New Year, New Laws

C.A.R.'s Legal Dept. has created a new chart summarizing new laws passed by the California Legislature and the U.S. Congress that may affect REALTORS® in 2012.  For the full text of a law, click onto the legislative number or go to www.leginfo.ca.gov for California...

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Property Management Certification

In today’s market, rentals are on the rise and you can significantly supplement your income by adding residential property management to your business. C.A.R. Education is offering you a comprehensive curriculum to earn the Property Management Certification (PMC).  It...

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Must-Have REALTOR® Technology Tools for 2012

Online and offline Use zipForm® 6 Professional and Standard editions as part of your C.A.R. member benefit. Yes, you can have both at the same time on the same computer! Work online with the Professional edition and whether you voluntarily disconnect from the internet...

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Five Issues for Housing in 2012

Just as in 2011, in 2012 many will be trying to figure out where housing is headed.  While the housing market didn’t worsen in 2011, it also didn’t stabilize either.  This year, the story will be about local markets.  While many housing markets rose and fell together,...

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FHA Extends Waiver of Anti-flipping Regulations

The Acting FHA Commissioner has extended a temporary waiver of FHA’s anti-flipping regulation through 2012. “This extension is intended to accelerate the resale of foreclosed properties in neighborhoods struggling to overcome the possible effects of abandonment and...

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Top 10 Government Affairs Member Benefits

One of the most important services organized real estate provides is representation in the halls of government. C.A.R.’s Government Affairs team works at the local, state, and federal levels to secure and protect your rights as a real estate professional. Here are 10...

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REO Listings Need Loxboxes Too!

Just a quick reminder, according to TSMLS Rule 13.2.2  Lockbox Type Requirements, Participants and Subscribers who utilize lockboxes or other access devices shall use the designated or authorized lockbox required by the MLS where the listing is submitted.  More than...

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NAR to Release Revised Home-Sale Stats

Last week, NAR issued revised estimates for existing-home sales going back five years, saying the formula it had been using to adjust the sales data it collects from multiple listing services had drifted and was overestimating sales. The benchmark revisions to...

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Free Webinar: Productive Engagement with Appraisers

Appraisals continue to be a source of concern. Real estate practitioners say valuations in many cases aren't conducted by experienced appraisers who are familiar with the area, and as a result, valuations don't consistently reflect market conditions. At the same time,...

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