Dear MCAR member:

MLSListings made important announcements regarding Open Houses and Days on Market. Please see their announcements below. Please also see the latest recap updates from C.A.R. for important news and resources.

Thank you,

In our ongoing effort to help our subscribers and home buyers/sellers navigate through these challenging times, we've made several updates to make it easier for users on our  public website to find and search for listings with virtual open house information.
Additionally, we made a few subscriber-requested changes to the dynamic display of agent production info.  
To learn more about both of these updates, please  read this article .
In light of last week's  revision of local and state shelter-in-place  (SIP) orders, which relaxed certain restrictions on the showing of properties, the MLSListings Board of Directors decided to reinstate the calculation of Days on Market (DOM) effective May 16, 2020. Beginning on that date, all active listings in the MLSListings system will once again commence accruing DOM.
The MLSListings Board of Directors previously approved a policy to  suspend the accrual of DOM  on all listings on March 17, 2020. With this new decision, DOM will have effectively been paused for 60 days.
Any listing that was active prior to March 17, 2020 and had its DOM paused will once again begin accumulating DOM on May 16, 2020.
Additionally, the other SIP-related changes will remain in place until further notice:
Thank you, 
MLSListings Inc.
May 6, 2020

Dear REALTOR ® ,

During this COVID-19 pandemic, we are facing some of the biggest challenges in a generation, experiencing severe stress and uncertainty with our businesses, our families and our way of life. Our daily lives have changed overnight, and as we prepare to transition to a new normal, we, at C.A.R., are focused on addressing our members’ most immediate needs and advancing policies that will strengthen economic recovery and the housing market, supporting REALTORS®, our clients and our communities.
I am writing today to share the news that after collecting and submitting nearly 1.5 million signatures, C.A.R.’s ballot initiative has recently qualified for the November 2020 ballot — and at our C.A.R. Board of Directors meetings last week, the Board overwhelmingly voted to lead the campaign effort to win passage of The Family Home Protection and Fairness in Property Tax initiative in the upcoming election.
The Family Home Protection and Fairness in Property Tax initiative is needed now more than ever and is key to a California Housing Market Economic Recovery. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that changed the way we work and live, C.A.R.’s actions placed us in the position we are in today to support this initiative: providing housing relief for millions of seniors, improving homeownership opportunities throughout the state, and generating needed revenues for local school districts, cities and counties to help fill budget deficits and critical funding for schools, public safety, healthcare and homeless services, local housing projects and more.
In April 2019, C.A.R.’s Board of Directors supported the first official step in the initiative process by submitting it to the Attorney General. Then in October 2019, the Board of Directors supported funding the qualification and signature collection to place this initiative on the ballot. The campaign’s efforts resulted in submitting a record number of signatures in time for the November ballot — qualifying the measure under budget, with over $1 million in cost-savings.
This initiative is a win-win for everyone — creating relief for seniors and victims of wildfires, homeownership opportunities throughout the state and needed revenue for local government and school districts at a time when they need it most.
Key Provisions: 
Benefits Homeowners, Seniors, People with Disabilities and Natural Disaster Victims
This initiative removes unfair location and price restrictions, so that homeowners 55 years or older, people with severe disabilities, and victims of wildfires or natural disasters can transfer their existing property tax base to a replacement home anywhere in California. Without this change, many have felt trapped in their homes and could not afford to move closer to their families or health care facilities. This eliminates hurdles for homeowners, including those in our most vulnerable population at this most critical time. 
Constitutionally Protects Family Homes
The initiative protects the right of parents and grandparents to pass the family home on to their children, so they can afford to live in the home. This family home tax savings, termed a “special rule” in the State Legislature, has been targeted by the media and by state legislators for removal. This initiative safeguards family homes as intended under Proposition 58 and Proposition 193.
Benefits Local Communities and Schools 
This initiative provides long-term benefits for local municipalities and schools, generating hundreds of millions of dollars to help fund public safety, hospitals, health care services, homeless programs and local housing projects. The initiative does not raise or change tax rates, it simply defines events that may trigger future limited assessments. For example, the initiative requires disclosure and reporting of corporate ownership changes and reassessment of business property resulting from certain ownership changes — which will generate over $269 million per year, according to the California Board of Equalization. This modest reform is even backed by business groups.
We are supporting this initiative because we believe it is a policy that the housing market desperately needs for economic recovery, addressing the housing needs of millions of Californians, while providing revenue for schools and local communities. This is why recent polling conducted this past month confirms consistent voter support across the state for the initiative’s provisions.
As California transitions to a new normal, this initiative has come at an important moment. It will help ease housing affordability and accessibility for Californians, stimulate the housing market and provide funding for our local municipalities and schools.
I am proud to announce C.A.R.’s full support of The Family Home Protection and Fairness in Property Tax initiative and hope you will join me in helping to win its passage in November. 


Jeanne Radsick
C.A.R. President

A weekly digest to keep you up to speed on the California coronavirus outbreak.

May 5, 2020

Welcome to the eighth issue of C.A.R.’s newsletter recapping the last week’s worth of news on the coronavirus outbreak in California. Before we get started on the news, we want to make sure you’re caught up on the new resources we’ve put out in the past week to help our members through this crisis:

  • Within hours of applications for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) opening to California independent contractors, we released step-by-step instructions on how to apply for PUA through the California Employment Development Division (EDD). This 35-page guide walks you through exactly how to apply for assistance.
  • We updated Forms CVA, PEAD and PEAD-LR, which you can find on our COVID Legal Documents page. The updated versions of these forms are also now in zipForm®. Be sure you are always using the most recent forms available rather than relying on a form you have saved that may have since been updated.
  • We’ve continued to update our Relief FAQ for Agents and Relief FAQ for Brokers with new information on loan programs from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as well as California’s rollout of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
  • Check out this brief video on the types of financial assistance programs you may be eligible for.
  • You can find recordings of last week’s webinars on applying for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) on the webinars page of the C.A.R. coronavirus microsite. You can also check out and register for next week’s webinars.
  • Yesterday, C.A.R.’s brand new advertising campaign saluting the resilient spirit of California started airing on ABC. We hope this message of hope and inspiration will resonate with you and that you will share these ads with your networks.
  • If you've successfully applied for and received financial assistance through the PPP or PUA programs, we'd love to hear from you! Please send an email
  • to and let us know how long the process took for you.

In This Issue:
  • The Economy & Your Finances: PUA application rollout mired by glitchy system
  • The Market & Industry: California market starting to show signs of life
  • Around the State: Tensions mount over when to reopen
  • Health Check-Up: New drug shows promise, debate on vaccine timeline continues