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This local Dodgers fan is hoping for a World Series victory

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You may know NSDCAR REALTOR® member Anthony Schmitt as 2017 chair of NSDCAR’s Vista-San Marcos District Council. This is his third year as a member of the District Council. But did you know that Anthony is a die-hard fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball club partly because Dave Roberts, the current Dodgers manager, attended Anthony’s high school? Roberts attended Vista High School as a freshman and was the MVP of the junior varsity team. Roberts then transferred to Rancho Buena Vista High School when it opened in 1987, and he was a standout in football, basketball and baseball. When Anthony played third base on the Rancho Buena Vista High School baseball team (2001-2005), Anthony said Roberts sometimes attended the high school team’s games and practices and appeared at awards banquets. At the time, Roberts was an active Major League Baseball player with several teams, including the Dodgers, Red Sox and Padres. Roberts began his coaching career with the Padres in 2010, and was named the Dodgers manager in November 2015.  Currently, the first-place Dodgers have a commanding lead in the National League’s West Division. The team is expected to easily qualify for the playoffs. “I think this is the Dodgers’ year and I’m hoping to buy World Series tickets as soon as they go on sale,” said Anthony, who also played baseball for one season in college while attending Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. “I stuck with it and made the team as a walk-on pitcher,” he said. Anthony earned his bachelor’s degree in Business/Entrepreneurship from Cal Lutheran in 2009. Anthony grew up in Vista in a real estate family. His father, Paul Schmitt, served as NSDCAR’s inaugural president in 1994, when NSDCAR was formed following the merger of several North County REALTOR® associations. In 1989, two years after Anthony was born, Paul founded Golden Pacific Real Estate, a real estate sales and property management company based in San Marcos. “While growing up, I spent a lot of time at the office, helping with administrative tasks and learning the ropes,” said Anthony, who earned his real estate license while attending Cal Lutheran. “I have a great mentor in my father.” Late last year, Anthony, 30, purchased the family company from his father. “We were able to negotiate a complete buy-out,” said Anthony. “I was already overseeing day-to-day business operations and wanted to invest in the growth of the company. So, I made my dad an offer he couldn’t refuse. In 2017, we are on pace to post our best sales volume in seven years.” Anthony met his wife Allison, unfortunately for him a Padres Fan, when both of them were on trips with friends in Las Vegas. “We exchanged phone numbers and never stopped talking,” Anthony said. They were married in September 2014 at Allison’s home church, Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Scripps Ranch. Their wedding reception was attended by more than 200 people at Maderas Golf Club in Poway. “I have large Italian family so it was a boisterious wedding,” Anthony said. Anthony and Allison spent their honeymoon in Greece. “If it's safe again to travel there, we would like to return for our 10-year anniversary,” said Anthony. Allison recently began her seventh year as an elementary school teacher. She taught first grade in Chula Vista for four years and currently teaches fifth grade at Solana Pacific, a 4th-6th grade elementary school in the Solana Beach School District. The two reside in Mira Mesa with their 3-year old dog Mykonos, whom they proudly adopted after returning from their honeymoon and named accordingly. Under Anthony’s leadership, the Vista-San Marcos District Council has organized several NSDCAR Community Service Days consisting of clean-up and painting activities at Boys and Girls Clubs in the North County. Members of NSDCAR’s Vista-San Marcos District Council and Oceanside District Council are organizing two upcoming Community Service Days at the Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside on Saturday, Sept. 23, and the Boys & Girls Club of Vista on Saturday, Oct. 21. NSDCAR is seeking donations to be made directly to each club. Supporting businesses can have their logo appear on an NSDCAR Community Service t-shirt. “As REALTORS® we’ve got to stay committed to giving back to the community,” Anthony said. “I do love that our Association focuses on both supporting the members with outstanding educational opportunities, plus supporting the community. REALTORS® always need to serve, connect and celebrate our local neighborhoods and cities because it projects a spirit of local entrepreneurship and overall betterment in the places we call home."

NAR Call for Action on Flood Insurance. TAKE ACTION NOW!

Posted by Taylor Thompson in Blog, Legal Updates, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) needs your help to drive messages to Members of Congress urging them to support H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act." H.R. 2874 reauthorizes the NFIP and makes a number of critical improvements to the NFIP including increased funds for mitigation activities, caps on overall premium increases, improved claim and mapping processes, as well as removing hurdles for more private market participation in the flood insurance market. Reauthorization of the NFIP will help over 5 million (read more and TAKE ACTION)

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.”

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