Category Archives: C.A.R.

Yes on 5/No on 10

18 Sep 2018

Fair Housing Makes US Stronger: Commemorating 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act

24 May 2018

Fair housing is more than a list of dos and don’ts, rights and penalties, and mandatory continuing education. As stewards of the right to own, use and transfer private property, fair housing protects our livelihood and business as REALTORS® and depends on a free, open market that embraces equal opportunity. #FairHousingMakesUSStronger.

Thank you Congressman McClintock

20 Nov 2017

 

Thank you @RepMcClintock for your #TaxReform vote to help preserve deductions to #SaveHomeownership for Californians.

Reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

23 Aug 2017

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) needs your help to drive messages to Members of Congress urging them to support H.R. 2874, “The 21st Century Flood Reform Act.”

H.R. 2874 reauthorizes the NFIP and makes a number of critical improvements to the NFIP including increased funds for mitigation activities, caps on overall premium increases, improved claim and mapping processes, as well as removing hurdles for more private market participation in the flood insurance market. Reauthorization of the NFIP will help over 5 million homeowners in 22,000 communities around the country, so it is critical Congress acts now.

If Congress fails to take action to reauthorize the NFIP, it will expire by September 30, 2017.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

OPPOSE AB71 (Chiu)

30 May 2017

AB 71 (Chiu) – Mortgage Interest Deduction for 2nd Homes – OPPOSE

C.A.R. Opposing Bill that Would Eliminate Mortgage Interest Deduction on Second Homes

ACT TODAY! VOTE COULD BE WEDNESDAY!

C.A.R. is OPPOSING UNLESS AMENDED AB 71 (Chiu) a bill that would eliminate the mortgage interest deduction for second homes to fund an increase in low-income housing tax credits. While C.A.R. supports increasing the amount of tax credits available for low-income housing, the association is opposed to doing so at the expense of the mortgage interest deduction for second homes. AB 71 will be voted on by the entire Assembly as soon as Wednesday, May 31st.

Action Item

Please Help Spread the Word About AB 71 on Social Media:

1.       Legislators pay attention to Twitter™. If you use it, please Tweet any of the following:

Promises are meant to be kept. Save the MID. #NoAB71 #CALeg

CA families are depending on #REALTORS to protect homeownership. #CALeg #NoAB71

 

2.       Share this graphic and link on Facebook.

Families trust the mortgage interest deduction when making decisions about homeownership. Unfortunately, the California Legislature has other ideas. AB 71 eliminates the mortgage interest deduction on second homes. REALTORS®, please help spread the word.  http://www.car.org/difference/getinvolved/RedAlertab71/a

 

Background and Talking Points

While C.A.R. supports increasing the amount of tax credits available for low-income housing, we are opposed to doing so at the expense of the mortgage interest deduction for second homes.

AB 71 (Chiu) would eliminate the mortgage interest deduction (MID) for second homes to fund an increase in low-income housing tax credits. If the MID were eliminated for second homes, 2,152 home sales would be lost in the first year after implementation. The potential impact of the MID elimination is an economic loss of $180.2 million to the state of California in the year following the implementation.

 

C.A.R. opposes changing the mortgage interest deduction because:

Local economies and communities will suffer. The economic health of the recreational areas of the state will be harmed by elimination of the mortgage interest deduction on second homes. Homeowners in those areas of the state are going to be hard pressed to find a buyer if the mortgage interest deduction on second homes is eliminated.

The state shouldn’t change the rules after the fact. People made significant financial decisions, trusting that the mortgage interest deduction would be there to make the property affordable.

The MID is already capped. The amount of the mortgage interest deduction is already capped regardless of whether the taxpayer has one home or two homes.  It’s not right for government to dictate to homeowners how they can allocate their housing dollars!

Second homes are not necessarily “vacation homes.”  Someone faced with a one-way commute of an hour or more may choose to purchase a small condo near where they work in which to live during the workweek.

Using the MID as a piggybank sets a dangerous precedent.

 

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Contact DeAnn Kerr (deannk@car.org) or Rian Barrett (rianb@car.org).

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