Oakland Looking to Ease Rules on Secondary Housing Units

By Darwin BondGraham At its upcoming meeting on Wednesday, October 21, the Oakland Planning Commission will consider rule changes that could encourage homeowners to build secondary housing units, mainly in the form of small backyard cottages. The new rules could spur the construction of hundreds, or even thousands of new homes across the city, many […]

C.A.R. Legal Hotline App Now Available

C.A.R. members now can access C.A.R. Legal information using a new smartphone app. Through the free app, C.A.R. members can access the following: Recent laws (past three years) Legal Q&As – sorted alphabetically or by category The standard forms area of org Custom mobile video player featuring the latest Legal Live and Everyday Ethics webinars. Access […]

C.A.R. releases its 2016 California Housing Market Forecast

California home sales to increase slightly, while prices post slowest gain in five years California’s housing market will continue to improve into 2016, but a shortage of homes on the market and a crimp in housing affordability also will persist, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ (C.A.R.) “2016 California Housing Market Forecast,” released today. […]

The five most common mistakes I see agents make when preparing the RPA

By Barry Pilger  When I teach a zipForm 6 or RPA class, the first thing I ask the class is “have any of you sat down and read the RPA from top to bottom?”  In the many classes I have taught, fewer than half a dozen agents, total,  raised their hands.  For starters, it’s a […]

2015 Annual Housing Market Survey – An Overview of the California Housing Market

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 […]

Call-For-Action: Tell Congress No Mortgage Tax in Transportation bill

C.A.R. Opposes Mortgage Tax C.A.R. is opposing a provision in the Senate version of the long-term Transportation bill that creates a new tax on mortgages to pay for transportation infrastructure. While the U.S. Senate has already passed the bill, the House has not passed its version of the legislation. Action Item Call your Member of […]

13th Annual Oral Lee Brown Foundation Walkathon

The Oakland/Berkeley Association of REALTORS is pleased to present the 13th Annual Oral Lee Brown Foundation Walkathon, on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 8:30am. The Walkathon will be held at Lake Merritt near the entrance to Children’s Fairyland on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The entire community is invited to support this foundation by participating in […]

REALTOR® SAFETY: A Warning & Invitation

*WARNING* It has been reported that a couple in the Montclair area may be casing homes. The male and female Caucasian couple appear to be in their mid to late 20s and drive a dark green Toyota sedan with peeling paint. Please be extra vigilant during your open houses and consider watching the REALTOR® Safety […]

California Real Estate Magazine: September 2015 Issue

  September 2015 A glimpse of what’s inside this issue: The Economics of Water H2O Shortage has real ramifications for housing A Housing Conundrum Why now is the time to tackle the affordability crisis Traffic Troubles Transportation sustainability concerns grow as the population does Click here for the full issue.

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