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CRMLS Connect App will retire on May 31st - Act Now

Posted by PSAR Communication on May 18, 2022 1:00:00 PM

CRMLS Connect will no longer be available. CRMLS offers access to several product solutions that duplicate its primary features, which include MLS search in a universal (agent/client) interface, client collaboration features, and client activity tracking. Only 2% of CRMLS users currently use this app.crmls connect

On 5/31, CRMLS Connect will retire completely and anything users don't back up outside of the product will be gone.  CRMLS Connect does not have an export option. Anyone who wants to save anything about their CRMLS Connect accounts must retrieve their data before 5/31. So ACT NOW to move your clients to one of the other free CRMLS core products.

The products below are available at no extra cost and replicate some or all of the features on offer in CRMLS Connect, plus additional benefits but you will need to enter your current clients. 

Cloud Streams (Best Option For Most)
Is a listing alert and client collaboration tool that lets you share listings with your clients and get instant feedback. Build your relationship with your clients as they like, dislike, and share the agent-branded listing alerts you tailor to their preferences. This product can also text listings to clients and works great with data share partner listings.

Creating your first Stream
First Cloud Stream

Client Onboarding
Onboarding Cloud Streams Clients

Creating Custom Map Area
Creating custom Stream Map Area
Setting up text Alerts
Setting Up Text Alerts

More information on Cloud Streams

 

Cloud MLX
Search the way you think. With autocompleted results, a wide variety of parameters, and easy search saving, you can access your CRMLS data at the drop of a hat. Share listing data through the launcher, use the built-in agent chat feature, and find other agents through the search bar. Cloud MLX works the same way on any modern device – desktop, tablet, or mobile.

More Cloud MLX  Videos                  More Information on Cloud MLX

 

MLS - Touch
MLS-Touch allows you to quickly access all your MLS listings directly on your phone or tablet. As long as you have mobile internet service, you have the power of the MLS in your hand. Search by map or by additional advanced MLS filters. Generate hot sheets, sales comparisons, or market statistics instantly, then share with your clients, find other agents, and manage your contacts

More Information on MLS-Touch

 

Topics: Education

Point-of-sale water retrofit requirement eliminated in San Diego

Posted by PSAR Communication on Mar 4, 2022 10:30:00 AM

The City of San Diego No Longer Requires a WATER CONSERVATION CERTIFICATE At the Point of Sale

The City of San Diego no longer requires property owners to file a Water Conservation Certificate when selling their property. The City Council approved the change to the Municipal Code which went into effect on February 27, 2022.

In 1992, the City of San Diego developed several permanent water conservation provisions which were more stringent than industry standards at the time. The provisions were added to the Municipal Code and required property owners to remove non-conserving water devices and install ultra low-flow toilets and other low-flow fixtures in all new construction or permitted remodels. The City also required property owners to submit compliance disclosure information upon the sale of a property. The City determined that review and enforcement of a Water Conservation Certificate are no longer necessary nor legally required.

California approved Senate Bill 407 in 2009 and requires owners of residential single-family, multi-family properties, and commercial properties to replace all non-compliant plumbing fixtures with water-conserving plumbing fixtures. SB 407 requires the disclosure of non-compliant fixtures between the seller and buyer at the time of property transfer. This requirement can typically be disclosed on a Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS.)

Learn more about water conservation laws and disclosure obligations at CAR in the risk management section under legal Q&As and disclosures here. (Log-in required.)

For more information, visit the City’s website.

Point-of-sale Water Retrofit Requirement Eliminated in San Diego

 

Topics: Brokers/Managers, Government Affairs

NEW Paragon ENHANCEMENTS ARE NOW LIVE

Posted by PSAR Communication on Feb 24, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Paragon made a number of updates to maximize its capabilities.

Read Paragon's Knowledgebase article for a full list of updates.

Here are three of the most impactful changes:

1) Listing Input - Enhanced Listing Congratulations Modal

The modal that appears to congratulate its users for saving a new listing now includes more information about the property and integrated services. This includes displaying the primary property photo, more space for important third-party vendors, and call-to-action text.

Listing Input - Enhanced Listing Congratulations Modal

 

2) Mapping - Polygon Map Drawing Tool

Paragon has added a feature to the polygon drawing tool in map searches that allows its users to delete endpoints. Previously, modifying a polygon required either moving points to reshape the drawing or starting over completely. Full directions for using this feature can be found HERE.

Mapping - Polygon Map Drawing Tool

 

3) Changes in Paragon Collaboration Center

Its users can see several upgrades and new features in Paragon Connect, especially in the Buyer Activity pages. These enhancements give its users more high-quality information per page. Look forward to the following:

     a. Identifying a Search's name and the person who created it
     b. Easily discernible and interactive Categories
     c. Seeing the last notification your client received
     d. Ring and donut chart visualizations that show data as a whole and broken into parts

Changes in Paragon Collaboration Center

These are only a few of the many new enhancements in Paragon. Its users can also see improvements on Collaboration Center detail reports, updated colors, menu improvements in Paragon Connect, full-screen search capabilities, and more.

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

Say goodbye to listing exclusion forms and hello to Registered!

Posted by PSAR Communication on Nov 5, 2021 10:45:31 AM

CRMLS New Listing Toolbox

Take the hassle out of filing exclusion forms. Soon, when your sellers direct you to keep a listing out of the MLS, you will no longer need to submit exclusion or waiver forms (like the CAR SELM) to CRMLS.

Starting on 11/16, you will have a service in your Listing Toolbox that will enable you to enter and manage your excluded listings. From 11/16 onwards, these listings will fall into CRMLS's Registered status.

Join one of our upcoming webinars to see a live demo.

November 10th, 11:00am | November 16th, 10:00am

        REGISTER        

We’ll cover:
• A general overview of the "Registered" status, how it works, and when to use it
• How to access the Registered listing service from your Listing Toolbox
• How to input a new Registered listing
• What information you need to Register a listing with the MLS
• How to maintain and update your Registered listings
• How to move your listings from Registered to your MLS (Matrix only; Paragon & Flex coming soon)


We will also provide you with opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.

Here’s where to find the Listing Toolbox tile:
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From this tile, click on the Registered Listings option on the left.
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Here, you can enter new Registered listings, manage information, and see all your listings in Registered status at a glance.

This is what entering a new Registered listing will look like:
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Agents will be able to see and edit their own listings, while brokers and office managers will see their entire office’s listings in one streamlined, easily organized area.

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,

Ed

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

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

PSAR Elects it's 2022 Board of Directors

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jun 28, 2021 3:45:00 PM

Members of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors elected its 2022 leadership team.  The following leaders were elected as Officers and Directors to serve in 2022.

The 2022 Officers
The Max Zaker | President

Jason Lopez | President-Elect

Sam Calvano | Secretary-Treasurer 

Ditas Yamane | Immediate Past President


These newly elected candidates will join the leadership team
as Directors in 2022

Anthony Andaya

Camille Bruno

Paula Gonzalez

Dylan Graham

Norma Scantlin

These Directors will serve a second term in 2022

Mike Anderson

Merrie Espina

Rafael Perez

Amy Ruiz

Amber Tannehill

Andrea Martino - Affiliate Director

PSAR is a 501C6 Non-Profit founded in 1928. The organization is led by volunteers who establish the policies to govern our organization.

PSAR's Missions is to empower REALTORS®

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

Topics: Announcements, Leadership

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