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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

NAR 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, May 3-14, 2021

Did you attend Legislative Day or any of the C.A.R. meetings last week? If you want more information about issues at the Federal level, take part in the NAR Legislative meetings starting this week.

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Are you California Proud?

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California Business Profile

Yes, California is about to lose a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in history, and yes, some high-profile corporations have moved to Texas — but the Golden State is also home to nearly half of the 64 U.S. companies on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential companies in the world.

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Surprising childhood homes of US presidents

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PSRAR Weekly Membership Meeting May 5, 2021

Annual Membership Meeting


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PSRAR “Help the Homeless 2021”
May 5th through June 30th

“Help the Homeless 2021” sponsored by the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® begins May 5th through June 30th, benefitting STREET LIFE PROJECT!

You’ll receive one raffle ticket for every $20 donated at, or for dropping off much-needed clothing and personal products, or for dining at one of our many restaurants throughout the valley. The raffle prizes are dinner vouchers from our participating restaurants, each with a minimum value of $400.

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For more information and to volunteer, please contact the Help The Homeless Committee Co-Chairs
Karen Maisano, 760-774-9761
Cindi Monaco, 760-779-7816


Join us on Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 9:00am for our Annual Membership Meeting. Below is the Agenda and flyer for the meeting. Click on the link below the day of the meeting to attend.

This is the Annual PSRAR Membership Meeting. All Attendees must have their full names displayed or have Video capabilities. Any Attendees that do not have these requirements will be placed in the waiting room.

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James Ronald Whitney
President, P.S.R.A.R.


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Hot Topics…Coming Soon

MLS/Coming Soon
We’ve been seeing these in our MLS and the MLS Policy Committee had lots to say about it, these are my notes;

The time limit that the “coming soon” status can stay in “coming soon” is up to the MLS provider…Practices vary locally; CAR does not mandate MLS Policies, NAR mandates MLS rules.

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Karen Joy Tabbah, DRE #00407860
Past President PSRAR 2020, 2004 & 1994

2021 Legislative Week for NAR

Legislative day in Sacramento is now completed, however that does not mean our work is done.
We will be following up the rest of the year on progress on the 2 bills we discussed with lawmakers and other issues affecting Realtors and homeowners. Topics discussed were ACA 7 a constitutional amendment that would eliminate state control over cities zoning and planning decisions. President of PSRAR James Whitney led this discussion with Assembly member Mayes and Senator Melendez. Both basically agreed with us and were against the bill to put this issue on the 2022 ballot. SB6 discussion was led by Past President Karen Joy and again received support from Assembly member Mayes and Senator Melendez. This bill streamlines converting commercial properties to residential use. Our next Legislative day will be in 2022 and you are invited to join us in Sacramento. Just contact the association staff if you are interested or email me at

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Jim Franklin

MLS Update

Fair Housing Resources

CRMLS supports fair housing for all. Find resources to help you understand fair housing laws and best practices.

We've refreshed our list of Fair Housing Keywords and Phrases.

VESTAPLUS™ Announces the Launch of Neighborhood Snapshot™ PRO!

Code of Ethics Training The Code of Ethics cycle ends December 31, 2021. This training is available free from NAR.

Robyn Spiller
Chief Executive Officer
Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS®
(760) 320-6885 office
(714) 336-0342 direct


Fact or Fiction (no Fiction this week – just the Facts!)

FACT – A few weeks ago I wrote about the high cost of materials (specifically Lumber) and what it is doing to house pricing. Just 10 days ago, the average median home price was $24,000 higher than a year ago due to lumber costs and today (April 28th) it has shot up to nearly $36K per unit (a nearly 50% increase in less than 2 weeks). Multi family housing units are also seeing another significant increase – from $9K per unit to nearly $13K a unit….. where will top out at? At this rate (and if continues, lumber will continue to exacerbate the new home housing markets nationwide even further). On the up side, perhaps this drives the opportunity to look at other structural materials for housing – got steel anyone? As an example.

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Gretchen Guttierrez  

Welcome New Members

PSRAR membership newsletter article for Week of May 3rd 2021

We extend a warm Palm Springs welcome to all of our new members and we look forward to introducing you on our weekly Wednesday Caravan Zoom meeting (9-10am) and meeting you sometime soon in person!

New members this week are:
Lakita Johnson with Real Estate eBroker
Michael Grana with BHGRE Leaskou Partners
Trent Parker with Bernd Brokerage
Roderick Williams with Coldwell Banker
Robert Raaf with RE/MAX Big Bear
Henry Dodge and Richard Schmitz with Henry Dodge Properties
Frank Rodriguez with First Western Properties

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Tammy Franklin

Upcoming Mastermind Class



DAVID CANTWELL, you would best be described as the Godfather of the Association.  Among the offices you’ve held are Director—for more terms than Karen Joy has had husbands and divorces combined, Secretary, and Past President.  In fact, you are so popular that you were not even running for office when you were elected President by your fellow Association Members—you were a write-in!  Professionally, you have been as committed to the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® as Johnsie has been committed to a glass-breaking WooWoo, and spandex!  Simply put, we appreciate everything you have done for P.S.R.A.R. over these many decades, and your sage advice on the Presidents Council is enthusiastically welcomed.  And on a final note, may your iconic and diphthongic (look it up), “Well hi-i,” be memorialized until death do us part—and statistically, you will go first!

--Secret Admirer

Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS® would like to say Thank You to our Industry Partners!

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