AB 38 created three new requirements for sellers and buyers in many areas of the State – two disclosures and one point-of-sale requirement for inspection (and compliance documentation). A new C.A.R. FHDS form was released the week of June 21, 2021. Disclosure 1: Begins January 1, 2021, Home Hardening Disclosure, reflected in the draft FHDS Form. Disclosure 2: […]

This past November, NAR reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to develop rules that more explicitly state what is already the spirit and intent of NAR’s Code of Ethics and MLS policies regarding providing information about commissions and MLS participation.   Expected Outcomes In accordance with the MLS system’s long-standing focus on creating an […]

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC, provides enforcement and prevention information to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. It can be found at, or at 1-800-669-4000. National Sexual Assault Hotline is found at (800) 656-4673, where a trained operator will be able to speak with you and provide guidance and support. National Women’s Law Center […]

The NAR Professional Standards Committee met on October 5, 2020, to consider recommendations from its Interpretations and Procedures Advisory Board on the Code of Ethics’ applicability to discriminatory speech and conduct. The Committee approved the Advisory Board’s recommendations, and six of them were presented to and approved by the NAR Board of Directors at their […]

On May 8, the Department of Public Health issued new industry guidance for real estate transactions. Included in the guidance is the requirement that agents post rules on the property – with pictograms – that must be agreed to as a condition of entry by all people viewing the property. We are in the process […]

C.A.R. has released two new coronavirus forms that Ashby & Graff Real Estate is requiring for ALL transactions. Form RLA-CAA (Listing Agreement Coronavirus Addendum or Amendment) is for sellers and listing agents to sign. Form PEAD (Property Viewing Advisory and Declaration) is to be given to and signed by the seller, buyer, agents and anyone else […]

Effective April 2, 2020 the City of Los Angeles has banned all open houses and in-person showings by real estate professionals. You should NOT conduct open houses or in-person showings in the City of Los Angeles (or any other area with a similar mandate). Doing so is a violation of law and can result in […]

⚠️ Check Your City or County for More Restrictive Local Shelter-In-Place Orders. If a city or county in which you do your business activity has an order with a more restrictive standard regarding what qualifies as an essential service, or more restrictions on activities, those guidelines will still govern the activities of a licensee. In […]

In response to the multi-county shelter-in-place order issued on Tue, Mar 31st, we are contacting you today to reiterate the specific terms and protocols required for those operating “essential service” businesses. Please read carefully and follow the instructions below without delay. Review Contra Costa County Order HO-Covid19-03 Review Alameda County Order 20-04   ⚠️ Check […]

The CARES Act also includes a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program expanding unemployment benefits eligibility to business owners, self-employed workers and independent contractors, including most REALTORS®. This means if you’re unable to work as a direct result of the pandemic and you aren’t eligible for ordinary unemployment insurance benefits, you may be entitled to […]

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