Dear CAR Member,
I’m very excited to begin my term as your 2020 C.A.R. President. First, I’d like to thank our outgoing president, Jared Martin, for serving this organization so well over the past year. I know he put in many miles traveling around the state to meet as many of you as possible. Thank you, Jared, for your commitment and enthusiasm to organized real estate.
I’m a second-generation REALTOR® with 33 years of experience at Century 21 Jordan-Link & Company in Bakersfield. I’ve been active in organized real estate for more than 25 years, serving more than 20 of those years as a C.A.R. director. I’ve also been involved in many aspects of the Bakersfield Association of REALTORS®, including serving as its president in 2000.
Our industry has some clear challenges ahead of it including a shifting market, an unpredictable state legislature and an affordability crisis that won’t abate. But as long as REALTORS® show up, participate and learn, I’m confident we can succeed.
I’ll be joined by a very talented 2020 Leadership Team comprised of President-elect Dave Walsh, Treasurer Jennifer Branchini, and C.A.R. Chief Executive Officer Joel Singer. I plan to work with this team to ensure that C.A.R. is focused, relevant, and ready to execute. I’m looking forward to serving you with this incredible team.
Each month in this newsletter, I’ll bring you important issues and topics to keep you informed.
This month, I’ll start with fire insurance since our state has recently suffered another outbreak of wildfires throughout the state. I’m sure you know that insurance companies are raising premiums or outright refusing to renew polices in fire-prone areas. C.A.R. has prepared materials to keep your clients informed about how to protect their homes, keep their current insurance coverage and find new coverage if necessary. Shareable one sheets can be downloaded here.
As I mentioned earlier, there’s no immediate end to the state’s housing affordability crisis, so C.A.R. is continuing to fight for the only real solution to the crisis — increasing supply. REALTORS® play an essential role in this fight. It’s imperative that legislators, our clients and the public hear from us so that the Legislature and the governor take decisive action to build more housing. Please join us in this important fight by adding your name to our “Let’s Get Serious” on supply petition so that lawmakers know that it’s critical to take action IMMEDIATELY. Our state’s future depends on it.