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Official Position Statements

SDAR is here to represent your interests in a way that minimizes the impact of legislation on the real estate industry and your business.

The following are SDAR's positions on important issues affecting real estate and property ownership. We have carefully considered each position and and weighed the pros and cons for each.

For more information or inquiries regarding our positions, please contact us at [email protected].


SDAR​ Core Legislative Issues​ - 2016

  1. Housing Affordability
  2. Climate action plans
  3. Stormwater
  4. Lead-based paint
  5. Short-term rentals
  6. Split-Roll Property Tax

Housing Affordability

Position: The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® opposes the barriers that prevent the growth of housing supply in San Diego County. To make housing more affordable for all San Diegans, SDAR supports reducing the regulatory costs and the time it takes to develop new housing and easing the restrictions on the development of companion units in existing residential areas.

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Climate action plans

Position: The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® opposes any measure that would require sellers to make retrofits to reduce water or energy consumption prior to sale. The association instead supports incentives and other voluntary measures to help communities reach sustainability goals.

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Position: The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® opposes any effort to mandate stormwater retrofits, upgrades or disclosure at the point of sale on a residential property. Encouraging private adoption of best management practices for stormwater runoff through incentives and public education can effectively improve the health of regional watersheds while balancing private property rights. SDAR is supportive of the "alternative compliance" process the City of San Diego started utilizing in February 2016 and plans to monitor its effectiveness.

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Lead-based paint

Position: The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® opposes any further point-of-sale mandates related to lead-based paint. Existing mandates are adequate to ensure buyers can make informed decisions about whether to pursue further investigation or remediation through mutual, voluntary agreements with the seller.

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Short-term rentals

Position: The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® supports the right of property owners to rent all or part of their residence with certain limits. SDAR recognizes that visitor accommodations may present unique challenges, but those challenges should be addressed by targeting the bad actors – hosts and visitors – who interfere with other homeowners' peaceful enjoyment of the neighborhood. The challenge calls for increased code enforcement to stop nuisance behaviors while balancing a property owner's right to generate income from their property. SDAR also believes property managers of short-term rentals should be subjected to the same licensing requirements as property managers of all other rental properties.

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Split-roll property tax

Position: The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS® opposes any effort, either through the Legislature or through the initiative process, to differentiate tax structures for commercial and residential properties. A split-roll system could threaten multi-family properties, thus putting a disproportionate impact on renters. A split-roll system would also deter residential development, further suppressing the housing supply and driving home prices out of reach for even more Californians, and it would force some businesses to close their doors, leading to numerous job losses.

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Other Legislative Issues SDAR Monitors

  • Bans on Real Estate Signs
  • Business License Tax
  • Down-Zoning
  • General Plans
  • Historic Preservation
  • Impact Fees
  • Inclusionary
  • Rent Control
  • Transfer Tax or Fees
  • Urban Growth Boundaries
  • 1031 Exchange
  • Appraisal issue
  • Building Costs
  • Condo Financing
  • Homelessness
  • Infrastructure
  • TILA/RESPA Disclosure Regulations
  • Tight inventories