Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Realtors®: Most Are About More Than Making A Commission

The general population may or may not know that there is a difference between a "real estate agent" and a Realtor®. For those out there that do not know the difference, Realtors® belong to a local Association, a state Association and the National Association of Realtors®. This means that Realtors® are not only committed to seeing our clients through real estate transactions, but that we observe a high ethical standard in the way that we serve our clients. We also support our communities, be it by supporting change or the need to keep things the same. Additionally, Realtors® are a political force that continually fights for homeowner rights at the local, state, and national levels.
Recently, Realtors® from througout California went to Sacramento in support of California homeownership. The below article was provided by C.A.R., the California Association of Realtors®, which celebrates 100 years of service to communities this year.

California REALTORS® wrapped in red tape on steps of state Capitol to protest local, city and legislative barriers to homeownership

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SACRAMENTO (June 8) – Nearly 2,000 members of the California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) were wrapped in red tape on the steps of the California state Capitol this morning to protest local, city and legislative barriers to homeownership.
“With less than one in four households in California able to afford a median priced home, local governments and the legislature need to look at creative solutions to solving the state’s affordability crisis,” said C.A.R. President Jim Hamilton. “All Californians deserve an opportunity to step on the first rung of the homeownership ladder, but as long as overly burdensome or unnecessary constraints on the housing supply remain in place, families in California will remain locked out.
“Successful passage of C.A.R.-sponsored legislation will increase both the supply of housing in the state and provide affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for California families,” he said. “Our sponsored legislation for 2005, SB 326 (Dunn), “Local Government Accountability”; SB 435 (Hollingsworth), “Housing: Density Bonus”; and AB 712 (Canciamilla), “Attorney Fees”; will improve homeownership opportunities for renters and increase the supply of homes for sale by improving the flexibility and usefulness of density-bonus laws.”
Leading the Way...® in California real estate for 100 years, the California Association of REALTORS® ( is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with more than 165,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.

Have more questions about trends in the housing market? Questions about selling or buying a home? Contact me today for honest, experienced answers. Amy Blakeley, Realtor®
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