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zipForm® Today - California Special Edition

zipForm 6

Now Available… Foreclosure Prevention Library for zipForm® 6!

C.A.R. members who are current zipForm® 6 users can now access the new Foreclosure Prevention library, which was launched on May 26.

C.A.R.’s Foreclosure Prevention Library is an add-on library consisting of 10 short documents explaining how homeowners can avoid foreclosure and foreclosure scams. The library consists […]

The Pitfalls of Social Media

Patrick Lieuw

“Going on a Panama cruise next week – finally taking a vacation!” Have you, your spouse, or your child ever posted anything like this on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare on your phone, your website or another social media website? Did you stop to think about how vulnerable this information makes you? You may think that only […]

Learn About Resort Area and Second-Home Specialty Real Estate!

The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® present

NAR’s Resort and Second Home Markets Course

Be a part of this exciting opportunity to learn about the resort area and second-home specialty and fulfill one of […]

More Changes, It’s the Name of the Game

Scott Short

It appears the black cloud over California is being lifted by the PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) companies. When the housing market started to decline, the PMI companies retreated from the “sand” states (California, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada), or at least pulled back on the maximum loan-tovalue (LTV) they would guarantee. They still have a lot […]

NAR Update: Midyear Meetings Conclude with Call for Action

Vicki Cox Golder, CRB - 2010 NAR President

To: All REALTORS® From: Vicki Cox Golder, 2010 NAR President Date: May 20, 2010 Re: NAR Update: Midyear Meetings Conclude with Call for Action

Dear fellow REALTOR®,

Last week, thousands of your fellow REALTORS® traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with industry leaders and members of Congress on key issues facing our industry and our […]

Building Relationships through Cap-to-Cap

Barbara Harsch

By the time you read this, some 300 Sacramentans, including six representatives from SAR, will have returned from the Metro Chamber’s Cap-to-Cap trip to Washington DC.

The annual Cap-to-Cap program brings the region’s business, labor and government leaders together to build consensus for important regional priorities. Volunteers working on 13 teams will bring the region’s […]

The SAR Retail Center – Ever Expanding for Your Needs

SAR Retail Center - We're always here for you

Just a few years ago, the SAR “Store” could be found down at the end of a hallway towards the back of our building. Now, the SAR Retail Center acts as the hub of SAR, welcoming Members into a store filled with colorful real estate signs, dozens of books, hundreds of forms and access to […]

Sales Volume Decreases, Median Sales Price Rebounding Since January

A four month rising trend brings single family home median sales price near December 2009 levels. Additionally, April continues a six month trend of increased year-to-year sales price.

After a February to March jump in units sold, April reflects a decrease. The 1,536 units sold this month is a 6.3% decrease from the 1,640, sales […]

Your May Message from C.A.R. President Steve Goddard

Steve Goddard – 2010 C.A.R. President

Dear C.A.R. Member,

Greetings from Washington, D.C.! This week, your Leadership Team and I are in our nation’s capital, meeting with California’s congressional delegates and representatives from leading housing industry groups, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, HUD, the Mortgage Bankers Association, and others. Tomorrow, we’re meeting […]

TDS to be Amended for Home Safety Devices

TDS-11 Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement

Starting January 1, 2011, the Real Estate Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS) will be amended to streamline the disclosure of home safety devices. First, the TDS will include a new disclosure of whether the seller has a carbon monoxide detector. This disclosure addresses a new law requiring California homeowners to install or plug in a carbon […]