We are happy to announce that SCCAOR has created an Amazon Echo Flash Briefing skill. You can now get housing stats and other Association updates simply by talking to your Amazon Echo. Once enabled, just say “Alexa, what’s my Flash Briefing?” or “Alexa, what’s in the news?”

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Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren will be coming to SCCAOR for a Town hall meeting on Wednesday, September 19th from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Lunch will be provided and advanced registration is required. There are a limited number of tickets available so register today to guarantee your seat!

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SCCAOR YPN invites you to attend inspiRE on September 20th at the Casino M8trix. This event will feature a host of well known and insightful speakers, including Andrew Flachner, Mark Von Kaenel, Mike Ramos, and more! A limited number of tickets are available so get yours today!

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REignite 2018 is a one-day real estate conference on Friday, October 19th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. It will feature a morning keynote by Stefan Swanepoel followed by breakout sessions throughout the day. These insightful breakout sessions will cover trends, marketing, tech, sales, and other hot real estate topics. All attendees also get a free lunch and access to the hosted reception at the end of the day!

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All SCCAOR REALTOR® members get access to zipForm® — a truly essential transaction management and forms software. It helps you draft contracts, manage transactions, and close deals. Best of all, it’s 100% free for our members.

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The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® voted unanimously to endorse 7 candidates running for office on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes each of these candidates as aligning with our mission as a pro-housing and property rights association and are proud to offer them this endorsement.

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The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) voted unanimously to endorse the following candidates running for office on the November 6, 2018 ballot:

  • Susan Ellenberg – Candidate for Santa Clara County Supervisor in District 4
  • Paul Resnikoff – Incumbent Candidate for Campbell City Council
  • Bob Nunez – Candidate for Milpitas City Mayor
  • Marsha Grilli – Candidate for Milpitas City Council
  • Peter Leroe Munoz – Incumbent Candidate for Gilroy City Council
  • Marie Blankley – Incumbent Candidate for Gilroy City Council

CONTINUING ENDORSEMENT:

  • Pam Foley – Candidate for San Jose City Council District 9

The SCCAOR Board of Directors recognizes each of these candidates as aligning with our mission as a pro-housing and property rights association and are proud to offer them this endorsement.


Susan Ellenberg

Susan Ellenberg is a highly competent and qualified former real estate attorney who truly seeks to understand the issues before taking a position. Susan came to our association seeking information and to understand our position on housing and private property issues. We are proud to endorse her for Santa Clara County Supervisor District 4 as we believe that she will fairly represent District 4 on the Board of Supervisors and welcome all stakeholders to the table.


Paul Resnikoff

Paul Resnikoff has championed housing and economic development in the city of Campbell since he was first elected in 2014. He has proven to be a strong ally to REALTORS® and the REALTOR® Party issues in the city of Campbell. We are honored to offer him our unanimous endorsement for his re-election campaign to Campbell City Council.


Bob Nunez

A true collaborator, Bob Nunez, candidate for Mayor in the City of Milpitas, is a rare unifier in a very divided political climate. Bob will be a strong and thoughtful leader if elected. We are proud to offer Bob the sole and unanimous endorsement for his campaign for Milpitas City Mayor.


Marsha Grilli

Experienced and thoughtful, incumbent candidate for Milpitas City Council, Marsha Grilli, will continue to be a sound voice on the side of REALTORS® if re-elected. The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® is pleased to offer Marsha our unanimous endorsement for her re-election campaign to Milpitas City Council.


Marie Blankley

Rooted in her community, Gilroy City Council candidate Marie Blankley has the enthusiasm and vision to continue offering great contributions on the Gilroy City Council. A strong proponent for private property rights, we are honored to endorse Marie Blankley for her campaign for Gilroy City Council.


Peter Leroe Munoz

Knowledgeable and articulate in his vision and goals for the City of Gilroy, incumbent city council candidate Peter Leroe Munoz will continue to serve Gilroy well if re-elected. Peter is an outstanding advocate for public safety and better roads and infrastructure. He believes in the protection of private property rights and as such we are proud to endorse Peter Leroe Munoz for his re-election campaign to Gilroy City Council.


Tickets are now on sale for REignite 2018! In the past SCCAOR has done a yearly Convention & EXPO. This year we are doing things a little differently. REignite 2018 will feature a morning keynote by industry trend master Stefan Swanepoel followed by a series of breakout sessions where attendees can learn the latest on tech, marketing, branding, and more! Tickets are $79 for a full conference pass which also gets you lunch and entry into our hosted reception at the end of the day. A limited number of tickets are available for this new event so purchase yours soon to secure your seat.


Did you get your Chili Cook-Off tickets yet? The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation will host their annual Chili Cook Off on September 13th at Almaden Lake Park. This event is a lot of fun for the whole family — we hope to see you there.


Online voting for 2019 SCCAOR Officers and Directors will close on Aug 31st at 5:00 pm. Click the button below to cast your vote.


On January 24, 2019, we will have our Installation event at Villa Ragusa in Campbell. Come out and support Gustavo Gonzalez, who will be sworn in as 2019 SCCAOR President. You can see highlights from our 2018 Installation here.


The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation launched the $1 Million Homeless Challenge in 2015 to raise funds in support of local organizations who are working towards addressing homelessness in Santa Clara County. We are urging all REALTORS® and Affiliates to join the 1% Club so together we can help end homelessness.


Friday, September 7, 2018
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Check In and Brunch
9:30 am – 10:30 am: Presentation from Mattie Baker

Learn how to increase your commercial referrals while staying focused on your residential business. We will also cover what you need to be on the lookout for as well as how and when to contact a commercial agent with the right details. Free brunch provided by the SCCAOR Commercial Council.


The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation $1 Million Homeless Challenge 2018 campaign has officially kicked off! Did you know over 7,000 people in Santa Clara County are homeless? These veterans, families, children, mothers, sisters, grandparents, uncles, and disabled persons are members of our community, and they need our help. Most often, people find themselves homeless after a string of unfortunate circumstances, and then become trapped. The $1 Million Homeless Challenge raises funds and supports organizations that help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness, through work programs, affordable housing assistance, day care assistance, job & career development, and temporary housing.

Who Does the Campaign Support?

Currently, we provide funds to local Santa Clara County organizations that help people break the cycle of homelessness. These organizations include the Downtown Streets Team and Family Supportive Housing. Downtown Streets Team is a partnership that allows homeless or at-risk individuals to volunteer on local beautification projects. Through peer support, work-style responsibilities, case management, and employment services, DST helps empower their “Team Members” to take an active role in their future. Family Supportive Housing provides temporary housing and targeted support for families struggling with homelessness. Through temporary, family-only shelter services, extensive case management, and post-shelter services (AfterCare), Family Supportive Housing helps families address the critical barriers to long-term self-sufficiency.

How Can I Help?

  • Join the elite 1% Club and commit to donating 1% of your commissions, or at least $1,000, to helping this important cause
  • Give an individual donation to the campaign – you can donate via PayPal, and every donor will receive a gift and a personalized token of appreciation
  • Connect us with your brokerage or local group – we’d love to come out, meet you, share stories, provide statistics on homelessness, and provide ways you can help your community
  • Be social! Help us increase the reach of the campaign by liking, sharing on social media. Follow us on Facebook, and add our campaign frame to your Facebook profile picture!

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)


UPDATE 7/31/2018: 

Thank you! More than 129,000 REALTORS sent over 423,000 emails to Senators and members of Congress asking to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Today, that effort paid off!

Under legislation passed by the U.S. Senate today, NFIP will continue renewing or issuing new insurance for four more months. The bill, which cleared the House last week, is expected to be signed into law shortly (before tonight’smidnight deadline).  

We applaud lawmakers for taking this needed action to prevent disruptions to closings in thousands of communities across the country. Now extended through November 30, 2018, the NFIP is in desperate need of reforms that will make the program solvent and sustainable in the long run. The National Association of REALTORS will continue fighting for these reforms as the next NFIP reauthorization discussions loom later this year.

Thank you again for taking action on this critical legislative victory for our real estate industry!


The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire on July 31, denying necessary insurance coverage to homeowners and buyers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. Congress must act now to reform and extend the NFIP.

Urge Congress to extend the NFIP and pass meaningful reforms to ensure long-term viability of the program.

SCCAOR supports:

  • Reauthorizing and gradually strengthening the NFIP so it is sustainable over the long run;
  • Encouraging the development of private market options to offer comparable flood insurance coverage at lower cost than NFIP;
  • Providing federal assistance to high-risk property owners, including guaranteed loans, grants and buyouts in order to build to higher standards and keep insurance rates affordable;
  • Provide fair flood insurance rates that better reflect the property’s flood risk;
  • Improving flood map accuracy, so fewer property owners have to file expensive appeals.

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.


UPDATE 6/1/2018: Thank you for responding to our Red Alert! AB 2364 was killed in the Assembly on Thursday.


SCCAOR opposes AB 2364 (Bloom and Chiu), which deters property owners from returning to the rental housing business for 10 years. AB 2364 significantly weakens the Ellis Act by discouraging new rental housing investment and will ultimately make the state’s housing crisis even worse. AB 2364 will be considered by the entire Assembly this week.

Action Item

Call 1-800-798-6593 and enter your NRDS ID (or your Legislator’s 4 digit code in the table below) followed by the # sign to be connected with your legislator’s office.

Ask your Assembly Member to vote NO on AB 2364.

Click here for a full list of Assembly Members

Issue Background

In 1985, C.A.R. successfully sponsored the Ellis Act, which is a bipartisan compromise reached by the Legislature to allow rental property owners to go out of business. Prior to the Ellis Act, unlike any other business, rental property owners were forced to stay in business, even when subjected to extreme financial conditions. The Ellis Act provides a reasonable solution that gives certainty to both rental property owners and tenants alike.

Specifically, the Ellis Act requires a property returned to the rental market before a 5-year period expires to include any deed-restricted or rent-controlled units previously located on the property. C.A.R opposes AB 2364 because, among other things, it seeks to weaken the Ellis Act by discouraging rental property owners from returning rental units to the market by effectively extending this 5-year period to 10 years.

 

Why We Are opposing AB 2364

  • Discouraging investment in rental housing is bad policy. AB 2364 will have a chilling effect on the state’s housing supply crisis. Substantially diminishing a rental property owner’s ability to return their property to the market will not only limit the number of available units, but also adversely affect property values and the ability to finance property.
  • Rental property owners cannot see TEN YEARS into the future. Existing law sets reasonable and foreseeable standards for rental property owners and tenants. AB 2364 imposes unreasonable constraints on rental property owners who simply want to return their property to the market after 5 years.

 

Questions?  Please contact chrissy@sccaor.com