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Walt Baczkowski, CEO of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, Receives 2018 Magel Award from the National Association of REALTORS®

Walt Baczkowski, CEO of the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®, was recognized with the 2018 William R. Magel Award of Excellence by the National Association of REALTORS® at the Board of Directors meeting in Boston on November 3, 2018. The William R. Magel Award of Excellence is presented annually to an individual who has truly excelled in his or her role as an association executive of a REALTOR® association. Congratulations, Walt! 

To watch a video of Walt's award acceptance, click here

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Ways to Help Those Affected by the NorCal Fires

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by the tragic fires. Here are a few ways to help, as of 11/13/18:
  • Donations of new clothing, undergarments, shoes and socks can be taken to the Oroville Municipal Auditorium at 1200 Myers Street, Oroville, 95965. Evacuees also need paper products, visa gift cards, new pillows, blankets, towels, and washcloths.
  • The Hope Center Food Bank in Oroville is still taking donations at its warehouse at 2850 Feather River Boulevard in Oroville but it will no longer accept anything at its Kitrick Avenue A location. The Hope Center has asked for backpacks, new undergarments, non-perishable foods, paper products and bedding items.
  • The North Valley Community Foundation has two funds: The Camp Fire Evacuation Relief Fund and the Butte County Schools Fire Relief Fund. Donors can make an open gift to the school fund, or designate a specific use, like textbooks or school supplies. 
  • Monetary donations may also be made to the American Red Cross via their website or phone at 1-800-733-2767. Alternatively, you can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The United Way of Northern California is taking donations for its NorCal Fire Relief Fund through its website and by text: send the message BUTTEFIRE to 91999.

California Association of REALTORS® Stands Ready to Help in Disaster Relief Efforts

The California Association of REALTORS® is collecting donations as part of a Disaster Relief Fund to distribute to members who have lost their homes or other property in the state’s ongoing wildfires. The funds are paid out in grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to REALTORS®, C.A.R. members, and their staff who have “incurred substantial losses due to wildfires.” Find out how to contribute to C.A.R.'s Disaster Relief Fund or apply for a grant here.

Listing Status Update for SFARMLS

On the night of December 11th 2018, we will be converting our Listing Statuses (in all data, past and present)
to the recognized RESO Status List extended by the RESO Special Listing Conditions field. You will see these changes
when you open SFARMLS on December 12th, 2018.

Our new status labels more closely match the language you are using day-to-day and will provide you with the vocabulary to talk about listings data with other real estate agents regionally, nationally, and even globally. This Status Translation Table is explained in text below the table. Click here to download a PDF of this information.

STATUS TRANSLATION TABLE

Current Status

Code

New RESO Status

Code

Special Listing Conditions

Active

A

Active

A

 

Active Cont. Rel. Clause

Active Cont. Show

Active Cont. Short Sale

Active Cont. Probate

Active Cont. No Show

E

C

D

G

F

Active Under Contract

 

 

 

 

U

 

 

 

 

Release Clause – RCLS

  

Short Sale – SHSL

Probate – PROB

  

Pending

P

Pending

P

 

Withdrawn Cancel

W

Canceled

C

 

Sold

S

Closed

S

 

Leased

L

Closed

S

 

Withdrawn Duplicate

Q

Duplicate Canceled

D

 

Expired

X

Expired

X

 

Temp Off Market

T

Hold

H

 

Coming Soon

Z

Coming Soon

Z

 


PROJECT SUMMARY

While SFARMLS has successfully differentiated itself from less innovative MLSs with several ambitious initiatives, the core MLS application has changed relatively little. Recognizing that this has to change, SFAR has embarked on a major project updating the way listing data is organized, stored and used inside the MLS application you use today. Fixing the data is the first piece of this complex puzzle of modernizing and updating the applications you need in order to be a successful agent. There is no better way to do this than to implement changes based on the work done by the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO).

This means that our listing data types, listing statuses and data fields will be changing in ways you will clearly see in your day to day use of the MLS. For the technical out there, this means that SFARMLS will be 100% RESO standards compliant natively in the database, and by extension, in the system that is used to send data to Brokerages, Vendors, and MLS partners in the Bay Area (such as BAREIS in Marin and MLSListings in San Mateo). 

NOTES FOR BROKERS & AGENTS
NOTES FOR VENDORS
  • Because listing status codes are frequently used in structured RETS queries (DMQL) it is critical that you analyze these changes against your system configuration to see if any changes will be required the night we convert (December 11th to 12th).
  • Be aware of some transposed values (codes) in the above table: "C" used to mean "continue to show" and now it means "canceled" (dramatically differnet meaning) so be careful when updating your system.
  • Some of the existing status information you may have been capturing from our MlsStatus field is now contained in a field called SPLC (Special Listing Conditions) which may require you to adjust your software/app or data processor(s).
  • You are not required to adopt these status names in the display side of your applications on the date of conversion, but SFARMLS recommends you begin looking at any changes in the application you need to align your products with these permanent changes.
  • If you have not received a notification about these changes directly via email, you may not have current or correct contact information stored in the SFARMLS RETS system. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to update your contact information.

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