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May 28th, 2019 By President Johnny Wilson
Realtor Talk~Idyllwild Town Crier Article, May 2019
   Hello from the Idyllwild Association of Realtors®! 
This month we would like to relay to the latest housing news and share a few fun facts. Let’s begin in Washington D.C. and work our way home.
   Federal level: The House voted Tuesday, May 14, to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through Sept. 30. The Senate must also approve the measure before May 31 — when the NFIP is set to expire — to avoid lapses in government-backed flood insurance policies. “Thanks to Realtors®, the Senate is well aware of the deadline for flood insurance,” [said] Austin Perez, senior policy representative at the National Association of Realtors®. The program provides flood insurance to more than 5 million homeowners in 22,000 communities across the country.
   State level: First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit clears key committee. AB 1590 passed the Assembly Taxation and Revenue Committee last week. The California Association of Realtors sponsored AB 1590 (Rubio) to expand homeownership by helping first-time, low- and moderate-income homebuyers in disadvantaged communities with a targeted tax credit.
   Local level: IAOR will hold its annual “Open House Tour” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 3. This event is free and open to all. About 20 homes will be held open with food, refreshments, free merchandise and more. In other news, IAOR recently voted to donate $500 to the Idyllwild Scholarship Fund for our local kids (our future).
   Fun facts from recent survey: Nearly 1 in 4 millennial homebuyers want to buy a home before they’re married. Young adults are getting married later than previous generations. In 1980, the median age for men and women at their first marriage was 24.7 and 22, respectively. In 2018, the ages increased to 29.8 and 27.8, for men and women, respectively.
   But this delay in marriage isn’t deterring them from homeownership. Almost a quarter of millennials say they are postponing marriage until after they buy a home, according to LendingTree’s latest survey. Also, 27 percent of millennial buyers are postponing parenthood until they’ve achieved homeownership. Among homebuyers of all ages, nearly two in five are waiting to get a pet until after purchasing a house.   
  Thank you for reading. We hope you all have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend. See you next month on “Realtor Talk.”
Johnny Wilson IAOR President
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May 7th, 2019 By IAOR President Johnny Wilson
Realtor Talk~ Idyllwild Town Crier Article, April 2019

Hello from the Idyllwild Association of Realtors.We hope you all had a great Easter weekend and are enjoying the beauty of springtime in the mountains — the colorful blooming flowers and fruit trees, the mesmerizing flow of the creeks, the diverse songs of the local birds.

There is much to appreciate living up here on the Hill, especially after a winter like the one that just passed.

Since the Valentine’s Day storm destroyed highways 74 and 243, its tremendous impact has been felt throughout our community on a multitude of levels — from parents to students, business owners, employees and anyone who relies on the health of our local economy. During challenging times like these, your Idyllwild Association of Realtors does not sit quietly on the sidelines. We get busy. We take action.

After our IAOR Board of Directors meeting last March, we decided to draft a "Letter of Concern" for all Association and community members to send to our government officials. We made this letter available to the public so that anyone who shared our concern could easily make their voices heard.

We figured the more letters received by Sen. Stone, Congressman Ruiz, Supervisor Washington and Gov. Newsom, the better our chances that they would understand the magnitude of the impact these road closures are having on our town and its residents.

Although it is impossible to see just how many people received, shared and sent our "Letter of Concern," we do have some statistics from our "Local Call to Action" campaign on Facebook: our post reached 4,039 FB members, with 1,144 people who clicked and read the post, and our letter was shared at least 64 times (we are not able to see how many times it was re-shared.)

One week later, Caltrans announced that it will be reopening the roads sooner than originally planned. Our government officials heard our concerns and figured out a way to make it happen.

We are not saying that IAOR is responsible for the reopening the roads, but I do believe that our letter and "Local Call to Action" campaign helped. Our main intent was to get the word out and encourage our association and community members to do the same.

We thank all of you who sent the letter and voiced their concerns. I strongly believe that we all had our part in helping to get these vital arteries reopened. United, we stand.
Johnny Wilson, IAOR President

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May 7th, 2019 By IAOR
2019 Annual Open House Tour!

Check back soon for our 2019 annual Open House Tour date!

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