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With the Monsoon Season in full swing, The Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS is hosting an open Facebook forum with John Hays of the Santa Cruz County Flood Control Department. The purpose is to encourage the community to have an open dialog with Mr. Hays with any flood control issues and/or concerns. The organizations have been working together in the past few months to help reduce the cost of flood insurance by implementing new procedures for REALTORS and by creating new disclosures for the public. Login to Facebook and join us at Facebook.com/SCCBRnews on Saturday, July 14th at 10:00am.

In addition, the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 was passed late last week as part of a transportation funding bill and has been signed into law by the president. The legislation extends NFIP authority through September 30, 2017.

According to NAR, Realtors® have been advocating a long-term reauthorization of the NFIP for years. The 5-year reauthorization will end the uncertainty of NFIP stopgap extensions and shutdowns and will help bring stability to real estate markets.”

NAR has long supported the NFIP, which protects property owners in more than 21,000 communities where flood insurance is required for mortgages. More than 5.6 million property owners rely on the program against flood-related disasters, which claimed more lives and property than any other natural disaster in the U.S. over the past century. In fact, floods are the most common natural disaster in the country; since 1990 floods have been declared in every state, along rivers and anywhere rain falls or snow melts.

Without the NFIP, families and business owners across the U.S. would go without essential flood protection, since the private market cannot guarantee the availability or affordability of flood insurance. The NFIP also saves taxpayers money, since it serves as an alternative to expensive federally funded disaster relief for flood victims.

For some time now, Congress has been approving short-term extensions of the NFIP authority to issue flood insurance policies. Since September 2008 there have been more than 17 extensions, and authority has been allowed to expire two times, delaying or cancelling 1,300 real estate transactions each day of the lapse, according to NAR research. During the June 2010 lapse, NAR survey data estimates that more than 40,000 home sales were delayed or cancelled, which undermined home buyer and investor confidence.

Visit: NAR News Releases for more details.

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The REALTOR® ACTION CENTER posses the question; If not you, then who? As REALTORS® we must be politically active. If not, who will take on the responsibility of protecting the values and rights we hold dear?

Be assured that someone will—someone who may not value wise business planning and could threaten property owners and their rights.

If REALTORS® do not speak out, get INVOLVED and help shape the discussion, someone else will. No one knows a community better than a REALTOR®. REALTORS® know the lay of the land, the families, the best schools, the neighborhoods and the leaders of any given area. REALTORS® work in every city, county and community in the nation. REALTORS® are on the front line as defenders of real estate issues.

RPAC is the voice of REALTORS® on Capitol Hill. Since 1969 RPAC has been promoting the election of pro-REALTOR® candidates across the United States. During the last federal election cycle alone, RPAC contributed over $12 million to pro-REALTOR® candidates to Congress, making it the number one trade association political action committee in the nation. Why has RPAC been successful? Because RPAC is not a charity. RPAC is a business.

According to OPEN SECRETS, The National Association of REALTORS® is ranked 4th on the list for Top All-Time Donors (1989-2012) and contributes between 40% and 59% to both parties. In the past 20+ years, NAR has contributed $43,720,142 towards lobbying efforts.

In Arizona’s political scene, REALTORS® have long understood the importance of providing financial support for RAPAC – the REALTORS® of Arizona Political Action Committee. Because RAPAC receives such robust support from its members, it qualifies as an Arizona “Super PAC,” which allows RAPAC trustees to award financial support to candidates at a higher spending limit. RAPAC is currently one of 22 such higher participation PACs in the state.

At our local level, our Legislative Committee keeps our membership informed on local government issues. They actively represent our Association every week at our County Supervisors meetings. The committee monitors and protects public issues and helps maintain contact and opens the door for interaction and communication with our local city and county elected officials to help shape public policy that will best protect Private Property Rights.

SCCBR has recently revised our web site’s GOVERNMENT AFFAIR section. The Association is committed to being the voice in real state for Santa Cruz County. We will continue the rally to protect the AMERICAN DREAM by helping our membership and community stay informed and get involved!

Visit the Government Affairs section by clicking on the following topics:


Real estate plays an integral role in the U.S. Economy. Residential real estate provides housing for families, and is often the greatest source of wealth and savings for many of us. The National Association of Realtors® estimates that one job is generated for every two home sales. Using that ratio, 1,000 home sales generate 500 jobs. The ratio is derived from the economic impact of an existing home sale. Each home sale contributes about sixty thousand dollars to the economy or Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The Santa Cruz County Board of Realtors® is concerned with the economy and ability of our residents to have and maintain their jobs, and be a part of the “American dream” of property ownership. We have determined that by becoming more politically active, we may be able to influence the course of economic development in Santa Cruz County.

The Santa Cruz County Board of Realtors® Legislative Committee has already distributed questionnaires and will be conducting interviews of candidates for local office during the week of July 16th to determine those we believe can best represent the interests of the residents of Santa Cruz County.

A recommendation of which candidates to possibly support and/or endorse will be made to the Board of Directors at their July 24th meeting. Their decision will be released to the public after that date, prior to the Primary.

If you would like for us to ask a specific question, please post your recommendation on this blog or send an email to sccazrealtor@gmail.com.

AAR’s newest member benefit is here! eSign is the new electronic signature benefit system, powered by GoPaperless. This member benefit is now available at no extra cost to our members. Forms in the zipForm® AAR library are pre-mapped when imported into eSign using the eSign Printer Driver. The printer driver, along with a companion instruction sheet, can be downloaded to your computer using the following links:

How to begin using eSign

Access your eSign account directly by visiting http://aar.esignonline.net. To login to your eSign Gopaperless® dashboard, enter your Username (your email address) and your Password. (First-time users will enter their NRDS# as the password. You will then be prompted to create a new password.)

eSign Printer Driver

Printer Driver Installation Instructions (PDF)
Printer Driver Download (updated)
A Mac version will be available by the end of May.Read the instructions (PDF) for using the eSign program without using the printer driver.

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Training Webinar Registration

Friday, June 1, 9:00am – 10:00am
Monday, June 4, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 6, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Friday, June 8, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

If you haven’t heard the news…Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS® recently won the 10th annual best web site contest for fewer than 300 members! Just another benefit of being a member for our association! Visit our web site at, www.sccazrealtor.com

This Web site gives no clues that it’s from a small association and is updated by the president and EO. From the Twitter feed and elegant mobile version to the quick MLS search and unobtrusive pop-up windows, this site has the features and functions offered by large associations.

From the judges: “I love the action of the photos on the different pages. The sunrise-to-sunrise banner is captivating! There is nothing stagnant about this Web site! Under Government Affairs, I was really drawn to the Legislators and Legislative Tracker. If I were a member and wanted to know what my representatives were up to, this is an easy resource to navigate. Good job! I was able to find a category easily, and finding out how to become a member is easy. I like the way it flows.”

REALTOR AE, Spring 2012

To read about the other associations that won the contest, visit: 2012 Web Site Contest Winners  

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CONGRATULATIONS!  The recipients of the 2012 Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS® Scholarship in memory of Richard Williams, Joe Adamson and Raul G. Lopez are:

Leslie Licea              $1000       Nogales High School

Edward Camarena   $1000       Rio Rico High School 

Fernando Herrera    $1000       Patagonia High School

The BUY NOW! Homeownership Fair is one day away! Thank you to all our Housing Opportunities Committee volunteers for organizing three separate venues in Santa Cruz County. As REALTORS®, we are stewards of our communities and your efforts to help make our communities stronger is unprecedented!

The event is bringing together a wide variety of real estate issues facing our communities. A Q’s & A’s Panel of REALTORS® will be present at all three locations to help address the home buying and selling process, short sales, market conditions, the social benefits of home ownership, and Why NOW is the time to BUY!

Our Santa Cruz County Supervisors and the Mayor of Nogales will also be speakers at our venues! Live the Solution will provide presentations on Credit Repair & Retention, Southwest Housing Council will educate our community on fair housing laws, and Nogales Community Development will provide options on avoiding a foreclosure and will introduce assets development opportunities!

Our exhibitors consist of real estate agencies, lenders, title companies, home inspectors, and non-profits such as Chicanos Por La Causa. The Home Depot will also be part of the fair at the Nogales venue with a kids clinic and will provide literature on home maintenance tips!

The homeownership fair will be at the following locations:

  • Nogales  – Plaza Mariposa (Walgreens)
  • Rio Rico – Rio Rico Plaza (Garretts)
  • Tubac – Plaza De Anza (within the courtyard area)

The fair is an important step to ensure that Santa Cruz County neighborhoods remain vibrant, diverse, proud and progressive; where residents own their homes, and are rooted and actively engaged in the civic and political life of their neighborhoods.

If you haven’t done so already, send a personal invitation to all your clients and friends by sharing this post or email the: BUY NOW! Ask a REALTOR® Flyer with your own personal invitation.

Home Ownership MATTERS! To People… To Communities… To American…

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