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Last year, 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.  Outcomes The National Association of REALTORS Board of Directors this week approved several […]

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 […]

We wanted to let you know that the following forms have officially launched in ZipForms. Addendum to the Residential Listing Agreement (RLA-CAA) for sellers and listing agents to sign (Note – the RLA-CAA, has a hold harmless clause in Paragraph 5) Property Viewing Advisory and Declaration (PEAD) that will be given to and signed by […]

Wire transfers and EFTs in real estate purchase transactions have become the targets of criminals who interject themselves into a real estate transaction by posing as a party in the transaction. In these cases, the criminal often takes on the identity of a title or escrow company or real estate agent in the transaction and […]

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