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SEPTEMBER 2012

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Arcadia

REALTOR®

Arcadia Association of REALTORS® 601 South First Avenue Arcadia, California 91006 626.446.2115 626.446.4072 FAX www.TheAAR.com

2012 ASSOCIATION OFFICERS

REGULAR FEATURES 4 Events Calendar

4 From the EVP’s Desk Andrew Cooper, Executive Vice President

5 Attorney Comments Dave Freeman, AAR Legal Counsel

6 Market Matters

10 Tech Talk

“5 Ways to Use Online Collaboration Tools” Glenn Bray, N.A.R. REALTOR® Magazine

11 Affiliate Corner

“Supplemental Taxes Do Not Have to be a Surprise”

Diana Rafeedie, North American Title Company

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{ Arcadia REALTOR® | September | Two Thousand and Twelve | Volume Sixteen | Number Nine}

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Ryan Asao {President} Andy Bencosme {President-Elect} Mike Vachani {Vice-President} Jill Nelson {Secretary/Treasurer}

2012 ASSOCIATION DIRECTORS Margaret Garemore Jeanne Keating John Lee Paulina Lee George Monte Joseph Pacilio Sylvia Ramos Irene Yamagata Nick Zigic

2012 C.A.R. DIRECTORS

Ryan Asao Andy Bencosme Jeanne Keating Paulina Lee George Monte Richard Stone Randall Traw Mike Vachani Kelvin Wong Nick Zigic

ARCADIA ASSOCIATION STAFF

We are here to help you with your needs! Office Phone 626.446.2115 Robin Allen Ext. 307 Director of Finance / Office Manager Robin@TheAAR.com Michael Beltran Ext. 302 IT Director / Webmaster Michael@TheAAR.com Brenda Faltes Ext. 304 Director of MLS Data Integrity, Supra & Social Media Brenda@TheAAR.com Stephanie Maertens Ext. 303 Director of Education, Publications & MLS Caravan Stephanie@TheAAR.com Maria Roberts Ext. 305 Director of Membership & Professional Standards Maria@TheAAR.com Jane Shriver Ext. 301 Director of Association Services Jane@TheAAR.com Andrew Cooper Ext. 308 Executive Vice President Andrew@TheAAR.com


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Arcadia Relay for Life 2012 A look at the recent American Cancer Society event to fundraise towards the fight against cancer.

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September is REALTOR® Safety Month Ensure that you stay safe when working with clients and those you don’t know. Read a list of helpful tips to assist you in staying safe during your open houses.

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C.A.R. REALTOR® EXPO - FREE Closing Luncheon for Military Members This luncheon is being offered free to currently active members of the military and those who have been active at one point. This fantastic event will have special guest speaker, J.R. Martinez.

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Public Relations Committee Learn to embrace the success that comes your way!

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AAR New Members The AAR welcomes its newest REALTOR® members.

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Education Committee “Understanding the Impact of the Economy and the Stock Market on Real Estate” A look at the recent course held at the AAR. The course received a packed house and will be brought back by popular demand early next year.

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Commercial / Investment Committee “Commercial Mixer” A recap of the recent free mixer offered by the AAR Commercial Committee.

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C.A.R. Expo in Anaheim (October 2-4) Save the date! The California Association of REALTORS® Expo is rapidly approaching! This year, the Expo will be held in Anaheim.

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Amy Choy Escrow Officer

PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE By Hugo Torres, Committee Member

I speak with dozens of REALTORS® every week and we typically compare notes about the state of their current economy, the local market and where things may be headed in the months to come. For several years now, we’ve developed a “gallows humor” take on the current state of things and have often joked and/or competed for who has had it worse or taken the longest fall from the pedestal. Recently though, as news reports and stats come in from those who measure everything, the positive trends are beginning to spur the momentum we all need to accomplish the visions we set for ourselves when we first entered the industry. It’s interesting to me though, that many of my colleagues are still speaking shyly about their recent successes and some just don’t want to talk about them at all. It feels as if they think that in embracing accomplishment they will somehow erode it. Or perhaps, they have grown accustomed to rumbling about their lot in life and it feels uncomfortable now to not have anything to harp about. I cannot speak for anyone but for that assertive throng of professionals who have struggled and succeeded in this downturn. My recommendation is to batten down the hatches for the approaching better days.  This is the ideal time to get rid of things not needed, shed antiquated processes, invest in the tools of the future and re-train how you discuss these changing times with today’s buyers and sellers. If you do this, you’ll merge into busier days ahead with ease and will be able to cope with growing business in a healthy way. Embrace the success that’s coming your way! Arcadia REALTOR® Magazine

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September Events Calendar

FROM THE EVP’S DESK Adapting to Change Over the last 4-5 years, everyone working in the real estate industry has experienced different levels of impact and change. We all have felt the changes and may have observed various reactions from our peers due to these industry changes. While our wonderful industry is definitely on the upswing, some may still be harboring feelings of negativity and uncertainty, while others are choosing an optimistic and positive view. It’s important to know there is no “right” way to respond to change. Change is everywhere, it occurs every day and it directly affects every one of us. Some may require more time to adapt than others. It is understood that each situation is unique, but it is critical that we stay focused and productive.

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AAR Closed Labor Day

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10:00 a.m. - Global Real Estate Committee Mtg.

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8:30 a.m. - MLS Caravan 9:30 a.m. - Events 4 Charity Committee Mtg.

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9:30 a.m. - Commercial Committee Mtg. 11:00 a.m. - Commercial Marketing Mixer 11:30 a.m. - PEPster Luncheon

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9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - “Laughter is the Best Weapon” Crime Awareness Seminar 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Toastmasters

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8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - “Property Management by the Agent”

Resistance: struggling to avoid the change

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11:00 a.m. - Tech Committee Mtg. 1:30 p.m. - CRMLS Operations Mtg.

Transition: accepting that the change will happen

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8:30 a.m. - MLS Caravan 8:45 a.m. - Affiliate Committee Mtg. @ Masonic Center 9:30 a.m. - MLS Committee Mtg. 3:30 p.m. - Equal Opportunity / Housing Affordability Committee Mtg.

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10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - “Conflict Resolution” Class

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10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - CRMLS Training

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9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - CRMLS Training 10:00 a.m. - CRMLS Association Executive’s Mtg.

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10:00 a.m. - Zipforms Training 2:00 p.m. - Education Committee Mtg.

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8:30 a.m. - MLS Caravan 9:30 a.m. - Public Relations Committee Mtg. 1:00 p.m. - Ethics Video 1:30 p.m. - Local Government Relations Committee Mtg.

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11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Lunch & Learn Series “Probate Listing and Personal Estate Planning: A Lawyers Perspective” 1:30 p.m. - CRMLS Finance Mtg. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Commercial Class

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9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - “Sexual Harrassment” Class 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Toastmasters

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Certified International Property Specialist Designation @ DoubleTree Hotel 8:30 a.m. - New Member Orientation 12:00 p.m. - CRMLS Board of Directors Mtg.

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Certified International Property Specialist Designation @ DoubleTree Hotel 1:30 p.m. - Budget and Finance Committee Mtg.

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Reacting to change is a process that consists of 4 stages:

Integration: making the change part of ourselves Contentment: being satisfied with the “new way” Following are important things to remember when adapting to change: • The time it takes to move through one stage to the next will vary. It may take hours, days, months, or years, depending on the magnitude of the change. • Individuals may move through the stages at different speeds, depending on their understanding of the change, its impact on their work, and past experience with change. • Sometimes the stages will not be completed before another change occurs. For some, this disruption may cause heightened levels of stress. • Moving through these stages occurs even when the change is interpreted as positive right from the beginning. Author George B. Shaw summed it up best when he said: “It’s not what happens to you that matters, what matters is what you do with what happens to you.”

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Certified International Property Specialist Designation @ DoubleTree Hotel 8:30 a.m. - MLS Caravan 8:30 a.m. - New Member Induction 9:30 a.m. - Young Professionals Network Committee Mtg.

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Certified International Property Specialist Designation @ DoubleTree Hotel 12:00 p.m. - Transnational Referral Certification @ Doubletree 5:00 p.m. - Global Networking Mixer @ Doubletree Hotel

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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Certified International Property Specialist Designation @ DoubleTree Hotel 8:30 a.m. - AAR Board of Director’s Mtg.


Attorney Comments August 2012

By Dave Freeman, Association Counsel 1. DUTY OF INSPECTION – LISTING AGENT ONLY?: Recently a case highlighted the Civil Code Section 2079 and its subsections which basically state that: A listing agent or a selling agent has a duty to conduct a reasonably competent and diligent visual inspection of the property and to disclose to the buyer all the facts materially affecting the value of the property that such an investigation would reveal. There is a two year statute of limitations from the date of buyer’s possession to file an action concerning this issue. During the period of the listing, a brown paint coat was applied to the exterior of the stucco to conceal water intrusion damage. The buyer sued the listing broker for breach of contract, negligence and fraud. The Appellate Court allowed the case to proceed, in spite of the above-mentioned statute of limitations and the fact that the time had passes. The Court ruled that the statutes don’t begin to run until the discovery of the cause of action or damage. The important point here is: Do the proper inspections, and disclose to the buyer, in writing, those things that you know or discover during the inspection. Don’t rely on statutes of limitations, for the Court will frequently find ways to extend those periods. 2. STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS – NEGLIGENCE – RARE OCCURANCE: In this case, the Appellate Court actually upheld

the two year statute of limitations in a case against a real estate agent, thereby preventing the case from proceeding. The seller had given the buyer options to buy more lots in the same general location where the buyer bought a couple of lots. Then the seller refinanced the remaining property, granting those same options on those same lots to the lender with whom the seller refinanced. While the buyer was successful in defending the lawsuit against the lender in the fight over who owned the options, the buyer sued the listing agent for negligence. The buyer claimed that the listing agent should have prevented the seller from granting those options to the lender, and should have helped the buyer to defeat the lender in the lawsuit. In this case, the Appellate Court did uphold the two year statute of limitations, stating that the buyer obviously had to have discovered the negligence, if any, at the time the lender sued for title to the options, which was greater than two years before the buyer sued the listing agent for negligence. I can’t give you great words of advice in this case, as the buyer had no good reason to sue the listing agent to begin with. 3. ANTI-DEFICIENCY SUITS: Two different Appellate Court cases came down recently defining two similar but different cases of when a foreclosed out junior lender can sue a borrower after the first forecloses, thereby wiping out the second or junior Trust Deed holder. A. After a single lender makes two nonpurchase money loans,

secured by two Deeds of Trust on the same property, and shortly thereafter assigns the junior loan (Note and Trust Deed) to another entity/ender the assignee of the junior loan can sue the borrower directly for the deficiency owed, if the senior Trust Deed holder forecloses, thereby wiping out the junior Trust Deed holder. This does not violate the antideficiency statutes. B. In a similar situation, but where the lender who made two contemporary loans on the same property does not sell or assign the junior loan to another entity until after foreclosing on the first Trust Deed, the assignee/holder of the junior Trust Deed is barred from suing the borrower on the deficiency. To clarify the situation: The only difference is when the second/junior Trust Deed is assigned, before or after the first forecloses.

DON’T MISS WHAT’S COMING! For more information on these classes and more, visit www.TheAAR. com and click “Upcoming Events” Arcadia REALTOR® Magazine

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Market

Matters

Market Statistics for the San Gabriel Valley Single Family Homes

City Alhambra

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Zip Code 91801

Condominiums

Sales of Price % Single Family Price Median Chg from Homes SFR ($1,000) July 2011 13

$549

July 2012

Price Median Condo ($1,000)

Sales Count Condos

9.7%

12

$328

SFR Only

Price & Median Chg from Home Price/ July 2011 Sq. Ft. -11.2%

$347

Alhambra

91803

11

$425

3.7%

4

$238

-47.8%

$247

Altadena

91001

32

$465

5.7%

1

$290

-48.8%

$347

Arcadia

91006

26

$801

-0.6%

4

$582

7.2%

$385

Arcadia

91007

19

$968

11.5%

16

$399

-18.4%

$449

Azusa

91702

32

$265

-3.1%

9

$206

-6.6%

$194

Duarte

91010

18

$315

3.3%

2

$156

-53.2%

$259

El Monte

91731

6

$251

-25.2%

1

$249

n/a

$265

El Monte

91732

17

$270

8.0%

10

$318

22.1%

$202

El Monte - South

91733

4

$243

8.5%

n/a

n/a

n/a

$196

Glendora

91740

23

$339

-9.8%

2

$275

n/a

$246

Glendora

91741

26

$502

9.1%

5

$380

19.9%

$272

La Ca単ada Flintridge

91011

19

$954

-10.0%

n/a

n/a

n/a

$474

La Verne

91750

17

$440

7.3%

1

$136

-66.0%

$260

Monrovia

91016

32

$423

-14.6%

11

$335

21.8%

$344

Pasadena

91101

n/a

n/a

n/a

16

$395

4.8%

n/a

Pasadena

91103

16

$333

-40.6%

5

$425

10.2%

$266

Pasadena

91104

35

$553

10.4%

2

$430

79.2%

$379

Pasadena

91105

14

$1,050

15.1%

7

$580

-11.0%

$488

Pasadena

91106

9

$930

-52.8%

20

$395

-0.1%

$528

Pasadena

91107

19

$638

6.3%

7

$530

51.4%

$372

Rosemead

91770

23

$352

0.1%

4

$284

-23.7%

$318

San Gabriel

91775

14

$618

-8.2%

n/a

n/a

n/a

$358

San Gabriel

91776

8

$477

14.1%

2

$320

-2.4%

$367

San Marino

91108

20

$1,775

41.4%

n/a

n/a

n/a

$621

Sierra Madre

91024

7

$878

38.8%

n/a

n/a

n/a

$395

Temple City

91780

19

$539

-2.4%

3

$500

0.5%

$340

Source: DQNews.com

September 2012


AAR New Members The Arcadia Association of REALTORS® would like to formally welcome our newest REALTOR® members!

AAR new members with Membership Committee Vice Chairman, Cindy Shiao and Committee Chairman, Sylvia Ramos are (in no particular order): Zhi Ling Li, Coldwell Banker George; Connie Shiau, Coldwell Banker George; Melissa Wang, Coldwell Banker George; Qichen Guo, Highland Real Estate; Jie Liu, Highland Real Estate; Li Zhang, Highland Real Estate; Calvin Chu, IRN Realty; William Madain, IRN Realty; Wenhuan Wang, IRN Realty; Michelle Escquivel, Keller Williams West Foothills; Jarubut Lapboriboon, Keller Williams West Foothills; Jack Liou, Keller Williams West Foothills; Bin He, Long Dragon Realty; Xiao Feng Xu, Long Dragon Realty; Eddie Newman, Prudential California Realty and Peter Wong, Re/Max Omega.

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!! irthdays B e r o ting M Celebra

Arcadia Relay for Life 2012

On June 25th and 26th, the AAR Relay for Life team headed out to Santa Anita Park to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The idea is that each team has a member walking (or running) around the track at all times for one 24-hour period. The entire Arcadia community got involved and many local business sponsored the event. Plenty of AAR members and their families and friends were out showing their support! In addition, many booths had their own raffles, treats, or activities for sale to raise money. All in all, the Arcadia Relay event raised over $88,000 for the American Cancer Society. Much thanks and gratitude to everyone who participated in the event!

AAR Affiliate member, Tony Moon with his wife, Alexis and children, Sydney and Marcus.

REALTORS® from Century 21 Earll, Ltd. supporting the fight against cancer are (L to R): Joe Pacilio, Terry Earll, Ryan Earll and Victoria Pyle.

April Kass, LaRocca Inspection Company entertains the attendees by singing “God Bless America” at the opening ceremonies.

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EDUCATION COMMITTEE

“Understanding the Impact of the Economy and the Stock Market on Real Estate”

COMMERCIAL / INVESTMENT COMMITTEE “Commercial Mixer”

The AAR Education Committee recently held a course on “Understanding the Impact of the Economy and the Stock Market on Real Estate”. Instructor, Ray Kay, SearchLight Financial Advisors, helped those who attended to understand where we are in the real estate cycle, time-tested tips to effectively market yourself, understand interest rates, a forecast of the economy and much more. This course was received by a packed room of attendees. A special thank you to our sponsor, Mary Kay, Advanced Group Property Inspection Company who provided a wonderful continental breakfast for those who attended.

The AAR Commercial/Investment Committee recently held its monthly Commercial Marketing Mixer at the AAR building. This month featured an informative session on “Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying Due Diligence” with Ali Azimi, Vice President, America West Real Estate Services and Adam Bennett, Regional Director, AEI Consultants. In addition to offering tons of great important information, lunch was also provided by Jon Wax, America West Real Estate Services for those who attended.

The speakers and sponsor are (L to R): Caroline Grace Rakness, SearchLight Financial Advisors; Ray Kay, SearchLight Financial Advisors; Mary Kay, Advanced Group Property Inspection Company and Adam Strauss, SearchLight Financial Advisors.

Members of the Commercial/Investment Committee with the speaker and sponsor are (L to R): Mike Vachani, Committee Chairman; Fred Madjar, Nick Zigic, Julie Arballo, Jon Wax, Roy Blume, Adam Bennett, AEI Consultant; Tim Johnson and Ali Azimi, America West Real Estate Services.

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September is REALTOR® Safety Month! Article provided by the National Association of REALTORS®

You meet lots of people in the real estate business—some nice and some not so nice. Learn how to protect yourself at open houses and in the car. The keys to REALTOR® Safety are knowledge, awareness, and empowerment. The Arcadia Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® would like to offer you some tips and tools you can use to keep safety top-of-mind. 10 Tips for Holding a Safe Open House Open houses can be a great sales tool—but hosting one also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people for the first time. Take these steps to stay safe: 1. If possible, always try to have at least one other person working with you at the open house. 2. Check your cell phone’s strength and signal prior to the open house. Have emergency numbers programmed on speed dial. 3. Upon entering a house for the first time, check all rooms and determine several “escape” routes. Make sure all deadbolt locks are unlocked to facilitate a faster escape. 4. Make sure that if you were to escape by the back door, you could escape from the backyard. Frequently, high fences surround yards that contain swimming pools or hot tubs. 5. Have all open house visitors sign in. Ask for full name, address, phone number and e-mail. 6. When showing the house, always walk behind the prospect. Direct them; don’t lead them. Say, for example, “The kitchen is on your left,” and gesture for them to go ahead of you. 7. Avoid attics, basements, and getting trapped in small rooms. 8. Notify someone in your office, your answering service, a friend or a relative that you will be calling in every hour on the hour. And if you don’t call, they are to call you. 9. Inform a neighbor that you will be showing the house and ask if he or she would keep an eye and ear open for anything out of the ordinary. 10. Don’t assume that everyone has left the premises at the end of an open house. Check all of the rooms and the backyard prior to locking the doors. Be prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. Join us to learn more REALTOR® Safety tips on September 7, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the AAR building for a comedic Crime Awareness Seminar entitled “Laughter is the Best Weapon”. This course is FREE (with a $10 refundable deposit). Register online by visiting www.TheAAR.com and click on the course title under “Upcoming Events”. You can also register by calling the AAR at (626) 446-2115. The National Association of REALTORS® is also offering a free REALTOR® Safety Websinar entitled “REALTOR® Safety Series: Are You and Your Data an Easy Target?” on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. You can access the link to the webinar by visiting www.TheAAR.com and clicking on “Upcoming Events”.

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Tech.Talk

5 Ways to Use Online Collaboration Tools By Glenn Bray, N.A.R. REALTOR® Magazine

Brokerages and real estate professionals can benefit from Webbased platforms that allow them to meet with colleagues and consumers in cyberspace. Real estate was one of the first industries to be disrupted by the rise of the Internet, and most successful practitioners have long appreciated the importance of successfully integrating the Web into their practice. At first, that meant simply having a Web presence, in the form of a personal or business site, social networking profile, blog, or some combination of these. Next came things like video home tours and online resources for local markets. The latest real estate–related Web frontier involves collaboration tools, especially video conferencing via webcams that are now built into many laptops, tablets, and smartphones. In today’s connected world, home buyers and sellers expect information to be accessible anywhere, anytime.

2. Listing presentations: Sending off e-mail blasts showing your latest listings doesn’t always move the meter with consumers. A more effective approach might be to set up an interactive session where you can control a presentation visible on both your desktop and your client’s. You can walk them through listings, (Continued on page 11)

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Here are five ways that online collaboration tools can help real estate brokerages and professionals build strong client relationships. 1. Face time: In the early stages of a relationship, nearly every real estate pro prefers an in-person meeting to a phone call. (And a meeting is certainly preferred over a series of e-mail exchanges.) When it’s impossible for the two of you to get together under the same roof, perhaps for reasons related to scheduling or physical distance, a video conference is the next best thing to being there. These days, nearly everyone uses video conferencing to keep in touch with relatives during the holidays or on birthdays. That means your clients will probably be familiar with it before you even suggest it.

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Affiliate Corner

“Supplemental Taxes Do Not Have to be a Surprise!” By Diana Rafeedie, North American Title Company

Supplemental Taxes represent the difference between the new assessed value and prior assessed value on the tax roll. When a Title Company issues a Preliminary Title Report, Schedule B within that report includes details regarding any taxes currently due and an indication that there could be supplemental taxes forthcoming.  Most new owners are concerned about Supplemental taxes when they close escrow.  In addition, most clients are not aware that when they close escrow in the window from January 1st through May 31st they will receive two Supplemental tax bills:    1. The first supplemental represents the difference in value which affects the current fiscal tax bill that was issued in October of the previous year, and whose second half covers January 1st through June 30th. The amount will be prorated for the number of months remaining for that fiscal year.  2. The second supplemental reflects the increase for the new tax bill that will be issued in October of the current year,

which is for the next fiscal year. The new tax bill issued in October will reflect the prior values, which is the reason for the second supplemental.  The Assessor›s office now has an Estimator on their website, so the new owner, escrow officer, title officer, lender or REALTOR® can put in the address of the subject property and the new purchase price and it will generate the estimated taxes that will be due.  I have included a link for your convenience: http:// assessor.lacounty.gov/extranet/guides/SuppTaxCalc.aspx.   Prior to the close of Escrow, the Title Company will “date down” or double check the tax records to make sure no further taxes have become due as Tax issues represent the greatest source of day to day losses we suffer as an industry.   Please share this information with your buyers so they are not surprised when they receive these bills.  For further Tax information, please contact your local assessor›s office or visit www.assessor.lacounty.gov.   Thank you for considering me a partner in your business!

Tech.Talk (Continued from page 10)

highlighting the strong points of the property and answering any questions they might have as they come up.

details of offers and counter-offers.

3. Virtual home tours: Collaborative presentations are especially useful with out-of-town clients. If someone is moving into your area and looking for a place to buy, their lack of proximity is no longer an obstacle to getting them to see a home. Meet online and show clients video tours to make sure you’re not losing precious time; as a result, they might be settled in a new home weeks or even months sooner than they would be otherwise.

5. Team meetings: It’s often hard for real estate professionals who work together — even those in the same office — to find the time to meet. With video conferencing, however, colleagues can log in anywhere, from any device, and have the chance to connect. They can share presentations, take meeting notes and even record conversations for later use.

4. Contract negotiations: For both buyers and sellers, negotiations over the final terms of a sale are perhaps the most nerve-wracking part of the entire real estate process. Even when the negotiations go relatively smoothly, both buyers and sellers can get nervous about what’s ahead. You can ease anxiety by meeting with clients in a video conference as you work through

There are a number of different tools for virtual meetings and collaboration available online. Real estate brokerages and practitioners would do well to add it to their professional arsenal. Arcadia REALTOR® Magazine

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Arcadia Association of REALTORS® 601 South First Avenue Arcadia, California 91006

C.A.R. REALTOR® EXPO - FREE Closing LunCHeon for military members At the C.A.R. REALTOR® Expo from October 2nd through 4th in Anaheim, the Closing Luncheon with guest speaker J.R. Martinez will honor C.A.R. members who are currently active or have been active at one point in the military. C.A.R. is putting together a special presentation with photographs of these members to be shown at the luncheon. If you are a REALTOR® and are currently active or were previous active in the U.S. military please email a photo from your past or current military service to veterans@car.org. Please include contact information in the email and any pertinent information that applies to the photo(s) such as years taken, years of service, branch, etc.   Remember, this luncheon is FREE for REALTOR® U.S. Military Members, but you MUST register for the EXPO and Luncheon. Please contact Betty Thomas at  (213) 739.8236 should you have any questions.

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Romy S. Rahmanian, Attorney

(626) 869-8787 37 E. Huntington Drive, Suite A • Arcadia, CA 91006 romy@rahmanianlaw.com • www.RahmanianLaw.com

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Arcadia REALTOR Magazine - September 2012  

The September publication of the Arcadia REALTOR Magazine.

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