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In response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, I am inspired to send this letter to you and to all 14,000+ OCAR REALTOR® and Affiliate members. It is about the concept of helping and giving, and “paying it forward,” in which so many of us believe.  

As you may know, the Orange County Association of REALTORS® maintains a special fund under the OCAR Cares Foundation, which gives financial aid to our own members during times of extreme financial distress or family crisis. This program is funded largely by the efforts of our members, who sponsor fundraising events such as our annual Palooza and our Golf Tournament. Over the past few years, we have used money from this fund to help many of our members get through their struggles and, with your help, we will continue to do so well into the future.  

Although our OCAR Cares Foundation fund is specifically reserved to help our REALTOR® and Affiliate members, in the past we have contributed money from our General Fund for crisis situations nationwide. For example, we made donations following both the 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina disasters.  

And on August 29, in response to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, we took swift action to contribute once again. Rather than waiting for the regular September meeting of the Board of Directors, we sought approval of the Board via a rare email vote to donate to the relief effort. Within twelve hours, every one of our Directors had responded, even though some of them were out of town on business or away on family vacations, and their decision was unanimous.

The Association has now contributed $5,000, to be divided equally between the National Association of REALTORS® Relief Fund (in partnership with the American Red Cross) and the Texas Association of REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund. 

As events continue to unfold in Texas and Louisiana, to help those in need, NAR’s REALTOR® Relief Foundation is collecting donations at www.nar.realtor/programs/realtors-relief-foundation/donate. I hope each of you will consider adding to the $5,000 contribution your Association has already made on your behalf. 

This is but one example of the many ways in which Orange County REALTORS® consistently give back to our communities, not just locally but globally. I am truly proud of our members’ commitment to helping people in distress. 

As always, if any of you have questions, concerns or suggestions about how your Orange County Association of REALTORS® can help you in any way, please feel free to call or text me on my direct cell phone at (949) 291-7250, or email me at craig12@cox.net.  

With thanks,

Craig Borner
President, Orange County Association of REALTORS®

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b2ap3_thumbnail_lori_sm.png In Memoriam: Lori Gee
1963-2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved REALTOR®, Lori Gee. Lori worked for First Team Laguna Niguel and was a long time Orange County REALTORS® member. There will be a Celebration of Life get together at the Dana Point Yacht Club on Sunday, August 27th from 2pm - 5pm. Beach casual dress preferred.
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Do you know a super REALTOR®, Affiliate, or Volunteer? Each year, at the Annual Installation of Officers and Directors, we recognize one REALTOR® and two Affiliate members who exemplify professional excellence and service to the real estate community.

In addition, we will be honoring one member for exceptional volunteer service to the local community. This honoree also will be recognized at the installation on Wednesday, November 30 at The Center Club in Costa Mesa and will receive $250 for the community organization he or she designates.

Do you know someone—including yourself—who deserves to be honored in one of these ways?  

Download and submit a form:

REALTOR of the Year Nomination Form

Affiliates of the Year Nomination Form

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form

Completed forms may be emailed, faxed or mailed to either Orange County REALTORS® office. A single nomination ensures consideration. All nominations must be received by Friday, October 20, at 5:00 p.m.

 

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If you don't already know about or use Google Alerts for your business then you are in for a treat!  Google Alerts allow you to keep up on posts all over the internet regarding a specific search phrase. The search phrase can be your individual name, your company name, your favorite celebrity or sports team and even your real estate listings! To track shares or posts about your listings, we recommend you create Google Alerts for each property address.  Below are instructions on how to create a Google Alert.

Create an alert

  1. Go to Google Alerts.
  2. In the box at the top, enter a search phrase you want to follow (e.g. 12345 Main St Laguna Hills, or ABC Realty)
  3. To change your settings, click Show options. You can change:
    • How often you get notifications
    • The types of sites you’ll see
    • Your language
    • The part of the world you want info from
    • How many results you want to see
    • What accounts get the alert
  4. Click Create Alert. You’ll get emails whenever we find matching search results.
  5. You will then be asked to sign into an existing Google account or create a new account.
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When excluding a listing from the MLS, It is required to submit to the MLS an exclusion form within 2 business days of the signed listing. All exclusion forms must be submitted to www.crmls.org/excludelisting.

In order for Days on Market not to accumulate during the exclusion period, no marketing must be occurring AND the CRMLS Exclusion form must be submitted with the no marketing selection being made. The C.A.R SELM form does not give this provision.

Below is the MLS rule that governs Days on Market.

7.9.1 Impact on Days on Market (DOM) As it Pertains to the Exclusion Form DOM stands for Days on Market, not Days on MLS. The DOM calculated in the MLS and reported to the various internet sites will be when marketing begins. As a general rule, the first Day on Market will be the beginning date of the Listing Agreement, which is either the beginning date identified on the agreement, or the date of the last signature required to make the listing agreement valid, whichever is later. The DOM may alternatively begin at a later date as long as no marketing of the Property occurs and the CRMLS Exclusion form is utilized. Marketing is identified as:

(a) Marketing is any communication made to the public containing any information, details, price or terms of any potential sale of the Property, or any communication made to the public in regard to the Brokerage firm or Agent’s representation of the Seller. Marketing includes, but is not limited to: 1) Sign on the property; 2) Internet Website posts; 3) Social Media Posts; 4) Flyers or Advertising; 5) Open Houses.

The CRMLS exclusion form can be found in several locations including the OCAR zipforms library, www.ocar.org/mlsforms , or www.crmls.org/excludelisting

Below is a video that outlines how to use the new exclusion form

https://youtu.be/RSz6xR50hD8

Please note, that Seller and Listing agent must complete the form and be signed by the broker/manager.

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