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Pay to Win!

          Pay your full annual dues by January 6, 2016 for a chance to win your local dues (a value of $295). The winner will be announced at the 2016 OBAR Invitational* To get your tickets and for more information visit: http://oaklandberkeleyaor.com/installation2016/ *Winner must be present during the announcement.

WARNING: New Phishing Scam Aimed at REALTORS

Dear members, There seems to be a new phishing email going out that is specifically aimed at REALTORS. The email will state that they are a referral from a past client and that they are a first time home buyer. They will ask you for help in finding a home, and as proof, they will have […]

Supra Post-Event iBox Exchange | November 30 & December 1

If you missed the Supra Lockbox Exchange Event on November 12-13, there are limited spaces available to exchange your lockbox at the Berkeley office on Monday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 1. You may only exchange your iBox original and BT lockboxes for the upgraded iBox BTLE with a scheduled appointment. Times are available in 10 […]

Supra iBox Exchange Event November 12 & 13

On November 12-13, 2015, you have the opportunity to exchange your blue iBox original and/or iBox BT keyboxes for the new iBox BTLE keyboxes at no charge. Following the exchange, any old iBox originals or BTs that were not exchanged will be deleted from the Supra system and will no longer be supported. You can then purchase a new iBox BTLE for $139+tax. There […]

Take Action!

Stop Congress From Taking Money From Future Homeowners   On Thursday, October 22, 2015, the House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will begin consideration on the surface transportation reauthorization legislation. One proposal would use Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s credit risk guarantee fees (g-fees) to fund transportation programs. What is a Guarantee Fee (G-Fee)? […]

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 […]

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