We are happy to announce that Steve Gonzalez has joined SCCAOR as our new Production Coordinator. Working under our Director of Member Engagement, Spencer High, Steve will be continuing our headshot and video member benefit (currently taking a waitlist), as well as assisting with the implementation of live streaming for SCCAOR classes and events.

“I am truly excited to start a new journey with the SCCAOR family,” said Gonzalez. “It has been interesting to start this journey during a global pandemic, and I am blessed to have been with SCCAOR. So far everyone has been welcoming with my start and I cannot wait to continue growing with the team.”

Steve attended the CSU Monterey Bay where he got his degree as a Recording Technician. He has been a lifestyle photographer for the past five years. Before joining SCCAOR, he worked as a Multimedia Specialist for Lighthouse Church where he produced video and photo projects and also managed the live streaming of their weekly service.

“My time in college and work that I have done since graduating has really helped me with planning as well as approaching all projects with a creative mind,” he said. “I have a passion for problem-solving and producing high-quality work for all of my clients.”

While the SCCAOR Office remains closed to members due to COVID-19, members can sign up to join the waitlist on the Studio page of our website. When our office re-opens, we will be opening up Studio appointments for our members on the waitlist. We will be taking great precautions to ensure that we can provide these member benefits in the safest way possible.

“Steve is a great photographer and content creator with a sharp eye for detail,” said Spencer High. “I look forward to working with him to re-open our studio services for our members as well as developing a great live streaming experience when we eventually open up our in-person classes.”

In his free time, Steve enjoys biking and traveling.

“One of my favorite places in the world is Yosemite National Park,” he said. “I love to hike and one of my future goals is to hike Half Dome.”

C.A.R. has officially launched its campaign to support Proposition 19 on the November General Election Ballot. Proposition 19 provides housing relief for homeowners who are 55 and older, people with severe disabilities, or victims of natural disasters and wildfires – many who cannot afford to move closer to family, medical care, or downsize – by allowing them to transfer their property tax base to a replacement home that better meets their needs. It also limits property tax increases and removes unfair location restrictions so homeowners can afford to move to anywhere in California. We need your help to help ensure this crucial tax portability passes this November to free up important housing inventory.

Get involved below and learn more about the Yes on Prop 19 Campaign through these websites:

You can also follow “Yes on Prop 19” on social media. Share and retweet to help spread the word!

Prop 19 FAQs

• Limits property tax increases on primary residences for homeowners over 55 years old, people with severe disabilities, and victims of natural disasters or wildfires by removing unfair location restrictions for people who may need to move closer to family or medical care, downsize, or find a home that better fits their needs.
• Limits property tax increases for victims of wildfires to replace a damaged home and limit damage from wildfires on homes through dedicated funding for fire protection and emergency response.
• Limits property tax increases on family homes used as a primary residence by protecting the right of parents and grandparents to pass on their family home to their children and grandchildren for continued use as a primary residence.
• Opens up tens of thousands of housing opportunities by making homes more readily available for first-time homeowners, families, and Californians throughout the state.

[CA AG File No. 19-0003, Section 2, Page 1-2; 19-0003, Section 3, Page 2; 19-0003, Section 6, Pages 5-14]

The initiative will allow homeowners who are 55 and older, people with severe disabilities, wildfire or natural disaster victims to transfer their current property tax base to a replacement home anywhere in California. By making it more affordable for seniors to move to a home that better fits their needs, it will open housing inventory to make more homes available for new families and first-time homeowners.

The initiative would protect the right for a grandparent or parent to pass their family home onto their children and grandchildren so families can affordably move into the home as their primary residence, safeguarding family transfers which are currently under threat of removal or elimination. It will also open up housing opportunities by making homes more readily available.

This initiative generates hundreds of millions of annual funding with long-term revenue of over $1 billion annually for fire protection, local government and school districts that can be used for vital resident services such as emergency response, county hospitals, health care, homeless services, and local housing programs. The initiative further protects counties by establishing a county offset fund, providing additional revenue protection year in and year out.

This initiative will help cities, counties and school districts balance budgets and provide a boost to our state’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, with long-term revenue of over $1 billion annually. It also provides local revenue for counties, cities, and special districts, and establishes a county offset fund, providing additional revenue protection year in and year out.
[LAO Fiscal Report, October 2017; LAO Fiscal Impact 8/22/19]

The initiative will stop tax schemes and deceptive practices that cost local governments and schools up to $1.5 billion every year. Specifically, it eliminates unfair tax loopholes used by East Coast investors, celebrities, wealthy non- California residents, and trust fund heirs to avoid paying a fair share of property taxes on vacation homes, income properties, and beachfront rentals they own in California. It will continue to preserve the intent of Proposition 58 and Proposition 193 that kept families home affordable when parents and grandparents passed down the family home to children and grandchildren who use it as their primary residence.
[Los Angeles Times, 8/17/18, 8/24/18; San Diego Union Tribune, 8/17/18; LAO Fiscal Report, October 2017, LAO Fiscal Impact, 8/22/19; CA A.G. File No. 19-0003, Sections 2-3]

The initiative will provide dedicated funding for fire response across the state, protecting millions of homes and lives. Specifically, it will create a historic Fire Response Fund providing needed revenue for fire protection and response including tens of millions of dollars in dedicated funding each year for historically underfunded fire districts in rural and urban communities. It will also provide supplemental funding to CalFire in support of California’s wildfire response to protect millions of residents throughout the state.

No. The initiative will limit property tax increases for seniors, people with severe disabilities, wildfire or natural disaster victims, and family farms. It will also limit property tax increases on the family home used as a primary residence keeping family homes affordable.

The measure provides added tax relief for California’s family owned farms and ranches. The additional tax savings for a farmer or rancher will help protect generational farming and continue to support operations.

Proposition 19 has support from labor, business, Democrats, Republicans, wildfire victims, local government, education, agriculture, and community organizations.

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Prop 19 Videos

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the promotion of Kimberly Hernandez as Membership Services Manager.

“I am excited for this new opportunity and challenge,” Hernandez said. “I look forward to helping our team excel at providing excellent service to our REALTOR® and Affiliate members.”

In her new role, Kimberly will be directly responsible for the management functions of the SCCAOR membership team and ensuring that our members receive exceptional service. She has been with SCCAOR for more than five years and was the most senior Membership Coordinator prior to this promotion.

“Kimberly has been integral in the training of new hires over the last several years so I was very excited to see her step up for this position,” said Neil Collins, CEO of SCCAOR. “She has surrounded herself with a great team so expect big things from her and the rest of the Membership Team.”

Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys Geology and hiking nearby California trails.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) voted unanimously to endorse Terry Hines for Campbell City Council District 1 and Carol Hoffman for Campbell City Council District 2. The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes both candidates as aligning with our mission as a pro-housing and property rights association and are proud to offer them our endorsement. To get involved in either candidate’s race or if you are interested in any promotional material, such as lawn signs, please contact the candidate on their campaign website listed below.


Terry is a longtime resident and homeowner in the City of Campbell. He brings certain expertise on planning, zoning, and development from his time serving on the Campbell Planning Commission. His main priorities include economic development and recovery, increasing affordable housing, especially for young professionals, and public safety. Terry is a strong advocate for increasing ADU production as a great way to increase affordable housing in the City.

Statement from Terry:

 “Terry Hines is proud to receive the endorsement from the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. REALTORS® are an important part of our success in Campbell as they foster our shared principles and values. We share the goal for a strong recovery from the COVID-19 impact on our small businesses and housing. We will all help Campbell grow together with improved services and safety. Let’s stand stronger together!”

 


Carol is a longtime resident of Campbell with a passion for public service. She has Chaired the Campbell Civic Improvement Commission, graduated from the Leadership Campbell Program, serves on Campbell Rotary, and is the VP of the Campbell Police Foundation. Her main priorities include ensuring public safety, economic development, and recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic, and smart growth to help solve the region’s housing crisis.

Statement from Carol:

“I am happy to receive the endorsement from the Santa Clara County Associaton of REALTORS®. I look forward to working towards a common goal of making housing more available to our community.”

 

 

Wildfires continue to burn in Santa Clara County and surrounding areas. Many have been forced to evacuate their homes due to the SCU Lightning Complex fires in the eastern parts of the county and the CZU Lightning Complex fires in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties.

Here are some helpful resources:

You can view an evacuation map here.

Air Quality Information that allows you to search by zip, city, or state.

If you have been affected by these wildfires and need assistance, you can apply for a grant from the California Association of REALTORS​® Disaster Relief Fund. This fund has been helping the REALTOR® family recover from natural disasters for more than 15 years. They provide grants up to $5,000 to help REALTORS®, their staff, and association staff who have incurred losses due to natural disasters.

Many insurance companies are ramping up prices or outright refusing to renew policies in fire-prone areas. C.A.R. has put together several fire insurance one-sheets to keep you and your clients informed about how to protect your homes, keep your insurance coverage and find new coverage when necessary.

Last December the CA Dept of Insurance implemented a one-year moratorium on insurance agencies not extending fire insurance on zones impacted by the fires last year. Unfortunately, this did not include Santa Clara County as we were not heavily impacted. Regardless, even in Santa Clara County, for an insurance agency to drop a client and not renew their insurance they must provide notification in writing 45 days before expiration.

Unfortunately, during a transaction, if an insurance agency refuses to provide insurance, they have that right and there is not much we can do. This is a larger issue of major insurance overall and policy change which would have to be done at the state level.

 

 

We are thrilled to announce that Malia Bates has joined SCCAOR as our new Marketing and Sales Coordinator. Bates will work under our Events and Education Manager, Jodee Sousa, to assist with marketing and promotion of our classes and events. 

“I am truly honored to be a part of the SCCAOR family,” said Bates. “I am so appreciative of the warm welcome I have received thus far and cannot wait to learn more from the team and our members.”

Malia attended the University of Redlands where she got her degree in Media Studies. While in college, she was the Sports Director for the KDAWG College Radio station where she broadcasted bi-weekly sports updates and did play-by-play updates at campus sporting events. She moved to Michigan in 2018 and got her Master’s Degree in Sports Management from the University of Michigan. 

“I really enjoyed living in Michigan,” she said. “There was something really nice about the seasons changing and experiencing a really cold winter. And getting to be a part of the epic crowd of 100,000+ people packed into ‘The Big House’ for a football game is something I will never forget.”

After returning to the Bay Area in 2019, she worked on planning foundation-related events for the San Francisco 49ers. These events ranged from small-scale online auctions to large-scale marquee weekend fundraisers.

“Malia has a great background in marketing and fundraising and I am looking forward to what she can help us achieve,” said Jodee Sousa. “The Association is lucky to have her aboard.”

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!”

Need to reprogram or deprogram your lockbox? Want to upgrade to the eKEY? Or are you having issues with a eKey or lockbox? Schedule an appointment today with SCCAOR!

We currently offer contactless appointments for lockboxes and eKeys at both our San Jose and Gilroy locations.

San Jose Office
1651 North 1st St. San Jose, CA 95112
Lockbox/eKey appointments available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Gilroy Service Center
7901 Westwood Drive Unit J Gilroy, CA, 95020
Lockbox/eKey appointments available on Thursdays and Fridays

Book your appointment by selecting your preferred location below

Looking to purchase a lockbox? Click Here to use our SCCAOR Store Website.

We are happy to announce that Nafeesah Begum has rejoined SCCAOR as our Accounting Clerk. She will work under Jenny Dodgson, SCCAOR’s Staff Accountant, where she will be focusing on Accounts Payable as well as working on other special projects.

“I am excited to be a part of this amazing team,” said Begum. “I’m looking forward to bringing my skills in helping to further enhance the resources available to our members.”

Begum started working for SCCAOR in January 2020 on a temporary basis while finishing up her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from San Jose State University. She graduated in May and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Accounting at SJSU. She aspires to obtain her CPA license and become a Certified Public Accountant. 

“We are so happy to have Nafeesah back on the team,” said Jenny Dodgson. “She has already proven herself to be a valuable team member who brings a lot of positive energy to the Association.”  

In addition to her background in accounting, Nafeesah has customer service and banking experience. Prior to joining SCCAOR, she worked for two years as a Service Banker at Bank of the West in Campbell. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading. 

“I am an avid reader,” she said. “I like to read all sorts of genres and lately I have really enjoyed reading crime and mystery novels.” 

After conducting extensive in-person interviews with potential candidates for the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® Board of Director and Officer positions, our Nominating Committee has made their choices for 2021 President-Elect, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer. These candidates will join President  Doug Goss, who will automatically become President after having served as President-Elect in 2020 (This cycle will continue next year as the 2021 President-Elect will automatically become President in 2022).

2021 SCCAOR Officers:

 

The Nominating Committee also chose the following 2021 Director Candidates:

Gene Hunt
Jenny Zhao
Rick Smith
Ryan Alter
Sandy Jamison*
DeVonna Meyer (2021 SCRA Representative**)


* 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,
2021 through December 31, 2021.

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. You may pick up the petition form at 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 31. If you have any questions, please contact Alma Moreno or Neil Collins at (408) 445-8500


Special Thanks to the SCCAOR Nominating Committee

Kevin Cole, Chairperson (Past President 2018)
Gustavo Gonzalez, Vice-Chairperson (Past President 2019)
Sandy Jamison (2020 SCCAOR President)
Stephen Theard (SCCAOR Treasurer 2019 & 2020)
Trisha Motter (Past President 2016)
Myron Von Raesfeld (Past President 2014)
Carl San Miguel (Past President 2013)
Barbara Lymberis (Past President 2012)
Karl Lee (Past President 2010)
Jim Myrick (Past President 2005)
Steve Hanleigh (Past President 2002)
Terese Ferrara, SCCAOR Member
Anne Hansen, SCCAOR Member

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) voted unanimously to endorse Candidate Otto Lee for Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors District 3.

The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes Otto Lee as aligning with our mission as a pro-housing and property rights association and are proud to offer him this endorsement.

Otto made the following statement upon hearing the news of the endorsement. “At a time when housing is a major priority for our community, I am honored that the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® has endorsed my campaign for Supervisor. Our REALTORS® are in the business of fulfilling dreams, and it is important that all us, and our children, have an opportunity to have a home of their own. I will fight for better housing for all, and for our future. Thank you for your support.”

Otto has a strong understanding of REALTOR® Party issues as he has an active real estate license. Otto has a long history of serving the public. He has previously served as Mayor, Councilmember, and Planning Commissioner for the City of Sunnyvale and served in the U.S. Navy for several years.

He works as an intellectual property attorney in San José. Otto and his wife, Sally, reside in Sunnyvale with their three young daughters.

Otto is running for Supervisor to continue his lifelong dedication to public service, using his experience to improve Santa Clara County for everyone. As Supervisor, he will take real action to solve the problems that harm our community, including the extreme cost of housing, increase in homelessness, and quality of life issues like public safety and traffic congestion.

He would be serving the constituents in District 3, which includes Milpitas, parts of San Jose and Sunnyvale, and some unincorporated areas. Click here to find out if you live in District 3 and check your voter registration status.