Menu
Menu

OC REALTORS® Blog

News and Information to Keep You a Step Ahead!

Recent blog posts

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.

Amendments are proposed, the substance of which is in bold font and be posted on the Orange County REALTORS® website for members’ review.

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 November 22, 2019, at the Orange County REALTORS® Office located in Laguna Hills.  The address is 25552 La Paz Road, Laguna Hills, CA 92653.

 

Last modified on

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.

  

Last modified on

Effective November 1, 2019, the CRMLS Rules and Regulations and CRMLS Citation Policy will be updated and published on the Compliance page on CRMLS.org.

We encourage you to read a two-page summary of the rule changes, located here: https://go.crmls.org/crmls-policy-change-summary/

A summary of two of the most impactful changes follows.

  • At least one photograph or rendering accurately depicting a substantial portion of the exterior of the subject property must be submitted to the MLS within two calendar days.

  • Violations of Rule 12.8.1 and Rule 12.8.1(a), regarding Unauthorized Advertisement of Listing of Another Broker, will now be treated as separate violations, each carrying a fine.

Please familiarize yourself with the new rules as soon as possible.


Reference Documents:

Current MLS Rules and Regulations 

MLS Rules & Regulations - Reference Guide 

Citation Policy 

 

Last modified on

Thank you to those who attended our Risk Management Forum. Download the presentation slides from this event.

 

Last modified on

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.

   

Last modified on

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, December 4 at Marconi Museum in Tustin 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

**INSTRUCTIONS: Please be sure to Download the appropriate form and save it to your computer then open up the PDF from your computer and complete it. Then save the final form before submitting it.

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, November 1, at 5:00 p.m.

Last modified on

Nominations are now being accepted until January 3, 2020 for the Leadership Legacy Award.

Recipients of the Orange County REALTORS® Leadership Legacy Award must have demonstrated a clear understanding that leadership is not only about being in charge but also about taking care of those in your charge. They must have demonstrated, in the words of Peter Drucker, the ability to “lift a person’s vision to higher sights, raise a person’s performance to a higher standard, and build a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

Recipients of this award must have during an extended period, exceeded expectations and gone well above and beyond to serve their community and the industry. The Leadership Legacy Award will be presented during the Annual General Meeting of the Orange County REALTORS®.

If you know of an Orange County REALTORS® member who fits this description, please complete the Nomination Form and indicate your reasons for nominating this person. Include specific comments and examples in
each category.

Download Nomination Form

 

 

Last modified on

Presentation slides available from RExpo 2019:

 3 Principles of Success
Presented by Dan Smith

Think Globally, Sell Locally
Presented by Olesya Drozdova and Lisa Yi

 Luxury Markets
Presented by Mike Bui

  The Future of the MLS
Presented by Greg Robertson

Last modified on

We are delighted to announce that the Leadership & Personal Development Committee has selected twenty outstanding candidates to participate in the Orange County REALTORS® 4th Annual Leadership Academy.

Competition for these limited spots was strong, and we congratulate the following people for their successful application and acceptance.

It is the mission 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.  The eight-month program began on September 10, 2019.

Participants are: Donald Bake - New Western Acquisitions, John Crispo - Brightpoint Realty Group, Sofia Delgado - First Team, Anna Dickinson - Regency RE, Yvonne Flores - Westcliff Properties, Van Gordon - Farmers Insurance Agency, Michael Grambow - American Pacific Mortgage, Lata Jobanputra - Zutila Real Estate, Cecilia Carolina Johnson - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Mindy Luong - HPT Realty & Finance, Rachel Masamori - Z Real Estate, Conrad Mazeika - Realty One Group West, Catherine Miyoshi - BHHS, Adam Houn Nguyen - Compass, Vinil Ramchandran - Dream Home Estates, Inc., Deborah Rose - First Team, Victoria Johnson-Stokes - Coldwell Banker, Sandra Traver - Keller Williams OC Coastal Realty, Paul Wirth - Traction Minded Inc., Daniel Wu - HomeSmart Evergreen Realty

 

 b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3358_leaders_social_20190910-223204_1.jpg

Last modified on

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.

  

Last modified on

We are now accepting applications for members interested in serving on an Orange County REALTORS® committee in 2020.  Applications are due by Friday, November 15, 2019 and can be submitted to Debby Ritter, debby@ocar.org.

 DOWNLOAD APPLICATION



Last modified on

b2ap3_thumbnail_Wanted_Marketing_Meeting_Facilitator_NORTH_graphic_082619-01.png
Our Irvine (North) Marketing Meeting & Preview will soon have an opening for a new Facilitator.  If you are interested in applying for the facilitator position, please complete the application below and return it to Debby Ritter (debby@ocar.org) by Friday, August 30 at 5 PM.

All applications will be reviewed by a task force made up of REALTOR® and Affiliate members.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Last modified on

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.

b2ap3_thumbnail_OC_Market_Snapshot_July_2019_Detached.png  b2ap3_thumbnail_OC_Market_Snapshot_July_2019_Attached.png

 

Last modified on

Orange County REALTORS®, confirmed today that several members had been appointed to leadership and advisory positions by the California Association of REALTORS®, one of the largest state trade associations in the United States with more than 190,000 members. 

Melissa Chelius appointed as member of the Housing Affordability Fund, Michael DeLeon, Chair, Professional Standards Committee, Dorinda Francois Vice-Chair, Commercial Investment Forum, Spencer Hoo, Chair, Global Real Estate Forum, Liz Lewis, Vice-Chair Legal Affairs Forum, Mary Aileen Matheis, Member, CA Distinguished REALTOR Awards Selection, Lori Namazi, Chair Professional Development Forum, Dennis O'Connor, Issues Chair- Environment, Land Use & Environmental Committee, Michael J. Roberts, Member Investment Sub-Committee Appointment, Rita Tayenaka, Member, Executive Committee and Eric Wu, Member California REALTOR Expo Advisory Committee. 

With 13,371 REALTOR® members, Orange County REALTORS® is the largest local Association of REALTORS® in the state and the tenth-largest association nationally. More than 30 members are appointed by the Association to serve as Directors to the California Association of REALTORS®, and at least 143 other members serve as committee members. These members volunteer hundreds of hours collectively during the year to represent the membership interests to the statewide California Association of REALTORS®, and some also serve at the national level to the National Association of REALTORS®.

"We are a servant-leadership led organization,' noted Matt Clements, 2019 President, Orange County REALTORS®.  "A servant-leader is led by a natural desire to serve, and that choice leads the person to aspire to lead. We are very fortunate our members embrace a culture of serving - their clients, their fellow members, and their industry."

Danielle Corliss, Orange County REALTORS® President-Elect, notes that these unpaid, volunteer-driven positions are vitally important to give a voice to all of the Associations' members at the local state and national level.  "They take time away from their businesses and their families to contribute to their association and their industry, and we are very appreciative of that."  "We are also very fortunate to have a good representation of our diverse membership that includes residential and commercial agents, as well as our Millennial led 'Young Professional Network,' seasoned agents and brokers."

Four years ago then Association President Rita Tayenaka, proposed the formation of a Leadership Academy to train up and coming potential leaders. The Orange County REALTORS® Leadership Academy was developed to help participants develop specific skills and perspective to achieve effectiveness in leadership, business and life; and to develop the confidence to embrace the responsibility to serve as a leader in the real estate industry and the community.  With nearly sixty alumni the Academy has achieved its goals, recognized in the success of its alumni - of the ten appointments noted above, five are Leadership Academy graduates.

Orange County REALTORS® is the voice for real estate in Orange County for its members and the clients they serve.

 

 

Last modified on

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.

 

 

Last modified on
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.

Last modified on

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.

b2ap3_thumbnail_OC_Market_Snapshot_June_2019_Detached.png  b2ap3_thumbnail_OC_Market_Snapshot_June_2019_Attached.png

 

Last modified on
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

Last modified on

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.

b2ap3_thumbnail_OC_Market_Snapshot_May_2019_detached.png  b2ap3_thumbnail_OC_Market_Snapshot_May_2019_attached.png

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.

Last modified on