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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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How May We Help You? (2019)

Please refer to this list of helpful links to assist with common year-end tasks. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we may assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Why is the annual dues amount broken down into multiple parts on the bill?
A: The annual dues billing statement is broken down into multiple parts as the payment is distributed to three different vendors. The dues this year have not increased but have been broken out completely for full transparancy. Dues are broken into the following payments:

  • National Association of Realtors®(NAR) dues.
  • California Association of Realtors® (CAR) dues.
  • San Francisco Association of Realtors® (SFAR) dues, which includes:
       ** SFAR membership
       ** CAF (Community Action Fund, this is local initiative and is NOT a voluntary charge, this is not the same as CAR's HAF).
       ** LAF (Legal Action Fund, this is a local initiative and is NOT a voluntary charge).

There are also two voluntary charges on the bill:

Q: I want to change my billing PREFERENCES (mail vs. email). How can I do that?
A: Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a billing preference update.

Q: When is my bill due?
A: Your dues/fees must be PAID or POSTMARKED by the due date specified on the bill. Please refer to this billing information chart for more information.

Q: When will I be assessed a late fee?
A: You will automatically be assessed a late fee if we have not yet received your payment by the due date specified on the bill.

Q: How can I remove the voluntary charges?
A: When you are looking at your bill online, you can click on the voluntary charges to remove them. Watch this 3 minute video to see how it's done.

Q: Am I signed up for automatic billing?
A: The only charges that can be set up for automatic billing are your QUARTERLY MLS Subscription Fees and your ANNUAL Supra Subscription Fees. Your Association Dues CANNOT be automatically billed. To sign up for automatic billing use this form.

Q: How can I have a late fee waived?
A: Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on having a late fee waived.

Q: What does Allocation mean on the bill?
A: The term allocation is used for the dues amounts paid for the next year. Depending on your membership type, members pay a separate allocation amount to NAR, CAR and SFAR.

Q: Why did I receive two separate bills?
A: If you are a member of both SFAR and SFARMLS you received two bills. One of the bills is for your 2019 Association Dues and the other is for the 1st Quarter 2019 MLS service.

Q: What are the details for the Deferral Payment Program for my Association Dues?
A: Using the 2 payment dues deferral program incurs a $50 mandatory processing fee which is added to your first payment due no later than January 31, 2019. The second (final) payment is due no later than February 28, 2019 (no extensions, no exception). None of the dues or fees for this program are refundable. Click here to access the 2018-2019 DPP application form. If you do not receive an email receipt, it means you did not complete the form with your correct email address and you may not have successfully enrolled. Make sure you see the completion receipt in your email after filling out the form online using DocuSign.

Q: How do I change my address or office information? What should I do if I've changed offices?
A: To change your address and/or office information at SFAR, download this Reinstatement/Change of Office/Address Form, complete it, and then email to our Membership Group (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Q: How do I resign from the Association and/or MLS (termination process)?
A: To close your SFAR Realtor Association, MLS, or Supra Key service(s) in good standing, download this Resignation Form, complete it, and then email it to our Membership Group (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). You may be eligible for a refund of MLS or Key service paid forward but only if we receive this form by January 5th. After January 5th, January fees and subsequent late fees will be payable and not refundable.

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

RELEASE DATE TUESDAY JANUARY 8, 8:00pm PST !! - UPDATE COMPLETE
On the night of January 8th 2019, SFARMLS will be converting the 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 Wednesday January 9th, 2019.

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.

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

Contingent - Show

Contingent - Show

Contingent - No Show

Contingent - No Show 

Contingent - No Show

U

U

F

F

F

+ 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

 


When mapping, if you do not have an accurate way to capture the two Contingent Statuses, please make sure you map them as follows:

Contingent – Show :: Map to your Active status, make sure you show any of the selected Special Listing Conditions

Contingent – No Show :: Map to your Inactive (or Pending) status, make sure you show any of the selected Special Listing Conditions


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
  • Brokers and Office Managers: you will need to make sure your technology providers are aware of these changes. We have reached out to them via contact information they provided during setup, but this sometimes changes and you are responsible for ensuring they are aware of how these changes could impact you.
  • Your internal reporting may still use the previous terms without penalty. If you wish to continue calling listings "SOLD" instead of "CLOSED" on your internal brokerage reporting that is fine. SFARMLS (and staff) will use the RESO standards status "CLOSED" going forward.
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 (January 8th to 9th).
  • 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.

DESCRIPTIONS OF SPECIAL LISTING CONDITIONS

The complete list of new “Special Listing Conditions” values that agents can set on a listing’s status are as follows:

CONDITION CODE DESCRIPTION
Auction AUCT Listing being marketed at Auction.
Housing Assist Program HAPG Listing is included in the Housing Assistance Program.
HUD Owned HUDO Listing is HUD owned property (see also Real Estate Owned).
Notice Of Default NOTD Listing property is subject to a Notice of Default.
Pending Litigation PEND Listing has a litigation pending.
Probate Listing PROB Listing is in probate.
Real Estate Owned REOO Listing is Real Estate Owned, includes “Bank Owned”.
Release Clause RCLS Listing offer is subject to a release clause.
Short Sale SHSL Listing is a short sale.
Subj to Court Confrm CRTC Listing transfer subject to a Court Confirmation.
Subj to Lender Confrm LNDC Listing transfer subject to a Lender Confirmation.
Succssr Trustee Sale STRS Listing is a Successor Trustee Sale.
None NONE Listing has no Special Listing Conditions (this is the default).
Other OTHR Listing has a Special Listing Condition not detailed above that must be described clearly in the Agent-Only Remarks section.

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