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OC Broker Update

Each month OCAR provides a quick update on items that may affect your brokerage.

Watch the latest edition of the OC Broker Update to hear about:

  • New CRMLS Rule Changes
  • HUD's Warning for Landlords
  • OCAR's Inaugural Leadership Academy
  • OCAR Palooza Sponsorship Opportunities

You can also access the OC Broker Update handout which summarizes the topics covered in the video. We have also created the OC REALTOR® Update handout for you to provide to your agents to keep them apprised of timely news, changes and events.

Upcoming OCAR Events and Fundraisers

June 29 - Broker Summit: The Future of MLS in the Age of Zillow

August 5 - OCAR Palooza to benefit OCAR Cares

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Upcoming OCAR Events and Fundraisers

May 12 - REALTOR® Summit with Mike Ferry

June 29 - Broker Summit: The Future of MLS in the Age of Zillow

August 5 - OCAR Palooza to benefit OCAR Cares

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Here is a quick update from OCAR on items that may affect your brokerage, including:

  • CRMLS Rules Change March 1
  • Broker Compliance
  • Three New Member Benefits
  • Upcoming Events: Register by 3/15 for Forecast/Annual Meeting

CRMLS Rules Change March 1

Several updated CRMLS Rules and Regulations went into effect on March 1, most notably one (12.8.1) that allows printed neighborhood market reports to include other people’s listings—with proper attribution.

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Broker Compliance

Brokers, do you have an agent who didn’t renew for 2016? Or a new licensee who still hasn’t joined OCAR? If so, you may not be compliant with NAR’s variable dues formula. We can help you avoid additional charges and suspension of valuable services (like zipForm®). Simply email our Broker Compliance Specialist: Heather@ocar.org or you can read through our full rundown on Broker Compliance.

New, Free Member Benefit: OC Tech Helpline

Good thing you and your agents never use technology, especially the kind that breaks sometimes. It means you’ll never need to call the OC Tech Helpline at (877) 562-3156—or add it to your contacts. And surely you don’t need to watch this helpful 30-second video. But, we could be wrong…

You Asked for it:  OC REALTORS® Update

You asked for information to share with your agents at team meetings. Please share this monthly OC REALTORS® Update; it highlights key classes, events, and member benefits.

New FV Office Now Open; HB Closes March 11

Our new, full-service office in Fountain Valley is now open to serve you. We’ll see you at the Open House on April 13 from 4-6 PM. Here’s a flyer with map and directions. The HB office closes March 11.

Mark Your 2016 Calendar:  OCAR Events and Fundraisers

March 21 - Market Forecast & Membership Meeting—Register by March 15
April 13 - Fountain Valley Office Open House—R.S.V.P. by April 6
May 16 - Golf Tournament—Register to Play
June 29 - Broker Summit:  The Future of the MLS
August 5 - OCAR Palooza
October 24 - REAL SOCIAL Conference   
December 2 - Installation

Thank you for your membership!

 

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Here is a quick update from OCAR on items that may affect your brokerage, including:

  • FIRPTA withholding rate changes 2/17
  • New Law Changes CE Requirements for License Renewal
  • New Member Benefits:  MLS-Touch, Fountain Valley office
  • Mark your 2016 Calendar:  OCAR Events and Fundraisers
  • Register today for 3/21 Forecast/Annual Meeting

FIRPTA withholding rate changes 2/17

For sales on or after February 17, the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA) withholding rate increases from 10% to 15%, when the property’s sales price exceeds $1M—residence or not.  

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New Law Changes CE Requirements, License Renewal

A new law (AB 345) that took effect on January 1 requires a continuing education (CE) course on Management and Supervision of real estate licensed activity for:

  • Brokers renewing for the first time and 
  • Brokers and Salespersons renewing for a second or subsequent time

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New, Free Member Benefit:  MLS-Touch

MLS-Touch is now free for OCAR REALTORS®-- a savings of $99/year. This state-of-the-art app brings rich MLS data to your favorite mobile device. Watch this two-minute video for feature highlights and download/login instructions.

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New FV Office Opens Feb 24; HB Closes March 11

To better serve our members, OCAR is moving from Huntington Beach to a new, full-service office in Fountain Valley. The FV office opens for business on February 24. The HB office will remain open until March 11. 

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Mark Your 2016 Calendar:  OCAR Events and Fundraisers

March 21 Market Forecast & Membership Meeting—Register Today!

April 13 Fountain Valley Office Open House

May 16 Golf Tournament—Register to Play

June 29 Broker Summit:  The Future of the MLS

August 5 OCAR Palooza

October 24 REAL SOCIAL Conference   

December 2 Installation

Thank you for your membership!

 

 

 

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