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Support the REALTOR® Action Fund
One of the most important services organized real estate provides is representation in the halls of government. REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) raises money to advance the goals of our REALTOR® political action committees (PACs) at the local, state, and federal levels of government. RAF supports and/or opposes candidates for elected office who understand, or don't understand, REALTOR® Issues. CLICK HERE to support RAF. Register to vote by October 24 and vote on Election Day November 8
REALTOR®s getting out to Vote Did you know there are more than 36,000 REALTOR® members in our state not registered to vote. Getting involved is key to protecting the issues important to the industry. Check the Voter Registration page often for upcoming election events and dates. Your vote matters for home ownership!
Respond to Red Alerts
How to Respond to Red Alerts and Calls for Action On occasion, C.A.R. asks REALTORS® to call their legislators to support or oppose proposed bills through Red Alerts and Calls for Action. However, some members may be a bit reluctant to pick up the phone to call their legislator’s office, fearing that they may not know what to say or that the process takes a long time. C.A.R. has produced a short video to show how easy it is to respond to Red Alerts and Calls for Action by making a quick phone call. See the video below:
Current Red Alerts
Red Alert Update: C.A.R. Amendment Included in AB 1381 8/29/16
C.A.R. successfully pressed amendments to AB 1381 (Weber) only minutes before the bill's scheduled hearing in the Senate.
C.A.R. opposed the bill because it contained surprise amendments added during the last allowable day in the Senate, its second house. Those amendments would have created a new exemption to the real estate license and would have permitted unlicensed agents to broker leases, sales and easements for the placement of outdoor advertising.
After considerable lobbying by both sides, which involved administration officials and the entire Senate, the bill was called back to the Business and Professions Committee. C.A.R.'s member mobilization effort forced the proponents to accept the limiting amendments. The amendments ultimately agreed to made the advertising agents' rule essentially the same as the existing "principals' exemption" - that is, a corporation can use its own employees to work on its own transactions without having to have them licensed. Any agency or brokerage on behalf of another or a third party still requires a licensee.
Thank you to all the REALTORS® who contacted their state senators to voice their concerns about AB 1381. Your calls made the difference!
Follow @CARGovAffairs on Twitter™
Social media is also a great way to broadcast a red alert. For those of you who are a little Twitter shy, here is a quick "how to".
Join C.A.R.'s Broker Involvement Program
REALTOR® Broker Involvement Protect your business by joining the 6,000 brokers who have already become a part of C.A.R.'s Broker Involvement Program. It's free and it's simple! Click HERE for more information on Broker Involvement.
Come to Legislative Day 2017 in Sacramento
Join with more than 2,000 of your fellow REALTORS® for Legislative Day 2017!
Save the Date! Wednesday, May 3, 2017 in Sacramento
Come to Legislative Day in Sacramento and join 2,000 of your closest REALTOR® friends for a day filled with networking, meetings with your state legislators, and lively discussions of the hottest issues that are important to your industry!
C.A.R.'s Field Rep Program: Field representatives are available to visit to local associations and help promote member political involvement, as well as assist in developing a local strategy to increase member participation in local government issues and increase REALTOR® Action Fund fundraising. Through these visits, field representatives promote overall member involvement in C.A.R.’s political programs by encouraging members to register to vote and vote in every election, become a Legislative Liaison, respond to Red Alerts and contribute to the REALTOR® Action Fund. Find out more.