If you are 75 years of age or older and have served the Association for a minimum of twenty-five years, you may be eligible for the California Association of REALTORS® and North San Diego County Association of REALTORS® Honorary Member-for-Life. Upon election, a qualified applicant's State Association and Local Association dues shall be deemed paid in full for life commencing the year following approval. Honorary Member-for-Life Application To apply, complete the application and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (760) 734-3976.
Prevent service interruption and update the SentriCard Utility Program (version 4.0.7 or older) that is used to update SentriCards. 1. Visit www.sentrilock.com/files 2. Selection the first link: SentriCard Utility for Windows or Mac 3. Follow the prompts Call 877-736-8745 for assistance from the Sentrilock Support Team.
NAR EXPO Comes to Downtown San Diego - NOV. 13-16The National Association of REALTORS® is offering NSDCAR REALTOR® Members a FREE pass to the 2015 NAR Expo!
Register for the EXPO-ONLY pass using the promo code NSDCAR15. Visit the largest Expo for REALTORS® in the country, featuring 400 exhibitors! You could win big too, when you participate in the monthly Membership Contests, with prizes like $100 restaurant gift certificate, complimentary NAR tour tickets, or spending money for your trip to the EXPO!
Paragon Users! Windows 10 has been added to the list of compatible and supported operating systems for use with Paragon MLS system.
Open House Incident Report
Agents, Please Be Alert and Aware!NSDCAR has received a very disturbing report about an incident at an open house being featured at the 4S Ranch/Rancho Bernardo area Caravan on August 11, 2015. A man reportedly creeped silently into the Open House. Unbeknownst to the agent, the man crept up behind her while she was on her cell phone and ascending the stairs of the home. At the same time, the owner's teenager appeared at the top of the stairs and witnessed the man creeping behind the agent. Upon seeing the teen, the man turned and quickly left. The teen followed the man to the front door and observed the stranger walking quickly down the street, glancing back at the house. There was no apparent car in sight. The teenager described the man as being "really creepy," and making absolutely no noise walking on the wood floors.The agent never saw or heard the stranger. The suspicious man is described as being an older white male in his 60s, approximately 5' 8", wearing dark colored shorts and t-shirt, with a baseball hat pulled low over sunglasses and a backpack. Knowledge. Awareness. Empowerment. REALTORS® face potential dangers every day. Please be alert and aware of your surroundings. Empower yourself and your clients with precautions and preparations to stay safe and avoid risky situations. As a member of NSDCAR, you have access to safety materials and resources to assist you in maintaining awareness and safety. We encourage you to click the button below to access the following resources that are available to you as part of your membership: • Safety webinars by industry experts • Safety product descriptions and reviews • Safety forms • Articles • Videos
REALTORS® across the country receive threatening demand letters and lawsuits alleging patent infringement based on the use of common business tools, such as drop down menus or search alert functions on websites and the scanner function on a copier. These patent trolls buy vague patents and use them to turn everyday business practices into potential lawsuits. H.R.9 is scheduled for the House floor consideration later this summer, a comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS® from patent troll abuse. Tell your U.S. Representative to support H.R.9, the Innovation Act, to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits! Protect Your Business! Take Action Today
By Ernie Cowan NSDCAR Vice President of Government Affairs A nicely dressed man walks into your real estate office. He has a friendly smile and you are anticipating he could be a good client. You welcome him, reach to shake hands, but he hands you an envelope and says, "You've been served." What a great way to start your day. As you begin to read the legal documents, it appears you are being sued for patent infringement. How could this possibly be? Unfortunately this is happening in real estate offices across the nation, along with other businesses from grocery stores to hotels. This new form of legal extortion is growing at an estimated $29 billion annually. This is money being taken from businesses, including REALTORS® who are being sued for their unwitting use of such things as routine office equipment or web tools. In the past few days, the National Association of REALTORS® has sent out a Call For Action, urging REALTORS® to contact their Congressmen to support legislation that would address this abuse of the legal process. H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, has been introduced to create reforms in the nation’s patent litigation system. When passed this new legislation would address abuses by practitioners known as patent trolls. Perhaps you ignored or did not get the NAR Call for Action. It could cost you thousands of dollars. The NSDCAR Government Affairs department has been monitoring this situation and would like to provide additional insight into why REALTORS® should care and exactly how they can help defeat this abusive practice. This is how the patent abuse works. Companies purchase broad patents and because of vague language and complicated patent laws they are able to threaten lawsuits to end users who legally purchased a product. Some examples are suits threatened for the use of scan-to-email software, map search tools used by many REALTORS® on their websites, copiers or online tools used every day. The goal seems to be to force payment rather than go to court. The patent troll knows it will be cheaper for a business to settle rather than incur the cost of litigation. H.R. 9 has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee and has momentum, but also opposition. That is why NAR issued the Call for Action. Take a moment to visit www.realtor.org and click on the Call for Action screen on the home page. This will help let your representative know that you support reforms that will protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS®. If you have not already done so, you can also download an iPhone or Android app that will allow you to respond to calls for action with just a few clicks of your mobile device. Visit the Apple App Store, or Google Play for android devices. Look for the REALTOR® Action Center app. Take a moment to enter your NRDS number. After that when you receive a Call for Action, you can simply click on “Take Action” and your representative is notified. This simple tool makes you even more effective and the Voice of Real Estate even louder and more powerful. Take action today.
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Have a last-minute to-do on your list at the end of the day? No Problem! Our Vista location is now open until 6:00 pm EVERY Friday! Vista Service Center Hours Mon-Thurs: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
As part of the resources provided by the new Center for California Real Estate (CCRE), NSDCAR REALTOR® members now have a brand new member benefit from C.A.R. C.A.R.’s Thought Leadership program has partnered with a leading think tank, The Futures Company, to provide California REALTORS® with special access to a suite of invaluable data, research, reports, consumer trends, and economic insights. Available through the CCRE website, this collection of consumer-centric research offers access to the critical trends shaping today’s consumer marketplace – helping REALTORS® better understand their clients and competitors. Additionally, members receive analyses about topical economic developments, marketplace dynamics, and emerging industry trends. What's available: