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A few Key Videos To Get Paragon MLS working right

Posted by PSAR Communication on Dec 10, 2020 1:50:50 PM

Step-by-Step Paragon Instructional Videos

We now have available the PSAR Paragon Upgrade videos produced by Rickey at CRMLS.  They are located below. These videos will walk you through the most important steps in setting up and using various CRMLS Paragon features. The Paragon Upgrade Resources page, hosted by CRMLS, also is loaded with information that will help you better perform day to day tasks as well as grow your business.

Issues?  CRMLS will address individual concerns via customer support.  Please call or submit a trouble ticket if you experience  feature or function difficulties.  Submitting a ticket could surface a widespread problem and result in the resolution of it for all users.

Updating the Preference Wizard Will Fix Many Issues

 

Updating The Collab Center Preferences Wizard

 

Updating The CRMLS CMA Preference Wizard

 

Setting Up The Market Monitor

 

Results Options and Custom Exports

 

How To Edit A Saved Search

 

Creating A Custom Search Template

 

Check out our PSAR YouTube channel for more videos.

Topics: CRMLS, Technology

New Agent/Client Preferred Reports You can Choose to Use.

Posted by PSAR Communication on Oct 29, 2020 8:26:59 PM

CRMLS Paragon has a new set of Client/Agent Reports called Agent Preferred 1 and Client Preferred 1. These are not the default reports that, for many agents, cut off the text in the remarks section.

The recent Paragon upgrade added more space to type in the public and private remark fields. The added text gets cut off on the standard old Paragon reports. CRMLS developed a new set of reports that address this issue and some other recent issues that have been around for many years. See if you can find what has been addressed?  PSAR will be working with CRMLS to create new reports for agents to choose from in the future.

Here is a look at the old report which is now called the Agent Preferred 2. In this report, you can see the text in the public remarks is cut off.  The text in the private remarks are also cut off.

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The Agent Preferred 1, it looks like this.

Agent Preferred 1 not cut off

To make this new report your preferred detail report, meaning to see this view each time you search for property go to the Preferences Wizard and scroll through to page 7.

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Then in the 'Default Double Click Report' box, select the Agent Preferred 1 as your default report.

In the 'Default Manual Email Report' box, select the Client Preferred 1 as your default report.

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Topics: CRMLS

Showing Coming Soon Listings Will Result in Fines Starting Nov 1.

Posted by PSAR Communication on Oct 28, 2020 2:15:00 PM

Coming Soon FinesThe NAR-mandated Clear Cooperation Policy was implemented in May.  CRMLS provided a period of limited enforcement and generous warnings to give subscribers the opportunity to learn the new rules.

Per a vote from the CRMLS Board of Directors which is made up of volunteer brokers, effective November 1st, 2020, CRMLS will eliminate the warning notice that is given to users who show a listing in the Coming Soon status.

Starting 11/1/20, if a CRMLS user shows a Coming Soon listing, that user will be subject to a fine of 1% of the list price, not less than $500 and not to exceed $2,500. This is the current fine structure for any Clear Cooperation Policy violation.

As a reminder, showing a listing in Coming Soon status is a violation of Rule 9.3 of the CRMLS Rules and Regulations. Rule 9.3 states:

9.3: Availability to Show or Inspect. Listing Brokers shall not misrepresent the availability of access to show or inspect a listed property. For any property in which Listing Broker selected a status of Coming Soon or Hold, Listing Broker represents that the property shall have no showings or tours, whether conducted by Listing Broker or otherwise, until such time as the Property is placed in the Active or Active Under Contract status.

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful:

 

Topics: CRMLS

Here is the Board Slate of Nominees for 2021/2022

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jun 12, 2020 12:08:25 PM

PSAR 2021 Elections
PSAR Board of Directors, Affiliate Director & CAR Director:
2021 / 2022 Elections

The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors Nominating Committee and the Board of Directors respectfully submit the following slate for the 2021 Officers and Directors Annual Election. 

Nominees will be introducing themselves in the Virtual Pitch Sessions on June 16, 17, and 18th.  You can join the pitch sessions HERE.  (You do not have to pitch a property)

President-Elect
Max Zaker

Secretary / Treasurer
Sam Calvano

Directors (Vote for 5 Two-Year Seats)
Mike Anderson
Merrie Espina
David Fletes
Sean Hillier
Rafael Perez
Amy Ruiz
Amber Tannehill

Affiliate Directors (Vote for One)
Andrea Martino 
Juliette Montoya-Cesena
Angie West
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Online Elections will begin Friday, June 19th, through Friday, June 26th.

Topics: Leadership

Red Alert AB 828

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 27, 2020 8:15:00 PM

 

 

C.A.R. RED ALERT

C.A.R. RED ALERT

OPPOSE AB 828 – UNCONSTITUTIONAL RENT REDUCTION BILL
CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATOR TODAY!

C.A.R. OPPOSES AB 828 (Ting), a bill that, among other things, effectively forces a 25 percent reduction in rents. C.A.R. opposes the bill because it is unconstitutional and provides no financial protection for mom-and-pop property owners who still must pay their mortgages and have a legal obligation to repair and maintain their properties.

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Background

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Judicial Council of California has halted all eviction lawsuits – otherwise known as “unlawful detainer” lawsuits – statewide. Additionally, Governor Newsom’s March 27th Executive Order, among other things, allows tenants to delay payment of rent due to the COVID-19 crisis. Lastly, many local governments have enacted ordinances that freeze rents and halt the issuance of eviction notices of any kind during the pandemic.

On top of these existing COVID-19 state and local tenant protections, AB 828 creates a court-ordered reduction of rent by 25% for 12 months for tenants who claim they cannot pay due to the COVID-19 crisis. There is no way for property owners to recoup this court-ordered lost rental amount, even though they are still legally obligated to continue paying their mortgage, taxes, and insurance and maintain and repair the property.

C.A.R. Opposes AB 828 Because:

It is unconstitutional. AB 828 FORCES courts to interfere with existing contracts in violation of both the California and U.S. Constitution. Not even a pandemic should undermine the California and U.S. Constitution.

It is unnecessary. The state and/or local governments have already acted to limit evictions and rent increases and impose temporary payment moratoria during this emergency, protecting tenants from uncertainty.

It does not require any real demonstration of hardship. AB 828 only calls for a tenant to show “increased costs for household necessities OR reduced household earnings” without establishing a reasonable threshold for the financial impact.  Furthermore, if the increased costs or reduced earnings happened during March 4, 2020 and March 4, 2021, the court must assume that was caused by the Covid-19 crisis; meaning, the tenant has no obligation to show the linkage in the change of circumstances to the Covid-19 crisis.

It places undue financial hardship on property owners without providing any assistance. Property owners are given no recourse to recoup this lost rental income, even though they are still legally obligated to continue paying their mortgage, taxes, and insurance and repair and maintain their properties. Legislators should keep in mind that many rental housing owners are retirees who count on rental income to cover the expenses associated with providing rental housing as well as their own personal income, which may already be limited due to existing emergency measures.

It discourages investment in the building of new housing. Adding more uncertainty to the rental housing market discourages builders from investing in the creation of desperately needed rental housing. That unmet need will NOT go away with this pandemic.

It creates additional costs for state and local governments when tax revenues will already be dramatically reduced. Courts, local housing authorities, and other agencies will either incur new costs or see reduced revenue if AB 828 is enacted.

For more information, please email realtorparty@car.org or reply to this email.

Thank you,

C.A.R. Government Affairs Team

 

Topics: Announcements, Government Affairs

The DMV extends license expiration dates

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 16, 2020 9:03:33 AM

Licenses for drivers younger than 70 that expire between March and May 2020 are now valid through May 31, 2020.

All commercial driver licenses, endorsements and certificates expiring between March and June 2020 are now valid through June 30, 2020, aligning with a recent emergency declaration from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The extension does not include medical certificates for commercial drivers, which requires additional administrative actions scheduled in the near future.

The DMV has alerted California law enforcement of the extensions. Californians with a suspended license are not eligible.

The DMV continues to review and process online renewals, and encourages drivers who are eligible to renew their license online to do so.

The extensions require no individual action on the part of drivers. These drivers will not receive a new card or an extension in the mail. As an option, these drivers can  request a free temporary paper extension online through DMV’s Virtual Field Office to document their extension.

The Virtual Field Office, virtual.dmv.ca.gov, builds on the other  online services already available to DMV customers at  dmv.ca.gov, including driver license renewals.
The temporary extensions are in addition to other steps the DMV announced earlier this month to  help Californians with expiring licenses, including:

  • A 120-day extension for drivers age 70 and older. Drivers age 70 and older with expiring noncommercial licenses are receiving an extension in the mail automatically. 
  • Temporarily waiving required in-person renewals for eligible driver license and identification cardholders with expirations in March, April, and May 2020. Individuals who meet the criteria are able to renew online or by mail.

The DMV continues to provide essential services via mail, online, kiosks, its call center, available business partners and now virtually to process critical transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Customers can use the Services Advisor on the DMV website to learn their options to complete DMV tasks.
The measures to help Californians with expiring driver licenses are the latest DMV actions during the coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • Temporarily closing field offices. Following deep cleaning, expansion of virtual services and development of new protocols, the DMV soon will offer in-person services in each region. Information on office openings will be announced by DMV in the near future.
  • Canceling all behind-the-wheel drive tests to honor social distancing guidelines. 
  • Suspending extended office hours and Saturday service.

 

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TIMELINE: Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 14, 2020 5:13:05 PM
The California Labor Secretary released a letter called the "Open Letter to Californians Regarding Unemployment Insurance (UI) Payments and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Timeline" on April 14th.  CAR will be releasing and FAQ on this within the next day or two.

Here is a summary of the facts:
  • The Employment Development Department (EDD) computer systems are not crashing.
  • Californians eligible for certification on April 12 began to see the $600/week additional payments provided for under the federal CARES Act today.
  • The CARES Act also created a special program for this crisis called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, or PUA.
  • PUA provides federally funded benefits distinct from the UI program for certain individuals out of work or partially unemployed due to the COVID-19 crisis, including the self-employed, individuals who lack sufficient work history, and independent contractors. Federal guidelines on how to administer PUA came out on April 5 and include gig workers as an example of those eligible for PUA.
  • Since April 5th, the EDD has been helping Californians get what they are entitled to under PUA.
  • There will be a one-stop shop for applying for UI and PUA. Individuals will be able to go to UI Online to self-certify that they meet the COVID-19-related criteria for PUA. The EDD will make clear in the self-certification that certification of eligibility for PUA does not affect determinations of employee status under state law for other protections and benefits.
  • Under PUA, individuals can receive weekly unemployment assistance that may be equivalent to what individuals would get under UI (depending on their earnings and whether earnings can be verified).
  • Those who get PUA also get the $600/per week additional payment added to UI for weeks they are unemployed from March 29 until the end of July.
  • PUA benefits can cover people unemployed or partially unemployed due to COVID-19 from January 27, 2020 through December 31, 2020 depending on date of actual impact. (In other words, it is retroactive to the time before the federal stimulus bill was passed and before funding was made available.)
  • When you apply and your application is approved, you will get PUA benefits going back to the first full week of February as long as you can show that your inability to work was COVID-19 related.
  • A new system will be able to pay individuals within 24 to 48 hours of their application. The EDD needs two weeks to create this new system.
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Topics: Announcements, Government Affairs, Industry

County mandates Business notices

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 7, 2020 2:30:35 PM

COUNTY MANDATES BUSINESS NOTICES

By Order of the San Diego County Public Health Officer

No later than 12:00 a.m. on April 7, 2020:

All businesses that remain in operation in accordance with the Order and that allow members of the public to enter a facility must prepare and post a “Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol” for each of their facilities open to the public. The Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must be posted at or near the entrance of the relevant facility, and shall be easily viewable by the public and employees.

A fillable Social Distancing Protocol template can be found here and utilized to fulfill this requirement.

A copy of the Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility.

All businesses shall implement the Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand.

The Social Distancing and Sanitation Protocol must ensure all required measures are implemented and must identify and require measures necessary to implement social distancing and sanitation at that facility.

If the measures identified and implemented are not effective in maintaining proper social distancing and sanitation, additional measures shall be identified and implemented or the facility shall be closed.

Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020:  All employees who may have contact with the public in any grocery store, pharmacy/drug store, convenience store, gas station, restaurant or other business establishment that serves food shall wear a cloth face covering as described in the California Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Click Here

Step-by-Step Instructions to Make a Fabric Face Mask

For those interested in making masks to wear in nonclinical settings or for personal use, Kaiser Permanente offers step-by-step instructions and an accompanying how-to video. Even homemade masks need to meet certain specifications in order to be effective. Please, if you are sharing the community masks you are making with others, masks should be washed before wear. - Mask Instructions  - 

 

Topics: Announcements, Industry

New DRE Commissioner

Posted by PSAR Communication on Apr 6, 2020 7:43:18 AM

Doug McCauley Commissioner of the California Department of Real EstateOn Friday, April 3rd, Doug McCauley, was appointed by Governor Gavin Newsom as Commissioner of the California Department of Real Estate.

Doug has served as chief deputy director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development since 2018, and has served as acting director of the Department since 2019. He was executive officer at the California Architects Board from 2001 to 2018. Doug earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University.

According to the DRE, this transition is expected to occur in early May.

Topics: Industry

Thank you San Diego Congressional Delegation

Posted by PSAR Communication on Dec 20, 2019 5:56:45 PM

Thank you San Diego Congress Members Juan Vargas, Scott Peters, Susan Davis and Mike Levin for your vote today as the House passed H.R. 5377, a bill that temporarily eliminates the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions for 2020 and 2021. The Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act would also increase the cap to $20,000 for married couples for 2019.

C.A.R. President President Jeanne Radsick stated "We are pleased that the House has passed a bill to temporarily eliminate the cap on the amount of state and local tax that taxpayers can deduct on their federal tax returns. The combined hit of a reduction in the mortgage interest deduction and current $10,000 SALT cap in the tax law has disproportionately hurt taxpayers and real estate in California," 

"Ensuring the tax code incentivizes housing and real estate will continue to be a top priority for REALTORS®, and C.A.R. thanks the many California Congressional members who support easing the double taxation penalty that harms California homeowners."

The bill moves on to the senate where it will face stiff opposition.

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Topics: Announcements, Government Affairs, Industry