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CDAR Legal Update Recap

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For those that were unable to attend our January GMM with Gov Hutchinson for the 2017 Legal Update, here is a quick recap of some of the things you need to know and should be aware of:

• The new and updated laws for the upcoming 2017 year were covered, from team name updates to new plumbing and fixture laws. A recap of the law changes can be found here. Also covered were updates to forms for the 2017 year, including the "Bed Bug" form, the "Summary of Offer" form, and more. For more information about upcoming forms, you can visit C.A.R.'s form page here (you must log into C.A.R. to access this information).

• You can now download the C.A.R. Legal Hotline app to access all the important legal updates, issues, and alerts on your tablet, smartphone, or other mobile device. Download it today for free at the App Store or Google Play.

CDAR Announces Management Agreement with EVAR!


CDAR Announces Management Agreement with EVAR

Annette2016The California Desert Association of REALTORS® (CDAR) and East Valley Association of REALTORS® (EVAR) are pleased to announce that they are entering into a Management Agreement for EVAR to provide management services to CDAR.  The services will include providing senior management of the CDAR office and staff, and promoting the goals and objectives of the Board of Directors.  

EVAR brings to the relationship an experienced and highly efficient management team led by Annette Coffey, Association Executive.  CDAR is the largest Association in the low desert and provides a full service menu of REALTOR® services to the real estate community, including the operation of home sponsored and operated multiple listing service. 

Speaking about the new agreement, Dianna Alwerth, president of EVAR noted: “EVAR is excited to partner with the California Desert Association of REALTORS® (CDAR) to provide the products and services to optimize and energize the desert real estate profession.” 

CDAR, led by president Judy Horn, stated, “This relationship will greatly benefit all of the real estate professionals in our community and continue to assure CDAR is the leader in providing a full menu of real estate services to our members and the community.”

Inquiries concerning this release should be directed to Judy Horn, CDAR President,  760-285-5077.

The Senate Passes HR 3700!


The U.S. Senate Passes H.R. 3700! Thank You For Your Support!

The National Association of REALTORS just announced that the United States Senate has passed H.R. 3700, the "Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act," by unanimous consent! H.R. 3700 was designed to include reforms to current Federal Housing Administration restrictions on condo financing. The bill originally passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 427-0, and after being passed by the Senate is now awaiting signature from the President. Thank you to our members that answered this Call For Action! With your support, it was a rousing success! Keep up to date with CDAR for more information about Calls for Action just like this one, and thank you for your continued support! 

Notice Regarding "Coming Soon" Signs on Listings


"COMING SOON" signs appear to be popping up all over the valley and causing some confusion amongst fellow Realtors. To make the rules clear, below are the two MLS rules which speak to this topic. Whether a listing has a sign on the property with "Coming Soon" on it or does not have one, the listing must be inputted into the MLS within 2 days. Should there be some reason the Seller does not want the listing in the MLS a "Seller Instruction to Exclude Listing from the Multiple Listing Service" (SELM) form must be filed with CDAR. Should this form not be filed with CDAR within the same 2 day time period, a violation will be issued for Late Entry of Listing/No SELM on File. First violation is a warning. Second violation carries a $500 fine. Third violation carries a $1000 fine.

For Listings not entered in the MLS at all, with no SELM on file within the timeframe as noted in Section 7.5, a violation will be issued for Failure to Input a Required Listing/No SELM on File. First violation is a warning. Second violation carries a $600 fine. Third violation carries a $1800 fine.

For the exact MLS rules, please click the button below.

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Palm Springs Smoke Alarm Requirements Update



Effective January 1st, 2016, the California Health and Safety Code related to residential smoke alarm requirements in the city of Palm Springs will be changed. Smoke alarms will be now required inside all sleeping rooms in the city of Palm Springs regardless of the year of construction.

The Palm Springs Fire Department is allowing a three-month implementation period for this new regulation. While the enforcement of the requirement does not techincally go into effect until April 1st, 2016, any smoke alarms not present in sleeping rooms after that date will result in a failed inspection, so it is highly recommended that agents implement the new requirements immediately.

For the full requirements for this change, please click here or click the button below. 

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