One of the most important activities of NSDCAR is also one of the least known. NSDCAR works on the front lines through its Governmental Affairs Department to protect and advocate for the interests of REALTORS® and their clients.
REALTORS’® First Line of Defense
NSDCAR’s Governmental Affairs Department is the first line of defense for REALTORS®, working behind-the-scenes with a tireless commitment to defeat any legislation or regulation and practices that would adversely impact private property rights, the real estate consumer or real estate transactions.
NSDCAR believes it is an important goal to proactively assess the policy and regulatory environment at the local, state and national level, and work to influence policy formulation relating to real estate and commerce affecting accessibility to homeownership, liability, and cost. Policy engagement requires NSDCAR to foster and maintain vital professional relationships with the legislative and regulatory officials that serve in North San Diego County.
The Association’s Director for Government Affairs works hard to build and maintain close relationships with the policymakers so that the voice of the REALTORS® is heard loud and clear.
Achieving a ‘No’ Vote on Prop 10
In November’s election with key real estate issues on the ballot, Proposition 10 posed the biggest threat. Prop 10 would have reversed Costa-Hawkins to allow rent control to be enacted on single family homes and new developments in addition to rental housing. If passed, this could have had a major adverse effect on private property rights as well as hurt tenants by driving rents higher and discouraging the creation of new housing. The dedication and hard work of the REALTORS®, resulted in the defeat of Prop 10, with about 60% voting “No”. The work is not over. NSDCAR will continue to mobilize members to stop adverse or damaging policy decisions or advocate for policies that will encourage homeownership.
As a REALTOR member, you are an important part of NSDCAR’s effort to battle critical issues such as rent control and efforts to dismantle Proposition 13. With our 6,000 local members, nearly 200,00 CAR members and well over one million NAR members, Realtors are indeed a loud voice for real estate.
Other Key Activities of NSDCAR’s Government Affairs Department
· Monitor the activities of the eight city councils within the Association’s service area.
· Advance visibility and recognition among the members of those city councils.
· Follow the activities of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
· Maintain an awareness of any efforts by school districts, transportation agencies, water districts, or any other local regulatory body that might influence the real estate market, industry practices, or consumers.
· Address governing bodies at public hearings to express the views of NSDCAR members.
· Cultivate visibility with state and national elected officials.
· Endorse candidates based on real estate related issues, informing members and the public of those endorsements, and distributing RPAC funds.
· Develop and foster supportive relationships with other professional trade groups.
· Notify REALTORS® who may be interested in serving on elected boards and appointed commissions when vacancies arise.
· Conduct an annual fund-raising event to increase the level of REALTOR® financial support for political activity.
NSDCAR supports local candidates who step up to support its members and the real estate industry, as well as the National Association of Realtors’ and the California Association of Realtors’ positions on issues that affect private property rights and the members’ ability to do business.
Note: The NSDCAR leadership does not take positions on issues that do not have an impact on REALTORS® or the housing market.