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Members of the Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS®, the trade organization representing over 4,000 REALTORS® and affiliate members engaged in the real estate business on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, joined 2,100 California REALTORS® in Sacramento on Wednesday for Legislative Day, where they discuss critical issues that impact home ownership and private property rights with Silicon Valley’s legislators.

At the morning briefing, California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) President Kevin Brown and the C.A.R. leadership welcomed California REALTORS® and thanked them to making the trip to Sacramento. He said, Legislative Day is an opportunity for REALTORS® “to demonstrate the size and power of organized real estate and represent our clients who are not here.”

California Governor Jerry Brown, a special guest at the morning briefing, also thanked REALTORS® for coming to Sacramento. He said it’s been a good year, the budget is balanced and stabilized, but the state still faces issues. Brown said diversity, which is one of California’s great assets, is also its biggest challenge and complicates issues.

“We are working out issues that the whole world has to deal with, but with enough openness, with enough skill, and enough harmony our state is going in the right direction … Wherever we look, California is leading the way,” said Gov. Brown.

“You’re in the right business,” Gov. Brown told REALTORS®. “You sell the California dream and it’s very much alive. Let’s keep it that way. So far, so good. Keep coming back every year.”

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