Sentrilock Key Card & Associated services Termination - MARCH 31ST

Posted by Kevin McElroy on Feb 22, 2024 7:00:00 AM

Old Sentri Lockboxes will be out of date

Immediate action may be required for old-model Gen 1 and Gen 2 lockbox continuity due to Sentrilock's updates for security and technology enhancements.

PSAR's CRMLS subscribers may exchange registered old boxes for new boxes for only $120.
(offer valid until March 29th)


1. Sentrilock has informed its Associations that, effective March 31, 2024, all remaining Sentrikey card usage will be completely terminated, including the Associations Admin keys.

2. What does this mean for box owners? Do not buy or sell non-Bluetooth lockboxes from any source, including eBay or fellow agents. Ownership of these boxes cannot be transferred from the previous owner to you. See the images above of the non-Bluetooth boxes to avoid purchasing:

3. Non-Bluetooth boxes inactive for over a year require an internal clock reset with a Sentrikey card. This reset must be completed by March 31; otherwise, the lockbox will cease to function.

4. PSAR strongly urges users to change batteries now and check old model boxes now to see if a clock reset is needed. PSAR has replacement batteries in the three service centers. PSAR staff has been told that batteries may also be available online.  Sentrilock Customer Support can assist users with clock resets at (513) 618-5800 until March 31st.

5. If a non-Bluetooth lockbox displays "Code" then "Error" upon an attempt to open, it likely indicates the box has been inactive for over a year and may require an internal clock reset with a Sentrikey card. This must be completed by March 31, or the lockbox will stop working. Contact Sentrilock Support at 513-618-5800, or PSAR for assistance before March 31.

6. "Call Before Showing" (CBS) functionality can be activated on a non-Bluetooth lockbox using a key card until March 31. After activation, CBS will remain permanently on the box. Some agents might keep a few boxes with active CBS.

7. Sentrilock explains that the CBS feature cannot be used until every PSAR lockbox is a Bluetooth model. This feature does not support mixing old and new boxes. If PSAR retires all old, non-Bluetooth boxes, the CBS feature could become available again, although this is currently not planned.

8. To facilitate the transition, starting March 4, PSAR will offer a limited-time deal for PSAR's CRMLS subscribers to update lockboxes. For those with old Gen 1 or Gen 2 non-Bluetooth boxes, there's an opportunity to trade them in for new ones with a $39 discount off the usual price. Until March 29, new boxes are available for only $120 upon trading in old ones. This offer is limited to two discounted boxes per member. For additional boxes, the discounted price of $120 each applies, but advance payment is required. New boxes will be ordered, and their arrival at PSAR offices is expected within two weeks.

9.  PSAR members, please Do not discard old boxes in the trash.  Please drop them off at PSAR and we will recycle them for you.

For other questions contact PSAR service centers at support@psar.org or by calling (619) 421-7811.
 
 
 

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Topics: Education

Vote Now FOR PSAR BOARD MEMBERS!

Posted by Rick Griffin on Jun 23, 2023 9:00:00 AM

2024 candidates

PSAR members, don't forget to vote for the 2024-2025 board members! Electronic ballots were emailed on June 23rd at 9 a.m. and voting ends on June 30th at 5 p.m. Only PSAR REALTORS® can vote.

     Cast Your Vote     


Candidates for PSAR President-Elect  (1 Seat)

Yvonne Cromer

Yvonne Cromer

Mike White

Mike White

 

Candidate for Secretary / Treasurer (1 Seat)


Sam Calvano

Sam Calvano

 

Candidates for Director Pick Up to Five (Two-Year Seats)

Tristin Stokes
Tristin Stokes
Monica Greenwood
Monica Greenwood
Charmaine Orcino - Gonzales
Charmaine Orcino-Gonzalez
Paula Gonzalez
Paula Gonzalez

Jim O'Donnell
 Jim O'Donnell

Norma Scantlin
Norma Scantlin


Rebecca Pollack-Rude
Rebecca Pollack-Rude

 

 


     Cast Your Vote     

 

 

PSAR members get to engage in the decision-making process and choose our leaders. The association's management of policies, programs, events, and investments has a direct impact on our personal lives and businesses. Elected Directors not only offer practical guidance but also motivate the association to strive for greater heights.

It takes just a few minutes to cast your vote, but the outcomes can be significant. Take the time to make a difference and shape the future of our association.

We look forward to counting your ballot!

For a Complete Copy of the PSAR  By-Laws download them here:

Download the PSAR By-Laws

Topics: Education, Marketing, Industry

Over 55, Disabled, or Victim, Can Now Save On Property taxes.

Posted by Communications on Oct 21, 2022 2:47:00 PM

Many owners who want to move within California can now transfer their lower property tax base from one property to another, anywhere in the state, The tax base transfer can save owners tens of thousands of dollars or more in taxes. 

Under Proposition 13, a home is normally appraised at its full market value at the time it is purchased. This program allows the taxable value on the original home to be transferred to the replacement home thereby preventing an increase in property tax.

The program befits owners who meet the qualifications listed here.

Homeowners Age 55+ If you're a senior, retiree, or older homeowner who feels trapped in a home that no longer fits your needs.

People With Severe Disabilities  If you live with a severe or permanent disability.

Victims of Wildfire & Natural Disasters
If you are one of the tens of thousands of Californians whose family home has been destroyed or substantially damaged by wildfire.

The new law called Proposition 19 makes it easier for you to move to another home without incurring a property tax hike.* 

Explainer Video Prepared by San Diego Chief Deputy Assessor, Jordan Marks,
and produced by the PSAR.

See the California Board of Equalization Prop 19 information page for additional details about filing checklists, guidelines, rulemaking, frequently asked questions, related legislation, deadlines, forms requirements, types of relief, intergenerational transfer exclusions, additional resources, and general property tax information.

Filing forms for Seniors and the Disabled may be found here. See the tabs "Forms"

* Always check with your tax professional to verify your particular situation prior to making financial decisions.

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PSAR's mission is to empower real estate professionals.

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.

Topics: Education, Announcements, Industry

2022 Summer DRE Bulletin

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jul 26, 2022 1:16:58 PM

DRE Commissioner Douglas McCauley releaseS the Summer DRE Bulletin.

  • Comments on the housing shortage and adaptive reuse or converting a building from one use to another.
  • Senate Bill 263 (SB 263), amended the continuing education requirements for real estate licensees becomes effective January 1, 2023.
  • DRE Survey, Realtors, please comment.  The Commissioner is looking for feedback.
  • Continuing Education (CE) audits
  • Trust Fund Signatories. Can a property owner sign on a real estate broker’s trust account? Can a real estate broker sign on the property owner’s general account?
  • California’s Call to Action: Build 2.5 Million Homes in the Next Eight Years
  • California Mortgage Relief Program
  • Mortgage Loan Servicers and the Foreclosure Process
  • Advertising Guidelines and the Use of Former Surnames and Nicknames

READ The Entire Bulletin Here

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Topics: Education, Announcements, Brokers/Managers

Housing Discrimination - What Owners need to know

Posted by Monica Lopez on May 22, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Fair Housing Resources

CSA San Diego County, Written by Monica Lopez

CSA San Diego County investigates hundreds of fair housing complaints annually. Not all complaints have intentional actions at their source. A certain number are the result of agents or landlords lacking proper training, in-depth knowledge of fair housing laws, or the use of rental documents that are out of date.

Fair Housing Training
Fair housing training is a critical element in reducing complaints. Housing providers should ensure that they and their employees understand their responsibilities under federal and state fair housing laws, and act on those responsibilities in their daily interactions with both applicants and residents.

An example of the need to stay current on fair housing laws training: 
Amy the apartment manager received training in fair housing laws in 2008 when she was first hired. Recently, she denied an applicant because their housing community, to her knowledge, does not accept Section 8 vouchers. Had Amy updated her training annually, she would have been made aware that the applicants receiving assistance from programs such as Section 8 are now protected under Source of Income laws.

Fair Housing Knowledge
In-depth knowledge of fair housing laws is essential as well. Limited fair housing education can result in wrongful actions and costly lawsuits.

An example of the need for in-depth knowledge of fair housing laws:
Sara the leasing agent was recently hired and was required to watch a 1-hour fair housing training video during orientation. The video covered very basic information regarding protected groups and prohibited actions, but do specifics on disability-related topics. Six months later, Sara encountered a complaint. She had informed an applicant with a disability that they could not rent a unit in her building because his assistance animal was on the "breed restricted" list. Sara was unaware of "reasonable accommodations" under California law.

Discriminatory Policies, Practices, and Procedures
CSA has experience in investigating errors that occur in rental applications, rental agreements, and house rules. A well-educated and currently trained individual should always review any of these documents before implementing them to ensure the contents comply with fair housing laws.

An example of the need for awareness of discriminatory practices:
A house rule that prohibits children from leaving their apartment unless accompanied by a parent. The Fair Housing Act prohibits rules that target any protected groups. Families with children may encounter issues with housing providers who maintain overly restrictive or targeted rules. Having a fair housing law-educated and trained individual review your rules prior to posting is always the best practice.

The solution to housing discrimination starts with you.  If you or your staff are in need of training, contact CSA.

CSA San Diego County
327 Van Houten Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92020
www.c4sa.org
Phone: 619-444-5700
TTY: 800-735-2929

CSA San Diego County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose primary mission is the promotion of social justice and public welfare through programs, services, and advocacy against all forms of discrimination, including advocacy for the eradication of housing discrimination to assure equal housing opportunity for all individuals.

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Any opinion, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of HUD. This material is based on work supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under FHIP Grant FEOI210047.

Topics: Education, Brokers/Managers, Industry

A big change to Sentrilock Key Cards is coming soon!

Posted by Kevin McElroy on Mar 16, 2022 10:00:00 AM

SentriLock Deprecates SentriCard

By March 30, 2022, SentriCard key cards will no longer open lockbox key compartments (unless you own the lockbox)!

The SentriKey phone application must be used by non-lockbox owners to open key compartments!

How do I open the key compartment?

If you own a lockbox, you will still be able to use your SentriCard to open the key compartment and/or release the shackle of your lockbox.  The SentriKey® phone app performs the same functions.

All others accessing a lockbox-- Showing agents, agents that use their broker’s lockboxes, team members, and assistants-- must use the SentriKey® app to open the key compartment using a Mobile Access Code sent by the app.

 

Showing in a remote area not using a Bluetooth® lockbox,

The SentriKey® Real Estate app can detect low or no cell coverage and a Mobile Access Code will be presented in the app. No card needed, no Bluetooth® needed!.

  1. From SKRE Home Screen > Select View Nearby Properties
  2. A message will pop up indicating that this feature is not available
    when offline. (If the lockbox uses Bluetooth, go to the home screen
    then press ENT on the lockbox.) If non-BLE, continue to step 3.
  3. Select Get Code
  4. Enter the Lockbox Serial Number
  5. Select Get Code
  6. Use Biometrics or PIN
  7. Your Access Code will display

 

How do I remove customization and borrowed lockboxes?

Lockboxes that are borrowed or customized require the lockbox owner’s SentriCard® to be inserted into the lockbox to release the shackle. This will set the lockbox back to its default settings and remove any customization.

 

Lockbox Sharing

Brokers sharing their Lockboxes will need to enable the ability for agents to view all lockboxes and access logs to generate one-day codes, release the shackle and assign lockboxes to listings. If this feature is disabled, an Office Staff or Broker office individual will need to assign the lockbox to an agent’s listing first in order to perform these functions.

 

How do I set the lockbox clock?

All lockboxes below an NXT Wireless (Blue Box) 24.34 version must use the lockbox owner’s SentriCard® to set the clock on a lockbox for the time to update.

 

How do I release the shackle?

Lockbox owners can use the SentriKey® app to generate a shackle release code, or owners can use their SentriCard® to release the shackle. If you are using a lockbox that is owned by another user, you will use the SentriKey® app to release the shackle by using a shackle code.

 

How do I recalibrate the lockbox?

With assistance from our Support department, the lockbox owner’s SentriCard® will be able to recalibrate the motor.

 

How do I customize a lockbox to another region?

By using the lockbox owner’s SentriCard®, the lockbox owner can customize a lockbox to a different region, enable/disable CBS, and enable/disable contractor mode for a non-BLE lockbox.

 


Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions May Be Found Here.

 

Or Email SentriLock at support@sentrilock.com

Call SentriLock: 513-618-5800

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Topics: Education, YPN

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

PSAR MEMBERS HONORED AS C.A.R. LIFE MEMBERS

Posted by Rick Griffin on Nov 12, 2021 8:40:42 AM

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PSAR is proud to announce that 15 PSAR members have been approved by the PSAR board of directors for recognition by the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) as honorary members for life.

The 15 members include:

• Loretta Beckstrand • Sten Bjernefalt • Dan Brennan
• Grace Brickner • Bette Crowther • Tony Dulawan
• Patricia Egre • Richar Faust • Cynthia Faust
• Margaret Hueppchen • Marilyn McClelland • Patti McKelvey
• Lynette Mejia • Rosina Orozco • Pamela Ratcliffe

Congratulations to each esteemed member for your long-term commitment to professionalism and excellence in the real estate industry.

This latest 2021 group of new C.A.R. life members will receive a waiver of C.A.R. dues beginning in 2022. They will continue to receive a dues waiver for as long as they remain eligible for REALTOR® membership or until retirement from the field.

Requirements to be honored as a C.A.R. life member include remaining as a C.A.R. member in good standing for a minimum of 25 years and attaining the age of 75.

Acceptance as honorary members for life also requires approval of the C.A.R. Membership Committee and the C.A.R. Board of Directors at one of its three annual membership meetings. Applications for the honorary member-for-life designation must be received in advance of the meetings in order for the dues waiver to be effective the following year. Applications will not be processed without the signature of the member’s local association executive.

Applications are available on the C.A.R.website and using THIS FORM

For additional information, send an email to hmfl@car.org.

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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 HONORED BY SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB

Posted by Rick Griffin on Nov 9, 2021 3:00:00 PM

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PSAR was recently honored for writing excellence by the San Diego Press Club,

PSAR received an award in the “In-House or Employee Publications” category for recent “Voice of Real Estate” stories, an ongoing series covering the latest real estate industry trends. 

In addition, PSAR was honored in the “General Writing for Internal Publications” category for a series of profile stories about PSAR members.

It was the seventh consecutive year that PSAR has been recognized for writing excellence by the San Diego Press Club.  

The PSAR member profile stories have generated high readership levels and fostered closer bonds among PSAR colleagues. A frequent response to the stories among members who have worked together for years is, “I didn’t know that about you.”

It was the fourth consecutive year that PSAR has received a Press Club writing award for its “Voice of Real Estate” series.

The monthly Voice articles feature updates on local and statewide housing market conditions based on statistics from the California Association of REALTORS®, as well as other recent news about real estate and economic trends, cited from news reports.

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The Voice articles also satisfy a core standard from the National Association of Realtors requiring real estate trade associations to provide realtor members with regularly scheduled information on the housing market, and real estate trends and issues.

The San Diego Press Club’s recent 48th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards drew over 1,100 entries, making it one of the largest journalism competitions in the nation. Judges were press club members in Alaska, California (San Francisco, Orange County), Florida, Louisiana(New Orleans), New York (Rochester), Ohio (Cleveland), and Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

The San Diego Press club presented over 500 awards in 130 categories and 10 divisions. Winners included reporters, writers, artists, photographers, videographers, corporate communicators, and public relations professionals. Top winners included The San Diego Union-Tribune with 42 awards in online, daily newspapers, and photography categories, Ranch and Coast Magazine with 22 awards in magazine and photography categories, and the San Diego Business Journal with 19 awards in non-daily newspaper categories.

The San Diego Press Club is one of the largest clubs of its kind in the nation with 400 members, all in the news communications field. The group offers professional growth activities and promotes integrity and high ethical standards in journalism.

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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

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