Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Property Tax Fairness Initiative

The California Association of REALTORS® (C.A.R.) is embarking on an historic effort to increase homeownership opportunities. C.A.R. is going to qualify an initiative - the Property Tax Fairness Initiative - for the November 2018 ballot which will allow senior homeowners (55 years of age and older) among others to keep all or most of their Proposition 13 property tax savings when they move.

I think this is important, because seniors, who are often on a fixed income, fear they will not be able to afford a big property tax increase if they sell their existing home and buy another one, discouraging them from ever moving. As a result of this “moving penalty” almost three-quarters of homeowners 55 and older haven’t moved since 2000. C.A.R.’s portability initiative would allow senior homeowners to transfer their property tax base from their current residence to a replacement residence located anywhere in California.

The measure, if approved by voters, will let thousands of seniors, currently “locked into” their homes by low property tax rates purchase a home that will better suit their needs while expanding the housing inventory for young families seeking to buy a home.  According to the California Legislative Analyst's Office, tens of thousands additional homeownership opportunities will occur annually.

The initiative would remove the “moving penalty” for seniors 55 and older, and also for the disabled and victims of natural disasters, allowing them to carry their current Proposition 13-protected property tax assessment level to another home of any price, anywhere in the state, any number of times.

Let me know if you are interested in more information on this subject or if you would like to sign a petition to place this initiative on the November ballot.

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