douglas Elliman is trying to sell New York’s Trump Tower as the “most secure building in Manhattan” because of the security detail assigned to protect President-elect Donald Trump. The email flyer described the U.S. Secret Service as Trump Tower’s newest “amenity.” READ MORE
Free Training Tool at CAR.org
Don’t know what form to use? Forms Advisor can help. And the new Forms Tutor® is a free advanced electronic training tool from C.A.R. that has been redesigned to make it easier for REALTORS® to understand forms used to complete their transactions.
CVAR in the News:
Here Come Housing’s Headwinds in 2017
Under a backdrop of rising mortgage rates and shrinking consumer confidence, expect modest gains in existing-home sales in the new year, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2017 housing forecast, released last week.
New: Seller Excluded Listing Requirements
There are new requirements as of Dec. 6, 2016 regarding seller-excluded listings in CRMLS. Below are two links that will direct you to the clearly outlined requirements and process.
C.A.R.’s Housing Affordability Fund is dedicating $500,000 for its new statewide Homeowners Association Grant Program. This program will provide qualified first-time California home buyers up to six months of Homeowners Association dues, not to exceed $2,500. REALTORS® will need to complete a program application and certification form on behalf of their client, which will be available in zipForm® Plus under the HAF library. HAF must receive all program requirements no later than thirty (30) days after closing escrow. CLICK HERE