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Monday, March 23 

11:00 A.M. Check-In || 11:30 A.M. Lunch || 12:00 P.M. Program 
UCI Student Center, A311 Student Center – Pacific Room D, Irvine, 92697

Real estate economist Gary Watts will provide his market insights, 2015 OCAR President Rita Tayenaka will comment on the state of the Association, and CRMLS CEO Art Carter will discuss the future of the MLS. 

A delicious lunch and free parking will be provided to attendees with advanced registration. Thank you to our generous parking sponsors, Alex del Toro of The Termite Guy, Amy Tran of ValuEscrow and Uly Kim of PrimeLending.

Seating for this event with lunch and free parking is now full.

If you'd like to be placed on the waitlist to watch the market update (without complementary lunch and parking), you may email Joanne Frank.

If you have already registered, a $45 no-show will apply if you do not cancel your registration prior to the event. Email your cancellation to Joanne Frank.

 

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Here's another way to maximize OC FastStats in your marketing materials. We'll show you how to personalize the market reports with your branding using Adobe Acrobat Professional. We'll edit out OCAR's logo and insert your image and contact information.

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REALTOR® Magazine and the Good Neighbor Society are seeking nominees for Volunteering Works, a grant and mentoring program for REALTORS® who volunteer in their communities. Nominees should be REALTORS® who lead a fledgling charitable effort and would value working with a mentor. Five people will be selected to receive $1,000 seed grants and a year of one-on-one mentoring from a past winner of the Good Neighbor Awards. Entry deadline is February 27.

Click here for more information and to access the application.

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Calling all amazing volunteers! REALTOR® Magazine is seeking nominees for the Good Neighbor Awards, which recognize REALTORS® who have made an extraordinary impact on their communities through volunteer work. Entries must be received by May 15. For more info and an entry form, go to www.REALTOR.org/gna or see the March/April issue of REALTOR® Magazine. 

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The majority of metropolitan areas saw steady but slightly stronger price growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, behind a decline in housing supply and an uptick in demand fueled by lower interest rates and a stronger job market, NAR says in its latest quarterly metro price report. The median existing single-family home price increased in 86 percent of measured markets, with 150 out of 175 metropolitan statistical areas showing gains based on closings in the fourth quarter compared with the fourth quarter of 2013. 

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says improved sales activity compared to a year ago and tightening supply contributed to faster price appreciation in the final quarter of 2014. “Home prices in metro areas throughout the country continue to show solid price growth, up 25 percent over the past three years on average,” he said. “This is good news for current homeowners but remains a challenge for buyers who are seeing home prices continue to outpace their wages. Low interest rates helped preserve affordability last quarter, but it’ll take stronger income gains and more housing supply to help meet the pent-up demand for buying.”

See the data for yourself...

(Source: National Association of REALTORS®)

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REALTORS® say improving economic conditions and buyer urgency point to better market in 2015.

Pending home sales posted higher on a year-over-year basis for the first time since January 2013 and as expected, declined from the previous month due primarily to a seasonal slowdown toward the end of the year, according to C.A.R. 

Additionally, with the specter of a better economy, greater job growth, and increasing household formation, C.A.R.’s new Market Pulse Survey found that many REALTORS® expect market conditions to improve in 2015, as does C.A.R.  Review the Market Pulse Survey and the full press release here.

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OCAR offers members and their clients and customers a vehicle to economically expedite ethics complaints without going to court. Ethics complaints that are brought before the board give those parties involved an opportunity to be educated about the Code. In addition, REALTORS® are judged by their peers as opposed to other individuals who may be far less familiar with the practices and customs of the real estate industry.

This video helps de-mystify the process for filing a Grievance complaint: 

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Is Aliso Viejo your farm? The City of Aliso Viejo has commissioned this video highlighting the community's features. It could serve as a great way to introduce the city to prospective home buyers. Please share in your marketing materials:

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Our latest OC FastStats market update is now available.  Share this information with your clients via social media or even embed on your website and blog.  We strive to keep you a step ahead with the latest market data!

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In this workshop on Jan. 22, you will learn from four experts who will share their expertise on business planning, time management, and goal setting. The panel discussion, moderated by Bob Wolff, will feature successful agents and managers selected by OCAR's Education Committee. These topics will be covered:

  • Scheduling: work vs. personal vs. family time
  • Learn the art of scheduling with sellers and buyers
  • How to formulate a strong business plan
  • How to minimize “time wasters” in your real estate profession

Sign up via My Account (it's FREE)

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Where are sales and interest rates heading? And what are the potential speed bumps ahead? NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun expects existing-home sales to rise about 7 percent in 2015 behind a strengthening economy, solid job gains and a healthy increase in home prices. Watch his forecast: 

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When joining OCAR for the first time, the Association will offer a one-time waiver of OCAR local dues and OCAR processing fees for members on Active Military Duty and/or their spouses. Also, when joining OCAR for the first time, the Association will offer a one-time waiver of OCAR processing fees and a one-time, half-off of OCAR dues to U.S. Military Veterans. We'll need proof of Active Duty or Veteran status at time of joining.

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zipForm® Mobile is now free for C.A.R. members in 2015. Quickly create new transactions on your tablet or smartphone. With the built-in TouchSign™ feature, you can have clients sign directly on your tablet! zipLogix Digital Ink® and DocuSign® are integrated into zipForm® Mobile, making it easy to send your documents off for digital signature.

To begin using zipForm® Mobile, follow these steps:

  1. From your mobile device, open the Internet and go to www.zipformonline.com
  2. Choose "Use C.A.R. Credentials" from the drop-down menu*
  3. Enter your username and password to the www.car.org website
  4. Click Login

*Broker and Team Edition users, choose "Use zipForm credentials"

iPhone and iPad users:

You may download the "zipForm® Mobile Companion" App instead of opening an internet browser. 

To learn more about zipForm® Mobile, attend a free webinar!

C.A.R. knows the importance of being mobile and keeping you connected to important contracts anywhere your schedule takes you. Visit on.car.org/zfmobile or register to attend one of C.A.R.'s FREE upcoming webinars:

 

 

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Looking for a last minute tax deduction? Consider giving to the OCAR Cares Foundation! Those who donate $500 or more to the OCAR Cares Foundation before February 28, 2015, will be recognized as members of the OCAR Cares Founders Circle at the Annual Membership Meeting. This is a one-time opportunity. 

Donate Now! 

Learn more about the OCAR Cares Foundation...

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With a new year, new laws go into effect. The California Association of REALTORS® legal department has put together a comprehensive chart of new laws that affect REALTORS® and a brief summary of each. Topics include Broker record retention, team names, and agency disclosures. Check it out here.

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With the launch of OC FastStats next month, we'll deliver monthly market stats and engaging videos like this one. Share the video on your social media.

More information about OC FastStats

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Beginning on Saturday, January 10 our offices will be open from 9am to 1pm, every Saturday until the end of the month. Can't get down to our office locations? You can save time (and gas) by renewing your dues online—you can even elect to be on the bimonthly payment plan. Simply log into My Account to get started.

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The National Association of REALTORS® has won the rights to the new .realestate top-level domain. NAR intends to use the .realestate domain along with the recently acquired .REALTOR domain to create order for real estate information on the Internet and to provide NAR members with tools that help brand themselves as the most trusted, valued source of real estate information. More…

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We care about your safety while you are out showing properties.  Here are 10 ways to stay safe: 

1.  Always carry your cell phone where it is readily accessible. Do not leave it in the purse you locked in the trunk of your car or stowed out of sight in a kitchen cabinet.

2.  Be aware of your surroundings. Preview property before you show it. Familiarize yourself with the layout of the property, including all entrances and exits, and with the neighborhood.

3.  Be careful how you dress. Flashy or expensive jewelry may attract the wrong kind of attention.

4.  Implement a buddy system. Enlist at least five close friends or colleagues on whom you can rely in case of an emergency. Tell them in advance what property you will be showing and trust that they will have your back.

5.  Ask prospective clients to meet you at your office. Before you take clients to see a property, get a license plate number and leave it at the front desk. Explain to your clients that doing so is office policy; a client who means no harm won’t mind.

6.  Always take your own car for showings. When you leave your car, lock it.

7.  When showing a property, let potential buyers take the lead while you follow. If there are features you want to call to their attention, do so from the rear, not the front. 

8.  Avoid going into the basement, walk-in closets, or other closed or confined areas with a prospect. Be familiar with all entrances and exits.  

9. Never advertise a property as vacant or show one alone at night. To do so is to invite trouble.

10. Don't host an open house alone; take along a colleague. And suggest to home owners that they take breakables off tabletops and stow valuables in safe places, well out of sight. 

 

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Half of all millennials viewed real estate websites last month, but fewer homes on the market, increasing prices, and tight lending standards have made it difficult for them to become homeowners. The realtor.com Top 10 Fall Markets for Millennial Home Buyers list shows that despite trends shown in the realtor.com August National Housing Trend Report of strong prices and limited inventory, some markets are primed and ready for millennial home buyers this fall. More…

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