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State Senator warned PSAR members about fraud

posted Sep 16, 2016, 4:56 PM by Richard D'Ascoli   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 10:34 PM ]
PSAR recently hosted a program on how REALTORS® can protect their clients against fraud. At a packed room at the East County Service Center in El Cajon, the program, “Staying Ahead of Real Estate Scammers” was moderated by California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine). Anderson serves as vice chair of the California Senate’s Public Safety Committee.

The program on Sept. 16 was presented by two trade groups for San Diego area-realtors, PSAR and the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR), in partnership with the Housing Opportunities Collaborative, a HUD-approved nonprofit that provides virtual counseling services for homeowners, along with foreclosure mitigation and avoidance services.

Along with Anderson, speakers included representatives from the California Bureau of Real Estate, Federal Bureau of Investigations and San Diego County District Attorney, as well as a legal claims education officer from a title insurance company.

“The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors and the North San Diego County Association of Realtors hosted a phenomenal discussion on avoiding real estate fraud,” said Anderson. “As a Vice Chairman for the Senate’s public safety committee, I want to recognize their leadership for proactively working to protect consumers.”

At a pre-event meeting with PSAR and NSDCAR leaders, Anderson expressed his continued opposition to changing portions of Proposition 13, California’s landmark tax-limiting measure. Anderson said Democratic legislators routinely support legislation that would raise taxes by allowing for regular reassessments of offices, factories and other commercial buildings and properties. Under current law, property tax assessments occur only after changes in ownership.

“We should not be spending our efforts trying to cap the growth of business,” Anderson told the leadership group. “We need to do whatever we can to encourage the economy and support small business owners. Why is California losing businesses and employees to other states? It’s because state government hikes up the cost of operating a business with increasing taxes, fees and regulations at every opportunity.”

Anderson’s 38th Senate District includes Lemon Grove, El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee, Poway, Escondido, San Marcos, Lakeside, Valley Center, Rancho Santa Fe, Julian, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, Bonsall, Borrego Springs and Fallbrook. He was first elected to the state Assembly in 2006 and to the state Senate in 2010.

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