New Guidelines released for Best Practices During COVID-19

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Mar 31, 2020 5:38:24 AM

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® offers Best Practices Guidelines to assist agents in the safe practice of real estate. Following these guidelines will enable REALTORS® to demonstrate care for the health and well-being of clients, colleagues and the greater public welfare in reducing the risk of exposure to, and spread of, COVID-19, while providing the essential services of residential and commercial real estate recognized by the Department of Homeland Security as being necessary for the maintenance of America’s Critical Infrastructure. 

These guidelines reflect C.A.R.'s understanding of Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order issued March 19, as updated by the “Advisory Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response” from March 28, 2020, which expressly includes residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, as essential services. These guidelines are being updates regularly as more information becomes available.

 

Topics: Announcements, Brokers/Managers, Marketing, Industry

Financial Help Is Here

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Mar 30, 2020 9:26:03 AM

Here is a list of some of the companies offering assistance and what
you can expect from them.

Financial help and infromation

Are you are worried about making payments now or in the near future?

Now is a good time to conserve resources for your family to weather this crisis for the foreseeable future.

NOW is the time for you to CONTACT your service providers! There is Coronavirus Mortgage, Rental, Credit Card, Auto and Personal Loan Relief but you have to ask for it!  - CLICK HERE -

REALTOR®s who have specific questions about the CARE act, unemployment or other COVID-19 benefits, call  C.A.R.’s COVID Relief Hotline by calling 1+(213) 351 8450,  Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

 

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

The Feds & State Determine Real Estate is Essential

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Mar 29, 2020 12:00:18 PM

 

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency CISA updated its list of essential services during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis and expressly included residential real estate. Since Governor Newsom’s March 4, 2020 order incorporates this list, the order now includes residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services as essential services in California. However, if a city or county has an order with a more restrictive standard regarding what qualifies as an essential service, or more restrictions on activities, those guidelines will still govern the activities of a licensee. Notwithstanding this new development, all real estate licensees must take into account the health and safety of their clients and fellow licensees and follow the protocols that exist for protecting against the spread of COVID-19. If such heath safeguards and protocols are not followed, the rule for the state could easily change to stop or restrict all real estate activity.

To that end, in conformity with current health guidelines, real estate licensees should follow all CDC and local health mandates. This includes the following: 1. No open houses should be held. (CRMLS has removed the option of holding Open Houses) 2. Showings should be done virtually.

Read more from C.A.R. here.

Topics: Brokers/Managers, Market Information, Industry

How does the (CARES) act provide Relief for Realtors?

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Mar 26, 2020 11:05:51 AM

The Senate has just passed the Coronavirus aid, relief and economic security (CARES) Act, a stimulus package that will provide assistants to Realtors.   C.A.R. is closely monitoring the legislation.   Review CAR's update here.

CARES act provide Relief for Realtors?

 

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

FHFA Directs Enterprises to Grant Flexibilities for Appraisal and Employment Verifications

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Mar 25, 2020 2:49:06 PM
Federal Housing Finance Agency

FHFA Directs Enterprises to Grant Flexibilities for Appraisal and Employment Verifications

To facilitate liquidity in the mortgage market during the corona virus national emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) to provide alternative flexibilities to satisfy appraisal requirements and employment verification requirements through....(click here)
 
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Topics: Announcements, Brokers/Managers, Market Information, Industry

Temporary Feature – “Ask DRE Licensing” By Email

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Mar 25, 2020 1:27:56 PM
California Department of Real Estate
 

Temporary Feature – “Ask DRE Licensing” By Email

 

In addition to our public phone line, DRE is temporarily answering Licensing related questions by email at Ask.DRELicensing@dre.ca.gov.

Staff responding to these emails will have access to limited information and can only answer general licensing and examination questions, such as how do I apply for a license or what are the requirements to renew a license, etc. This email feature cannot provide information about individual applicant statuses, such as when will my renewal be processed, when will my exam be scheduled or why did I get a deficiency letter. For specific questions about application statuses, please contact Licensing at (877) 373-4542.

Emails will be answered in the order they are received. Please expect a 48 hour turn around for an emailed response. Also, be sure to check your spam or junk folders for responses.

Thank you,
Department of Real Estate
Licensing Program

CA D.R.E. UPDATES

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C.A.R.'s Issues Guidance on Governor's Stay-at-Home Order

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Mar 21, 2020 5:09:42 PM

C.A.R. has issued guidance on the Governor's stay at home order.  This is not guidance from PSAR or our Board of Directors.  CAR has a legal team that is qualified to interpret and opine on legal matters.  Please consult your own legal council for advice and consult.  PSAR, CAR and NAR leaders continue to communicate with officials to educate them about the real estate business in this time of crisis.  

 

For more information please follow this link: 

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

Looking to improve agent retention and productivity?

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Jan 31, 2020 1:37:58 PM

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Have training in your office.  PSAR & CRMLS will help.

  • Three trainers available to train in San Diego
  • Trainers will come to your office
  • PSAR offers meeting space for free to host office meetings.
  • Free training on 33 benefits that will make your team better.
  • Office training also available on PSAR's exclusive benefit called Savvycard.

As a Broker, what is your value proposition?  Brokers looking to improve agent productivity, professionalism and retention, should bring training and resources to their agents in-house. Brokers who show agents how to use these tools, provide added value.  As members of CRMLS, firms have many free or enhanced tools to choose from.  These tools help agents do a better job serving their clients.

When PSAR joined CRMLS, the CEO of Sandicor, and many important staff including three of the four Sandicor trainers became full time employees of CRMLS.  This knowledge is deep and it remains part of our organization.  These trainers are located here in San Diego to educate and support our Realtor members.  They will even train your team locally right in your office. Regular training and coaching can help your agents grow as professionals and enhance your broker/agent relationship. 

Some brokerages don't have the facilities to train all of their agents in one space. If this is an issue for you, PSAR will provide you with free meeting space to train your own at an office meeting hosted in our location?  In return, we only request the opportunity to spend two minutes outlining the benefits of being a PSAR Realtors.

 

Have a Trainer Visit Your Office

 

Here are some of the topics CRMLS will train on.  All of these tools are included for PSAR/CRMLS subscribers at no additional cost to agents or the brokerage. Savvy Card and Glide are two programs offered by PSAR.  PSAR staff can direct brokers to training resources for these benefits.  PSAR can also help brokers identify training for Zipforms and other CAR and NAR programs.
For a syllabus, class length and description, please check out more detailed information here.
  • Cloud Agent Suite 
  • Cloud CMA 
  • Cloud Streams
  • CRMLS Apps
  • CRMLS Marketing Tools
  • CRMLS System and Products Overview
  • Homesnap Pro App
  • Infosparks Market Statistic
  • Infosparks Marketview
  • LionDesk CRM
  • Matrix: Agent Essentials
  • Matrix: Broker Office Admin
  • Matrix: Creating a CMA in Matrix
  • Matrix: Realist Tax 2.0
  • Matrix: Searching 101
  • Matrix: System Updates
  • Matrix: Time-Saving Tips
  • MLS-Touch App
  • Paragon: Advanced Searching
  • Paragon: Agent Essentials
  • Paragon: Broker Office Admin
  • Paragon: Collaboration Center
  • Paragon: Creating a CMA in Paragon
  • Paragon: CRS Tax 101
  • Paragon: Hot Sheets/Tours/Open Houses
  • Paragon: Managing Listings in Paragon
  • Paragon: Searching 101
  • Paragon: ShowingTime for the MLS
  • Paragon: System Updates
  • Paragon: Time-Saving Tips
  • REALTORS® Property Resource®
  • Remine

Want to improve MLS rules compliance and avoid citations and fines?  

  • CRMLS Compliance Top Violations Overview is a great class.

Do you have a boutique office, or need a smaller training session?

Brokers with fewer than ten agents, are welcome to bring their team to training hosted at PSAR each month in each of our three offices.  Bring your entire office to any of these training sessions. Check out our education calendar and register your entire office for training.

 

Not using SavvyCard for lead generation and property marketing?  You should be.

PSAR also offers Savvy Card.  This is a unique marketing platform that includes Seller Share, Free Property websites and much more.  Savvy Card will train in your office as well!  Just email support@psar.org and request office training on Savvycard. Learn more about Savvy Card here.

Need more information, or have a question? Please comment in the form below and a friendly PSAR service member will get back to you!

 

 

Topics: Education, Brokers/Managers, PSAR Benefits

Broker Risk Management and Update from DRE District Manager

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Sep 19, 2019 8:31:35 AM

Register Eventbrite

Update and Q&A with Department of Real Estate District Manager Veronica Kilpatrick

Plus

Risk Management recap from recent C.A.R. Meetings will cover new and recurring legal claims to be aware of and the hottest C.A.R. Legal Hotline questions.

This meeting is open to REALTOR BROKERS ONLY AND THEIR OFFICE MANAGERS

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Time: 1 PM to 2:30 PM

Location:  4330 Genesee Ave, #203, San Diego, CA 92117. 

Access to the Clairemont Facility is on the 2nd Floor in the rear of the building. The best parking is also in the rear of the building. As you go up the stairs the office is on the right.

Open to all Realtor Brokers from any association. Working together to reduce liability is important to Brokers Across the County.  

Save the Dates for 2020 Broker Meetings on:

  • Thursday, February 13th, 2020, 1 PM to 2:30 PM, El Cajon Office
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020, 1 PM to 2:30 PM, Chula Vista Office
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 1 PM to 2:30 PM, Clairemont Office

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Register Eventbrite

 

Topics: Education, Brokers/Managers, Leadership

Brokers Only, How will MLS rule updates impact your brokerage?

Posted by Kevin McElroy on Sep 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM

Brokers, join CRMLS’s Jeff Smetana (Director of Compliance and Licensing) and Megan Barber (Compliance Manager) on October 4th for breakfast in South County or Lunch in East County to learn about the brokers place in the compliance process.

Understanding "the why" behind MLS rules and recent changes to CRMLS.

MLS rules change avoid citations 

 

  • Subjects will include:
    • Compliance process
    • Citation process
    • Compliance resources
    • top violations overview
    • Q & A

Two Sessions for you to chose from:

October 4th, 2019
South County | 10:00am - 11:30am | 880 Canarios ct, Chula Vista, CA 9191

     Register South     

East County     | 12:30pm - 2:00pm   | 1150 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021

     Register East     

** Breakfast / Lunch will be served according to your session **

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Topics: Education, Brokers/Managers, CRMLS