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License Renewal

Easily renew your real estate license with the FREE 45 hour online license renewal package from C.A.R.


Pre-License Training

Prepare to earn your real estate license with our online courses


Career Path

Build and drive success for your real estate business with the training you need for continuous improvement


Designations / Certifications

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


Education Calendar

Browse our class schedule to find when and where to take real estate courses.


Course Catalog

Get the description you need to learn more about our many courses offered.  To find courses by career path, please visit our Career Path page.


NMLS/MLO CE Courses

Complete your eight-hour NMLS license renewal requirement through our NMLS-approved provider, OnlineEd


REALTOR® EXPO

CALIFORNIA REALTOR® EXPO, the state's largest real estate trade show.


C.A.R. Board of Directors and Committees

The main Business Meetings page includes important links for Directors and Committee Members.

Tentative Program Committee Selection Meeting Registration
C.A.R. Women's Initiative

WomanUP! creates a community where mentors and leaders can communicate, collaborate, advocate for, and support one another.


NAR Meetings

NAR meeting information and materials.


For Your Clients

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.

ClientDIRECT® Infographics
Charts & Graphs

Explore and interact with the latest market statistics.

County Market Updates Market @ A Glance
Social Media Content

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
Thought Leadership

This program represents our ongoing commitment to enhancing the professionalism of all our members.


Speeches & Presentations

From outreaches to webinars, the Research and Economics team is sharing their insight on the market and the economy.


Multimedia Library

From webinars to videos and podcasts to blogs, C.A.R. keeps you in the know.

Housing Matters Blog Real Estate Leaders & Legends Podcast Slideshows Videos
Publications

C.A.R. publishes eight magazine issues and various newsletters throughout the year.

Newsletters California Real Estate Magazine
Webinars

Webinars focusing on the critical issues that impact REALTORS®, their clients, and the real estate industry.

California Housing Market Webinars
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As with any major purchase, it pays to be informed prior to making any decisions. As experienced buyers already know, buying a home is a complicated process, so it's important to start at the beginning and thoroughly understand each step. Whether you're buying your first home or your third, make sure you have the necessary financial resources and have explored all your options before you purchase a new home.

If you're a first-time buyer, you should weigh the pros and cons of homeownership versus renting. There are many advantages and disadvantages to consider. For example, renters have the freedom of mobility if they choose to move, but their monthly rent checks do not establish long-term equity or produce any other benefits. And while homeowners' mortgage payments accumulate equity, these payments are generally higher than rent payments and come with the responsibility to manage the care and upkeep of the property.

Both new and experienced buyers have their own sets of financial considerations when it comes to buying a home. Move-up buyers should evaluate their financial situation to ensure they're prepared to meet the higher mortgage payments involved with relocating. Likewise, first-time buyers should determine if monthly mortgage payments fit in their budgets. In addition, you'll need to be prepared to cover the downpayment and closing costs. And, you should consider whether you meet the basic criteria to qualify for a mortgage; lenders prefer that applicants offer a stable job history and a good credit record.


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