SD Housing Update and the Global Council Forum

Posted by Kevin McElroy on Aug 6, 2019 12:08:59 PM

San Diego Summer Housing Update

FRIDAY  | August 30, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PSAR | SOUTH COUNTY
880 Canarios Court, Ste 100, Chula Vista, CA 91910

COST : $5.00 - contribution to the Housing Affordability Fund

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Steven brings decades of real estate experience and a degree in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences from the University of California, San Diego.

Come see where we are headed for the remainder of 2019

  • Have values peaked?
  • Why does the market feel so different
  • Is housing a bubble about to pop?
  • What is going on with the interest rates and the Federal Reserve?
  • When will buyers finally have the upper hand?

After the Summer Housing Update...     stick around....



For the Global Council Forum
Forum 1:00pm - 2:00pm  |  Food & Networking 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Global Council Forum 2nd Annual

The mission of the Council is to provide PSAR members with the opportunity to learn and expand their niche market in real estate internationally.

This months speakers are:

CEPIBC President, Gabriela Isabel Cerezo Morales, will address agency and licensing in Baja California.

CEPIBC International Liaison, Gustavo Chacon Aubanel, will provide an update on sales and construction in Baja California.  

Consejo Estatal de Profesionales Inmobiliarios de Baja California (CEPIBC) 
Translated roughly to : State Council for Baja California Real Estate Professionals

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Enjoy great food while networking with other builders, brokers and agents.

Last Years Event


 

Topics: Events

San Diego Turns to PSAR for Rules Regarding Companion Units

Posted by Rick Griffin on Aug 2, 2019 4:22:33 PM

Companion Unit Handbook

Here’s news about another recent PSAR success: Once again, PSAR leadership has made a significant contribution that will result in additional housing availability and improved affordability for the San Diego real estate market.

Over the past two years, PSAR has been working closely with the City of San Diego on rules and regulations relating to what’s called “Companion Units.” While other governmental agencies call them “granny flats” or “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs), the City of San Diego calls them companion units.

Companion units, typically smaller than standard homes, are second units built on the same lot as an existing single-family home. Often, these secondary units are constructed in backyards or above garages of single-family residences. They can be used by family members or rented to seniors, students or others and can provide a source of income for homeowners. PSAR is in support of property owners expanding the use of their property as a way to address the region’s housing supply and affordability crisis.

PSAR’s participation with the City of San Diego recently culminated with the city's publication of the “Companion Unit Handbook,” a 38-page booklet that serves as a helpful guide to homeowners seeking to construct a companion unit on their property.  The handbook can be accessed here, CLICK HERE.Companion Unit Handbook with PSAR help

The handbook includes information on zoning, including setbacks and parking, companion unit design and construction, permitting requirements, funding options and additional resources. The handbook answers many popular questions relating to companion units, including: what is a companion unit and where is it allowed; what are the best sources for design of a companion unit; how does one make sure they’re well prepared; ideas and inspiration for the design of a companion unit; the construction and budgeting process; costs, timing and financial sources; impact on your property taxes; what is needed for permitting and occupancy.  

“It hasn’t been easy to make progress over the past two years, but it’s been very rewarding,” said Rafael Perez, PSAR REALTOR® member who has been leading the PSAR efforts with the City of San Diego.

“From the beginning, we brought a REALTORS® perspective to the table,” Perez said. “At first, some of the people at the city had not considered how companion units could change how homebuyers view their future purchase or how existing homeowners could increase their equity. So, we were able to help shape the regulations to benefit the city and homeowners and buyers.”

PSAR’s name appears on the cover of the city’s “Companion Unit Handbook” as a contributor to the publication, along with the San Diego Housing Federation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). PSAR’s name also is appearing in a press release announcing the availability of the handbook that is being distributed by San Diego City Council member Scott Sherman.

“Personally speaking, I have been very grateful to receive input from PSAR,” said Sherman. “PSAR members have direct experience at helping their clients with companion units. So, it made sense to follow their advice in the writing of the handbook as we continue to seek workable, common sense solutions to fixing the housing crisis.”

Sherman agreed the handbook will serve as a helpful guide to help homeowners better navigate the process of construction a companion unit on their property.

“The design and construction of a companion unit is a step-by-step process. And, success often depends on preparation and a solid understanding of the process,” said Sherman. “For anyone who is considering building or adding a companion unit on a property, this handbook will be very helpful.”

Sherman added, “In a region where average rent is nearly $1,800 a month and the median price of a home is over $500,000, renters are actively seeking alternative options for affordable rent. In addition, homeowners are seeking alternative options in order to offset the cost of a home mortgage. Companion units can provide an immediate solution to the region’s housing supply crisis.”

Perez said, “Unfortunately, limited housing supply paired with limited construction of affordable for-sale housing units has put a severe strain on lower and middle class families. The ‘missing-middle’ forces families seeking the American Dream to make tough decisions to live on tight budgets or move out of the region. Making it easier to build companion units will help create options for more affordable homeownership as well as increase the supply of affordable housing units in our region.”

Granny flats, or companion units, represent perhaps the easiest and quickest way to provide additional affordable housing options to local residents. When it comes to housing that will help all of San Diego, PSAR is in favor of making the rules more streamlined and cutting through the thick red tape of processing the construction of new smaller rental units.

Companion HouseCurrent state regulations allow granny flats up to 1,200 square feet in size. They can be attached to, or built separate from, full-sized homes on the same parcel, and include kitchens, bathrooms, living areas and private entrances. They cannot be sold as individual homes, but they can be rented out by homeowners or used to provide additional living space for family members, friends, students, the elderly, the disabled, or in-home health care providers. Properties must meet all zoning requirements, such as setbacks that meet fire safety and building codes.

PSAR previously assisted the County of San Diego and the cities of Chula Vista and La Mesa with the creation and formation of ADU regulations.

PSAR members worked closely with the City of Chula Vista to reduce ADU fees and streamline their regulations. In the East County, following input from PSAR, La Mesa’s set of regulations for granny flats will, in some cases, enable the city to provide more options than do state requirements.

Meanwhile, at a County Board of Supervisors meeting held earlier this year, the Supervisors were considering a modification to their ADU code to require owner occupancy for an additional building on a lot, which PSAR recommended against. Fortunately, the Supervisors decided to remove the owner-occupancy requirement following PSAR testimony from Tracy Morgan Hollingworth, PSAR’s Government Affairs Director.

“I don’t know of any other local real estate organization that has given their support to these local jurisdictions like PSAR has,” said Robert Calloway, 2019 PSAR President. ”I’m very proud that these government bodies have turned to PSAR for assistance and agreed with our recommendations.”

Topics: Market Information, Marketing, Industry

PSAR mourns the loss of past president Patty Davis

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Jul 31, 2019 3:32:57 PM

Patty Davis past president of PSARTuesday, July 30th was a sad day, as our wonderful Realtor friend Patty Davis passed away on that day. Her health began to seriously decline about three months ago from congestive heart failure. We thought you would like to know a little about Patty, as she was one of PSAR’s more illustrious members.

Patty Davis was born on Oct 1, 1950 in Louisville, KY. She grew up on a dairy farm, milking cows before and after school. Patty graduated from Ursuline Academy, received the US Army Walter Reed Nursing Scholarship and attended the University of Louisville, where she met her husband (now divorced) Rod Davis, a naval officer. They married and were transferred to San Diego in 1969, later moved to Guam, to Oakland, eventually returning to San Diego, where they settled in the Chula Vista area. They have two sons, Rod, born in 1970 and Eric, born in 1974. Patty has two grandsons she is very proud of, Justin Daniel and Cameron Eric.

In 1979, Patty started her real estate career, as a successful sales agent and property manager. In 1986, Patty became involved with the Association of Realtors’ Government Affairs Committee, which sparked her interest in local politics, private property rights, as well as leadership within the real estate community. She traveled to Sacramento and Washington DC to lobby the politicians on real estate issues. In 1992, Patty served as president of the South San Diego Bay Cities Board of Realtors now known as the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® . During her year as president, she led our association through the construction of our current office building on Canarios Court, quite a step-up from the tiny space at 588 L Street. Patty was soon designated as a Director for the state level California Association of Realtors and at the national level for the National Association of Realtors. She represented local Realtors as Federal Political Coordinators. This distinguished position allowed our local voices to be heard in the halls of Congress.

In local politics, Patty served as a rent control mediator for the mobile home parks in Chula Vista, served on Chula Vista’s Economic Development Commission and on Chula Vista’s Planning Commission. In 1998 she was elected to the Chula Vista City Council, even serving some time as deputy mayor. In 1999, Patty co-founded “Christmas in October” with Dr. Emerald Randolph. Every year this program fixes up houses of low-income homeowners in Chula Vista. Patty was the democratic nominee for California’s State Assembly in 2004, running against an incumbent, and missed winning by only 500 votes.

At the time of her death, Patty was chairing the Cultural Arts and Design Review Committee for the Port District’s Chula Vista Bayfront. She has continued to co-chair “Christmas in October” every year for Chula Vista.

Patty was known throughout our community for her fairness, her positive attitude and her willingness to help people. She will be missed, but her battle is over; she can now rest.
Services will be held as follows:


DATE: Friday, Aug 16th
TIME: 10:00am
PLACE: St Pius Catholic Church
ADDRESS: 1120 Cuyamaca Ave, Chula Vista, CA
RECEPTION: Immediately following the service in the church hall.

Topics: Announcements

I don't need a variance request?  What's the catch?

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jul 28, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Sometimes one property can be two residential styles or can be two different property types.  If properties can serve different purposes depending on the buyer, why not serve the seller and market the property in multiple ways?

At CRMLS PSAR members don't need a variance request to use multiple property types.  Multiple entries of the same property listed as more than one Residential Style or Property Type are now permitted.

There are two small details that you may not be aware of. 

1. A reference must be made to the MLS number to the duplicate listing in the Confidential Remarks.

2. Upon closing, only the Listing in the actual Property Type that was sold shall be identified as Closed. Any duplicative listing must be Cancelled, with a reference to the Sold MLS ID number being made in the Agent Remarks.

No other duplicative listings are permitted in the MLS.

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The June Report - Less than 2 weeks to sell a home in San Diego

Posted by Rick Griffin on Jul 26, 2019 4:09:28 PM

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San Diego County’s housing market in June, 2019 saw a 10.2 percent drop in sales but a 2.3 percent increase in prices, according to the latest housing market report from the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.).

Sales of existing, single-family homes in San Diego was 10.2 percent lower in June in a month-over-month comparison with May 2019, as well as 12.5 percent lower in a year-over-year comparison with June 2018.

Meanwhile, San Diego County’s median, single-family home price of $665,000 in June 2019 was 2.3 percent higher compared to the figures from both May 2019 and June 2018, when the sales price was $650,000 for both prior months.

Statewide, California’s existing home sales fell below the benchmark 400,000 level in June 2019 after rebounding in May.

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 389,690 units in, June, according to information collected from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide annualized sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2019 if sales maintained the June pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

June’s sales figure was down 4.2 percent from the 406,960 level in May and down 5.1 percent from home sales in June, 2018 of 410,800. Sales fell below the 400,000 benchmark again after rebounding in May. Sales have been under the benchmark for 10 of the past 11 months.

Home sales in Southern California were down 9.1 percent in June with every county outside of Ventura (up 0.6 percent) posting declines. Los Angeles (minus-12.6 percent), San Diego, Orange (minus-7.6 percent), San Bernardino (minus-7.2 percent), and Riverside (minus-4.0 percent) experienced the biggest declines.

The statewide home price set another record in June 2019. June’s median price was $611,420, essentially unchanged from $611,190 in May 2019 and up 1.4 percent from $602,770 for June 2018.

California Association of Realtors June Sales Numbers

Regarding regional level, median home prices in Southern California, only Ventura County experienced a year-over-year price decline. Other counties in the region recorded annual price growth ranging from 0.8 percent in Orange County to 5.7 percent in San Bernardino.

“With softer price growth and interest rates at the lowest levels in nearly three years, monthly mortgage payments on a median-priced home have fallen for four straight months,” said C.A.R. President Jared Martin. “This allows homebuyers to save hundreds of dollars a month on the same home or to potentially consider a slightly more expensive home for the same monthly cost. Combined with the long-term benefits of homeownership on personal wealth and quality of life, 2019 is a good time to purchase a home for the long haul.”

C.A.R. Senior VP and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young agreed.

“With low rates supporting sales and elevating home prices in the last few months, the market outlook has shown some improvement since the first quarter,” she said. “As such, we have revised our 2019 forecast upward for (California) home sales to reach 385,460 and for the median price to hit $593,000, from the previous forecast of 375,100 and $568,800, respectively.”

Other key points from the June 2019 resale housing report included:

-- Active listings, which have been decelerating since December 2018, grew 2.4 percent from a year ago, the smallest increase since April 2018.

-- The number of homes available for sale has moderated significantly, suggesting that the market is getting back toward being more balanced between supply and demand, but inventory remains relatively tight from a historical perspective. The Unsold Inventory Index (UII), which is a ratio of inventory over sales, was 3.4 months in June, up from 3.2 months in May and up from 3.0 months in June, 2018. The index measures the number of months it would take to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate.  

-- The median number of days it took to sell a California single-family home increased in June. Time on the market inched up from 18 days in May to 19 days in June. In June 2018, it took a median number of 15 days to sell a home in the state.

California Association of Realtors June Sales Numbers

-- In San Diego County, it took less than two weeks to sell an existing single-family home in June 2019. The median number of days a home remained unsold on the market stood at 13 days in June, compared to 14 days in May, 17 days in April, 19 days in March, 22 days in February and 13 days in June, 2018.

-- The statewide sales-price-to-list-price ratio was 99.2 percent in June, 2019, compared to 100 percent in June, 2018. The figures for the previous month were 99.3 percent in May, 2019 and 100 percent in May, 2018. Sales-to-list-price ratio is an indicator that reflects the negotiation power of home buyers and home sellers under current market conditions. The ratio is calculated by dividing the final sales price of a property by its last list price and is expressed as a percentage. A sales-to-list ratio with 100 percent or above suggests that the property sold for more than the list price, and a ratio below 100 percent indicates that the property sold below the asking price.

-- The statewide price-per-square-foot average for an existing, single-family home statewide reached $292 in June, 2019, compared to $290 in June, 2018. The figures for the previous month were $292 in May, 2019, up from $286 in May, 2018. The May, 2019 figure was the highest level since late 2007.

-- The 30-year, fixed-mortgage interest rate averaged 3.8 percent in June, down from 4.57 percent in June, 2018, according to Freddie Mac. The five-year, adjustable mortgage interest rate averaged 3.48 percent, compared to 3.82 percent in June, 2018.

In other recent real estate and economic news, according to news reports:

-- San Diego County businesses are maintaining a relative upbeat outlook this summer, according to a recent survey by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. The survey, which was fielded in late June, shows continued optimism among local businesspeople regarding hiring, hours offered and revenue in the coming months.

-- The San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos market had the sixth-highest average mortgage debt in the country among major metro areas in the year’s first quarter, according to Experian. The San Diego region ranked sixth with an average of $386,530 owed per homeowner. That average is a 2 percent increase over the San Diego metro area’s debt last year, which averaged $378,975 per homeowner in 2018’s first quarter. San Diego was one of seven of the top 10 metro areas with the highest debt to show an increase over their 2018 first quarter averages.

-- San Diego rents increased 0.1 percent in June, and have increased marginally by 0.8 percent in comparison to the same time last year, according to the most recent report by Apartment List. Currently, median rents in San Diego stand at $1,570 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,030 for a two-bedroom. San Diego’s year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.2 percent, as well as the national average of 1.6 percent.

-- San Diego is the fourth-best large city in the country in which to live, according to WalletHub, a personal finance website. WalletHub ranked cities with a population above 300,000 by evaluating their affordability, economic strength, education and health quality, quality of life and safety. A total of 62 cities were sampled for the list, with Virginia Beach, Vir., taking the top spot. San Diego ranked 51st in affordability but ranked among the top-10 cities in education and health, quality of life and safety, and 12th in economic strength. Joining San Diego and Virginia Beach among the top five were Austin, Seattle and Las Vegas in second, third and fifth, respectively.

-- WalletHub also reports that San Diego is among the top 20 best places to raise a family. WalletHub compared the family-friendliness of more than 180 cities across the country based on 47 key metrics. The data set ranged from the cost of housing to the quality of schools. San Diego ranked 18th, as well as fourth for family fun, 18th for education and child care, 21st for health and safety, 59th for socio-economics, and 96th for affordability.
Chula Vista also landed on the list in the 60th spot. The South Bay city ranked eighth for health and safety, 30th for socio-economics, 31st for education and child care, 97th for family fun, and 142nd for affordability.

-- San Diego has the second fastest rate of growth for tech talent in the nation, according to a new report by CBRE Group, Inc. The commercial real estate firm’s tech talent scorecard ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent. While the San Diego metro was ranked 18th overall for tech talent, its year-over-year growth rate of 10.2 percent outpaced tech growth in both Los Angeles and Orange County. CBRE also found: San Diego ranks 14th in population growth of people in their 20s (5.6 percent); San Diego is 7th in tech labor market competitiveness; With 73,170 total tech jobs, San Diego has the 20th largest tech talent labor pool; San Diego ranks 7th in highest tech wages with an average salary of $106,047, 10 percent above the national average.

-- The unemployment rate in San Diego County ticked up from 2.7 percent in May to 3.3 percent in June, but year-to-year job growth remained strong, according to the California Employment Development Dept. The rate in San Diego remained well lower than the rate for California and the United States as a whole, which were 4.1 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively.

Topics: Marketing

CRMLS Training Schedule - August 2019

Posted by Kevin McElroy on Jul 24, 2019 1:45:40 PM

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PSAR | CENTRAL PSAR | EAST PSAR | SOUTH
4340 Genesee Ave., #203
San Diego, CA 92117
1150 Broadway, #100
El Cajon, CA 92021
880 Canarios Ct., #100
Chula Vista, CA 91910



Paragon: Agent Essentials
This course will provide you with an overview and solid foundation on how to use the CRMLS Paragon platform. Whether you are a new real estate professional, or getting back into the business, this course is a great place to start. In this course, you will learn

• What’s on the Home Page
• How to set up your email signature, photos, and message
• How to create, save, print, and email basic property searches

CENTRAL | AUG 08 @ 10 AM ............... REGISTER
EAST | AUG 21 @ 10 AM ............... REGISTER
SOUTH | AUG 27 @ 10 AM ............... REGISTER




Paragon: ShowingTime for the MLS
In this course, you will learn how to maximize and track your showings using ShowingTime software. It’s a simple to use, robust tool for online scheduling and management.

• Learn how to set up showing schedules for your listing.
• Buyers’ agents can quickly submit a request.
• Receive showing requests via email, phone call, or text

CENTRAL | AUG 08 @ 11 AM ............... REGISTER
EAST | AUG 21 @ 11 AM ............... REGISTER
SOUTH | AUG 27 @ 11 AM ............... REGISTER



Cloud Agent Suite
From the eye-catching reports of Cloud CMA to the “smart search” options in Cloud MLX to the lightning-fast branded alerts of Cloud Streams, these products will help develop your skill set as a real estate professional. The products are:

• Cloud CMA, an online comparative market analysis report generator
• Cloud MLX, a streamlined MLS prioritizes search and communication
• Cloud Streams, a listing alert and client collaboration tool

CENTRAL | AUG 08 @ 1 PM ............... REGISTER
EAST | AUG 21 @ 1 PM ............... REGISTER
SOUTH | AUG 27 @ 1 PM ............... REGISTER




 

Topics: Education

11 descriptions to avoid in MLS public remarks

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jul 22, 2019 10:18:02 AM

mls refereeSan Diego County REALTORS®, did you know that a misuse of Public Remarks violation occurs when certain information is placed in any public remarks field in the MLS?


Pro tip: The remarks in the Property Description field are limited to the physical and aesthetic characteristics of the property. Stick to describing the listing.  

The Property Description and other public facing fields may not include:

  1.  Access codes ​
  2.  Showing Instructions​
  3.  Compensation Information​
  4.  Lockbox information ​
  5.  Occupancy status of the property such as “vacant” ​
  6.  Email addresses ​
  7.  Website addresses ​
  8.  Phone numbers ​
  9.  Agent or brokerage information ​
  10.  Open house information
  11.  Language that violates applicable fair housing laws and guidelines

Keep your clients safe, avoid fines and list property like a professional.  MLS Rules are created by brokers and agents active in the business.  This rule 12.5 in the CRMLS Rules and Regulations.  Read about it here.  Want to know which fines can be levied without a warning?  See this list.

Topics: CRMLS

Volunteer at PSAR and Become a Bridge Builder

Posted by Rick Griffin on Jul 19, 2019 3:27:52 PM

I am honored to share with you the reasons why I’m involved as an active volunteer with PSAR, and why you should not wait another day to join me in showing a greater level of support for our Association.

Jason Lopez PSAR Board of Director

It’s fair to say that our industry is under attack. Our profession is being threatened in a number of ways, including questions about the value that seasoned, experienced and knowledgeable agents can offer to clients. It seems the only constant in real estate is change.

When discussing how the changes the real estate industry is facing certain changes, you may have heard the word “disruptors,” which could refer to a variety of factors: ranging from new franchisers; tech-centric start-up brokerages;the iBuyer model; MLS data aggregators; reduced commission structures and the intersection between technology and real estate.

As a result of the changes in our industry, the role our Association plays becomes even more critical in empowering our REALTOR® members and protecting personal property rights.  Actually these industry changes provide an outstanding opportunity for REALTOR® Associations like PSAR to stay ahead of the curve and to step forward in support of its members. So, I want to be part of this. I want to be involved in something that is part of the bigger picture and better for all of us.

My own career in real estate has encompassed a variety of business models, ranging from traditional to start-up to hybrid. I believe there’s enough room for everyone to stay connected and to succeed.

There’s another reason why I’m eager to volunteer with PSAR.

I have found that my involvement benefits the bottom line of my own business because of the opportunities to become acquainted with my fellow REALTORS® and brokers. At the end of the day, real estate is a relationship business. Yes, we may all be competitors, but we can also work together on deals. And I would prefer to undertake transactions with colleagues whom I know and trust. We all know the hard sell no longer works. People do not respond to a guy yelling at them about an amazing deal that they can’t live without. Instead, we choose to do business with someone we like and can communicate with. Good relationships don’t happen by accident. They take cultivation, time and effort. 

In fact, being involved in PSAR helps me discover ways to bring people together. It’s true that there’s a lot of conflict in our world. It’s a world filled with wars, division, arguments, prejudice and partisanship. But, PSAR provides a platform that allows our members to become bridge builders, not wall builders. PSAR is here to encourage members. You will need others in rough times, and we can encourage each other in the process.

Consider the universal principle of “use it or lose it.” For example, if you don’t exercise, your muscles get smaller. If you don’t use your mind, it will become duller as you grow older.  It’s the same with PSAR. If you have a talent and refuse to share it, then you’ll lose that talent. The opposite is, of course, true. If you use your muscles, they get bigger. And if you use your talent to help others at PSAR, then you’ll develop even more skills and abilities that will help you throughout your life.

Let me recommend that you decide today to become more involved with PSAR. PSAR is your hometown REALTOR® Association. As you know, home field advantage can mean everything in sports. Teams who play at “home” win more often than when playing on the road. And, when a team has their hometown fans cheering them on, they can often exceed their ability. All of us at PSAR are here to cheer for you. It all starts with you giving back by joining a committee, volunteering at an event and looking for opportunities to serve at a higher level. Thanks in advance for your greater involvement and membership participation.

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Jason Lopez, who has worked in real estate for the past 25 years, became involved in PSAR leadership in 2016 while serving on a District Council. In 2018, he was elected to a two-year term on the PSAR board of directors. He was recently elected for a second term through 2021. He also will be serving as a C.A.R. Director in 2020. Currently, he is also serving as a facilitator of the weekly City Pitch Marketing Session at the PSAR Central San Diego Service Center in Clairemont.

Topics: Announcements, Government Affairs

Recently Elected 2020 PSAR Board Looking Forward to Service

Posted by Rick Griffin on Jul 12, 2019 4:39:41 PM

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The recent election results for the 2020 PSAR board of directors is destined to provide the Association with forward-thinking leadership and a strong future of growth and benefits for members.

In the recent election, Ditas Yamane was elected to serve as the 2020 President-Elect. Sam Calvano will continue his role as Secretary-Treasurer in 2020.

Also recently elected to serve as Directors in 2020 on the PSAR board: Jason Lopez, Laurie MacDonald, Yvonne Cromer, Peter Mendiola and Mike White.

Continuing to serve in 2020 on the PSAR Board include Robert Cromer as president, Robert Calloway as immediate past president and directors Mike Anderson, Carey Guthrie, Sean Hillier, Robert Kilbourne and Norma Scantlin, and with Tony Santiago as affiliate director.

We’re grateful for the following board members whose terms will end Dec. 31, 2019: Shonee Henry and Dennis Ryan, along with Jan Farley as immediate past president.

Ditas has been involved with PSAR since 2002. She joined the Government Affairs Committee and became chairperson three years ago. Born and raised in the Philippines and immigrated into the U.S. in 1988. She worked for a leading commercial airline as an International Flight Attendant flying international routes for 22 years. In 2002, she earned her real estate sales license. Two years later, she became a broker. Her family has operated a business in the South Bay since 1991.

Ditas has been involved in the community serving as President of the National City Chamber of Commerce and President of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of San Diego County. She currently serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of National City, overseeing land use, permitting and zoning changes. She is also President and CEO of the Mabuhay Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes a better quality of life. 

“I would like to thank the PSAR Membership for their trust and confidence in voting me in as their 2020 President-Elect,” said Ditas. “As the PSAR President- Elect, I will work side by side with our incoming President Robert Cromer in continuing to grow PSAR and continue to serve our members to thrive in our industry. I will again encourage our members to participate and support our mission to empower all of us. We are PSAR!”

Sam has served as a PSAR Board Director for the three years and as secretary-treasurer for the past six years. Sam began his real estate career as a sales agent in 1976 and then switched to real estate lending in 1983. As Treasurer Sam has been led the Board’s efforts to shore up the association's reserve fund while keeping dues low.  PSAR’s annual dues are fifty dollars less than they were ten years ago. Sam led efforts to build solar, renovate our buildings and parking lots and ensure the long term sustainability of PSAR. Sam represented PSAR as a CAR Director in 2019.

Jason has worked in real estate for the past 25 years. He became involved with PSAR leadership while serving on a District Council. He loves to ride skateboards and has an extensive collection of vinyl records of “British Invasion” music bands from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Jason is currently a facilitator of the City Pitch Marketing session in Clairmont.  He will also be serving as a CAR Director in 2020.

Laurie became involved with PSAR leadership as a member of the East County Government Affairs Committee. She served as PSAR YPN chair in 2017 and 2018. She also currently serves as chair of the PSAR 2019 Charity Committee. She has traveled to Sacramento in the past for C.A.R.’s “Legislative Day” events. She also traveled to 28 countries before turning 30 years of age. She is a fourth generation San Diegan. Her great-great-grandparents arrived in San Diego from Halifax, Nova Scotia sometime in the 1890s and her great-grandmother was born here in 1909.

Yvonne has previously served on the PSAR Charity Committee, organizers of the PSAR REALTOR® Games. She joined the PSAR board of directors in 2018. The Chula Vista native was a synchronized swimmer and a member of the Chula Vista's Dolphinettes, a competitive swim club that no longer operates. After graduating from Hilltop High School in Chula Vista (class of 1991), Yvonne attended the University of Utah. During Christmas break, she met her future husband Robert at a Christmas party.

Peter, a past PSAR president (2012), and Served as a CAR Director in 2011 and 2012. Peter was a driving force behind the efforts to merge the East San Diego County Association of REALTORS and the PSAR.  Peter grew up in National City, attending Las Palmas Elementary School, Granger Middle School and Sweetwater High School (class of 1996). He started his company in February 2007 as a Realty World office. It became a Coldwell Banker operation on Dec. 11, 2011.

Mike became involved in PSAR leadership in 2011 as the founding member of the PSAR Tech Committee. He has been selling real estate since 1980 and is currently serving as an assistant manager at his brokerage. He also has served on the Sandicor Technical Users Group and the C.A.R. ZipForm Committee. He got his first computer at age 18, a Commodore 16 with only 16 kilobytes of RAM. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School (class of 1979), and then attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) where he played trumpet in the marching band. At UCLA, Mike was among the final group of students required to learn the Fortran computer language using punch cards. And, he was also one among the first students at UCLA at the time to type homework assignments and term papers on a computer.

The PSAR Board wishes to thank everyone who ran for a Board position. All the candidates were committed and involved members of the Association. They volunteer their time to the industry to improve it and to the community to build home ownership opportunities, defend private property rights and support those in need.  

Topics: Announcements, Events, Government Affairs

make ZipForm Plus work for you

Posted by Kevin McElroy on Jul 11, 2019 4:51:59 PM

CAR zipform training

  • Gain knowledge you need to maximize zipForm Plus to complete contracts and manage transactions.
  • Practice on the new and updated interface along with new tools designed to save time and protect you from mistakes.
  • Discover features such as templates, MLS Connect, Photos and adding non-C.A.R. documents to your transaction, clause manager and more...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2019 | 10 AM TO 12 PM
PSAR EAST SERVICE CENTER
1150 BROADWAY, EL CAJON CA, 92021

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Instructor: Certified zipForm Trainer, Jan Farley

Cost: FREE for PSAR and NSDCAR Members, $20 for Non-Members

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Or call (619)579-0333 to register. 

Topics: Education, PSAR Benefits