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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 Training and 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.
We're here to help, people! Business products and tools to empower REALTORS®.
Your one-stop-source for exclusive offers, discounts, and free trials.
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 CARmojis & 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!
Legal articles, many in question and answer format, are currently available on over 150 subjects in 50-plus categories.
The Legal Action Fund advocates the REALTOR® point of view and assists in lawsuits pivotal to the real estate industry. Learn more about how the Legal Action Fund supports you in your business.
Quick Guides (1-page articles) and PowerPoint presentations 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.
While you’re driving to your next meeting, would like our attorneys to update you on how to best protect yourself and your clients? Subscribe to our Legal Matters Podcast, and we’ll bring the most critical information right to your device.
Need help on a legal issue? First, pick one of the topics.
Important industry cases, resources and informationSmall Claims Court
Current legal developments, C.A.R. legal products and services.Realegal®
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
Need assistance on Transactions – zipForm Edition, purchasing a course, or other general membership questions? The Customer Contact Center is only a phone call away.
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.
Distinguish yourself by learning how to build a business that specializes in niche markets to nearly double your earning potential in various real estate sectorsTransaction Coordinator Directory
Browse our class schedule to find when and where to take real estate courses.Classes by Topic Online Bundles Risk and Education Management System Harassment Prevention Courses
Prepare to earn your real estate license with our online courses
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. The next regularly scheduled C.A.R. Business Meeting takes place February 13-16, 2024 in Monterey.Tentative Program
Check out NAR's upcoming meetings and conference schedule.
REimagine! Real Estate Conference & Expo is where learning takes center stage and where business solutions and connections are at the forefront of the real estate industry.
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 Down Payment Resource Directory Infographics One Cool Thing Tax Reform One Sheets Fire Insurance
Explore and interact with the latest market statistics.Housing Market Summary County Market Updates Housing Perspective Market @ A Glance
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.
Your housing hub for market analysis, economic trends, and housing news.
Watch our C.A.R. economists provide updates on the latest housing market data and happenings... quickly!
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.Shareable Reports 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.
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.
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®.Rising Star
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.NAR Member Discounts C.A.R. Insurance Products
As a C.A.R. member you may have questions about your association and the industry. Find the answers here.Member FAQs Glossary Service Providers
C.A.R.'s annual consumer advertising campaign creates awareness of the REALTOR® brand and demonstrates the many benefits of the consumer-REALTOR® relationship.Online Campaign Paid Social Partnerships Podcasts Search Sponsorship and Branding Video Campaign
Smart Zone provides tools and insights necessary to convey your unique value proposition, effectively market your services, keep your clients abreast of current real estate market trends and help you achieve success in a dynamic industry.
This is so us...who we are and what we do.
Meet the 2023 C.A.R. Leadership Team
C.A.R. is a statewide trade association dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate.Annual Report
The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® is committed to bring you tools and information to help you succeed. Here are some of the innovative tools, services and education C.A.R. provided to help you achieve your professional goals.
C.A.R.'s Media Center houses the Association's news releases, media guidelines, and logos.News Releases
C.A.R. and its subsidiaries are currently recruiting for the following job opportunities.Administrative Assistant - Corporate Legal DEI Director IT Helpdesk and Technical Training Coordinator Member Experience Insights Analyst Political Affairs Coordinator Quality Assurance and Training Specialist Senior Staff Accountant
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When you're starting out as a REALTOR®, there is a lot to learn. Fear not, C.A.R. is here to help! Read through our commonly asked questions designed to help you navigate C.A.R. member benefits, tools for your business, and much more!
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Housing Market Data and Trends
C.A.R. Events, Conferences, and Networking Groups
How do I become a member of C.A.R.? What if I’m a non-REALTOR® or affiliate?
One prerequisite to becoming a member of organized real estate is that your broker must be a REALTOR® member so keep this in mind when you're considering a real estate office for employment. If you already work for a real estate firm, but it is not associated with the REALTOR® organization, have your broker contact one of the local associations of REALTORS® listed for membership information.
Once you are affiliated with a REALTOR® broker, you can contact the local association of REALTORS® of which your broker or one of their Designated REALTORS® is a member. Remember that brokers or their Designated REALTORS® can be members of more than one local association. Upon joining the local association of REALTORS®, you also pay dues for and become a member of the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®.
What are my benefits as a member of C.A.R.? Where can I find more information about them?
C.A.R. provides a variety of benefits for your transactions, marketing, education, legal questions, and more. As a C.A.R. member, you have access to more than 100 free and discounted benefits. These benefits include: the Legal Hotline, local and state housing market data, free member web pages to search for active agents, access to all your transactions using the REALTOR® Secure Transaction, and free webinars and training.
Check out the Member Benefits Overview Guide to make the most of your C.A.R. membership. Additionally, C.A.R. showcases tools, services, products, and timely events that may be helpful to your business in our monthly member benefit highlights.
Where can I find out about C.A.R. discounts?
Does C.A.R. provide free marketing and/or business resources?
C.A.R. provides several free marketing tools and products for members to personalize their marketing strategies.
Tools include easy-to-share market infographics, personalized market analysis, down payment assistance program availability, customizable marketing pieces from the consumer ad campaign, and other content crafted for home buyers and sellers.
What is the difference between my license number and REALTOR® membership number (formerly known as NRDS number)?
Your license number is issued from the Department of Real Estate (DRE) and is 8 digits long. There are several legal requirements for where and how your DRE license number must be displayed in your advertising and solicitation materials (i.e. business cards, signs, etc.)
Your Member ID is a 9-digit number associated with your membership at your local, state and National Association of REALTORS®. This number is important for you to have when using services and benefits or contacting your local Association, C.A.R., or NAR.
I forgot my REALTOR® membership number, where can I find it?
Recover your membership number using this tool on NAR's website.
What is the difference between a REALTOR® and a Real Estate Agent?
A REALTOR® is a member of the local, state and national trade associations; adheres to a strict Code of Ethics; and must complete ethics training every three years. A real estate agent is a person who holds a real estate license, but may or may not be a REALTOR®.
I can’t access a password-protected page on the C.A.R. website. Do I need an account?
Some content and resources on the C.A.R. site are restricted to C.A.R. members only. If you have not created your car.org account yet, you will need to complete the registration process.
I‘m having trouble logging into the C.A.R. website.
How do I navigate the C.A.R. site?
The C.A.R. website is designed so that you can navigate from the homepage using four easy pathways – Transaction Center, Learn & Thrive, Industry 360° and Your C.A.R. – located towards the top of the website. Check out our website guide to learn more about the sections and features of the C.A.R. website.
When I search for my name in the Find a REALTOR® tool I don’t show up. How do I fix this?
How can I edit my subscriptions for C.A.R. newsletters?
You can sign up, unsubscribe, or modify your C.A.R. newsletter subscriptions using the subscription management link located at the bottom of each email newsletter.
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How do I find the contact information for local associations?
The contact information can be found on our Local Association Roster and is listed in alphabetic order by association. To find out which association serves a specific city, visit our Local Association by City roster.
Is there a difference between my local, state (C.A.R.), and national association (NAR)?
Yes. These are separate organizations within the REALTOR® organization structure as part of the “Three-way Agreement”. Your local association, C.A.R., and NAR provide you with various member benefits and services (some of which may overlap). Your local association will always serve as the main point of entry for your membership information on record as well as paying dues. To find out more about who you may need to reach out to in various situations, visit our service provider list.
Can I join more than one local association?
Yes. If you would like to be a member at multiple local associations, you will need to choose one as your primary, which your broker must also be a member of. Your primary local association will collect your dues for that local association, state (C.A.R.), and NAR. When you join another local association(s), you only pay their local fees and they will be listed as a secondary association in your membership record. Please note that MLS membership is always handled separately from association membership. If you are a salesperson, then your broker will need to be a participant in the MLS in order for you to join the MLS.back to top
What is the Department of Real Estate?
The Department of Real Estate, also referred to as the DRE, is the governing body responsible for licensing and regulating real estate professionals in the state of California. Please visit the DRE site for more information.
Who is considered a licensee?
The DRE refers to all individuals with a real estate license as licensees; however, not all licensees are REALTORS®.
How can I look up another licensee?
To verify another licensee, use the DRE License Lookup tool and enter their name or license number.
How can I determine if I can conduct business?
For a more detailed description of the different license statuses, visit Public License Status Codes.
A member can conduct business as a REALTOR® if their license status is:
A licensee may not conduct business if their license status is:
Licensed NBA (No broker affiliation)
When should I contact the DRE?
The DRE should be contacted for filing complaints against real estate brokers and salespersons accused of misleading or defrauding consumers, renewing a license, scheduling or rescheduling an examination; changing the address for your license, applying for a license and continuing education requirements.
How do I change my mailing address with the DRE? Does that automatically update my record with my local association, C.A.R. and NAR?
Licensees should change their mailing address using the eLicensing system – more information is available on the DRE website. You will also need to separately notify your local association so that they can update your information on your local association, C.A.R. and NAR member record.
When and how do I renew my real estate license?
Real estate licenses must be renewed every four years and 45 hours of continuing education (CE) courses must be completed as part of the process. Members can claim their FREE 45-Hour Package of Online CE Courses as well as find out more information about the license renewal process from the DRE. For more information about accessing your free CE courses, please refer to the section on C.A.R. Education and 45 Free CE Courses.back to top
What is the MLS?
The multiple listing service, or MLS, is one of the most important business tools for REALTORS® and their clients, and the best way to market listings. The MLS is a compilation of information about properties for sale or that have been sold in recent years in the area covered by the MLS. The MLS provides the most up-to-date information on current listings available, comparable properties that have been sold in the market area, and property details. The wide use of the MLS makes it valuable to the entire real estate industry.
Who can view the MLS data?
Real estate professionals (brokers and salespeople) that subscribe to the MLS can view current listings and sales and other information on properties that have been listed in the MLS in the past. They can also share listings from the MLS with their clients, or with the public through data feeds. Appraisers also join MLSs to gain access to historical data and current listings and to help them properly evaluate properties they’re appraising and the market in the area. Some MLSs have a public-facing portal to allow consumers to see the listings. And most MLSs provide certain information to third parties for data analysis or for display on their own sites (e.g., realtor.com).
How do I get access to the MLS?
If you're a broker, you can join an MLS if you have an active license, offer and accept compensation in the capacity of a real estate broker either individually or through your firm, and pay the MLS fees. If you're a salesperson, you can join an MLS as a Subscriber if you are affiliated with a broker Participant of the MLS.
Are offers of compensation made through the MLS?
Yes. In filing a property with the MLS, the broker Participant makes a blanket unilateral contractual offer of compensation to the other MLS broker Participants for their services in selling the property. The offer can be a percentage of the gross selling price or a definite dollar amount. The offer is accepted by the buyer broker Participant by procuring a buyer which ultimately results in the creation of a sales or lease contract.
If I join the MLS, do I have to submit all of my listings to the service?
Yes, with some exceptions. All exclusive right to sell or exclusive agency listings on one-to-four-unit residential property and vacant lots located within the MLS’s service area must be submitted to the MLS. NAR’s Clear Cooperation Policy requires submission of these types of listings to the MLS within one business day of marketing a property to the public. However, if the seller refuses to permit the listing to be disseminated by the MLS, the MLS Participant can submit an exclusion form to the MLS. In that circumstance, the MLS Participant would not be able to market the property to the public but would only be able to market it solely to other real estate professionals within their brokerage (known as an “office exclusive”).
Where can I find the rules for my MLS?
The best method is to check the website of the MLS you have joined. MLSs will typically make their rules easily accessible to Participants and Subscribers, either as a web page or a PDF file. Please note that although C.A.R. publishes California Model MLS Rules as a guide for MLSs to use when drafting their own rules, MLSs will often choose to deviate from these Model Rules in various ways. Therefore, it is recommended that you consult with your particular MLS, rather than C.A.R., to obtain this information.back to top
What is a lockbox?
Lockboxes are an easy-to-use, reliable and secure measure that is used to manage access to properties.
Does it matter what type of lockbox I purchase?
While you can select a lockbox of your choice that meets your MLS's requirements, it is usually a best practice to use the same one your local association uses so REALTORS® in your area can easily show listings. Most local associations will use or sell one or more pre-approved lockboxes. If you or your client want a different lockbox, check your MLS rules for the requirements to ensure your lockbox will be approved as well.
What if there are technical issues once I purchase a lockbox?
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What’s the difference between Transactions – zipForm® Edition (previously zipForm® Plus) and Desktop Version (previously zipForm® Standard)?
Transactions – zipForm® Edition can be used on the Internet from anywhere, anytime quickly and easily. Desktop Version operates as stand-alone software on your computer, running on Windows® 2000, ME, or XP.
How do I access Transactions – zipForm® Edition?
You can access zipForm® a few different ways from the C.A.R. website. One option is to visit https://www.car.org/transactions/rst and click on the “Access zipForm®” button. If you are not logged into the C.A.R. website, you will be prompted to log in before continuing to zipForm®. Check out the zipTips video for a step-by-step guide for this method. Another option is to sign in to www.car.org and select “Access zipForm®” from your account navigation.
I changed to a different brokerage or my company information is listed incorrectly on my transactions. How do I update my company information?
You can find instructions about updating your company information here Transactions – zipForm® Edition (previously zipForm® Plus) or Desktop Version (previously zipForm® Standard).
Does C.A.R. provide options for digital signatures for my transactions?
Yes, C.A.R. offers two options for digital signatures that you can use with Transactions – zipForm® Edition. One is zipLogix™ Digital Ink®, a free C.A.R. member benefit, and the other is DocuSign®, which is offered as a monthly or annual subscription. Learn more about these digital signature platforms.
Does C.A.R. offer training or self-help for zipForm® Edition (previously zipForm® Plus) or Desktop Version (previously zipForm® Standard)?
C.A.R. offers a variety of support options so you can find the one to best suit your needs. For in-depth training from C.A.R., browse through our list of upcoming webinars which also includes on-demand recordings of previous webinars. For quick how-to videos on commonly asked questions and features, check out our zipTips video collection. For further assistance, you can reach out to our Customer Contact Center during business hours.
Lone Wolf also has an extensive knowledge base and live support options available through their website.
I’m working on a transaction but have questions on the form/contract. Who should I reach out to for assistance?
If you need assistance with how to use Transaction – zipForm® Edition features, finding forms, and other form functionality you can use any of the support options above or you can visit our Customer Contact Center customer service page for helpful resources.
If you need legal advice for your transaction or business practice and would like to speak to a C.A.R. attorney, reach out to our Legal Hotline. There are several legal resources available on the C.A.R. website including Q&A articles, quick one-page guides, and webinars on a variety of common legal topics.
Is Transaction – zipForm® Edition experiencing system issues?
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What is the Legal Hotline?
The C.A.R. Member Legal Hotline is a free service to all C.A.R. members (brokers and salespersons). This C.A.R. benefit provides members the opportunity to briefly talk to a C.A.R. attorney in a confidential telephone conversation about legal issues they face in their practice. The duration of the phone consultation is typically 5 to 10 minutes. Advice given by the C.A.R. attorney is intended only for the REALTOR® making the inquiry, and not the parties to a transaction. The principals should seek their own legal counsel when needed. A salesperson must have authorization from his or her broker or office manager prior to initiating the call.
Is there any information I need to have before I call the Legal Hotline?
There are a few things you will need to complete the pre screening process. You will need to have the following information available, if applicable, even if you do not think it’s relevant to your question:
1. Your 9-digit REALTOR® membership number (visit NAR’s site to locate this number if you do not know it)
2. Street number of the property you are calling about.
3. DRE license number and name of the other agent.
Please note: not providing this information during pre screening will cause delays in speaking with an attorney and will require you to go back to the pre screening process.
Are there legal resources available to members?
C.A.R. provides legal resources on the website on a variety of topics. For information on a specific topic, check out the most commonly used resources for the most popular legal topics or entire list of Legal Q&As and disclosure charts. Additionally, C.A.R. attorneys conduct Legal Live webinars typically on the second Tuesday of the month usually on a topic related to a legal development or timely issue.
Are there free resources available for the Residential Purchase Agreement (RPA)?
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How can I learn more about financing options for my clients?
C.A.R.’s STEPS toward Homeownership virtual education events provide REALTORS® with financial literacy knowledge and strategies to help prospective buyers with financing expectations, down payment assistance options, and FHA vs. Conventional loan programs. The session shares information through the lens of REALTORS®, providing reasonable understanding of how to stay involved, without taking on additional roles.
Additionally, monthly webinars on timely lending and related topics are available to members.
What Down Payment Assistance (DPA) options are available?
C.A.R.'s Down Payment Resource Directory allows you to search for assistance available to your clients by answering a few simple questions about your clients and the property. Key insights to options and access to programs with as little as 3 percent down are available. For additional follow-up, reach out to [email protected].
Does C.A.R. provide help for financing and lending questions or issues when I’m in a transaction?
Transaction Rescue™ is a FREE C.A.R. member benefit providing both answers and assistance with moving your stalled real estate transactions forward. It provides you with one-on-one assistance with finding a lender, loan qualifications, down payment assistance, closing transactions, underwriting, short sales, funding, payoffs, REOs, Deeds in Lieu, and overall preparing your clients for homeownership, for any of your mortgage related questions or issues.back to top
What kind of education courses does C.A.R. offer?
C.A.R. offers a variety of courses to its members. All classes can be found here.
Are the education courses live or recorded?
Some classes are held live and in-person, others as live webinars, and others are “Online Anytime” (on demand).
Our Online Anytime courses are interactive courses available for you to access on demand 24/7 so you can take the course at your own pace. You have up to ONE (1) year from the date of purchase to access and complete the course.
LearnMyWay® courses are live webinar classes scheduled for a specific date and time that allow interaction with the instructor.
Local associations (and in some cases, brokerages) will host the live, in-person courses.
Are LearnMyWay® courses recorded?
Some LearnMyWay® courses are recorded. Continuing education courses and NAR courses are not recorded. Everyone who attends all other webinar classes will receive a recording of the entire class by 5 p.m. the next business day.
I purchased an Online Anytime course from your C.A.R. Business Products online store. Where can I find my courses?
Your courses can be found in your OnlineEd account. When you purchase an Online Anytime course from us for the first time, a free OnlineEd account is automatically generated for you and the class assigned to that profile. In the future, all courses will be auto-assigned to that same account. Please note, you will need to log in using your email address as your username.
What is Continuing Education?
Continuing Education (CE) courses are real estate classes approved by the Department of Real Estate (DRE) for the purpose of renewing your license.
How many Continuing Education Requirements does California require?
You must complete 45 hours of CE courses to renew your license. C.A.R. offers all 45 CE hours for free as a member benefit.
Where can I find the Free 45 CE courses?
The FREE 45 CE classes can be found on our education- license renewal page. Here, you will find information on renewal for training requirements, first-time renewal, broker renewal and important information you should know.
How long will it take me to renew my license? (i.e. 8 max hours allowed per day)
The DRE has set two specific rules that are important to note when renewing your license.
1) Students may not study course materials for more than 8 hours per day. Your final exam will be locked until it has been determined (automatically) that you have been allowed the necessary study time.
2) Students may not take more than 15 hours of final exam credits in one day. This means that you may not study for all of the courses and then cram 45 credit hours of testing into one day. However, students are free to either study and test over each course at a time, or study all the courses and take the tests afterward over the course of several days.
How do I renew my license?
To renew your license, visit the License Renewal page on car.org to select the appropriate course package. Once you have claimed your package, visit OnlineEd.com to access your classes.
Once you have completed the coursework, visit the DRE website to renew your license either through their e-licensing portal or by mail. You will need the course completion certificates to show you have taken the required coursework. Please note, you can take the courses within this package up to four years before your expiration date. However, you cannot upload your renewal information to the DRE until 90 days prior to your expiration date.
How often do I have to take the Ethics course?
NAR requires REALTORS® to take an ethics course of at least 2.5 hours every three years. The ethics course may be completed through an online or classroom course via local or state associations.
How do I access the ethics course?
The Continuing Education ethics course is free to all C.A.R. members and you will need to select the green box titled “Claim your Free Ethics Course” to enroll in the course. This ethics course is also part of the 45 FREE CE class packages. If you’ve already signed up for the 45 FREE CE then you already have access to the ethics course.back to top
What can REALTORS® do to stay safe on the job?
NAR has a REALTOR® Safety Program with a plethora of safety tips and resources. These best practices are compiled from subject matter experts, law enforcement and industry veterans. A few tips include sharing your schedule with colleagues, meeting clients at the office or a neutral location, keeping your phone charged and not hosting open houses alone.
What additional education is there for REALTOR® Safety?
NAR has a variety of REALTOR® Safety online courses available for purchase at a discounted member rate at https://learning.realtor/diweb/start.back to top
How do I stay up to date on Fair Housing laws, policies, and research?
Information on the most common Fair Housing Questions that C.A.R. receives include:
Advertising guidelines from the Fair Housing Advertising Rules
Information on reasonable accommodations for Service and Emotional Support Animals
C.A.R. also has a Fair Housing website and produces a Fair Housing column in each issue of the California Real Estate magazine. If you have a transactional question related to Fair Housing or a question regarding Fair housing laws, you may call the C.A.R. Legal Hotline to speak with one of our attorneys.
NAR also has several Fair Housing resources available.back to top
How does C.AR. share the current housing market trends and information?
C.A.R.’s Market Data section on the website offers up-to-date housing market information in a variety of formats including articles, data dashboards, slides, infographics, podcasts, and video recordings. C.A.R. also sends out a Research Highlights newsletter on the first Friday of each month to REALTORS® to keep them informed about the latest releases and web postings.
Am I allowed to use and share market data provided by C.A.R. with my clients?
REALTORS® are allowed to use and share market data provided by C.A.R. with their clients, as long as C.A.R. is cited as the source of the data.
What kind of market reports and trends does C.A.R. produce?
C.A.R. offers market data at the state, county, and city level. The data can be accessed in multiple ways:
Who do I contact for questions on the market data provided by C.A.R.?
You can call the Customer Contact Center at (213) 739-8227, or you can direct your inquiry to [email protected].back to top
What is the REALTOR® Party?
The REALTOR® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® associations working to advance public policies and candidates that build strong communities, protect property interests and promote a vibrant business environment. More information about the REALTOR® Party can be found on car.org under Industry 360 and Political Advocacy.
Which bills do C.A.R. Sponsor?
The latest information on C.A.R.-Sponsored bills and legislative efforts are available for members on the C.A.R. website. You can stay up to date on legislative issues in real time by signing up for the Virtual Advocate email. You may also sign up to be a Legislative Activist with your field representative.back to top
What is REImagine?
REImagine! is a FREE two-day education conference in the fall, typically in September or October, for C.A.R. members. The event is full of marketing and branding tips, economic and housing forecasts, technology trends, and much more. The conference features expert speakers, an exhibit hall, interactive experiences, and networking opportunities for REALTORS® to stay ahead in their business. More information about REImagine! Can be found at REimagine! Real Estate Conference.
What is Legislative Day?
C.A.R.’s Legislative Day is a one day event usually held in April or May in Sacramento and is open to all California REALTORS®. It gives you the opportunity to meet and discuss real estate related issues impacting your business with state legislators and staff along with your colleagues. Attending Legislative Day is a great investment in your business as well and provides an opportunity to hear from California's most dynamic political leaders and the leadership of C.A.R.
What is WomanUp!?
C.A.R. 's Women's Initiative, WomanUP!, is a free community where mentors and leaders can communicate, collaborate, advocate for, and support one another for women to step into brokerage leadership roles. WomanUP! hosts weekly virtual events, meetups at industry conferences, and a two-day national conference in August or September.
How can I connect with WomanUP!?
WomanUP!® is open to everyone. To stay up-to-date, we encourage you to visit our website and also our Facebook Group. In addition to the annual conference hosted by WomanUP!®, there are other events, such as WomanUP!® Weekly Live each Friday at 2pm. You can find past episodes on our podcast and our blog.
What is the Young Professionals Network (YPN) and how can I get involved?
The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Young Professionals Network is a group of REALTORS® who meet to facilitate opportunities for involvement in Association leadership through education and networking. Additionally, C.A.R. YPN works to support leaders of local association YPNs. Many Local Associations have YPNs and you are encouraged to check with your local association about getting involved. C.A.R. YPN events are open to all. You are encouraged to join the C.A.R. YPN Forum which meets three times per year during the C.A.R. Business Meetings (see Getting Involved section for more information). Additional activities and events are held throughout the year. The best place to find information is on the YPN Facebook Group.
What is the Latino Professionals Network (LPN) and how can I get involved?
The Latino Professionals Network (LPN) is an inclusive community that is dedicated to amplifying the voices of Latino Realtors in California. A member may join LPN by visiting Latino Professionals Network.
What other events and conferences does C.A.R. host?
C.A.R. has several virtual events throughout the year on industry topics that are free for you to attend.back to top
What are the benefits of getting involved at my local association?
Each local association has its own Board of Directors and various committees that its members can apply to serve on. Getting involved provides an opportunity for you to be a part of the governance of your association and the decision-making process. Your real estate business will benefit from being more knowledgeable about organized real estate and keeping your finger on the pulse of what's new and upcoming. This can also enhance your real estate networking by introducing you to new people, increasing opportunities for referrals, and creating relationships with people you know and trust in your market area to enable smoother transactions.
How can I get involved at my local association?
If you want to get involved, you should talk to your Association Executive (also known as AE), association staff, or colleagues who are already involved to learn more about the process. Additional helpful tips are to start attending events and classes your association sponsors as well as identify which committee(s) interest you.
How can I serve on a C.A.R. committee/forum?
Members may self-recommend for service on up to five committees/forums via the Committee Recommendation System online. There you can find committee descriptions and mission statements, the committee selection timeline and more. The committee recommendation system will be live between April and July for the incoming year. If an active REALTOR® member is interested in requesting to serve on a committee/forum outside of this timeline they may send an email to [email protected] for consideration.
Do I need to be a Director to serve on a C.A.R. Committee or Forum?
The only prerequisite for service on committees/forums is an active REALTOR® member status. You do not need to be a Director to serve on a committee/forum.
What is the time commitment for getting involved?
C.A.R. has 35+ committees/forums within its governance structure with varying missions. As a result, the time commitment varies by group. While most committees/forums generally meet in-person during the three C.A.R. business meetings throughout the year, others will require more of a time commitment and may have virtual or in-person meetings in between.
Where do committee meetings take place?
The C.A.R. Board of Directors and Committees section of the C.A.R. website lists all of the information for those interested in volunteer leadership at C.A.R. including the Business Meeting Schedule (and locations).
How do I become a C.A.R. Director?
There are several types of Directorships. The majority of our Directors are named by their local association. However, the C.A.R. President may select up to 30 Directors at Large to serve during the year of the President's term of office subject to the ratification of the Board of Directors. C.A.R. does not provide funding for travel expenses incurred during C.A.R. business meetings. If you are join local associations may provide partial or full funding for their directors.back to top