All REALTORS® that will be operating as an Essential Business during Shelter-in-place must prepare and post a “Social Distancing Protocol” for each of your listings in Santa Clara County that will be viewed by any member of the public. It must be posted at or near the entrance to any vacant property you are showing. We also recommend keeping a copy of the completed form on your person.

Remember: You may not host an open house. All showings should be done virtually if at all possible.

If a private showing must occur:

  • Only a single REALTOR® and a maximum of two others from the same household can be in the vacant house at any time.
  • No public showings may occur under any circumstances if someone still lives in the house.
  • Please download a copy of the Social Distancing Protocol form by clicking the button below.
  • A copy of this form must also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility.  All Essential Businesses shall implement the Social Distancing Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand.

 

C.A.R.’s Best Practice Guidelines are a good benchmark to practice safe real estate transactions. However, it is important to remember that the County Ordinance is stricter in certain areas and takes precedence. You can view a copy of the full Ordinance on the County’s website.

President Trump today signed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act’’ (CARES Act), a bipartisan stimulus bill to help Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic. SCCAOR would like to send a huge thank you to C.A.R. and NAR for all their lobbying efforts towards this bill. Their work helped ensure that small business owners, the self-employed and independent contractors were included in the federal response to this national crisis. This package includes forgivable SBA loans for independent contractors as well as Pandemic Unemployment assistance.

For more information on how to access benefits included in the CARES Act, see C.A.R.’s FAQs on Financial Resources for REALTORS® and Financial Resources for Brokers.

SCCAOR is excited to offer a new FREE member benefit, AgentEDU!

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Members can learn more and sign up for a free 1-year subscription by clicking the button above or visiting www.sccaor.com/agentedu

The recent “Shelter in Place” Order in Santa Clara County will have a significant impact on the way you will conduct your business in the coming weeks.

We’ve put together a Transaction Resource Center to provide you with current updates, frequently asked questions, and additional resources to help you better understand how the current changes will affect how you do business.

We will continue monitoring the situation and will be updating this page as new information is announced. The Transaction Resource Center also has a form where you can submit additional questions that are not currently included on the site.

 

In response to the “shelter in place” restrictions recently announced by the Health Officer of the County of Santa Clara, we will be temporarily closing our offices in both San Jose and Gilroy and our staff will be working remotely until April 7th. These office closures will go into effect on Tuesday, March 17th. There are several ways that you can get in touch with us if you have any membership related issues or questions:

Additionally, SCCAOR will be canceling all broker tours until April 7th. We also suggest you seek the advice of your broker and consider the wishes of your clients in how to market their properties at this time.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available. We understand that this can be a very stressful time for you and we want to be available as a resource for you and your business during these trying times.

A Message from SCCAOR President Sandy Jamison:

As concerns over COVID-19 continue, SCCAOR Leadership would like to assure you that we are taking prudent measures to ensure the health and safety of our members and staff.

Effective immediately, we are pausing all SCCAOR Tour & Marketing meetings. While these meetings are postponed until further notice, the actual tours will still be happening. We urge everyone who puts their house on tour to practice all health and safety measures in order to contain this virus. We will also be canceling all larger events taking place in our office, including the Brunch n Learn event that was scheduled for March 20. The California Association of REALTORS® has canceled their Legislative Day event in Sacramento that was scheduled for April 28.

The SCCAOR office is currently open to serve you at both our San Jose and Gilroy locations during regular business hours. If you need membership assistance and prefer not to come into the office, you can reach us by phone (408-445-8500), email (membership@sccaor.com), or through our online chat. And as a reminder, you can purchase real estate products from our store’s website and we will gladly ship them to you.

We’ve also taken several steps to ensure a clean environment in our offices. We are wiping down desks and other high touch areas throughout the day with disinfecting wipes. We’ve removed chairs and spread out the tables in our training room to provide ample social distancing between members and these rooms are deep cleaned by our janitorial staff each night. Our staff is also currently exploring options for how we can continue to bring educational content and other services in a virtual environment.

NAR has recently released “A Guide for REALTORS®” on their website with useful information regarding how this may impact the real estate industry and additional precautions you can take to minimize the risk of infection.

Our goal is to be nimble and responsive to your member needs during this health crisis. We will be closely monitoring the situation and will make further announcements as needed to keep you well informed.

Sincerely,

Sandy Jamison
SCCAOR President

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) on Thursday February 12, 2020, chose to revoke its endorsement of Jim Zito for San Jose City Council District 8 in the March 3, 2020 primary election.

“Our Association strives to endorse candidates that support REALTOR® Party values and also exhibit the highest level of moral fiber,” said SCCAOR President Sandy Jamison. “The alleged domestic abuse that Jim Zito forced upon his family is completely out of line with the values that we believe in as an Association. For these reasons, we are no longer endorsing Candidate Jim Zito.”

Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO, said that these allegations were deeply concerning.

“We are extremely troubled to learn about the recent allegations against Jim Zito,” said SCCAOR CEO Neil Collins. “If any of these allegations are true, they are in direct conflict with the SCCAOR brand and everything we stand for.”

 

SCCAOR 2020 Local Candidate Endorsements

 

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® has voted to endorse the following candidates running for office on the March 3, 2020, Primary Ballot:

  • Lan Diep – Incumbent Candidate for San Jose City Council District 4
  • Dev Davis – Incumbent Candidate for San Jose City Council District 6
  • Matt Mahan – Candidate for San Jose City Council District 10 

The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes each of these candidates as aligning with our mission and REALTOR® Party values of pro-housing and property rights. The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® is proud to offer these candidates an endorsement.


Lan Diep 

Incumbent Candidate for San Jose City Council District 4
Click Here to Visit Lan’s Campaign Website


Dev Davis

Incumbent Candidate for San Jose City Council District 6
Click Here to Visit Dev’s Campaign Website


Matt Mahan

Candidate for San Jose City Council District 10
Click Here to Visit Matt’s Campaign Website

 


The California Primary Election is taking place on March 3, 2020, opposed to in June as it has in the past. Remember to check your voter registration status to ensure it is correct or register to vote if you have not already. 


Voter’s Choice Act

California has passed the Voter’s Choice Act which will eliminate traditional polling places for elections this year. Instead this year each County will have hundreds of designated “voting centers.” An individual is no longer assigned a polling place but can use any voting center in the County at their convenience. Every voter will be mailed a ballot that they can return by mail, drop off completed at any voting center, or fill out a ballot in person at a voting center. Voting centers will open three days before the election giving time and options to vote when they please.


2020 Census

At the start of every decade, the United States embarks on accurately counting our population through a new census. The census is important because it provides the basis for allocating congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care, and public policy. So when a census taker approaches you at home or on the street please take the time to accurately report the information they ask for about your household.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) installed Sandy Jamison as its President during an evening ceremony at the Hayes Mansion on January 24. She will serve as the 2020 President of SCCAOR, a real estate trade organization that represents over 6,400 REALTOR® and Affiliate members in Santa Clara County.

“I am honored and privileged to assume the role of the President of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®,” said Jamison. “My theme this year is ‘A Strategic Vision for The Future’. I am fortunate this year to have the unique opportunity to lead and set the strategic vision for the organization for the next three years. I intend to put a hard focus on supporting SCCAOR’s mission of providing real and measurable benefits and value to our members while also fiercely protecting and preserving private property rights and promoting homeownership. By taking a hard look at our vision we can build in the momentum for the next decade.”

Jamison has been buying and selling real estate both personally and professionally since 1997. She founded Tuscana Properties in 2008 after spending 10 years working in high tech companies like eBay and Advanced Micro Devices. 

In addition to serving her clients, she is a very active leader at SCCAOR, serving on the Board of Directors since 2015. She also served as Grievance Committee Chair in 2015, Education Committee Chair in 2015 & 2016, Professional Standards Committee Director since 2016, Local Candidate Review Committee Chair in 2017, Treasurer in 2018, and President-Elect in 2019. Additionally, she won SCCAOR REALTOR® of the Year in 2016. 

SCCAOR CEO Neil Collins said that SCCAOR is so fortunate to have such a productive REALTOR® of Sandy’s caliber as President for 2020. “She is a true visionary and is eager to apply her corporate background to successfully lead SCCAOR into the next decade,” he said. 

Other SCCAOR Officers that were installed include Doug Goss (President-Elect), Lisa Faria (Vice President), and Stephen Theard (Treasurer/Secretary). They will be joined by SCCAOR Board of Directors, which includes: Kip Barnard, Jen Beehler, Frank Cancilla, William Chea, Kevin Cole, Kraig Constantino, Derek Essary, Gustavo Gonzalez Don Jessup, Elizabeth Monley, Gabrielle Perez, Tam Quach, William Rehbock, John Scaglione, and Rick Smith.

This event also saw the presentation of several awards that celebrated some of our top members from 2019. Congratulations to the following award winners:

2019 REALTOR® of the Year: Myron Von Raesfeld
2019 Affiliate of the Year: Al Arias
2019 Volunteer of the Year: William Chea
2019 President’s Choice Awards: Carl San Miguel and William Chea

You can view and/or download the photos from the evening by following these steps:
1. Visit www.harrywhophotography.com
2. Go to CLIENTS and then look for the Gallery called “SCCAOR – EVENT
3. Enter the Gallery with the password Hayes0120 
4. The individual logo-free images can be downloaded from the Gallery.