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Changes in Paragon

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Paragon v5.60 Release Today, August 23rd!!!

    Preference Wizard updated to Include User Preference Options:
  • Assume Identity
  • Time Zone
  • Display Property Address on Hyperlink View
Listing Maintenance (LIM) Improved Interface: Action Labels have been updated to have friendlier labels, such as "Listing" will now appear as "Maintain Listing." The model that displays when a listing has been successfully saved to the system has been updated to appear with a "Congratulations" message along with recommended additional steps for additional actions the user can do to the listing. Last Search: Timestamp now Included in Display: The Last Search functionality has been updated to include the date and time of when the search was last performed. Last Search currently set to last 5 Searches will now increase to the last 20 Searches. Collab Center Updates:
  • The New Welcome Email Template   A new welcome email template has been created for the Collab Center. This new template contains helpful information and directions on how to use this site.  Along with this helpful information, the template is responsive and will adjust to desktop and mobile applications.
  • New Message and Link Added to Emails Regarding Upcoming Improvements:  A new message and link will be included in all Collab Center Agent and Consumer notifications that will allow the recipient to a preview of the future enhancement to CC2 Notifications that will be included in the October release.
  • Introducing the New Combined Display getting ready for "Sell Side" The layout of the Collab Center has been updated to a new design that better arranges the various items displayed on the dashboard and makes certain features more visible.It has also been enhanced to have a combined look for both the Buy Side and the New Sell Side (coming in October)  The new display allows the end user to quickly switch between their Buy Side options and their Sell Side information without having to use the menu icon.  The help overlay has been updated to reflect these changes.
CC2 - Sell Side - coming in 5.61 Currently, the new Sell Side of Collaboration Center is still in "Beta" and is being tested by other MLS accounts who use Paragon.  Sandicor will be adding Seller Activity to Collaboration Center in October. Remove HTML Formatting: In preparation for future enhancements to the Collab Center (CC2) Notifications in the 5.61 (October 2017) release, enhancements were made in this release that will affect the overall Preferences for the Message Body functionality. A change has been made to remove the HTML formatting in the Message Body function which is also used in the legacy E-mail Notifications, Collab Center Notifications, and manual Paragon e-mail functions. Although the verbiage will still display, the images, links and custom formatting will no longer display for Message Bodies. Common changes seen are trademark symbols, quote signs and apostrophes.(see your individual MLS message sent on 8/21 for more details)

Changes coming to Paragon’s Collaboration Center

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Check out the upcoming changes to the Collaboration Center (CC2) site with the August 23, 2017, 5.60 Release of Paragon.
The CC2 site has been updated to a dashboard format. For more information and to see a video of the new changes, you can see them here.
In the 5.60 release, when a collaboration center is created for new customers, the Welcome E-mail Message will have a format which will include helpful information for your client on how to use the Collab Center site along with the number of initial matches for the Saved Search. The Rich Text editor has been removed from the Welcome Message screen to keep the fonts and formatting of the welcome message consistent.
All of the pertinent Agent contact info is now included in the updated Template both at the top and the bottom of the Welcome Message, so E-mail Signatures were removed from the Welcome E-mail creation screen.
In preparation for future enhancements to the Collab Center (CC2) Notifications in the 5.61 (October 2017) release, enhancements were made in the upcoming August 23rd 2017, 5.60 release that will affect the overall Preferences for the Message Body functionality. A change has been made to remove the HTML formatting in the Message Body function which is also used in the legacy E-mail Notifications, Collab Center Notifications, and manual Paragon e-mail functions. Although the verbiage will still display, the images, links and custom formatting will no longer display for Message Bodies. Common changes seen are trademark symbols, quote signs, and apostrophes.All Agents who use the Message Body functionality are encouraged to go into their preferences prior to the 5.60 release and copy, paste and save them into a word document. If you see any changes to your e-mail body(ies) after the 5.60 release, feel free to correct those changes in your Message Body preferences or simply copy and paste your saved e-mail bodies from your word document into your e-mail message body(ies).
With the August 23, 2017, 5.60 release, a new banner message and link will be included in all Collab Center Agent (http://paragonconnect.paragonrels.com/collabcenterupdates-1) and Consumer Notifications (http://paragonconnect.paragonrels.com/collabcenterupdates-2) that will link the recipient of CC2 Notification messages to a preview of the future enhancements to CC2 Notifications in the October 2017, 5.61 release. Here is an email link should you want to send your client information concerning the change: http://sandicor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/PDF/CC2DearCustomer.pdf BKFS/Paragon

Property Panorama To See Upgrade Soon

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Property Panorama To See Upgrade Soon

In less than 2 weeks on August  28th, 2017, NSDCAR's member's tours will be utilizing the new and upgraded InstaView 3.0 from Property Panorama.The image below shows the differences between InstaView v2.0 (existing viewer) and the all new InstaView v3.0.
  The following short video shows the differences between InstaView v2.0 and v3.0: http://www.PropertyPanorama.com/InstaView-3-Unbranded-Launch     Property Panorama will be hosting three separate webinars on September 12th, 13th, and 15th for the agents to familiarize themselves with the new product. Listed below are the registration links for these sessions.The registration links are also included in the attached PDF, and will be included once more in the Monthly Wrap up (statistics email) on September 1st.   InstaView Webinar Registration Links: Tuesday, September 12th @ 10:30 am EST    Wednesday, September 13th @ 3:00 pm EST Friday, September 15th @ 2:00 pm EST   For more information about InstaView 3.0, Structured Data, and Property Panorama, visit Page: www.PropertyPanorama.com/Media/

Give him a microphone and a crowd — you will be entertained.

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You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® member Bill Ims as 2017 chair of the Central Coast District Council representing Carlsbad. He also serves as emcee of the every-Wednesday morning NSDCAR marketing session for Carlsbad and Encinitas, as well as other NSDCAR events, including charity auctions. He also moderates political debates for various North County elections. Bill considers himself a founding member of NSDCAR since he was on the board of directors of the San Dieguito Association of REALTORS® prior to the 1994 formation of NSDCAR. He also is a recipient of NSDCAR REALTOR® of Excellence awards in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.

But, did you know that Bill will perform the role of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) in “Annie” for two weekends this December? The Star Theatre Company, a North County community theater company, will present the popular Broadway musical about a young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family at The Historic Star Theatre, 402 North Coast Highway in Oceanside. “We’ll have a cast of about 100 people and rehearsals will start right after Thanksgiving,” said Bill. “It’s a fun role to play FDR. I love singing and entertaining. I’ve been appearing in at least one play a year.”

But, did you also know that Bill, in 1965, when given the choice by the U.S. Air Force, selected to be stationed in the Mojave Desert? “I grew up in Baldwin, New York, in Nassau County, and we always dreamed of living in California,” Bill said. “I was given the choice of the Philippines, Minot in North Dakota, Oxnard in California or an FAA radar site in Boron. I selected Boron because it was the closest to Los Angeles, a reasonable goal for the time.”

Boron had a population of 2,253, according to the 2010 Census. “That’s just about the same number of people who lived there in 1965, it hasn’t grown very much,” said Bill.

During Bill’s four years in the Air Force, in addition to his military duties, Bill played guitar and performed with two other airmen in a contemporary folk trio called “The Villagers.”

“We traveled throughout the U.S. and sang a lot of songs from The Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul and Mary, songs like `This Train,’ `Leaving on a Jet Plane’ and `Tijuana Jail.’ It was during the Vietnam War, so, no, we didn’t do any war protest songs.”

When Bill completed his tour with the Air Force in 1968, he moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State College and earn a bachelor’s degree in history. He worked during college selling new cars for Lukens Pontiac in La Mesa. He used his sales commissions to buy his first home in Lemon Grove and a vacant lot on Mount Helix, which he sold a short time later at a small profit. “One day I realized that I was generating a lot of income for my real estate agent,” said Bill. “So, I said to myself, `If one customer can produce that many sales for one agent, then the real estate business is for me!’”

In 1971, he earned his real estate license, Bill said, thanks to an outstanding instructor. “I was so impressed with the instructor, that I knew someday I would like to have his job.  Two-and-a-half years later, I was teaching at Anthony Schools, the largest real estate school in the state. Eventually, I was promoted to senior vice president for Anthony’s and remained there for 12 years.

Prior to Anthony’s Bill spent a few years as a sales agent with Lyle Morton REALTORS® in the East County (Morton served as 1971 president for the East San Diego County Association of REALTORS®, prior to the 2012 merger with the Pacific Southwest Association of REALTORS®; Morton passed away July 13, 2015, after losing his battle with cancer, he was 84).

Bill’s favorite Lyle Morton story goes like this: “One time, Lyle went on vacation for a week and he asked me to collect rent from his tenants while he was away. At the time, entry-level homes were selling for $20,000. When I talked to his renters, I asked them why they were still paying rent to my broker when they could be homeowners for nearly the same amount of money they were paying in rent? When Lyle returned from vacation, he called me into his office and he said all his tenants had given notice and asked me if I knew anything about it. I just shrugged my shoulders and muttered something like, `Strange timing, and, by the way, I opened seven new escrows while you were gone.’”

While teaching at Anthony’s, Bill earned his master’s degree in business administration from National University. At his graduation ceremonies in 1976, Bill delivered the commencement address.

In 1984, Bill joined the firm of Grubb & Ellis, managing the offices in Solana Beach, Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe. Then, from 1989 to 1994, Bill worked for a real estate training company, traveling around the country, delivering motivational speeches and sales seminars. “My schedule consisted of visiting up to three cities a week for two or three weeks a month, but I loved it,” he said. “I had the most fun when it was time to demonstrate cold calls to strangers. Using a speaker phone in front of a crowd of 200 or 300 people, I would call the local bank, a government office and even the IRS and demonstrate how the least-qualified people are often assigned to answer the phone. You’d be surprised how many sales people can learn from the mistakes of others.

In the mid-1990s, Bill spent 18 months fighting a frivolous lawsuit in “pro se.” “I chose to represent myself without an attorney because of my concern that few attorneys would be enthusiastic about court actions relating to their own profession,” Bill said. He won the case and was awarded damages from the plaintiff attorneys. Afterwards, he helped found the San Diego County Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA), a nonprofit that fights back against lawsuit abuse and promotes fairness to our legal system. Today, CALA (www.sickoflawsuits.org), with more than 200,000 supporters, is active in nearly every state.

Bill has his wife Lillian have been married for 33 years. They have four adult children, three daughters and a son. “We have a wonderful marriage,” Bill said. “Every day is a celebration!”

Bill has volunteered at several Casas Hogares homes for abused and abandoned girls in Tijuana, Acapulco and Ciudad Juarez. On several occasions, Bill has been selected by one of the girls as her “padrino” (sponsor or godfather in Spanish) at her Quinceañera, a party celebrating a young girl’s coming of age. “It’s very humbling and very special to serve in such a special role,” Bill said.

Bill has been involved with NSDCAR since its inception and he likes what he sees today. “I’m noticing a new invigoration, a new excitement from the members,” he said. “A career in real estate has never been easy, but the support and resources available today from the Association is playing a crucial role in helping our members be more successful than ever.”

Pending home sales continue downward trend.

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  Despite robust closed escrow sales in June, the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) is reporting an impending slowdown in the state’s housing market due to shrinking housing inventory and suppressed housing affordability. C.A.R. said the state’s pending home sales is continuing a downward trend. Based on signed contracts, year-over-year statewide pending home sales fell for the sixth straight month in June on a seasonally adjusted basis. From C.A.R.’s 2nd quarter housing affordability report, released Aug. 9, only 29 percent of California households could afford to purchase the $553,260 median-priced home, down from 32 percent in first-quarter 2017 and down from 31 percent in second-quarter 2016. In addition, a minimum annual income of $110,890 was needed to make monthly payments of $2,770, including principal, interest, and taxes on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at a 4.09 percent interest rate. In San Diego County, C.A.R. said it would require a minimum qualifying annual income of $121,260 to afford a single-family home at the median price of $605,000. C.A.R. said just 26 percent of San Diego families are able to purchase the median-priced home. The monthly payment for the median-priced home, including taxes and insurance, would be $3,030.  The overall median home price for all homes, including single-family, condos and townhomes, was $543,000 in June, said real estate tracker CoreLogic. Also, C.A.R. said 38 percent of homebuyers statewide are able to purchase a $443,400 median-priced condo or townhome. An annual income of $88,870 would be required to make a monthly payment of $2,220. Meanwhile, according to C.A.R.’s latest Market Pulse Survey, REALTORS® reported fewer floor calls and listing appointments in June but higher open house traffic than in May. Other findings from C.A.R. included: -- More properties are selling over asking price from a year ago, said C.A.R. In an online survey to more than 10,000 California REALTORS® to measure data about their last closed transaction, 39 percent of respondents said in June 2017 their last closed transaction sold over the asking price, compared to 35 percent in June 2016. In a year-over-year comparison of June 2017 and June 2016, 25 percent said their last closed transaction sold “at” the asking price and 36 percent “below” the asking price, compared to 28 percent (“at”) and 37 percent (“below”) for June 2016. -- For homes that sold above asking price, the premium paid over asking price fell from 11 percent in June 2016 to 7 percent in 2017, the lowest since February 2014. -- When C.A.R. asked REALTORS® about the number of offers received for their last closed transaction, 74 percent said they received multiple offers in July 2017, compared to 72 percent in July 2016. -- When C.A.R. asked REALTORS® about their top concerns, 38 percent responded with “a lack of available inventory.” Declining housing affordability-high interest rates concerned 29 percent of REALTORS®, while inflated home prices/housing bubble was cited by 23 percent of REALTORS®. A slowdown in economic growth, lending and financing, and policy and regulations rounded out REALTORS®’ remaining biggest concerns. “A lack of available homes for sale continues to be the largest single factor influencing California’s housing market,” said C.A.R. President Geoff McIntosh. “With active listings 13.5 percent lower than last June, we’ve now experienced a full two years in which active listings have fallen on a year-over-year basis and the lowest inventory level this year. Would-be sellers aren’t listing their homes as many of them would also face an inventory challenge if they were to turn around and buy another property.” “While June home sales improved at a healthy pace, the growth in sales was primarily in the mid- to higher-end price ranges. In fact, sales in the lower price ranges were down significantly as a tight supply of affordable homes continues to plague the market and impede the sales of starter homes,” C.A.R. Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “This factor has disproportionately pushed prices higher at the lower end of the market, leading to eroding affordability that either prevents or delays first-time buyers from getting on the housing ladder.”

How to teach teenagers about business? Buy’em a yogurt shop!

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You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® member Leah Reynolds who has served as chair of the NSDCAR Oceanside District Council since 2015. Leah’s leadership with the Oceanside District Council motivated several dozen NSDCAR members to participate in a clean-up day at the Boys and Girls Club in San Marcos held in April. The NSDCAR volunteers used about 10 gallons of paint and repainted several interior rooms, including the Community Room, Computer Room and Game Room, as well as an exterior wall near the playground. “It’s important for REALTORS® to lead by example and demonstrate hands-on community involvement with a boots-on-the-ground volunteerism approach,” said Leah. Encore clean-up days are planned for Boys and Girls Club clubhouses in Oceanside and Vista this fall. “One of the NSDCAR board members, Kimberly Fell, contacted me about serving on the District Council,” said Leah. “She encouraged me to get involved with the District Council for Oceanside, which is where we lived for several years before we moved to Bonsall four years ago. It’s been a great experience and very enjoyable.” But did you know that Leah and her husband James bought a frozen yogurt shop in Bonsall so that their teenage kids could learn about how to be successful in business? It was February 2016 after the previous owners closed the doors on the yogurt shop at 5256 South Mission Road. “Our family frequented the shop when it was opened, it was a fun place for the locals to grab a sweet treat and kids from the dance studio to hang out,” said Leah. “My husband and I talked about it and we thought it would be good for the community if someone kept the place open. So, we decided that someone would be us.” “We reopened the shop March 2016 and renamed it Brain Freeze Froyo Bar. Then, we handed-over the operation of the store to our two oldest children, daughter Bailey (age 19) and son James (age 17). Hey, what better way to provide an education in life skills and critical thinking, plus teach the importance of ethics in business and customer service and relationships, than a hands-on experience like this. The experience for our kids has been priceless.” The Brain Freeze Froyo Bar is open from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays.  “We still do Sunday dinner together before going off to work, whether it’s selling real estate or serving strawberry shortcake froyo topped with sprinkles.” Leah and husband James also are raising a third child, Charlie, age 10. This past Christmas, Charlie received a very special Christmas present, a car. “Charlie says he wants to grow up to be a mechanic, so we found a 1963 Chevrolet Biscayne that Charlie can work on to his heart’s delight. Don’t you think it would be better for a 10-year-old to work on a car instead of playing video games?” A San Diego native, Leah graduated from Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar (class of 1995). “My father was a broker so I grew up with real estate, licking envelopes and putting flyers on front porches,” said Leah, 40. “I knew eventually that I would work in real estate, it’s in my blood.” After high school, Leah earned a degree in merchandise marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles.  “I lived at home throughout college and rode the train to L.A. to attend classes,” she said. “I started working in retail at age 15.” Leah worked at Nordstrom and Ann Taylor before spending 14 years managing the Sweetpea Children’s Shop in Del Mar. “I got my real estate license 14 years ago and I’ve been a full-time agent the past seven years.” Leah and her family live on 2.5 acres with an avocado grove. “We recently planted Montepulciano grapes,” she said. Those are grapes used to make Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a red Italian wine from the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. “We’re also big believers in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts,” Leah said. Son James spent five weeks this summer working as a counselor at the Boy Scout camp, Emerald Bay on Catalina Island. James is currently working on his Eagle project with a goal to earn Eagle in December. “Meeting new people and building lifelong relationships is the driving force of my business,” said Leah. “One of the reasons why I love real estate so much is because I’m helping families reach their goal of home ownership. It’s a very rewarding profession.” Leah said she appreciates NSDCAR because of the spirit of teamwork. “I love our Association because it’s where REALTORS® come together as one big team and we work together to build our local communities for the benefit of everyone. Plus, the staff is so personable and ready to answer any question they offer a strong support system. It feels good to be involved with NSDCAR, just like the taste of a large cup with cookies and cream, red velvet and peanut butter, all mixed together.” Yummy.

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