Archive for August, 2012

Play Ball!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

There is a lot of news this week:  Petaluma Little League team going to the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania.  They are one of 8 US teams to compete, along with 8 International teams.  The first game is Thurs. 8/16; the Boulevard Cinemas will show the first two games in two of its largest auditoriums, at $15/per ticket—monies go to the families of team members to help offset the costs of traveling to the tournament.

Remember, school starts next Monday, Aug. 20th.  If you commute to work, take some extra time to allow for added traffic.

Regarding politics – we now know who is running on the Republican Ticket.  Prepare to be deluged with political advertising which will include telephone calls, flyers/postcards in your mail; don’t be surprised if it is negative & ugly.  Remember to be an informed voter; take the time to read about policies the candidates want to change or what they support, and why. 

A couple of interesting events this weekend:  Cotati Accordion Festival on Fri. & Sat. (8/18 & 19), call 707-664-0444; on Sat. 8/18, the Holstein 100 Bike Ride (and Walk) in Petaluma, call 415-663-8148; or Sat. 8/18, Late Summer Open garden hosted by the Russian River Rose Company (Free) in Healdsburg, call 707-433-7455.

Alert: Know who you are working with!

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

The collapse of the real estate market clearly contributed to a record number of disciplinary actions against licensees by the DRE.  Over 50% of the disciplinary actions were for scammers involved in foreclosure rescue & short sale scams.

A Real Estate Sales Licensee or Real Estate Broker must be licensed with the Department of Real Estate (DRE) to sell, lease, and/or originate loans, even Private Money Loans.  A Licensee must have 45 hours of continuing education (CE) every 4 years, once they obtain their license.  In addition, if the licensee arranges loans on single family dwellings, they must also obtain an NMLS endorsement to their license.  The NMLS endorsement requires 8 hours of CE each calendar year. 

While the DRE’s purging of unscrupulous operators from the real estate industry is important and is a good start, it is also important for business owners, like myself, to stay current on regulations and make sure that our agents & employees are also informed of relevant information on our industry.

A couple of interesting events this weekend are: Petaluma Animal Shelter Fundraiser on Fri. 8/10, call 707-778-1232; or a Roasted Pig Supper on Sat. 8/11 held at the Nicholson Ranch in Sonoma, call 707-938-8822, ext. 22.