The GRAPEVINE 9.25.15
Upcoming Events & Educational Opportunities
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FAR Member Mixer
Thursday, October 1 at the Fresno County Sportsmen's Club from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. FREE, must RSVP by calling FAR (559) 490-6400 or by downloading and faxing form. Guest cost $15. 
CRS 201: Listing Strategies for the Residential Specialist
CRS Certified Instructor Robert Morris
2 Day -Thursday, October 1 & Friday, October 2 at the FAR office from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. REALTOR® Cost: $350, walk in $375.  Individuals who take this course will earn 16 CRS Education course credits toward the CRS Designation. Complete registration form and email or contact FAR (559) 490-6400.
Tim Flannery & The Lunatic Fringe
Sponsorship Opportunity
LUNATIC $1,500
FRINGE $1,000 
Contact Gerard Lozano for Sponsorship (559) 490-6400 or for more information click here.
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C.A.R. Legal Updates
The standard forms published by C.A.R. for use in real estate transactions are protected by copyright law.  To ensure that the value of the copyright is preserved, C.A.R. vigorously pursues and prosecutes persons who commit copyright infringement on the standard forms.  Occasionally, a person inadvertently commits copyright infringement because he or she lacks an understanding of basic copyright law.  Therefore, to clarify the application of copyright law to C.A.R.'s standard forms (including forms available on zipForm®) and to avoid unnecessary prosecutions, the following Q & A addresses the main questions that arise with respect to copyright law and C.A.R.'s standard forms.
Beginning October 3, 2015, the Good Faith Estimate (GFE), the HUD-1 and the Truth-in- Lending Act (TILA) disclosures will be replaced in most transactions by two new forms - the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure. 

The Loan Estimate will be required for most transactions in which a loan application was received on or after the effective date. It replaces the GFE and the initial TILA disclosures. The Closing Disclosure will be required for any transaction in which a Loan Estimate was issued. It replaces the HUD-1 and final TILA disclosures.
The Best Day of the Year to Buy a Home  house-icon.gif
Mark Oct. 8 in your calendar. That's the best date to close on a home at a bargain price, according to a new study by RealtyTrac.

On average, buyers have purchased 10.8 percent below estimated market value on this date for the last 15 years, the study shows. The next best buying dates for house hunters are Nov. 26 (10.1 percent below market value); Dec. 31 (9.7 percent); Oct. 22 (9.6 percent); and Oct. 15 (9.1 percent). RealtyTrac analyzed more than 32 million sales of single-family homes and condos to come up with the data.

Overall, October offered the most promise for bargain hunters. Over the last 15 years, the 2.7 million sales that have closed in October carried an average sales price 2.6 percent below the average estimated full market value at the time of sale. After October, the best deals are in February, July, December, and January.
zipForm Plus with C.A.R. Instructor Fatima Sogueco
Friday, November 6 at the FAR office, starting at 10:30 a.m. FREE to attend! This live presentation will cover an array of new features that will change the way you create transactions. Call FAR to register (559) 490-6400. 

A Finalist for "REALTORS® Got Talent" is from The Fresno Association of REALTORS® 
Congratulations to Fresno AOR  Member, Jadrien Rimorin, of Realty Concepts.  Jadrien is one of the finalists for this year's REALTORS® Got Talent contest at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego.
Congratulations to the 2015 finalists:
  • Tina Auclair, Mission Viejo, CA, Orange County Association of REALTORS®
  • Jason Carrier, Fargo, ND, Fargo Moorhead Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Victoria Anne (Tori Anne) Falls, Charlottesville, VA, Charlottesville Area Association of REALTORS®
  • Jeff Foo, Institute of Estate Agents (IEA), Singapore
  • Louise Giuliano, Niskayuna, NY, Greater Capital Association of REALTORS®
  • Stephanie Martin, Redlands, CA, East Valley Association of REALTORS®
  • Patrick (Patt) Miller, Charleston, SC, Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS®
  • Jadrien Rimorin, Clovis, CA, Fresno Association of REALTORS®
These finalists will perform on Sunday, November 15, from 7:30-8:45pm, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.  The evening will start with the REALTORS® Got Talent Contest followed by the Celebrity Concert starring John Legend.  Conference registrants holding a Premier Access or One Day Sunday passes can attend with their registration.  Others may purchase a ticket for $60 on site at NAR Registration.
As in past years, the audience will vote by texting their choice at the conclusion of all the performances.  The winner of REALTORS® Got Talent will receive $2,000 and the other finalists will receive $500.....along with the accolades of the 5,000 REALTORS® in the audience that night.    One of the finalists for this year's REALTORS® Got Talent contest at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego is from YOUR state or local association!
This Week at FAR
Monday 9/28/15
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 9/29/15
Tuesday Morning MLS Meeting 
8:30 a.m. 
Speaker: Dana Irola, ServPro Fresno

Wednesday 9/30/15
FAR Opens 9:00 a.m.
Thursday 10/1/15
CRS 201:  Listing Strategies 
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

FAR Member Mixer
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Friday 10/2/15
CRS 201:  Listing Strategies 
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
REALTOR® Websites 
Tuesday, September 29
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Clerical User Training

Wednesday, September 30
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Clerical User Renewal
Wednesday, September 30
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Realist Training
Thursday, October 8
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fresno MLS Training
Tuesday, October 13
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 20
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

zipForm Plus 
Tuesday, October 27
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
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