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Laguna Hills, April 23, 2018 - Over 118 aspiring real estate professionals attended “New REALTOR® Orientation,” a program hosted by the Orange County REALTORS®, one of California’s largest local associations of professional sales agents and related professionals. 

“California requires sales agents to take specified coursework and sit for a licensing exam.  To become a REALTOR®, state-licensed salespersons must adhere to a code of ethics, submit to continuing education requirements, and join the National and State Associations of REALTORS® in addition to joining a local board like Orange County REALTORS®,” explained Chief Executive Officer of Orange County REALTORS®, Dave Stefanides. 

Stefanides went on to say, "In today’s competitive real estate market, new agents need to get up to speed and one of the best ways to do this is by joining a local association of REALTORS® that offers expertise in all areas of practice. OC REALTORS® has a fantastic learning track for new agents called “New REALTOR® Essentials” that includes training on the Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA), zipForms®, MLS tools and much more!"

Each New REALTOR® Orientation is facilitated by one or more Orange County REALTORS® members. This session was facilitated by Pam Pedego, REALTOR® and 2018 Chair of the Education Committee, along with fellow REALTORS® and Education Committee members Scott White and Chip McAllister.

When asked why Orientation is so important for new members, Pam Pedego said, "It's a kick start for your career. It's a great opportunity to network with other REALTORS® and understand that we are all on the same team. Team REALTOR®!"

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Orange County REALTORS® hosts seven weekly marketing meetings throughout Orange County for members to promote their listings and network. Recently our Huntington Beach meeting, led by facilitator Lori Jones with Central Escrow Group, raised money for a great cause. 

“At our annual review to discuss the Preview Meeting, our group voted on numerous non-profits in our community [to contribute to] and decided to choose the HB Tree Society,” said Lori Jones. The interest to contribute to the Huntington Beach Tree Society was sparked by past president and current REALTOR® member of Orange County REALTORS®, Barbara Delgleize.  Jones went on to explain that “Barbara was very informative in regards to the Society and explained what they do for our town and it received the most votes at the time so we agreed to donate $2,000 to them.” 

The Huntington Beach Tree Society was contacted and gladly accepted their donation of $2,000. Jean Nagy, president of The Huntington Beach Tree Society wrote in a letter to Lori Jones that the “money will be used to purchase more trees and drought tolerant plants for the parks of Huntington Beach.” Along with the thank you letter was a tree house which will be hung at the Meadowlark Golf Club where the meetings are held each week. 

When asked what organization would be next up for donations, Jones said “We are now raising money for the Huntington Beach Council on Aging.”


To learn more about Orange County REALTORS® weekly marketing meetings, visit the webpage.

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Orange County REALTORS® is excited to announce yet another free member benefit - Remine! Remine is a powerful tool combining visualization of in-depth property data with predictive analytics. CRMLS users can make the most of Remine’s billions of property records, map visualizations, and tracking features – at no additional cost.

Comprehensive records
Learn about ownership time, loan amounts, owner status, zoning, permits, neighbors, Airbnb, tax, schools, and more on properties in your MLS.

Visualize your opportunities
Use Remine to see a wide variety of data on MLS properties on an intuitive map, connecting properties with billions of data points to help you learn who might sell next.

Mold your MLS experience
Learn more about specific properties and neighborhoods, or map search with your own parameters – find your own way to make Remine data work for you.

Integrated with CRMLS
CRMLS and Remine have partnered up to offer CRMLS users a seamless experience at no additional cost. Want to get even more in-depth? Premium plans are also available.


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Orange County REALTORS® is dedicated to providing members with valuable market data to utilize in the business. In order to provide a quick glance at the housing market, an OC Market Snapshot for both detached and attached homes will be posted online each month. Members can use these graphics for marketing materials and listing presentations. Be sure to also review the Monthly Housing Summary for a more comprehensive look at the County. For a detailed look at over 180 neighborhoods throughout Orange County, use OC FastStats.

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The average of days on market for detached homes was 38 days. That is a drop from last year when it was 54 days. Attached homes sold in an average of 32 days compared to 46 days in March of last year.

The median sales prices in March for detached was $825,000 which is up 7.8% from 2017. Attached homes rose 6.5% to a median sales price of $506,000 from $475,000 last year.

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Orange County REALTORS® Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing Act

Leaders from Orange County REALTORS® will join REALTORS® across the country to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, one of our country’s most significant laws guiding the real estate industry today.

“As we celebrate Fair Housing Month in April, it’s particularly important this year as we are also commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act,” said Tammy Newland-Shishido, 2018 President of Orange County REALTORS®. “Fair housing makes us stronger, and as REALTORS®, we embrace our role being at the forefront of advancing fair housing and making a commitment to address fair housing issues,” said Newland-Shishido.

All year long, members of Orange County REALTORS®, will lead efforts to raise awareness of fair housing issues by reaffirming their commitment to uphold fair housing laws and offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.

“The passage of the Fair Housing act represents a huge step toward ensuring that all Americans have a chance to live where they choose, but there’s still much for REALTORS® and others in the real estate community to do,” said Newland-Shishido.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law on April 11, 1968, noting that the right to fair housing “is now a part of the American way of life.” The legislation now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, and national origin. 

 

To learn more about the Fair Housing Act’s 50th Anniversary, visit C.A.R.’s website.

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