• Government Affairs

Welcome to SCCAOR’s Government Affairs Team! We are a resource for our members focused on advocating REALTOR® Party values on behalf of our members in the halls of government. Your team includes the Association Board of Directors, Local Government Relations Committee, Local Candidate Recommendation Committee, and Government Affairs Director. Below you will find information critical to your business on disclosures and government information. You will also learn how you can get involved and engage on issues you care about.

SCCAOR’s Government Affairs Weekly Wrap

is a must-read briefing on politics, government, and local housing issues. It is delivered each week on Friday, right to your inbox. You can subscribe by clicking below.

Have a government affairs question? Contact Vince Rocha, Director of Government Affairs at gov@sccoar.com or (408) 445-5063.

What is the REALTOR® Party?

The REALTOR® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® working to protect and promote homeownership and private property rights. The REALTOR® Party speaks with one voice to advance candidates and public policies that build strong communities and promote a vibrant business environment. From city hall to the state house to the U.S. Capitol, our elected officials are making decisions that have a huge impact on the bottom line of REALTORS® and their clients. Through the contributions to the REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) from members like you, the REALTOR® Party has the means to represent your interests. Learn more about RAF here.

Click below to learn how you can do your part as a member of the REALTOR® Party.

What is the The REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF)?

RAF collects funds 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. We need your continued support and contributions. Please contribute today!

Disclosures and Government Information Center

SANTA CLARA COUNTY LOCAL DISCLOSURES

View local disclosures required during the sale of real property within Santa Clara County.

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LOW FLOW DISCLOSURES

Many REALTORS® have asked about the state law requiring that Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures be installed in homes by 2017.

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CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS

Want to make your voice heard on a local issues? This list has direct contact information to your elected officials

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CONTACT YOUR LOCAL PLANNING & CODE ENFORCEMENT DEPARTMENTS AND HOUSING AGENCIES

View contact information for specific cities in Santa Clara County

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FIREPLACE REPLACEMENT AND 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.

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY SIGN ORDINANCE REFERENCE GUIDE

This is a reference guide on local sign ordinances and how they impact your ability to market real property.

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LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT PARCEL TAX EXEMPTIONS

23 school districts have parcel tax exemption policies in Santa Clara County. Find out if you or your clients are eligible.

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LOCAL BUSINESS LICENSE TAXES AND FEES IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY

In Santa Clara County, all 15 cities require that a business register and pay a tax or a fee for engaging in business activity within that city. Learn what your regulatory and tax obligations are by reading this article.

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