Are You Eligible for a Parcel Tax Exemption?

Learn Everything You Need to Know About School Parcel Taxes in Santa Clara County

What is a Parcel Tax?

Parcel taxes are real property tax assessments available to cities, counties, special districts, and school districts. These taxes are flat rate, and are non-ad valorem meaning that they are not based on the assessed value of the property. California permits, but does not require, school districts to grant exemptions from parcel taxes for those age 65 or older and persons with disabilities.

Who is taxing and why do they give exemptions?

Local school districts often pass parcel taxes to supplement state funding for school supplies, classroom upgrades, and  operating expenses. 22 of 32 school districts in Santa Clara County offer parcel tax exemptions for seniors and/or homeowners with disabilities, but they are often not publicized well and taxpayers may not know they are eligible for an exemption. The exemptions exist often as part of a strategy to get them to pass muster with the voters in the first place.

What is being done to notify taxpayers they may be eligible for tax relief?

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Red Alert: SCCAOR Opposes SB 231 (Hertzberg) Sewer Tax

C.A.R. is OPPOSING SB 231 (Hertzberg), a bill that allows local governments to circumvent the State Constitution and Proposition 218 to tax property owners directly for costs related to stormwater infrastructure projects without the legally required voter approval. C.A.R opposes SB 231 because it uses legal “sleight of hand” to allow local governments to impose new taxes without required voter input. The bill will be considered by the ENTIRE Assembly as soon as Monday, June 19th.

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2017 REALTOR® Action Fund Recognition

Thank you to our 2017  RAF Contributors!

The REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) helps to protect private property rights, homeownership, and YOUR business. With potential tax reform in Congress that would increase the taxes on homeowners nationally at an average $815 annually, it is now more important than ever to contribute to the RAF. We have successfully fought back against taxes on your commission and unnecessary fees on home buyers because of the efforts of our members. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are recognizing those members and giving a very special thank you for their 2017 voluntary contributions to the REALTOR® Action Fund.


Neil Collins
Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®

P.S. If you have not made a contribution this year you can do so here.


NAR Golden “R”

$5,000 initially and $2,000 annually- $449 Annual Renewal for Chartered NAR Golden “R’s” prior to 01.01.02. NAR provides annual pin, invitation to attend NAR’s special functions during NAR meetings. C.A.R. provides a major donor ribbon given and an invitation to all C.A.R.’s major donor receptions held during the C.A.R. Directors meetings.

Dave Walsh

Robert Kulick

Stephen Hanleigh

Colleen Badagliacco

Carl San Miguel

NAR Crystal “R”

$2,500 initially and $1,500 annually- NAR provides annual pin, invitation to attend NAR’s special functions during NAR meetings. C.A.R. provides a major donor ribbon given and an invitation to all C.A.R.’s major donor receptions held during the C.A.R. Directors meetings.

Douglas Goss

N.A.R. Sterling “R”

$1,000 Initial Contribution and $1,000 Annually-NAR Sterling “R” pin given by NAR upon initial investment, invitation from NAR to attend their special functions during NAR meetings. Members will receive a major donor ribbon, along with an invitation to all C.A.R. major donor receptions.

Karl Lee

Michael Sibilia

Greg Haas

Rick Smith

Quincy Virgilio

William Welch

Trisha Motter

Sandy Jamison

Kevin Cole

Bradley Gill

Myron Von Raesfeld

Michael Bui


California Silver Bear

$449 and above Annual Contribution – Members will receive a Silver Bear pin upon initial contribution, a new ribbon given to a member annually, along with an invitation to all C.A.R.’s major donor receptions held during the C.A.R. Directors’ meetings

William Chea

Neil Collins

Pamela Foley

Anne Hansen

True Cost of Doing Business

$148 and above Annual Contribution –  Members will receive a silver RAF pin upon initial contribution and an invitation to the Capitol Reception during the Sacramento mid-year meetings.

Barbara Lymberis

Melinda Gedryn

Dennis Badagliacco

Lisa Faria

Michael Gill

Grace Vaccaro

Shirley LeDeit

Frank Cancilla

Greg Carlsted

Cindy Dalla

James Dill

Craig Gorman

Zhan (Jeff) Ling

James Myrick

Tung Nguyen

Vince Rocha

Joseph Weinstein

Kenneth Wong

Minimum Cost of Doing Business

$49 and above – Members Receive an RAF Button Pin

Robert Catalano, Jill Curry, Jim Guido, Gita Kazemi, Julie Keil, Joseph Pollifrone, Ronald Ramirez, Geraldine Rincon, Rebekah Slipsager, Alice Tong, Carla Griffin, Gene Hunt, Donald Tornincasa, Lyzette Abaya, Deborah Adamo, Brenda Addiego, Alfred Altomare, Enrique Alva, Mariano Alvarado, Christina Andrade, Gina Andrade, Alicia Andrade-Cuevas, Chi Ansjory, Raeann Arias, Anita Armendariz, Annalyn Artadi, Gloria Ashdown, Roland Attebery, Antonio Avelar, Brigitte Avigdor, Brenda Avilla-Kintz, Narinder Badwal, Laleh Bagheri, Arthur Bando, Arthur Bannister, Nicole Banucci, John Baptiste, Syed Baqar, Roland Barcos, Kip Barnard, Don Barnes, Holly Barr, F.Darlene Barrick, Suman Bazaz, Tom Beck, Jen Beehler, Tahereh Behtaji, Jason Belcher, Gretchen Bell, Kimiko Berger, Carlos Bernardo, Guy Berry, David Bettencourt, Manuel Bettencourt, Melinda Bettencourt, Sushanta Bhandarkar, Rashmi Bhargava, Steve Bianchi, Carolyn Bird, Marlene Bird, Lisa Blagof, Lisa Blaylock, Brian Bonafede, Dina Bonafede, Steve Bonafede, Brian Bonnifield, Matthew Bowen, Barry Brady, Steven Brady, Robert Braud, Diane Bravo, Desiree Breschi, Orlando Brittian, Joseph Brown, Nicki Brown, Mickelin Burnes-Browne, Ann Butler, Brett Bynum, Joel Calvillo, N. Campa, Edward Campbell, Vicky Campos, Carlo Caralli, Julie Carlson, Kimberly Carmassi, Fidel Carrasco, Richard Carrasco, J C Chadband, Pat Chadwell, Philip Chandy, Jennifer Chang, Kuo-Wei Chang, Mark Charon, Meiju Chen, Stanley Chen, Wu Chen, Xiaohu Chen, Hon Cheng, Wing May Cheung, Raymond Chiu, Helen Chong, Lisa Cimino, Russell Ciotta, Trevor Clarke, Angie Cocke, Joy Colin-Brown, Melinda Collins, Thomas Collins, Twilynn Collins, Kristen Constantino, Orlando Contreras, Joseph Cossitor, Philip Costanza, Clint Cox, Michael Craighead, Patrick Crema, Leonora Cruz, Robert Cruz, Rita Curley, Dean Daily, Mike D’Ambrosio, Bryan Dang, Vincent Dangerio, Julie Davis, Amber DeLaere, Jean-Louis Delville, Pritpal Deol, Mark Devlin, Danielle Di Carlo, Jerry Dias, Mansoor Dinga, Tony Dinh, Arthur Dixon, Dang Do, Julia Dong, Tyler Doughty, James Downey, Cristina Dunne, Melinda Dy, David Eisbach, Vahlya Eldredge, Michelle Elliott, James Endo, Wendy Eng, Elise Erwin, Deonna Essary, Lauson Fargher, Lawrence Fargher, Lei Feng, Todd Fernandes, Terese Ferrara, Susan Fick, Laila Fields, Pamela Finch, Arlene Finney, Barry Ford, Larry Fordyce, Robert Fowle, Joanne Francis, Peggy Francis, Michael Frangadakis, Mary Fritzsche, Gail Fulcher, Robert Gadsby, Marc Gallardo, Donald Gaskin, Prem Gaur, Sammy Giang, Lorie Gillespie, Gary Gillmor, Lisa Gillmor, Martin Gillum, Debra Giordano, Mark Gissler, Lawrence Giuffre, Robert Godar, Rose Marie Goff, Adriana Gomez, Virginia Gonzales, Cristina Gonzalez, Jaime Gonzalez, Jorge Gosalvez, Diane Grant, Scott Grant, Lisa Grisalin, Judith Guardino, Jack Guercio, Becky Guillett, Christina Gutierrez, Jerry Gutierrez, Ramiro Gutierrez, Sergio Gutierrez, Tiffanie Ha, John Haggerty, Pamela Hammer, Charles Hanna, Diane Hardy, Holly Hartman, Melissa Haugh, Richard Hebert, Julie Hedrick, Patricia Hein, Timothy Hendrix, Ryan Henry, Agnes Hernandez, Anna Hewitt, Lilly Ho, Nancy Hoang, Shiann-Tarng Huang, Jessica Huening, Jean Hung, Kelly Hunt, Donald Huntley, Mary Husi, Ryan Iwanaga, Dennis Jacobs, Robert Jamello, Robert Jamison, Tammie Jann, Don Jessup, Matt Johnston, Carmen Jones, Jacqueline Jones, William Jones, Jeanette Jordan, Thomas Kalivoda, Alex Kang, Bliss Katopothis, Nasrollah Kazemi, Douglas Keefer, Curt Keegan, Judy Kelley, Terrence Kelly, Jae Kim, Miwan Kim, Glenn Kinsey, Zo Ann Kinsey, Pamela Kliewer, Scott Kliewer, Wanda Klor, Joann Kooyman, Ronald Kooyman, Gzim Kraja, Mercedes Kronfeld, David Kubit, Ming Hing Kwok, Yong Lai, Kha David Lam, Robert Lam, Michele Lane, Leslie Lang, Dave Lazzarini, Amanda Le, Mai Le, Terri Le, Towis Le, John Leahy, Jewel Linda Leake, Eva Leanos-Perez, Chung-Lin Lee, Juliana Lee, Jiangyan Li, Yihua Li, Ksai Liang, Chauyew Lin, Yun Lin, David Lindsay, Leonard Lindstrom, Vito Lippolis, Gene Litle, Andrew Liu, Danli Liu, Hong Liu, Lily Liu, Lori LoBue, Michael Lombardo, Norma Lopez, Julie Low, Patricia Lowe, Lien Kim Lu, Shirley LuLevitt, Rensha Luo, Nick Lymberis, Ronnie Lynds, Philip Ma, Robert Mackey, Lionel Madamba, Mohammad Madraswala, Gyan Maharaj, Carmen Mainor, Roger Malech, Barry Mangan, Lorelei Mangan, JLynn Manley, Ana Manzano, Louis Marcus, Douglas Marshall, Amber Martines, Ron Mason, Richard Matusich, Mark May, Sandra Mayfield, James Mc Carthy, Philip McCarty, Daniel McGuire, Morgan McGuire, Gaylene McIntosh, Michael McPherson, Pamala Meador, Enrique Medellin, Manish Mehta, William Meiklejohn, Louis Melo, Carol Meyer, Terry Meyer, Jeannette Mihalak, Artmis Milani, James Miller, Donna Minardi, Kent Mitchell, Celia Montenegro, Clinton Moore, R Douglas Moore, Roberta Moore, William Moore, Diana Mora, Ali Moridi, Mary Mosher, Al Motley, Natalia Movchan, Denise Myrick, Rinkoo Nat, Dave Navales, Karen Nelsen, Randal Nelson, Sonia Nevarez, Steve Nevarez Jr, Cuc Crystal Nguyen, Jenniee Nguyen, Liem Nguyen, Minh Nguyen, Stepfanie Nguyen, Thuy Nguyen, Vinh Nguyen, Qing Ni, Marjorie Nissly, Gary Nobile, Paul Nogosek, Nathaniel Norberg, Brigette O’Connor, James Odom, Andrew Oldham, Paulo Oliveira, Frank Oliver, Lizette Oliveri, Terry Olson, Dawn O’Neal, Michael Orlando, Mike Pan, Arvin Paredes, Eric Parker, James Parker, Stephen Parker, Eileen Parks, Buddy Parsons, Victoria Pasalo, Marcie Paul, Sylvia Pedigo, Greg Pedone, Jim Benedict Pedro, Kathryn Pelling, Stanley Perry, James Peterson, Christine Pham, Nick Pham, Son Pham, Thai Pham, Nga Phan, Stanley Phan, Joanna Phillips, Jim Pickett, John Pinto, Alan Pippert, Brian Porter, Catherine Power, Raul Profeta, Tam Quach, Martin Quintana, Gloria Radam, Corinne Raffanti, Baldev Rai, Richard Raich, Dorothy Ramirez, Norma Ramirez, Gabriel Ramirez-Perez, Lance Rasmussen, Robin Realini, Scott Rees, Roger Reguerin, Douglas Rennert, George Renz, Juan Reyes, Maria Reyes, Kimberly Reynolds, Louise Rinella, Javier Rivera, LAURA ROBERTSON, Charles Robinson, Rachel Rodriguez, Raphael Rodriguez, R. Rogers, Janette Rosales, Constantino Rosario, Deborah Rossetto, John Rossi, Donald Sabatini, Mehdi Safipour, Nora Sandoval, Robert Sanfilippo, Pamela Sauceda, Lee Schmidt, Josephine Schooler, Carolyn Schulte, David Schumacher, Debra Schwartz, Kerry Sexton, Fowzy Shacker, Tasneem Shaikh, Tessa Shao, An Shin, Jennifer Siem-Oldham, Cindy Simon, Shannon Sloan, Gema Smith, Karen Smith, Kerry Smith, Martin Smith, Louis Snyder, Shuwu Song, Vicente Songcayawon, Nickolas Sosa, Mary Jane Souza, Socorro Sowers, John Spangberg, Lee Springer, Anthony Stafford, Leonette Stafford, Pamela Staub, Doina Stefanescu Vines, Dennis Steinbach, Robert Stewart, Janet Strangis, Jerry Strangis, Diana Strannigan, Becky Strauss, Michael Strouf, Peter Suess, Veronika Suess, Bharath Talluri, Brian Tanger, Matthew Tenczar, Joseph Tersigni, John Thein, Tony Thomas, Nan Tingley, Douglas Tobin, David Tofte, Suzanne Tofte, Kevin Tomlinson, Ralph Toreson, Edward Tran, Huong Tran, Lisa Tran, Trieu Tran, Trung Tran, Larry Tringali, Cynthia Trinh, San Trinh, Rachna Tripathi, Jill Uda, Abi Vahdatinia, Alex Vainberg, Suzan Vainberg, Daniel Valcazar, Nolberto Valencia, Nathanial Valline, Rebecca Van Dahlen, John Van Dyk, Anthony Ventura, Alfonso Villafuerte, Michael Villa-Lobos, Mario Vista, Hong Vo, Kiet Vong, Cynthia Vu, Sonia Vu, Gary Walker, Jacqueline Walker, Joi Walker, Alexander Wall, Edward Wall, Kenneth Wall, Linda Walsh, Betty Wang, Greg Wang, Wen Wang, Adam Warrick, Toby Warthemann, Tracy Webb, Julia Welch, Theresa Wellman, David Wendt, Deena Westergard, Karlene Westfall, Christine Wheeler, Yolanda Williams, Bonnie Wilson, George Wilson, Ortencia Wingender, Warren Winsness, Roger Wintle, Jennifer Wirt, Kenneth Wirt, Maureen Wise, Cory Wong, Karel K M Wong, Mei-Yueh Wu, Min Wu, Steven Wu, John Wunderlich, Jinping Yao, Marisa Yap, Gary Yip, Michael Yoshihara, Margaret Yost, James Zako, Jerry Zang, Donna Zehner, Sherman Zell, Frank Zhang, Jane Zhang, Jennifer Zhang, Linda Zimmer


Other Contributors:

Robert Fernandez, Priscinia Celis, Gabriel Cervantez, Nick Chargin, Ambica Dhanjal, Rafael Insignares, Feifei Liu, Nha Mai, Ricardo Bareng, Allan McGurk, Steven Ramos, Maria Weingarten, Irene Jacobson, Susan Lapsys, Caroline Dyer, Drake Fenn, Jose Rodriguez, Farhad Sabouri, Lisa Wiseman, Ezequiel Aguilar, Maria Alvarez, Wilma Baltar, John Barnes, April Becerril, Jason Burkhart, Barbara Cadman, Elizabeth Castillo, Carlos Castro Sr, Bernardina Cerezo, Kraig Constantino, Javad Darian, Sarah Debrezion, Tim Denner, Shirley Fuller, Efren Galaviz-Partida, Eliazar Gonzalez, Gustavo Gonzalez, Jatindera Grewal, Kathryn Groth, Michael Herkenrath, Tongwen Huang, Socorro Huichapan, Ngoc Truc Huynh, Glen Jones, Lucy Kasparian, Fongling King, David Lee, Igor Likhatchev, Edward Lujan, Chris Luu, Josephine Mamaril, John Manibusan, Ricardo Martinez, Travis Masterbone, Lino Matos, Robert Matusich, Michael McCarthy, Jorge Moreno, Sahibzad Musafar, Hong Nguyen, Mellissa Nguyen, Eneyda Ortega, Gurinderjit Padda, Martin Padilla, Ezequiel Pando, Rachel Pavlicevich, Brian Pham, Suong Phung, Al Rambod, Ronald Reynolds, Mainor Ruano, Sheryl Ruth, Victor San Vicente, Jennifer Saulala, Ankit Shah, Conrad Solanzo, John Sparry, Kumar Tallam, Stephen Theard, Gabriela Thompson, Vinson Trac, Maria Vicencio, Manuel Villapando, Lungwen Wang, Margarita West, Tanya Williams, Sheryl Wisler, Linda Wolf, Amos Wright, Hamid Zahir

Learn more about Major Donor Levels

Oppose AB 71: Tell Legislators “Don’t Eliminate Mortgage Interest Deduction on Second Homes”



This is a brief update on AB 71 (Chiu), a bill C.A.R. has been OPPOSING that eliminates the mortgage interest deduction on second homes. C.A.R. opposes any attempt to limit or alter the mortgage interest deduction.

In advance of a possible floor vote in the Assembly, C.A.R. issued a series of Red Alerts, asking REALTORS® in targeted legislative districts to call their Assembly Member to urge them to vote “NO” on the bill. Others were asked to help spread the word on social media. And Key Contacts – our first-line volunteers who work day-in, day-out with legislators with whom them have a personal relationship – worked to educate the legislators and their staff about the MID and the need to preserve it.

It worked! In just two days, over 1,600 calls were placed, over 400 Tweets were posted using our hashtag #NoAB71, and countless others posted on Facebook. And, in many cases, Key Contacts were able to confirm their legislator’s opposition to the bill.

AB 71 has been eligible to be voted on by the entire Assembly since Wednesday and last night the Assembly adjourned until next week without taking action on the bill, presumably because the bill did not have the support necessary to pass it. This is thanks almost entirely to all of the REALTORS®– the only large political organization opposing AB 71 — who called their legislators and still more, including local association staff, who helped spread the word.

Because AB 71 has an “urgency” clause, it can still be voted on any time before the end of session in early September. And we will be asking some of you to reinforce your legislator’s opposition to the bill by sending emails or posting to social media. Be looking for that Red Alert early next week.

Thank you to everyone who took action on this bill so quickly. It really does take an army – a REALTOR® army!

For more information:

Contact DeAnn Kerr deannk@car.org or Rian Barrett rianb@car.org

(The Original blog post is below)

SCCAOR and C.A.R. are OPPOSING UNLESS AMENDED AB 71 (Chiu), a bill that would eliminate the mortgage interest deduction for second homes to fund an increase in low-income housing tax credits. While C.A.R. supports increasing the amount of tax credits available for low-income housing, the association is opposed to doing so at the expense of the mortgage interest deduction for second homes. AB 71 will be voted on by the entire Assembly as soon as  Wednesday, May 31st.

Action Items

  1. Urge your Assembly Member to Vote NO on AB 71 by calling 1-800-798-6593. Then enter your NRDS ID (or the Red Alert PIN number in the chart below) followed by the # sign to be connected to your legislator’s office.
  2. When staff answers the phone, you can use the following script:  “Hi, this is <insert your name>. I’m a constituent and a REALTOR®. Please ask the Assembly Member to Vote No on AB 71.
  3. Use Twitter to tweet the following with the appropriate legislators twitter name inserted from below: Govt shouldn’t change the rules. <insert handle>, please protect the MID.  #NoAB71
Assembly Member PIN Number Twitter Handle
Kansen Chu 3505 @kansenchu
Ash Kalra 2857 @Ash_Kalra
Evan Low 1152 @Evan_Low
Anna Caballero 2163 @AMCab2


Background and Talking Points

  • C.A.R. supports increasing the amount of tax credits available for low-income housing, we are opposed to doing so at the expense of the mortgage interest deduction for second homes.
  • AB 71 (Chiu) would eliminate the mortgage interest deduction (MID) for second homes to fund an increase in low-income housing tax credits. If the MID were eliminated for second homes, 2,152 home sales would be lost in the first year after implementation. The potential impact of the MID elimination is an economic loss of $180.2 million to the state of California in the year following the implementation.
  •  C.A.R. opposes changing the mortgage interest deduction because:
    • The state shouldn’t change the rules after the fact. People made significant financial decisions, trusting that the mortgage interest deduction would be there to make the property affordable The MID is already capped. The amount of the mortgage interest deduction is already capped regardless of whether the taxpayer has one home or two homes.  It’s not right for government to dictate to homeowners how they can allocate their housing dollars
    • Second homes are not necessarily “vacation homes.”  Someone faced with a one-way commute of an hour or more may choose to purchase a small condo near where they work in which to live during the workweek.
    • Local economies and communities will suffer. The economic health of the recreational areas of the state will be harmed by the elimination of the mortgage interest deduction on second homes. Homeowners in those areas of the state are going to be hard pressed to find a buyer if the mortgage interest deduction on second homes is eliminated.
    • Using the MID as a piggybank sets a dangerous precedent.

To learn more about this issue, visit www.SaveYourMID.org.  You can also contact DeAnn Kerr (deannk@car.org) or Rian Barrett (rianb@car.org) with any questions.


SCCAOR Members Attend Annual NAR Legislative meetings in Washington D.C.

On behalf of current and future home and property owners throughout the country, SCCAOR members attended the National Association of REALTORS® Annual Legislative meetings in Washington D.C. They were joined by more than 9,600 REALTORS® from across the country with the aim to advance key real estate issues during the 2017 REALTOR® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

Led by 2017 President Rick Smith and 2017 President-Elect Kevin Cole, the SCCAOR Leadership team joined fellow REALTORS® from California and across the nation to attend meetings and informational sessions. They also met with regulatory agency staff and lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss and advocate for real estate issues affecting their businesses, communities, and clients.

At the legislative-focused meetings, REALTORS® focused on several significant issues affecting the industry, such as flood insurance, tax reform, and sustainable homeownership.

Rick Smith (2017 SCCAOR President) and Kevin Cole (2017 SCCAOR President-Elect) with Rep. Ro Khanna

“REALTORS® are critical advocates for the real estate industry and for their clients, and this trip allowed us to educate our lawmakers that the wrong type of tax reform could cost homeowners hundreds or thousands of dollars more in taxes annually,” said Rick Smith.

SCCAOR members met with three members of Congress that represent parts of Santa Clara County: Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Rep. Anna Eshoo.

“We discussed important regulatory issues like proper oversight of PACE loans that impact home buyers and sellers in California,” said Kevin Cole.

Additionally, REALTORS® urged for the protection of sustainable homeownership by advocating for responsible reform of the secondary mortgage market, prohibiting the use of guarantee fees for any purposes other than credit-risk management, improving consumer protections for energy-efficiency improvement loans, and tax reform. CAR Treasurer-Elect and SCCAOR member Dave Walsh is the Key Contact for Rep. Zoe Lofgren and he led the meeting where she agreed that we should have tax policies that encourage homeownership and not punish it.

SCCAOR Members meeting with Rep. Anna G. Eshoo

One of the main issues discussed with Congressman Ro Khanna was the urgent need to pass a multiyear reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program before it expires on September 30. Khanna agreed that we needed to renew the flood insurance program without lapsing.

We appreciate the time and thoughtful feedback on our positions from all our members of Congress, which made this another successful trip to Washington D.C. representing all our REALTOR® members. For a full list of the issues that we discussed with our legislators, please visit the NAR Website

SCCAOR Members Attend 2017 Legislative Day in Sacramento

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® once again made a strong showing in Sacramento this year during C.A.R.’s Legislative Day on May 3rd. With over 60 local members in attendance joining over 2,500 REALTOR® members from across the state.
Those in attendance heard from Governor Jerry Brown on how REALTORS® are critical to not only advocating at the state level, but on the ground in communities across California to ensure that home ownership housing opportunity is at the top of the local agendas.
SCCAOR, SILVAR and SAMCAR members then held a joint luncheon with a special guest speaker Assemblymember Marc Steinorth who talked about his efforts to create homeowner savings accounts with this bill AB 1736, which allows first-time homebuyers to annually deduct the amount deposited in the account from their state taxes, up to $10,000 per year for individuals, and up to $20,000 for couples.
After the luncheon SCCAOR members met with Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Assemblymember Evan Low, Assemblymember Kansen Chu, and State Senator Jim Beall to discuss the biggest issues facing the real estate industry in California.

The legislation we discussed was C.A.R’s opposition to AB 1059, which would ban dual agency in commercial transactions. We also opposed SB 640 which would lay the foundation of creating a service tax in California which would not only harm REALTORS®, but also the homebuyers that would pay the tax. Finally, we addressed a myriad of bills that would increase housing supply to address affordability and availability of housing in California. AB 1059 and SB 640 are now effectively two-year bills and will not be moving forward during 2017.

Later in the week, the Board of Directors for C.A.R. sponsored additional legislation that addresses ways of creating more housing opportunity. A summary of action items from the board meetings can be found on the C.A.R. website.
You can view more photos from Legislative Day on our Facebook album.

Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program

The Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program was developed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to improve local air quality and reduce wintertime particulate matter pollution by helping Bay Area homeowners and landlords replace their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner options.

To be eligible, applicants must own a property that (1) is a residential unit located within the Air District’s jurisdiction, and (2) contains an operational wood-burning stove or fireplace, used for heating purposes. Qualifying wood-burning devices do not include those meant for cooking purposes.

Applicants may apply for one project option per property. Project options and base award for each project option are listed below:

In addition to the base funding shown above, applicants may be eligible to receive additional funding if they or their property meet one or more of the following Highly Impacted Resident conditions shown below:

For more information and to learn how to apply, visit the Bay Area Air Quality Management District website.

Santa Clara County Local Disclosures

Bay Area Air Quality Management District – Residential Fireplace Disclosure

Effective June 1, 2016, Regulation 6, Rule 3, Section 304 requires anyone who is selling, renting or leasing property in the nine counties of the Bay Area that has a wood-burning device to disclose health hazards of PM2.5. To comply with the requirements of the rule, the Air District prepared the enclosed “Residential Fireplace Disclosure.” Disclosures must be signed and dated by the buyer or renter upon receipt. Additional information on the health hazards of burning wood may be considered if approval is obtained from the Air District. All requests for approval to meet June 1, 2016 requirement must be received by May 1, 2016.

Click here to see the full disclosure.

BAAQMD Jurisdictions

Alameda County

Contra Costa County

Marin County

Napa County

San Francisco City and County

San Mateo County

Santa Clara County

Solano County (southwest portion only)

Sonoma County (southern portion only

Jurisdiction Information: http://www.baaqmd.gov/in-your-community

San Jose – Street Tree Disclosure

Municipal Code: 13.28.130.B. and 13.28.190

During the sale or transfer of a residential real property, the seller must disclose to the buyer if the property complies with the city’s street tree maintenance and replacement requirements of Sections 13.28.130.B. and 13.28.190. The City disclosure form generally requires that the property must have one street tree for any adjacent street (if it is an interior lot) and at least three street trees if it is a corner lot.

San Jose Tree Policy Manual: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8968

 Saratoga – Connection to Public Sanitary Sewer or Inspection of Private On-Site Sewage Disposal System Upon Transfer of Ownership of Property

Municipal Code: 7-10.070 – Section B11-13.2

No person shall transfer or convey more than 50 percent of the ownership interest in any real property, residence, place of business, or other building, located within 200 feet of an available approved public sanitary sewer, and upon which a private on-site sewage disposal system exists, without first providing for connection to the approved public sanitary sewer to the satisfaction of the City, as a condition to close of escrow or transfer of ownership of the subject property. No person shall sell, transfer, or convey more than 50 percent of the ownership interest in any real property, residence, place of business, or other building located in excess of 200 feet of an approved public sanitary sewer, upon which a private on-site sewage disposal system exists, without first obtaining an inspection of the sewage disposal system and written report summarizing the results of the inspection.

Saratoga – Occupancy Inspections

Municipal Code: Article 16-71

Transfer of ownership of any real property, except a site having a single-family dwelling (detached dwelling unit, condominium or townhouse unit) as the main structure thereon requires an occupancy inspection. No transfer of ownership shall be invalidated as a result of the failure to arrange for a prior occupancy inspection, but such inspection may be initiated and conducted by the City at any time after discovery by the building official that the transfer has occurred. The obligation to take corrective action, as described in Section 16-71.040, shall be imposed upon the current owner of the real property or business. Occupancy inspections shall be conducted by the City upon a request and appointment being made by the owner or occupant of the real property or the owner or operator of the business. Where an occupancy inspection is being made in connection with the transfer of real property, the entire site to be transferred shall be inspected. Where the occupancy inspection is being made in connection with the establishment or transfer of a business or a change of use, the premises where such business or use is conducted shall be inspected. The occupancy inspection shall be made for the purpose of determining whether the real property or premises and the proposed use thereof comply with all applicable zoning regulations of the City, all applicable state and local building codes and regulations, all applicable federal, state and local statutes, ordinances, and rules and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials or hazardous wastes. Within 10 days after completion of the inspection, the building official shall issue an inspection report to the person who originally requested the inspection or to the owner of the property if no prior request was made. The report shall also be made available to any other person requesting a copy thereof. The inspection report shall be effective for a period of 18 months from the date of the report. If the intended transfer of ownership or establishment of business or change of use is not accomplished within such period of time, an updated report must be obtained from the building official. Upon a determination by the building official that a violation of any statute, ordinance exists, the building official may order such corrective work to be performed as he deems necessary or appropriate to protect the health or safety of the occupants of the structure and the general public. The corrective work shall be commenced and completed within such times as specified by the building official. Unless authorized by the building official, no business license may be issued or change of use established until the corrective work has been completed to the satisfaction of the building official.

 Sunnyvale – Storm Water Management, Agreement to Maintain

Municipal Code: Chapter 12.60.200

Any land owner of a property which has been required under Chapter 12.60 (generally projects greater than 10,000 square feet of construction of any impervious space since 2001, greater than 5,000 square feet after December 1, 2011, and greater than 2,500 square feet after December 1, 2012) to construct or install and maintain such best management practices (structural device, measure, facility, or activity) shall, upon transferring ownership of such property, provide the new owners with a current copy of chapter 12.60, and shall inform the new owners in writing of their obligation to properly operate and maintain such stormwater treatment and/or source control best management practice.