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Housing Market Report
Friday, 10 March 2017

Please click on the following for the latest report:

Merced County's Housing Market Report

For specific information regarding the value of your home, please consult a REALTOR®.

*Information for Merced County's Housing Market Report was compiled by CRMLS.  CRMLS is the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) vendor for the Merced County Association of REALTORS®.

 

  

 
Political Advocacy
Thursday, 12 January 2017

 

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The REALTOR® party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations working to protect and promote homeownership and property investment.  The REALTOR® Party speaks with one voice to advance candidates and public policies that build strong communities and promote a vibrant business environment.

Now more than ever, it is critical for REALTORS® to come together and speak with one voice about the stability a sound and dynamic real estate market brings to our communities.  From city hall to the state house to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their customers.  Through the support of REALTORS® like you, the REALTOR® Party represents your interests.

You may participate in the political advocacy of the Merced County Association of REALTORS® in a number of ways:

Register to vote.

In the November 8, 2016 election, the Association is supporting Merced County Measure V - the 1/2 cent sales tax transportation expenditure plan.  Click here for the Measure V Fact Sheet.

Attend C.A.R. Legislative Day in Sacramento.  The Association charters a VIA bus to take members from Merced to Sacramento.  The bus leavesMerced at 6:00 a.m., and arrives back in Merced at approximately 9:00 p.m.  $50.00 reserves your transportation and lunch with Region 7.  Your deposit will be returned to you in Sacramento. 

Attend the Annual Meet and Greet Your Local Representatives at an early evening event at the Association office in January.

Contribute to the REALTORS® Action Fund with your dues, or at anytime during the year.  You may link to an online contribution form through the California Association of REALTORS® Website.  

Find out more about the National Association of REALTORS® REALTOR® Action Center by visiting their Website.   

Find out more about the California Association of REALTORS® Government Affairs Program by visiting their Website.

Sign up to be a Legislative Liaison.  For the form to sign up, click here.

Encourage your buyers and sellers to update their voter registration information.  For registration forms and election information, visit the County of Merced's Website.

Keep up-to-date with the city of Merced by visiting their Website.

Keep up-to-date with the city of Atwater by visiting their Website.

Keep up-to-date with the city of Los Banos by visiting their Website

  
GAD Andy Krotik and AE Sue Koehn with Congressman Jim Costa in Washington, DC
 
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Free Workshops for First-Time Homebuyers
Thursday, 12 January 2017

 

What's New at the Merced County Association of REALTORS®

REALTOR® -- The Most Important Title in Real Estate

 

Free Workshops for First-Time Homebuyers

 

The Housing Affordability Fund Committee of the Association presents free workshops for first-time homebuyers.  The next workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from 3:30 p.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m., at the Association office, 635 W. Main Street in Merced.  Advance reservations are required.  To make a reservation, please call 209-725-2165.

Attending a free workshop is the first step in applying for downpayment assistance from the MCAR Charitable Foundation's housing affordability fund for first-time homebuyers.  Income restrictions apply.

The free workshop will present information about budgeting, the home buying process, financing, home inspections, home insurance, title and escrow, and more.

For more information, or to register to attend the next workshop, please call the Merced County AOR at 209-725-2165.

  


 

 

 
YPN - Young Professionals Network
Thursday, 12 January 2017

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Do you want to join the YPN?

Do you live in the Merced County area, and want to get involved with the YPN?

The Merced County, CA, YPN supports the community by promoting:

  • The Merced County Association of REALTORS® Scholarship Program at UC Merced.
  • The Merced County Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation's Housing Affordability Fund's Annual Golf Tournament.  The Housing Affordability Fund benefits first-time homebuyers through their down payment assistance program.
  • The Merced County Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation's Auctions to help feed the needy in Merced County.  

To join:  Please call the office at 209-725-2165.

The National Association of REALTORS® has valuable information online at www.realtor.org  

 
MCAR's Commercial Home Page
Thursday, 12 January 2017

Welcome to the Merced County Association of REALTORS®

Commercial Home Page  

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The Merced County Association of REALTORS® was recognized by the National Association of REALTORS® in 2012, for achieving benchmarks and engaging members at a high level with Commercial Service in their Association.

The Commercial Services Accreditation is a prestigious recognition program, acknowledging local and state REALTOR® Associations for their commitment to providing commercial services to membership, engaging commercial members within the Association, and developing the Association as a voice and resource for commercial real estate in the local market.

The Commercial Commitee was formed to provide benefits specifically developed for members of the Merced County Association of REALTORS® who specialize in commercial properties.  If you would like to become a member of the committee, please contact the Association office at 209-725-2165.

Commercial Connections, previously RCA Report, is published four times annually and distributed to members of the National Association of REALTORS® and commercial real estate industry leaders. To receive the newsletter, update your NRDS information to include commercial interests in the "Field of Business List."

In addition to the services provided by the Merced County Association of REALTORS®, the National Association of REALTORS® has valuable information online.  To obtain more information, please click on the following links:

N.A.R.'s Commercial Home Page

N.A.R.'s Commercial Advocacy Web Page

N.A.R.'s N.A.R.'s Commercial Education Web Page

N.A.R.'s Commercial Blog "The Source"

N.A.R.'s Commercial Research Web Page

What is RPR Commercial?  Your one-stop-shop for comprehensive market data, allowing REALTORS® specializing in commercial properties to save time and money. RPR Commercial is your REALTOR® benefit, already incorporated into your REALTOR® dues.  Click on the button below for more information.

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Click here for the REALTORS Property Resource Commercial LIVE Webinar trainings


Click here to connect to Commercial Search.com

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The National Association of REALTORS® has five Commercial Affiliates.  To obtain more information, please click on the following links:

CCIM

Counselors of Real Estate

IREM

REALTORS Land Institute

SIOR 

 
REALTOR® Safety
Thursday, 12 January 2017

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Knowledge. Awareness. Empowerment. These are the core components of REALTOR® Safety. And helping our members understand the risks they face can mean the difference between life and death.  The National Association of REALTORS® has information on their Website - REALTOR.org, on ways REALTORS® can better protect themselves and their clients.

Click here to connect.

The National Association of REALTORS® presents free safety webinars for members.  

Free Safety Webinars - Click here.

REALTORS® are encouraged to share the following safety video with their clients.

 Real Estate Safety and the Consumer - Click here.

The National Association of REALTORS® recently conducted a safety survey.  Click here to read the 2016 Member Safety Report.

The report contains the results of a survey of REALTORS® which asked about: 
  • How safe or unsafe they feel 
  • The root causes of any unsafe feelings 
  • Steps or procedures they follow to ensure safety 
  • What methods of self-defense they use

The goal of the report is to measure and understand the scope of the problem, so that real estate professionals can develop the resources, programs, and technologies they need to keep themselves safe.

 

 
8 Reasons Why You Should Work with a REALTOR®
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Not all real estate practitioners are REALTORS®.  The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.  Here are eight reasons why you should work with a REALTOR®. 

1.  A REALTOR® can help you navigate a complicated process.  Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page settlement statements.  A REALTOR® will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes.

2.  A REALTOR® can provide local community information about utilities, zoning, schools, and more.  A REALTOR® will also be able to provide objective information about each property.  A REALTOR® will be able to help you answer two important questions:  Will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment?  Will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?

3.  A REALTOR® can help find the best property out there.  Sometimes the property you are seeking is available, but not actively advertised in the market.  It will take some investigation by your REALTOR® to find all available properties.

4.   There are many negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings, or equipment.  In addition, the purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.  Your REALTOR® can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

5.  Real estate doesn’t sell due to advertising alone.  In fact, a large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, and family.  When a property is marketed with the help of a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home.  Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

6.  If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.

7.  Most people buy and sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase.  Even if you have done it before, laws and regulations change.  REALTORS®, on the other hand, handle hundreds of real estate transactions over the course of their career.  Having an expert on your side is critical.

8.  A home often symbolizes family, rest, and security.  Because of this, homebuying and selling can be an emotional undertaking.  For most people, a home is the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.

Reprinted courtesy of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

 
Lunch & Learn
Friday, 02 September 2016
Please check back for the next Lunch & Learn at the Association office.
 
 
REALTOR® Building
Friday, 17 June 2016

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® 

REALTOR® BUILDING 

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

 

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     The headquarters of the National Association of REALTORS® is located in the REALTOR® Building at 430 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  Michigan Avenue is also known as the Magnificent Mile, because of the many fine hotels, restaurants and shops.  The first building to the right of the REALTOR® building is the famous Wrigley Building.  The Wrigley Building overlooks the Chicago River.  The Tribune Tower and the WGN radio station are directly across the street.  The radio station was one of the first in the nation.  The location of the REALTOR® Building is proof positive that REALTORS® understand the meaning of location, location, location.

 

     The REALTOR® Building has twelve floors.  Information Central is located on the ground floor.  Other floors house the library, archives, communications, legal services, technology services, government affairs and meeting services.  The organization moved into the building in early 1976.  The first headquarters was located in Minneapolis in the early 1900’s.                                                                

 

     REALTORS® visiting Chicago may arrange in advance for a tour of the building.  The tour of the NAR library is especially interesting.  It is located on the fourth floor.  The library has an extensive collection of books and articles related to real estate.  REALTORS® may even borrow books online.  There is a section of historical items, including when our Association was granted its charter. 

 

     In the bottom of the REALTOR® building is the Billy Goat Tavern.  It was featured in a skit in Saturday Night Live with John Belusi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Loraine Newman.  It’s reported they came up with the idea for the skit while at the tavern.  They helped make the “doublecheezborger” famous.  The tavern is still owned by the same family.  The original owner, Sam Sianis, is held responsible for the Chicago Cubs Curse.  When he was denied entrance with his goat to Game 4 of the 1945 World Series, he was so upset, he exclaimed:  “The Cubs will never win a World Series so long as the goat is not allowed in Wrigley Field.”  The curse continues to this day.  Despite the curse, if you are ever in Chicago, you must attend a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.  The stadium was built in 1914.  It is the second oldest ballpark in the nation.  It’s easy to imagine Babe Ruth’s “called shot,” when he allegedly pointed to a bleacher location during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, and then hit a home run off the very next pitch.

 

     The Bob Newhart Show opened with Bob Newhart exiting the revolving front door of the REALTOR® Building.  Many of the buildings have revolving doors.  The Sears Tower, now known as the Willis Tower, is Chicago’s most famous building; but, Chicago has many beautiful buildings.  I think the best way to view these buildings may be on a river boat cruise of the Chicago River.  Just don’t visit in winter.  The cab driver said it’s so cold and windy your face will blister.  That makes our REALTOR® Association’s location on Main Street in Merced ideal. 

 

 

 
Mission and Vision Statements
Friday, 17 June 2016

MISSION STATEMENT

The Merced County Association of REALTORS®’ mission is to serve its members by developing and promoting programs and services that will enhance the members’ freedom and ability to serve their clients with ethics, integrity and professionalism.  We collectively serve the public by promoting the preservation of real property rights and being a united voice locally and statewide for our community and country.
VISION STATEMENT 
Improving the Quality of Life through Real Estate ownership in Merced County. 

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