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C.A.R. Business Meeting

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Hometown Realty

On Thursday I had to get up at 4:00 a.m. because I was joining my colleagues on a bus trip to Monterey, CA.  I had to be at Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo by 5:15!  There were already REALTOR® members from the first bus stop in Arroyo Grande, agents I knew and some new faces.  Our next stop was Paso Robles where we picked up a friendly group of agents and food for our trip.

Once we arrived in Monterey there was never had a chance to visit the aquarium or fisherman's wharf because meetings were scheduled back to back.  The day began for the Regional Directors and Committee & Local Board members at 7:00 a.m. We arrived at 8:30 so had just enough time to check our maps and locate our meeting rooms.

My goal as manager was to get as much information in one day as possible so we teamed up to compile as much information to present a report and share what we learned at our weekly Sales Meetings.  One of my agents from the Los Osos office and I attended the Real Estate Finance Committee meeting while my agent from the San Luis Obispo office went to the Standard Forms Committee meeting. 

After lunch, we all went to the MLS/Computer & Business Technology Committee Meeting where the new Statewide MLS system was introduced.  The room filled up quickly and there was standing room only at the end. 

This new MLS system appears to be very state of the art but user friendly.  After the demo I wanted to give it a try but unfortunately this was a meeting notan Expo therefore no hands-on training.  We will have the capabilities to search several pages at once so if you are in the middle of a CMA for a listing presentation and receive a call from a buyer wanting information on a different property you would be able to look it up without losing your information.

The big issue at the end of the day at our Region 31 Caucus was the Statewide MLS giving agents from different areas in California the ability to sell your listing.  This already happens now with agents who do not want to refer their clients, retain control and the commission.  The paperwork, local addendums knowledge of the area are all issues with the ‘locals' because we end up doing all the work.  The statewide MLS will give you the ability to search your County, State Region and the whole state.  If I have a client that is relocating to San Diego from San Luis Obispo, I would like to be able to search homes in San Diego and give my client an idea of that market. (And I would refer my client who in my opinion can better serve the needs of my client in San Diego.)

It was an exciting and exhausting day we arrived home at 11:00 p.m. but it was well worth the effort to see our state association in action.  If you have not attended your state business meetings, I strongly suggest that when the opportunity presents itself you should sign up on the spot.   See your membership dues and political action funds in action, listen to great speakers, and meet them face to face they are interested in what you have to say.  As a local, state and national member of the association of REALTORS®, it's your professional duty to be more than just a ‘member'.