2017 Shasta Association of REALTORS® Consumer Information

The idea of homeownership can be both an exciting and terrifying  experience for most   consumers.    Thankfully,   there   are   REALTORS®  to address your questions and/or concerns of  a real  estate transaction.

A REALTORS®’ abilities and skills stem from several factors, including, the mandatory educational requirements of the State of California, Bureau of Real Estate, for licensing; and the completion of initial and continuing Code of Ethics training mandated by the National Association of REALTORS®.  It is this education and training that demand professionalism and competency of all REALTORS® to assure your best interests are represented from your initial interview through close of escrow.

Therefore, when selecting a REALTOR®, we suggest you do your homework, to include:

  • Confirming their licensing status;

  • Seeking referrals from family and/or friends;

  • Interviewing at least three candidates; and

  • Requesting candidate references.

Armed with the foregoing information, you can then make an informed decision in choosing a REALTOR® with intimate knowledge and experience of the real estate market necessary to successfully navigate the waters of the sale or purchase of a home.

MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE:

Shasta Association of REALTORS® belong to and participate in a Multiple Listing Service (“MLS”) which is utilized daily for sharing and promoting properties for sale within our community.  Such a service broadens the exposure of those properties to hundreds of REALTORS® and members of the public resulting in the successful sale and purchase of a property.

Additionally, the MLS also allows REALTORS® the ability to monitor the competition while maintaining a pulse on the ever changing real estate market thereby providing sellers and buyers with the most accurate and reliable property information available.  We encourage you to discuss the benefits of including your property on the MLS with your REALTOR®, and invite you to view current properties for sale within our area by visiting FlexMLS Property Search.

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OPEN HOUSE:

Your property is “For Sale” but have you considered the benefits of an Open House?  Statistics from the National Association of REALTORS® 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers confirm:

·       In 2014, 44 percent of all buyers used an open house as a source in their home search process.

·       Open houses are popular for buyers in most age groups.  In fact, 46 percent of buyers age 25 to 44 use open houses in their search for a new home.  Additionally, 45 percent of buyers 45 to 64 and 44 percent of those 65 and over utilize open houses in their home searches.

·       Married couples and unmarried couples are more likely to walk through open houses than single buyers.  Also, married couples were more likely to visit open houses as a first step in the home buying process.

In light of the foregoing, the Shasta Association of REALTORS® proudly offers its members access to ShastaOpenHouse.com which is specifically designed to promote an Open House at your property while showcasing the properties features and amenities. 

Additionally, although today’s technology provides photographs and information about countless properties for sale, it cannot take the place of a personal viewing of a property.  Therefore, in response to this need, REALTOR® members have the ability to offer other REALTOR® members an up-close and personal tour of a property through our “Tour of Homes.”  This affords our REALTOR® members an opportunity to (1) personally share specific information about a property; and (2) gain personal knowledge about a property that may meet a buyer’s particular need.  If you are interested in learning more about this feature, please contact your REALTOR® today.

REAL ESTATE, SAFETY, AND YOU!

The Shasta Association of REALTORS® (“Association”) is once again joining forces with the National Association of REALTORS® (“N.A.R.”) to promote REALTOR® Safety, and while September is designated as REALTOR® Safety Month, with REALTOR® safety continuing to be a significant concern throughout the real estate industry, raising awareness and educating both the REALTOR® and YOU, the consumer, all year is vital.

Therefore, we invite you take a moment to watch the N.A.R. award-winning video below, outlining potential safety protocols you may encounter when working with a REALTOR®.  Homeownership is an exciting prospect and maintaining a safe environment assures it is an enjoyable experience for all . . . protect you, your family, and your home.  Questions?  Contact your REALTOR® today.

WIRE FRAUD ADVISORY

According to a recent report by the California Association of REALTORS®, (“C.A.R.”), nearly every day there is news of yet another internet hack or some new internet scam or fraud regarding personal information.  Unfortunately, we are also hearing about the increase of a crime targeting the real estate industry: Wire Transfer Fraud. Criminals have been able to gain access to email accounts, personal information, and bank routing numbers and then misdirect buyer's and seller's funds to the criminal's accounts.

The criminals take advantage of unguarded communications, weak passwords, and security measures to set up legitimate looking wiring instructions; some even containing legitimate appearing telephone numbers to confirm these fraudulent wiring instructions.

In order to better alert consumers to exercise extreme caution when making wire transfers of their funds, C.A.R. has issued a Wire Fraud Advisory.  The Advisory cautions both buyers and sellers not to only be aware of the potential for wire funds transfer scams and fraud, but also encourages the implementation of the following practices:

  • Always call the escrow or bank to confirm escrow instructions;
  • Obtain the telephone numbers of the escrow and bank officers early in the transaction; and
  • NEVER rely on a telephone number sent in the wiring instructions.

Following these suggestions, protects the interests of all parties to the transaction.   For more information or to report a suspicious email, contact your REALTOR®.

CONSUMER SERVICES:

Whether   you  are   buying   or  selling  a home    around   the    corner    or   across town, your REALTOR® can direct you to the    services    needed    for    a    smooth transition,  including,  but not limited to the   following:

CITY OF ANDERSON

www.ci.anderson.ca.us               

  • Development Services/Building Department - (530) 378-6636

CITY OF REDDING

www.cityofredding.org

  • Development Services/Building Department - (530) 225-4013
  • Housing Division - (530) 225-4048
  • Animal Regulation/Haven Humane Society - (530) 241-2550
  • Redding Electric Utility (REU) - (530) 339-7200
  • Transfer Station & Recycling Center - (530) 224-6201

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE

www.ci.shasta-lake.ca.us

  • Development Services/Building Department - (530) 275-7431
  • Housing Division - (530) 275-7464
  • Animal Regulation - (530) 275-7480
  • Electric & Solid Waste Utility - (530) 275-7400

COUNTY OF SHASTA

www.co.shasta.ca.us

  • Resource Management/Building Division - (530) 225-5761
  • Housing Authority - (530) 225-5160
  • Tax Assessor - (530) 225-3600
  • Tax Collector - (530) 225-5511
  • Veterans Services - (530) 225-5616

PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC

www.pge.com

  • Customer Service - (800) 743-5000

 

REDDING CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

www.reddingchamber.com

  • Main - (530) 225-4433

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

www.usps.com

  • Yuba Street - (530) 246-2571
  • Churn Creek Road - (530) 223-7523

CALIFORNIA CONSUMER HOME MORTGAGE INFORMATION      

www.yourhome.ca.gov

  • Information - (877) 922-5432

CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® FINANCING GUIDE

www.car.org/aboutus/forconsumers/financing/                             

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FAIR EMPLOYMENT & HOUSING

www.dfeh.ca.gov

  • Information - (800) 884-1684

CALIFORNIA BUREAU OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS

www.orea.ca.gov

  • Information - (916) 552-9000

CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD

www.cslb.ca.gov

  • Licensing & Consumer Information - (800) 321-2752