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Updated COPA Advisory (as of September 4, 2019)

The Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) went into effect on Tuesday, September 3. Ready SFAR's latest Advisory to know how it impacts your transactions.

SFAR's COPA Advisory of September 4, 2019


The September zipForm release will include 9 new forms to assist agents with the Community Opportunity to Purchase Act (COPA) which is scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. That law provides that certain (currently 5) San Francisco Qualified Nonprofit Organizations (QNOs) will be given both a right of first offer and a right of first refusal to buy a 3+ unit San Francisco residential building. Mixed-use buildings and vacant lots zoned for 3+ units are included in COPA. The 9 forms have COPA1 through COPA9 in the footer and they provide a road map of what is needed at each stage of marketing a 3+ unit building. Agents who regularly list such buildings should create a Template in zipForm, consisting of all 9 forms, to apply to potential listings.

COPA1 is the key. It gives the list of the QNOs determined by the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOH) to be given the opportunity to buy such buildings and on page 2 describes the full process. The other 8 forms include a Listing Addendum, a Purchase Addendum, a Property Description, Notification forms, and in COPA9, a Certification to be submitted to MOH after a closing that the law was followed. Look out for an Association video on the new COPA forms.

Other forms in the September release include updates to the RENT-SF and SDC-SF forms to reflect the increase in the annual Rent Board fee charged to landlords for each rental unit from $45 to $50, effective this calendar year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020). The local Disclosures and Disclaimers Advisory (GIBS-SF), which acts as an adjunct to CAR's SBSA (Statewide Buyer and Seller Advisory), has been updated to include advice to principals to download documents from weblinks referred to in GIBS while their transaction is active, since those weblinks, and the documents themselves, can change over time. The Soft Story Ordinance Advisory (SSBR-SF) has had weblinks within it updated and the Cooperative Apartment Purchase Addendum (CAPA-SF) has an update covering the circumstance of a lost Stock Certificate. 

In practice - if you have forms in a Template that you know have been updated, you should probably replace them with the latest version. When applying a Template to a newly created transaction, zipForm will always bring in the latest version of a form. But what you should not do is start a new transaction by copying a previous one, because that will include the older versions of forms. zipForm always preserves which version of a form was used in a transaction for historical integrity reasons.

As always, if you have questions or recommendations for new forms or updates, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., copying the Association's attorney, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Many thanks to the 2019 Chair and Vice-Chair of your Standard Forms Committee, Dan Hershkowitz and Neal Corkery, and a special thanks to its Committee Member, David Parry, for their dedication and hard work.

Sponsorship Information Now Available for the 2019 SFAR EXPO on October 3

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Preparations are underway for this year's San Francisco Association of REALTORS® EXPO on Thursday, October 3 at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway. Last year more than 900 SFAR members attended the event and heard from industry-leading speakers, mingled at networking sessions, and interacted with more than 30 sponsors showcasing real estate-specific products and services. 

Sponsors are a very important part of the EXPO. 


Here is a link to the 2019 SFAR EXPO Sponsorship & Exhibitor brochure. It details the sponsorship levels and benefits companies can secure. As you know, EXPO is an incredible way for real estate-focused businesses to get exposure to hundreds of REALTORS® from across San Francisco. 

Please forward this brochure to contacts at companies you think might like to be 2019 EXPO sponsors. Note: the deadline to secure sponsorships is Friday, September 6. 


** Please copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view your emails to potential sponsors so we can track which companies are approached and minimize duplicate requests.**


Let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help potential sponsors select the right level for their business needs. 


Looking forward to another successful EXPO on October 3!

RealTimeMLS is now AgentFirst


The award winning RealTimeMLS app (for pre-MLS and off-MLS marketing) has been refreshed and renamed as AgentFirst! On both the MLS Dashboard and your mobile device, AgentFirst has been upgraded with new features and functions.

What do you need to do to switch to AgentFirst? Absolutely nothing! On the MLS Dashboard, the application is reachable using the existing RTMLS button, but you can also use the new AgentFirst button to access it. 

The AgentFirst branding is carried throughout the application and on the mobile apps. All listings submitted to AgentFirst get an MLS# now when they are created and a listing status of the same name "AgentFirst". If you are able to close on an AgentFirst listing you will still mark it as SOLD in the AgentFirst application, and, when you go to the MLS, you'll find your INCOMPLETE listing already created and waiting for you to fill out as a CompSale listing. Fewer steps, more functionality.

Other new features include:

  • The layout of the mobile app on Android and iOS is greatly improved to use all of the available screen space;
  • Navigation is easier - fewer clicks;
  • The new application name AgentFirst has been updated throughout; and
  • More features around Buyer Needs.

For the mobile apps, they should automatically update along with your regularly pushed app updates from iOS or Google Play. If it doesn't, just delete the old "RTMLS" version from your phone, and search for "AgentFirst" in the appropriate AppStore. Update your mobile app, and try out the new features on the go. 

If you have any questions about how AgentFirst works, please don't hesitate to reach out to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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