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SILVAR members get ready to meet their legislators.

 

In light of California’s ongoing housing availability/affordability and supply crisis, this year on Legislative Day, in addition to the “hot issues,” the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) asked REALTORS® to ask their legislators what they propose to do to increase the housing supply in California

C.A.R. senior vice president and chief lobbyist Alex Creel said home prices are too high because of the limited supply of homes and that’s because government at the state and local level is constraining supply and this has led to laws on rent control and exclusionary zoning. The state’s homeownership is among the lowest in the nation. Average rents in California cost 50 percent higher than the rest of the country.

“The solution to the housing affordability crisis is not price control. It is dealing with supply and the constraints that limit supply,” said Creel.

Creel said the legislature can help by streamlining the permitting process, fixing CEQA, requiring local government to meet their housing requirements, fund affordable housing and defeat bills that discourage construction of rental housing.

Thus, after the joint luncheon, SILVAR members met with Senators Jim Beall and Jerry Hill, and Assembly members Evan Low and Marc Berman and discussed the housing issues and asked them to take C.A.R.’s position on the following bills:

AB 1979 (Bonta/Steinworth) – Homeownership Savings Accounts – SUPPORT
This bill allows homebuyers to establish a Homeownership Savings Account (HSA) to purchase a home without paying tax on the interest earned on funds in that account; permits taxpayers to exclude from gross income earned on money contributed to a HSA up to 20 percent of the median home price as determine by the Department of Housing and Community Development; and permits contributions to HSA from relatives and others, as well. This would help families struggling for a down payment on a home, benefiting 3.5 million families.

SB 1469 (Skinner) – Accessory Dwelling Units – SUPPORT
Despite recent changes to state law making it easier to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs), many local governments are using overly restrictive ordinances and other loopholes to deny their development. This bill would streamline the approval process for building ADUs by prohibiting the imposition of impact fees, connection fees and other fees levied by local entities on construction of ADUs and would only permit local government to deny construction if it adversely impacts fire and life safety. It also states if the local government fails to act on the application within 60 days, the project would be approved.

AB 2618 (Bonta) – Specialty Licensing – OPPOSE
C.A.R. opposes this bill because it requires real estate licensees to complete a mandatory property management certification program to perform property management services that they are already licensed to provide. It also requires private owners to obtain this certification even if they use a licensee to manage their property. The measure is unnecessary, duplicates existing law, and provides no additional consumer protections. There is no data to support the need for additional certification or training.

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California Governor Jerry Brown will speak to REALTORS® at the California Association of REALTORS® Morning Briefing on Legislative Day. SILVAR members are encouraged to participate in this important event, which will be held on Wednesday, May 1. The deadline to sign up is Monday, April 22.

Legislative Day is the day REALTORS® from all over California travel to Sacramento and meet with their elected officials to discuss critical legislation that can affect REALTORS®, homeowners and private property rights. REALTORS® make up the largest group that travel to the nation’s capital to speak with their legislators.

When members arrive in Sacramento, they will receive a special briefing at the Sacramento Convention Center from California Association of REALTORS® lobbyists, REALTOR® leadership, Governor Brown, and other special guests. A joint luncheon with members of SILVAR, the Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) and San Mateo County Association of REALTORS® (SAMCAR) will follow the briefing.

After lunch, SILVAR REALTORS® will attend meetings with all of the legislators in Silicon Valley, including Senators Jim Beall and Jerry Hill, and Assembly Members Paul Fong and Rich Gordon. At these meetings, REALTORS® will have the opportunity to discuss important real estate issues, such as private property rights, legal reforms and housing opportunity policies.

Personally meeting our legislators and discussing real estate-related issues that may adversely affect our clients – buyers, sellers, homeowners and private property rights – makes a difference! For more information about Legislative Day, contact SILVAR Government Affairs Director Jessica Epstein at (408) 200-0100.

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