In response to the statewide Shelter in Place Order, CCAR offices in Walnut Creek and Richmond are closed until further notice. We continue to provide uninterrupted membership services via remote access, with the exception of in-store purchases. We wish you the best of health during this time and will continue to serve you at the highest levels possible.
Although the County recently gave the go-ahead for distribution of flyers on signposts, inside listed properties, on doorsteps and mailings, C.A.R. Legal Counsel now advises REALTORS® to desist all flyer distribution until further notice. We will continue to keep you posted as information becomes available. For now, please stop distributing flyers.
For NAR members who borrowed $50,000 or less through the Paycheck Protection Program, it is now easier to receive automatic loan forgiveness. These smaller loans now require less documentation and fewer calculations than the previous process.
COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020
When a tenant has not paid rent for any period between March 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021, the COVID-19 Tenant Relief Act of 2020 (“Rent Relief Law”) will allow most residential tenants to remain in the rental property through January of 2021 as long as the tenant makes a declaration under penalty of perjury that they are unable to pay their rent or meet other financial obligations because of circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Co Co County Urgency Order Imposes Fines Up to $1,000
On Tuesday, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors passed an Urgency Ordinance (No. 2020-21) that establishes administrative fines for violations of public health orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fines can be imposed on businesses and individuals.
CCAR Offices Closed Again; Remote Services Still Available
In response to the new State of California variance to the Shelter-in-Place Order, CCAR offices in Walnut Creek and Richmond will be closed until further notice, effective Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Despite office closures, we will continue to provide uninterrupted membership services, including regularly scheduled committee meetings, via remote access.
Call 925.295.1270 to pre-pay and schedule an appointment for pickup. All appointments must be made at least one day in advance.
Real Estate Shop Products:
Call 925.295.9226 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am-3pm to check your requested item is in stock, pre-pay, and schedule an appointment for pickup.
Need a laptop tune-up or want to purchase a new REALTOR® optimized laptop from CCAR? Call 925.295.1270 to schedule an appointment. Most tune-ups can be completed remotely. All CCAR members receive 1 FREE laptop tune-up every 12 months (~$139 value)!
CCAR Member Services:
Mon – Fri | 8:30am – 5:00pm
In C.A.R.’s Best Practices Guidelines covering the Stage 2 Expansion are the “Posted Rules for Entry” requirements. One of which is that the “Posted Rules for Entry” or a link to them should be part of online public and MLS listings. This shall be made available by the listing agent, if any.
To assist you with adhering to the C.A.R. Best Practices, the CCAR MLS will allow the placement of links to unbranded “Posted Rules for Entry” within the Public Remarks section and branded “Posted Rules for Entry” within the Confidential Remarks in the MLS as an interim solution.
On May 8, the Department of the Public Health issued its “Industry Guidance: Real Estate Transactions,” which among other things, requires agents to post rules on the property – with pictograms — that must be agreed to as a condition of entry by all people viewing the property. C.A.R. is in the process of creating a comprehensive approach that will allow any brokerage to comply with all aspects of the new Industry Guidance.
As an interim measure, C.A.R. is making this “Interim Rules Form” available. Posting both this C.A.R. PRE pictogram and the PEAD form (found via zipForm) together at the entrance to a property, will assist agents and brokers in complying in part with the new Industry Guidance until the comprehensive approach is released.
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LIMITED LOCKBOX SERVICES
Lockboxes are available by appointment only on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00am – 3:00pm. Call 925.295.1270 to pre-pay schedule an appointment. All appointments must be made at least one day in advance.
REAL ESTATE SHOP PRODUCTS
Call 925.295.9226 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am-3pm to check your requested item is in stock, pre-pay, and schedule an appointment for pickup..
REMOTE LAPTOP SERVICES
You may schedule a 1:1 or laptop tune-up appointment by contacting CCAR Member Services at 925.295.1270 or [email protected]. Laptop sales are also available by appointment only.
REMOTE MARKETING MEETINGS
Marketing Meetings are now conducted via Zoom. Please contact respective groups for more information:
OPEN HOUSE TOUR INFORMATION
In accordance with the Contra Costa County Shelter in Place Order and in the best interest of members, clients and the community, CCAR, Bay East and bridgeMLSs have temporarily disabled Open House/Tour functionality.
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VIRTUAL MARKETING TOOLS
Now is a great time to leverage alternative marketing tools. Let your clients know you will continue serving them by marketing their homes using an array of available technology. You can offer them 3D interactive property scans (via Matterport, Cupix, EyeSpy360); host a virtual tour or conduct a live tour using Skype or Facebook; use virtual staging to showcase a property…
ONLINE EDUCATION & TRAINING
Members can attend live 1:1 remote courses or participate in webinars and podcasts throughout the duration of the Shelter in Place Order. Visit the CCAR Calendar to view/register for courses. Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to view the class from your location. To view all events on a particular day, click the “…” to expand the calendar.
VIRTUAL 1:1 CORE COURSES
Schedule live 30-60-minute 1:1 core course training sessions. Contact CCAR Education Coordinator Gail Hargis at [email protected] or 925.295.9210.
CCAR CORE COURSES INCLUDE:
– Intro to Paragon
– Auto-Notification Using Collaboration
– Center Intro to CMA Reports Using Cloud CMA
– Intro to RPR
– Intro to zipForm Plus
Nov 19 – Governor Issues Limited Stay at Home Order
Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring that non-essential work and gatherings stop between 10pm and 5am. The order will take effect at 10pm Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5am December 21.
Nov 16 – As COVID-19 Spreads in the Bay Area, Purple-Tier Safety Requirements Return in Contra Costa
In response to evidence that COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Contra Costa, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today moved the county back into the red tier of its Blueprint for a Safer Economy, restoring more safety requirements to slow the virus. More >
Overview of how the PUA and SBA programs may interconnect
How to Keep Business Moving During Uncertain Times: Top Producer Panel Share Their Stories
C.A.R. CEO Joel Singer moderated a panel of top-producing California REALTORS® who shared how they have been able to maintain business momentum during the pandemic. If you weren’t able to tune in to C.A.R.’s live event, you can watch the recording here.
The Contra Costa County Shelter in Place Order is a mandatory legal order issued under the authority of CA law. Violation of or failure to comply with the Order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both. (California Health and Safety Code § 120295, et seq.)
CCAR understands that families are facing hardships during the shelter in place order, which includes the new ways for you to conduct business. With the support of CCAR Board of Directors, we have reached out to Contra Costa County Health Services in hopes of easing your ability to complete transactions while still respecting the need for protecting the health and safety of all.