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High Desert Association of REALTORS Installs 2018 Leadership

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The High Desert Association of REALTORS® Tuesday installed its 2018 Leadership team. Leading the team is HDAR President Kari Leon, a 37 year real estate industry veteran and a broker. Serving with Leon are President-elect Cecil Volsch, Treasurer Bess Kline and Secretary Lori Hitt. The 2018 officers begin their official term this week as the close of the National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo in Chicago.

Active in organized real estate since 1980, Leon is co-owner of Agio Real Estate with her husband Paul and co-owner of Alliance Rendezvous Escrow, both of Apple Valley.

She most recently served as H.D.A.R. President-elect and has served in other leadership positions for her local and state association of REALTORS®. Leon served as 2014 V.V.A.R. President. She led the effort to merge the Barstow Association of REALTORS® into the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS® and becoming the 4High Desert Association of REALTORS®. She was named the REALTOR® of the year in 2014.

Leon comes from a family of REALTORS®, with her Father serving the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS as President in 1981. Her husband, brother, sisters and children are all active in the real estate business.

Serving as President-elect is Cecil Volsch, a real estate broker with his wife Charlotte of Volsch Enterprises Inc.
Volsch is active with his local and state association of REALTORS®. He is a Past- President of V.V.A.R. served as Treasurer for 2016 and 2017. He is also a C.A.R. Golden R member.

Bess Kline serves as H.D.A.R. Treasurer. Kline is broker of Bess Kline & Associates.
Kline served the Victor Valley Association of REALTORS twice as President. Recently she served as Secretary of H.D.A.R. She has been active with the state association of REALTORS® and is a C.A.R. Golden R member. Kline is a REALTOR® of the Year recipient.

Lori Hitt is a former Board of Director. She has served as Special Affairs Chairperson, 2017 Government Affairs Chairperson. For the California Association of REALTORS® Hitt has served as the liaison to Assemblyman Obernolte’s office.

The Installation gala will be held on November 17, 2017 at Spring Valley Lake Country Club. At the event our 2017 President Karen Sanchez and 2017 Leadership Team will be recognized.

California housing market loses momentum...

California housing market loses momentum in August as affordability crunch stifles home sales, C.A.R. reports

- Existing, single-family home sales totaled 420,360 in August on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, up 1.1 percent from July and down 2.2 percent from August 2015.
- At $526,580, August's statewide median home price is at its highest level in nearly seven years.
- Year-to-date sales are down from the previous year for the second month in a row by 0.5 percent.

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 15) – California home sales downshifted in August as low housing affordability and a tight supply of homes for sale cut into demand, especially in high cost areas of the San Francisco Bay region, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said today.

Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 420,360 units in August, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2016 if sales maintained the August pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

The August figure was up 1.1 percent from the revised 415,840 level in July and down 2.2 percent compared with home sales in August 2015 of a revised 429,900. Home sales remained above the 400,000 pace for the fifth straight month, but sales have declined year over year for the sixth consecutive month.

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C.A.R. Opposing Bill to Expand Rent Control

VOTE COULD BE TODAY!!

C.A.R. is OPPOSING AB 2502 (Mullin), a bill that would weaken the rent control limitations contained in the landmark "Costa-Hawkins" law sponsored by C.A.R. in 1995. C.A.R. opposes AB 2502 which undermines existing Costa-Hawkins' protections by allowing local governments to impose mandatory inclusionary zoning (i.e. rent control) on newly constructed rental housing, without any consideration for the economic viability of the project.

AB 2502 effectively repeals part of the C.A.R. sponsored Costa-Hawkins legislation that says new construction in a rent control jurisdiction is exempt, or NOT subject to rent control. It is vitally important that you reach out to your elected representative today!

AB 2502 could be considered by the entire Assembly as soon as TODAY.

Action Item

• Call your Assembly Member TODAY. Assemblyman Jay Obernolte
• Urge him or her to oppose AB 2502.

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Homeowner Legislative Facts

REALTORS® often comment that they are always seeking fresh content for their various marketing vehicles – blogs, newsletters, web sites, etc. Since so much of what C.A.R. does in the legislative arena protects not only REALTORS®, but their clients as well, C.A.R. has created Homeowner Legislative Facts, a regular compilation of articles about laws and legislation that your clients may find valuable. You can simply copy and paste the stories into your own marketing materials or, homeownerLegisFactsbetter yet, you can easily share each article using social networking like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Just click on your choice of icons with each article.

To view the new and improved Homeowner Legislative Facts page, either click on the logo above or use this link: http://homeownerfacts.org/ 

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