PSAR Honored by California Board of Equalization for Assisting Military Veterans

Posted by Rick Griffin on Jul 3, 2019 4:45:56 PM

(From left to right)_ Jordan Marks, San Diego County Assessor’s Office; BOE Board Member Mike Schaefer; BOE Board Chair Malia Cohen; Ernie Dronenburg, San Diego County Assessor; Robert Calloway, 2019 PSAR President

PSAR’s success at helping San Diegans with the American dream of home ownership is becoming known statewide.

The California Board of Equalization (BOE), a state agency, has recognized PSAR for its leadership role in a housing affordability program that is continuing to assist disabled military veterans in San Diego achieve homeownership, stay in their homes and save money on their property taxes.

The BOE recently presented a resolution to PSAR President Robert Calloway in recognition of the association's success with the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Program. The resolution recognized PSAR and the program’s leaders, including the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), for exemplary leadership and their innovative approach to reaching and serving California’s disabled veteran population.

Presenting the official state resolution to PSAR was Mike Schaefer, BOE board member for District 4, which encompasses all of San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and Orange counties and a small portion of San Bernardino County. BOE is a state agency that oversees county property tax assessors. Schaefer also presented resolutions to Ernie Dronenburg, San Diego County Assessor, and Ricardo Pacheco, state director, VAREP. The San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk’s (ARCC) Office manages the Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Program.

The program, promoted by both PSAR and VAREP, connects disabled veterans and their spouses with the Assessor’s Office so they can qualify for a reduction of their property taxes. In 2018, the program, initiated by Jordan Marks, Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate with the Assessor’s Office, resulted in assisting more than 8,000 local disabled veterans with the little-used property tax exemption provided for in the California Constitution. The number of local disabled veterans helped was more than 1,400 vets served the previous year, a 28 percent increase for 2018. As a result of the program, enacted without any additional government funding, 100 percent veteran homeowners benefitted from a collective $1.9 million in property tax savings.

The little-known property tax exemption, found in the California Constitution and Revenue and Taxation Code Section 205.5, provides a property tax exemption on the home of some disabled veterans or an unmarried spouse of a deceased disabled veteran. The exemption is available to a 100 percent disabled veteran who, because of an injury incurred in military service, is blind in both eyes, or has lost the use of two or more limbs, or is totally disabled as determined by the VA or by the military service from which the veteran was discharged.

The Disabled Veterans Property Tax Exemption Program in San Diego County provides veterans with a reduction in property taxes in two ways:

-- A “Basic Exemption” is available for all veterans with a 100 percent disability rating or their unmarried surviving spouse. The Basic Exemption provides a savings of more than $1,000 per year.

-- A “Low-income Exemption” is available for veterans in households earning less than $60,000 annually. The amounts and income limits are adjusted annually for inflation.

Here’s how PSAR members can share with veterans the information on how to apply: Applicants should have their DD214 discharge with any rating other than dishonorable and their letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs detailing their disability rating. New homebuyers should file by the end of the year of purchase. The exemption will renew automatically after that.

Online applications are available at www.sdarcc.com. In-person assistance is available at the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Coast Highway, Room #103, San Diego. For assistance or appointments, call (619) 531-5773, or send an e-mail at ARCCdvets@sdcounty.ca.gov. Jordan Marks also is available for questions at Jordan.Marks@sdcounty.ca.gov.

“At PSAR, we use all tools available to us to achieve homeownership for everyone,” said Calloway. “Through member education, veterans and homebuyers know when they have a PSAR agent they are getting the best customer service, along with education and experience. That is how we have helped over 1,400 veterans save $1.9 million and find a home in San Diego.”

At the resolution ceremony, BOE Board Member Schaefer remarked, “Our Assessor Ernie Dronenburg, the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors and the Veteran Association of Real Estate Professionals have gone above and beyond the call of duty by taking the initiative to reach out to disabled veterans. They exemplify the command, `lead, don’t follow.’ I applaud their outstanding efforts to bring the disabled veterans property tax exemption to an additional 1,400 disabled veterans in San Diego County. I have utmost respect for our veterans, especially those who are disabled as a consequence of their service to our country. I have a long-standing commitment to helping these courageous men and women who have sacrificed so much.”

Assessor Dronenburg added, “My San Diego County Assessor’s office is proud of our innovative partnership with the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors and the Veteran Realtors. Together we were able to show that without spending any additional taxpayer dollars, we could better serve our disabled veterans and their spouses. Our efforts helped 1,400 more disabled veterans save over $1.9 million in property taxes annually. We are honored to receive this recognition from Board of Equalization member Schafer and the State of California for being an exceptional model for serving our veterans, which can be implemented statewide.”

Dronenburg’s Assessor’s office affects nearly every San Diego county resident who owns property or rents. His office oversees assessing the value of real estate and personal property, as well as qualifying taxpayers for property tax savings which include disabled veterans, homeowners, affordable housing units, and organizations operating for the welfare of the community. The office has a $71 million budget with 415 employees and five offices throughout San Diego County.

The BOE, which is comprised of five constitutional officers, including California’s Comptroller, oversees county property tax assessors and sets other taxes, including the alcoholic beverage tax, railroad car tax and taxes for public utilities and insurers.

Topics: Announcements, Government Affairs

2020 PSAR Board of Directors Announcement.

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jun 29, 2019 5:07:35 PM

The following candidates were elected by 498 PSAR members who voted for the Board of Directors this past week.  They will serve as volunteer leaders and represent membership as part of the team that will set the policy  and the strategic direction for PSAR for the next two years. 

Ditas Yamane 2020 President-Elect

Sam Calvano 2020 Treasurer

Laurie MacDonald  2020 Director
Yvonne Cromer 2020 Director 
Peter Mendiola 2020 Director
Mike White 2020 Director
Jason Lopez 2020 Director

The President-Elect will automatically ascend to President in 2021.  The Treasurer serves for one year and each of the Directors have two year terms.

Thank you everyone who ran.  The candidate were all committed and involved members of the association.  The volunteer their time to the industry to improve it and to the community to build homeownership opportunities, defend private property rights and support those in need.  

 

Topics: Announcements, Leadership

SentriLock a psar service, just made your job A bit easier.

Posted by Richard D'Ascoli on Jun 27, 2019 10:49:20 AM
 

The new SentriKeyTM Real Estate app is now available, and we think you're going to love it!

SentriKey Real Estate App
 
 

The app is an updated version of the SentriSmart® mobile app and it features a new look, clearer prompts, and an action-based layout so you can perform key tasks in just seconds. You can download it now at Google Play or the App Store, or just go to the new icon on your phone to get started if your device is set for automatic updates.  

Now, with just a few clicks in the app, you can easily:

  • Open the key compartment
  • Remove the shackle
  • Find, sort and review access reports
  • Grant secure temporary access
  • And much more!


Android users will be delighted that the app features enhanced Bluetooth® technology to improve Android connectivity.

Check out our webinar video that provides a quick overview of the new app and its enhanced features. You can also review our iOS User Guide or Android User Guide for more information.

SentriLock just made your job easier with the SentriKey Real Estate app. And we think you’re going to love it!

Topics: Announcements, PSAR Benefits, Industry

Vote today for future Psar leaders

Posted by PSAR Communication on Jun 21, 2019 11:58:17 AM

PSAR is governed by volunteer officers and directors.  These individuals give selflessly to the industry to make it better for all of our members.  PSAR is a membership organization that exists to empower Realtors.  Please vote for leaders who will move PSAR in the right direction.

PSAR members received an email with a direct link to vote.  Find it in your email, or....

Vote Here

If you are a PSAR member and you know your user ID and Association password (not MLS password) you can vote by following this link and logging it.  If you do not know your ID and password, you can find it here.

Voting ends at 5PM on June 28th

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Topics: Announcements, Leadership

PSAR Holiday Hours

Posted by Joyce Evans on Dec 11, 2018 1:48:08 PM

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ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Dec. 24 - Closed
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Closed
Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Open at 8:30 AM
Monday, Dec. 31 - Closed
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019 - Closed
Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Open at 8:30 AM

PSAR PITCH & CARAVAN SESSIONS

EAST RALLY & RIDE
Thursday, Dec. 20 - Cancelled
Thursday, Dec. 27 - Cancelled
Thursday, Jan. 3 - Cancelled

SOUTH RALLY & RIDE TOO
Wednesday, Dec. 26 - Cancelled
Wednesday, Jan. 2 - Cancelled

CITY PITCH
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - Cancelled
Tuesday, Jan. 1 - Cancelled

 

Topics: Announcements, Events, Marketing

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Posted by Joyce Evans on Nov 14, 2018 4:20:05 PM

bigstock-People-Celebrating-Thanksgivin-194155576PSAR Offices will be closed on
Thursday & Friday,
November 22nd & 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Offices will reopen on Monday,
November 26th at 8:30 AM.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Topics: Announcements

Veterans' Day Announcement

Posted by Joyce Evans on Nov 5, 2018 2:24:53 PM
Veterans Day

Topics: Announcements

PSAR Offices CLOSED OCT. 8TH

Posted by Joyce Evans on Oct 3, 2018 10:38:06 AM
Columbus Day

Topics: Announcements