You’ve got to see the Un-Fashion Show to believe it

posted Sep 15, 2017, 10:31 AM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 10:35 AM ]

It’s a visual extravaganza, a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the greatest thing ever seen on stage in the history of the universe. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s this year’s PSAR Un-Fashion and Variety Show. After hundreds of hours of rehearsals, it’s time to be entertained with a hilarious evening of fashion, food, and laughter.
 
The sixth annual Un-Fashion and Variety Show will be held this Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, in Mission Valley. The show will feature song and dance routines and hilarious comedy skits performed by PSAR members. “America’s Realtors Got Talent” is this year’s theme. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the show at 7 p.m.
 
“It’s a fun evening that people look forward to year after year, according to Carey Guthrie, past PSAR president and the show’s organizer and producer. “It’s the most amazing and fantastic show ever presented on stage,” she said. “The inspiration of a lifetime awaits you.”
 
Although there are no words to adequately describe the beauty and majesty of the Un-Fashion Show, here are a few quotes collected from attendees of previous shows:
-- “It’s unbelievable, the greatest of the great, nothing can compare to what I saw tonight.”
-- “I’ve never seen a theatrical production like this, you have see it with your own eyes to believe it, it was very moving, very pleasing to all the senses.”
-- “The level of skill and talent of the performers was exquisitely and extravagantly beautiful, absolutely incredible, the brilliant choreography is a must see.”
-- “It was a marvelous evening, I was completely enchanted, it was poetry in motion, it was something that I will keep in my heart forever.”
-- “It was the ultimate performance, really out of this world, dynamic and energetic, epic and mesmerizing with so much depth and meaning.”
-- “I feel so inspired, like a renewed person with endless energy after seeing the Un-Fashion Show, I’m now happier and healthier with a new perspective on life.”
 
So, don’t miss this amazing evening of music, lively footwork and fabulous costumes. It’s truly a gorgeous, gasp-inducing spectacle. Admission tickets, including dinner and the show, cost $65 per person or $600 for a table of 10 seats. To RSVP visit www.psar.org/unfashion.
 
Proceeds will benefit the Military Warriors Support Foundation. Over the past five years, the PSAR Un-Fashion and Variety Show has raised more than $30,000 for the military nonprofit. And, that’s no joke.

Get your "zombie" on on October 7th

posted Sep 13, 2017, 4:35 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 5:53 PM ]

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PSAR’s Charity Committee presents the 3rd Annual Zombie 5K Run/Walk at 9:00 AM on October 7th at Rohr Park, Bonita, CA. This fun, festive, and lively event will not only include the race but also trick-or-treat booths, zombie face painting, Halloween costume contest, games, raffle prizes, awards, music, and food. If you sign up before September 25th you will also receive a free Zombie Run t-shirt. Proceeds from this charity event will go to AJ’s Kids for Rady Children’s Hospital and to the South Bay Community Services. The cost to participate is $10; children under five are free. Come bring your friends, family, and pets and have a great time running like a zombie! Register at www.psar.org/zombie.

Success on flood insurance “Call to Action”

posted Sep 8, 2017, 1:34 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 1:35 PM ]

Congratulations and thanks for your participation. The “Call to Action” worked. Association members rose to the occasion and sent messages to their members of Congress about the government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
 
This past Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to approve an extension of the NFIP. The House of Representatives passed the legislation on Friday and then President Trump signed the bill into law. This legislation ensures that the NFIP will not lapse on Sept. 30, and will be extended until Dec. 8, 2017.
 
While NFIP isn’t a household name, it’s often the only flood insurance available in a given market. That’s important because if a property is in a 100-year floodplain, lenders will typically require flood insurance as part of the mortgage approval process.
 
The NFIP isn’t just an issue for waterfront homes or homes in the direct path of hurricanes. Flooding can occur as a result of storm surge, severe rain or even snow melt. Many homeowners in San Diego County who live near large storm drains or drainage channels are required to have flood insurance.
 
Both the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the California Association of REALTORS® encouraged our Association members to take action. After all, if flood insurance isn’t available, then we would be the ones forced to inform our clients that their dream home is off the table until the NFIP is extended. And, consumers deserve better.
 
According to NAR President William Brown, if the NFIP would have expired, then home buying activity would have ground to a halt with as many as 40,000 lost of interrupted sales each month. Brown said expiration would have dealt significant damage to property owners, as well as to the business of real estate. NAR said reauthorization of the NFIP will help over 5 million homeowners in 22,000 communities around the country.
 
NAR worked closely this year with the House Financial Services Committee to craft the renewal legislation. The bill will allow insured property to be grandfathered so that a buyer would receive roughly the same rate quote.
 
NAR said it will continue legislative advocacy efforts for the 21st Century Flood Reform Act until this long-term reauthorization and reform bill is enacted.

She started in real estate in high school as a part-time receptionist

posted Sep 1, 2017, 2:37 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Sep 1, 2017, 2:38 PM ]

You may know PSAR REALTOR® member Isela Robles who serves on the PSAR Charity Committee. The Committee is now planning PSAR’s third annual “Zombie 5k Run-Walk” on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Rohr Park, 4548 Sweetwater Road, Bonita. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the run-walk will begin at 8 a.m. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes. Two nonprofits will benefit from Zombie 5k proceeds: AJ’s Kids, an annual holiday toy drive for Rady Children’s Hospital that’s organized by radio personality A.J. Machado of KyXy 96.5-FM; and, South Bay Community Services, provider of a transitional housing program that assists former foster youths who are finishing high school or completing job training.
 
“It’s a really fun Committee to be part of, giving back is great and we’re looking forward to the Zombie 5k,” said Isela. “I’ve always been involved in community service, starting since high school raising money, clothes, and toys for orphanages in Tijuana, then being involved with Home Aide San Diego and currently being a Homes for Heroes affiliate.  Giving back to others in the community is what I love.”
 
But, did you know that Isela sometimes changes the pronunciation of her first name with her real estate clients? “Instead of `Ee-sell-ah,’ I will change the emphasis so they will call me `eye-SELL-ah,’ as in `I SELL A Home,’” she said. “It helps them to remember my name and that I will do a great job for them as their agent.”
 
A Chula Vista native, Isela attended Chula Vista High School (class of 1991). She got a job her senior year as a part time receptionist at a real estate office in Chula Vista. A few months later, she began working as an assistant and transaction coordinator for a top producing agent at that same company.
 
“I worked with two top producers from 1991 to 1994 while attending San Diego State, that’s when I thought that real estate was not for me and I left the industry,” Isela said. “Then at the end of 1995, a title rep called me and said a top producing team was looking for an experienced transaction coordinator and that I would be perfect. I worked for them until 1999, then continuing on my own in sales.”
 
She met her husband Cesar in 2005 at a family party held in her backyard. “We have mutual friends and knew of each other, but we had never met personally,” said Isela. They were married in 2008 and had their beautiful daughter Alexandra (“Ali”) in 2010.
 
Soon after they were married, Isela and Cesar purchased Caffe Tazza, a coffeehouse and wine bistro at the Terra Nova Plaza shopping center, 374 East “H” St., Chula Vista. Caffe Tazze opened in 1994, it’s a stylish bistro offering Gourmet Coffee, pastries, salads and sandwiches, along with a selection of wine and beer. “Cesar had sold his store in Coronado and we were looking for another business opportunity,” said Isela. “When we saw that Caffe Tazza was for sale, we knew it was meant to be. We met with the previous owner and it became ours. It has always been a familiar location for me. It used to be my favorite spot during my college years and then was a great place to meet with a lot of my clients, writing many contracts there.”
 
In addition to real estate, Isela also helps her mom who owns a linen rental service company. Isela also enjoys her involvement with PSAR. “We have an excellent Association that supports the members, and we also have a lot of fun helping our community. Community involvement is important to be successful in life. It helps you connect with others, it improves lives and strengthens our neighborhoods.”

She’s an Eric Clapton fan.

posted Aug 25, 2017, 4:12 PM by Joyce Evans   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 4:14 PM ]

You may know PSAR REALTOR® member Terry Dollins-Zimlich as a member of the PSAR Grievance Committee. The Committee reviews complaints against REALTOR® members to determine next steps and validity of the complaint. “This committee is very important to our Association because everyone in our industry should conduct business in a highly ethical manner,” said Terry.
 
But, did you know that Terry’s first date with her future husband Ron was to attend a party that didn’t happen? “He invited me to go to a Halloween party and I said yes, but we showed up on the wrong night,” said Terry. “Yes, it was awkward. We were all dressed-up and no place to go.”
 
Their first date was in 1995. In 1999, Terry and Ron were married. “I have a wonderful husband,” Terry said. “We’re a good fit, I love to talk and he’s sorta quiet. Both of us love to travel, go on cruises and go camping. We just returned from a trip to Oregon in our motor home. We also like to go to concerts.” Terry said she’s looking forward to seeing Eric Clapton and Foreigner this fall.
 
Terry grew up in Granite City, Ill., near St. Louis. At age 18, she moved to California to live with a sister who lived in the city of Seal Beach in Orange County. In 1989, with her children (a daughter, age 7, and a son, age one month), Terry moved to San Diego to live with a sister who lived in Blossom Valley. “I love California and enjoy living close to the ocean,” Terry said.
 
Today, Terry’s daughter lives in Sacramento and her son is earning his teaching credential at San Diego State University, with plans to teach history in middle school or high school. Terry and Ron live in Lakeside with their two dogs, a boxer mix named Zelda and a lab mix named Ubu, named after Ubu Productions, Inc., producers of such notable TV shows as “Family Ties” (1982-1989), “Brooklyn Bridge” (1991-1993) and “Spin City” (1996-2002). The closing tag for the TV shows is a photograph of a black Labrador retriever and company founder Gary Goldberg’s voice saying, “Sit, Ubu, sit, good dog,” followed by the sound of a bark. “That’s how we came up with the name for our dog,” Terry said.
 
Prior to starting in real estate sales eight years ago, Terry worked for 20 years at elementary schools for the Cajon Valley Union School District (for 14 years) and the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District (for six years). “My son was a member of the first class of students to attend Blossom Valley Elementary from kindergarten to sixth grade,” said Terry. “I still have several close friends from that school and we’ve done business together.”
 
Terry attended real estate classes at Cuyamaca College and learned from the legendary instructor Lowell Knapp, who taught for 25 years at Cuyamaca College and served as head of the college’s Real Estate Department. Knapp passed away in 2012 at age 75. “He was so inspirational and encouraging,” said Terry. “He told me I was a scholar.  I’ve never forgotten it.”
 
Terry served as a member of the Agent Leadership Council at her previous brokerage, and now serves as a mentor at her current brokerage. “I love real estate, although it can be challenging and stressful at times,” she said. “But, it’s so rewarding when the escrow closes and we’re helping someone live a better life. It’s the same way I felt when I worked in education.”
 
Terry said she is looking forward to attending PSAR’s sixth annual Un-Fashion and Variety Show, Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Town & Country Resort Hotel & Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, in Mission Valley. The show is a hilarious evening of fashion, food and entertaining song and dance routines and comedy skits performed by PSAR members. “The show is outrageously fun,” said Terry. “It’s one of the reasons why our Association is so successful. We have a lot of fun and I have a lot of friends who are PSAR members. Plus, the educational classes are excellent. I’m always learning something new.”

Brokers, RESO can Grow Your Business, Increase Revenue and Reduce Costs

posted Aug 25, 2017, 2:36 PM by Richard D'Ascoli   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 2:37 PM ]

For Brokers interested in the direct use of MLS data, RESO (Real Estate Standards Organization) is having their fall cconference in downtown San Diego. 

SANDICOR is a member of RESO and is sponsoring an exclusive Broker Business Solutions Workshop that will explain how RESO can help brokers grow business opportunities, increase revenue and reduce costs.

This workshop is just one part of the RESO 2017 Fall Conference whose attendees include more than 300 MLS along with technology and brokerage leaders.

Sandicor is inviting Licensed California Brokers to enjoy an exclusive full conference day filled with informative sessions and TED-Style Talks on Tuesday, October 17th for only $99!

 This one day pass includes Monday night's welcome reception, Tuesday's Conference kick-off, lunch and the must-see Broker Business Solutions Workshop session.

You’ll learn how RESO standards have helped brokers expand their market share and presence more quickly, launch innovative marketing programs, and increase profitability through increased transactions and decreased operational costs!

https://www.reso.org/fall-mtg/

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

posted Aug 23, 2017, 8:00 PM by Richard D'Ascoli   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 9:00 AM by Joyce Evans ]


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

posted Aug 23, 2017, 9:40 AM by Richard D'Ascoli   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 9:41 AM ]

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

posted Aug 21, 2017, 5:04 PM by Richard D'Ascoli   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 5:04 PM ]

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, check them out 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 formating 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

If you’re class president, then get ready to plan the reunions.

posted Aug 20, 2017, 7:13 PM by Joyce Evans

You may know Camille Bruno as a member of the PSAR Grievance Committee. The Committee reviews complaints against members to determine if the complaint warrants arbitration or a grievance hearing. The Committee can dismiss the complaint or move it forward for a hearing.
 
“It’s an important Committee for our Association,” said Camille. “When a complaint is received, we ask a lot of questions about the alleged violation to determine if a hearing is warranted.”
 
But, did you know that Camille is an original resident of Chula Vista’s Eastlake community and has lived in all three Eastlake homeowner associations?
 
“EastLake is a wonderful area for families,” said Camille, a San Diego native who has lived in Eastlake area since 1987. “We raised our own family here. All three of our children, Bianca, Dominic and Bella, have attended Eastlake schools. I know the area very well.”
 
Camille grew up in San Diego. She graduated from Madison High School in Clairemont (class of 1981). Camille, known then as Camille Beach, served as class president for all four years in high school (9th to 12th grade). “I ran for reelection three times and won, that sums-up my career in politics,” said Camille. “As class president, now I was stuck planning the past three class reunions, the 10-year, 20-year and 30-year reunions.”
 
Prior to the start of her real estate sales career, Camille worked for 10 years with Campbell Soup Co. as the San Diego representative serving all local major grocery stores. She started selling real estate in January 2000.
 
Camille previously was on the PSAR board of directors for six years during the mid-2000s, serving both as secretary and treasurer. “It was a stressful time for our Association,” she said. “At the time, there was a lot of drama with a lot of dramatic people on the board. But, now, I’m impressed with how smooth the Association is operating.”
 
In January, Camille and her husband Tony celebrated their 27-year wedding anniversary. Tony works as an information technology consultant. “People think I’m Italian, but I’m not,” said Camille. “My husband is Italian and I cook Italian, but I’m Irish.”
 
Camille is very proud of her three grown children. Bianca is a reporter with Courthouse News Service in San Diego. She has appeared on the “KPBS Roundtable” show discussing the Donald Trump University story. Dominic works in banking in Newport Beach. Bella is in her third year at San Diego State University.
 
“My kids have grown up in real estate,” said Camille. “Years ago, I handled a lot of REO properties and I told my kids to never use your house as an ATM machine. They didn’t know what I was saying back then. But, when Dominic got his job with First Republic Bank, he said to me, `Now I understand what you told us about never use your house as an ATM machine.’”
 
Camille enjoys her real estate career and her involvement with PSAR. “It’s a demanding job and it takes a lot of patience and understanding,” said Camille. “But, PSAR helps us make the job easier. The staff is very helpful and supportive of the members.”

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