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In celebration of June being National Home Ownership Month, the OC REALTOR® focused on the current housing market, benefits of home ownership and the role REALTORS® play in the American Dream. Read and share some of the featured articles in this month's issue.
 
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Orange County REALTORS® is excited to announce two new FREE member benefits available through CRMLS. 

FHAPros is a new FHA eligibility status report within the Matrix system. All OCR members will now be able to see the FHA eligibility for the condominiums listed for sale within CRMLS.

You can find the new stoplight icon on the grid view when you search for properties. There will also be a link on the property detail report. Clicking on the icon or link will open the FHA eligibility report indicating the unit’s status and provide information about getting an association approved for FHA financing, if desired.

This new feature amps up the already powerful RatePlug Program which allows for the display of real-time housing payment information within MLS property listings to help Real Estate Agents and homebuyers effectively search for affordable properties. The system uses live lending data from lenders who are referred by and work with the participating REALTOR®. The program provides reliable financing information to homebuyers at the very beginning of the real estate buying process so that sound, knowledgeable decisions are made about housing affordability and financing, which in turn, helps agents sell homes faster.

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We are now accepting applications to be a 2018 C.A.R. or NAR Director. All applications are due to Debby Ritter by June 30, 2017.

State Director Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a REALTOR® membership in good standing at OCR
  2. Abide by the terms of OCR’s “State Director Commitment and Policy on Travel”
  3. Act as an ambassador for OCR and its members while fulfilling your duties as a state director
  4. Agree to a three (3) to five (5) year commitment
  5. Attend the three (3) State business meetings scheduled annually
  6. Actively serve on three (3) State Committees; they may be assigned as Leadership deems fit
  7. Submit a written report detailing the issues and outcomes at each committee meeting assigned
    or requested within two (2) weeks.
  8. Invest at least $148 in the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) while serving as a State Director
  9. Serve in a volunteer capacity at OCR, as a committee or task force member, as a project or event
    volunteer, or as a member of OCR’s board of directors while serving as a State Director.

C.A.R. State Director Application

NAR Director Responsibilities

  1. Maintain a REALTOR® membership in good standing at OCR
  2. Act as an ambassador for OCR and its members while fulfilling your duties as a NAR Director
  3. Agree to a three (3) to five (5) year commitment
  4. Attend the two (2) NAR business meetings scheduled annually
  5. Actively serve on at least one (1) NAR Committee
  6. Submit a written report detailing the issues and outcomes at each committee meeting assigned
    or requested within two (2) weeks
  7. Invest at least $148 in the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) while serving as a NAR Director
  8. Serve in a volunteer capacity at OCR, as a committee or task force member, as a project or event
    volunteer, or as a member of OCR’s board of directors while serving as a NAR Director

NAR Director Application


DEADLINE TO APPLY: June 30, 2017

 

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Committee participation and membership

Local Government Relations Committee North and South (Open committee participation, only members can participate in executive session and vote) – These are our primary policy committees.  Here you will review local, state, and federal legislative actions, and recommend policy positions to the OCR Board of Directors.  The committees often receive updates from local elected officials and community partners.  Meets monthly (10 times per year).

Political Affairs and Elections Committee (PAEC)(Closed to committee members only) - Handles political and election activities on behalf of the OCAR Board of Directors. Makes recommendations to support or oppose candidates for election to city, county, and state offices. Makes recommendations to support or oppose ballot measure and other issue-related campaigns. Conducts fundraising activities for the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF). Meets monthly (10 times per year).

Community involvement

Join city commissions and committees – Much like our OCR committees, city commissions and committees are tasked with making recommendations to the city council.  Some, like the planning commission, has decision making authority of their own.  Committees and commissions are a great way to move up the political ladder in your city, and any resident can apply.  Members are, however, selected by council members, so it helps to first attend local events and meeting and get to know you council members. 

Participate in local non-profits - Many of the same people that participate in local government, are active in local non-profits.  It’s another great way to get your foot in the door, and work for a great cause!

Grassroots

Speak at council meetings – When certain issues appear on a council agenda, OCR often needs speakers.  Volunteering to speak is a great way to get known, and advocate for homeowners. 

Respond to C.A.R. Red Alerts – Red Alerts are an easy and effective way to speak as one voice to our elected representatives.  Text REALTORS to 30644 to sign-up

Educate yourself – Being an educated community advocate is a great way to build trust with your clients.  Sign-up for government affairs emails (sent only once a week), at www.ocar.org/ga.

 

Contact: Tony Capitelli – Government Affairs Director -  tonyc@ocar.org – 949-268-0406

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In Memoriam

 Anita Yegsigian
1923-2017

 

Anita Yegsigian passed away of natural causes at her home in Palm Desert on March 18, 2017. Before moving to the desert thirteen years ago, she had lived for forty years in Mission Viejo, where she was active in real estate. The owner of All Star Realty in Mission Viejo, she was named Top REALTOR® in Sales for the Saddleback Valley in 1976.

By all reports, Anita’s cooking also took top honors. Friends and family members recall that she was always preparing her favorite Armenian dishes for a gathering of one sort or another. More recently, she was active in the women’s guild of St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church of the Desert in Rancho Mirage, where she had been affectionately dubbed “the pilaf queen.”

In her later years, Anita enjoyed the peace and serenity of desert living and, until recently, spent at least two days a week on the golf course. Anita’s family members suggest that friends who wish to honor Anita’s memory send donations in her name to St. Garabed Armenian Church, 38900 Vista Dunes Road, Rancho Mirage 92270.   

 

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