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Each year, the Association reviews its Bylaws to assure legal compliance, to include any mandated changes by the California Association of REALTORS® or National Association of REALTORS® and to update sections as needed.

Members must login to view the proposed amendments. Once logged in, click on Bylaws & Policies to access the PDF of Proposed Amendments.

If you would like to ask questions or speak to the proposed changes, you are invited to attend the Board of Directors Meeting on July 31, 2019, 1:00 PM, at the Orange County REALTORS® Office located in Fountain Valley.  The address is 10540 Talbert Avenue, Suite 225, West Building, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.

 

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_download-2.jpg   In Memoriam: Jan Savage

(1939-2019)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a former Affiliate member, Jan Savage.

Jan L. Savage of Lake Forest, took his last flight – he Flew West – on Saturday, June 1, 2019, exactly one month before his 80th Birthday. Jan most recently worked with Send Out Cards and his networking groups put a spark in his life! In 2018 Jan spent five months in hospitals with years-old breathing problems and lung cancer. Then went through two rounds of chemo. He is survived by Luann Savage, their three children: Lacie Savage Thorn [Mike], Daniel Savage [Priscilla], Jordan Savage Monks [Michael], & four grandchildren: Benjamin Thorn [Krista], Dale Thorn, Noah Thorn Ragona [Travis], and Jesse Savage. He also got to see and hold his first great granddaughter, Claire Grace Thorn.

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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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b2ap3_thumbnail_Ben_Buchanan.jpg   In Memoriam: Ben Buchanan

(1947-2019)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved REALTOR® member, Ben Buchanan. Ben most recently worked for Keller Williams Realty Mission Viejo.

There will be a Hotrod and Harley procession on Tuesday, July 23rd at 10:00 AM starting at Keller Williams Mission Viejo office leading towards Saddleback Church. If you plan on attending with your Hotrod or Harley, please RSVP to Lynn-z Woodfill at 949-241-6913. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM at Saddleback Church.

 

Addresses:

Keller Williams Mission Viejo, 27101 Puerta Real Suite 150, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Saddleback Church, Saddleback Pkwy, Lake Forest, CA 92630

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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 market is warming up slightly with the median sales price is up for detached homes at $850,000 from $832,000 last month. Attached homes are dropping with a median sales price of $497,000 from last month at $510,000.  The inventory also continues to climb with 4.4 months of inventory for detached homes and 4.0 months for attached.

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Thank you to all of the candidates who participated and all of our members that voted!

The following candidates (in no particular order) were elected to serve as OC REALTORS® Directors, 2020-2022:

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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.

  

The market is warming up slightly with the median sales price is up for detached homes at $832,000 from $810,000 last month. Attached homes are also up with a median sales price of $510,000 from last month at $501,750.  The inventory also continues to climb with 4.1 months of inventory for detached homes and 3.8 months for attached.

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The May/June issue of OC REALTOR® Magazine focuses on the American Dream of Homeownership. This issue includes tips and education for homeowners, a housing market update and statements for our 2020-2022 Board of Directors Candidates.
 
 
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Sacramento, CA May 1, 2019: Orange County REALTORS® Leadership Academy Class of 2019 joined 2,500 members of the California Association of REALTORS for their Annual Legislative Day visit to meet with State Legislators on homeowner ship matters. Pictured left to right: Corvi Urling, Jay Ramos-Co, Sarah Piazza, Rita Tayenaka (Academy Founder), Christina Fu, Rana Mohiuddin, Joe Pierce, Sara Cramer, Ava Huang, Colleen Trujillo, Patty Carpenter, Kathy Manes-Smith, Vi Mai, and Bryan Ahn.  Not pictured: Maureen McGrath, Lorette Murphree, Jerry Koller, Melissa Chelius, Chip McAllister, Duane Beisner.


Graduates of The Orange County REALTORS® Leadership Academy Class Of 2018-2019 Visit Legislators in Sacramento

The nineteen applicants accepted for the Orange County REALTORS® 2nd Annual Leadership Academy in September 2018, have now graduated from the intensive eight-month leadership program, and have just returned from joining more than 2,500 REALTORS® in Sacramento for the California Association of REALTORS® Annual Legislative Day on May 1, 2019. 

Tammy Newland-Shishido, 2018-2019 Academy Chair and a former President of the Orange County REALTORS© said, “It is the goal of the academy to give participants the confidence to embrace the responsibility to serve as a leader in the real estate industry and the community.”  

She noted, “Several of our alumni and participants have already stepped up to leadership roles not only within Orange County REALTORS© but at the state level of other real estate industry associations. Organizations such as the Women’s Council of REALTORS© (WCR), the Orange County Chapters of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), the Asian American Real Estate Association (AAREA) and the Young Professionals Network (YPN). 

“We are proud to acknowledge our Leadership Academy graduates," stated Matt Clements, 2019 President of Orange County REALTORS©.  "They have completed the program and attended a legislative visit to the State Capitol. Some have already accepted leadership roles within our association, and our Credentials Committee has approved six applications from graduates as candidates for the election of the Association’s 2020 Board of Directors.”  

Graduates are:  Bryan Ahn – JP Morgan Chase, Duane Beisner – Coldwell Banker/Laguna Beach, Patty Carpenter – Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Bank, Melissa Chelius – Homes Sold Right, Sara Cramer – Realty One Group Inc., Christina Fu – Christina Fu Broker, Ava Huang, Keller Williams/Irvine, Gerald Koller – International Home Realty, Vi Mai – The Elizabeth Do Team Keller Williams Realty, Kathy Manes-Smith, Compass/Uhrik Group, Chip McAllister – Chip McAllister- McAllister Real Estate Group/Coldwell Banker, Moe McGrath – Zutila Real Estate,  Rana Mohiuddin - Four Brothers Real Estate, Lorette Murphree - SoCalDWELL, Sarah Piazza – HomeSmart Evergreen Realty, Joseph Pierce – Iron Key Escrow, Jay Ramos-Co – Coldwell Banker/Mission Viejo, Colleen Trujillo – Coast to Canyon Real Estate, Corvi Urling –loanDepot. 

Dave Stefanides, CEO of Orange County REALTORS© is delighted that many of the graduates have already demonstrated their willingness to serve the Real Estate industry, and their communities in a leadership role. 

Local and national instructors lead the monthly training programs. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 Leadership Academy that begins in September 2019. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. July 1, 2019. To apply online, or for more information visit www.ocar.org/leadership-academy.

 

 

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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 median sales price is up slightly for detached homes at $810,000 from $803,000 last month. Attached homes are also up with a median sales price of $501,750 from last month when it was $500,000.  The inventory continues to climb with 3.9 months of inventory for detached homes and 3.6 months for attached.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_0319_Bob_Hunt_2013.jpg   In Memoriam: Robert "Bob" Hunt

(1937-2019)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a beloved REALTOR® member and real estate legend, Bob Hunt.

Bob was born on July 20, 1937 and passed on March 23, 2019. Prior to his career in real estate, Bob proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp and obtained degrees from both Princeton University and UCLA. Bob Hunt is a former President of the South Orange County Association of REALTORS® as well as a director for the National Association of REALTORS®, California Association of REALTORS® and Orange County REALTORS®. Bob was active in the real estate industry for over 40 years and mostly recently worked for Keller Williams OCC Realty. 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 5 at 4:00pm at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 Avenida De La Estrella, San Clemente, CA 92672. The Hunt Family invites you to join in celebrating Bob’s journey to heaven. Dress code is casual and Hawaiian shirts are preferred. In lieu of flowers, please give someone a hug!

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Thank you to those who attended our 2019 Annual Membership Meeting & Housing Forecast. Below are links to download the presentation slides and view the recording from this event.

 Orange County REALTORS® Update

 California Association of REALTORS® Update

 National Association of REALTORS® Update

 Orange County Housing Market Forecast

 

 Watch the Live Recording of the Event

 

 

 

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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 median sales price is up slightly for detached homes at $803,000 from $800,000 last month. Attached homes are also up with a median sales price of $500,000 from last month when it was $473,000.  The inventory continues to climb with 3.6 months of inventory for detached homes and 3.4 months for attached.

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The National Association of Realtors® has announced that Tammy Newland-Shishido, Operating Principal & Broker of Keller Williams Shoreline, has become a member of 2018 NAR Hall of Fame Class in the Realtors® Political Action Committee.  RPAC is a national bipartisan grassroots-based political advocacy organization that works to protect the real estate industry and the dream of homeownership for Long Beach, Orange County residents and across the country. 

Tammy Newland-Shishido has supported RPAC for more than 10 years and has been a member of the National Association of Realtors® since 1989.  She is also a NAR Chair & Director and California Association of Realtors® Trustee & Director.  In addition to serving the real estate industry, she has been a civic volunteer for more than 25 years.  Currently Tammy serves on the boards of CCEJ, Long Beach Cancer League and Orange County Realtors®.  She is a sustaining member of Jr. League of Long Beach, Steel Magnolias, Women’s Council of Realtors®, alumni with Leadership Long Beach and served as 2018 President of Orange County Realtors®. 

“I support RPAC because doing so is important to my profession,” said Newland-Shishido.   Since 1969, RPAC has promoted the election of pro-real estate candidates across the United States.  The purpose of RPAC is to elect and support officials who advance the interests of real estate professionals and their home buying, selling and investing clients.  In addition, RPAC uses it resources to develop public policies that make it easier for consumers to own homes and build their communities through commercial investment.  Tammy’s investment will be applied to supporting homeownership, commercial real estate transactions, and the very future of the real estate industry. She will be inducted in at the NAR Mid- year meeting and will receive a brick in her name on the NAR building. 

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.3 million members involved in all aspects of the residential & commercial real estate industries.

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Example of Phishing Email

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Notice to All NAR Members:

If you receive an email with the subject line "*PLEASE READ** Important Updates & Changes to 2019 Member Roster," be aware that it is not from the National Association of REALTORS®.  

If you receive this fraudulent email, which asks you to click on a member directory PDF, please alert NAR Member Support at ContactNAR@realtors.org and then delete the email.

Watch NAR's video on how to spot a fraudulent email. 
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In Memoriam: Peggy Sloan
(1942-2019)

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of a long time REALTOR® member, Peggy Sloan. Peggy was a member since 1978.

Peggy was born on August 29, 1942 in Alabaster, Alabama. Prior to her passing on February 3, 2019, Peggy worked for various real estate firms during her 33 years in the industry. Most recently Peggy and husband, Bill, were co-founders and co-principals of Keller Williams Realtors, Mission Viejo in 2003.  Peggy is survived by her husband Bill, sons Charlie and Alan, and granddaughter Soli Marie.

Memorial Services will be held on March 13, 2019 at Norman P. Murray Community Center, Sycamore B Room, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. Wednesday, March 13, 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Peggy’s friends and fellow Realtors are invited.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to Alzheimer's Association in her memory.

 

 

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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 days on market is increasing with 57 days for both detached (up from 51 days this time last year) and attached (up from 40 days last January).

The median sales price is up slightly for detached homes at $800,000 from $790,000 last month. Attached homes are dropping with a median sales price of $473,000 which is down from December when it was $499,000.

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New Benefits to Help OC REALTORS® Members Combat Cyber Threats

Orange County REALTORS® is pleased to announce a new benefits package designed to provide our members access to an online, comprehensive suite of Cyber Security and Insurance solutions. These OC REALTORS® members only programs are being made available through our NEW Partnership with 360 CoveragePros at competitive rates.

Cyber and Data Breach Insurance Can Help Keep You In Business

OC REALTORS® Members – you are at risk – get coverage today!
It’s hard enough to run a business without having to consider the threat of a cyber-attack. But the reality is that threat is increasing every day... especially against real estate professionals. It’s time to insure this risk and make sure that your business is covered in the event of a cyber-attack or other type of data breach. Special OC REALTORS® member rates starting at $199 a year and includes a 24/7/365 Breach Response Hotline. Get coverage all online in minutes.

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Cyber Security And Data Breach Prevention Solutions

What would a successful cyber attack really cost you?
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