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Q: Where do I go to get legal questions answered? A: Easy, look to the right!
Legal articles, many in question and answer format, are currently available on over 150 subjects in 50-plus categories.Q&As By Title Q&As By Category 2017 Q&As 2017 Q&A Revisions 2016 Q&As 2016 Q&A Revisions
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If you're a consumer or a member looking to resolve a minor dispute or communication issue with a REALTOR®, a C.A.R. ombudsman may be able to help!
Provides you with invaluable one-on-one assistance with short sales, funding, REOs, Deeds in Lieu, and other mortgage related questions or issues. Speak to a trusted mortgage advisor for REALTORS® today!Mortgage Finance Additional Resources
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C.A.R. members can call this hotline to receive free confidential legal advice from the best real estate lawyers on earth!
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Download the latest C.A.R. mobile apps, including CARmojies & Stickers, C.A.R., Legal Hotline, CA REALTOR® EXPO, and zipForm Mobile.
Help your potential buyers open the door to home-ownership by searching from over 400 available down payment assistance programs throughout California.
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Mark your calendars for our yearly meetings and events!
The main Business Meetings page includes important links for Directors and Committee Members.Current Meeting Materials Committee Selection Summary of Action Items Meeting Registration
CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO, the state's largest real estate trade show.
We offer a wide array of real estate educational courses, certifications & designations in various formats.
Easily renew your real estate license with the FREE 45 hour online license renewal package from C.A.R.
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Build and drive success for your real estate business with the training you need for continuous improvement
Distinguish yourself by learning how to build a business that specializes in niche markets to nearly double your earning potential in various real estate sectors
Browse our class schedule to find when and where to take real estate courses.
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Got knowledge? All the info you need on California’s housing market, economy, and issues impacting the industry.
Brokers/ManagersExecutive Exchange Webinar Series Industry News
This program represents our ongoing commitment to enhancing the professionalism of all our members.
Speeches & Presentations from C.A.R. Business Meetings and other Events
From webinars to videos and podcasts to blogs, C.A.R. keeps you in the know.Housing Matters Blog Slideshows
C.A.R. publishes eight magazine issues and various newsletters throughout the year.Newsletters California Real Estate Magazine
Webinars focusing on the critical issues that impact REALTORS®, their clients, and the real estate industry.Legal Webinars California Housing Market Upcoming Webinars
You're the brand! Use our marketing tools to tell your story.
A one-stop shop for tools and and resources to educate consumers about the intracacies of buying and selling a home and how a REALTOR® can help.ClientDIRECT® Infographics
Explore and interact with the latest market statistics.County Market Updates Market @ A Glance Market Snapshot
Marketing tools from C.A.R.'s consumer advertising campaignCARmojis Legal Hotline App REALTOR® RealTalk REALTOR® ReelMaker
See the latest social media content from C.A.R. and find content for you to share on your own social media.Featured Share of the Week Success with Social Media
You’ve gone pro! So here are guidelines about MLS rules and professional standards.
California Model MLS Rules, Issues Briefing Papers, and other articles and materials related to MLS policy.
Summaries and photos of California REALTORS® who violated the Code of Ethics and were disciplined with a fine, letter of reprimand, suspension, or expulsion.
An explanation of C.A.R.'s position on MLS consolidations in general and a statewide MLS in particular.
The most recent edition of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the National Association of REALTORS®.
The California Professional Standards Reference Manual, Local Association Forms, Interboard Arbitration Rules, and other materials related to Code of Ethics enforcement and arbitration.
Be trendy -- stay current with our latest market forecasts and data analyses.
Following modest gains in home sales in 2016, California’s housing market will post a nominal increase in 2017.
View the latest sales and price numbers. Find out where sales will be in upcoming months.Current Sales & Price Statistics Housing Affordability Index - Traditional Pending Home Sales Index Rent Vs. Buy Historical Housing Data
The all-new Housing Matters Podcast is your housing hub for market analysis, economic trends, and housing news.
View and drill down the latest housing market statistics for your area and compare it to neighboring counties.
From outreaches to webinars, the Research and Economics team is sharing their insight on the market and the economy.
Californians are surveyed annually to gain insights on the housing market from their persepective.
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It's the Law -- C.A.R.'s legal eagles tell you what you need to know to stay out of trouble.
Summaries of legislation and regulation effecting REALTORS® and updates on news relevant to REALTORS®.2017 News 2017 Laws 2016 News 2016 Laws
Important industry cases, resources and informationNew Decisions Cases By Date Cases By Category RE Regulatory Archives Real Estate Resources Small Claims Court Recent Legal Developments
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Videos, infographics, office presentations and more to help you, your office and your clients better understand how the law impacts your business.February 2017 January 2017
An industry that works together, thrives together. Participate in legislative advocacy as a C.A.R. member!
C.A.R. advocates for REALTOR® issues in Washington D.C., Sacramento and in city and county governments throughout California.Federal Issues State Government Affairs Local Advocacy Resources
CREPAC, LCRC, IMPAC and the RAF comprise C.A.R.'s political fundraising arm.CREPAC/LCRC IMPAC State and Local REALTOR® Action Fund
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Meet the 2017 C.A.R. Leadership Team
C.A.R. is a statewide trade association dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.
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Adding REALTOR® next to your name is cool. What comes with that title is even cooler. Check out your benefits.
As a new member of C.A.R. you have questions about your benefits and discounts. Find the answers here.Member FAQs
C.A.R.'s annual consumer advertising campaign creates awareness of the REALTOR® brand and demonstrates the many benefits of the consumer-REALTOR® relationship.Who's Your REALTOR®?
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Programs and grants to provide direct assistance to address the housing crisis in California.Make A Donation HAF Statewide Programs Grants For Local Associations H.A.F. Donors/Supporters 8th Annual HAF Casino Night
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November, 2002, CALIFORNIA REALTORS® unveiled the Housing Affordability Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to addressing California’s growing housing affordability crisis. In the midst of skyrocketing housing costs, REALTORS® were bearing witness to more working families getting pushed away from the American dream of homeownership. The Housing Affordability Fund was established to provide more options for first time homebuyers’ entry into homeownership.
Homeowners Association Grant Program:
The C.A.R.’s Housing Affordability Fund’s Homeowners Association Grant Program will provide qualified first time California homebuyers up to six months of HOA dues, not to exceed $2,500.The program application and certification form along with rules and conditions for HAF’s Homeowners Association Grant Program will be available in zipForm® under the HAF library beginning December 14, 2016.
Key To California Homeownership:
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Housing Affordability Fund is a charitable tax-exempt entity under federal and state law. The entire amount (100%) of your contribution may be deducted as a charitable contribution under both federal and state law. Make A Contribution Now and get your Key to California Homeownership. Show your clients that you care about helping them achieve the American Dream. Learn more about our pin donor benefits.
Funding Request For Local Associations:
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Housing Affordability Fund is able to fund programs that help REALTORS® clients through your generous support. REALTORS® can contribute and support the Housing Affordability Fund by making a tax deductible contribution at the time you pay your dues, by getting your H.A.F. Key to California Homeownership Pin or participating in one of our upcoming fundraising events.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS(download pdf version of FAQ's)
1. What is the CAR Housing Affordability Fund (H.A.F.)?
The Housing Affordability Fund was established in 2002 as a charitable non-profit fund, whose purpose is to provide direct assistance to address the housing crisis in California. The state suffers from both a chronic long-term housing shortfall and a chronic housing affordability problem.
C.A.R. already has a long track record of achievements on the housing affordability front in the policy/legislative arena. The Housing Affordability Fund will support statewide and local efforts to make a direct impact on the housing affordability problem.
2. What is the H.A.F. Mission Statement?
The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Housing Affordability Fund plays an active role in addressing the ongoing housing affordability crisis facing our state. H.A.F. will raise and distribute funds in partnership with local associations and other groups to promote housing and homeownership.
3. Are donations to H.A.F. tax-deductible?
Yes. This is a charitable fund so your contributions as an individual/business are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. H.A.F. is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of IRS Code.
4. Where can I Make My Donation?
We are happy to announce that our new H.A.F Online Donation Payment Service is now available. No matter where you are, you can make a (FREE) online payment anytime of the day. It provides a fast, secure, and convenient way to donate online, not only is this online bill payment system easy to use, but you can also sign up for a payment plan directly here, plus you'll receive an automatic e-mail alert when your payment is made to your account.
IT'S SIMPLE, MAKE YOUR DONATION HERE TODAY!
Or you can always mail your donation check to the adress below:
Make checks payable to:
C.A.R. Housing Affordability Fund (or C.A.R.H.A.F.)
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Attn.: Alma Menchaca
Member Information Department
525 S. Virgil Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020
5. Who may donate to H.A.F.?
Anyone. The Housing Affordability Fund accepts tax-deductible charitable donations from REALTORS®, other individuals as well as business and other organizations.
6. How will H.A.F. address housing affordability problems? What types of projects will H.A.F.
The Housing Affordability Fund supports a wide variety of programs, statewide and local programs thru the participation of local associations. Some efforts have included:
· Down payment or closing cost assistance.
· Employer assisted housing program.
· These are just examples. Each local association is free to choose solutions that fit the needs of its community.
7. How can local associations request funds?
Local associations may apply for funds by submitting a Local REALTOR® Association Funding Request Form . The Funding Request form asks local associations to provide details of the proposed project/program for which funds are requested: name of project, brief description, cost of project, other sources of funds, and how H.A.F. funds will be used.
8. Self-Help Project Guidelines
At no time during 2014 will H.A.F. commit more than 50% of the remaining 25% total annual disbursement to Self-Help projects (Including Habitat for Humanity).
Request for funds will not exceed the LESSER of: A) $50,000 or B) 10% of total existing funds. However, if a regional approach is made with a majority of local associations developing a large program, H.A.F. may grant funds up to 10% of the total existing funds. In addition, H.A.F. may consider granting a larger sum with consent of the Board of Directors.
9. HAF Guiding Principles
The Housing Affordability Fund Committee will base its decisions upon the following guiding principles:
· In general, all programs should require matching funds to leverage C.A.R.H.A.F. funds. This includes grants to local associations. For example, a local association could request funds from C.A.R.H.A.F. for a project, but it should be able to obtain matching funds from other entities such as lenders, government, non-profits or other housing advocates.
· Where possible, funds should be recoverable.
· A REALTOR®'s services should be encouraged in all home purchase transactions. This will require that REALTORS® become familiar with both the C.A.R.H.A.F. and the programs offered by C.A.R.H.A.F. partners.