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The results of the June 7th Primary Elections will dramatically shift the political direction of local politics for the following term and beyond.

The SCCAOR Local Candidate Recommendation Committee has been hard at work, investing time and energy interviewing candidates for San Jose Mayor, San Jose City Council, Santa Clara County Supervisor, and Santa Clara District Attorney. The 2022 SCCAOR-Endorsed candidates were selected as the best and most effective candidates that align with REALTOR® priorities and property rights.

On June 7th, please vote for the SCCAOR-Endorsed candidates!

Click HERE to find your vote center, a sample ballot, and other information from the Santa Clara Registrar of Voters.

– The Government Affairs Team @ SCCAOR

YOU can make a difference. Vote.

Questions? Email

On Wednesday, April 27th, over 2400 REALTORS® gathered for the 2022 California Association of REALTORS® Legislative Day in Sacramento, CA.

This year, AB 2710 was designated a “Red Hot Issue” by C.A.R. and all Legislative Day attendees appealed to their local lawmakers to oppose this legislation that would have stripped homeowners of their property rights.

SCCAOR is proud to announce that after a full day of legislator meetings, the author of AB 2710 decided to pull his bill from Committee, a great success for the REALTOR® Party of California.
If enacted, AB 2710 would prohibit rental property owners from offering their property for sale unless they first offered it to “qualified entities” such as nonprofit organizations and local governments. C.A.R. opposed the bill because it would have harmed small property owners in the following ways:
  1. It would interfere with the ability of property owners with urgent personal circumstances to sell quickly, making them wait several months before they could offer to anyone besides a “qualified entity”.
  2. It would reduce homeownership opportunities for working families by prohibiting properties from initially entering the open market.
  3. It would place undue financial hardship on rental property owners as they would be forced to continue paying their mortgage and other property expenses for months because they would be prohibited from selling on the open market while a “qualified entity” considers making an offer.
  4. It would expose small property owners to cumbersome procedures and to possibly costly and time-consuming lawsuits.

Throughout the day, REALTOR® associations hosted their state lawmakers for meetings on this topic to lobby against the measure and share how the bill would harm property rights, the real estate industry, and REALTOR® livelihoods. We at the Santa Clara County Association of  REALTORS®, in collaboration with SAMCAR and SILVAR, hosted Senator Dave Cortese, Senator Josh Becker, Assemblymember Alex Lee, and Assemblymember Evan Low.

SCCAOR extends a big thank you to all REALTORS® for participating in Virtual Legislative Day on March 2nd and the 2022 Legislative Day on April 27th. When we come together in size and strength, we can achieve positive results in support of private property rights.

SCCAOR will hold the first General Membership Meeting of the year on Wednesday, March 16th, 2022.

Special guest, City of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, will outline his plans for his last year in office and share his outlook for the future of San Jose.

Click here to register.

Register early to secure your spot
On the agenda:
  • Welcome by President Lisa Faria & CEO Neil Collins
  • C.A.R. updates presented by C.A.R. Regional Director, Sandy Jamison
  • Updates from our new SCCAOR Government Affairs Director, Gina Zari
  • Recognition of Legacy Members** with a milestone pin and certificate
  • Celebration of the 2021 REALTOR® of the Year, Kelly Hunt, and of all the 2021 ROY Nominees
  • Q&A, details for 2022 Legislative Day, a Sneak Peek of upcoming signature SCCAOR events, and more…

Questions for Mayor Liccardo, SCCAOR President Lisa Faria, SCCAOR Staff, or questions in general?

submit your questions in advance and we’ll address them during the meeting.

You’ll also have a chance to submit questions in the Zoom chat so register now to get your link for the GenMem meeting.

**We have limited seats reserved for our Legacy Members to attend in-person.
Email to inquire about availability.

It is impossible to look back on the past year without mentioning the impact COVID has made on our lives. I am proud of the progress we have made together, despite the many challenges.  When I was installed as your 2021 SCCAOR President in January of this year, we lived in a very different world than we did when I began as President-Elect in January of 2020.

The landscape for the Real Estate Industry continues to change at an unprecedented rate, but we continue to evolve and pivot to navigate unchartered territory.  Collectively, we persevered through countless challenges, and I am extremely proud of our accomplishments.

Through the course of the year, we launched hybrid classes and meetings including the Board of Directors and Committee Meetings, and returned to in-person events.  We successfully hosted the Annual Golf Tournament, the Member Appreciation BBQ, fundraisers in support of the Down Payment Assistance Fund, a live Pumpkin Auction to benefit Katherine R. Smith Elementary School, and our Member Appreciation Holiday Mixer.

To strengthen and expand the relationships between SCCAOR and the Broker Community, we moderated three Broker Forums this year, which were held via Zoom. Although we were limited to a virtual setting, we laid a strong foundation for future forums.

In 2021, we also brought back the SCCAOR Education Committee and, with the hard work of staff and the committee, have expanded class offerings for our members.  Another highlight this year is the establishment of a new SCCAOR Committee, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. This new committee will bring more diversity into the leadership of SCCAOR.

Our Leadership Team also completed a thorough review of all SCCAOR’s policies, updating them so they are just as relevant today as when they were initially established. We also purged several policies that were no longer relevant.

After completing the policy review, we took on the long-overdue project of identifying our Core Values. Through an intensive process, we settled in on the following Core Values: Welcoming, Dedicated, and Dynamic. These three values are very representative of SCCAOR’s culture and will help keep future leadership and staff focused.

Our Santa Clara County REALTOR® Foundation is setting up a First-Time Homebuyer Down Payment Assistance Program.  After receiving a $50,000 grant from C.A.R.’s Housing Affordability Fund, we matched the grant with funds from our Foundation to launch a $100,000 DPA Fund that will assist first-time homebuyers to start to build wealth through homeownership.

As I bid you farewell as SCCAOR President, I join a prestigious list of Past Presidents. I will continue my service on the Board of Directors and will support 2022 President Lisa Faria through the next chapter in SCCAOR’s history.

It is certain that we do not know what the future holds. However, I am confident that through the leadership of the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs, along with the support of a dedicated SCCAOR staff, we can remain optimistic that we will continue to accomplish great things together.

To the 6,500+ REALTOR® and Affiliate Members of SCCAOR, I thank you for the trust you placed in me to lead and guide our Association over this past year.


Doug Goss
2021 SCCAOR President


After 3 1/2 years with the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, Tim Beaubien, Government Affairs Director will be leaving SCCAOR.  Though we are sad to see Tim go, we are happy for Tim to be pursuing a new opportunity as REALTOR® Party Director with the Arizona Association of REALTORS®.  “I am incredibly impressed with Tim and how fast he ascended here at SCCAOR.  He has a bright future ahead of him,” said Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO.

Tim has been an integral part of our organization and he will be missed by his fellow coworkers and SCCAOR members alike. “I will truly miss working with the SCCAOR staff, leadership, and all of the members. I am excited to be staying in the REALTOR® Party family and for this new chance for professional growth,” shared Tim.
Join us in congratulating Tim as he steps into his new role.  If you have any questions for the Government Affairs Department, please contact

The Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® is pleased to announce the promotion of Jodee Sousa to Director of Education and Events.

“I am honored to be promoted to Director of Education and Events at SCCAOR.  Making events fun and education beneficial for our membership has always been my passion, and I look forward to many more years to come as part of the SCCAOR Family,” said Jodee Sousa.

Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO shared, “Jodee has been an incredible addition to the team.  Starting with us over four years ago as an Events Coordinator, she has advanced to Manager, and now to the Director of Education and Events.  She works so hard for the members and truly loves what she does.  Her promotion is well deserved.”

SCCAOR is thrilled to announce that Brenda Hernandez has joined SCCAOR as the new Special Events Coordinator. Hernandez will work under our Education & Events Director, Jodee Sousa, to assist with SCCAOR events.

“I am excited to work as a team with SCCAOR and ready to meet new SCCAOR members,” shared Brenda Hernandez.  Hernandez joins SCCAOR after spending over ten years in the real estate industry.  She also shared, “I am ready to host great and fun events at SCCAOR!”

“SCCAOR is lucky to welcome Brenda to our SCCAOR Family. I am looking forward to working with her as she plans events and more for our members,” shared Jodee Sousa.

We would like to congratulate Diana Guitierrez, our Membership Coordinator, on her five-year anniversary with the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®. Diana joined SCCAOR on September 19, 2016.  “Diana has always proven to be someone we could rely on to tackle the most difficult tasks.  I am so grateful to have her on our team,” shared Neil Collins, SCCAOR CEO.

Kimberly Hernandez, Membership Services Manager, says, “Diana’s presence on the SCCAOR Membership team has been invaluable!  She commits herself to uphold the SCCAOR values and vision and her dedication is deeply appreciated.”

“My favorite part of my job is that I learn something new every day,” says Diana.  “And, working with our members is always exciting.”

In her free time, Diane enjoys hanging out with her dogs. “I have a handicapped dog and a puppy and I value the time I spend with them,” Diana said.

Diana also likes going to the movies, hiking, and reading.

As of December 1, 2021, your XpressKEY is no longer supported by Supra.

All XpressKEY holders must transition to eKEY to avoid service interruption.


The eKEY® is a simple app you can download on your smartphone.

No more remembering to charge and bring an extra device – your phone is your key!

The SCCAOR Membership Services Team is on standby to activate your new key at both the San Jose and Gilroy Locations.
Activation can not be finalized via telephone and MUST be finalized in person.

(To avoid longer wait times, appointments are recommended but not required.  Walk-ins are welcome!

Why has Supra phased 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.

As a result, Supra has announced the discontinuation of the XpressKEY and XpressKEY users must transition to the Supra eKEY before December 1, 2021, to avoid service interruption.


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!


So, what’s next? 
  1. Download the Supra eKEY app onto your smartphone or tablet.  There is no cost to download the app.  The app is inactive until you have enrolled in a subscription.
  2. Once you have downloaded the app, schedule an appointment with our Membership Services Department to activate your eKEY subscription and authorize your eKey app.  (Walk-ins are also welcome.)



  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 or call (408) 445-8500 with any questions.