PAULA GONZALEZ, LEADERSHIP IS MY WAY TO GIVE BACK

Posted by Christine Antosada-Borromeo on Jan 14, 2022 1:30:00 PM
New PSAR Board Member Paula Gonzalez

REALTOR® Paula Gonzalez was recently elected to a two-year term (2022-2023) on the PSAR board of directors.

 

Paula is a California native, born in Granada Hills, in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. She graduated from Canoga Park High School (class of 1994).

“Growing up, I always wanted to live in San Diego,” said Paula. “We would visit my mom’s side of the family who lived in Chula Vista, and I thought it was such a nice place.”

After high school, Paula got a job at a call center that processed orders for products advertised on infomercials. She was eventually promoted as supervisor of the call center. When her call center was sold to another company, resulting in layoffs of nearly every employee except Paula, she negotiated with her new boss to work from home.

“That’s when I saw my chance to move to San Diego, and I took it,” said Paula.

Paula purchased a condo in Otay Ranch and had a pleasurable experience with her real estate agent.

“I could see myself being successful in real estate as a career. So, I studied and passed the test the first time,” said Paula, who began selling on a part-time basis. “After only a few deals, I was hooked. I loved everything about the transaction process and decided to devote full time to real estate.”

Paula has been a full-time REALTOR® since mid-2006.

“The market began crashing during my early days in real estate, but I didn’t know any better because nearly every month saw more income than the previous one,” Paula said. “I learned the REO market and stayed busy with short sales and cash-for-keys deals.

“Over the years, I’ve adjusted well to changing market conditions, thanks to the educational classes offered by PSAR. PSAR has always been there in good times and bad with training opportunities so we can take advantage of the current market conditions.”

Paula survived a diagnosis of uterine cancer in 2014. “As a result, my philosophy of life is to live life to the fullest. Life is short and I believe you should do what you can to enjoy it and be happy. To find joy, give your life away. Ongoing happiness only comes when you give your life away in service. The truth is, the most helpful people are the happiest people. It feels good to use your gifts to help others. Happiness comes from serving. You never know what will happen in life, so don’t waste a moment being unhappy,” recalls Paula.

“I love to meet people, which is one of the reasons I wanted to serve on the board of directors,” said Paula, who has been a member of the PSAR Grievance Committee for about six years. “PSAR has helped me so much in my career. Serving on the board is my way of making a contribution and giving back.”

“I would encourage every PSAR member to serve and give back to the profession in some way through PSAR. There are no insignificant ways to serve. Some are visible, while others are behind the scenes, but all are valuable. When it comes to serving at PSAR, there is no correlation between size and significance. That’s because every act of service matters because we are all dependent on each other to have a successful association.”

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PSAR's mission is to empower REALTORS®.

 

Topics: Announcements, Leadership

TRACY CLARK, PSAR MEMBER, COMMERCIAL BROKER, 1955-2021

Posted by Rick Griffin on Jan 11, 2022 5:12:23 PM

blog_image_Tracy_Clark-2The PSAR family wishes to extend its condolences, thoughts and prayers with the sad announcement of the passing of Tracy Clark, a great man of faith, honesty and integrity.

A longtime PSAR member, Mr. Clark served as a commercial real estate broker for 34 years in the San Diego community. He served as senior vice president with Voit Real Estate Services, specializing in office, retail and investment properties. He served with Voit for 31 years. His family recalled one of his favorite sayings: “It’s a great day to be in commercial real estate.”

He passed away on Dec. 25, 2021, about 46 days after his Nov. 9 diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14 at Awaken Church, 7620 Balboa Ave., San Diego. Burial will be held later the same day at 3 p.m. at Glenn Abbey Memorial Park, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita. All PSAR members are invited to attend.

Tracy Charles Clark was born on March 11, 1955, in Albany, Wisconsin. He attended high school in Wisconsin and graduated from a college in Illinois. He married Silvia Clark on March 26, 1983. Silvia is a PSAR member and REALTOR® in San Diego.

Mr. Clark is survived by his wife Silvia, daughters Kimberly Clark Underwood, Lindsey Clark and Ashley Clark and 1 granddaughter Clark Mercy Underwood.

His family reports that Mr. Clark stayed strong in his faith in God through his illness. Until his last breath, he never wavered in believing in God’s goodness and faithfulness to his family. His legacy will include as a man of honor and integrity who loved God and his family.

Topics: Announcements, Leadership

DYLAN GRAHAM, CONTRIBUTING TO PSAR’S FUTURE

Posted by Christine Antosada-Borromeo on Jan 7, 2022 1:30:00 PM
New PSAR Board Member Dylan Graham

Meet Dylan Graham, who was recently elected to a two-year term (2022-2023) on the PSAR board of directors.

 

Dylan, a San Diego native, graduated from St. Augustine High School (2006) and San Diego State University (2011) with a Bachelor’s degree in International Economics and Spanish. He grew up in East County and played in youth baseball leagues with real estate veteran Steve Wilson as his baseball manager. Later, Dylan played on his high school team, and then he played for the SDSU Aztecs under head coach Tony Gwynn.

Dylan, 34, said, “When I started my real estate career in 2017, Steve was my mentor. I’m very grateful for his time and continued guidance as I grow my business.”

Prior to real estate, Dylan returned to his high school to serve for a couple of years as a baseball coach. At a private batting practice session with one of his high school players, Dylan’s life was threatened in an incident that he will remember forever.

It was a couple of days before Christmas in 2015, when Dylan was pitching to Jack, a high school sophomore, at Hickman Field in Clairemont. A stranger approached and asked for a cigarette. Dylan replied that he didn’t smoke. Then, the stranger pulled out a .357-caliber Magnum handgun.

The man forced Dylan and the 16-year-old student into Dylan’s car. The gunman ordered Dylan to drive while the weapon was pointed at Dylan’s head. The ride from Highway 52 to Highway 67 toward Ramona stretched more than 30 miles over 40 minutes.

“I had a lot of time to think about my girlfriend Kristina, my life, and Jack’s life,” Dylan said. “I was thinking, ‘Am I going to crash the car here, are we just gonna jump out?’ But the whole way, he had the gun pointed to my head, so I couldn’t do much. I offered him money, my phone, and the car, all of which were ignored. As we started to get to the middle of nowhere, it was apparent it wasn’t going to end well.”

The kidnapper said his plan was to meet up with friends in the woods. With a gun still pointed at Dylan from behind and the student next to him in the front seat, Dylan made a decision and made his move at a construction zone near Dye Road and Wildcat Canyon Road.

“When he wasn’t paying attention,” Dylan said, “I let go of the wheel, jumped in the back seat, got my hands around his wrist, and just started fighting for the gun. I was in survival mode. I was enraged and screaming, trying to get the gun. I was fighting for my life.”

The student jumped out of the moving car. Dylan and the kidnapper struggled over the weapon. The kidnapper got off three shots, with one of those bullets going through the seat where the student had sat moments earlier.

The car crashed. The kidnapper ran from the crash, then carjacked a 79-year-old woman in Ramona. Later, he later robbed a Lemon Grove gas station. More crimes followed in Orange County. The one-man crime spree that included kidnapping and multiple robberies ended with the man’s arrest in a Riverside SWAT standoff. Later, the kidnapper was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Dylan said recently, “It was a pretty crazy incident, one of those weird things. It happened a while ago, but it still sticks with you. I’m still close to Jack’s family. You never know ahead of time what will happen. It makes you appreciate life.”

Dylan and Kristina were married in March of 2018. They live in the Rolando Village community, near SDSU. In 2019, Dylan was selected for a Citizens of Courage award from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. The DA’s Office said, “This high school coach acted with bravery and quick thinking to disarm a kidnapper and allow both to escape safely.”

With PSAR, Dylan has served the past couple of years on the Government Affairs Committee.

“I decided to serve on the board because homeownership and fighting for property rights is a passion of mine,” said Dylan. “We need to help the younger generation share in the American dream of homeownership. We need to support and empower REALTORS® who will be there to help future generations.”

Dylan believes all PSAR members should become involved with the association. “I think it’s important to get involved because REALTORS® are professionals who will help our communities. When you get involved, then you’re helping to shape the future and make a stronger, more effective association. In the end, PSAR provides an opportunity to help everyone in the community and our businesses.”

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PSAR's mission is to empower REALTORS®.

Topics: Announcements, Leadership

New and Improved Paragon Features

Posted by Christine Antosada-Borromeo on Dec 10, 2021 8:35:26 AM

Three new tools in Paragon to help you become more efficient!

Price Analysis Widget

This new tool looks at Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) and Potential Buyers to help you determine the pricing for your listings.

You can find this feature through the menu bar of the Listing Input Forms for current Full, Partial, or Subject Property Listings.

The Potential Buyers are contacts in Paragon, Paragon Connect, and your Collaboration Center who have saved searches with parameters that your property would qualify for.

The Potential Buyers and the AVMs allow agents to determine how a price change might affect potential buyers. Simply enter a New Price into the widget and click on Recalculate Buyers to see how many saved searches your listing may trigger.

Clicking the Use New Price button will automatically change the price on the listing input form. 

Price Analysis Feature-1

Price Analysis Feature 2

Price Analysis Feature 3

Display and User Interface Updates

Paragon looks different – and better – now. The unnecessary white space has been removed. The buttons and labels look uniform across the platform, too. Those are in addition to several other cosmetic and functional improvements of the platform.

Old and New Features

Changes to Paragon Connect

There are several changes to the mobile version of Paragon to amplify its on-the-go MLS capabilities. Contact list upgrades, more search parameters, more edit options to listings, and more options to organize and communicate with clients have been added to its functionalities.

Old and New Mobile Features


Education

CRMLS offers a variety of resources to educate you on our products and services. Click above to visit the CRMLS training center.

Support

If you need MLS support, please click above or call (800) 925-1525 to be assisted.

Compliance

Your listing data is safe, clean, and accurate. Click above to chat live with a CRMLS Compliance representative.

 

Paragon Connect is also headed for major upgrades, so it's best to keep an eye out for more Paragon Connect news soon!

 

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

Topics: Announcements, CRMLS, Paragon

Winners of the 2021 REALTOR®, Broker/Office Manager & Affiliate awards

Posted by Rick Griffin on Dec 2, 2021 1:59:27 PM

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Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 REALTOR®, Broker/Office Manager & Affiliate of The Year Awards! They will be honored at the R.E.A.L. Awards event early next year.

Honoring PSAR members who empower all REALTORS® through selfless contributions to our industry

2021 REALTOR® of the Year Award recipients:

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Denisse Roland Newell
Central San Diego

Amber

Amber Tannehill
East San Diego

Charmaine

Charmaine Orcino-Gonzales
South San Diego

 

2021 Broker/Office Manager of the Year Award recipients:

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Mauricio Perez-Vazquez
Central San Diego
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Jeff Campbell
East San Diego
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Bob Olivieri
South San Diego

 

2021 Affiliate of the Year Award recipients:

Karen
Karen Buelterman
Central San Diego
debra
Debra Yatsko
East San Diego
Andrea
Andrea Martino
South San Diego


More Criteria Information and Past Recipients

These award recipients were announced at the past week's Installation Dinner to honor the board of directors and chairs that served PSAR last year and incoming 2021 directors.

The primary mission of the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS® (PSAR) is to empower REALTORS® to achieve their business goals. The R.E.A.L. awards are a tangible recognition of the highest level of REALTORS® business achievement by agents, brokers and teams over the prior year.

“A hearty congratulations to everyone who received a special annual award,” said Ditas Yamane, 2021 PSAR President. “PSAR's mission is to empower REALTORS® to flourish while being accountable to each other, our clients, and our community. All these award winners embody our mission. I am so very proud of everyone.”

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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: Announcements, Events, Leadership

REALTOR®, Broker/Office Manager & AFFILIATE Of The Year Nominations

Posted by Rick Griffin on Oct 22, 2021 9:56:09 AM

2020 REALTOR, Broker/Office Manager, Affiliate of the year

Call for Nominations!!!

Do you know a fantastic PSAR REALTOR®, Broker/Office Manager, or Affiliate? Now is the time to give them the recognition they deserve. Please take a few minutes to nominate a candidate.

You can use either of these two methods to nominate.

ONLINE FORM                 PDF FORM  

Nominations must be received by Friday, November 5, 2021.

PSAR will recognize three REALTORS,® Brokers, and Affiliates each year from three distinct “Geographic Areas” of San Diego County, Central San Diego, East San Diego County, and South San Diego County. The names of individuals making nominations will remain secret. The number of nominations shall not create an advantage for nominees. Award winners may not be the sitting President of the Association and may not be a past recipient of the specific award regardless of the geographic area where the prior award was won.

Recognition Committee will consist of the past recipient of each award, the Affiliate Director, and members of the Committee Council, which consists of the PSAR Committee Chairman. Winners will be announced at PSAR's Installation. Awards will be given at our upcoming REAL Awards in 2022. At least one runner-up will be announced.

More Criteria Information and Past Recipients

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Pacific Southwest Association of 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: Announcements, Events, Leadership

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

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

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

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