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NEW LAW ALERT: Starting on May 22, 2019 a 100-Year Flood Map Disclosure Statement Will Be Required by New Local Ordinance

A new San Francisco Ordinance going into effect on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 requires all Sellers and landlords of all real property (residential and commercial) located in areas of San Francisco at risk for 100-Year Storm Flood events to provide prospective buyers and tenants with a special disclosure statement. 
This new disclosure requirement, among other things, provides such transferees with notice of the existence of the updated San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's "100-Year Storm Flood Risk Map," which map can now be found as part of the NHD disclosures from the various service providers, such as JCP. 
The new mandatory disclosure form titled Flood Map Disclosure Statement is currently available on the SFAR Member website. It will become page 2 of a new Flood Map Advisory and Disclosure form, expected to be available in the SFCA library on zipForm by the end of May. Please See the Documents Here. 
SFAR recommends the use of the new Flood Map Disclosure Statement in every residential transaction (and lease). 
Further information can be obtained at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission website, including access to its 100-Year Storm Flood Risk Map.

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.

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.


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