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RIAOC Promotes Education in the Commercial and Investment Real Estate Industry.

As a Foundation to all Education and to the Business Ethics necessary for a successful Real Estate Carreer, the knowledge in our National Documents is paramount.

Here is a FREE on-line class on the U.S. Constitution starting February 20,2012 (Here)
"Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution."

Declaration of Independence

Constitution of the United States of America

Amendments to the Constitution including the Bill Of Rights (First Ten Amendments)

The Star Spangled Banner (sung the way it should be sung!)

N.A.R. Code of Ethics - January 1,2017

N.A.R. Code of Ethics - January 1,2016

N.A.R. Code of Ethics - January 1,2014

N.A.R. Code of Ethics - January 1,2012 see New Changes

N.A.R. Code of Ethics - January 1, 2011

2017 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®

Here is a Summary produced by C.A.R - 2017 New Laws
For the full text of the law please go to http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ for California laws or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ for federal laws.

2016 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®

Here is a Summary produced by C.A.R. - 2016 New Laws
For the full text of the law please go to http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ for California laws or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ for federal laws.

2015 New Laws Affecting REALTORS®

1. Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships (C.A.R. form AD) must be delivered on commercial transactions -
Presently, the Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships form (C.A.R.’s AD form) is required for real property transactions involving residential one to four dwelling units, leases of greater than one year and manufactured homes (if negotiated by an agent).  Existing law also requires the listing or selling agent to disclose to the buyer and seller whether he or she is acting as the buyer’s agent exclusively, the seller’s agent exclusively, or as a dual agent representing both the buyer and the seller. This disclosure is typically made through the confirmation of agency relationships on the first page of CAR purchase agreements.
Under the law, the AD form and confirmation will be required for any commercial, vacant land or industrial property; or any residential 1 - 4 property.
Senate Bill 1171 codified as Civil Code §2079.13. Effective January 1, 2015.

2. Energy Use Disclosure (AB 1103) Requirements for Commercial Property: Compliance on or after July 1, 2014 total gross square foot area measuring 5,000 square feet up to 10,000 square feet delayed to July 1, 2016
The sale or lease of commercial property meeting certain square footage measurements requires the delivery of energy use disclosure to the prospective buyer or tenant. The disclosure trigger was to become effective for the sale of lease or commercial property measuring between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet on July 1, 2014.  The California Energy Commission amended subdivision (c) of section 1682 of title 20 of the California Code of Regulations as an emergency regulatory action to change the effective date from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2016 when the disclosure requirements of Public Resources Code section 25402.10 apply for a nonresidential building with a total gross square foot area measuring 5,000 square feet up to 10,000 square feet. The Office of Administrative Law approves this emergency regulatory action pursuant to sections 11346.1 and 11349.6 of the Government Code.
This emergency regulatory action became effective on September 2, 2014 and will expire on March 3, 2015.

3. REOs cannot dictate title and escrow company. This law is known as “The Buyer’s Choice Act,” and is now made permanent

The Buyer’s Choice Act presently prohibits a lender that gained title through foreclosure from requiring upon resale, directly or indirectly, as a condition of selling the property, that the buyer purchase title insurance or escrow services from a particular title insurer or escrow agent. This law applies to residential real property of four dwelling units or fewer.  A seller who violates these provisions is liable to the buyer for an amount equal to three times all the charges made for the title insurance or escrow services.
This existing law was due to sunset in 2015. Now however, the law will continue indefinitely.
Senate Bill 1051 codified as Civil Code §1103.23. Effective January 1, 2015.

Note: For more information and for additional new laws please visit:

http://www.car.org/legal/recent-news-laws/2015Laws

The above information is courtesy of the California Association of Realtors for members only. If you are  a CalBRE licensee and not a member of C.A.R. , You should be!

New Laws for 2013 please visit the Legal Page (More)
New California Real Estate Laws for 2012

Here is a list of new laws. To see a summary of the laws go Here.
For more information please visit the C.A.R. Legal Page.

1. Sellers Disclosing Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures
2. NHD Companies Disclosing Mining Operations
3. No Fee Bundling for HOA Disclosures
4. Brokers Designating Managers
5. DRE Issuing Citations and Fines
6. Reporting Broker-Owned Escrows and Securities Qualification Exemptions
7. DRE Suspending Largest Tax Delinquents
8. Agents Handling Appraisal Issues
9. Increasing Small Claims to $10,000
10. Revising the Notice of Sale
11. Renting Out Condominiums
12. Tenants Smoking Ban
13. Tenants Displaying Political Signs
14. Tenants Recycling Rights
The New Carbon Monoxide Alarm Installation Deadline Read More>
New California Laws for 2011:

The recent end of the 2009-10 legislative session has brought the end of short sale deficiency judgments for first loans, and other new laws affecting REALTORS® and their clients.  To view the full text of the following bills, go to www.leginfo.ca.gov

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  • No Short Sale Deficiencies: Starting January 1, 2011, a seller's first trust deed lender cannot obtain a deficiency judgment against the seller after a short sale.  Providing written consent to a short sale shall obligate the first trust deed lender to accept the sales proceeds as full payment and discharge of the remaining amount owed on the loan.  This law applies to first trust deeds secured by one-to-four residential units, but does not limit the lender from seeking damages for fraud or waste by the borrower.  Senate Bill 931.  Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed Senate Bill 1178, our sponsored bill, which would have extended California's anti-deficiency protection to refinance loans.
  • Energy Audit in Home Inspection Report: Beginning January 1, 2011, a home inspection and inspection report may, upon a client's request, include an audit of the energy efficiency of a home, according to the standards of the Home Energy Rating Systems (HERS).  REALTORS® are also strongly encouraged to give the newly released HERS booklet to residential buyers, because doing so provides a valuable shield from liability.  Delivery of the booklet will be deemed to be adequate to inform the buyer about the statewide HERS program.  Assembly Bill 1809 and California Civil Code section 2079.10.
  • Restriction on Adverse Possession Claim: Effective January 1, 2011, a claim for adverse possession requires, among other things, certified records of the county tax collector showing that all state, county, or municipal taxes have been timely paid for the five-year period the property has been occupied and claimed.  Existing law merely requires proof that taxes have been paid for the five-year period, not certified proof of timely payments.  Assembly Bill 1684.
  • Enforcement of MLO Requirements: Effective January 1, 2011, anyone acting as a mortgage loan originator (MLO) without an MLO license endorsement will be guilty of a crime punishable by six months imprisonment, plus a $20,000 fine.  Furthermore, a broker cannot employ or compensate a real estate licensee for MLO activities unless that licensee has a license endorsement.  This law has also given the Department of Real Estate (DRE) the authority to deny or revoke a MLO license endorsement or take other action.  This law also amends the MLO requirements for finance lenders and residential mortgage lenders under the Department of Corporation.  Senate Bill 1137.
  • Post-Foreclosure Protection for Tenants: Commencing January 1, 2011, a notice to terminate a residential tenant who remains after a foreclosure sale must generally include a statutory notice of the tenant's rights.  This requirement, which sunsets on January 1, 2013, applies to an immediate successor-in-interest for one year after a foreclosure sale.  The tenant's rights must be on a separate cover sheet or, for a 90-day termination, incorporated into the notice to terminate.  Another provision of this bill protects a residential tenant's credit by generally prohibiting the court clerk from revealing unlawful detainer court records unless the plaintiff prevails at trial.  Senate Bill 1149.
  • Tenant Protection for Domestic Violence Victims: Starting January 1, 2011, a residential landlord cannot terminate or fail to renew a tenancy based on domestic violence against the tenant or tenant's household members as specified.  This law applies if the person restrained from contact with the tenant by court order or named in a police report is not also a tenant of the same dwelling unit.  If the protected tenant subsequently allows the person restrained to visit the property, or the landlord reasonably believes the person restrained poses a physical threat to others or to quiet possession by other tenants, the landlord may serve a three-day notice to correct or quit.  To further ensure safe housing for domestic violence victims, this law also requires that, for leases entered into after January 1, 2011, a landlord changes the exterior locks of a protected tenant's dwelling unit within 24 hours after the tenant provides a written request and supporting court or police documentation as specified.  Senate Bill 782.
  • Protections Against Real Estate Fraud: Effective January 1, 2011, new laws protecting consumers from real estate fraud include, without limitation, the following: (1) Expanding the foreclosure consultant law to include someone who performs a forensic audit of a residential mortgage loan (Assembly Bill 2325); (2) Requiring any mailed solicitation that offers to provide a copy of an owner's grant deed or other title records for a fee to include a prominent statutory disclosure that the copy service is not associated with any governmental agency and that the homeowner can obtain such records from the county recorder (Assembly Bill 1373); and (3) Increasing the criminal punishment for renting out a residential dwelling without the owner's consent from six months imprisonment plus a $1,000 fine, to one year imprisonment, plus a $2,500 fine (Assembly Bill 1800).
  • Other Laws: Some of the other laws that may interest REALTORS® include, but are not limited to, revisions to the mechanics' lien law (Senate Bill 189); clarification that the prohibition against discrimination of tenants based on source of income pertains to lawful and verifiable income (Senate Bill 1252); extension of the CalVet Home Loan program to include 2-to-4 residential units (Assembly Bill 2087); and lien enforcement by a municipal utility district for a tenant's delinquent charges (Senate Bill 1035).

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