News From California
Time to Hold Congress Accountable
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Are California Homeowners Protected Against Sinkholes Caused By Aging Infrastructure?
Neglected storm drains have led to sinkholes in CA causing damage to highways, schools, and private property.
California’s Tax Postponement Program Offers Relief to Seniors, the Blind and Individuals with Disabilities
Learn how seniors, the blind and individuals with disabilities living in CA can apply for a property tax postponement.
California Bans Insurers From Dropping Homeowners with Wildfire Damage
California homeowners have been left overwhelmed by the enormous job of rebuilding their lives after the devastation from fires in 2019.
The Idea of Rent Control Won’t Go Away in California – but Should It?
A Los Angeles-based nonprofit has recently submitted nearly one million signatures to get rent control back on the ballot for November 2020.
Outside the Box Thinking: San Jose Tackles Affordable Housing Crisis
In the past year, the city of San Jose has completely re-written its zoning code to include co-living as a use within the code.
California Is Making Net-Zero Homes The New Standard
California is leading the way with legislation created to help the state become as energy efficient as possible.
Santa Barbara Voters Could Get the Option to Decide Future of ZIRs
Santa Barbara’s Zoning Information Report (ZIR) has been a point of contention for years. Now, there is a groundswell of support to try and get the removal of ZIRs on the ballot.
Two California Cities Land On List Of Best Places To Retire
Beverly Hills and Westlake Village each rank in a Top 10 list of the best cities to retire in the United States.
Despite Obstacles, Dream of Homeownership Still Thrives in California
California has its share of housing challenges. Yet, despite these hurdles, renters in California continue to aspire to become full-fledged homeowners and remain relatively optimistic they will eventually attain that status.
Laguna Beach Seniors “Age in Place”
A program in Laguna Beach called Lifelong Laguna provides an ambitious vision of services to help residents age gracefully in their homes.
Beverly Hills Community Host Multicultural Expert Panel
Hundreds of REALTORS® and other civic leaders gathered to commemorate the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act in Los Angeles.
South Lake Tahoe Tackles Short-Term Rentals
Measure T is an initiative to curb short-term rentals in South Lake Tahoe by revoking the permits of 1,400 vacation rental homes located outside the city’s “tourism core” by 2021.
Californians to Vote on Local Transfer Tax Issues
Six cities on the East Bay have measures on the November 6 ballot that would increase transfer taxes when properties are sold in an effort to better balance city budgets.
REALTORS® Fight For Affordable Housing Solutions in Los Angeles
Prospective residents in the Los Angeles area are finding it increasingly difficult to purchase, or rent a home for their family.
Madera REALTORS Helping Homeowners To Secure Down Payments
The Madera Association of REALTORS will be awarding $25,000 in grant to prospective Madera homeowners to fund their down payments at this year’s Madera Business Extravaganza and Home Expo.
San Francisco REALTORS Help Mission District Residents Defeat A Crucial Housing Moratorium
The San Francisco REALTOR’s Association was key in the recent defeat of Prop. 1, The Mission Moratorium. The controversial moratorium would have instigated an 18-month pause on both new housing construction and the conversion of light industrial space into living accommodations.
Santa Barbara Housing Shortage Impacting Local Businesses
The lack of available housing in the Santa Barbara area is having an impact on local businesses. The Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS, through its involvement in the Coastal Housing Coalition, has helped produced a new study detailing the developing problem.
California Cities Lead The U.S. In Low Housing Inventory
Prospective homeowners and home renters in San Francisco and San Diego continue to find it a challenge to find available properties to purchase.