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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Withdrawn Cancel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Withdrawn Duplicate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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This November, California voters will be deciding Proposition 10, which is a full-scale repeal of the Costa Hawkins Act. Proposition 10 will allow rent control to apply to single-family homes and new developments, and take away a small property owner's ability to reset rents back to market rate after a tenant vacates a unit.

Proposition 10 will dramatically hurt the housing market in San Francisco and California.

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PARKING TYPES IN THE MLS

PARKING TYPES IN THE MLS

by Matt Fuller and Jay Pepper-Martens

Parking. It seems ridiculously easy. A spot is a spot is a spot. Except for when it's not. Or it sort-of is. The MLS/Tech Committee has many advisory responsibilities to the full board, and one of those is to make recommendations about how to optimize the MLS for our members. Our MLS Director Jay Pepper-Martens and many-year participant, past Chair of MLS/Tech, and SFAR Past President Matt Fuller do their best to offer some useful background and additional insight into parking field debates and dilemmas. This article is a companion to the new Parking Types in the MLS PDF available on the member website here.

 City Parking isn't Suburban Parking isn't Country Bumpkin Parking

In every city where space is at a premium, people get creative. And so it goes with parking spots in San Francisco. Car owners aren't the only creative force -- our city government also regularly changes laws about parking and new development. Our MLS attempts to describe as many of the traits of parking spots as we can. Liveable City has an article detailing some of the major changes to how city planners have tinkered and toyed with parking laws for developers over the decades. The city's current program is named "Transportation Demand Management." It introduced the concept of un-bundling parking spots and parking garage maintenance from homes and HOA budgets as one of many options available to developers.

 The MLS/Tech Committee is the working group that investigates and make recommendations to the full Board of Directors about changes to most any MLS related item, including parking fields and descriptions. They've been working hard with SFAR staff to prepare for updates to parking fields this fall, with the introduction of a simplified yet powerful MLS Data model for better regional listing sharing. You'll see more information about the changes related to improving our regionalization after the summer.

 Super Detailed or Super Sharable?

A philosophical decision that the committee struggles with is customizing our MLS to make it as relevant to San Francisco as possible, while attempting to conform to real estate industry data standards (believe it or not, they exist) so that our listings appear correctly when syndicated and shared by sites like Zillow, brokerage websites, and real estate apps that use our listing data.

 When we release our next MLS Data model early next year as part of our efforts to improve regional data sharing, we will not be able to completely preserve the current level of detail about parking but the details shared about parking will be more consistent and should be more accurate with 3rd party sites. When in doubt, remember that "agent-only" remarks are a great place to describe unique parking details.

Property Types and Parking

Parking field values vary based on property type. With single family properties, the question isn't typically one of ownership of the parking area or location but number of spots and access (i.e., if there is more than one spot, is it tandem with itself or is access independent?).

 Condo, co-op, and tenancy-in-common homes in the city present some of the most complicated parking situations to describe. We attempt to accommodate as many as possible using structured fields, but when in doubt, agent-only confidential remarks present an opportunity for you to describe your unique parking situation in as much detail as possible.

 Is Leased Parking Even Parking?

The MLS/Tech committee debates this one on a regular basis. Buyer's agents say no. Listing agents say yes. Consumers generally see value in parking, so why, the general thinking eventually goes, would we prohibit the sharing of that information when it may be of value to someone in some situation?

 Regardless of where you fall in that debate, buildings in SF exist where the developer or HOA owns the parking garage/structure/spots and either is obligated by deed restriction or otherwise chooses to make parking available to residents in the building at an additional cost. So even if you believe leased parking shouldn't exist, it does. And yes, there are buildings in SF where the leased parking is off-site. 355 Bryant, I'm winking at you.

And because it exists for buildings like those, it can be used for a whole lot more situations. When looking at parking in multi-unit dwellings, here's a brief overview, accurate as of June 2018:

 Mapped On Site

What we tend to think of as "deeded" on-site parking is described in our MLS as "mapped on-site," because "deeded" refers to a specific legal act and parking may be exclusively designated in other ways. If your condo preliminary title report includes a specific parking spot that can be identified on the condo map, the use of that parking spot never varies or changes, and it can't be taken away, you've most likely got mapped on-site parking.

 Designated On Site

A home has the right to park a car in a specific "designated" parking spot, but that spot can be assigned, reassigned, or otherwise re-located (typically by the HOA pursuant to the governing docs) in the on-site parking area. A home with designated on-site parking has a parking spot that transfers with the property at the time of sale and typically has an assigned or designated location that can be specifically identified but the location is not recorded on the condo map in a specific unchanging parking spot.

 Undesignated On Site

A home has the right to park in the on-site parking garage, but there is no specific area assigned by the HOA and is typically managed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Smaller condo associations in older Victorian or Edwardian buildings often have undesignated on-site parking. This designation simply conveys information about the right to park, it does not provide information about the method of parking or potential obstructions (e.g., independent or tandem parking).

 In addition, this applies to homes that have valet parking where the owner definitely has a license to park, but the where is left up to someone else...

 Lease Avail On Site

A home has the right to pay for parking in an on-site location at an additional cost. The spot itself is assigned and operates much in the manner as designated on-site parking, but the owner must pay an additional lease (not garage maintenance as prorated on newer buildings) fee for access/use of the parking space.

 Lease Avail Off Site

A leased parking spot is currently being leased or has been secured in writing with confirmation that it is transferable to new owner. Use agent only remarks to explain the details, terms, or other items of note.

Parking Access

Side by Side, Tandem, and Independent. Makes perfect sense if a home only has one parking spot. If a home has more than one parking spot, it may or may not, so be sure to explain any anomalies in the agent only remarks.

 Parking Features

Additional options and descriptors like Valet are available in the checkbox options under parking features. Choose as many that help describe your parking spot, but detailing it in agent only remarks prevents it from being overlooked by anyone.

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