Time to bring it home. Find zipForm®, transaction tools, and all the closing resources you'll need. Except for the champagne — that's on you.
Time to bring it home. Complete transactions and contracts electronically through zipForm®.
Realtor® Secure Transaction is your place to discover, access and master the essential tools for a modern, efficient and secure transaction.
Transaction management and forms software with all the must-have features, including current statewide contracts, local forms, and more.Transaction Products Service Providers Forms Libraries Support
Free advice to help you understand the form you're using with Forms Tutor® and identify which form you need for your transaction with Forms Advisor™
C.A.R. Standard Forms are developed by the C.A.R. Legal Department which gathers input from real estate professionals and attorneys to create user-friendly, comprehensive, and dependable forms.
C.A.R. now offers a list of Certified Home Inspectors for our REALTORS® members. Participants of this program have completed certain background and education requirements. Click Here to see the program details and a directory of Certified Home Inspectors.
Advice, Support and materials to improve your transactions.Transaction Tools Support Register for FREE Training Webinars
We're here to help, people! Business products and tools to empower REALTORS®.
Your one-stop-source for real estate products, forms, education, high-tech tools and more
Everything you need for a successful property management & leasing business
A collection of educational and technology resources designed to help you achieve profitability and better prepare for your financial present and future.
Download the latest C.A.R. mobile apps, including CARmojies & Stickers, C.A.R., Legal Hotline, CA REALTOR® EXPO, and zipForm Mobile.
Help potential buyers open the door to home-ownership by searching from over 400 available down payment assistance programs throughout California.
Q: Where do I go to get legal questions answered? A: Easy, look to the right!
This is a resource page for all things RPA 2021. It includes links to the RPA and RPA-related forms, training, legal presentations, and publications.
Legal articles, many in question and answer format, are currently available on over 150 subjects in 50-plus categories.
Need help on a legal issue? First, pick one of the topics.
Quick Guides (1-page articles), PowerPoint presentations, and videos on key legal topics.
Wish you could catch up on California real estate law without having to read even more documents? Relax and watch a video as C.A.R.’s Legal Live Webinars bring you up-to-date on the hottest topics in real estate law.
The Legal Matters Podcast is the official podcast of the California Association of REALTORS® Member Legal Services Department.
Help, I need backup! Whether it's legal or financial help you need, C.A.R.'s got your back with these resources.
If you're a member looking to resolve a minor dispute or communication issue with another REALTOR®, a C.A.R. ombudsman may be able to help!
C.A.R. REALTOR® volunteers are specifically trained and are available to answer questions from other members about the Code of Ethics, and can provide information and limited counseling concerning its proper interpretation.
Your lifeline to the lending community formerly known as the Finance Helpline and Mortgage Rescue™. Find contacts and answers to all mortgage related questions, and problems that arise in your real estate transaction. Get assistance today!Lending Resources
Looking for additional assistance? The Customer Contact Center is looking forward to serving you Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
The C.A.R. Real Estate Mediation Center for Consumers has mediators available to assist buyers and sellers (as well as other parties to real estate transactions) in resolving their disputes.
Did you know that for zero dollars and zero cents, you can speak with an attorney about your transaction? If you don't believe us, check it out yourself.
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.Pre-License Training
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.Course Catalog Online Bundles Annual Education Experience
The REMS system allows brokers to deliver quality education to their agents and track their progress.
Complete your eight-hour NMLS license renewal requirement through our NMLS-approved provider, OnlineEd
Mark your calendars for our yearly meetings and events!
The main Business Meetings page includes important links for Directors and Committee Members.Tentative Program Meeting Registration
NAR meeting information and materials.
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 intricacies of buying and selling a home and how a REALTOR® can help.Prop 19 Infographics One Cool Thing Tax Reform One Sheets Fire Insurance One Sheet
Explore and interact with the latest market statistics.Housing Market Summary County Market Updates Housing Perspective Market @ A Glance
Marketing tools from C.A.R.'s consumer advertising campaign
Got knowledge? All the info you need on California’s housing market, economy, and issues impacting the industry.
This information is designed for Real Estate Brokers and Office Managers to assist you in supporting your real estate business.
CCRE's mission is to advance industry knowledge and innovation with an emphasis on convening key experts and influence-makers.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Be trendy -- stay current with our latest market forecasts and data analyses.
The latest housing market forecast and projection to what lays ahead.
View the latest sales and price numbers. Find out where sales will be in upcoming months.Current Sales & Price Statistics HAI First-Time Buyer Housing Affordability Index - Traditional Historical Housing Data Annual Historical Data Summary
Your housing hub for market analysis, economic trends, and housing news.
Get a roundup of weekly economic and market news that matters to real estate and your business.
Gain insights through interactive dashboards and downloadable content.Buyer's Guide Inventory Report Housing Market Overview Market Update Videos View All Shareable Reports View All Interactive Dashboards
Catch up with the latest outreaches and webinars by the Research and Economics team.
C.A.R. conducts survey research with members and consumers on a regular basis to get a better understanding of the housing market and the real estate industry. Results and analyses from these studies are released in different formats – written report, power-point, infographic, webinar, and podcast - and can be found in this section.
Stay connected with the latest releases by subscribing to the products and services that interest you.
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.Statewide MLS Initiative
Looking for information on how to file an interboard arbitration complaint? You've come to the right place! Find the rules, timeline and filing documents here.
Summaries and photos of California REALTORS® who violated the Code of Ethics and were disciplined with a fine, letter of reprimand, suspension, or expulsion.
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, NAR materials and other materials related to Code of Ethics enforcement and arbitration.Resources for Hearings via Zoom Online Training for Professional Standards Volunteers Professional Standards Webinars Professional Standards Ambassador Program Professional Standards Administrator Certification Professional Standards Train the Trainer
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.
CREPAC, LCRC, IMPAC, ALF and the RAF comprise C.A.R.'s political fundraising arm.REALTOR® Action Fund
Learn how you can make a difference, by getting involved yourself or by passing along valuable information to your clients.
It's the Law -- C.A.R.'s legal eagles tell you what you need to know to stay out of trouble.
C.A.R.'s 15+ lawyers provide all sorts of services, not just answering the beloved Legal Hotline. Other pies that the C.A.R. lawyers have their fingers in are: Standard Forms, Sample Letters, Realegals, Webinars and Legal Action Fund, all of which are referenced here.
California Code of Ethics and Arbitration Rules and external link to JAMS Arbitration service.
C.A.R. participates in cases at the appellate and supreme court level as an "Amicus Curiae" or friend of the court when a decision in the case has the potential to affect REALTORS® statewide.Legal Action Fund Guidelines
Learn on-the-go! The Legal Matters Podcast gives you bite-size nuggets of power-packed legal information that will help you protect yourself and your clients. Join our attorneys for a “Legal Bedtime Story” or for the scoop on vital issues like the “Top 5 RPA Mistakes”.
Represent! Join C.A.R. in our community and foundation programs.
Californians for Homeownership was founded in response to the California Legislature’s call for public interest organizations to fight local anti-housing policies on behalf of the millions of California residents who need access to more affordable housing.
Programs and grants to provide direct assistance to address the housing crisis in California.Make A Donation
The Rising Star Award program is a C.A.R. initiative designed to work with the brokerage community to recognize their up-and-coming agents.
C.A.R. stands ready to assist REALTORS® who have been impacted by wildfires through its Disaster Relief Fund and NAR's REALTORS® Relief Foundation.California Wildfire Resources
Scholarships for California students planning to pursue a career in real estate.
Grants for California REALTORS® and residents pursuing real estate education.
Find out more information on key diversity and inclusion programs and projects available.Fair Housing Latino Professionals Network C.A.R. Women's Initiative
New to the industry? YPN is a network to sharpen your skills, heighten your leadership, and connect with fellow REALTORS®.
Adding REALTOR® next to your name is cool. What comes with that title is even cooler. Check out your benefits.
As a member of C.A.R., you receive more than 100 free and discounted benefits. Find out more about your member benefits here.C.A.R. Member Discounts NAR Member Discounts C.A.R. Insurance Products
As a new member of C.A.R. you have questions about your benefits and discounts. Find the answers here.Member FAQs
This is so us...who we are and what we do.
C.A.R. is a statewide trade association dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.Annual Report
Meet the 2022 C.A.R. Leadership Team
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Looking for additional assistance? The Customer Contact Center is looking forward to serving you Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Whichever department you are looking to speak with, don't hesitate to reach out! We'd love to hear from you.
Important Note: The Legal Action Fund is not an Insurance Defense Fund for Realtors®.
The Legal Action Fund was established to promote preventative law programs, assist in cases of importance to the real estate industry, provide legal defense to Association of REALTORS® of statewide importance and finance cases that CAR initiates or supports. The Amicus Brief Program is one of the functions of C.A.R.'s Legal Action Fund which oversees real estate related issues affecting REALTORS®, the real estate industry, and California's property owners. Parties that ask for an amicus curiae brief feel that C.A.R.'s influence before the court is strong and, therefore, they want C.A.R.'s support to bolster their position.
REQUESTS FOR ASSISTANCE
Most requests are for an amicus brief on a case on appeal. Due to the lack of statewide impact, the C.A.R. Trustees rarely support requests on a trial level or an arbitration. The request may also include a request for funding for significant cases. Any funding is subject to review and approval of the bills submitted and incurred at C.A.R.'s discretion.
The Fund is intended for legal costs and fees of the party supported and may not in any case be used to pay judgments for damages or fines, or to pay any settlement amount, whether before or after trial, or to pay any costs or fees of opposing counsel or any other party. The Legal Action Fund does not reimburse fees or costs incurred in making a request.
All request for monetary or amicus support from the Fund must be made in writing and signed by the requesting party or his/her counsel. Each request should include the following:
- Case Name
- Identification of Parties/Counsel/Real Estate Expert Witnesses (both sides)
- Case Facts & Summary of Proceedings (to date)
- Parties to be supported
- Local Association Support & Support of other organizations
- Description of Statewide Legal Impact
- Request seeking: Financial (amount, proposed budget) or Amicus Curiae Brief Only
- Any insurance funding available
- Relevant filings (complaint, answer, key motions, key rulings, etc. from both sides of the case)
You may submit your request to [email protected] or mail your requests to the attention of June Barlow, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, California Association of REALTORS ®, 525 S. Virgil Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020.
Generally requests are considered by the Trustees during the regularly schedule C.A.R. business meetings. At the discretion of the Trustees Chairman or C.A.R. legal staff requests not received at least 30 days prior to the next scheduled meeting of the Trustees may be deferred for consideration to the following scheduled meeting or a special telephone conference may be setup for immediate consideration of the request. The Trustees shall then consider the matter in executive session and make a decision. Decisions to fund or support a brief are generally reported to the Executive Committee and the C.A.R. Board of Directors.
When deciding if a case merits financial assistance for legal expenses and/or filing an amicus curiae brief, the Legal Action Fund Trustees in collaboration with C.A.R. legal staff and outside counsel as deemed necessary, evaluate all cases to insure that each meets all the following criteria:
- The case represents a statewide issue that affects organized real estate or private property rights. Particular emphasis is placed on cases that affect real estate brokerage practices.
- The case is at the appeals court level, not the trial court level.
- Existing adverse case precedents are not deemed to be insurmountable; the likelihood of success and an evaluation of what the impact will be if the case is not successful.
- Winning the case would enhance the professional stature of C.A.R.'s members and C.A.R.
- The facts of the case provide the best avenue to appeal the particular issue.
- Consistency with C.A.R.’s policies as adopted by its Board of Directors; the Trustees cannot act to set a new policy or change an existing one.
- An evaluation of the efforts already made by the parties to provide their own support and obtain support from affiliated and interested associations.
The requesting party may be required at the discretion of the Trustees Chairman and/or C.A.R. legal staff to appear before the Trustees to support the request and answer any questions posed by the Trustees.
The Trustees may condition their approval of support on retention of counsel deemed most experienced in the issues and controversies presented, on financial assistance being provided by one or more local association, or on other appropriate conditions.
All support by the Fund is conditioned on the requirement that the Trustees through the C.A.R. legal staff assigned to administer the Fund, be consulted on a continuing basis by the requesting party and their counsel concerning decisions relating to the legal action which is being supported, including but not limited to: the theories and strategies of the case; the procedural steps to be taken; the parties to the litigation; the issues to be raised; the time of discovery, motions and other matters; and the nature and scope of research to be performed.
Failure to consult as required, or failure to cooperate with the Trustees, may result in the immediate suspension of all support of the litigation and the termination of such support if the local association, member, or other recipient support fails to justify such failures or otherwise satisfy the Trustees, in their sole discretion, that support should be continued.
All appropriations from the Fund shall be disbursed as authorized by the Trustees upon the satisfaction of all contingencies, conditions or prerequisites imposed and upon receipt of verified statements of fees and expenses in the amount of the requested disbursement.
If the Trustees decide that a C.A.R. amicus curiae brief is appropriate, the General Counsel assigns the task of preparing it to one of C.A.R.'s attorneys on staff. On rare occasions, briefs are prepared by outside law firms.
Contact June Barlow, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, by phone (213) 739-8277 or email [email protected] for any additional questions.Copyright© 2019 CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.). Permission is granted to C.A.R. members to reprint this material in hardcopy or PDF format only for personal use or with individual clients. This material may not be used or reproduced for commercial purposes. Other reproduction or use is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of the C.A.R Legal Department. All rights reserved.