THE SCCAOR MINUTE 11.16.2017

Highlights from this SCCAOR Minute
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2018 SCCAOR Installation of Officers and Directors

Friday, January 26, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Hayes Mansion (200 Edenvale Ave, San Jose, CA 95136)

Early bird pricing (ends December 31st)
$125 (Individual tickets)
$1200 (Table of 10)

Price will increase to $150 per ticket on January 1st, 2018

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Rochelle Rocha joins SCCAOR as Membership Coordinator

Rochelle Rocha has joined SCCAOR as our new Membership Coordinator. In this role, she will work in the SCCAOR Lobby and assist our members with questions or issues they may have with their membership.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the SCCAOR Team,” she said. “I look forward to helping our Members thrive and make the most of their membership with our Association.”

Rochelle will also work with new REALTORS® and guide them through all the benefits and services that come with a SCCAOR Membership. Many new members don’t often realize that their Association membership comes with many member benefits, such as access to ZipForm®, the C.A.R. Legal Hotline, Free Video shoot and headshots, and free PC repair.

“I’m happy to announce Rochelle Rocha has accepted the position of membership coordinator,” said William Santillana, Member Services Manager. “Rochelle brings many years of customer service experience and we are convinced that she will add another layer of success to our team.”

Outside of work, Rochelle enjoys cooking, attending live music festivals, and biking. One of her favorite bike trails is the Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose.

Our membership team can be reached by phone (408-445-8500), email (membership@sccaor.com), and also via live chat on our website.

New Date for SCCAOR General Membership Meeting: November 30th.

 

The SCCAOR General Membership Meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, November 30th, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the SCCAOR Office. The event is free for SCCAOR Members, but advanced registration is required.

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Local REALTORS® come together for 27th Annual SCCAOR Convention & Expo

The 27th Annual SCCAOR Convention & Expo took place on October 19th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The event featured more than 60 exhibitors showcasing their products and services to the real estate industry, as well as two stages of guest speakers, including Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist for the National Association of REALTORS®. His talk on the real estate and economic outlook drew a large crowd on the main stage and was featured in a Mercury News article about the Convention. (The powerpoint from his presentation can be viewed here.)

A full album of Convention photos can be viewed on our Facebook page. And if you didn’t have time to catch every speaker session, you can now order all 5 videos from the Main Stage for only $49.99. You can learn more about this offer here.

ABC7 News was also on hand at the Convention, and interviewed several SCCAOR Members for a story that ran on their 6 o’clock news program. Reporter David Louie spoke with Pam Foley, Doug Goss, Jim Myrick, and Anne Hansen about the recent fires in Northern California and the response from local REALTORS®. You can view the video below:

ABC7 News story that was filmed at the SCCAOR Convention

 

SCCAOR Partners with Housing Trust Silicon Valley for First-Time Homebuyer Program

$100,000 grant to Housing Trust will help moderate income buyers with closing cost assistance

In one of the toughest markets for first-time homebuyers in years, local REALTORS® are partnering with the Housing Trust Silicon Valley to provide a $100,000 grant that will help first-time homebuyers with closings costs. With homeownership rates in 2015 at a 30-year low at 50.7% in the San Jose Metro Area, this program is meant to help hardworking families establish themselves firmly in the community through the dream of homeownership.

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) and the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS® (SILVAR) saw an unmet need in assisting first-time homebuyers and applied for the $100,000 grant from the California Association of REALTORS® Housing Affordability Fund. The Santa Clara County REALTOR® Foundation and the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation are contributing the necessary operational funds to implement the grant.

The Housing Trust will grant up to $5,000 per first-time homebuyer household. Buyers looking to qualify will need to meet three key standards before applying. They must use a REALTOR® in the transaction; be considered a “first-time homebuyer” under federal tax rules; and meet the income requirement of earning up to 120% of area median income.

“I’ve seen many young families say they just can’t make it work here and we end up losing folks to areas where they can purchase that starter home,” said Rick Smith, president of SCCAOR. “This closing cost grant can make the difference for buyers just on the edge of affordability.”

“We must address the housing needs of hardworking families who live in our communities,” said Denise Welsh, president of SILVAR. “This program will aid first-time homebuyers in their efforts to attain homeownership.”

“For first-time homebuyers, closing costs are the last step to purchasing a home. These grants can make their dream of homeownership a reality,” said Eileen Giorgi, president of the Silicon Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation.

“We work closely with many non-profits and community groups, and what they are telling us is their workers are moderate income and can’t purchase a home. Those serving the needs of the community should have a chance to invest their future here in our area,” said Frank Cancilla, chair of the Santa Clara County REALTOR® Foundation.

“Local REALTORS® have been partners with the Housing Trust Silicon Valley since our founding in 2000 and have worked with us to make homeownership a reality for thousands of families in Silicon Valley,” said Kevin Zwick, CEO of the Housing Trust. “This is a great new way to collaborate and demonstrates their dedication to working on the issue of affordable homeownership in our community.”

For eligibility and program details, visit the Housing Trust Silicon Valley program website.