Closing Gifts Open the Door to Repeat Business

The contract has been signed; the keys lie on an end table and your happy client sits in his or her new dream home. But successful REALTORS® know that closing the transaction is only the beginning of this long-term relationship. REALTORS’® businesses thrive on the referrals and repeat business they can earn by keeping their name at the forefront of their satisfied clients’ minds. Though the chief purpose of a gift, whether it’s for a closing, holiday, or birthday, is a heartfelt acknowledgement of appreciation, gifts can also serve multiple other purposes to help you build your business.... Read more »

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CAR Market Matters

Talking Points … Lower interest rates and minimal home price gains kept California’s housing affordability in check in the third quarter of 2014 and even helped improve affordability in some high-cost counties in the San Francisco Bay region, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). The percentage of home buyers who could afford to purchase a median-priced, existing single-family home in California in third-quarter 2014 was unchanged from the 30 percent recorded in the second quarter of 2014 but was down from a revised 32 percent in third-quarter 2013, according to... Read more »

Upcoming Webinar: “2014 Annual Housing Market Survey- An Overview of the California Housing Market”

Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST Register here, space is limited. The Annual Housing Market Survey offers a comprehensive look of the recent developments in the California housing market. In this webinar, C.A.R. Research and Economics department will share with you our latest survey finding including insights on first-time buyers and international buyers, financial aspects of the housing environment, sales trends of the distressed and non-distressed markets, and statistics on other consumer demographics.  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 »

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