It is Not Too Late to Influence Congress on Tax Reform

Call for Action
Thanks to our members’ engagement, REALTORS have helped positively influence tax reform in some key areas.  For example, both the House and Senate have agreed to maintain deductibility of state and local property taxes up to $10,000, and to maintain Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges in their present form for real estate investments.

BUT OUR WORK IS NOT DONE.  We still have an opportunity to influence Congress to help make the tax reform bill more favorable to homeowners and consumers.  Now that both the House and Senate have passed The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, a Conference Committee will begin to address the differences between the two bills. Important improvements in the legislation are possible by encouraging Congress to maintain the current law for the mortgage interest deduction and capital gains exclusion.  Retaining current law makes the bill more favorable to homeownership.

Take action to tell Congress to protect middle-class homeowners.
Click here to take action

Career Path

Looking to build your career based on your passion? This page will help you find the right courses to follow your desired career path. These courses provide real estate professionals with knowledge to build and grow their real estate business. C.A.R. Education delivers a large selection of professional development courses as Live Lecture, LearnMyWay® (live online webinar training from your home or office), and online anytime. Read More

 

 

JULY 2017 – MLS MARKET STATISTICS

The July 2017 Residential – Single Family & Condo Statistics are now available on the MCAR website. Click here to view the MLS Market Statistics page.

What to Know About Statistics – provided by MLSListings, Inc.

You can now review all training content regarding Statistics in one section. This method of learning allows you to watch all tutorials and read how to’s that pertain to this topic. Please click on a link below to start.

Accessing Statistics in Matrix
Basic Statistics Search
Print and Email Statistics
Save a Customized Statistic Report/My Preset
Tabular Statistics

C.A.R. Member Benefits

C.A.R. is your passport to growth, knowledge and professionalism within the real estate industry. We are committed to bringing you the very finest tools and information to help you succeed. Members who become involved find the camaraderie stimulating, the networking educational and the exposure profitable. The information here allows you to access a variety of tools, services and products that your Association provides for your professional growth. We wish you the very best as a REALTOR®.

C.A.R. Guide – Your Membership, Your Way Guide

C.A.R. Member Discounts Program
(discounts on insurance and other essential REALTOR® business tools.)

Member Web Pages
(a FREE profile page for C.A.R. members.)

Forms Advisor™ and Tutor™
Forms Advisor® is an online software program that identifies which C.A.R. Standard Forms you need for your transaction. Forms Tutor is an online service that explains the standard forms clause-by-clause, with audio and text instructions.

zipForm®
Obtain your C.A.R. Standard Forms electronically.

 

NAR REALTOR® Benefits Program

NAR partners with top industry leaders and passes the savings to REALTORS® nationwide.

2017 Housing Market Forecast

2017 Housing Market Forecast with Vice President and C.A.R. Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young

▶️ PRESENTATION SLIDES

Want to know where the Monterey County real estate market is headed and what it means to you? Will home values continue to appreciate? View the slides from Leslie’s annual housing update to view the latest trends and learn how your market is impacted. Thank you to our members who attended the MCAR annual membership meeting at Corral de Tierra.

Housing-Related Issues:

  • Understanding the current housing market
  • Distressed market update
  • Local market conditions
  • Going forward…improvements on the horizon

DocuSign Confirms Hack

Ever digitally signed a document? Then there’s a good chance that you’ve used or at least heard of DocuSign. For a decade and half, it’s been among the world leaders in digitizing tasks that historically required putting pen to paper.

DocuSign’s business is one built around trust. Which is why it’s so worrying to see the company reporting a breach of one of its systems.

In an update on its website, DocuSign reported an uptick in targeted spam campaigns abusing the company’s branding. An investigation was launched, and it was determined that hackers had “gained temporary access to a separate, non-core system that allows us to communicate service-related announcements to users via email.”

At first glance, the damage appears relatively minimal. DocuSign noted that no names, addresses, social security numbers, or payment data was accessed. So what did the attackers get their hands on? Email addresses — possibly more than 100 million.

That might not seems like a very big deal at first glance. There have, after all, been so many massive leaks in recent history that there’s a very good chance most of the addresses in DocuSign’s database were already leaked from other sources. They may also have appeared in that spam database that contained 1.4 billion emails.

The problem now is that cybercriminals have a way to refine their attacks against a large group of people. People who do business online. People who exchange contract documents and complete transaction processes digitally. In short, the kind of people who cybercriminals love to spearphish.

Read full article on www.forbes.com

The new XpressKEY is here!

​​​All MCAR members who currently use the Supra Active Key need to exchange their key for the new Supra XpressKEY. Please call the MCAR office to exchange your key at 831-393-8660.

The Active Key will no longer be activated at a future date – per Supra.
Choose a link below to view more information about your XpressKEYTM.

Generate More Leads with C.A.R.’s FREE e-Mail Newsletter!

FREE for California REALTORS®
Why pay hundreds of dollars for an e-mail newsletter service when C.A.R. provides you with ClientDIRECT® free of charge?  Your membership in the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® includes this valuable marketing system, enabling you to reach your entire farming list on a monthly basis.  So take advantage of this proven marketing technique and put yourself in front of your clients and prospects every month!

Keep Your Clients in the Know
The housing market is front page news all across the country.  With so many changes that may affect them, your clients are hungry for information and that’s where you come in.  Keep in touch with them every month with the vital up-to-date real estate information  they’re looking for while reminding them of the valuable service you provide as their REALTOR®.

Personalized and Professional
With your picture and contact information front and center on every page, your clients are one click away from accessing your Web site or sending you an e-mail.  You can also decide what your newsletter looks like by choosing from a variety of color combinations.  Select the content you’d like to include from a library of professionally written articles or create your own, it’s up to you.  You can even include personalized messages, links and listings !

Expand Your Referral Network
When your clients see an article or listing they think will be useful to someone they know your newsletter will be forwarded to a new lead.  With the power of the Internet behind you, there’s no telling how many potential buyers and sellers will be delivered to your inbox!

Not a ‘Techy?’  It’s Easy to Set Up and Send Out!
Your time is your most valuable asset.  That’s why we’ve created a product that’s simple to use and maintain.  And once you’ve completed the initial set up process, your newsletter will be sent out to your list automatically every month!  ClientDIRECT® Features:

  • Your Photo & Contact Information
  • Active Links to Your Personal Web Page
  • Real Estate News & Info
  • Real Estate Q&As
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