Shasta Association of REALTORS® Consumer Information
WHY CHOOSE A REALTOR®?:
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® ("NAR"). 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.
Additionally, NAR recently reported on a new study by Collateral Analytics Research indicating that For-sale-by-owners, aka FSBOs, even successful FSBO sellers achieve prices “significantly below” those from similar properties sold more traditionally via REALTORS®.
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.
Your property is “For Sale” but have you considered the benefits of an Open House?
The National Association of REALTORS® recently reported that despite all the changes technology has made in the housing market, the Sunday open house has undoubtedly been a tradition in real estate industry. In fact, it is a tradition that is still alive and growing, as Google search data shows, and nationwide, public interest in open houses seems to have increased over time.
This increased interest may benefit both a buyer and seller by providing an up-close and personal preview of a home that goes beyond its layout and physical characteristics, thereby, boosting its exposure and marketability.
In light of the foregoing, the Shasta Association of REALTORS® proudly offers 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, the Association is determined to raise awareness and educate both the REALTOR® and YOU, the consumer, all year long.
Therefore, we invite you to take a moment to watch this N.A.R. award-winning video, 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.
MORTGAGE CLOSING WIRE SCAMS:
According to a recent report by the California Association of REALTORS®, (“C.A.R.”), the Federal Trade Commission and C.A.R. remind consumers that scammers sometimes use emails to rob you, the home buyer, of your closing costs and personal information.
Here’s how the scam works:
- Hackers break into the email accounts of buyers or real estate professionals to get information about upcoming real estate transactions;
- The hacker then sends an email to the buyer, posing as the real estate professional or title company; and
- The bogus email says there has been a last minute change to the wiring instructions, and tells the buyer to wire closing costs to a different account, but it’s the scammer’s account.
If you, the buyer, take the bait, your bank account could be cleared out in a matter of minutes.
Did you know that homeowners pay between 80 & 90 percent of all federal income taxes? Be an informed homeowner . . . Homeownership matters!
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CALIFORNIA'S HOUSING CRISIS:
The California Association of REALTORS® reported that California has a severe lack of affordable homes and apartments for middle-class families. The median cost of a home in the state has surged to $500,000—double the national cost.
A booming economy, home construction, and apartments that haven’t kept up with demand have all fueled a housing crisis throughout the state. Home prices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego have surged as much as 75 percent over the past five years alone.
Homelessness in California is also on the rise. In Silicon Valley, lines of parked recreational vehicles can be found with people living inside them. In Los Angeles, some local residents are reportedly installing makeshift kitchens and living in vans within quiet neighborhoods.
The state has introduced 130 housing measures this year. Among one of the most recent actions, the Senate approved a bill to crack down on communities that have delayed or derailed housing construction proposals. The bill would restrict the ability to use zoning, environmental, and procedural laws to kill projects that may be considered “out of character” with the neighborhood. The bill is expected to be voted on again later this summer.
Read the full story here.
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.
AREA RESOURCES / UTILITIES:
City of Anderson • www.ci.anderson.ca.us • Building Department • (530) 378-6636
City of Redding • www.cityofredding.org • Building Department • (530) 225-4014 • Housing Division • (530) 225-4048 • Animal Regulation/Haven Humane • (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 • Building Department • (530) 275-7450 • 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 • Building Division • (530) 225-5761 • Housing Authority • (530) 225-5160 • Tax Assessor • (530) 225-3600 • Tax Collector • (530) 225-5511 • Veterans Services Office • (530) 225-5616
Pacific Gas & Electric • www.pge.com • (800) 743-5000
Redding Chamber of Commerce • www.reddingchamber.com • (530) 225-4433
United States Postal Service • www.usps.com • Yuba Street • (530) 246-2571 • Churn Creek Road • (530) 223-7523
California Department of Fair Employment & Housing • www.dfeh.ca.gov • (800) 884-1684
California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers • www.orea.ca.gov • (916) 552-9000
California Contractors State License Board • www.cslb.ca.gov • Licensing & Consumer Information • (800) 321-2752