After conducting extensive in-person interviews with potential candidates for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors and Officers, our Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates to serve as the Association leaders in 2019:

Officer Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee

Gustavo Gonzalez, President
Sandy Jamison, President-Elect
William Chea, Vice-President
Stephen Theard, Secretary-Treasurer

Director Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee

Kip Barnard
Kevin Cole*
Doug Goss
Bill Rehbock
SCRA Director TBD**

* Per SCCAOR policy, the immediate Past President is given a three-year term.
**Per SCCAOR Bylaws, one director shall be designated by the South County REALTORS® Alliance to serve a one-year term from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

Petition: Candidates for officers or directors, other than those candidates selected by the Nominating Committee, may be nominated by written petition on a form from SCCAOR. The petition must be signed by 150 or more REALTOR® members in good standing and be delivered to the Chief Executive Officer at SCCAOR not later than noon on July 23, 2018 (as prescribed in the SCCAOR Bylaws Article 10, Section 5)


Timeline of Election of Board of Directors

July 23 – Deadline to petition to be on the ballot.
July 24 – Record Date (Voting members must have their current e-mail address on file at SCCAOR prior to this date. Contact Member Services or go online to ensure your e-mail address is current.)
September 3 – Online voting begins at 8:00 a.m. (E-ballot sent via e-mail to all eligible members.)
September 21 – Online polls close at 5:00 p.m.
September 25 – Election results reported to Board of Directors.
November 16 – President declares the election results at our General Membership Meeting


Special Thanks to the SCCAOR Nominating Committee

Trisha Motter, Chairperson (Past President 2016), Rick Smith, Vice-Chairperson (Past President 2017), Myron Von Raesfeld, Chairperson (Past President 2014), Carl San Miguel (Past President 2013), Barbara Lymberis (Past President 2012), Jim Myrick (Past President 2005), Steve Hanleigh (Past President 2002), Pam Foley (Past President 1998), Kraig Constantino (SCCAOR Member), Natalie McNany (SCCAOR Member), Claudia Mendivil (SCCAOR Member), Gabrielle Perez (SCCAOR Board of Director), Frank Cancilla (2018 Foundation Chair & SCCAOR Board of Director)

Tim Beaubien has joined the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) as their new Government Affairs Associate. Beaubien will be working under our Government Affairs Director, Christina Garavaglia, and will be focusing his advocacy efforts on San Jose.

“Tim is an excellent addition to our Government Affairs team,” said Garavaglia. “Also coming from a municipal background, Tim understands the protocol and process of city government and will be a strong advocate for REALTORS® in San Jose.”

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Tim studied Public Management and Policy. He recently worked in the City Manager’s Office for the City of San Marino, located in Los Angeles County.

“I am excited to take on this role and use my experience to help strengthen the advocacy program here at SCCAOR,” said Beaubien. “I look forward to building relationships with our members as well as local government officials.”

With housing being the hot topic, both locally and statewide, SCCAOR Leadership acknowledged that now is the time to grow the Government Affairs department by bringing on a Government Affairs Associate. Many cities in our jurisdiction are having issues come up that have the potential to further impact the housing crisis here. By creating the associate position, SCCAOR will be able to double down on our advocacy presence.

“Over the last two years, REALTORS® and property owners have been under attack,” said SCCAOR CEO Neil Collins. “I want to thank the SCCAOR Leadership Team for allocating the resources needed to expand our Government Affairs Department so that we can create a more favorable business environment for our members.”

In his free time, Tim enjoys playing sports and going to the gym. He has spent many summers traveling with his father to different Major League Baseball stadiums around the country. “We’ve been to 18 different stadiums so far,” he said. “Last summer we visited Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Our goal is to eventually visit all 30 ballparks.”

For more information, visit our Government Affairs page.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) has been appointed to Vietnam as Ambassador Association by the National Association of REALTORS (NAR). This strategic appointment gives SCCAOR members and citizens of Santa Clara County a unique opportunity to meet and conduct business with counterparts in Vietnam.

“The City of San Jose is home to the largest Vietnamese population in the United States and there is a great synergy between the two counties,” said SCCAOR President Kevin Cole. “This will be a great opportunity to help diversify our population and create new business opportunities within San Jose and surrounding cities.”

SCCAOR will partner with the Vietnam National Real Estate Association (VNREA), a real estate trade association based in Ha Noi, Vietnam. With this partnership, both Associations will share economic updates, upcoming projects/developments, and other opportunities between the countries.

The Ambassador Association program, newly revamped in 2018 by NAR, provides an organization-to-organization contact for our associations to share best practices, ideas, and solutions to common problems. Based loosely on the International Sister-City program, this program provides a direct connection between real estate professionals in each country.

Earlier this month, the Vietnamese National Association of Real Estate Professionals (VNARP), a trade association based in the Bay Area, organized their 2nd annual real estate trade mission to Vietnam. The 36 official delegates, which included many SCCAOR Members, hosted real estate conferences in Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Noi, Da Nang and Nha Trang.

Learn more about the Ambassador Association program on the NAR Website.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) will join REALTORS® across the country to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, one of our country’s most significant laws guiding the real estate industry today.

“As REALTORS®, we stand at the forefront of advancing best practices of fair housing while committing to the highest standards of fair housing issues,” said SCCAOR President Kevin Cole. “Community by community, Fair Housing makes us stronger as we embrace diversity within all of our neighborhoods,” he said.

All year long, members of SCCAOR will lead efforts to raise awareness of fair housing issues by reaffirming their commitment to uphold fair housing laws and offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.

“The passage of the Fair Housing act represents a huge step toward ensuring that all Americans have a chance to live where they choose, but there’s still much for REALTORS® and others in the real estate community to do,” said SCCAOR CEO Neil Collins.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law on April 11, 1968, noting that the right to fair housing “is now a part of the American way of life.” The legislation now prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, and national origin.

Click here to learn more about the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. You can also participate in NAR’s commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act by sharing your story.

Samantha Gutierrez has joined SCCAOR as our new Membership Coordinator. She will work with our membership team to assist our members with questions or issues they may have with their Association membership.

“I am so excited to be the newest team member of SCCAOR,” said Gutierrez. “I hope my years of experience in customer service and event management will bring in a positive and fun energy for our members.”

In her role, Samantha will work with new REALTORS® and guide them through all the benefits and services that come with a SCCAOR Membership. Click here to view the full list of SCCAOR Membership benefits.

“We are pleased to bring Samantha on board,” said Tracey Lee, Membership Services Manager. “She has already proven to be a great addition and I am confident that she will strengthen our Association and bring great value to our members.”

In her free time, Samantha enjoys practicing the art of Improv comedy. “I try to take the positive lessons that Improv gives you and bring it into my professional and personal life,” she said. She also enjoys watching the San Jose Sharks and enjoying the Bay Area music scene.

You can reach our Membership Services team by phone (408-445-8500), email (membership@sccaor.com), and also via live chat on our website.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) awarded four prestigious awards on January 26th during its Installation Ceremony at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose. The highest honor of the night, REALTOR® of the Year, was awarded to Anne Hansen of Realty ONE Group (video). The REALTOR® of the Year Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the principles of good real estate practice, promote home ownership, and provide distinguished service to all SCCAOR Members.

Anne Hansen: REALTOR® of the Year

“I was truly honored just to be considered as one of the eight nominees,” said Hansen. “It was a very humbling experience to be chosen by my peers as the recipient of this distinguished award.”

Hansen has been a SCCAOR Member for 27 years and served on its Board Of Directors for 5 years. She is politically involved at the local and state level, serving as a Director for the California Association of REALTORS® for over 4 years.

Sandy Jamison, who won the REALTOR® of the Year award in 2016, said that Anne has a passion for being there for the good of the whole industry. “Anne is naturally sincere and caring,” she said. “One great example of this is that she recently opened her Pacific Grove home to an elderly couple after they lost their home in the Sonoma fires.”

Rob Bates: Affiliate of the Year

Another award given out at the event was Affiliate of the Year, awarded to Rob Bates of Elite Services 4 Real Estate (video). Rob has been a SCCAOR Member since 2002, has spent 3 years on the Board for the Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation, currently serves on the SCCAOR Board of Directors, and is currently the Affiliate Committee Chair.

“I am so elated to be the Affiliate of the Year,” said Bates. “It is an honor to be working with such an amazing association. The leadership, committees, educational services, events and most importantly the impact of giving back to our communities – it’s priceless!”

James Dill: Volunteer of the Year

The award for 2017 Volunteer of the Year went to James Dill of Coldwell Banker (video). James has been with SCCAOR since 2004 and he has been a key member of the SCCAOR Professional Standards Committee since 2007. In addition to being on the SCCAOR Board of Directors from 2009 to 2011, he has been a member of the Education Committee, the Foundation Committee, and a C.A.R. Director.

When asked about his achievements and what volunteering means to him, James quoted the author Jim Rohn and said: “The major reason for [volunteering] is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.”

Vince Rocha: President’s Choice

The fourth award of the night, The President’s Choice Award, was given to Vince Rocha by 2017 SCCAOR President Rick Smith (video). Rocha has been SCCAOR’s Government Affairs Director for the past three years.

“I was surprised and honored to receive the President’s award,” he said. “Getting to work closely with an exceptional volunteer and person like Rick Smith during his year as SCCAOR President has been its own reward.”

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) and the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) are embarking on a historic effort to support seniors, the disabled and victims of natural disasters, while at the same time unlocking homeownership opportunities across the state. C.A.R. is going to qualify an initiative for the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot which will allow senior homeowners (55+) to keep all or most of their Proposition 13 property tax savings when they move. Every REALTOR®, Affiliate, their clients, and families are urged to sign the petition.


Why does this matter?

Proposition 13 protects homeowners from rapidly increasing property taxes. However, seniors worry that they cannot afford a big property tax increase if they sell to downsize or move closer to their families. As a result of this “moving penalty,” nearly three-quarters of homeowners 55 and older haven’t moved since 2000. The same is true for the severely disabled and those whose homes are destroyed by natural disasters. The current property tax system is arbitrary, unfair and needs to be fixed.


What will the Property Tax Fairness Initiative do?

The measure, when approved by voters, will eliminate the “moving penalty” and fix property tax laws to allow seniors aged 55 and over, the disabled and victims of natural disasters to sell their homes, maintain their property tax protections and continue to pay their fair share in taxes. According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, tens of thousands additional homeownership opportunities will occur annually.


Doesn’t
current law protect homeowners?

The amount any homeowner pays in property taxes is based on the assessed value of their home at the time of purchase. Generally, Proposition 13 limits property taxes to 1 percent of the assessed value at the time of purchase even if the value of the property subsequently increases.

Unfortunately, homeowners lose their Proposition 13 property tax savings when they move to another home. Under another law, Proposition 60, senior homeowners – defined as 55 years of age or older – are allowed to transfer their property tax base to another home in the same county so long as the purchase price of the replacement home is equal to, or less than, the sale price of the original residence.

Existing laws related to this issue are arbitrary and geographically restrictive:

Under Proposition 60, a senior homeowner is limited to making only one such transfer over the course of his or her lifetime. And, if the spouse of a senior homeowner has already transferred a property tax base, that senior homeowner is disqualified from making another transfer of the tax base.

Proposition 90 is an extension of the original Proposition 60 program. Proposition 90 allows senior homeowners to transfer their property tax base to a home in a different county so long as that county accepts such transfers. (At last count, only 11 counties are accepting transfers from other counties.)

C.A.R.’s Property Tax Fairness Initiative eliminates the geographic restrictions and single-use provision to allow seniors, the disabled and victims of natural disasters to keep their property tax protections. They can move, while still paying their fair share in property taxes. Eliminating the “moving penalty” will unlock tens of thousands of homes for new homebuyers, helping to address California’s historic housing supply crisis.

Passing the Property Tax Fairness Initiative is a win-win for California.


How can I help?

Every California REALTOR® has been mailed a copy of the petition. The best way to help promote the initiative right now is to sign it, collect 4 additional signatures from other REALTORS® who are registered voters, and return the petition to the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. More petitions are available at the SCCAOR office and REALTORS® are encouraged to gather signatures from their clients and while walking their farms.

 

You can learn more on C.A.R.’s website

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) installed Kevin Cole as its President during an evening ceremony at the Dolce Hayes Mansion on January 26. He will serve as the 2018 President of SCCAOR, a real estate trade organization that represents over 6,000 REALTORS® and Affiliate members in Santa Clara County.

“We are honored to have such a respected individual as Kevin Cole step up as a leader for this Association,” said Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO. “I have no doubt that he will lead us well.”

Cole is the Broker-of-Record for Alain Pinel Realtors, the fifth largest residential real estate company in the United States. He has been a licensed REALTOR® for over 29 years and has served on SCCAOR’s Board of Directors since 2013.

“It’s an honor to lead an Association with such a rich history. I am excited to work with our strong leadership team to help promote homeownership,” said Cole. “I recognize the challenges that our market has with affordable housing and I look forward to engaging on this issue with the community.”

Other SCCAOR Officers that were installed include Gustavo Gonzalez (President-Elect), Doug Goss (Vice President), and Sandy Jamison (Treasurer/Secretary).

They will be joined by SCCAOR Board of Directors, which includes: Rob Bates, Helen Chong, Craig Gorman, Rick Smith, Gene Hunt, Tam Quach, Don Jessup, Trisha Motter Gordon, Tung Nguyen, Carl San Miguel, Stephen Theard, Gabrielle Perez, Karen Nelson, Frank Cancilla, and Mark von Kaenel.