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  • MetroList Joins NAR Settlement, Update from Dave Howe
    MetroList has recently released a statement regarding the recent National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) lawsuits. Click the button below to read more about their stance and the steps they are taking. To facilitate this transition, we are developing critical subscriber resources that will be updated periodically. Stay tuned for more updates and announcements as we… Read more: MetroList Joins NAR Settlement, Update from Dave Howe
  • Episode 58: Aria Salehpour
    In this episode of the House Keys podcast, Cam Villa welcomes Aria Salehpour, a prominent member of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS, to the show. In this conversation, Aria delves into the evolution of the buyer broker agreement, a pivotal form in real estate transactions. Aira explores its historical significance, discussing how its use has… Read more: Episode 58: Aria Salehpour
  • Episode 58: Dana Fleischman
    In this episode, Cam Villa sits down with Dana Fleischman, a REALTOR®, investor, and entrepreneur. Dana shares his journey from being a young investor buying rental properties to becoming a successful REALTOR®. He discusses the challenges and rewards of being a REALTOR® and provides valuable insights for anyone considering a career in real estate. Dana… Read more: Episode 58: Dana Fleischman
  • Episode 57: Katie Kreps
    Cam Villa sits down with Katie Kreps, a Sacramento-based real REALTOR® and former nonprofit professional. Katie’s passion for helping others and her commitment to making a positive impact in her community shine through as she shares her insights on the Sacramento real estate market and the value of building lasting relationships in the industry. Tune in to learn… Read more: Episode 57: Katie Kreps
  • Episode 56: Evangelia Pantis
    Join Cam Villa as he sits down with special guest Evangelia Pantis. Evangelia shares her journey into the real estate industry, inspired by her mother’s success, and reflects on her diverse roles in real estate technology and lending. Evangelia sheds light on the title and escrow industry, offering insights and dispelling misconceptions.  Don’t miss her… Read more: Episode 56: Evangelia Pantis
  • The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Benefit Plans are having a Special Open Enrollment in 2024.
    In case you missed open enrollment in the fall, and you find yourself without health, dental and vision insurance, the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® plans have a special open enrollment this year. If you would like the flexibility of multiple plan offerings with extremely competitive rates, look no further than the ‘Guaranteed Issue’ medical plans… Read more: The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Benefit Plans are having a Special Open Enrollment in 2024.
  • REALTORS® Legislative Meetings Recap – Washington DC, May 4-9
    At the 2024 NAR Legislative Meetings in Washington, DC, Sacramento Association of REALTORS® CEO Jessica Coates joined a cohort of industry leaders, representatives from local and state associations of REALTORS®, federal advocacy groups, and professionals spanning the property management field. Together, they engaged in dynamic conversations addressing critical issues confronting the sector. These discussions centered… Read more: REALTORS® Legislative Meetings Recap – Washington DC, May 4-9
  • Celebrating 56 Years of Fair Housing: A Milestone in Sacramento’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    We are delighted to share with you a momentous occasion that underscores Sacramento’s unwavering dedication to housing equality. During our recent Board of Directors meeting, held on April 25, 2024, we had the distinct pleasure of hosting esteemed guests: Sacramento City Council members Eric Guerra, representing District 6, and Lisa Kaplan, representing District 1. At… Read more: Celebrating 56 Years of Fair Housing: A Milestone in Sacramento’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Episode 55: Matt Keister
    Cam Villa interviews Matt Keister, a mortgage broker, about his journey in the real estate industry and his perspectives on various aspects of the business. Matt shares that he transitioned from the technology industry to real estate and emphasizes the importance of problem-solving and tailoring solutions to clients’ needs in the real estate sector.
  • Episode 54: First-Time Homebuyer Expo with Jenean Watson and Malyna Phan
    In this episode of the House Keys podcast, Cam Villa talks to Jenean Watson and Malyna Phan from the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Fair Housing Committee. They discuss the committee’s focus on underserved communities, promoting inclusivity and diversity in homeownership. The conversation highlights the upcoming second annual First-Time Home Buyers Expo on April 27th, emphasizing… Read more: Episode 54: First-Time Homebuyer Expo with Jenean Watson and Malyna Phan
  • Episode 53: Jennifer Robinson
    Cam Villa welcomes Jennifer Robinson on the show. Jennifer shares her real estate journey, emphasizing the need for agents to prove their value to clients. They discuss industry trends and staying motivated despite setbacks, highlighting the importance of continuous learning and dedication.
  • Membership Portal Update
    We’re thrilled to announce our upcoming transition to the new Association Management System, Tangilla, accompanied by a new Single Sign On solution for accessing services​. This significant change, scheduled for April 17, will reshape your interaction with the Sacramento Association of REALTORS®.  Tangilla offers a multitude of benefits that promise to elevate your member and… Read more: Membership Portal Update
  • Episode 52: Jake DeRosa
    Join Cam Villa and his guest Jake DaRosa on the HouseKeys Podcast as they explore Jake’s journey in real estate. From starting in the mortgage industry to weathering market crashes, Jake shares insights on adaptability and continuous learning. Discover the importance of genuine client relationships, the impact of personal challenges on professional growth, and Jake’s… Read more: Episode 52: Jake DeRosa
  • SAR Town Hall Meeting
    NAR announced a proposed settlement agreement that would end litigation of claims brought on behalf of home sellers related to broker commissions. The settlement is subject to court approval.The agreement would resolve claims against NAR, over one million NAR members, all state/territorial and local REALTOR® associations, all association-owned MLSs, and all brokerages with an NAR… Read more: SAR Town Hall Meeting
  • February 2024 Housing Statistics
    Sales volume, median sales price rebound for February, homes selling faster Sales Volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary Sales volume rebounds in February, median sales price follows. Inventory also sees increase. After a lull, homes are sellingfaster. Average Price/SqFt sits at $343 for Sac County.
  • Episode 50: Peter Kirchgessner
    Join host Cam Villa as he sits down with guest Peter Kirchgessner from Good Dog Inspection. In this episode, Peter shares his fascinating journey from the travel industry to becoming a valued partner in real estate inspections. Reflecting on his transition, Peter highlights the importance of service and communication in his work, emphasizing the pivotal… Read more: Episode 50: Peter Kirchgessner
  • Episode 49: Erin Stumpf, Kellie Swayne, & Cherie Hunt
    Join host Cam Villa and a panel of esteemed guests—Erin Stumpf, Kellie Swayne, & Cherie Hunt—for an electrifying episode of the House Keys Podcast. From discussing the transformative power of community engagement to strategies for driving meaningful change, this episode is a must-listen for anyone passionate about SAR’s future. With upcoming opportunities to join the… Read more: Episode 49: Erin Stumpf, Kellie Swayne, & Cherie Hunt
  • Episode 48: Phil Pluckebaum
    Cam Villa sits down with the dynamic Phil Pluckebaum, an SAR endorsed candidate for District 4, as they dive into the heart of Sacramento’s future. With election day looming, Phil shares his bold vision for transforming Sacramento into the destination of choice, where vibrant communities thrive and opportunities abound. From tackling housing affordability to enhancing… Read more: Episode 48: Phil Pluckebaum
  • Episode 47: Eric Guerra
    In this episode of the HouseKeys podcast, host Cam Villa introduces Eric Guerra, a city council candidate endorsed by the SAR. Eric’s genuine warmth and commitment to his community shine as he discusses his vision for Sacramento, emphasizing reinvestment in areas like Stockton Boulevard and the importance of listening to constituents. Through personal stories, Eric… Read more: Episode 47: Eric Guerra
  • Episode 46: Kevin Cooper
    On this electrifying episode of the House Keys Podcast, Cam Villa introduces a remarkable guest, the esteemed Kevin Cooper. The conversation delves into Kevin’s enthralling journey from his early days at UPS to his transition into the real estate realm, fueled by personal challenges and professional aspirations. As Cam and Kevin exchange anecdotes and reflections,… Read more: Episode 46: Kevin Cooper
  • January 2024 Housing Statistics
    Sales volume, median sales price dip to begin 2024 Sales volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary Sales volume dips for January, median sales price follows. Inventory sees slight increase, homes staying on market longer.Average Price/SqFt sits at $332 for Sac County.
  • Episode 45: Joseph Kelley
    Cam Villa engages in a captivating conversation with Joseph Kelly, a distinguished mortgage professional and preferred partner at the Sacramento Association of REALTORS®. With a background in hospitality and a transition to the mortgage industry, Joe shares his inspiring journey and the pivotal moments that shaped his career. From Sacramento’s real estate landscape to the… Read more: Episode 45: Joseph Kelley
  • Episode 44: Jenean Watson
    Welcome to the House Keys podcast, where host Cam Villa engages in a lively conversation with the dynamic Jenean Watson. From Jenean’s unexpected journey to real estate success to her community-focused initiatives, this episode is packed with insights and inspiration. Janean shares her experiences, from winning the Rising Star award to her impactful role on… Read more: Episode 44: Jenean Watson
  • Episode 43: Steve Hansen
    In this episode of the House Keys podcast, host Cam Villa welcomes Steve Hansen, the endorsed candidate for mayor of Sacramento by the Sacramento Association of REALTORS®, as they discuss the upcoming election and Steve’s vision for the city. Steve emphasizes the importance of competing on a larger scale, putting the city first, and creating… Read more: Episode 43: Steve Hansen
  • 2024 CRE Perspectives Recap
    Hosted Jointly by SAR, CREW, and CCIM. Moderated by Lindsay Fudge with California Bank of Commerce and distinguished panelists: Kim Follett with CBRE, Tammy Rayfield, PDF Property Management Solutions, Nicole Sayers with Colliers, and Andrea Sessions with The Edwards Company. The panelists provided their perspectives on various and current trends and topics. We had over… Read more: 2024 CRE Perspectives Recap
  • March 5th Primary Election Guide
    If we do not protect our industry no one else will do it for us, so yes, YOUR REALTOR® vote matters. Every election cycle the SAR Local Candidate Recommendation Committee puts candidates through a rigorous vetting process so you know who the REALTOR® Champions will be for you at the local level of government. Please… Read more: March 5th Primary Election Guide
  • December 2023 Housing Statistics
    Sales volume holds steady month-to-month, sales price notches upward Sales volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary Sales volume low, but steady through holiday season. Median sales price notches upward, inventory declines as sellers pull homes off market. Average Price/SqFt sits at $331.
  • Masters Club Loaves & Fishes Volunteer Days
    Hello MC Members, new and old! The Masters Club is much more than just honoring our real estate successes. We are the top producers and have a responsibility to set an example in our industry. We are also committed to giving back in our community through involvement with local charities. One of the ways that… Read more: Masters Club Loaves & Fishes Volunteer Days
  • November 2023 Housing Statistics
    Sales volume down 16% month-to-month, sales price down 4.2% Sales volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market SummarySales volume sees continued seasonal decline. Median sales price, inventory drops as demand shifts. Homes staying on market longer. Average Price/SqFt sits at $337.
  • 2023 California Legislative Wins
    The California Association of REALTORS® Government Affairs team empowered by our 220,000+ members successfully advocated for homeownership opportunities and stopped increases in taxes, housing costs, and burdensome policies that would have negatively impacted our members and harmed accessibility of housing in our state. We stand vigilant and committed as more work is ahead in 2024.… Read more: 2023 California Legislative Wins
  • CTA on Vacancy Tax Proposal and MIHO
    Important Proposals that Impact Housing Need Your Voice! This Tuesday, December 5th, there will be two proposals that will have important housing implications. Please make sure to have your voice heard. 11 AM Law & Legislation Committee – Item #3 Vacancy Tax Proposal 5 PM City Council – Item #15 Mixed Income Housing Ordinance –… Read more: CTA on Vacancy Tax Proposal and MIHO
  • Buyer Representation Forms Course Free for 2023
    Learn about the buyer representation forms released by C.A.R. and find out how you can incorporate them into your business, overcome objections that you may encounter, and strengthen your relationship with buyers. Real estate agents don’t just represent sellers, they represent buyers, as well. In California, however, while almost every agent will refuse to work… Read more: Buyer Representation Forms Course Free for 2023
  • October 2023 Housing Statistics
    Sales drop 5% month‐to‐month, sales price up 7.5% year‐to‐year Sales volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary Sales volume sees seasonal decline; median sales price holds steady. Inventory increases MOM as demand shifts. Average Price/SqFt sits at $347.
  • Episode 39: Matt Hargon
    In this episode, Cam Villa is joined by Matt Hargon Vice President of Placer Title. Matt shares his journey from humble beginnings, growing up in Sacramento, to becoming the Vice President of Placer Title. He talks about his entrepreneurial spirit, starting a courier business, and transitioning into the real estate industry. Matt’s story is one… Read more: Episode 39: Matt Hargon
  • September 2023 Housing Statistics
    Sales dip 10% month-to-month, 23% year-to-year Sales Volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary Sales volume decreases 10% for fall season. Median sales price sees slight increase. Inventory increases MOM as demand shifts. Average price/SqFt jumps from $343 to $346.
  • Support our REALTOR® Champion Rich Desmond
    Incumbent Candidate for District 3 – County Supervisor Rich Desmond Support Rich for Supervisor, District 3 on Monday, November 6th at Yianni’s Bar & Grill in Carmichael.Starting at 5:00PM Rich Desmond has been a great partner as we’ve searched for homelessness solutions and has been a champion of private property rights since being elected to… Read more: Support our REALTOR® Champion Rich Desmond
  • August 2023 Housing Statistics
    Median sales price flat year-over-year, inventory down 46% from 2022 Sales Volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary Sales volume increases slightly, but median sales price decreases. Limited inventory, down 46% YOY. Average price/SqFt drops from $344 to $343.
  • A Victory for Private Property Rights
    The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® secured another victory for private property rights at the County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. We defeated the Tenant Anti-Harassment Ordinance proposal that would have duplicated renter protections under state law while exposing housing providers to excessive fines, legal ambiguities, and unfair penalties. We thank our SAR members who showed up… Read more: A Victory for Private Property Rights
  • Protect Prop 13 & Voter Rights
    The real target of ACA 13 is the tax protection provided to homeowners under Prop. 13 that makes homeownership more affordable. We simply can’t allow Prop. 13 to be dismantled and the rights of voters to trampled.
  • Show our REALTOR® Champions Eric Guerra and Phil Pluckebaum some SAR Support!
    City of Sacramento District 6 – Council Member Eric Guerra Support Eric for City Council, District 6 on Saturday, October 7th at Fairytale Town in Land Park.Starting at 5:00PM Council Member Eric Guerra of District 6, who has long been a strong and consistent supporter of private property rights, needs the support of the Realtor… Read more: Show our REALTOR® Champions Eric Guerra and Phil Pluckebaum some SAR Support!
  • Episode 35: Matt Hom
    In this episode of the House Keys, Cam Villa interviews special guest Matt Hom, a college student, about his journey into the world of real estate, initially as a way to build his resume, and how he gradually discovered his passion for the industry. Tune in for insights on being a REALTOR® while also being… Read more: Episode 35: Matt Hom
  • July 2023 Housing Statistics
    Increase in median sales for July, inventory remains tight. Sales Volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary Sales volume decreases, but median sales price increases. Inventory remains tight. Average price/square foot drips from $348 to $344.
  • Influence the SAR Strategy
    The SAR Strategic Plan is waiting for your influence! Your voice is our compass! 🧭 As we prepare to navigate the dynamic landscape of the future, every perspective, every idea, and every insight is invaluable. Our association thrives when its members are heard, and this quick survey is your chance to help shape our collective… Read more: Influence the SAR Strategy
  • Bylaws Update Official Notice
    At the General Membership Meeting to be held on October 3, 2023 at 9:05 am, or as soon thereafter as it may be heard, the membership will be asked to approve proposed changes to Sections 1 and 3 of Article V of the Bylaws of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® (SAR.)
  • Keep the Pressure on to Oppose Extreme Housing
    City of Sacramento Law & Legislation Committee Update: The committee heard your voices, and it made an impact. But now we must keep the pressure on. For both Items #5 & #7, the committee moved to a stakeholder process instead of a vote to move these ideas forward. There was a consensus that more information… Read more: Keep the Pressure on to Oppose Extreme Housing
  • C.A.R. Preserves “The California Dream for All” Funding in Recent Budget Deal
    The Dream For All Shared Appreciation Loan is a down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers to be used in conjunction with the Dream For All Conventional first mortgage for down payment and/or closing costs. Guidelines are available for both Borrower and Property Requirements to determine if eligibiliy to apply for the Dream For All… Read more: C.A.R. Preserves “The California Dream for All” Funding in Recent Budget Deal
  • June 2023 Housing Statistics
    June posts decline in sales, slight drop in median sales price Sale Volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary Sales volume stalls, but listings still spending less time on market. Sales price also stalls, sees slight decrease for the month. 42% of homes sold were in the $400k – $549k range (406 units).… Read more: June 2023 Housing Statistics
  • May 2023 Housing Statistics
    Sales volume increases, median sales price up 4.1% from April Sales Volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market Summary More homes selling, spending even less time on market. Prices see increase for second month, indicating sustained competition. Most homes sold were in the $500k – $549k range (170 units).
  • SAR Receives National Recognition for First-Time Homebuyer Expo
    In support of Fair Housing Month, the SAR Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Fair Housing Committee held the “Find Your Path Towards Homeownership” Expo on April 8th. With over 200 in attendance, this community-focused event was assisted by a Housing Opportunity Grant made available by the REALTOR® Party. The event was so successful, the REALTOR® Party… Read more: SAR Receives National Recognition for First-Time Homebuyer Expo
  • April 2023 Housing Statistics
    Homes selling faster, median sales price rises 3% Sales volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market SummaryMore homes coming onto the market but spending less time on market. Prices moving upward, indicating increased competition. Sales volume down slightly.
  • March 2023 Housing Statistics
    March sees spring surge, sales volume up 30% from February Sales volume Sales Price Listing Inventory Days on Market SummarySeasonal increase in sales volume, prices remain stable. More homes coming onto the market but are selling faster than previous month, indicating increased competition. View PDF
  • Free Homebuyer Expo Offers Homebuying Advice, Family Fun
    Sacramento, CA (April 2023) –  The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® is proud to host “Find Your Path to Homeownership,” a community-focused First-time Homebuyer Expo. This event will take place Saturday, April 8th from 10am – 2pm at the Mack Powell Event Center (2003 Howe Avenue, 95825). The Expo will focus on how prospective homebuyers can… Read more: Free Homebuyer Expo Offers Homebuying Advice, Family Fun
  • February 2023 Statistics
    Market picks up in February: sales climb, price steady February closed with 699 sales, a 22.2% increase from January (572). Compared to one year ago (1,082), the current figure is still down 35.4%. Of the 699 sales this month, 105 (15%) used cash financing, 432 (61.8%) used conventional, 98 (14%) used FHA, 49 (7%) used… Read more: February 2023 Statistics
  • January 2023 Statistics
    Sales volume dips for year’s start, sales price sees increaseJanuary closed with 572 sales, a 28.9% decrease from December (804). Compared to one year ago (1,030), the current figure is down 44.5%. Of the 572 sales this month, 92 (16.1%) used cash financing, 329 (57.5%) used conventional, 95 (16.6%) used FHA, 33 (5.8%) used VA… Read more: January 2023 Statistics
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  • Local REALTOR® Installed as 106th Association President
    Sacramento, CA (January 2023) –  Local REALTOR® Cherie Hunt was sworn in as the 106th President of the Sacramento Association of REALTORS®. A 30+ year veteran of the industry, Cherie has been a Member of the Association for over 16 years. Over 200 friends, family, colleagues, and elected officials attended the lunchtime event at the… Read more: Local REALTOR® Installed as 106th Association President
  • Local Candidate General Election Guide
    Provided by SAR’s Local Candidate Recommendation Committee Local elections can be won or lost by just a few votes! Imagine the impact if every SAR Member came together to use their vote as their voice in local government. Your Vote Matters The Nov. 8th election will decide several critical local seats that will impact private… Read more: Local Candidate General Election Guide
  • SAR Leaders Selected for National Committee Roles
    A number of your fellow SAR Leaders have been appointed to serve on various Committees at a National Level for 2023. By serving on a committee of the National Association of REALTORS®, these exceptional leaders not only push SAR further into the national spotlight, but they also solidify SAR as powerful association with strong ties… Read more: SAR Leaders Selected for National Committee Roles
  • Boost Your Business with RPR
    Get the most from your Membership with RPR®. Don’t miss free webinars and classes with a variety of dates offered. You have a powerful tool at your fingertips, get the most out of it. Realtors Property Resource® delivers on-the-go access to an all-encompassing real estate platform, available exclusively to REALTORS®, and offered at no additional… Read more: Boost Your Business with RPR
  • 2022 Scholarship Awards
    On June 7, SAR awarded over $46,000 in Scholarship to Local Students. For those of you familiar with the SAR Main Meeting schedule – you know that June means something special: the SAR Scholarship Awards Presentation. Every year, the SAR Scholarship Trust is proud to present these awards to so many local students. Competition is… Read more: 2022 Scholarship Awards
  • Local Candidate June 7th Primary Election Guide
    Provided by SAR’s Local Candidate Recommendation Committee Imagine the impact if every SAR Member came together to use their vote as their voice in local government. Local elections can be won or lost by just a few votes!
  • 2020 Election Information
    Where to Vote/Drop Ballot Sacramento County | Yolo County Same Day Voter Registration Track Your Ballot California Propositions
  • Support CanTree 2020
    Make a Pledge by Wednesday November 11th to be recognized during the December 1st Main Meeting! For more than 30 years, the Christmas CanTree effort has commemorated the holiday season by bringing our REALTOR® and Greater Sacramento communities together in the spirit of service. While this year doesn’t look like most years, we are counting… Read more: Support CanTree 2020
  • In Honor of Steve Larson
    Steve became a valuable member of SAR in 2007 and will be greatly missed by members and staff alike. He served on the CanTree, Scholarship Fundraising, and Volunteer Coordinating committees. Recently, he was a huge contributor to both the Scholarship and CanTree fundraising efforts. Aside from his generous charitable involvement, he was a proud Sac… Read more: In Honor of Steve Larson
  • 2020 Housing Fair
    Thanks for your interest in the Fourth Annual [Virtual] Housing Fair! This year’s setting is a little different but still has the same vital information to help you Clear a Path to Homeownership. Scroll down to choose between two structured tracks with sessions to best suit your current situation. Each session is lead by a… Read more: 2020 Housing Fair
  • Prospector+ Troubleshooting
    If you are experiencing trouble logging into Prospector+, here are three things you can try to resolve the issue: Open a new browser and enter the following url: prospector.metrolist.net Clear your cache and/or history. View instructions here Update any bookmarks or shortcuts to the Prospector+ system. The url should be: prospector.metrolist.net
  • George Floyd Statement
    We stand in solidarity with those peacefully protesting police brutality and hope positive changes are made as a result. The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® strongly condemns the criminal activity witnessed in the homicidal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. We reject racism and the actions of anyone that disrespects or devalues the life of… Read more: George Floyd Statement
  • City of Sacramento Eviction Moratorium
    On March 17, 2020, the Sacramento City Council adopted an emergency ordinance to establish a temporary moratorium on evicting tenants unable to pay rent due to a loss of income caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This moratorium will end once the Governor’s Executive Order N-28-20 issued on March 16, 2020 terminates on May… Read more: City of Sacramento Eviction Moratorium
  • Valuable Resources During this Time
    We understand that during these uncertain times it is important to stay informed, but with so much information that changes daily it is difficult to sort through everything. Therefore, our staff has been working diligently to stay on top of all the useful and relevant resources for our members to access through one page on… Read more: Valuable Resources During this Time
  • Fannie and Freddie: What You Need to Know
    On March 23rd in an effort to provide market liquidity during the coronavirus emergency, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to provide alternative flexibilities to satisfy appraisal requirements and employment verification requirements through May 17, 2020. Fannie and Freddie will use alternatives to reduce the need for appraisers to… Read more: Fannie and Freddie: What You Need to Know
  • Impact of Families First Coronavirus Response Act on SAR Members
    These are unprecedented times. With that has come uncertainty and concern, but SAR is here to help our members in any way possible. So are our statewide and nationwide organizations. Recently the United States passed H.R. 6201 “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” to provide relief for the nation during this crisis. Below you will find… Read more: Impact of Families First Coronavirus Response Act on SAR Members
  • IRS Extends Tax Deadlines
    The IRS issued guidance Thursday, April 9th, to grant deadline relief for both 1031 like-kind exchanges and opportunity zone investments that are already underway. Both of these programs are designed to promote economic growth in communities, and NAR made the case that investors in these programs should not be harmed due to the effects of… Read more: IRS Extends Tax Deadlines
  • Sacramento County COVID-19 Update Guidelines
    Update: SAR Staff is pleased to announce that Sacramento County has updated their Public Health Order, and included our recommendation that occupied residences are now able to be shown. The order becomes effective at 11:59 p.m., May 1, and will be in effect until 11:59 p.m., May 22, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded,… Read more: Sacramento County COVID-19 Update Guidelines
  • COVID-19 Update from SAR CEO Dave Tanner
    In the world of COVID-19 it seems like everything is constantly changing. Initially the federal government published a list of essential services during this time of restricted activity. It did not include real estate as an essential service. In the State of California, when Governor Gavin Newsom issued the stay at home order he referenced… Read more: COVID-19 Update from SAR CEO Dave Tanner
  • A Legislative Review: What Happened This Year (2019)
    As 2019 comes to a close, we want to make sure we update you on the legislation that becomes law on January 1, 2020. It has been a busy year for our Government Affairs Team, but we know that these pieces of legislation have important impacts on your business. Please stay tuned for our Political… Read more: A Legislative Review: What Happened This Year (2019)
  • Measure U: City of Sacramento Budget Update
    The Sacramento City Council voted and passed a budget proposal for Measure U funds earlier this month. Unlike a typical city budget vote, this one received a great deal of attention and controversy due to the exclusion of two districts when determining which local projects an initial $16 million from Measure U would fund. These… Read more: Measure U: City of Sacramento Budget Update
  • An Update on REALTOR® Demographics
    The National Association of REALTORS® evaluated their membership demographics and compared certain aspects from 2017 to 2018 and found some interesting changes. In that one year, there was a 4% increase in the number of female REALTORS® and a 5% increase in net income for REALTORS® overall. REALTORS® continue to see an overall growth in… Read more: An Update on REALTOR® Demographics
  • Gavin Newsom Housing Plan Support
    We are in the midst of an immense housing shortage in California, and our new Governor is on a mission to begin repairing it. Governor Gavin Newsom’s housing plan is part of his $1.75 billion 2019 housing crisis package. He spoke throughout his campaign about building 3.5 million new housing units in California by 2025.… Read more: Gavin Newsom Housing Plan Support
  • PACE Loans: Consumers Beware
    PACE loans, or Property Assessed Clean Energy loans, are a way to borrow money for clean energy projects. California has many providers of PACE programs. A consumer may see them in the marketplace as HERO, (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity), YGrene, or CaliforniaFIRST. These loans get people’s attention because they finance green energy projects with no… Read more: PACE Loans: Consumers Beware
  • Legislation Update: What You Should Know
    Read the current status of the most important legislation to the real estate industry. Most of the following are bills in the California State Legislature, and two in Congress. We are closely following these bills as they all have potential to influence you as our members.
  • The True Cost of Electrification
    California has continuously adopted aggressive and far-reaching goals for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Specifically, these goals aim to reach an 80 percent reduction below 1990 greenhouse gas emissions levels by 2050. Local jurisdictions in the Sacramento Region toyed with the idea of mandating electric appliances to lead the state in greenhouse gas emissions policy. Electrification… Read more: The True Cost of Electrification
  • New Vision for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
    On February 7th, the NAR held their first annual Policy Forum at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. This forum included dozens of industry stakeholders and hundreds of invested attendees who want to be a part of the reform that Congress and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) are proposing for government sponsored enterprises. Two… Read more: New Vision for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
  • Electrification of Housing
    At C.A.R. last month, many potential and existing issues were discussed and what it means to the REALTOR® community. REALTORS® are preparing for possible policy regarding requiring electrification of housing. Since 2006, California has adopted aggressive and far-reaching goals regarding greenhouse gas emissions and how to drastically reduce them. The goal for entire electrification of… Read more: Electrification of Housing
  • Rent Control: The Battle Is Not Over
    Despite Prop 10 failing this November, leaving the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act to stay, the fight to prevent rent control in Sacramento remains. Rent control continues to be an active topic of discussion and possible policy to be voted on in 2020, as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has drafted an initiative establishing rent… Read more: Rent Control: The Battle Is Not Over
  • New IRS Regulations to Help Real Estate Professionals
    The Internal Revenue Service, along with the National Treasury, ruled in mid-January that they would allow real estate professionals to benefit from the Section 199A 20 percent pass-through deduction. It had been unclear to real estate professionals what the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would do for them come tax season, but after the… Read more: New IRS Regulations to Help Real Estate Professionals
  • FEMA Ruling Reversal: A Win for NAR and for Home Sales
    An exciting win for home sales as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had reversed their original ruling a few days later to discontinue the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as the government continued to be shut down. Last month FEMA made a surprise ruling which disallowed new and renewal flood insurance policies during the government… Read more: FEMA Ruling Reversal: A Win for NAR and for Home Sales
  • Climate Commission and Potential Real Estate Implications
    The Mayor of Sacramento, Darrell Steinberg, and Mayor of West Sacramento, Christopher Cabaldon, have teamed up and formed the Mayor’s Commission on Climate Change. This commission was created to develop common goals and strategies for both cities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to make suggestions as to what they would like to see in… Read more: Climate Commission and Potential Real Estate Implications
  • SAR Gives $50,000 to Shelter Homeless Individuals
    The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® are contributing $50,000 to a joint effort with Sacramento County and the City of Sacramento to shelter homeless individuals. SAR President Franco Garcia said the following: “As the largest housing advocacy group in the region, the Sacramento Association of Realtors is proud to have been asked to partner with the… Read more: SAR Gives $50,000 to Shelter Homeless Individuals
  • SAR Installs 100th President
    The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® is proud to install its 100th president at the 2017 SAR Officer & Director Installation & Awards Dinner on Friday, January 13th at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. In addition to being the 100th person to serve as president, Incoming President Franco Garcia will also be the first Hispanic President to… Read more: SAR Installs 100th President
  • SAR Response to Kidnapping of Individual Showing Home in Elk Grove
    The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Members and staff are thinking about, and concerned for, the victim who was attacked while showing property in Elk Grove. We are unaware as to whether or not she was an SAR member. None the less, no one ever deserves to be threatened or harmed. The Association is happy the… Read more: SAR Response to Kidnapping of Individual Showing Home in Elk Grove
  • REALTORS® Give Back to Sacramento Region
    The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation and Scholarship Foundation Trust donated over $300,000 to local charities and causes in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® gave over $164,000 to numerous different causes. Including $90,000 from the SAR Charitable Foundation to the SAR Christmas Can Tree benefiting the Salvation Army. The… Read more: REALTORS® Give Back to Sacramento Region
  • REALTORS® Raise $90,000 for Sacramento Needy Families
    The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® Charitable Foundation presented a check to the Salvation Army for $90,000 at a ceremony Tuesday finishing out their yearly Christmas CanTree fundraiser. Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner and Citrus Heights City Councilwoman and SAR Member Sue Frost light the ceremonial CanTree at the check presentation Tuesday. The Christmas CanTree is… Read more: REALTORS® Raise $90,000 for Sacramento Needy Families
  • Sacramento is Among the Best Markets for Non-Cash Buyers
    Sacramento is among the best markets for non-cash buyers, once again defeating the popular mantra that cash is king in real estate. MSN Money and Zillow compiled numbers on the ten bestmarkets for non-cash buyers out of the thirty largest metropolitan areas. While Sacramento is not big enough to be included in their data, the… Read more: Sacramento is Among the Best Markets for Non-Cash Buyers
  • REALTORS® Invest Thousands of Dollars in Sacramento Youth
    The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® gave $41,500 to forty-one deserving college bound high school seniors today. Scholarships are merit based and ranged from $2,500 to $500. Theforty-one students who earned scholarships have an average GPA of 4.25 on a 4.0 scale. The Sacramento Association of REALTORS® annual scholarship drive has given $433,800 to 351 Sacramento… Read more: REALTORS® Invest Thousands of Dollars in Sacramento Youth
  • Cash is Not King
    Cash is Not King in Sacramento County – Conventional Financing Dominating the Market Tight inventory and high demand continues to shift financing toward conventional mortgages. Cash sales started declining in May 2013 as conventional financing rebounded. According to data compiled by the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® from MetroList, sales by cash financing led the market… Read more: Cash is Not King
  • April is Fair Housing Month
    REALTORS® Reaffirm Pledge to Uphold Fair Housing LawsAs outspoken supporters for fair housing issues and homeownership, the Sacramento Association of REALTORS® will join the nation as it honors Fair Housing Month this April. For over 100 years REALTORS® have promoted and protected the dream of property ownership for millions of Americans and strongly support the… Read more: April is Fair Housing Month
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