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2010 Monthly Newsletter of the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS速

SAMCAR Members Lobby Our Representatives at

Legislative Day

Making your REALTOR速 Voice Heard

pages 5 and 6

Home Buyer Tax Credit Extended page 3

in this issue...

SAMCAR Message from the President page 1 Message from the EO page 2 Become a SAMCAR Director page 1 Redwood City Update pages 3 & 4 Affiliate Spotlight: Toni Burrows page 8 Foundation Update pages 7 & 8 News from Broker/Manager Meeting pages 9 & 10 Take me out to the Ball Game! page 9 SAMCAR in July 4th parade page 10

Legislative 2010 Legislative Day pages 5 & 6

NAR Extended: Home Buyer Tax Credit and National Flood Insurance Program page 3

CAR CAR Red Alert Update page 3

MLS MLSListings, Inc. Updates page 4

Message from your 2010 President

monthly newsletter of the

San Mateo County Association of realtors® tel. (650) 696-8200 fax (650) 342-7509 Board of Directors 2010 President President Elect Region 25 Chair Director Director Director Director Director Director Director Director Director Affiliate Director Director Director

Jennifer Tasto Susan Vaterlaus Olivia T. Edwards Eric Berggren Robert Brisbane John Clifford Bobbi Decker Suzan Getchell-Wallace Phillip Houston Karon Knox Anne Oliva Dennis Pantano Edgar Tulcanaza Diane Wilson David Zigal

Editorial Team Michon Coleman Director of Government Affairs Dalen Gilbrech Publications Designer

Jennifer F. Tasto

2010 SAMCAR President


AMCAR exists for you, our members! I am always energized about our Association and our business of real estate as I meet and speak with all of you at various SAMCAR events and meetings. In July, we will have elections for the SAMCAR Board of Directors. I am asking you to consider running for a position on our Board. SAMCAR is a member-driven organization. If there is a policy or initiative you want to see at SAMCAR, as a Director you may have direct influence in making that happen. It is essential we have leaders who have an understanding of what is happening in our industry. This way, we can make the changes necessary to better serve our members, so that we can all succeed in our business. This role as a director is an opportunity for those of you to “give back” to an organization that exists not only for you, but also for your fellow REALTORS®. Please feel free to contact me, Sue Vaterlaus President-Elect for 2011, Anne Oliva President-Elect 2012, or any of our fellow Directors, if you have any questions.

You can make a difference by being involved!

Become A Leader In Your Association Our Vision The Voice for Real Estate Professionals and Property Owners in San Mateo County.

SAMCAR {RE}source is published monthly by the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS®, 850 Woodside Way, San Mateo, CA 94401 and distributed to more than 4,000 recipients. E-mail your questions or comments.

Copyright © 2010

Become a SAMCAR Director

Elections for positions on the SAMCAR Board of Directors will be held in August. Deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, JULY 14, 2010. Criteria for candidates for Board of Directors position 1) Candidates must be in good ethical and financial standing with SAMCAR and have no ethics sanctions for the past 3 years, and be actively involved in the practice of Real Estate 2) Candidates for the election shall not be allowed to serve on the election committee. 3) A list of responsibilities shall be provided to the candidates and signed by the candidate and will be included with their application submittal. 4) Must have served on a committee for one year prior to running for Board Position. 5) After a Director has been elected to serve two consecutive terms, two years shall elapse before he or she shall be eligible for reelection as a Director. Application forms and criteria are online at:

Message from the Executive Officer

JUly 2010

Welcome New Members The following members joined in June 2010

Steve Blanton, RCE, CAE SAMCAR Executive Officer

Feeling Under Appreciated?

Are you feeling under appreciated? Then come to SAMCAR’s ninth annual member appreciation day. Join us in the main picnic area of San Mateo’s Central Park on Thursday, August 5, 2010. There will be food and fun and you’ll be treated like the VIP you are by your SAMCAR leadership and staff. This is a great event at the perfect time of year to reconnect with friends and business acquaintances and recharge your batteries. There will also be a softball game for the athletically inclined. In times like these it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there are people who value you, and are working to help you succeed. No matter how you play softball, we know you are an All Star. Join us on August 5, 2010 and let us show you.

Have You Seen Houselogic Yet?

Realtors® Carlos Bone, Coldwell Banker Paramount Prop Kelly A. Caulfield, Del Mar Properties Anamaria Cojocaru, Intero Real Estate Service Andrew Colon, Claremont Realty David Gowans, Exit Realty, WEM & Associates Vergel E. Gutierrez, ZipRealty, Inc. Hilary Hedemark, Coldwell Banker

“What is houselogic you say? Houselogic is a free member benefit that that can provide you with valuable client content. You can visit houselogic at:

Wini Jacob-Hudson, ZipRealty, Inc.

“What will I find there?” Houselogic can provide content for your website and your blog. Houselogic also has content for handout and leave behinds. Who can use houselogic? SAMCAR members.

Mariane G. Leyson, Bay City Realty

SAMCAR Partners with Inman News

SAMCAR and Inman News will be partnering on “Agent Reboot” an Inman produced event, “Agent Reboot” will be held on July 12 in San Francisco and offers a day of expert led sessions on the latest technology and marketing techniques. SAMCAR members even get a special discount. For more information, go to:

Golf Tournament

SAMCAR’s annual charity Golf Tournament is fast approaching. It’s hard to believe, but our golf tournament is almost upon us. We’ll be teeing it up at Green Hills Country Club on Monday, July 19, 2010. We still have a very few hole sponsorships left and room for more golfers. This year marks the first “SAMCAR Cup.” This will be a rotating trophy that goes to the office foursome with the best score. We also are excited to announce a $10,000 hole in one contest. Registration is easy: just go to the link below to download the registration form: Yikes I almost forgot I want to play and I’m new here, so I don’t have a foursome. If you have not already signed up and want me on your foursome let Julie Sanchez in our office know.

Michael Kryss, Help-U-Sell Floyd Realty

Mariel Munoz, Crestline Realty Dennis John Murphy, Prudential California Sam Musallam, Coldwell Banker Dennis A. Reed, Sequoia Realty Services Mohamed Saber, RELogic, Inc. Trevor E. Stewart, Cashin Company Ning N. Sui, Prudential California FHD Elena Wyman, Prudential California

Affiliates Laurie Lalami, Velvet Touch Beauty Salon Eileen McGrorey, CORT Furniture Rental



news from June Combined Meeting

JUly 2010

Redwood City Update Combined Budget Issues with Excitement on Upcoming Projects Contributed by Julie Ziemelis

The June Combined Tour Meeting

on June 2nd got off to a quick start with an in-depth Redwood City update by Redwood City Councilmember, Jeff Gee. Councilmember Gee gave a list of the Redwood City Council priorities: 1. Public Safety 2. Infrastructure 3. Legal Compliance 4. Fiscal Responsibility The Councilman gave the sobering news that 9 million dollars in reserves went into the operating budget. The Council thought the economy was turning around when they made the decision to dip into the reserves. The City Council now foresees the market taking another 10 years to recover. The City Manager has been tasked to bring in a balanced budget and to do that, 30 to 50 staff members will be laid off. A focus on core services will be paramount. Councilman Gee said, “We need to spend the money that we have on the things continued on page 4

NAR Update CAR Update

C.A.R. Red Alert Update A Message from

SB 1178 was just approved by the Senate, over lender opposition, with a vote of 30 to 4. Thank you to the over 5,000 REALTORS® who made a difference by contacting their senator to support the bill!

C.A.R. is sponsoring SB 1178 (Corbett)

to extend anti-deficiency protections to homeowners who have refinanced “purchase money” loans and are now facing foreclosure. Most homeowners didn’t even know that when they refinanced they lost their legal protections, and now may be personally liable for the difference between the value of the foreclosed property and the amount owed to the lender.


Home Buyer Tax Credit and National Flood Insurance Program

After a close brush with the deadline, Congress has passed an extension of the Homebuyer Tax Credit closing deadline through the Homebuyer Assistance and Improvement Act (H.R. 5623). The extension applies only to transactions that have ratified contracts in place as of April 30, 2010 that have not yet closed. The legislation is designed to create a seamless extension. The new closing deadline for

eligible transactions is now September 30, 2010. There will be no gap between June 30 and the date the President signs the bill into law. NAR worked closely with Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to enact this important legislation. Extending the Tax Credit Closing deadline will help provide additional stability to real estate markets across the nation. Additionally, the United States Senate has passed the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2010 (H.R. 5569) an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program until September 30, 2010. This will allow transactions to move forward. The bill is retroactive and covers the lapse period from June 1, 2010 to the date of enactment of the extension. For more information on the tax credit extension and flood insurance program visit

news from June Combined Meeting

JUly 2010


that are most important and make these difficult decisions. We need to look ahead to make sure we can maintain our services and the quality of life in Redwood City.”

Council member Gee continued his update with economic development news: • The city is looking to create incubator spaces for small businesses.

• They are working on a downtown Precise Plan which will include entertainment, housing, and retail.

• In-N-Out will be opening in a few months. • Fox Theater has new ownership and will open in July

with the PAL Blues Festival. • Private development 885 Woodside Road is a 42 unit development with market and below market units. • The Preserve at Redwood Shores will have 154 town homes.

• Redwood Shores Elementary School:

Opening in Fall 2010 with 15 classrooms k-5 • Peninsula Park will have 231 Units of town homes, both market rate and below market rate.

Councilman Gee wrapped up his presentation by discussing some of the challenges facing the city including the new jail in downtown being proposed by County.

The new jail would be located at the County government center. Architects will try to create the jail to blend in with the building.

SAMCAR President Jennifer Tasto (l) with Redwood City Councilmember Jeff Gee at the June 2nd Combined Meeting.

The Saltworks (aka Cargill) plan is being looked at for the impact to the community. The Redwood City port wants to expand, as it is a big economic engine for the area. There are not enough playing fields in the city. High tides and winter bring floods. 6 in-2 ft of standing water can occur. The Council is trying to figure out how to solve these problems. It could take 2 to 3 years of study before the planning commission will look at it. Councilmember Gee closed with the fact that recovery is a long way off and the City knows it needs to work on housing and permitting issues. He invited anyone to contact him for further discussion at

MLSListings Inc. Update

New Landing PageJulyDebuts 13, 2010 In just over three weeks, MLSListings,

Inc. will be launching a new landing page at This is the first milestones in progression toward a new technology platform by the end of the year. By this November, members will search, manage clients, and generate reports and statistics more exclusively in the Matrix interface. The new landing page more fully represents the evolution of MLSListings’ business model, from a data-only enterprise to a comprehensive service model addressing all of the business needs of the real estate in-

dustry. The welcome video on the new landing page will direct users to their most commonly-used functions, and introduce the rest of the features available with a single click. It will also direct members how to quickly get back to the Pro environment you are used to, to ensure minimal business workflow interruption.

Reciprocal Access Results in a Win for Buyers, Sellers Since MLSListings, Inc. launched

its reciprocal access agreement with six neighboring MLSs, nearly 4,150 MLSListings subscribers have used the reciprocal access program to search listings in the East Bay MLSs, and more than 4,500 agents in the East Bay have used the system to search listings within MLSListings’ five home counties on behalf of clients. It is clear that MLSListings and the MLS operations in the East Bay service overlapping markets.

Announced in March, the reciprocal access program encompasses a total of seven MLS organizations sharing property and listing information representing 21 counties and more than 65,000 subscribers. The MLSs involved in this agreement include Bay Area Real Estate Information Services Inc.; Bay East Association of REALTORS®; Contra Costa Association of REALTORS®; East Bay Regional Data, Inc.; MLSListings, Inc.; MetroList Services, Inc.; and the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®. While subscribers can also access MetroList and SFAR through MLSListings’ California Edition data share, the new agreement with the East Bay MLSs has launched new access for all subscribers, also known as MORE, the Multiple Organization Reciprocal Exchange. SAMCAR will be holding several FREE classes on the Matrix application:

Essentials of Matrix

July 16 / 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Mastering Matrix

July 16 / 1:30 to 3 p.m. call to register (650) 696-8200


news from the State Legislative Meetings

JUly 2010

SAMCAR representative Robert Pedro speaking during one of the meeting sessions held between REALTORS® and legislators on Legislative Day in Sacramento.

At the opening session CAR’s Chief Lobbyist, Alex Creel, provided an overview of the legislative agenda for the day. REALTORS® were asked to discuss the following pieces of legislation: SB 1178:

2010 Legislative Day

Our legislators were urged to vote “YES” on this C.A.R.-sponsored bill that would extend anti-deficiency protections to homeowners who have refinanced “purchase money” loans and are now facing foreclosure. Most

homeowners don’t know that when they refinanced they lost their legal protections and now may be personally liable for the difference between the value of the foreclosure property and the amount owed to the lender.

SAMCAR Members

Lobby Our Representatives


AMCAR’s day at the State Capitol was filled with remarks from CAR leadership, a joint luncheon with our neighboring Associations, a presentation by political strategist, Phil Giarrizzo, and an afternoon of meetings with our legislators. We met personally with Senator Leland Yee, Senator Joe Simitian, Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, and Assemblyman Jerry Hill. For pictures of the day’s events, go to:

Assemblyman Jerry Hill (right) with SAMCAR key contact Geoff Craighead.

AB 1919: We asked legislators to vote “NO” on this bill, which will essentially create a $10 transfer tax on the filing of grant deeds. Existing law allows a county board of supervisors to create a survey monument preservation fund which can be financed by the imposition of a fee of up to $10 to be charged upon the recording of a grant deed. This fee cannot currently be charged on the filing of grant deeds conveying


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lots created by recorded map tracts. AB 1919 would delete that exemption allowing the $10 “fee” to be charged upon the recording of any grant deed. C.A.R. opposes this “fee” because it is a disguised transfer tax. C.A.R. historically opposes increased transfer taxes because they add to the cost of the transaction.

news from the State Legislative Meetings

July 2010


Assemblyman Ira Ruskin (right) with SILVAR President-Elect Gene Lentz.

REALTORS® were also asked to educate legislators on two critical issues facing the real estate industry:

Senator Joe Simitian (left) with SILVAR President Jeff Bell.

Issues related to appraisals: C.A.R. sponsored two bills to improve the cost and quality of appraisals, but both faced extreme opposition and stalled in the Legislature. REALTORS® were asked to share their stories about appraisals and to urge legislators to support legislation that would clarify the Office of Real Estate Appraisals has the authority to regulate Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs) and make appraisals “portable” if transferring lenders. How the budget gap poses threats to REALTORS®: There are three potential threats to REALTORS® if the budget gap remains open, and members were asked to explain the implications of each to the industry. (see box at right) Thanks to each of our members who traveled to Sacramento for the day, and represented SAMCAR and REALTORS® so well!

Thank you to the many SAMCAR members who travelled to Sacramento to participate in the Legislative Day events.


Forced Overwithholding On Independent Contractors:

This proposal was defeated previously, but may come back. As proposed, the broker would need to withhold 3% of a commission and pay it to the Franchise Tax Board. When the agent files their state income tax return the following April, they will deduct the withholdings along with the quarterly estimated tax payments from their tax liability and, in theory, receive a refund for the 3% that was withheld. This allows California to have immediate care of those funds and earn interest on your money.

Tax on Services: Several attempts have been made to tax services like we tax sales of goods. A tax on real estate related services will increase the cost of housing because all services involved in purchasing a home will be taxed (e.g., home inspection, structural pest control inspection, escrow services, etc.). It will prejudice California based businesses, and put small companies at a disadvantage to big companies using in-house employees. The Mortgage Interest Deduction:

Preserving the mortgage interest deduction is one of C.A.R.’s major tax objectives but legislators see it as a “cost.” Both sate and federal law now limit the deduction to the interest paid on a maximum $1 million of mortgage debt plus $100,000 in home equity debt. The Legislative Analyst’s Office has recommended changing or eliminating the mortgage interest deduction. They are wrong. The deduction encourages homeownership. The U.S. has achieved one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world since the deduction came into common use. Homeownership promotes community stability and pride, employment, savings and long-term investment.

Reserve your ad spot today! Contact Dalen Gilbrech at SAMCAR: or (650) 696-8206


SAMCAR Foundation

July 2010

Foundation Update from HEART’s

“Housing our Employees:

Affordable Homes for Sustainable Communities” Contributed by Suzan Getchell-Wallace, SAMCAR Foundation Chair

HEART, the Housing Endowment and Regional Trust of San Mateo County held

their fourth annual executive briefing and benefit lunch on Wednesday, May 12 to again highlight the need for affordable workforce

housing. The SAMCAR Foundation was one of two major sponsors for the HEART event entitled: “Housing Our Employees: Affordable Homes for Sustainable Communities.” Attended by 284 people, the event raised over $60,000 to create more affordable homes, both rental and first-time homebuyers loans, and also featured speakers Julie Stock, a schoolteacher at San Mateo High School who was able to buy her first home in Pacifica, with the help of Foundation Chair, Suzan GetchellWallace.

Julie Stock, San Mateo High School teacher and client of SAMCAR Foundation Chair Suzan Getchell-Wallace who benefited from HEART’s “Housing Our Employees” program.

partnerships to help our local employees. The HEART downpayment assistance loan of up to $75K is offered together with a first mortgage from Meriwest Credit Union, for well-qualified borrowers with incomes up to

Julie’s story was especially moving, and demonstrates the power of community

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To connect with SAMCAR’s charitable Foundation, please visit

SAMCAR Director Bobbi Decker and San Mateo County Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gilbson. 2010 Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Adds Fun Elements to the Day Complete information and sign-up forms at San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® Foundation 850 Woodside Way, San Mateo, CA 94401 | Tax ID # 94-3163126 phone (650) 696-8200 | fax (650) 342-7509 |

Would the chance of winning $10,000 encourage you to sign up

and play golf on July 19, 2010 at the Green Hills Golf Club? We hope so, because that is the amount of CASH you can win if you hit a hole-in-one on the 4th hole at the Annual SAMCAR Golf Tournament.

How about a bronze statue valued at over $12,000 for the live auction? Or dozens of valuable silent auction gifts? How about a HUGE gourmet BBQ dinner? It’s all there! So, come out for a great cause and a day on the green. Golf green fees, a boxed lunch, cart, drinks and dinner are all under one $225 fee. You can download a registration form at: or call Julie Sanchez at (650) 696-8200. Thank you to our hole sponsors and lunch sponsor, MLSListings, Inc. for their generous underwriting of this event to support the charitable giving of the SAMCAR Foundation.

SAMCAR Foundation

July 2010


I had no idea so many people were working together in San Mateo County to help people like me. I feel part of the community and so supported. Julie Stock, San Mateo High School teacher Pictured left to right: SAMCAR Director Eric Berggren, SAMCAR Director and Foundation Chair Suzan Getchell-Wallace, SAMCAR office manager Alane Gilbrech and SAMCAR Director Dianne Wilson representing the SAMCAR Foundation at HEART’s May luncheon.

$150K. It is aimed at first-time or “move-closer” borrowers for properties up to $521,250, including condos. It is similar to an FHA loan, but without restrictions. REALTOR® and SAMCAR Foundation Chair, Suzan Getchell-Wallace heard about the

program at a monthly SAMCAR lunch, and encouraged her client Julie to apply, after her offers had been outbid or turned down for a first home in Pacifica. As Julie said to the crowd, “I’ve been teaching in San Mateo for twelve years, and I never thought I could buy my own home. I had no idea so many people

were working together in San Mateo County to help people like me. I feel part of the community and so supported. Thank you.” HEART thanks you all!

Affiliate News


Toni Burrows Hisco/CRES Home Warranty An 18 year veteran of the home warranty business, Toni Burrows approaches her business

with professionalism. Toni was born and raised in Livonia, Michigan and relocated to the Bay Area over 30 years ago. Knowing she had a knack and a passion for sales, Toni followed that route and worked in outside sales in the packaging industry and then gravitated towards the real estate industry 18 years ago. An avid walker, Toni says she passes familiar people on the path and knows their pet’s names (but not necessarily the owners). Her husband says she never passes up the opportunity to pet a dog. A true advocate of the Humane Society and Pets in Need, Toni loves animals. “I have a big passion for people and animals”, Toni said. Currently, Toni owns a cat (that acts like a dog), and

was the proud owner of two large dogs for many years. Toni is a Senior Account Executive for Hisco/ CRES Home Warranty. She services San Mateo County and a portion of Santa Clara County . Toni is an active member of both the SAMCAR and SILVAR Associations and is a member of WCR, as well. She has volunteered for 15+ years on the SAMCAR Special Events committee where she has helped to organize and execute a multitude of events. Currently, Toni is working on making this year’s SAMCAR Annual Charity Golf Tournament one of SAMCAR’s most successful events coming up on July 19th. Toni also volunteers her time to review the grants that the SAMCAR Foundation receives. “I LOVE what I do! I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful people while truly enjoying

my career. In fact, I met my husband George Monaco doing what I do. At the time he was manager of the Coldwell Banker office in Los Altos, he threw me out of his office because of an affiliation they had with another company. 9 years later we married.” Toni is proud to tell her Realtor clients, “I work hard, all the time.” I tell my clients, “If you’re working, I’m working.” I am always happy to take their calls, weekends included. I’m there when needed and I take pride in my work ethic.” Toni and her husband, George, live in Foster City and enjoy spending time and boating at their second home in Clearlake. Toni also enjoys cooking, gardening, getting together with friends and going to the gym. Toni just loves life! You can reach her at or call her at (650) 787-4876.


July 2010

news from Broker/Manager Midyear Meeting

Gov Hutchison Brought Free education seminars from experts within the SAMCAR Affiliate community covering a broad range of topics affecting the real estate transaction to help REALTORS® become familiar with the intricacies of the transaction to better serve their clients.

Levity and Deep Knowledge to

Broker/Manager Meeting Contributed by Julie Ziemelis

C.A.R. General Counsel, Gov Hutchison, has free wi-fi access for our members in gave a legal update and overview of the changes to the C.A.R. Residential Purchase Agreement to over 100 Brokers and Managers on June 17 at the Hilton Hotel.

SAMCAR President, Jennifer Tasto gave a brief SAMCAR update and new SAMCAR Executive Officer, Steve Blanton laid out goals for moving the Association forward, including announcing that SAMCAR now In this four part series, learn valuable inside information and tips from professionals who can help you make a transaction go smoothly and successfully.

11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at SAMCAR 850 Woodside Way, San Mateo The second part of this series provides experts that will drill down on these topics: Property Inspection Services

Thomas Perez

(Vista Inspection Services)

Termite inspections

James Steffensen

(President, HomeGuard)

Disclosure reports

Josh Cantrell

(JSP-LGS Disclosures)

Each presenter will discuss timely topics that will affect the success of your next transaction.

Gov pointed out key facts during his discussion for REALTORS® to be aware of: As of January 1, 2011, there are two new questions on the TDS form: 1. Has the seller certified that there are smoke detectors installed? 2. Is the water heater braced? By answering this question on the TDS, it eliminates the need for a separate form to be used.

part 2 of 4

Thursday, July 22

both the education and board rooms. This service proudly gives SAMCAR the designation of being one of the first real estate association’s in the country to offer open wi-fi access to its members.

Both SAMCAR’s Executive Officer Steve Blanton (l) and President Jennifer Tasto gave brief updates , including that SAMCAR now offers free wi-fi access to members.

continued on page 10

SAMCAR & WCR: Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

WCR & SAMCAR Team Up for a Giants Game!

Grab your colleagues, family and friends and come on out for a day

of Giants baseball on Thursday, July 29th! A tailgate party starts at 11 a.m. Ticket price of $35 includes the tail gate BBQ, a ticket to the game against the Florida Marlins and a t-shirt. A large section of the upper stadium has been reserved for members of both WCR and SAMCAR, but you need to get your tickets asap as there are a limited amount. Game time is 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 29

This is a FREE Class.

11 a.m. tailgate party | 12: 45 p.m. game $35 includes tailgate BBQ, ticket + t-shirt

Seating is limited, RSVP’s are required. To Register, call SAMCAR

You can purchase your tickets at SAMCAR or go to the EventBrite site to pay online:

(650) 696-8200

news from Broker/Manager Midyear Meeting

July 2010

Be more effective in your real estate business by getting the low down on the latest and greatest tech tools for real estate!

Pictured left to right: SAMCAR President-Elect Sue Vaterlaus, Gov Hutchinson, SAMCAR President Jennifer Tasto, and Education Committee co-chairs Mouna Kayed and Taya Katz at the June 17th Broker/Manager meeting.

As of July 1, 2011, homes are required to have carbon monoxide detectors installed if the home has a fireplace or burns any type of fossil fuel (i.e. a gas stove) The new contract will ask the seller: Is the property equipped with a carbon monoxide detector?

co-chairs, Mouna Kayed and Taya Katz for spearheading this successful Broker Manager meeting and to the SAMCAR Education committee and members of the Affiliate Committee for their help in planning the event and helping at registration. The next Broker Manager meeting is slated for September 9th.

Gov said that although this is not a point of sale requirement, buyers will most likely ask to have the detectors installed if they see the seller has marked “no” on the form. Gov spent over an hour reviewing the changes on the Residential Purchase Agreement. Later that day, over 80 REALTORS® attended a four hour class taught by Gov on the RPA. If you missed this class, stay tuned for other contract classes that SAMCAR is planning. Thank you to Education committee

Thursday, July 15 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $20

Aaron Wheeler offers you a demonstration on a variety of practical tech tools and mobile applications that work across all platforms. Geared towards the “technically curious,” not just tech geeks, come learn how to make technology work for you in an environment that allows you to ask plenty of questions and get information you can use immediately.

SAMCAR members got a chance to hear about changes to the RPA at the June 17 Broker/Manager meeting.

SAMCAR 4th of July parade float

Thursday, July 29 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost: $20

Everyone Loves a Parade SAMCAR To Have a Float in the Independence Day Parade in Redwood City

Sunday, July 4

Parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Redwood City

Do you want to walk with SAMCAR’s float in the parade? Contact Ed Bright:

SAMCAR members have

spent many hours designing and building a festive float for the 4th of July parade to be held in downtown Redwood City on, when else, Sunday, July 4th at 10 a.m. The Redwood City Parade is the largest parade in Northern California and attracts thousands of spectators. Come out and show your support for our REALTORS® and Affiliates who are promoting homeownership and REALTOR® community involvement. They will also be vying for cash prizes. If you would like to walk in the parade behind the float, contact Ed Bright, at Thanks to Ed and his merry band of float makers, and to Jay’s and Sons Towing Service for their help in storing the float for us.


Learn more about how to use Facebook effectively for real estate and for better connection with your sphere. Come hear Facebook expert, Mike Mueller, give you an in-depth tour of Facebook, how to: - use Business pages - set privacy settings and create lists And learn some tips on: - “netiquette” - real estate web marketing - ideas to use Facebook as your online hub.

To sign up, please call

(650) 696-8200

Space is limited, registration required. Both classes located at SAMCAR.

JuLy 2010

JULY 2 – 9

Weekly Education, Events & Tour Calendar Classes & Events

saMCaR office closed for independence day

July 8 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

GRi 100: agency Relationships, duties and disclosures; and GRi 101: ethics, Professional Conduct and Legal aspects

The SAMCAR office will be closed on Monday, July 5 in observance of the U.S. Independence Day holiday. TOUR DEADLINE is Friday, July 2 by 11 a.m.

Location: SAMCAR | Cost: $149 Registration: or 888-785-4800

July 15 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Mo 28 05

Tu 29 06

We 30 07

Th 01 08

Fr 02 09

LUNCH & LEARN: Windows Class

Do you know where your files go when you save or download them? Take the mystery out by learning how to create and manage your files and folders. You’ll learn how to create and save your files in the appropriate folder, move and delete files, plus how to back them up externally. Location: SAMCAR | Cost: Free | Register: (650) 696-8200

Top RE/Tech Tools That Rock!

Instructor: Aaron Wheeler (Oakville Properties) offers you a demonstration on a variety of practical tech tools and mobile applications that work across all platforms. Geared towards the “technically curious,” not just tech geeks, come learn how to make technology work for you in an environment that allows you to ask plenty of questions and get information you can use immediately. Location: SAMCAR | Cost: $20 | Register: (650) 696-8200

Marketing Meetings Tuesday, July 6 8:30 a.m. July Combined Tour Elks Lodge 229 West 20th Avenue San Mateo Presentations:

Nick Lomoro & Mark Messimer, MLSlistings, Inc. MLSListings Matrix

July 16 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

MLsListings: essentials of Matrix

9 a.m. Half Moon Bay Tour Community Center 535 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay

July 16 1:30 – 3 p.m.

MLSListings: Mastering Matrix

9:30 a.m. Pacifica Tour Community Center 540 Crespi Drive, Pacifica

July 19

annual Charity Golf tournament & auction

12 p.m. shotgun start 6:30 dinner 7:30 auction

Basic skills Matrix search application: Navigation, inputting Search queries, map search, Reporting & Results Options, Driving Directions, Adding Search Fields. Cost: FREE | Location: SAMCAR | Register: (650) 696-8200 Advanced skill: Sorting Results, Statistics from Results, CMA’s from Results, Area Statistics, Customizing Results, Building Hotsheets, Emailing Results. Location: SAMCAR | Cost: Free | Register: (650) 696-8200

Golfing and Sponsorship packages: Location: Green Hills Country Club, 500 Ludeman Lane, Millbrae, CA

SAMCAR Board of Directors Meetings July 28 8:30 a.m.

saMCaR Board of directors Meeting

Members welcome to attend these monthly meetings. | Location: SAMCAR

Legislative Committee Meetings July 14 11 a.m.

Sa 03 10

July 5 All day

July 9 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Su 27 04

MLS Tour Sheet Deadline Reminder Broker/Property tours Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Coastside Legislative Committee Meeting

deadline to add tours in MLs Mondays, 11 a.m. Deadlines subject to change for holidays.

PeninsuLa Legislative Committee Meeting

deadline for Monday holidays prior Friday at 11 a.m.

Location: Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau - 235 Main Street, Half Moon Bay

July 21 9:30 – 11 a.m.

Members welcome to attend these monthly meetings. | Location: SAMCAR

August 5 9:30 a.m.

PaCifiCa Legislative Committee Meeting Location: 450 Dondee Way, Suite 7, Pacifica

View tour sheet by Monday afternoon

{RE}source | July 2010  

July 2010 edition of the {RE}source, monthly newsletter of the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS.