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Member Appreciation Day Highlights

The San Francisco Association of REALTORS® 2013 Member Appreciation Day was a huge success! SFAR would like to thank the more than 400 members who were in attendance as well as the 18 exhibitors, breakout session speakers and our 2 keynote speakers, Leslie Appleton-Young and Stefan Swanepoel.

Did you miss Leslie's 2014 Housing Market Forecast? Want to see it again? Simply click on the link to view her presentation. You can also click here to visit our Facebook page and see photos from the event.

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SFARMLS Implements zipFormMLS-Connect®

SFARMLS has implemented zipFormMLS-Connect®. zipFormMLS-Connect® connects directly to our SFARMLS to automatically populate basic but important fields like property address in a zipForm® transaction, eliminating the need for double

data entry when creating a form (such as an offer to pur-chase) in zipForm®. zipFormMLS-Connect® will be available to all zipForm® users regardless of the platform (desktop application or web-based interface) used. Members will be able to utilize the zipFormMLS-Connect® feature through their C.A.R. zipForm® 6 account. Members can already easily access the C.A.R. website by clicking on the zipForm® Online link in the Single Sign On Module on the SFARMLS home page.

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SSO Link to Nevada County Association of REALTORS® MLS

SFARMLS participants and subscribers will soon have full reciprocal access to the Nevada County MLS. TNevadaCountyLogohe addition of the Nevada County Association of REALTORS® expands the network of MLSs which SFARMLS users are able to access to a total of 7 MLSs encompassing 22 counties in California. When the service is available, an SSO link will be added to the SFARMLS site.

DRE is Now BRE

Effective July 1, the Department of Real Estate (DRE) became the Bureau of Real Estate (BRE) and moved its headquarters location from 2201 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818 to 1651 Exposition Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95815.

You can learn more information about the changes, by reading BRE's announcement, or by visiting the BRE website.


Legislative Update: News From City Hall

TIC/Condo ConversionSF city hall

The Board of Supervisors passed condo tenancy-in-common legislation June 18, 2013 that dramatically changed the TIC/condo conversion landscape in San Francisco. The legislation would place a 10-year moratorium on all condominium conversions, while giving a one-time conversion opportunity to the current 2,200 TIC owners on the condo conversion waiting list for a $20,000 fee. The legislation would also ban 5-6 unit TIC buildings from ever converting after the one-time opportunity and place substantial conversion barriers on 3-4 unit TIC buildings.

Concern for REALTORS®

The concern for REALTORS® is the inability for future TIC owners to convert their property for the next 10 years, the conversion ban for any future 5-6 unit TIC buildings, and the high standards on 3-4 TIC unit build-ings. The legislation was authored by Supervisor David Chiu, and cosponsored by Supervisors Jane Kim and Norman Yee. The vote was 8-3, with Supervisors Scott Wiener, Mark Farrell, and Katy Tang opposing it.

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