Read Q&A Here Senate Bill 9 unpacked and explained. Learn why it needs a little more work before C.A.R. can fully endorse the measure.
Defensible space is the “buffer zone” that homeowners create between a structure on the property and any flammable grass, trees, shrubs, or wildland area that surround it. There are state and local laws that require certain property owners to maintain defensible space on their property. Read The C.A.R. Quick Guide
‘California Dreamin’ is alive and well right now if you’re selling your home. In 2020, home sellers typically pocketed a net cash gain of $210,000 from the sale of their homes. That’s a 63.8% increase from the purchase price! Thanks to PROP 19, seniors, retirees, all homeowners aged 55+, Homeowners with severe disabilities, and victims of natural Disasters can move closer to family, medical care, or to a home that better meets their needs anywhere in California without a tax penalty. PDF Flyer Flyer with Music
C.A.R. has put together a short explainer video about the legislation we’re sponsoring and supporting as it relates to fair housing. AB 263 – Implicit bias training for all real estate licensees AB 491 – Stops discriminatory practices of treating residents of affordable housing units and mixed-income developments differently from market-rate housing units residents. AB 633 – Makes changes to current law to preserve intergenerational wealth AB 948 – Requires information to be provided to buyers and sellers on how to report discriminatory appraisals by licensed real estate appraisers Learn from the video, the importance of these measures and share it with your clients to show how REALTORS® are fighting for fair housing.
As of June 15, the California economy will reopen and, with limited exceptions, will return to normal operations. NEARLY ALL COVID PROTOCOLS WILL END No physical distancing for attendees and customers No cleaning No posted rules of entry required No PEADS or any other type of sign in No one will have to agree to an office prevention plan No one will have to attest to their current health status No capacity limits (below 5,000) No restrictions on door knocking or handing out flyers STAY TUNED!
May 26, 2021 Hundreds of bills failed to advance last week during a rapid-fire appropriations process known as the suspense file. The suspense file process was introduced in the Legislature in the 1980s to promote fiscal responsibility by evaluating the costs and comparing bills before they reach the Assembly or Senate floor. Unexpectedly, the day before the committee hearings last Thursday, President pro-Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced a new limit of 12 bills per legislator, ensuring the death of hundreds of bills. Atkins reasoned that rules requiring “increased access for people to phone in public comment” made the cap necessary. Of the 16 priority bills highlighted during the League of California Cities Legislative Action Days, 12 were placed on the appropriations committee suspense files and during those hearings, five bills had favorable outcomes for California cities. Check Out Some of The BillsAt THE...
Last year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gavin Newsom issued four executive orders that extended deadlines for certain DRE licensees and pending applicants. The most recent order, N-83-20, extended some fee payment and license requirement deadlines until June 30, 2021. That deadline is quickly approaching! The Department of Real Estate (DRE) is urging licensees and examinees in the following four groups to take action now to beat the upcoming deadline: Those whose DRE four-year license expired between April 16, 2020 and June 29, 2021 Those whose DRE license “late” renewal rights expired on or after April 16, 2020 Those who applied for a license exam and are in the two-year window to schedule an exam Those who have passed their exam, but have not applied for their license Read DRE’s Full Advisory Revei | 800-582-7979 | Buy Now C.A.R. Members: FREE 45-Hour Package!
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In a press conference this morning, Newsom announced that California will receive an additional $2.6 billion in rental assistance from the federal government. That brings California’s total federal rental aid to $5.2 billion. Read On…
We thank the 52 members who showed up for GAOR’s first webinar. Your show of support for our distinguished panel who presented our concerns to Assm. Laura Friedman on Legislative Day was a BIG SUCCESS. Our GAOR representatives drove home two important issues, which C.A.R. supports, in regard to housing: Greg Astorian, GAOR Government Affairs Director Panel Facilitator Eddie Manisian SB6: State Senate Bill An act to amend Section 65913.4 of, and to add and repeal Section 65852.23 of, the Government Code, relating to land use. Senate Bill 6 enacts, until January 1, 2029, the “Neighborhood Homes Act,” which establishes a housing development project as an allowable use on a “neighborhood lot,” which is defined as a parcel within a commercial zone where office and retail uses are permitted, so long as the parcel is not adjacent to an industrial use. Here is the California Government Posting Antoinette Stahl ACA7:...
Before attempting to download the Whova App to find the LEGISLATIVE DAY Events you want to attend. Please do two things before getting sidetracked with all their offerings: 1. Register for GAOR’s Webinar with Asm. Laura Friedman REGISTER for 1:30 p.m. 2. Register for PFAR’s Webinar with Sen. Anthony Portantino REGISTER for 4:00 p.m. 3. Register for C.A.R.’s first-ever fully virtual Legislative Day REGISTER and download the app Other Noteworthy Speakers 2:30 p.m. Assemblymember Ed Chau | To Register CLICK HERE 4:00 p.m. Assemblymember Chris R. Holden |To Register CLICK HERE
C.A.R. is hosting its first-ever, fully virtual Legislative Day on Tuesday, April 27th. At 1:30 p.m. GAOR is scheduled to meet with Asm. Laura Friedman. Greg Astorian, Antoinette Stahl, and Eddie Minassian from GAOR will be pitching for our team. Our show in numbers at 1:30 p.m. on this day would help send our message loud and clear. If you’ve ever been curious about Legislative Day but couldn’t commit to going to Sacramento to experience it live, this is a great opportunity for you to take part without leaving home! Please REGISTER For This 30 Minute Webinar Now Please note – you will need your NRDS ID to register.If you’re unsure of it, here’s a link to look it up: http://on.car.org/nrdslookup Besides attending this 30-minute webinar to support our associationclick here to learn about all the day’s events that you can attend.Continue reading
“What needs to happen is less driving and more easy and safe options for getting around.” Assembly Transportation Chair Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) is tackling all of this with A.B. 1401, which would prohibit cities from imposing minimum parking requirements on certain developments, specifically those located near existing public transit. The bill has strong support from housing advocates, affordable housing developers, and a few mayors who showed up to the press conference to tout its benefits. Her goal is to help California set policies that “prioritize and center human beings over cars; that prioritize people, housing, health, and the environment,” she said. Read More About This Measure Here
Save the date April 27 for Legislative Day 2021, a day filled with talks from our Capitol’s most dynamic political leaders and much, much more! Join us for C.A.R.’s first-ever fully virtual Legislative Day! C.A.R. is hosting its first-ever, fully virtual Legislative Day on Tuesday, April 27th and we encourage you to join other REALTORS® from the Glendale Association of REALTORS® who are participating. If you’ve ever been curious about Legislative Day but couldn’t commit to going to Sacramento to experience it live, this is a great opportunity for you to take part without leaving home! Here are some of the highlights of the content for the day: Hear from dynamic political leaders – Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins and Assembly Member Blanca Rubio. Receive a state legislative update from C.A.R.’s Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs, Sanjay Wagle. A Fireside Chat with Legendary Political Columnist Dan Walters and...Continue reading
If you are a landlord who has one or more eligible renters, you can apply to get reimbursed for 80% of each eligible renter’s unpaid rent between April 1, 2020, and March 31, 2021. You are required to agree to waive the remaining 20% of unpaid rent for that specific time period. Learn about the requirements and what you need readily available before applying. Take the Landlord Eligibility Quiz About BCSH
In case you missed it, here is some pertinent information shared at our Town Hall meeting on March 3rd by Greg Astorian, GAOR’s Government Affairs Director. TOPIC: Housing and Eviction Moratorium Presentation: Important links worth noting. https://landlordtenant.dre.ca.gov/ https://www.glendaleca.gov/ https://www.car.org/riskmanagement/covidlegaldocs https://www.car.org/riskmanagement/live https://www.caprop19.org/ Prop 19 CAR Webinar The California COVID-19 Information App for Tenants & Landlords City of Glendale COVID-19 Dashboard If you have any other topics you would like to see covered at our meetings, please let us know.
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As new information about the implementation of Proposition 19 comes out this year, we will make every effort to disseminate the data points and bring them to your attention in the form of a post or discussion topic at our Weekly Town Hall Meeting. Any information we gather will be collected and summarized on this dedicated resource page. gaor.org/prop19 Should you come across a worthy resource, please contact us so that we can add it and share it with your fellow members. Take Me To GAOR’s PROP 19 Resource Page
C.A.R. partnered with ABC to be the presenting sponsor of their new documentary called “California Dreaming” airing on 2/6 and 2/13 at 9:00 p.m. on KABC-TV, Los Angeles, KGO-TV, San Francisco, and KFSN-TV, Fresno. The documentary explores the “state of the state”, pointing to the significant challenges associated with wildfires, extreme weather, earthquakes and the rising cost of living, whilst also covering all that is good about living and working in California. C.A.R. President Dave Walsh introduces the documentary, closes out the film, and is also featured within the program. In addition, our partnership includes the following: Custom C.A.R.:30 spots to air directly after the show 3-5-minute news features each day leading up to the airing Heavy promotion across channel + station websites Access to content/usage post airing Spot bank for usage during Spring flight Learn More About California Dreaming,The Future of the Golden State In case you happen to...Continue reading
GAOR has made searchable in our Member Center, insights from the California Association of REALTORS® on issues surrounding Proposition 19. Check out this one-page summary Quick Guide on Property Tax Increase Limits on Primary Residences. For more of a deep dive, C.A.R. offers some legal perspective as well.
A Panel Discussion with State Legislators on Racial Equality and Housing Featuring: The Honorable State Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25) The Honorable Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-41) The Honorable Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-43) Crystal DaCosta: GLAR Board Member of the Black Business Caucus Friday, October 30 | 9:00 a.m. Advanced Registration Required Join us and hear the latest on racial equality and equity in our communities. Learn what we can do to promote fair housing. Find out what is happening in Sacramento and connect with our legislators who are representing us in the halls of the State Capitol. Discussion topics Fair Housing Diversity in education Affirmative action- how can we ensure all students receive an equal education? Diversity in policing. What can the state do to encourage local cities to move towards a community policing model to strengthen relationships between the police departments and communities they serve? Diversity within local and state...
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PROP 15 SUPPORTERS ADMIT HOMEOWNERS ARE NEXT The Yes on Prop 15 campaign is telling voters that they won’t come after homeowners. Statements over the years show that’s not true. Supporters of Prop 15 have admitted the next step is to repeal Prop 13 and increase residential property taxes — meaning skyrocketing housing costs for millions of Californians. We know the truth and we’ve got the proof that homeowners are next. Prop 15 has too many flaws and will increase the cost of living for all Californians. Learn the truth about the largest property tax increase in California history! Share flyers on your social media channels. Please feel free to use any of the flyers provided here. NO on 15 – Flaw 4 – Admin Flaw Infographic NO on 15 – Flaw 6 – Housing Crisis Infographic NO on 15 – Myth vs. Fact Go To The NO ON 15...
Limits Property Taxes Increases for Wildfire Victims With over 20,000 homes destroyed by wildfires in the past few years, too many wildfire victims face significant and sudden tax hikes for moving to replacement homes located across county lines, sometimes just a few miles from their damaged homes. Prop 19 provides needed tax protections and savings for wildfire victims, removing location restrictions to allow those forced to move due to wildfires to transfer their damaged home’s property tax base to a replacement home anywhere in California. Closing Unfair Tax Loopholes Prop 19 closes loopholes exploited by East Coast investors, celebrities, and wealthy trust fund heirs to avoid paying their fair share on vacation homes, beachfront rentals, and luxury estates. Gaming the system allows wealthy heirs to pay a few thousand dollars in property taxes on inherited homes worth $10 million., and forces middle-class families to pay property tax bills that are...
Grants New Powers to Regulatory Bodies to Impose or Modify Rent Policies – Without Public Oversight. Proposition 21 will change existing law to allow extreme rent control regulations and rules to be locally- enacted by unelected rent boards. These boards could change the cost and availability of housing with no requirements that they seek public input or that they hold a public vote. Eliminates Homeowner Protections. Proposition 21 allows regulators to tell single-family homeowners how much they can charge to rent out their homes – even if they just want to rent a single room. Homeowners will be subject to regulations and price controls enacted by unelected boards. Reduced Availability of Affordable and Middle-Class Housing. Independent academic experts from Stanford and U.C. Berkeley agree extreme rent control policies like those in Prop 21 discourage new construction and reduce availability of affordable and middle-class housing, driving up rents for many Californians....
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Beginning on Constitution Day, September 17, through Sunday, September 20, join Census Bureau partners nationwide in reminding your network that time is running out to respond to the 2020 Census.Share this 2020 Census graphic with your social media followers using the hashtag #2020Census, and post this 2020 Census banner on your website. Plan to send an email or text message reminder to your employees with a link to respond at 2020census.gov, and post a reminder on your intranet. Support your digital engagement with activities like chalking the sidewalks in your community. For example, social media reminders could be combined with “Chalk the Walk” reminders that ask your stakeholders and social media followers to chalk "last chance to be counted in the #2020Census" on their sidewalks. Time is Running Out Social Media Graphics: Graphic 1, Graphic 2 Time is Running Out Web Badges and Banner: Badge 1, Badge 2, Banner 2020 Census Outreach Materials Where to Count...
Here are follow up notes from GAOR’s Government Affairs Legislative Update There are three propositions on the November ballot that should be of interest to REALTORS®: Proposition 15 Prop 15 (known as the Split Roll Initiative) would tax commercial property based on its market value, rather than the price at which it was purchased (the way residential property is taxed). Owners of commercial properties valued at a cumulative $3 million would see their properties reassessed at least every three years. CAR has not taken a position on this measure yet. Proposition 19 Prop 19 is the CAR-sponsored initiative that would allow all homeowners who are over 55, disabled, or victims of natural disasters to take their property tax base with them when they sell their homes and buy a new one. Should the new home have a higher tax value than the old one, the homeowner would pay a blended rate...
The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Think of your morning commute: Census results influence highway planning and construction, as well as grants for buses, subways, and other public transit systems. Or think of your local schools: Census results help determine how money is allocated for the Head Start program and for grants that support teachers and special education. The list goes on, including programs to support rural areas, to restore wildlife, to prevent child abuse, to prepare for wildfires, and to provide housing assistance for older adults.
With so much change happening in our local and state governments, it’s not easy keeping up with ordinances and legislative rules that directly affect our industry and daily professional lives. Please join us at our next Town Hall Meeting on August 5, to get a Government Legislative update by Laura Olhasso. Ask questions, give feedback on what is and is not working for you. See you Wednesday at 8:30 at our Local Town Hall.