North San Diego County REALTORS® August Advocacy Bulletin

North San Diego County REALTORS® Advocacy Bulletin is a monthly update that aims to help our members stay up to date on government and legislative issues that impact your bottom line. This month’s Advocacy Bulletin looks at local, state and federal issues that affect REALTORS®:

Local Issues

  • Carlsbad Meet Your Mayor
  • Oceanside Homeownership Pilot Program

State Issues

  • Mask mandates

Federal Issues

  • Eviction Moratorium
  • Rental Assistance

Carlsbad Meet Your Mayor 


After a year and a half full of Zooms, emails and virtual work, we are excited to share that North San Diego County REALTORS® finally got to see our friends and colleagues face to face.

Our first in-person event was a sold out occasion with Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall. At the event, Mayor Hall spoke to North County REALTORS® on the latest information on housing in Carlsbad.

We hope to see you in person at future Meet Your Mayor events, coming soon to a city near you!

City of Oceanside enacts Homeownership Pilot Program

On Monday, August 9, the city of Oceanside started accepting applications for its new down payment assistance pilot program. The program is targeted to moderate income buyers who can borrow up to 20% of the purchase price up to $120,000. Three households will be initially chosen to participate in the pilot program.

We commend the Oceanside City Council in taking these first steps to help  more potential buyers become homeowners. We also specifically congratulate North San Diego County REALTORS® member and Oceanside Councilmembers Kori Jensen and Christopher Rodriguez for their leadership on this program.

Click here to learn more. 

Mask Mandates in effect, but no other changes to public gatherings like open houses 

As of this email, the California Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA and the California Department of Real Estate have not enacted new property showing rules. The updated mask mandate says unvaccinated persons must wear masks in all indoor public settings, including businesses. Also keep in mind that localities can enact their own stricter rules. However, there are currently no enhanced rules regarding masks in San Diego.

We will closely monitor this issue at a county level and advocate for you and your clients.

Click here to learn more.


Eviction Moratorium Extended

The CDC has issued a new eviction moratorium, through October 3 for all counties with substantial and high levels of COVID-19 transmission rates. Currently the majority of San Diego County falls under this category. Read the full order here.

State associations, with NAR’s support, brought a lawsuit in the fall of 2020 challenging the CDC’s authority to impose a blanket ban on evictions. The judge ruled with housing providers but put her ruling on hold pending an ongoing appeal, which kept the moratorium in place. 

NAR then asked the D.C. Circuit Court to lift the stay, and after being denied that request, petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and end the ban immediately. On June 29, a majority of the Supreme Court indicated the CDC lacked authority to implement a national eviction moratorium. The high court allowed the ban to expire at the end of July but stated that any further extension would need Congressional authorization.

Background & Talking Points: CDC Eviction Moratorium Expiration

As this is a new order, the Supreme Court will not consider action until relief at the lower courts has been sought and exhausted.


Rental Assistance:

Rental assistance is now available across the country. This will cover up to a year-and-a-half of back and future bills.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a new online tool where renters and housing providers who continue to face pandemic-related financial hardships can locate and apply for payment assistance for rent, utilities, and other expenses. The new Rental Assistance Finder can guide housing providers and renters to aid programs in their area.

Click here to find NAR’s Rental Assistance Resources webpage, which includes links to emergency rental assistance programs, government resources, and more.

State-by-state eviction moratorium laws are also accessible here.

 

Are you interested in getting involved in the Association?

Here at North San Diego County REALTORS®, we want our members to feel a strong sense of belonging. We offer several opportunities for you to get involved. Please consider taking an active part in your Association by applying for one or more of the following committees:

  • Young Professionals Network
  • MLS
  • Commercial
  • Charity
  • Grievance
  • Professional Standards
  • Local Government Relations
  • Risk Reduction
Committees offer networking, professional development, service to the organization, giving back to our communities and leadership opportunities. You can apply through our interactive form here or pdf download the Committee Interest Form here (2.72 MB) .

Thinking about joining a committee in 2022 but can't fully commit? Select committees offer invitations for REALTORS® to sit in on meetings as guests. Other ways to get involved with North San Diego County REALTORS® include our education webinars and virtual marketing sessions.

Deadline to apply for a Committee is August 31, 2021.  If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Austin Dupriest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.