Associations: Organized real estate in California is composed
of about 120 local associations and boards led by Association
executives. You can access a roster complete with contact
information that puts all the associations at your fingertips.
Leadership: Get to know your C.A.R. officers on the Leadership
page. Contact information, photos, and biographies are included.
C.A.R. At A
Glance: This section offers a summary of goals, achievements
and services we are offering, working towards,
or have accomplished as an Association.
Scholarships: Did you know the C.A.R. Scholarship Foundation
awards scholarships to students enrolled in a California college or
university for professions centered on or supportive of a career in
Advertising: This site offers information on how to promote
your product on C.A.R.'s Web sites.
FAQs: Have a general question? Chances are you will find the
answer at your leisure in Member Frequently Asked Questions. If you
don't find what you need, ask your question on the "Contact Us"
form for a speedy e-mail reply.
Member Benefits: Are you taking advantage of all the benefits
of your membership? Here's a summary of everything from insurance
and affinity programs to legislative advocacy and legal briefs that
lets you know what you get for your dues. Discounts and special
offers from partners save you money; new partners are continually
added, so check back.
a REALTOR®: Consumers can quickly find a REALTOR® in a
particular city, by name or by company, using this section. Members
can edit their own pages online, including contact information,
specialties and designations. All members are entitled to a free
member Web page, and regular updates are made to include new
Directors: Directors and committee rosters are available here
for your convenience. You may find contact information by last
name, committee, city, board and region. Find an e-mail address of
a fellow committee member or find other directors in your
Section: Managers and brokers should take advantage of articles
written and compiled to help you do business. Resources from
throughout the site are pulled together here in one convenient
location. In the "In Management" newsletter, articles on market
trends, relevant legislative notices, and top firm profiles are
included in this section.
C.A.R. recognizes the importance of consumer awareness of REALTORS® and
organized real estate. The benefits of working with a REALTOR® are
emphasized in content focused on meeting consumer needs. Find articles
full of new home buying, selling, mortgage and remodeling tips at this
site each week.
REALTOR®: The single most important transaction of a lifetime
should not be conducted without the expertise and assistance of
trained and licensed professionals, and this is where REALTORS®
come into play. This section explains the benefits of using a
REALTOR® and is linked to C.A.R.'s membership directory and
multilingual directory, which are hosted by the California Living
Home: Buying a house is a big step, and this section gives
consumers the information they need to feel confident starting on
that path. The personal and financial benefits of homeownership are
Home: Selling a home, even just moving up, can be an unsettling
experience, so we've given sellers a starting place with tips,
advice and frequently asked questions.
Terms: In the blur of homebuying activity, a barrage of
unfamiliar terms can be intimidating, so we've created a glossary
of basic terms.
Mortgage Matters highlights down payments, types of mortgages,
private mortgage insurance, and where to find daily rate reports.
Meetings and Industry
Find out about real estate events big and small.
Industry Events Calendar: From local educational classes to national
expos, industry-specific events can be found within the calendar.
Directors' meetings: C.A.R. directors' meetings, schedules,
programs, hotel and city guides, plus all-important committee
materials and agendas are available online.
Meetings/Conventions: The information necessary to participate
in N.A.R.'s policy committee meetings is available in this section.
A memo outlining key activities for Californians links to Federal
Public Policy Issues Summary Papers. Links and contact information
for N.A.R. enable you to find additional information.
Expo: The annual C.A.R. Expo section is chock-full of exhibitor
information, itineraries, event descriptions, floor plans,
schedules of future events, and more.
Note: You need to have a password and be a C.A.R. member (or Risk
Management subscriber) to access the legal section of C.A.R.
New: Here you will find the latest breaking legal information.
Check it frequently for What's Hot! This information may
well impact your real estate practice. Included in What's
New are links to the new California statutes affecting real
estate, the most recent legal updates, a link to important real
estate cases, a Legal Quiz to test you on your knowledge
of important real estate brokerage topics, recently published
Legal Q&As and copies of ReaLegals that have
been e-mailed to our members
Services: This section provides a summary of all the services
provided to our members by the Legal Department.
Hotline: This section enables C.A.R. members to directly
contact a C.A.R. Hotline Attorney to request a private telephone
Q&As: This area contains all the Q&As, Legal Briefs,
and Updates published by the C.A.R. Member Legal Services
Real Estate Law & Resources: There you will find summaries of
important cases (including cases in which the C.A.R. Legal Action Fund has
participated), and new as well as existing California and federal laws and
regulatory updates relevant to real estate licensees
Listing Service: This section includes the C.A.R. Model MLS
(Multiple Listing Service) rules, the Model Bylaws used by most
local Boards/Associations, information about Virtual Office
Websites, the Master MLS Reciprocal Agreement, including a chart of
Board Arbitration: This section contains the rules and
procedures used to conduct ethics and arbitration hearings as well
as forms to be used by the local Boards/Associations. There are
links to the NAR Code of Ethics as well as articles summarizing and
explaining the ethics rules.
Arbitration and Mediation: This area contains helpful
information about private arbitration and mediation - between
buyers and sellers or other private parties - not handled by
the local Boards/Associations or through interboard
Forms Update: This section features information about the
latest standard forms. See Standard Forms: Updates, Information,
Guides and News. You?ll find information about specific forms and
the forms revision process. If you go to the Product Mall link, you
can purchase C.A.R. publications and products.
Here you can find out about the latest developments in legislation and
politics that concern C.A.R. Each bulletin links you to other areas of
the site, where you can find Issues Briefing Papers and other more
detailed information about a particular issue.
Advocate: For those of you who are involved in government
advocacy, here is the place to access all of the tools of your
trade. You can read about C.A.R.'s sponsored bills in Sacramento,
its federal priorities for the year, and a list of our local
government issues briefing papers. You can sign up for the "
Virtual Advocate", our free government affairs newsletter, check
the current status of bills in Sacramento and D.C., look up your
local Congressman or state representative, and many other online
Issues: This site has detailed information about a variety of
business issues, such as affiliated business arrangements, rent
control, risk management and utility bill liens.
Taxes: Capital gains taxes affect property ownership. Business license
taxes hit REALTORS® at the office. C.A.R. strongly opposes transfer taxes
because they add costs to the sale of a home. You can read about these
issues and more in this section.
Opportunities: This area provides information about an area of
public policy that influences development trends and housing
affordability. The housing element is a local government's
blueprint for providing adequate housing to all income levels.
Local historic preservation ordinances can severely restrict a
homeowner's ability to remodel or refurbish. Transportation and
clean air legislation raise concerns about the development of
another layer of government, i.e., regional government, in the
local planning process. As the economy picks up pace, growth
control again becomes an issue in many local communities.
Environment: REALTORS® want to protect the environment but oppose
regulations that infringe on private property rights and increase
government bureaucracy. This area provides you with information on tree
protection ordinances, wetlands preservation, endangered species
protection, fire safe councils, and other issues.
Point-of-Sale/Disclosure: Government often tries to impose new
regulations at the point-of-sale. REALTORS® oppose policies which place
additional burdens on the transaction process or which necessitate that
REALTORS® act as police for certain issues. This page provides you with
information on Megan's Law, the Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS), agency
disclosure, inspections, retrofits and other point-of-sale/disclosure
C.A.R. maintains three PACs to a provide support for the candidates
and issues that are consistent with its legislative priorities at
the state and local level. This section provides all of the
administrative information that local Associations need to help
contribute to the PACs and maintain them as an indispensible
Political Affairs: CAR's political action committee supports candidates
and elected officials who understand REALTOR® issues. By accessing this
page, you can get more information about C.A.R.'s Political Affairs
program, including PAC fundraising and administration forms and info; news
about elections and campaigns; and information about REALTORS® who have
become in-volved in politics by serving as elected or appointed
This section highlights the most recent news releases generated by
C.A.R. and typically includes information on statewide home resale
activity as well as updates on legislative activity.
Technology Magazine: This section features the most recent issue
of Real Estate Technology, C.A.R.'s semi-annual publication
dedicated to providing REALTORS® with cutting-edge information on
Releases: This section archives news releases produced by
C.A.R., enabling users to look up historical data on home sales and
median home prices as well as updates on C.A.R.'s legislative and
public policy work.
Newsletters: This section provides links to subscription
information for "Trends," a monthly publication developed by the
C.A.R. economics department, and "RMI," a monthly newsletter
distributed to members of the Risk Management Institute. Plus, you
can read entire issues of "In Management," which features
information for brokers and managers; "CAEU," a monthly update for
California Association Executives; and "Key Contact News," a
monthly newsletter full of legislative articles.
This section provides a look at new C.A.R. and REBS (Real Estate
Business Services, Inc., C.A.R.'s wholly owned subsidiary) products and
services for REALTORS® interested in enhancing their performance and
professionalism. The regularly updated What's New section often provides
REALTORS® with exclusive product and services previews and periodic
special pricing offers.
Education: This area contains descriptions of C.A.R.'s line of
continuing education products, including license renewal correspondence
This area contains a detailed description of C.A.R.'s California
REALTOR® Institute (GRI) program, including program content and
benefits. There also is a description of the Certified Residential
Specialist (CRS) program, as well as links to GRI scheduling and
information on various designations offered by the National Association
of REALTORS® .
Information: Infor-mation on the various real estate license
examinations, plus origination and renewal fees from the California
Department of Real Estate (DRE), is included here. This area also
contains information about various DRE divisions, including contact
addresses and phone numbers.
This section describes upcoming C.A.R. educational offerings,
including continuing education workshops and CRS courses. It
contains the current schedule for California REALTOR® Institute
Various publications are described in this section, including
C.A.R.'s Office Policy Manual and Residential Real Estate
Transaction Guide; there are also descriptions of other
publications via links to C.A.R.'s Product Mall and Newsstand.