Changes to California Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual for 2015

The California Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual, which is incorporated into your Association Bylaws and is therefore binding on you, has been extensively revised for 2015. This notice describes the key changes that have been made to the Manual. New Procedure for Obtaining Member Photos for Publication of Ethics Discipline The current C.A.R. policy is to publish photos of members who are disciplined for ethics violations with a fine, reprimand, probation, suspension, or expulsion. The process for obtaining this photo has been changed as follows:   After being found in violation of a publishable... Read more »

The Following Member Legal Q&As Are Either New or Revised

Please take time to review the following new or revised Member Legal Q&As.  The C.A.R. Legal Page is one of the most visited pages of the C.A.R. website  and provides valuable legal information for your practice. Fictitious Business Names Q&A (revised October 23, 2014) Defamation: What Not to Say Q&A (revised October 8, 2014) Statute of Limitations: Deadline on Time to Sue Q&A (revised September 26, 2014) Buyer Representation Agreements: Q&A for Consumers Q&A (revised September 2, 2014) Buyer Representation Agreements (C.A.R. Forms BRE, BRNE, BRNN) Q&A (revised... Read more »

Three Important Member Legal Webinars

New 2015 Laws Webinar November 5, 2014 Your C.A.R. Member Legal Team will present three important webinars in November that you may want to attend. The first of these, presented by C.A.R. attorney Robert Bloom, is November 5, 2014 covering the new 2015 laws most likely to impact your business. Robert will cover new laws that range from team names to new tenant rights to have personal vegetable gardens.  You won’t want to miss this opportunity to be informed about what to expect next year.  The webinar will be from 1 to 2 pm on November 5th. Two New RPA Changes Webinars November 14,... Read more »

New 2015 Laws Affecting REALTORS®, Part Two

Team Names and Fictious Business Names This C.A.R. sponsored law provides that team names are now authorized for use under the California Business and Professions Code. The use of a team name does not require application to CalBRE for a separate license to be issued for that name. Additionally, sales agents may contract with their broker to file for and to maintain ownership of a fictitious business name, although registered with CalBRE under the name of the broker. Team Names The name is used by two or more real estate licensees The name includes a licensee’s surname in conjunction with the... Read more »

Brokers Do Not Have to Retain Texts and Tweets

New law clarifies what constitutes a “record.” Assembly Bill 2136, signed by the Governor July 9, 2014, and effective January 1, 2015, will help clarify a REALTOR’S® record retention obligations when it comes to electronic communications.  In their Spring 2013 Real Estate Bulletin, the Bureau of Real Estate set in motion a need for clarification when they took the position that “texts, emails, tweets, and the like” sent or received by a licensee during the negotiation for the sale or purchase of property must be maintained under the record retention requirements of Business and Professions... Read more »

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