Featured Classes and Event
- July 17 | CRMLS Training – Free
- July 18 | Real Estate Agents’ Guide to Probate – CVAR East
- July 19 | Loan Bootcamp for REALTORS®
- July 20 | CVAR Caravan West – Free – Photography for REALTORS®
- July 20 | Webinar – zipForm® Plus
- July 21 | 1031 Exchange – CVAR West
To sign up for the 1031 Exchange click the class link.
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Tips for Hiring a Photographer
Don’t let poor listing photos or restrictive copyright terms stymie your marketing efforts. Here’s an overview of what to look for in a photographer for your real estate business. READ MORE
If you don’t think you can afford to hire a photographer, attend the free talk at this Thursday’s CVAR West Caravan (South El Monte office) on how to take your own listing photos, from Top Agent Photography’s Steve Padilla.
5 Ways to Improve Networking Skills
Stellar schmoozers can corner the referral market and build relationships that increase their business. But there is an art to networking and making lasting connections. Here are five tips for improving your skills from real estate pros at Keller Williams: READ MORE
Immigration and Real Estate
Immigration is among the most hotly debated issues in America right now, but regardless of the political arguments about how to manage the country’s borders, there’s no denying that an uptick in foreign residents in the U.S. is a boon for real estate, according to Alex Nowrasteh, immigration policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. READ MORE
Staging a Home – 62% of selling agents say staging decreases the amount of time a home spends on the market (NAR).
Closing Disclosure Victory – The CFPB released the final amendments to the “Know Before You Owe” mortgage disclosure rule, making it easier for agents to get closing disclosures.
Fannie Mae – Home Purchase Sentiment Index® (HPSI) increased 2.1 percentage points in June to 88.3.
Great Expectations – Western markets were more likely to have owners underestimate their home value (Quicken Loans)
Cities Report – Latest Foothill communities news from CVAR Government Affairs Director Bill Ruh.
In Case You Missed It….
Dues Winners Announced!
The winners of the Member Appreciation Month contest for free 2018 local dues have been announced. All were randomly selected from those who took the CVAR Member Survey or visited and left a business card any of the three CVAR offices (Glendora, South El Monte, Rancho Cucamonga) during Member Appreciation Month in June.
Marlow Ayala of Dynasty Real Estate, Covina
Diana Verlingo of RE/MAX Masters Realty, Glendora
Joaquin Murguia of Marketorder Financial Services, Ontario
Catherine Luxton of Realty One Group Masters, Glendora
Anthony Fernandez of HomeSmart Professional Partner, Monrovia
Deide Nicastro of Century 21 King, Rancho Cucamonga
Redfin Tests Buy/Sell Service
At the same time Redfin filed to go public in late June, the Seattle-based online brokerage announced it was testing Redfin Now, a service in which Redfin buys homes directly from sellers and resells them to buyers.
Fannie Loosens Loan Constraints
Fannie Mae will ease its loan qualification requirements, raising its debt-to-income ceiling from 45 percent to 50 percent on July 29. The move could make it easier for a larger number of new buyers to qualify for a mortgage. READ MORE
Links to Digital Copyright Changes
Brokers and sales associates are vulnerable to infringement claims, so make sure you own or have a license to use any listing or other photos you use in connection with a listing or that appear on your website. If you contract with a photographer, get a written agreement. READ MORE
4 Issues for Property Management
Four hot-button issues were explained by property management and policy experts at the Property Management Forum in Washington, D.C. READ MORE
Client Tip: Selling Renter-Occupied Home
Selling a property that’s occupied by tenants means coordinating showings and encouraging renters to keep the home looking presentable to buyers. Here are some tips that will help agents and their sellers successfully navigate the process. READ MORE