In the world of COVID-19 it seems like everything is constantly changing. Initially the federal governement published a list of essential services during this time of restricted activity. It did not include real estate as an essential service.

In the State of California, when Governor Gavin Newsom issued the stay at home order he referenced the federal ist of exempt essential services. NAR has been able to negotiate the addition of residential real estate service to the federal essential services list. Because California referenced the federal list, the addition of real estate services to the federal list means that residential real estate services is now qualified as an essential service in the State of California.

However, in Sacramento County the Order from the County Health Officer did not reference the federal list of essential services. The County Health Officer created a separate list of essential businesses and real estate is clearly not included. SAR staff is attempting to work with the County to have that list modified but it is not likely that it will happen before Monday, if at all.

For this weekend, all members are advised that it is the opinion of SAR that they are not classified as an essential service in Sacramento County and should be restricting their business activities to remote operations.

Regardless of how it works out with the County, of if you work in another County, to comply with physical/social distancing restrictions, no member should be showing property in person, holding open houses, or any similar activites.

We understand everyone's desire to get out and get back to work, but right now the health of our families and community is our most important focus.

The Sacramento City Council voted and passed a budget proposal for Measure U funds earlier this month. Unlike a typical city budget vote, this one received a great deal of attention and controversy due to the exclusion of two districts when determining which local projects an initial $16 million from Measure U would fund. These are projects throughout Sacramento that Mayor Darrell Steinberg referred to as “early wins.”

As 2019 comes to a close, we want to make sure we update you on the legislation that becomes law on January 1, 2020. It has been a busy year for our Government Affairs Team, but we know that these pieces of legislation have important impacts on your business.

The National Association of REALTORS® evaluated their membership demographics and compared certain aspects from 2017 to 2018 and found some interesting changes. In that one year, there was a 4% increase in the number of female REALTORS® and a 5% increase in net income for REALTORS® overall. REALTORS® continue to see an overall growth in diversity of membership as a growing number of minorities and women are entering the profession. Since 2001, there has been a 20% increase in females and a 120% increase in minorities. The infographic below shows recent findings of who makes up their membership.

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