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IDX Transparency and Rule Change

Posted by PSAR Communication on Sep 10, 2021 3:49:09 PM

CRMLS launched a new IDX transparency initiative on September 1st, 2021.

What is IDX?  “Internet Data Exchange” is a means by which each MLS Participant (AKA Broker In the MLS) subscribing to the (IDX) program permits the limited electronic display of Participant’s listings appearing in Internet Data Exchange Database on each Participant’s (Other Broker's) IDX Internet websites and on applications for mobile devices that said participating Broker Participants and R.E. Subscribers control.

The newly updated rule Rule 12.16.5 listing credit:

All Listing Brokers grant permission for any Advertising Broker to display any listings submitted to the service by the Listing Broker only if the listing display or advertisement is clear so that a reasonable real estate consumer understands:

a) Who is the Listing Agent & Broker?
b) Who is the Advertising Broker?
c) How to contact that Listing Agent or Broker.

Note: These changes only affect how agent and broker IDX websites display your MLS data in public sites, not any other form of marketing. They are unrelated to communications between you and your clients.


What are the full implications of this rule? How do agents and brokers make sure your IDX feeds are compliant? Where did this rule come from, and why, and how does it benefit you?  To answer these questions and more,

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CRMLS’s Vice President and General Counsel Edward Zorn - VP & General Counsel at California Regional MLS (CRMLS), will host a Webinar Wednesday, September 15th at 2:00 PM centered on the IDX Transparency Initiative.

Register for Webinar

Edward Zorn,  will also review frequently asked questions,  display examples of this new change, and take questions live.


Art Carter, CEO of CRMLS

 

Art Carter, CEO of CRMLS

Provides quick insight into the rule change on this 2:35 minute video.

 

 

 

 

Topics: Announcements, Brokers/Managers, CRMLS, Industry

NOW! SCREEN tenants through CRMLS - FREE To Housing Provider!

Posted by PSAR Communication on Aug 24, 2021 12:51:12 PM

RentSpree is now an MLS-integrated core product, available to all CRMLS users at no extra cost!

Here's a short video explaining the benefits of RentSpree:

What is RentSpree?
RentSpree is a premier rental application and tenant screening tool. Through a simple link, tenants can apply to rental properties in minutes. The housing provider receives a complete rental application, credit report and score, criminal background check, and eviction report – all at no cost! (Applicants pay the $30 screening fee.)

What's the new integration?
CRMLS added an "Online Screening" field to residential lease input forms. It is now a required field for lease listings in all CRMLS-supported MLS systems. Just select "RentSpree" in this field if you want to collect rental applications via the MLS! (You may also select "None" if you wish to opt-out.)

This is what the new feature will look like in your MLS system:

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If users select RentSpree, the listing agent will receive a notification email containing a link for prospective tenants to apply to rent the property.

How can users start accepting rental applications?
Visit the CRMLS Knowledgebase to find out exactly where to find this new field in your MLS system.

Topics: Education

Update on County Rental Assistance-From The SD Housing Commission

Posted by PSAR Communication on Aug 18, 2021 11:12:36 AM

Molly Chase with the San Diego Housing Commission provided PSAR members with an update on the funds spent on the County Rental Assistance Program. The program helps pay past-due, unpaid rent, and utilities for City of San Diego households with low income that experience financial hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For deeper knowledge on this topic check out this video presentation and Q&A with PSAR's Government Affairs Committee.

Slides from the Presentation

Topics: Education

Paragon improvements for maps, searches, and more are now live

Posted by PSAR Communication on Aug 2, 2021 2:06:36 PM

As of July 28th there are new enhancements to CRMLS Paragon. You can find all the Changes include improved sharing capabilities, accessible map layers, and more. Read our Knowledgebase article for a full list of updates.

Here are three of the most impactful changes:

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1) Share to Twitter and Facebook

We’ve added the ability to share listings to Facebook and Twitter from Paragon Connect. With this addition, you can email, text, create a link, and share listings out to Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

 

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2) Map Layers

You can now access your favorite default mapping layers from any device. The default layers in Paragon on desktop are now also available in Paragon Connect. Use the Silver Map type to see map layers like flood plain, traffic areas, and more.

 

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3) Multi-Class Search

In this version of Paragon Connect, you can search across classes with the Multi-Class search. This search syncs with Paragon Professional and enables more multi-class-type searches throughout the application.

 

 

A full list of changes is available on the CRMLS Knowledgebase. Click here to see the updates.

Court Denies Legal Challenge to County’s Eviction Moratorium Ordinance

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jul 28, 2021 1:41:06 PM

The Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS and many of our property managers and owners are financially supporting the Southern California Rental Housing Association's (SCRHA) efforts to seek an injunction preventing the county from implementing and enforcing its rental moratorium. The County has been ineffective at distributing the hundreds of millions of dollars received from the federal government for rent relief programs.  SCRHA is distributing the following press release: 

Court Denies SCRHA’s Legal Challenge to County’s Eviction Moratorium Ordinance; SCRHA Immediately Appeals Decision

Ordinance Threatens Safety, Quality of Life of Tenants; Livelihoods of Thousands of County Property Owners Who Provide Rental Housing.

SAN DIEGO (July 27, 2021) – Over a month after a decision was expected, a federal judge has finally issued a decision denying the Southern California Rental Housing Association’s (SCRHA) request for a preliminary injunction to prevent San Diego County from implementing or enforcing the San Diego County Emergency Eviction Moratorium Ordinance.

U.S. District Court Judge M. James Lorenz denied SCRHA's motion, citing the temporary nature and public interest of the ordinance. In his July 26, 2021 decision, Lorenz stated that it is beyond dispute that owners are impacted by the eviction moratorium, but he said in the ruling: “However, the harm they are suffering in terms of stress and emotional hardship will be short-lived, as the Ordinance is set to expire in the middle of August 2021.”
Within an hour of receiving the ruling on July 27, 2021, SCRHA filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

“We are greatly disappointed with this ruling, which leaves housing providers with no recourse to deal with renters who cause problems for their neighbors or who otherwise violate their agreements,” said SCRHA Executive Director Alan Pentico. “Bottom line: This is unfair to everyone. That’s why we will continue to challenge this extreme and unconstitutional law.”

“As housing providers, we believe in doing our part and serving our community. We were designated as essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic – and we have continued to show up to maintain and operate our rental communities,” Pentico added. “Sadly, housing providers’ own rights have been trampled. It’s a shame that this court chose to minimize the real harm that the eviction moratorium is causing to housing providers and rental communities.”

The County’s Emergency Eviction Moratorium Ordinance indefinitely bans nearly all evictions within the County. The ordinance, which affects evictions within both the unincorporated areas of the County and within all local Cities, went into effect on June 3, 2021 – dramatically limiting the rights of property owners who rent out their homes, duplexes, condos, accessory dwelling units, or apartments to tenants.

SCRHA filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking an injunction against the ordinance, saying it threatens the livelihoods of thousands of county property owners – many of them independent, small “mom and pop” landlords – and strips them of their federal constitutional rights to use and control their own properties. Most troublingly, the ordinance fails to protect public safety because it doesn’t allow evictions of violent, lawbreaking or nuisance-creating tenants unless the landlord can prove an “imminent health and safety threat,” and it doesn’t allow financially stressed owners to move into their own homes. For more information, visit http://socalrha.org/evictionban.

The Eviction Moratorium Ordinance would end 60 days after all work-at-home and stay-at-home orders are lifted. The stay-at-home and work-at-home orders expired on June 15, 2021, making the ordinance’s tentative expiration date August 14, 2021, the ruling stated. However, the County’s motion had indicated the ordinance was set to expire on August 10, 2021.  For more information about the lawsuit look here.

PSAR encourages all property managers and housing providers to consider joining the SCRHA.  We partner with SCRHA to help protect private property rights.

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C.A.R, COVID LEGAL DOCUMENTS are available for addtional help

The C.A.R. COVID-19 forms are all available in zipForm® Plus in the C.A.R. forms library, and can be easily located by searching the library under the “COVID-19” category. Additionally, you can find the following Quick Guides and Legal Q&A’s on our website here:

 

Topics: Announcements, Brokers/Managers, Market Information, Industry

NAR SELECTS PSAR MEMBER JOSE PAYNE KING AS GLOBAL AMBASSADOR

Posted by PSAR Communication on May 21, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Jose Payne King FotoPSAR extends congratulations to PSAR member and broker Jose Payne King who is serving this year as a National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2021 Global Ambassador (GA) to the countries of Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

Jose was appointed by NAR President Charlie Oppler to serve as a GA through the 2021 calendar year. He will serve as a liaison to maintain NAR relationships with foreign real estate associations and local associations, including PSAR.

The foreign real estate associations to whom Jose is serving as a NAR liaison include: Camara Salvadorense de Bienes Raices (CSBR) and El Salvador Chamber of Real Estate in El Salvador; Camara de Corredores de Bienes Raices de Guatemala (CCBRG) in Guatemala; Camara Nacional de Bienes Raices de Honduras in Honduras; Association Mexicana de Profesionales Immobiliarios (AMPI) in Mexico; Camara Nicaraguense de Corredores de Bienes Raices (CNCBR) in Nicaragua.

“I’m very glad for the opportunity to give back and help other real estate professionals in other countries,” said Jose, who also is a member of the PSAR Global Real Estate Council (he has served as co-chair of GREC). “I’m fortunate to be involved in outreach and extend my horizons. I’m passionate about working with the community and veterans. I have found that you learn in the process of teaching others.”

After serving in the U.S. Army, Jose’s varied career has ranged from education and training to environmental science, business, finance and real estate. He has worked as a health and safety inspector with the Florida Department of Health, commodity inspector with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, environmental planner with the U.S. Air Force and environmental engineering project manager with the U.S. Department of Defense.

He moved to San Diego in 1990, and began working in real estate sales in 1995. He was affiliated with several brokerages before founding his own brokerage called PK Realty in 2007. His clients have represented diverse backgrounds from both Mexico and the U.S. He has expertise in both in residential and commercial real estate.

“My goal is to provide my clients with excellent customer service and an experience that is enlightening, empowering, encouraging and definitely worth telling others about.”

Jose is also currently serving as commander of American Legion La Jolla Post No. 0275.

Jose is fluent in both English and Spanish and has remained an active learner in his career. He has attended El Paso Community College, Southern Illinois University, Central Michigan University, Azusa Pacific University and REALTOR®.University.   He is an alumni of Southern Illinois University and Columbia College. He also graduated with distinction from REALTOR®.University

Jose also has completed the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute. The CIPS Institute, from NAR, provides REALTORS® with knowledge, tools and a worldwide network helping in serving international clients.

“It is an honor to serve as a GA and promote the REALTOR® brand through international REALTOR® membership, education, products and services,” said Jose. “NAR’s global mission statement is to render the global real estate markets accessible, profitable and ethical for REALTORS® to conduct business. To that end, Global Ambassadors work to help maintain NAR’s relationships with more than 100 real estate associations as bilateral partners in 85 countries around the world. We also help fellow NAR members understand business in the countries to which they are assigned.”

Jose encourages all PSAR members who may be interested in cross-border opportunities and who want to network with other international real estate practitioners to become involved with PSAR’s GREC.

PSAR’s GREC is dedicated to assist the needs of PSAR members who desire to expand their international outreach and help international capital investment clients to make informed transactions with effective counsel across multiple jurisdictions. The vision of the Council is to provide and facilitate educational opportunities to enable PSAR members to expand their practice and organize global-themed events. GREC can provide you with a platform to connect with individuals internationally. GREC offers PSAR members with the opportunity to learn and expand their niche market in real estate internationally.

Formed in 2013, PSAR’s GREC has hosted several educational events in recent years designed to assist PSAR members in helping international capital investment clients to make informed transactions with effective counsel across multiple jurisdictions. The training sessions have focused on cultural customs and diversity, as well as panel discussions and forums with international partners.

Topics: Announcements, Leadership, Government Affairs

CAR Releases Update Regarding Open Houses in San Diego County

Posted by PSAR Communication on May 13, 2021 10:39:20 AM

Open Houses in San Diego County

C.A.R Released the following information last night to REALTORS®. CAR attorneys are looking into what it means when it comes to hosting open houses. The links in this email raise questions including how these changes apply to San Diego County, the use of the PEAD, registrations, maintaining physical distance, and much more. Give your broker some time to look into this. The information was released, now the attorneys and brokers need to figure out what it means.

The California Dept. of Public Health has just updated its guidance on open houses, and further updates are pending. The following is now on live on the COVID-19.ca.gov website. C.A.R. will be providing more details regarding this guidance so that REALTORS® are in full compliance, but the following is the information currently on the California State official website:

Shown properties, like open houses – effective immediately
In-person showings of properties, like open houses, are permitted and must follow the indoor gatherings capacity limits in the CDPH gatherings guidance. Check the Attendance section of the gatherings guidance for the capacity limits for each tier. 

People who feel sick or have COVID-19 symptoms are not permitted to attend. The physical distancing between different households must be maintained, and hand sanitizer should be made available. Face coverings are required. See the CDPH guidance for the use of face coverings for complete details and exceptions. All other restrictions in the real estate guidance remain in place.

Topics: Brokers/Managers, Market Information, Marketing

C.A.R. Red Alert

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 30, 2021 8:01:19 AM

CAR Makes Moves

C.A.R. Urges Legislature to Take Action on Housing

As a follow-up to Legislative Day, C.A.R. and its members want to make clear to lawmakers that we OPPOSE ACA 7 (Muratsuchi), which seeks to amend the California State Constitution to permit local preemption of state law as it relates to land use planning and zoning. C.A.R. opposes ACA 7 because it will make it more difficult to build housing at a time when housing is desperately needed, and it will allow local governments to impose radical rent control.
 
C.A.R. is also urging the Legislature to prioritize the creation of housing and homeownership opportunities at all income levels to alleviate the dire housing shortage and to help close the wealth gap.
 
Please help us build upon the momentum of Legislative Day - we have created a letter that you can send to your legislators by clicking the buttons below.  The letter that will be sent is as follows:
 
Thank you for meeting with your local REALTORS® as part of the California Association of REALTORS® first-ever fully virtual Legislative Day on April 27th. To follow up on conversations we had with you, I’d like to add my voice and ask that you vote NO on ACA 7, a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would permit local preemption of state law as it relates to land use planning and zoning. I OPPOSE this proposal because it will make it more difficult to build housing at a time when housing is desperately needed, and it will allow local governments to impose radical rent control.
 
I would also like to encourage you to enact real solutions to the state’s dramatic housing shortage, like SB 6 which will allow commercial property to more easily be converted to residential property. I also urge to oppose attempts to tax homeownership by preserving the mortgage interest deduction, making housing fees more transparent and avoiding service and transfer taxes and other fees that make buying and owning a home further out of reach for most here in California.
 

To send a letter to your Legislator(s) please click the 'Take Action' button below.

    TAKE ACTION
Background
 
ACA 7 â€“ Under existing law, if there is a conflict between a state and local law, state laws generally override any county or local ordinance. When there is a conflict between federal and state law, federal law generally preempts state law. ACA 7, if enacted and approved by the voters, would effectively remove the state’s oversight authority over local land-use planning and zoning by making local law, except in limited circumstances, the final word on land-use planning in a local jurisdiction. ACA 7 would permit local cities and counties to opt out of, among other things, density bonus law, the general plan, RHNA and housing element planning process, the Housing Accountability Act, any state mandated housing approval or streamlining measure, including those streamlining regulations to facilitate the approval and development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), etc.
 
SB 6 â€“ SB 6 allows property zoned for commercial use to be more easily utilized for housing.  It will require that a local government ministerially approve housing developments of at least 20 units per acre on lots zoned for office, retail or commercial use on a neighborhood lot. These proposed housing developments would continue to be subject to all local zoning, parking, and design ordinances, as well as any design review or other public notice, comment, hearing, or procedure applicable to a housing development.

Changes to CRMLS Rules - May 1st

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 15, 2021 9:45:00 AM

CRMLS rules and regulations

CRMLS users drive the changes made to our rules, MLS systems, and services. CRMLS doesn't make up rules on a whim – we follow the directives of Brokers and Agents.

Based on feedback from the CRMLS subscribers and participants, filtered through committees, and approved by our Board of Directors, a few changes to the CRMLS Rules and Regulations are being made.

Effective May 1, 2021, CRMLS is updating the Rules and Regulations and publishing them on the Compliance page of the CRMLS website.  Please read the two-page summary of the rule changes, located here.

Here's a brief overview of some of the most impactful changes:

  • 12.23 Business Days Definition. For all purposes of this ruleset, “Business Days” shall be defined as Mondays through Saturdays, not including holidays
  • Addition of new rule (14.5) regarding MLS staff modifying fields and data points within listings
  • In connection with new rule 14.5, violations of rules 7.8 (Mandatory Delivery of Listing Agreement) and 7.9 (Mandatory Submission Upon Marketing) may result in modifications being made to the DOM count of any listing at issue
  • Modification to rule 7.22 (Expiration, Extension and Renewal of Listings) to include the following: "The Listing Broker may modify the status of an expired listing within 7 days of the Expiration date. At any time and for any reason, the MLS has the right to request a copy of the seller's written authorization to extend or renew a listing." (Please note that this change may not reflect immediately or at the same time in all MLS systems.)

 Additional resources are available here:

Please familiarize yourself with the new rules as soon as possible. 

Topics: Announcements, Industry

April is Fair Housing Month

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 13, 2021 2:59:59 PM

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Every April, REALTORS® commemorate the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 with events and education that shine a light on housing discrimination and segregation. Fair Housing Month signifies a recommitment to expanding equal access to housing. Implicit bias is often a manifestation of muscle memory. A go-with-your-gut unconscious choice, act, or opinion with immeasurable consequences that can–and have–impacted generations.

Slow down, course correct, and take action. Throughout the year we must remain steadfast in our commitment to breaking down biases, holding ourselves accountable, and upholding the letter of the law.  Refresh your memory, and open your mind. There’s always more to know, and we can all do better.

What can you do? 

1. Complete the NEW fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® which uses the power of storytelling to help members identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate. Inspired by real stories, this innovative online experience has agents work against the clock to sell homes in the fictional town of Fairhaven, while confronting discrimination in the homebuying process. Learners will also walk in the shoes of a homebuyer facing discrimination. The training provides customized feedback that learners can apply to daily business interactions. Get started by visiting fairhaven.realtor (link is external) to explore the fictional town of Fairhaven and assess how well you are adhering to fair housing principles.

2. Join a PSAR Reading Discussion Circle.  PSAR is encouraging community leaders and Realtors to read "The Color of Law" by  Richard Rothstein.  The fact that some neighborhoods are almost exclusively African American while others are almost exclusively white—is the result of explicit government policy rather than personal choice.  Understand how residential segregation was realized.  Join community leaders and other Realtors as we discuss this book.
Interested? Sign up Here to join and receive for more information. 

Below is a 35 minute sound clip with the author of "Color of Law."

3. Join the Facebook Group Deliberately Fair Housing. Listen and engage in discussions about Fair Housing.  Read and discuss books and discover issues that face diverse communities.  

4. Be knowledgeable in your craft. Read or listen to one of these resources and books. Prefer a podcast?  How about one of these? For film and video, here are some other resources.

5. Take a Fair Housing class though PSAR. This presentation covers: Fair Housing based on issues in advertising. This training is designed for those new to the housing industry as well as experienced housing professionals wishing to learn about current issues affecting fair housing laws.  Find a fair Housing Class

6. If you don't think you have biases, think again.  We all do.  Check out this great Ted Talk with Valerie Alexander "How to Outsmart Your Own Unconscious Bias"

Topics: Announcements, Leadership, Industry