Why is the Supra phasing out the XpressKEY?

XpressKEYs run on 3G and the device will no longer work once cellular carriers phase out 3G network services.  As network providers like AT&T and others move towards 5G, the 3G network is expected to shut down at the start of 2022.

As a result, Supra has announced the discontinuation of the XpressKEY and it is recommended that XpressKEY users transition to the Supra eKEY by December 1, 2021, if not sooner, to avoid service interruption.  Please note, 3G service will no longer be RELIABLY accessible as the end of the year approaches and service interruptions may occur as network providers phase out 3G.

More About the Supra eKEY

With over 3,000 local SCCAOR members that are already utilizing the SUPRA eKEY for keybox access, don’t delay and make the transition today!

Features:

  1. Improved functionality.  No more carrying around an additional device — your smartphone IS your key.  Or if you want to use a separate device, the eKEY can be used on an Apple Watch or with a tablet.
  2. Improved connectivity.  The app works even when you don’t have good reception. As long as the app is updated once daily while within cell tower coverage or while on wifi, you are good for the entire day — regardless of how remote your showing area may be.
  3. Accessibility.  The app supports biometric authorization (Face and Touch ID) so you can quickly access the app. And, the eKEY provides you with the option to input your PIN code only once per day and will remain active until midnight of that day.
  4. Easy download.  Downloading the app is quick and easy. Search your App or Play Store for “Supra eKEY”. Download typically takes less than 30 seconds.  Once you have downloaded the eKEY app, contact SCCAOR at (408) 445-8500 to authorize your eKEY.
  5. Monthly billing.  The eKEY is billed monthly, as opposed to an annual fee. Because billing is monthly and there’s no physical device to buy or rent, it’s easy to cancel via email if you no longer need the service.

Additional features designed to streamline your business:

  • Listing information displayed after a keybox has been opened
  • Track your keybox inventory
  • Read your keyboxes to view all activity
  • View your Call-Before-Showing (CBS) keybox codes
  • Easily monitor your showings on your listings in the eKEY app
  • Use the Agent Alert feature to send alert messages via email or text

Learn more about the Supra eKEY HERE.

Please email membership@sccaor.com or call (408) 445-8500 with any questions.

Raymond Hernandez joined SCCAOR in February of 2020 as a temp to assist in the Membership Department.  In July 2021, he joined the Membership Team as a full-time Membership Coordinator and will be stationed at the San Jose SCCAOR office on Mondays and in the Gilroy SCCAOR office Tuesdays through Thursdays.

“Raymond has proven to be a valuable member of the team over the past several months and we are excited to offer him a full-time position at SCCAOR,” shared Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO.

Raymond was born in Sacramento, California, and moved to Idaho during elementary school.  He returned to the Bay Area eight years ago, and now resides in San Jose.

“I am excited to work for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®,” said Raymond Hernandez.  “And I am excited to serve our members in any way possible.”

Raymond will work alongside our Membership Team to help new members join SCCAOR and assist current members with anything related to their Association membership.  “We are very happy to have such a dedicated member on our team assisting our REALTORS®,” said Kimberly Hernandez, Membership Services Manager.  “We look forward to his continued success!”

Raymond is an avid chess player and used to compete in high school basketball and track & field. He still loves to watch basketball and is a huge Golden State Warriors fan.

August 2, 2021

ALL persons, regardless of their vaccination status, MUST wear face coverings at all times in indoor public settings and businesses, per the August 2, 2021, Universal Indoor Face Covering Order by the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

So what does this mean for Agents and Brokers showing properties and holding open houses?

This mandate applies to all real estate showings of any kind.  Realtors and members of the public are required to wear well-fitting masks at open houses and property showings, regardless of vaccination status.

Brokerage Office Guidelines

  • Brokerage offices are classified as a public setting, and as such, everyone is required to wear a mask.
  • As a business, brokerage offices are REQUIRED to implement the indoor face-covering order.

The Following Guidelines Remain for Open Houses and Showings

  • No physical distancing for attendees, guests, and customers
  • No capacity limits (for gatherings under 5,000 attendees)
  • No cleaning requirements (However, CalOSHA recommends cleaning high-touch surfaces such as door handles, handrails, faucets, countertops, etc…)
  • No PEADs or any type of sign-in required
  • No restrictions on door-knocking and distribution of promotional materials, including flyers and business cards

Contact C.A.R. Member Legal Services at (213) 739-8282 for additional guidance

Continue to follow SCCAOR updates as guidelines continue to evolve. Updates will continue to occur and will be posted to the Transactions Resource Center in real time.


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After conducting extensive interviews with potential candidates for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors and Officers, the SCCAOR Nominating Committee has selected the following candidates to serve as the Association Leaders in 2022. 

 

Petition: Candidates for officers or directors, other than those candidates selected by the Nominating Committee, may be nominated by written petition on a form provided by SCCAOR. You may pick up the petition form at the SCCAOR Office. The petition must be signed by 150 or more REALTOR® members in good standing and be delivered to the Chief Executive Officer at SCCAOR no later than 12:00 PM on August 20, 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact Alma Moreno or Neil Collins at (408) 445-8500.

 

Officer Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee:

  • Lisa Faria, President
  • William Chea, President-Elect*
  • Kraig Constantino, Vice-President
  • William Rehbock, Secretary/Treasurer

 

Director Candidates selected by the Nominating Committee:

  • Karen Nelsen
  • Kelly Hunt
  • Amber Martines
  • Doug Goss**
  • Lori Robitaille Biasca***

 

The 2021 SCCAOR Nominating Committee was comprised of:

  • Gustavo Gonzalez, Chairperson (Past President 2019)
  • Sandy Jamison, Vice-Chairperson (Past President 2020)
  • Rick Smith, (Past President 2017)
  • Stephen Theard, (Treasurer 2019 & 2020)
  • Barbara Lymberis, (Past President 2012)
  • Steve Hanleigh, (Past President 2002)
  • Pam Foley, (Past President 1998)
  • Jen Beehler, (Current SCCAOR Director)
  • Brad Gill, (Current SCCAOR Director)
  • Nancy Robinson, (SCCAOR Member)
  • Lupe Silva, (SCCAOR Member)
  • Wendel Jones, (SCCAOR Member & Grievance Committee Chair)
  • Anne Hansen, (Past SCCAOR Vice-President and Board of Director)

* 2022 President-Elect will automatically become 2023 President

** 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, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

What is the Section 8 Program?

While there is an ever-growing need for housing to support low-income residents due to the real lack of affordable housing, there are programs that help lower-income families find and rent homes.  The Housing Choice Voucher Program, better known as the “Section 8” Program, allows private housing providers to rent apartments and homes at fair market rates to qualified low-income tenants.  The rental subsidy is administered by the Santa Clara County Housing Authority, SCCHA, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (H.U.D.).  In Santa Clara County, the program has been closed to new applicants since 2006, and even then, the program only opened for 5 days, received 60,000 applicants, and the waiting list was then closed again. After 15 years of dwindling down the 60,000 applicant list, the SCCHA has opened the program once again to new applicants. However, the program will operate very differently moving forward.  Applicants can now apply online through a relatively simple process without providing income verification.

Click Here to Register for the Section 8 Interested List

In order for a family to be eligible for federal housing assistance in Santa Clara County, the total household income must not exceed these established yearly income limits as listed in the table below:

HOUSEHOLD SIZE ANNUAL INCOME LIMIT
1 Person $58,000
2 Persons $66,300
3 Persons $74,600
4 Persons $82,850
5 Persons $89,500
6 Persons $96,150
7 Persons $102,700
8 Persons $109,400

Income Limits effective as of April 1, 2021.

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Some applicants can also apply for the Moving to Work Program, a temporary voucher program that is designed to improve the applicant’s skill set so they can transition off the subsidy when they are better qualified and secure better-paying jobs. Applicants approved for this program are eligible for:

  • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) or Section 8
  • Family Unification Program (FUP)
  • Non-Elderly Disabled Voucher (NED)
  • Mainstream (select Mainstream voucher increments)
  • Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
  • Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH), with exceptions – not all MTW flexibilities apply

Full details for the Moving to Work Program can be found HERE.  

REMINDER: Source of Income Ordinance

Did you know when marketing rental properties using the terms “No Section 8” or “No Voucher Programs” could lead to fines and other penalties?

Both the State of California and the City of San Jose have enacted source of income discrimination laws.

Learn more from the video and links below.

City of San Jose Source of Income Ordinance Information

C.A.R. FAQs on CA Source of Income Law

Governor Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 832 (AB 832) into law, extending eviction protections through September 30, 2021, for tenants who have been unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AB 832 replaces the San José residential eviction moratorium.

Tenants cannot be evicted for pandemic-related rent debt (i.e., rent due between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021) so long as they:
Pay at least 25% of rent due by September 30, 2021, for the period of September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Tenants may do this by paying at least 25% each month, or by paying a lump sum by September 30, 2021; and
Submit to their landlord a signed Declaration of COVID-19-related Financial Distress within 15 days of receiving a notice for nonpayment of rent.

AB 832 requires landlords to provide certain disclosures to their tenants when serving a tenant with a notice for nonpayment of rent. Landlords must also declare they have applied for rental assistance prior to commencing an eviction lawsuit, and the law provides that Courts can reinstate a tenancy if a tenant’s application for rental assistance is approved and they are awaiting payment.
AB 832 also states landlords and tenants have the option to litigate disputes regarding unpaid rent accumulated from March 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 in small claims court beginning November 1, 2021.

The new law further allows tenants to access rental assistance directly from the State if their landlords choose not to participate and ensures landlords can receive compensation even if their income-qualified tenants have already vacated a unit. AB 832 ensures housing providers receive 100% of that back rent. Those housing providers who have already received 80% of back rent will receive the remaining 20% automatically. 

Santa Clara County residents who earn less than 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) can apply for rental assistance through the local program, known as the Santa Clara County Homelessness Prevention System – COVID-19 Response.

To be eligible, a tenant must:
Have been financially impacted by the pandemic. This could include losing a job, having work hours cut, owning or working for a business that closed temporarily or permanently, or being unable to work due to illness from COVID-19, caring for elders or children (including due to distance learning or loss of childcare), or having unexpected family expenses due to the pandemic.
Be at risk of losing housing. This could include receiving an eviction or late payment notice from a landlord, being behind on rent or utilities, or being unstably housed (including living in overcrowded housing); AND
Make less than 30% of AMI. In Santa Clara County, this would be an annual income before taxes of $49,700 for a household of four.

Renters with incomes between 30% and 80% of AMI are eligible for assistance through the State assistance program at HousingIsKey.com or by phone at 833-430-2122. Santa Clara County residents can get information about rental assistance resources, including which program they are eligible for, online at SCCRentHelp.org.

*Most recent income limits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as of April 1, 2021.

While C.A.R. recognizes that federal law restricts the state’s use of federal funds to assist only tenants who earn up to 80% of area median income, C.A.R. believes that, given the extended moratorium, housing providers who have tenants who earn above that federal cap who are experiencing pandemic related hardships and are unable to pay their rent should receive rental assistance. C.A.R. has expressed these concerns to the Legislature and is continuing to work to see if state funds can be allocated for such assistance.

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June 23, 2021

In the past several weeks, multiple announcements impacting COVID-19 safety regulations in the workplace have been released.   In addition to the June 15th lifting of capacity limits and physical distancing under “Reopening California” and the June 17th revision of the Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards ending face mask requirements in the workplace for fully vaccinated employees, the County of Santa Clara announced on June 21st that the latest Local Health Order regulating COVID-19 vaccination data for businesses will be phased out.

The May 18th Local Health Order required all businesses in Santa Clara County to determine the vaccination status of their personnel and to follow up every two weeks with those who had not yet indicated they were fully vaccinated. According to the latest announcement, the County’s May 18th order currently remains in place only for businesses that have not yet completed two rounds of “ascertainment of vaccination status” of their personnel — a first-round for all personnel and a second round for those who did not indicate they were fully vaccinated. An employee is considered fully vaccinated if they completed their vaccination series at least 14 days ago.

What does this mean as an employer?
As of June 21st, once a business completes the second round of ascertainment of vaccination status, the May 18th order no longer applies and they are no longer required to follow up every two weeks with personnel who are not fully vaccinated.

After 15 months of compliance with differing local, state, and federal guidelines, all local jurisdictions now direct employers to follow the updated Cal/OSHA standards and guidance from the State of California.

Updated Guidelines on Face Coverings

  • As of June 18, 2021, Realtors and members of the public are no longer required to wear masks at open houses and property showings if fully vaccinated.
  • A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
  • Those not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks.
  • Listing agents do not need to request proof of vaccination status.

Guidelines and Restrictions for Open Houses and Showings

  • No physical distancing for attendees, guests, and customers
  • No capacity limits (for gatherings under 5,000 attendees)
  • No cleaning requirements (However, CalOSHA recommends cleaning high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, handrails, faucets, countertops, etc…)
  • No PEADs or any type of sign-in required
  • No posted rules of entry or signage needed for listed properties
  • No one will have to attest to their current health status
  • No one will have to agree to an office prevention plan
  • No restrictions on door-knocking and distribution of promotional materials, including flyers and business cards.

Brokerage Office Guidelines

  • Offices are no longer required to observe social distancing or capacity limits, but employees who are not fully vaccinated must follow mask guidelines in the workplace.
  • Employees who are not fully vaccinated may request respirators for voluntary use from their employers at no cost and without fear of retaliation from their employers.
  • Employers must document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if they do not wear face coverings indoors.
  • As stated above, the County of Santa Clara has phased out the May 18th Local Health Order.  Once a business completes two rounds to ascertain the vaccination status of employees, employers are no longer required to request vaccination status on an ongoing basis.
  • Businesses must maintain appropriate records to demonstrate completion of two rounds of ascertainment, in compliance with the Local Health Order.
  • View the complete June 21 Local Health Order, where you will also find Recommendations from the County Health Officer specifically for businesses under Item #5.

Continue to follow SCCAOR updates as guidelines continue to evolve. Updates will continue to occur and will be posted to the Transactions Resource Center in real-time.


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June 15, 2021

The Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the Stay-at-Home Order have been rescinded and California is now entering the “Beyond the Blueprint” phase, fully reopening the economy.  Effective June 15, 2021, restrictions such as physical distancing, capacity limits and the county tier system have ended.  A relaxed mask guidance for vaccinated Californians to match the CDC’s guidance has also taken effect and will supersede all prior face coverings guidance.

Guidelines and Restrictions on Face Coverings

  • Although a relaxed mask guidance for the general public has taken effect on the 15th, Cal/OSHA – the department that sets and enforces standards to protect the health and safety of working Californians – will meet on Thursday, June 17th, to determine mask guidance in the workplace.
  • SCCAOR advises all agents and members of the general public to take a cautious approach and continue to wear masks in showings and brokerage offices until Cal/OSHA meets again on Thursday, June 17th, and provides further clarity.

Guidelines and Restrictions for Open Houses and Showings

  • No physical distancing for attendees, guests, and customers
  • No capacity limits (for gatherings under 5,000 attendees)
  • No cleaning requirements (However, CalOSHA recommends cleaning high touch surfaces such as door knobs, handrails, faucets, countertops, etc…)
  • No PEADs or any type of sign-in required
  • No posted rules of entry or signage needed for listed properties
  • No one will have to attest to their current health status
  • No one will have to agree to an office prevention plan
  • No restrictions on door-knocking and distribution of promotional materials, including flyers and business cards

 

Can a seller require that everyone entering the property wear a mask or be vaccinated?

  • Yes. The selling party can set stricter requirements for showing property
  • The seller can:
    • require all visitors to wear a mask
    • require all visitors to be vaccinated or show a negative COVID test
    • implement a vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
    • provide information to all visitors regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.

Contact C.A.R. Member Legal Services at (213) 739-8282 for additional guidance and visit the C.A.R. June 15th Reopening page for answers to frequently asked questions.

Brokerage Office Guidelines

  • Brokerage offices are still required to maintain a written COVID-19 Prevention Plan to identify areas and activities that could expose workers to COVID, have a process to screen workers, and train workers about COVID prevention and safety
  • Physical distancing is still required in offices
  • Santa Clara County remains under the May18th Local Health Order that requires businesses to ascertain the vaccination status of all “personnel” but will otherwise adhere to the state’s reopening guidelines

Continue to follow SCCAOR updates as guidelines continue to evolve. Updates will continue to occur and will be made real time to the Transactions Resource Center.

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May 24, 2021 

SCCAOR-Sponsored Broker Tours Are Back!

As Santa Clara County enters the Yellow Tier under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a new Local Health Order has been implemented on the County level, removing many previous restrictions. 

As a result of this new information, SCCAOR-sponsored Broker Tours will resume on May 25th, with certain restrictions. Please note, that similar to the beginning of the pandemic, this is a dynamic situation.  SCCAOR will continue to update you as showing rules are amended. 

Important Information Regarding Broker Tours

  • Broker Tours should be treated as “open houses” under the new C.A.R. Industry Guidelines.  Highlights include, but are not limited to, the following:  
    • A representative of the listing must be present to monitor sign-in documents, collect PEAD Forms, and follow other regulations.
    • All visitors must sign in with either a new PSI Form, PEAD-All, or PEAD-V.
    • All visitors must wear masks and comply with other sanitary protocols.
    • Capacity Limitations must be followed according to Yellow Tier specifications.
  • In alignment with the new C.A.R. Guidance on Showing Property Requirements, Brokers are required to obtain seller authorization to list the property on tour.
  • Caravans are permitted but are limited to single households in each vehicle.  Multiple families are not permitted to carpool in the same vehicle.  
  • Marketing Meetings will remain fully virtual until further notice.
  • New and updated forms are now available via zipForm

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The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the promotion of Malia Bates to Events Coordinator.

“I am so excited to take on this new position where I will have a more hands-on role with the planning process of our member events and continue to further grow and develop my skills,” said Bates. “I am especially grateful for Neil Collins and Jodee Sousa’s continuous support.”

Bates will continue to work under Jodee Sousa, our Events and Education Manager. In her new role, Malia will plan all SCCAOR Member Appreciation events and other member-facing meetings. “I am excited for Malia’s new role planning memorable events for SCCAOR members, said Sousa. She has been such a great addition to the SCCAOR Family.”

Neil Collins shared, “Malia has made an enormous impact to SCCAOR in the short time that she has been with us. I think members will really appreciate the creativity that she will bring to our events.”

In her free time, Malia said that she loves watching and playing sports as well as cooking. “I’ve always enjoyed cooking and trying out new foods,” she said. “If any SCCAOR members have restaurant recommendations, send them my way!”