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CAR: President's Monthly Message
Over the past few months, I’ve kept you informed of the flood insurance bill. I’m happy to tell you President Obama signed the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act” into law last month.  This law repeals FEMA’s authority to increase premium rates at time of sale or new flood map, and refunds the excessive premium to those who bought a property before FEMA warned them of the rate increase. The bill limits premium increases to 18 percent annually on newer properties and 25 percent for some older ones. The bill also adds a small assessment on policies until everyone is paying full cost for flood insurance.  C.A.R. and NAR both lobbied to ease new onerous flood insurance requirements, which were having a negative impact on the housing market.   Read More...

Tech Blog: Content Strategy Matters

As I travel the country preaching the importance of online positioning through the various social platforms available, I continue to witness the frustration of those who create accounts but fail to move forward with posting.  The classic comment I hear tends to be, "l don't know what to post."  Believe me, I get it...there are so many things to consider when strategically coming up with a game plan for posting, such as: 

"How will I be perceived?" 

"Will this get responses?" 

"How does my hair look?" 

Ok, ok, I was kidding about the last question, but in reality, before tackling such a massive commitment of consistency in your posts, you must create a solid CONTENT STRATEGY in order to be successful.  Consider the questions I pose to you in the video below -
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One Cool Thing: How Did Home Sellers Handle Multiple Offers?
Heightened market competition in the first half of 2013 led to an increase of multiple offers, nearly all home sellers (98 percent) said they received multiple offers, up from 83 percent in 2012. On average, each home sale received 5.9 offers in 2013 compared to 3.1 offers in 2012.

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LA Times: Tax reform proposal would cut many real estate deductions

By Kenneth R. Harney

WASHINGTON — You may have seen reports about a major tax reform proposal floated recently by Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

But you probably didn't see the grisly list of long-standing home real estate tax benefits that would be eliminated or sharply reduced under Camp's plan.

Here's a quick overview. But first, some basics:

• This is no back-of-the-napkin set of proposals. Camp and his committee — the primary tax-writing panel in Congress — have been working on this for two years. They've held extensive public hearings and done significant research.

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The Benefits Store: Applications Started By March 31st Must be Completed No Later Than April 15th
Message from The Benefits Store
Covered California has announced that all applications that have been started by March 31st will have until April 15th to complete and enroll.

Call your Covered California Certified Insurance Agent at The Benefits Store at 800-446-2663 for assistance! We can help you with the enrollment process, start your application by March 31st and complete the application no later than April 15th.

Visit our special website page for this purpose: http://insurance.benefitsstore.com/transition/ Or email us at Enrollment@BenefitsStore.com.

Individuals who complete their applications, and make their premium payment on time, will get coverage beginning May 1st and avoid the tax penalty for lack of insurance.
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CVAR Tech Blog: Only 6% of Fans Engage with Your Facebook Page

Ever since the Real Estate community embraced Facebook as an online platform for keeping up with family, friends and clients, the universal question has been - how do I separate my personal from my business?
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Recap - Real Estate REvive Conference and Expo 2014

Our biggest event of the year, Real Estate REvive Conference and Expo 2014, was a success! Thank you to our sponsors and speakers! 

 

Be sure to save the date for our next Real Estate REvive event on March 19, 2015. Details to follow at realestaterevive.com.

 

Watch our REvive recap video below!

  

Move and NAR File Suit Against Zillow and Samuelson

Complaint details misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information

Mar 17, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Move, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE), an online leader in real estate, today filed a lawsuit against Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) and Errol Samuelson in the Superior Court of King County, Washington for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and misappropriation of trade secrets among others actions. The National Association of REALTORS and its subsidiary Realtors Information Network, Inc. joined as plaintiffs in the suit.

"At Move, we take our trade secrets and intellectual property extremely seriously as a valuable asset in our competitive position in the marketplace," said Steve Berkowitz, CEO of Move.  "We take action in cases in which we believe our trade secrets have been compromised. We have raised this matter for the courts and believe that the matter will be resolved judiciously."     

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CVAR Tech Blog: Tweet for Success

The day of “I don’t get Twitter” is quickly passing.  Tweets are now a form of self-expression among connected consumers and it is this highly connected generation that continues to grow in size and influence year after year.  Much in the same way that TXTing is a natural form of common conversation, even if it is a norm that’s outside the world as you know it – Twitter is a consistent reflection of how millions of people are communicating and if you’re not on board, you can miss out on many tremendous opportunities.

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CAR: zipForm® Plus Team Edition

Team Up. Close Deals.

zipForm® Plus Team Edition offers the flexibility and versatility that real estate teams offer their clients. Team members can collectively work together on their transactions efficiently online instead of exchanging files through email or in person. Eliminate the repetitive paperwork with zipForm® Plus Team Edition.

  • Designed specifically for real estate teams
  • Manage team member account access
  • Team members can create transactions for other members
  • Edit transactions on behalf of other teams members
  • Create and share templates with the team
  • Search and filter based on the transaction owner
  • Enhanced User Interface for easy navigation
  • Platform independent - Runs on PC or MAC
  • Mobile transaction access with zipForm® Mobile
  • Assign photos to transactions or contacts
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