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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..


Join SFAR's Board of Directors! Deadline for Submitting an Application is Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Association's Nominating Committee meets each year for the purpose of nominating candidates for election to the Board of Directors for the next ensuing three-year term. Matt Fuller is serving as Chair of this year's Nominating Committee.
At the end of 2019, six directorship positions will become vacant and will need to be filled in September. Three positions, in the categories below, are open for election by the membership and three positions will be filled by appointment by the President.
In each category in which a director or directors is/are to be elected, a minimum of two more candidates than the number of vacancies to be filled shall be nominated for three-year terms beginning on January 1, 2020:  
  • One REALTOR® or Designated REALTOR® member elected from a brokerage with more than 75 REALTOR® members
  • Two REALTOR® or Designated REALTOR® members elected at-large
The Nominating Committee must therefore select at least six director candidates no later than Monday, July 15, 2019.
The strength of the Association lies in our members' involvement. The leadership provided by the Board of Directors is extremely important to continue the Association's history in providing programs and services for all members. Careful consideration should be given to select those nominees who possess the qualities necessary to produce a strong and effective leadership team. REALTOR® members can assist the committee in its selection process by proposing for consideration the names of members qualified to serve on the Board of Directors. 
To obtain a form for this purpose, click here.
Nomination forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow -- Tuesday, July 9, 2019. 

Updated COPA Legislation Advisory

The COPA Legislation Advisory regarding the City's ordinance requiring owners of buildings with 3 or more residential units (mixed use or not), and lots zoned for 3+ residential units, to provide a "right of first offer" and "right of first refusal" to eligible non-profit organizations beginning September 3rd has been clarified and amended. 
The latest version addresses a number of questions raised by members and includes input from local real estate attorneys based upon current available information. 

ALERT: Protect Your Client's Right to Repair and Renovate Their Home

City Hall has proposed Home Demolition Legislation which will take away a homeowner's right to make basic repairs and renovations to their home!
The Home Demolition Legislation (File No. 181216) will create incredibly restrictive construction requirements and cost-prohibitive bureaucratic hurdles, preventing homeowners from making several renovation and repair projects that are critical to giving families a livable home in San Francisco.
We need your help!
The Home Demolition Legislation is coming to the San Francisco Planning Commission this Thursday, June 20. 
Sign our petition today and tell City Hall to stop this misguided legislation from moving forward!
Legislation Details
The Home Demolition Legislation impacts several renovation and repair projects that are critical to giving families a livable home in San Francisco. The Legislation: 
  • Requires homeowners looking to make simple repairs, such as dry rot removal, to obtain Conditional Use authorization from the Board of Supervisors - adding thousands of dollars and months of time to critical projects.
  • Requires most repair and renovation projects that remove walls or floors to go before the Board of Supervisors for Conditional Use authorization, even if the removals are temporary.
  • Significantly increases the requirements the Board of Supervisors will enforce on homes applying for Conditional Use authorization - preventing many renovation and repair projects from being approved at all.
The Home Demolition Legislation is coming to the San Francisco Planning Commission this Thursday, June 20. Sign our petition now and tell the San Francisco Planning Commissioners to protect a homeowner's right to repair and renovate their home.
If you are able to make it to the San Francisco Planning Commission, the hearing is this Thursday, June 20, 10 a.m. at San Francisco City Hall, Room 400.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jay Cheng (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Mary Jung (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
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