The Fresno Association of REALTORS® is a Professional REALTOR® Trade Association. 
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January 29, 2016
CRS 202 Course - TWO Scholarships Available! 
This is a great opportunity for you to take the upcoming CRS Course free of cost! Be sure to complete the FARAF Scholarship application today! visit

Course Description 
Thursday, February 18 & Friday, February 19 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the F.A.R. Office. Cost: $325 before February 1, lunch included! Course Description: This course will teach you how to work with today's new buyer through counseling, salesmanship and negotiation - skills that enable you to earn customers for life. 

Individuals who take this course will earn 16 CRS Education course credits toward the CRS Designation. Registration form.
C.A.R. Legal Update

When a landlord disposes of personal property left behind after a tenant has vacated, the California Civil Code (Chapters 5 and 5.5) provides both forms and an optional procedure to clarify the rights of the tenant and the landlord. These forms and the procedure can, with slight differences, be used for both commercial and residential tenancies.

The Revocable Transfer on Death deed (TOD deed) is a new and simple way to pass property to a beneficiary without a probate, without setting up a trust, and without holding title as a joint tenant. The TOD deed has no effect during your lifetime, and it can be revoked at any time.

Kirby v County of Fresno

This legal article discusses the income tax consequences to the borrower in the event of a foreclosure on the borrower's property, in the event the borrower transfers title to the lender as part of an agreement with the lender (deed-in-lieu of foreclosure), and if the borrower sells the property to another in a short sale in which a lender accepts less than the balance due on the loan as payment in full.
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The Proper Home Seller Etiquette by NAR
Don't stay for showings. 
Home owners who lurk during an open house or showing can unnerve buyers. "Buyers don't feel as comfortable when the owner is at the home watching their every move," says Nicholas Kensington, a real estate professional with Scottsdale Real Estate. "Get out of their way so that they can start to picture themselves living there instead of being spied on."

Keep your car out of the way.
"Make it easy for visitors to park and view the home," Kensington notes. "No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start." 

Take the pets with you when you go.
Not everyone likes pets. What's more, some home buyers will have allergies and your pet could make them sick. "Imagine, as a buyer, having the background music set to 'barking dog' while you are trying to take in the home's nuances that you, as the seller, have worked so hard to hone," says Brenda Hayward, a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker.

Keep out important documents.
 "Leaving necessary documents in an easy-to-find spot isn't just good for selling, it's also good selling etiquette," says Kensington. "Put out the home inspection report, appraisal, home warranty, monthly bill information - gas, oil, electric - and proof of any major repairs are all good things to let people look through when they are considering buying your home."

Have some refreshments available.
 "Putting out a few small bottled waters in a small bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go sort of refreshments like mints or cookies," says Cara Ameer, a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker.

Don't be stubborn.
Sellers who are unwilling to negotiate will likely see their home linger on the market. "Focusing on your bottom line is always important, but greed can lead to disaster," Josh Myler, a real estate professional with The Agency, told®. "Remember a little of something is better than a lot of nothing. Generosity will lead you to your promised land.
How to Get Your REALTOR® Member Card
At the beginning of each year, the National Association of REALTORS® creates new membership cards which can be personalized to your liking.
Getting your card is simple:
  1. Visit:
  2. Log-in with your NRDS ID and your last name. Forgot your NRDS ID? Find yours here or call FAR at 559-490-6400.
  3. Click on the "My Card" link at the top-right of the page.
 You can personalize your card by choosing a background and adding up to six of your designations and certifications.

One you choose a design that you like, you can either print the card out yourself (it will save to your computer as a color PDF file), or you can order a custom-printed, high-quality, plastic membership card for a $5.00 fee (includes shipping and handling).

FREE Training Classes
MLS Training 
Tuesday, February 2
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Realist Training
Tuesday, February 9
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

RPR Training 
Thursday, February 11
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

New Member Websites
Tuesday, February 16
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Weekly Schedule
Monday 2/1/16

Tuesday 2/2/16
MLS Meeting: 
8:30 a.m. 
Ed Chetan Edwin, 
Community Medical Centers

Wednesday 2/3/16
FAR Opens
9 a.m.

Thursday 2/4/16

Friday 2/5/16
8:30 a.m.