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1. What is Forms Advisor®?
Forms Advisor® is an online software program that identifies which C.A.R. Standard Forms to use and; when used in conjunction with Forms Tutor, how to complete the forms. Local associations and brokers have the ability to extend the Forms Advisor to include local disclosure forms and broker-specific forms (subject to C.A.R. Legal review – see #13 below).

2. Do I have to pay a fee to use Forms Advisor®?
Forms Advisor® is a C.A.R. member benefit. It is only available to current C.A.R. members.

3. How does Forms Advisor® work?
The C.A.R. Legal team has defined a set of rules regarding forms usage which have been embodied in the Forms Advisor®. The REALTOR® answers questions specific to the transaction and Forms Advisor® provides a list of recommended forms to use for that particular phase of the transaction . It is anticipated that REALTORS® will use the Forms Advisor® many times throughout a transaction as the transaction progresses through its many phases and as additional terms and conditions become germane. Additionally, users can employ features such as Forms Tutor® and the C.A.R. Legal Q&A . Forms Tutor® provides instruction on how to complete the form and the Legal Q&A offers legal charts and other information to assist users in complying with the law. There is also a forms preview option available.

Once the Forms Advisor® has provided you with a list of forms, you can
- Print the list.
- Add the recommended forms to your zipForm® account, either to your current transaction, a new transaction (or template), or a transaction that you designate.

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4. What is Forms Tutor®?
Forms Tutor® provides fundamental instruction for completing C.A.R. Standard Forms.  C.A.R. Forms Tutor is component of Forms Advisor®.

5. How do I access Forms Advisor®?
C.A.R. members have three options for accessing Forms Advisor®:

- via link on car.org in the Business Tools section at the zipForm® page
- via link within zipForm® Plus in two ways:

a) Through the drop down list box next to each transaction on the Transaction List page. This opens the Forms Advisor® on that specific transaction and restores all of the answers to the questions to the state they were in the last time you used the Forms Advisor® on that transaction.

b) By creating a new transaction using the Forms Advisor®. This option is available to you through the Forms Advisor® icon on the Transaction List page.

- via zipForm® Standard by following the link on the car.org, Business Tools, zipForm® page.

6. How do I access Forms Tutor® and/or the Legal Q&A?
Both of these features are available within the Forms Advisor® program. After entering the specifics of your transaction, Form Advisor® produces a list of recommended C.A.R. forms. An icon linking to  Forms Tutor® and/or Legal Q&A are available if you wish to have more information/instruction regarding a specific form. Of course, you can access the Legal Q&As directly through car.org. You will also be able to access the Forms Tutor content directly on car.org by selecting the Forms Tutor® icon from the Quick Links section on the home page.

7. Is the Forms Tutor® feature available for all forms?
No, currently Forms Tutor® feature is available for approximately 60 of the C.A.R. Standard Forms.

8. What forms are included in C.A.R. Forms Tutor®?
Current Version includes:

Form Code 

*Starred items will be available with the April Forms release

AB

BUYERS AFFIDAVIT (FIRPTA COMPLIANCE)

AC­6

CONFIRMATION: REAL ESTATE AGENCY RELATIONSHIP

AD

DISCLOSURE REGARDING REAL ESTATE AGENCY

ADM

ADDENDUM (FORMERLY DS­11 CONTRACT ADDENDUM)

ARC

AUTHORIZATION TO RECEIVE & CONVEY INFORMATION

AS

SELLERS AFFIDAVIT OF NONFOREIGN STATUS

ASA

ADDITIONAL SIGNATURE ADDENDUM

AVID

AGENT VISUAL INSPECTION DISCLOSURE

BIA

BUYER'S INSPECTION ADVISORY

BIW

BUYER INSPECTION WAIVER

BMI

BUYER MATERIAL ISSUES

BNA

BUYER NON­AGENCY AGREEMENT

CA

COMMISSION AGREEMENT

CBC

COOPERATING BROKER COMPENSATION AGREEMENT

CC

CANCELLATION OF CONTRACT, RELEASE OF DEPO. & JNT

CFC

CONSENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS

CO

COUNTER OFFER

COL

CANCELLATION OF LISTING

COP

CONTINGENCY FOR  SALE  OR PURCHASE OF PROPERTY

CR

CONTINGENCY REMOVAL

DA

DISCLOSURE & CONSENT FOR REPRESENTATION

DCE

DEMAND TO CLOSE ESCROW

ETA

EXTENSION OF TIME ADDENDUM

FLD

FEDERAL LEAD BASE PAINT DISCLOSURE

HID

HUD NOTICE TO PURCHASE

HOA

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION INFORMATION

ITA

INTERPRETER/TRANSLATOR AGREEMENT

KLA

KEY SAFE/LOCK BOX AUTHORIZATION ADDENDUM

MCA

MARKET CONDITION ADVISORY

MCN

METHAMPHETAMINE CONTAMINATION NOTICE

MHA

MANUFACTURED HOME ADVISORY ADDENDUM AND RELEASE

MHDA

MANUFACTURED HOME DEALER ADDENDUM

MHPA

MANUFACTURED HOME PURCHASE AGREEMENT & JOINT ESCROW

MHTDS

MANUFACTURED HOME TRANSFER DISCLOSURE

MS

MORTGAGE LOAN DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

NBP

NOTICE TO BUYER TO PERFORM

NHD

NATURAL HAZARD DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

NNR

NOTICE OF NON­RESPONSIBILITY

NSP

NOTICE TO SELLER TO PERFORM

OA

MULTI­PURPOSE OPTION AGREEMENT

PAA

PURCHASE AGREEMENT ADDENDUM

PL

PROBATE LISTING AGREEMENT

PPA

PROBATE PURCHASE AGREEMENT & JOINT ESCROW

RA

REALTOR®'S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

RDN

REPORT & DELIVERY OF NOTICES TO PERFORM

RFR

RECEIPT FOR REPORTS

RGM

RADON GAS AND MOLD NOTICE AND RELEASE AGREEMENT

RID

RECEIPT FOR INCREASE DEPOSIT LIQUIDATED

RIPA

RESIDENTIAL INCOME PROPERTY PURCHASE AGREEMENT & JOINT ESCROW

RLA

RESIDENTIAL LISTING AGREEMENT ­ EXCLUSIVE

RPA­CA

CALIFORNIA  RESIDENTIAL PURCHASE AGREEMENT

RR

REQUEST FOR REPAIR

SA

SELLER ADVISORY

SBSA

STATEWIDE BUYER AND SELLER ADVISORY

SFA

SELLER FINANCE ADDENDUM & DISCLOSURE

SNA

SELLER NON­AGENCY AGREEMENT

SPQ

SELLER PROPERTY QUESTIONNAIRE

SPT

NOTICE OF YOUR “SUPPLEMENTAL” PROPERTY TAX BILL

SSD

SUPPLEMENTAL STATUTORY & CONTRACTUAL DISCLOSURES

TDS

REAL ESTATE TRANSFER DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

TEC

TENANT ESTOPPELS CERTIFICATE

VLQ

SELLER VACANT LAND QUESTIONNAIRE

VP

VERIFICATION OF PROPERTY CONDITION

WHSD

WATER HEATER AND SMOKE DETECTOR STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE

WOO

WITHDRAWAL OF AN OFFER

WPA

WOOD DESTROYING  PEST  INSPECTION & ALLOCATION


9. Who do I contact for technical support?
-
Forms Advisor® functionality question, (213) 739-8227
- Forms Tutor® functionality question
- Email: cs@car.org
- Telephone: (213) 739-8227

10. What are the program technical requirements?

Forms Advisor® System Requirements:
- 1 GHz CPU or higher
- 256 MB of available RAM
- Microsoft Windows® XP/Vista (32 bit versions only)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer® 6.0 or higher
- Firefox 2 or higher
- Safari, MacOS 10 and above
- Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 or higher
- 20 MB available hard disk space
- Video card supporting at least 1024 x 768 resolution and 256 colors
- Any printer that can be configured with Windows Print Manager®
- High speed Internet access

The Forms Tutor® feature makes use of Macromedia Flash and requires the Flash plugin. To test if your browser already has the proper Flash support installed, click here to view a test file . If you cannot see the image, please visit the Macromedia Flash website to download the latest version of the free Flash plugin for your browser.

11. Does Forms Tutor® explain every single field?
No, it includes general guidelines, instructions and many field-specific references.

12. Who do I contact to report a correction to a form selection or instruction?

- Reporting a Forms Tutor® suggestion or correction: carforms@car.org
- Reporting a Forms Advisor® suggestion or correction: neilk@car.org
- Reporting a legal Q&A correction: legal_hotline@car.org


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