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PSAR Announces Its 2025/26 Board of Directors and Officers

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jul 1, 2024 4:43:32 PM

2025 President-Elect
Claudia Zaker

Claudia Zaker


2025 Secretary / Treasurer
Michael Dullea

Michael Dullea


The Election winners for the 2025/2026 Director Term

David Fletes
David Fletes

 

Mike AndersonMike Anderson

 

Valerie Gardner
Valerie Gardner

 


Robert Cromer

Robert Cromer

 

Oscar VegaOscar Vega Board Member

 

Phana ParPhana Par Affiliate Director

Affiliate Director

The 2024 Board of Directors and Officers will remain and serve PSAR until December 31st, 2024.

Your Board of Director Team for 2025

Yvonne Cromer, 2025 President

Claudia Zaker, 2025 President-Elect

Michael Dullea, 2025 Secretary-Treasurer

Laurie MacDonald, Immediate Past President

Mike Anderson, 2025/2026 Director

Robert Cromer, 2025/2026 Director

David Fletes, 2025/2026 Director

Valerie Gardner, 2025/2026 Director

Charmaine Orcino-Gonzales, 2024/2025 Director

Paula Gonzalez, 2024/2025 Director

Monica Greenwood, 2024/2025 Director

Jim O'Donnell, 2024/2025 Director

Norma Scantlin, 2024/2025 Director

Oscar Vega, 2025/2026 Director

Phana Par, 2025/2026 Affiliate Director

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PSAR's Mission is to empower Real Estate Professionals.

Since 1928, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth, and development of the Real Estate industry in San Diego County.

Thank you to those who were nominated to lead PSAR. Great things are expected from the elected candidates and those serving on PSAR's committee leadership roster.

Topics: Leadership

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." – Benjamin Franklin

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jun 19, 2024 9:54:05 AM

benjamin franklin in preparation

 

Be prepared for major changes in Real Estate transactions and buyer representation that roll out this summer.
Updated July 10th, 2022.

Why did the Practice Change on August 17, 2024?

 

PSAR Training Zoom and Local

Nikki Coppa Vice Chair of C.A.R. Forms will host and update on Zoom on July 18th at 1 PM.  Registration link to come.

Join Broker Rick Hagen for two three-hour classes where he will take deep dives into:

  • Forms & Function of the Residential Listing Agreement (RLA)
  • Forms & Function of the Buyer Representation & Broker Compensation Agreement (BRBC)

PSAR, CAR, and NAR offer educational resources to Realtors that target their need to quickly learn about policy and procedural changes and how to conduct business in the real estate marketplace after August 17 of this year. (Note: NAR or CAR login is required to access many of these member benefits)

Get up to speed on C.A.R. forms updates and how to utilize the revised versions in your business transactions.

CAR Town Hall Meetings (Register Here)

CAR Form Training Free for members use code FORMS49   (Register Here)

C.A.R. New Forms & Business Practice Resources (Updated July 10, 2024)

  • Forms and resources
  • News and Statements
  • Legal Presentations & Townhalls
  • Courses & Training Video
  • Designated Email Address for Forms Questions: july2024forms@car.org

July 10, 2024 Forms release List of new & revised FORMS RELEASE: 
(note: items with an asterisk indicate new forms)

    • Broker Compensation Advisory (BCA)
    • Buyer Financial and Personal Information (BFPI)*
    • Buyer Identification of Preferences and Priorities (BIPP)*
    • Buyer Material Issues for a Specific Property (BMI-SP)*
    • Buyer Representation and Broker Compensation Agreement (BRBC)
    • Cancellation of Buyer Representation (COBR)
    • Modification of Terms – Buyer Representation Agreement (MT-BR)*
    • Modification of Terms – Listing Agreement (MT-LA)*
    • Multiple Listing Service Addendum (MLS)*
    • Notice of Broker Involved Properties (NBIP)
    • Open House Visitor Non-Agency Disclosure and Sign-In (OHNA-SI)*
    • Property Showing and Representation Agreement (PSRA)*
    • Residential Listing Agreement (RLA)
    • Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA)
    • Seller Payment to Buyer’s Broker (SPBB)
    • Tenant Representation and Broker Compensation Agreement (TRBC)*
    • Other listing agreements and purchase agreements have also been conformed to the changes to the RLA and RPA, respectively.

Latest updates from NAR

Fine-tune your knowledge and skill set by attending a FREE Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR) class.

If you missed the live PSAR l ABR class, the NAR offers two free alternatives:
 

      • Schedule a live instructor-led online ABR class. Select <ABR Designation> as the course title, and <Instructor Led> as the Delivery Format here. This usually paid-for class is FREE until the end of 2024; the cost returns to $110 in 2025.

      • Take a Free self-paced 12-hour online course.  Access it here.

Latest updates from CRMLS

  • CRMLS resources, policy changes, Concessions Field, and a video from the CRMLS attorney: More info.
  • Compensation is to be removed from CRMLS on August 13th.
  • A summary of information about the NEW CRMLS Concessions Field from PSAR is here.

 

Summary of Key Findings from the PSAR Forum on California’s Homeowners Insurance Crisis:

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jun 18, 2024 9:59:27 AM

A recent forum at the PSAR East County Events Center addressed California’s homeowner's insurance crisis. Experts shared insights and discussed ongoing efforts to improve the situation. Key takeaways include:

  • Legislative Efforts: Legislators and state officials are actively working to solve insurance problems.
  • Appeal Process: Consumers can appeal insurance cancellations through the California Department of Insurance.
  • Regulatory Changes: The California Department of Insurance is considering regulations for forward-looking risk modeling to facilitate policy writing.
  • Rate Hikes: State regulators may approve double-digit rate hikes as part of the Sustainable Insurance Strategy.
  • HOA Challenges: Homeowners associations face significant increases in master policy prices.
  • Early Shopping: Members’ clients should start shopping early for homeowners insurance due to rising costs.
  • Cal Fire Resources: Cal Fire offers maps, home inspection resources, and suggestions for creating defensible space.
  • Economic Realities: Factors like home age, and age of electrical, plumbing, and roofing systems contribute to higher rates. Inflation and increased home values also drive premium surges.
  • Catastrophe Modeling: Allowing insurers to use future risk assessments with historical data might reduce reliance on the FAIR Plan, the insurer of last resort.
  • FAIR Plan Safety Net: The FAIR Plan is crucial for many Californians amid climate-related threats.
  • Legislative Insights: Insights into legislative efforts to control insurance costs were provided by Chris Jonsmyr from Assemblymember David Alvarez’s office.

The panelists included: Cal Fire Battalion Chief Alex Elward, Sharon Smith - California Department of Insurance, 
Maureen Moran - PSAR Member & Insurance Agent, Bob Hillard - PSAR Member & Insurance Agent, and Chris Jonsmyr - Office of Assemblymember David Alvarez

Thank you to Kay LeMenager - PSAR Broker, Organizer of the Forum, and Chair of PSAR’s Government Affairs Committee who worked with the East San Diego County Government Affairs Sub-Committee to host this informative event.  

Please see this link for an FAQ from the California Commissioner of Insurance.

Topics: Education, Government Affairs, Industry

Here is the Board Slate of Nominees for 2025/2026

Posted by PSAR Communication on May 24, 2024 2:00:00 PM

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The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors respectfully submit the following slate for the 2025/2026 Officers and Directors Annual Election. Elections will begin electronically on June 21st and run through the 28th.

President-Elect
Claudia Zaker

Secretary / Treasurer
Michael Dullea

Directors (Vote for 5 Two-Year Seats)
Mike Anderson
Robert Cromer
David Fletes
Valerie Gardner (Second Term)
Jose Payne King
Oscar Vega

Affiliate Director
Phana Par
____________________________________________

Topics: Leadership

Effortless Listing Entry with Paragon Connect

Posted by PSAR Communication on Aug 24, 2023 4:25:16 PM

paragonconnectDid you know that Paragon Connect now allows you to easily ADD/EDIT listings? This capability was introduced in the most recent major update of Paragon Connect in CRMLS. Paragon Connect functions as an extension of Paragon MLS, tailored for use on mobile phones, tablets, and computers. Notably, Paragon Connect is not a standalone app; it ensures a consistent experience across all your devices.

Simplified Listing Entry with Paragon Connect

Why should you consider using Paragon Connect for your listing entry needs? The interface offers a fresh, modern look while retaining the familiar input fields. Whether you're enthusiastic about leveraging new technology or prefer the convenience of accessing the MLS on-the-go, Paragon Connect accommodates your preferences seamlessly.

Efficiency at Your Fingertips: Partial Entry and Multi-Device Workflow

Curious about starting a listing entry on your computer and finishing it on your phone? With Paragon Connect, this transition is effortless. In the Connect interface, a partial listing is indicated as "Unavailable," while existing editable listings are marked as "Available." This streamlined process enables smooth movement between devices without missing a beat.

Paragon Connect presents a simplified and unified approach to listing entry. Its user-friendly design and compatibility across various devices make it an invaluable tool for real estate professionals looking to enhance their listing management practices.


How do I get to Paragon Connect? In the new CRMLS Dashboard, on the right hand side, click on the plus sign and add it to your Dash for next time.

 

 


Learn more about the Add/Edit ability of Paragon Connect and gain the ability to do business on your mobile device. Check out the video below.

 

 

CRMLS UPDATES - Get to know the NEW CRMLS Dashboard - REcenterhub

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jul 22, 2023 10:00:00 AM

REcetnerhub the new CRMLS dashboard

Find all your REcenterhub resources gathered together
Access your webinar recording and other helpful guides

Adjusting to change – even change for the better – can take a little time. As you get familiar with your new REcenterhub dashboard and all its features, here is a collection of the resources you can consult for guidance:

PSAR Announces Its 2024/25 Board of Directors and Officers

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jun 30, 2023 6:59:19 PM

2024 President-Elect
Yvonne Cromer

Yvonne Cromer

 

2024 Secretary / Treasurer
Sam Calvano

Sam Calvano


2024/2025 Directors

Jim O'Donnell
Jim O'Donnell

 

Charmaine Orcino-GonzalesCharmaine Orcino-Gonzales

 

Norma ScantlinNorma Scantlin

 

Monica Greenwood
Monica Greenwood

 

Paula GonzalezPaula Gonzalez

 

 

Affiliate Director

Martha Garcia

The current Board of Directors and Officers will remain in their posts and continue to serve PSAR until December 31st, 2023.

Board of Directors (2024)

Laurie MacDonald, 2024 President

Yvonne Cromer, 2024 President-Elect

Sam Calvano, 2024 Secretary-Treasurer

Jason Lopez, Immediate Past President

Jim O'Donnell, 2024/2025 Director

Charmaine Orcino-Gonzales, 2024/2025 Director

Merrie Espina, 2023/2024 Director

Valerie Gardner, 2023/2024 Director

Paula Gonzalez, 2024/2025 Director

Monica Greenwood, 2024/2025 Director

Rafael Perez, 2023/2024 Director

Amy Ruiz, 2023/2024 Director

Norma Scantlin, 2024/2025 Director

Amber Tannehill, 2023/2024 Director

Martha Garcia, 2023/2024 Affiliate Director

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PSAR's Mission is to empower Real Estate Professionals.

Since 1928, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth, and development of the Real Estate industry in San Diego County.

We remain thankful to those who were nominated to lead PSAR. We are looking forward to great things from both the elected candidates and those who will continue to serve in our committee leadership roster.

Topics: Leadership

Nominees for PSAR's 2024/2025 Board of Directors

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jun 9, 2023 9:45:00 AM

PSAR 2023 Elections

The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors respectfully submit the following nominees for the 2024/2025 Officers and Directors Annual Election.


Online Elections will begin Friday, June 23rd, and continue through Friday, June 30th, 2023.

Download the Bylaws here:

PSAR By-Laws

 

Candidates for PSAR President-Elect

Yvonne Cromer

Yvonne Cromer

Mike White

Mike White

 

Candidate for Secretary / Treasurer

Sam Calvano

Sam Calvano

 

Candidates for Director Pick Up to Five (5 Two-Year Seats)

Tristin Stokes
Tristin Stokes
Monica Greenwood
Monica Greenwood
Charmaine Orcino - Gonzales
Charmaine Orcino-Gonzalez
Paula Gonzalez
Paula Gonzalez

Jim Long
Jim Long

Norma Scantlin
Norma Scantlin
Jim O'Donnell
Jim O'Donnell
  Rebecca Pollack-Rude
Rebecca Pollack-Rude

 


Online Elections will begin Friday, June 23rd, and continue through Friday, June 30th, 2023.

Topics: Leadership

CRMLS UPDATES - San Diego tour is now avaialble & two-way exchange!

Posted by PSAR Communication on Nov 18, 2022 5:17:16 PM

CRMLS News and Updates

We know that tour data availability is vital in one's business as a realtor, and CRMLS delivers!

Effective immediately, CRMLS Paragon and Matrix users now have equal access to tour data provided by San Diego MLS. So that you know – the system has been automatically updated; no change is needed on your end. Furthermore, San Diego MLS can now access the CRMLS tour data creating a new two-way exchange. 

You can learn more about the tour data in Matrix and Paragon here.

This new data sharing data will bring more realtors the information you need to conduct your business successfully.

A complete list of changes is available on the CRMLS Knowledge Base page. Click here to see the updates.

ALERT- Oppose new property taxes!

Posted by PSAR Communication on Aug 4, 2022 5:23:50 PM

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STOP California's Legislature from Taxing Families
out of Homeownership

PSAR OPPOSES Senate Bill 1105 (Hueso) and Senate Bill 679 (Kamlager) each of which creates an unelected agency with the power to impose a range of new property taxes.  Those taxes would make keeping and getting into a home more expensive and difficult, potentially taxing people out of their homes and pushing homeownership out of reach for many of California's working families. Homeowners need YOUR help to STOP these bills!  Please ask your clients to TAKE ACTION NOW!

     TAKE ACTION NOW     

SB 1105 grants vast, unchecked, taxing and bonding authority to an unelected Housing Agency Board in San Diego which would consist of 6 appointed representatives, serving 4-year terms that can by resolution, or initiative, impose: 

  • special taxes on real property,
  • a parcel tax,
  • a gross receipts business license tax,
  • a special business tax,
  • a documentary transfer tax,
  • a special land value windfall tax, or
  • a commercial linkage fee.

The proposed Agency requires revenues generated to assist in the construction of housing broadly defined. Revenue could go to large developers of rental homes and no restrictions on the agency purchasing single-family homes which could then further limit the opportunities for home ownership. The costs of solving California’s housing problems should not be placed on working Californians struggling to stay afloat and keep their homes in a tough economic environment, especially when there is a 97 billion dollar state surplus.
 
Similar to SB 1105, SB 679 would establish a local Housing Agency in LA with a 19-member “governing board” to raise revenues through: 

  • a parcel tax
  • gross receipts business license tax
  • a document transfer tax, or
  • the issuance of bonds to fund affordable housing preservation (acquiring, rehabilitating, deed restricting, etc.).

Here’s how you can help:
  
Ask your clients, friends, and family to TAKE ACTION and continue posting on social media!

We are stronger together, and your voice will help us defeat SB 1105 and SB 679.

For questions, please contact realtorparty@car.org

Topics: Government Affairs