Fri., May 22
The Grapevine
The Official Publication of the Fresno Association of REALTORS®
GRI Courses 100 & 101
Agency Relationships, Duties and Disclosures/Ethics, Professional Conduct, and Legal Aspects
Thursday, May 28 at the FAR Office from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost: $149 per day, call 1-888-785-4800 to register. Please note these courses will be taught via Face2Face Interactive Video.  


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New FAR Members!
Christopher Escobedo II with Guarantee Real Estate-Flex

Edward Flores with Edward Flores, Broker

Linda Bolton with Guarantee Real Estate-Flex

Daisy Fierro with Western Pioneer Properties

Julia Tadich with Clovis 1st Real Estate Services

Sherry Maurer with Premier Valley Realty

Harjinder Dhesi with EXIT Realty Consultants

David Robinson with London Properties, Ltd.

Karamjit Singh with People's Choice Brokers

Lisa Heavner with Realty Concepts

Ramon Gaona with Infiniti Brokers, Inc.

Jana Wilkerson with Clovis Real Estate

Lisa Neufeld with Guarantee Real Estate

Kelly Beeson with Valley Partners

Maricela Davlin with Guarantee Real Estate

Naomi Waiczis with Goldleaf Real Estate Properties

Leigh Ann Fryer with London Properties, Ltd

Elba Morales with Goldleaf Real Estate Properties

Amy Musick with Goldleaf Real Estate Properties

Thomas Mazzeo with Pacific Baruna Corp

Marcos Varela with Keller Williams Westland Realty

Manyla Hahn with Hahn Realty

Wendell J. Jones with Realty ONE Group, Infinity

Vasken Azarian with Golden Valley Real Estate

Roxanne Caldera with Guarantee Real Estate-Flex

Josie Reynolds with London Properties-Clovis

Joe M. LoFreso Sr. with Concierge Realty

Jesse Gonzales with Greatland Realty Services

Tryes Cha with Sherchia Realty

Joy Butcher with C-21 C Watson Real Estate

Ryan Pottorff with Wilson Homes

Alberto Saucedo with C-21 C Watson Real Estate

Brandon Herrera with Keller Williams Westland Realty

William Richardson with William Richardson, Broker

Derek Scott Black with Keller Williams Westland Realty

Kathy Ann Mendonca with M.C. Real Estate Corp

FAR Directors Election
The Fresno Association of REALTORS® Director candidate ballots are being sent out soon. The following candidates would like your consideration in becoming a FAR Director to serve a three year term to begin January 1, 2016. 
FAR Director Candidates:
Julie Caglia
Sandy Darling 
Kristy Mastro-Henry
Tom Hyatt
Joan Jolly
J.P. Shamshoian 
Joetta Winter

Jonna Aluisi has withdrawn her candidacy for 2016.  Candidate Statements can be read here.  
MLS Fees Billed May 1st
The Semi-Annual MLS Fees Billing have been sent out. The MLS Service and Data fees are $210 every 6 months, if you are an MLS-Touch subscriber these fees will be included.  

If you are an MLS-Touch Subscriber your fees have been reduced to $4.95 per month. Deadline to submit these fees are June 15. 
MLS logo Updated MLS Rules & Regulations 
The Fresno MLS Rules & Regulations have been updated. Updated rules include: 12.15.5 Sold Information & 12.16 Use of Active Listing Information on Internet.  Please read the latest version here

Procuring Cause Guidelines
The following Procuring Cause Guidelines were approved by the C.A.R. Board of Directors and NAR. These Guidelines are intended to assist arbitration panelists in deciding which of multiple brokers is the procuring cause of a given transaction.  Use of the Guidelines by any particular local association is strictly voluntary. 

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Four Reasons To Claim Your .REALTOR Web Address

1. New domains offer new opportunities. These days, just about every company uses the same all-purpose domain: .com. This generic domain doesn't make it easy for users to search by specialization because most every website looks identical to all the others. But new domain names are changing the way customers perceive and search for companies, allowing professionals to brand themselves with a more descriptive web address to make them stand out and easier to find. There are already more than five million new TLD web addresses on the Internet today. These top level domains are helping users cut through the clutter by using monikers to denote their industry, like .travel to promote tourism at the highest levels; geographical locations, like .NYC; or even international company names, like .Google.


2. Make it easier for consumers to find you. The introduction of more TLDs means the Internet is becoming increasingly segmented and more organized. This benefits consumers, as it immediately identifies the products and services they're looking for. After all, you know exactly where you're headed if you're visiting a website with a domain like .bike or .yoga, whereas  the former .com or .net web addresses could have led you anywhere, including astray. Likewise, these new domains can benefit companies or professionals by offering an attractive branding opportunity, making you easier to find - and easier to trust.


3. Instant credibility. There are two types of TLDs: restricted and unrestricted domains. Websites ending in .com and .net are unrestricted, meaning anyone can use them. A restricted domain, like .gov or .edu, can only be used by permitted groups and have strict usage rules. For instance, only U.S.-affiliated institutions of higher education can use the .edu domain. These restrictions offer an inherent level of trust since the company has been vetted by an authority. 


4. Brand yourself as forward-thinking. The Internet is evolving, but it's not going to happen overnight. That means early adopters of a new TLD domain will reap the benefits and the status that comes with being a tech pioneer. Obtaining a .REALTOR domain is one more example that REALTORS® like you are leading the way.

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Condolences to friends and family of Joan Jolly, 
Coldwell Banker Premier R.E., 
whose brother recently passed away.
FAR CLOSED Monday, May 25 in Observance

This week @ FAR
FREE Classes
Orientation & Clerical User
Monday 5/25/15   
FAR Closed

Tuesday 5/26/15
MLS Meeting
8:30 a.m.
Guest Speaker: C.A.R. Directors Report

zipForm Plus & Digital Ink
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Wednesday 5/27/15
FAR Opens @ 9 a.m.

Clerical User Training
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Clerical User Renewal
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Thursday 5/28/15
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 5/29/15
8:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 4
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

MLS Training
Tuesday, June 9
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tuesday, June 16
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

New Member Orientation
Thursday, June 11
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Clerical User Training
Wednesday, June 24
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Clerical User Renewal 
Wednesday, June 24
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.