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
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.

By Sandy Jamison

Happy New Year and welcome to the new 20’s.  I’m very excited and honored to begin my term as your 2020 SCCAOR President. First, I’d like to thank Gustavo Gonzalez, your 2019 Association President for his commitment to service and outstanding job this past year. This coming year I will be joined by a very talented leadership team that includes President-Elect Doug Goss, Vice President Lisa Faria, and Secretary/Treasurer Stephen Theard. I look forward to working closely with this team and our Board of Directors to help guide our Association toward some new and exciting goals.

As President, my main goals will be to provide best-in-class member benefits at competitive prices while strengthening the Association, to develop and implement new communications strategies to enhance our member engagement and advocacy impact, and to focus on operational excellence through process and technology implementations aimed at improving productivity and efficiency.

There is a lot to look forward to as we enter this new decade. As REALTORS®, we will face a number of challenges in our market and industry but at the same time we’ll see some exciting new opportunities. SCCAOR recently opened a new Service Center in Gilroy to help serve the needs of our South County residents. The office has a membership center, a REALTOR® Store, and a training room that will soon be hosting classes and other meetings for our members.

Our Advocacy Team anticipates a busy year in 2020. Since the primary election was moved from June to March, candidate interviews and ballot measures started coming early. SCCAOR has endorsed candidates in four out of the five San Jose City Council races, and we anticipate making endorsements in Campbell, Milpitas, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Cupertino, and the Santa Clara County Supervisor’s race after March.

Measure E (San Jose-only March Primary ballot measure) will continue to tax those who want to buy or sell a home in the form of a massive increase to the local Transfer Tax. This tax increase will take the existing tax from $3.30/$1,000 of assessed value, to $15/$1,000 of assessed value – a 450% increase! We remain firmly opposed and encourage you to vote NO on Measure E.

SCCAOR will also be joining forces with C.A.R. to gather signatures for their state-wide ballot measure, The Family Home Protection and Fairness in Property Tax Act of 2020. I encourage you to add your signature to the list next time you’re in the SCCAOR office.

In our recent annual Member survey, 65.2% of SCCAOR Members said they would consider switching MLS providers if the option were available. In response, SCCAOR has invited the state-wide California Regional Multiple Listing Service (“CRMLS”) to make a special presentation to our members. These presentations will happen on January 14 in our Gilroy office and January 15 in our San Jose office. We hope you will be able to join us to learn about some of the exciting opportunities they have to offer. Your feedback will be immensely helpful to the SCCAOR Board of Directors as we look to address our members’ concerns. You can learn more and register to attend for free here.

I wish you a prosperous new year and I look forward to seeing you at all of our events throughout the year!

Members of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) donated hundreds of toys and pajamas at their recent Member Holiday Mixer event. In addition to the donations, a total of $2536 was raised during the event, with all donations and money raised during the event went to the Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association.

“It was amazing to see the generosity of the REALTOR® Family,” said Gustavo Gonzalez, SCCAOR President. “KAFPA is an amazing organization that does great work for our community. We are truly honored to be able to support them each year with these donations.”

KAFPA is a nonprofit that provides resources and advocates for the needs of foster and adoptive families in Santa Clara County. They provide youth programming and family programming, serving over 300 foster, kinship, and adoptive parents and about 1600 foster, kinship, and adoptive and biological children.

You can view photos from the event on our Facebook page.

The Santa Clara County REALTORS® Foundation, the charitable arm of the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS®, recently made turkey donations to three South Bay organizations that all focus on giving back to those in need.

“As we come into this time of giving, it is good to stop and reflect on the things we are grateful for,” said Don Jessup, Chair of the Foundation. “I am grateful for all of the SCCAOR REALTOR® and Affiliate members who gave so much to make this day possible. Taking care of our community is what we do and today we helped three great organizations feed those that are in need.”

The SCCR Foundation donated a total of 250 turkeys that were split between Martha’s Kitchen in San Jose, City Team in San Jose, and St. Joseph’s Family Center in Gilroy. All three organizations provide hot meals and other assistance to those in need.

About each organization

Martha’s Kitchen: Since 1981, about 4,500,000 meals have been served at Martha’s Kitchen with the help of volunteers from surrounding communities, schools and churches of all denominations, along with individual donors in the spirit of Louise Benson’s concept of feeding the hungry in our community. (Read more)

City Team: Since 1957, CityTeam has been serving people in extreme poverty and helping them transform their lives, their families and their communities. Today, with the help of volunteers and faithful donors, CityTeam is impacting the lives of over 500,000 people each year. (Read more)

St. Joseph’s Family Center: The Food Pantry is the oldest and largest program that St. Joseph’s operates. Low income families and individuals receive nutritious, balanced food baskets, Tuesday through Friday, that help them maintain a proper diet and physical well-being. Homeless receive nourishing and filling lunch bags daily, Monday through Friday. A large assortment of fresh produce is distributed every Monday morning. The Food Pantry established and supports 10 off-site pantries located in schools and agencies throughout the South County. (Read more)

This ongoing series explores the NAR Code of Ethics through various case interpretations. Please read through the following case and try to decide if there was any Code of Ethics violations. Then click the box at the bottom to find out the answer. (These cases have been provided by the National Association of REALTORS®.)

Case #10-4: Use of “Choose Your Neighbor” Marketing Letters

REALTOR® A listed a property in a new subdivision. At the instruction of his client, Seller X, REALTOR® A did not enter the listing in the MLS, did not place a “For Sale” sign on the property and did not advertise the property online. Seller X had told REALTOR® A that he wanted the sale handled quietly, with the new purchasers being people who would “fit into the neighborhood—people with the same socioeconomic background” as the other residents of the subdivision.

Based on his conversation with Seller X, REALTOR® A’s only marketing effort was mailing a letter to the other residents of the subdivision, inviting them “. . . to play a part in the decision of who your next neighbor will be. If you know of someone who you would like to live in the neighborhood, please let them know of the availability of this home, or call me and I will be happy to contact them and arrange a private showing.”

REALTOR® A’s marketing strategy came to the attention of REALTOR® B, whose mother lived in the subdivision. REALTOR® B filed a complaint charging REALTOR® A with a violation of Article 10 of the Code of Ethics.

At the hearing, REALTOR® B told the Hearing Panel of receiving a copy of the marketing letter from his mother, who had recently moved to the subdivision. REALTOR® B advised the panel that he had checked the Board’s MLS for information on the property, had driven past the house to look for a “For Sale” sign and had searched online for any information on the property. Finding nothing, REALTOR® B concluded that REALTOR® A’s marketing strategy was to limit access to the property to individuals preselected by the current residents. “In my mind,” said REALTOR® B, “this could only mean one thing. REALTOR® A was deliberately discriminating against home buyers from other areas, or those with different backgrounds, who would never have the opportunity to learn about the house’s availability. Obviously, REALTOR® A was directing all of his marketing energies into finding purchasers who would not disrupt the ethnic and economic character of the neighborhood.”

REALTOR® A defended his actions by advising the panel that he was acting on Seller X’s instructions. Seller X appeared as a witness for REALTOR® A and confirmed this fact, adding that he and the other residents of his block had an informal agreement that they would try to find “suitable” purchasers for their homes if they ever decided to sell. Seller X felt that by broadening the marketing campaign to include all residents of the subdivision he had increased the chances of finding such potential purchasers.


The Hearing Panel found REALTOR® A in violation of Article 10 of the Code of Ethics. In their decision, the panel advised REALTOR® A that no instruction from a client could absolve a REALTOR® from the obligation to market properties without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, country of national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity, as expressed in Article 10. There was no doubt, in the panel’s opinion, that the exclusive use of “Choose Your Neighbor” letters to market the property was designed to circumvent the requirements of Article 10.

See more case interpretations here

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