Message from C.A.R. President Jared Martin

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This is great news from the California Association of Realtors President regarding prop 5 and 10! I want to share it with you because they are both so important for home ownership.

Please, as always. let me know if you need help with Big Bear Real Estate. Big Bear Lake is beautiful right now and it's a great time to look for your new home! If you are selling, it is also a great time to list! Call me for details. I look forward to helping!


November 7, 2018

Dear Holly,
For the better part of this year, we embarked on a historic and comprehensive effort to pass Proposition 5, C.A.R.’s own Property Tax Fairness Initiative, which would remove the “moving penalty” for seniors 55 and older, the disabled, and victims of natural disasters, allowing them to carry their current Proposition 13-protected property tax assessment level to another home of any price, anywhere in the state, any number of times.

At the same time, we also worked to defeat Proposition 10, which would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act and allow for the dramatic expansion of rent control. Thank you to everyone who joined in these efforts.

You worked to gather nearly one million signatures to qualify Proposition 5 for this year’s General Election ballot and helped in our grassroots campaign to improve housing opportunities for all Californians.

While our opponents were successful in stopping Proposition 5 this time, our resolve on this issue is firm, and we are committed to this effort for the long haul. In fact, we are pursuing a revised initiative for the November 2020 ballot. The new initiative for the 2020 ballot provides for property tax base portability, reforms intergenerational transfer laws, and addresses the true ‘split roll’ problem:  corporations gaming the current property tax reassessment system. And, most significantly, it will raise money for schools and local governments.

Additionally, C.A.R. is planning to pursue the issue through a legislative alternative in the state legislature to achieve its goals and reinforce our commitment to making property tax fairness a reality. Ideally, we can get the legislature to place the alternative on the March 2020 ballot so that we do not have to pursue the November 2020 initiative.

We are pleased that we were successful in helping to defeat Proposition 10, an initiative that would have repealed protections homeowners have enjoyed for more than 20 years and worsened the housing crisis by making it more expensive and harder for renters to find affordable housing.

C.A.R. worked more than 10 years to pass the Costa-Hawkins law, which Proposition 10 would have repealed.  It may ultimately take longer than a couple of years to achieve our property tax fairness goals. Put simply, achieving big public policy goals takes time but we will not be deterred!

REALTOR® investment of time and resources as part of these grassroots efforts will benefit clients, homeownership, and California. We all know that when REALTORS® lead, California wins. 

Thank you for all you do as proud members of California’s REALTOR® Party.
Jared Martin
C.A.R. President