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Why you may see 'SD' at the end of listing IDs

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Jan 21, 2022 1:20:06 PM

Why you may see 'SD' at the end of listing IDs and what you need to do 

Why you may see 'SD' at the end of listing IDs

Learn how to properly identify SDMLS listings below 

You may start noticing that certain listing IDs in your MLS have a new suffix: 'SD.' For example: 2200000582SD.

On 1/1/2022, San Diego MLS changed its listing ID conventions. This change meant that some new SDMLS listings now use duplicate IDs. The new listing ID numbers are the same as IDs of older listings from our data share partners. Using the same listing ID for multiple listings causes data collisions in the MLS and confusion for real estate professionals who want to find specific listings.

To avoid these issues, CRMLS updated IDs for the listings. These listings and all SDMLS listings will appear with the letters 'SD' at the end of their ID numbers.

This change will impact your MLS ID searches in all MLS platforms. See below:

If you are using Power Search…

CRMLS Paragon Listing IDs

Searching for a 2022 SDMLS listing ID without the 'SD' suffix in Power Search will return all listings that begin with that listing ID, including the SDMLS listing and an older listing ID from a data share partner. The listing ending in 'SD' is an SDMLS listing from 2022.

If you are using Quick Search…

      CRMLS Quick Search

If you don't include the 'SD' suffix in Quick Search, Paragon will only return the listing that exactly matches the number you enter. To ensure you find the right listing, make sure you include the 'SD' ending.

      CRMLS Paragon Quick Search       CRMLS Paragon Quick Search with SD
               Doesn't show the newer listing                             Now shows both but must add suffix 'sd'

On third-party sites…

Depending on the site, you and your clients may see either the listing ID ending in 'SD' or the listing ID without 'SD.' When you're unsure which ID the site will use, it's best to reference other details for the listing, as its Active date or address.

Topics: Education, Announcements, CRMLS, Paragon

San Diego Agencies Received $653k to test for Fair Housing Violations.

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Oct 1, 2021 3:02:58 PM

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $47.4 million to fair housing non-profit organizations around the country.  At least two of the organizations are based in San Diego. In September these testing organizations received  $653,000 for the Private Enforcement Initiative (PEI).  According to HUD, these organizations will conduct intake and testing.  They will investigate and litigate fair housing complaints under the Fair Housing Act. According to the Department of Justice website:

Test for Fair Housing Violations."Testing refers to the use of individuals who – without any bona fide intent to rent or purchase housing, purchase a mortgage or vehicle loan, or patronize a place of public accommodation – pose as prospective renters, borrowers, or patrons for the purpose of gathering information. This information may indicate whether a provider is complying with federal civil rights laws. The primary focus of the Section's Fair Housing Testing Program has been to identify unlawful housing discrimination based on race, national origin, disability, or familial status in violation of the Fair Housing Act. The Section also has responsibilities to enforce Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the nation's public accommodations law; the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits discrimination in credit; and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, which provides protections for military members as they enter active duty. The Fair Housing Testing Program also conducts testing under these statutes, as well as under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is enforced by the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division."

Agents must also understand that California has additional protected classes including Ancestory, CREED, Gender Identity, Medical Condition, Source of Income/Occupation, and "Other Arbitrary Discrimination."  The definition of a "Protected Class" is all-inclusive in California.  Agents need to be aware of their unconscious biases and be careful to treat everyone equally.

In March of 2021 HUD Published the 2021 civil penalty amounts for fair housing violations. Civil penalties may reach a maximum of $54,157 and respondents who had violated the Act two or more times in the previous 7 years could be fined a maximum of $108,315.

PSAR, NAR, and C.A.R. have been diligent and have provided fair housing resources for Realtors for many years. During the past two years following the Newsday Investigation called "Long Island Divided" the Associations doubled down the efforts.  PSAR has hosted or promoted at least eight opportunities this year for agents to better understand fair housing.  NAR also prepared a "gamified" training to help agents understand the law.  The game is called Fairhaven.  More information may be found here.

Testers may be reaching anonymously to agents and property managers in the field.  The best practice is to understand and obey the law.  PSAR agents are the most professional in California and the Nation. PSAR's staff and volunteer leaders are available to help our members with resources and training. This law is important and there is no room for error.

Watch this video to see how real estate agents treated undercover clients on Long Island.

Topics: Announcements, Brokers/Managers, Industry

Fair Housing 2021

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Aug 4, 2021 1:30:00 PM

New Fair Housing Rsources

Diversity is a core value of PSAR.  Realtors are the stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, and fair housing protects buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants.  Our livelihood as REALTORS® is dependent on fair housing laws.

Resources, Office Training & Updates

This post was originally posted in January 2020, and will be updated as new information is available.  It was last updated on August 4th to add NAR resources, book links, and interesting research compiled by the Non-Profit Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) about Redlining in San Diego County.

NY Newsday ran an investigative story in 2019 called LI Divided. The story made clear that in order to pursue the goals of the Fair Housing Act, we need to make sure that real estate agents are accountable, that we continue to improve the real estate culture and that we provide solid training.

Video Interview with Reporter Bill Dedman

 

NAR launched Fairhaven, a fair housing simulation training for REALTORS® that uses the power of storytelling and game-play to help members identify, address and prevent 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.

PSAR's Board of Directors encourages all Realtors to enhance awareness of fair housing practices via this no-cost program. Be an advocate for fair housing and the future of our industry. Commit to combating discrimination in real estate. You can learn more about Fairhaven by viewing the promotional Video at the link shown below.


Get started NOW by visiting https://fairhaven.realtor/ to explore the fictional town of Fairhaven and assess how well you are adhering to fair housing principles.

Hate Speech: In 2020 REALTORS implemented rule changes to ensure that the REALTOR® Code of Ethics extends beyond real estate-related activities. It is now a violation for REALTORS® to use harassing or hate speech toward any of the protected classes under Article 10 of NAR's Code of Ethics. Those protected classes are defined by race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, national origin, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity. Violators may be disciplined by punishment up to and including removal from the Association. . Read more here.

HUD Resources:

REALTOR Resources:

Other San Diego County Resources:

Join the discussions.

The Deliberately Fair Housing (DFH) Facebook Group is a private group open for interested professionals.  It is a great place to find more current resources and updates.  This group hosts monthly discussions online and also has a book club discussion group facilitated by Realtor Tim Ambrose and PSAR CEO Richard D'Ascoli. 

PSAR also purchased copies of the book The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.  The Association is giving the book to members and civic leaders willing to participate in Reading Circles to discuss the book.  Please contact support@psar.org for more information about obtaining a copy and joining a reading Circle.

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PSAR's mission is to empower Realtors.

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. 

Topics: Education, Brokers/Managers, Leadership, Government Affairs, Market Information, Industry

PSAR - Empowering REALTORS - Video

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Aug 3, 2021 10:44:21 AM

With direction from PSAR's 2021 President Ditas Yamane, this week PSAR released a short promotional video highlighting PSAR's Mission to Empower Realtors.   

Serving San Diego County, PSAR empowers Realtors with help from the largest MLS in the Country, CRMLS.   PSAR Advocates for Private Property Rights and Homeownership. The organization adheres to the highest levels of professionalism.

It is common knowledge that PSAR's Members Services Team takes pride in providing the highest level of service in the industry. Service is so important that our three service centers in Clairemont, Chula Vista, and El Cajon remained open throughout the pandemic while adhering to local, state, and national guidelines. 

Check it out!

 

Topics: Announcements, Leadership, CRMLS, PSAR Benefits

Renew Membership for a chance to Win an iPad Pro

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Dec 8, 2020 10:49:35 AM

Pay Dues and win an iPad Pro
Win an iPad Pro & avoid additional fees by simply paying 2021 REALTOR® dues on time by December 31st, 2020**.

  • All current active members on the PSAR monthly payment plan for 2021 qualify!
  • Those on autopay for annual dues will also be entered to win!

Watch the drawing on the Thursday, January 14th Rally and Ride Pitch Session at 9:00am. We will also be streaming on PSAR's Facebook Group!  Members do not need to be present to win.

To watch on Facebook, join the new NEW Private PSAR Facebook Group in advance.


Sponsored by:
Rancho Ted - Private Money Lending
*Note:
• REALTOR® Dues are not MLS fees
• MLS fees and key fees are billed separately and are not considered for this promotion


**Payments can be made on the PSAR Portal, or by calling one of our three offices - South: 619-421-7811, Central: 858-286-6080, East: 619-579-0333.
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PSAR members have access to the most data, most coverage and most tools in San Diego County.
Our annual fees are also the LOWEST.
We value our members and strive to show it every day.


Topics: Brokers/Managers, PSAR Benefits

zillow the brokerage?

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Nov 30, 2020 5:13:22 PM

Zillow appears to be in the process of becoming a REALTOR brokerage. The story has been evolving during 2020.  As Zillow transitions from being a listing distribution or advertising platform to a REALTOR (member of NAR, CAR and also some local local Associations,) they will receive the same rights and benefits as other brokerages.

Among these rights is the right to access IDX (Internet Data Exchange) feeds.  

Today, Zillow receives listing data from brokers instructing CRMLS to provide their listing information through a specifically tailored listing distribution feed called a syndication feed. Once Zillow becomes a brokerage in the CRMLS area, they will access listings through the same feeds that brokers receive on their web pages today.

What could this change mean for agents and brokers?

Listing distribution control changes: 
The CRMLS system currently permits brokers to control which listing distribution partners receive their listings, including Realtor.com, Homes.com, Apartments.com, and Zillow. Those options will soon change. As Zillow will be a participating brokerage instead of a listing distribution partner, brokers will not be able to specifically exclude Zillow from receiving their listings. 

Changes to how listings display on Zillow
Because of the switch to IDX feeds, listing data will display on Zillow differently than it does today. Full details are still forthcoming. CRMLS shared, however, that their IDX licensing agreement does not permit advertising in the way you may be used to on Zillow.  Zillow will update its current listing displays to comply with CRMLS IDX standards, the same as any brokerage that uses that same IDX listing data feed. IDX rules can be found in section 12.16 of the CRMLS Rules and Regulations.

Changes to rental listing search on Zillow
You may have heard rumors that Zillow plans to start charging fees for rental listings. (In fact, per Zillow, Zillow has charged fees for rental listings for “about a year,” except for MLS-sourced listings.) As outlined above, Zillow is also moving to IDX feeds. It’s reasonable to wonder how these two things can coexist.

CRMLS reached out to Zillow and confirmed that Zillow will no longer combine rental and for-sale properties in the same search. In other words, their IDX feed for MLS-sourced for sale listings will not comingle with their feeds for rental listings.

Per Zillow, “None of the fees… will be implemented until Jan 2021 and will not be on any listings under [Zillow’s] current syndication license.”

Zillow continued: “Under IDX, [Zillow] will not be pulling or displaying any [rental] listings under the IDX license. The rentals search will be a completely separate search experience on the site.”

CRMLS and Zillow

Topics: Brokers/Managers, CRMLS, Market Information, Technology, Industry

Revised Version of DRE Landlord/Tenant Guidebook Now Available

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Oct 9, 2020 11:40:43 AM

DRE ANNOUNCES PUBLICATION OF REVISED LANDLORD/TENANT GUIDEBOOK

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) announced today that it has completed a major revision to the widely used resource guidebook titled, California Tenants – A Guide To Residential Tenants' and landlords' Rights and Responsibilities.

The Department of Consumer Affairs last published the guidebook in 2012. Since then, the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed, many new laws addressing landlords and tenants. Recognizing the need to update this guidebook, DRE revised it to reflect the addition of new laws, including the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB 1482) and the
Tenant, Homeowner and Small Landlord Relief and Stabilization Act (AB 3088), which includes the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020. These updates are critically important to landlords and tenants, especially during this time of economic uncertainty.  “Equipping tenants and landlords with detailed and timely information to help them make
informed decisions was DRE’s main focus with this project,” Real Estate Commissioner Doug McCauley said. “Keeping Californians housed is crucial in the public health climate and this resource will provide much-needed clarity on key rental issues.”

housing is key graphic


Relevant and detailed revised chapters in the guidebook include but are not limited to: Before You Agree to Rent, Dealing with Problems, Terminations and Evictions, Tenant Protection Act of 2019, Resolving Problems, Getting Help from a Third Party, and a Glossary.

This guidebook and other useful information for landlords and tenants can be found at the DRE-created website HousingisKey.com. The online version of the guidebook can be easily translated into other languages using the google translate function on the website.

Printed copies will be available later this year.  Here is a link to the downloadable PDF version of the document.

Topics: Brokers/Managers, Industry

California DRE Fall 2020 Bulletin

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Oct 5, 2020 6:06:00 PM
The DRE released is fall bulletin.  In it see  articles including:

  • Commissioner’s Message
  • Licensing: Speed and Simplicity
  • Loan Modifications and Advance Fees
  • Lesser-Known Mortgage Loan Related Violations
  • Helpful or Illegal? When helping clients crosses the line
  • Compensating Balances and Other Considerations Received in Trust Accounts

DRE Fall News Bulletin

Topics: Brokers/Managers, Industry

CRMLS Paragon Upgrade is Here

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Sep 21, 2020 1:30:00 PM

Check out the links, video and details below for the facts about the CRMLS Paragon upgrade. 

  • CRMLS subscriber's contacts and  saved searches will migrate over to the upgraded version of Paragon. 
  • Since the national data standard is different, some searches may need to be edited. 
  • CRMLS subscribers see the listing information from the 145,000 agents who share listings right through CRMLS. 
  • This upgrade provides agents with service from the biggest and most advanced MLS in the Country.

 

CRMLS is launching a major upgrade to the Paragon system on September 21st. You will get more photos, more listing distribution control, and more input on how your version of Paragon works.

  • NO LISTING INPUT or Add/edit Sept 17th until 8 am on Sept 21
  • Rules changes
  • Better, faster, more features

To help prepare you for the upgrade, CRMLS launched a Paragon Upgrade Resources page full of valuable information on the differences between the old and new systems.

Check out the San Diego Paragon Resources Center here.

While it already contains FAQs and a guide to critical rules differences between systems, it will be expanded to contain even more critical information and action items in the coming weeks.

Pro Tips: 

Other AOR's listing in San Diego: Agents around the state who use CRMLS Matrix will still be listing in San Diego during the upgrade.  Agents who list through CRMLS data-share partners will still be listing in San Diego. 

Absolutely Need to List?: PSAR also is a provider of Matrix for $6.50/month as a second MLS.  Matrix will be still active while the MLS is inactive.  This might be a good time to try it out.

See New Listings: While Paragon is being updated, tools like Homesnap-Pro will continue to be updated and searchable. Agents can see confidential remarks and search new listings from agents listing using systems other than Paragon. 

 

Paragon Upgrade

Important Training

Pre-recorded Video, watch or listen here on YouTube.

https://youtu.be/vgHLBE-LbZY

Live Webinars were hosted on the these days days.

Tuesday 9/8  Tuesday 9/15
9am-10am (Register Here)
1pm-2pm (Register Here)
10am-11am (Register Here
2pm-3pm (Register Here)

Monday 9/14
Broker, Office-Manager, IT & Broker Support Staff Discussion
3pm-4pm (Register Here)

 

Important Dates:

Thursday, September 17 at 12:00pm until Monday, September 21, 8:00 am The CRMLS system Goes into Read Only ModeAll input locked out, contacts, saved searches available, changes made at this time will not transfer. 

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When the system Goes Live on 9/21, CRMLS will have Live Support via Zoom
CRMLS staff will be live and available to answer your questions in real time.
Please have your name, email and username ready so we can assist you with your questions.
These will be live forums to help you with any issues you may be having, not a presentation.
You can join anytime and leave at your leisure.

Monday, September 21st, 8:30am - 5:00pm (Join Here)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 8:30am - 5:00pm (Join Here)

Wednesday, September 23rd, 8:30am - 5:00pm (Join Here)

Friday, September 25th, 8:30am - 5:00pm (Join Here)

Monday Sep. 28th - Friday Oct. 2nd @ 12:00pm  (Register Here)

Thursday, October 15th, 12:00pm (Join Here)

Monday, October 19th, 2:00pm (Join Here)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2:00pm (Join Here)
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Can't make it to the live
training? Here is the Recorded Training.
CRMLS YouTube Upgrade

Also two classes on the Upgraded Paragon Enhancements

Thursday, September 24th, 10:00am - 11:00am (Join Here)

Thursday, September 24th, 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Join Here)


We are upgrading this system to get a faster, more modern MLS engine for your business.  CRMLS and PSAR continue to grow listing inventory, and technology to empower Realtors by providing more tools, more data, wider coverage while protecting Realtor data.  This upgrade furthers PSAR’s mission to empower you. This is one of the reasons that PSAR is the fastest growing Realtor Association in San Diego County.

FAQ will be updated continuously: California Regional Multiple Listing Service

What will and will not carry over: California Regional Multiple Listing Service

Paragon Differences: https://go.crmls.org/paragon-key-differences/

Rules Differences: https://go.crmls.org/san-diego-paragon-vs-crmls-paragon/

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PSAR's Mission is to empower Realtors to flourish while being accountable to
each other,our clients, and our community.

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. Workshops are open to all REALTORS® and Affiliated Members. This class is free of charge.

 

Topics: Education, PSAR Benefits

Now you Can Create, Track, and Manage PEAD-V Forms with Glide

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Aug 6, 2020 12:15:00 PM

COVID-19 has resulted in countless challenges for agents across California. Perhaps chief among them are the new compliance requirements for showings, namely the Coronavirus Property Entry Advisory and Declaration - Visitor (PEAD-V) form. Given that each visitor to a property must sign a PEAD-V form and deliver it electronically to the listing agent in advance of a visit, it creates a significant burden for agents on both sides of a transaction.TRACK, AND MANAGE PEAD-V FORMS WITH GLIDE
To help solve this problem, Glide has created the first-of-its-kind integrated system that allows you to create, send, and manage PEAD-V forms across all of your listings and clients in a single place. Key benefits of using this tool include:

  • Save Time: Eliminate duplicate entry and and quickly generate new forms for reach property your clients want to visit.
  • Reduce Errors: Automatically pull in all property info from our MLS partners and connect directly to your DocuSign and ZipForm accounts to send to clients.
  • Protect Your Clients (and Yourself!): Don’t expose home sellers to unnecessary risk and ensure all visitors are free of COVID-19 symptoms. If an issue does arise, all of your forms are in a single location.

Zoom Class, Dates and Times
        Register Here        
Classes are offered several times a week

Glide is developed based on feedback from agents across the state, Glide’s tool gives you access to a number of features that make your life easier while ensuring full compliance:

  • Visitor Log: Share your personal PEAD-V listing URL with all visitors to generate and track forms for signature on-the-go without the hassle of manual coordination.
  • Reusable Parties: Don’t waste time re-typing by reusing previously entered buyers, agents, or other visitors/vendors.
  • Reduced Clutter in ZipForm: Keep your ZipForm account clean and uncluttered. Buyer Prospects and PEADs you create in Glide do not interfere with your transactions list in ZipForm.
  • One-Click Creation from MLS: When you create a PEAD-V directly from an MLS listing page, Glide will automatically pull all of your listing information to the form - saving you time and hassle.
  • Integration with DocuSign®: Send your PEAD-V forms using DocuSign and Digital Ink, complete with the signature and initial tabbing auto-placed for all visitors. Includes basic support for Digital Ink.


Learn More

Or Get started today at glide.com/pead.


Best of all, it’s free to agents who belong to the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® and takes less than a minute to create your first form.  Glide is a PSAR member benefit. The program is usable now. It is also currently integrated with CRMLS Matrix.  Paragon integration is coming soon.  We are told it should be available within a week or so.

.glide - real estate forms management

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PSAR Mission is to empower Realtors to flourish while being accountable to
each other,our clients, and our community.

Since 1928, the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® has played a significant role in shaping the history, growth & development of the Real Estate industry in San Diego County. Workshops are open to all REALTORS® and Affiliated Members. This class is free of charge.

 

Topics: Education, PSAR Benefits