Get ready for a big fight over California’s property taxes in 2020

A big battle over property taxes in California is shaping up for the 2020 ballot.

Supporters of a bid to increase taxes on commercial land announced Tuesday they’ve collected more than 860,000 signatures to force a vote on the issue in two years.

“This is a defining moment for California,” Fred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, said in a statement. “Closing the commercial property tax loopholes is important to our state.”

Backers, including the California Federation of Teachers, the League of Women Voters and community organization California Calls held news conferences Tuesday in Los Angeles, Berkeley, Fresno, San Diego and San Bernardino to demonstrate support across the state for the idea. Of the signatures turned in to the Secretary of State’s office, 585,407 must be deemed valid for the measure to qualify for the November 2020 election.

The initiative would make dramatic changes to the tax system established four decades ago by Proposition 13, which capped how much property tax bills could increase every year. The proposed measure would boost property tax revenues from commercial and industrial properties by assessing them at their current market value. Property tax protections would remain unchanged for residential properties.

The changes could net $6 billion to $10 billion annually in new property tax revenue statewide, according to an estimate from the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. The analyst’s office also warned that the measure could have significant downsides for California’s economy by causing businesses to leave or opt against relocating to the state.

Business groups are girding for the fight over the tax hike, known as “split-roll” because it assesses residential properties different from commercial and industrial properties.

“California already has the worst climate for business and job creation in the country,” Rex Hime, president of the California Business Properties Assn., said in a statement. “A split-roll property tax will just increase pressure on many businesses that are already finding it hard to make ends meet.”

 

 

 

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Should California’s Costa-Hawkins rent control act be repealed?

Debating the pros and cons of rent control at the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute of San Francisco held a public forum at the Google Community Space Tuesday night debating Proposition 10, the November ballot initiative that would repeal the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Act and allow California cities to potentially expand their rent-control ordinances.

Arguing in favor of Proposition 10 and potential rent-control expansion was Amy Schur, the director of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.

John Eudy, co-chair of the “no” campaign Californians for Responsible Housing (and also a vice president at Essex Property Trust) argued against repeal.

David Garcia, a policy director at UC Berkeley’s Terner Center For Housing Innovation, appeared as a third-way party; however, since Garcia appeared to nominally oppose Costa-Hawkins repeal, he often functioned as a second anti-Proposition 10 voice.

All three parties agreed that the state’s goal should be more housing production. They also agreed that Costa-Hawkins as it exists now is ineffectual at protecting renters and that the status quo won’t do in the future.

 

 

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Bay Area residents want more housing, but …

There are a few things locals aren’t willing to sacrifice to get more housing

Fed up with soaring prices that are increasingly putting home ownership, or even a decent rental, out of reach, Bay Area residents overwhelmingly say they want more housing built, according to a new poll. But it better not make their commutes worse.

Residents said they support everything from new single family homes to housing for the homeless in their communities, tossing aside NIMBY concerns that sometimes throw a wrench in building plans. But there were limits to their enthusiasm. Respondents balked at building anything that would cut into the Bay Area’s cherished open spaces or funnel more people onto crowded local freeways and public transit, making their treks to work longer.

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Next three years seen as largely favorable across Bay Area CRE market 

CRE professionals have a relatively positive outlook for Bay Area real estate for the next three years.

The recent Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson Forecast California Commercial Real Estate survey showed renewed optimism across multiple markets over that time frame, due in part to increased investor activity in the last half of 2017, the tax overhaul and a strong stock market. The biannual survey projects a three-year outlook for California’s commercial real estate markets.

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Northern California cities remain prime locales for CRE investors

Investment activity in the Bay Area and Northern California remained strong in 2017.

San Francisco was reported as having one of the strongest office markets in the country, according to Avison Young’s 2018 North America and Europe Forecast. Industrial remains in high demand with low vacancies in Oakland and the East Bay. Investment activity remained strong throughout the Bay Area and capital markets continue to seek out additional opportunities in 2018.

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California’s Cannabis Conundrum: Legalization Will Lead To Fewer Dispensaries, Not More

With legalization of recreational marijuana just around the corner in California, the state is about to embark on what could be a $5B industry and a boon for tax revenue. But state regulations have created high barriers to entry and many cities and counties have banned cannabis outright.

Legalization in California will not translate to an immediate influx of cannabis dispensaries. In fact, many dispensaries now in business will no longer be able to continue operations past Jan. 1. States like Colorado created a more open market with fewer regulations when it legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, leading to an explosion of cannabis businesses. California requires dispensaries to be at least 600 feet from schools, to close at 10 p.m. and to have 24-hour surveillance, among other regulations. Jurisdictions also have the right to be more restrictive.

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How California’s State And Local Governments Are Addressing The Affordable Housing Crisis

With the highest cost of housing in the nation, California’s affordable housing crisis is threatening the economic vitality of the state.

The majority of renters, more than 3 million, pay more than 30% of their gross monthly income for housing, and one-third of renters, about 1.5 million, pay more than 50% of their income for a place to live, according to a California Department of Housing and Community Development report.

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NAI Northern California Represents Buyer and Seller in $7.34M Sale of Absolute NNN Walgreens in Elk Grove

ELK GROVE, CA – July 12, 2017- NAI Northern California, the Bay Area presence for NAI Global, the largest commercial real estate brokerage network in the world, is proud to announce the $7.34 million sale of a Walgreens located in Elk Grove, CA. Vice President, Mary Alam, arranged the sale and represented both the buyer and seller in this off-market transaction.

Mary Alam, who specializes in single and multi-tenant retail investment sales, indicated that this transaction reflects the continued demand for more secure real estate investments in light of negative news surrounding the state of brick and mortar retail.

Drugstores have proven to be among the most successful and stable of retail tenants in this environment. This 10-year-old, long-standing Walgreens purchased at a 5.64% CAP presents itself as a valuable opportunity as an absolute NNN investment providing a stable, trophy asset for investors.

“This acquisition is a great addition to the buyer’s portfolio due to the high credit rating of the tenant, the long-term NNN lease with no landlord responsibilities, and a great location in Elk Grove which has consistently ranked as the fastest growing city in California,” said Alam.

Located on 9200 Elk Grove Florin Road, this property stands on the busy four-way intersection  of Elk Grove Florin Road and Bond Road with easy access to Highway 99. The 14,480 SF drugstore is the only large pharmacy within a one-mile radius and provides ample parking, a double-lane drive-thru window, as well as charging stations for electric and hybrid cars.

About NAI Global
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Continued Success for New NAI Agents

 

Alex Orloff (L) and Shivu Srinivasan (R) with President James Kilpatrick

Congratulations to two more NAI Northern California agents who just closed their first deals!

Alex Orloff recently closed the Desert Sand Motel, a 42-room independent motel in a prime downtown Sacramento location for $2,000,000. The 11,276 square foot motel includes a cafe and two-bedroomowner’s apartment. According to Alex, “This hospitality investment gave an experienced operator access to the growing downtown Sacramento market in a rare value-add opportunity.”

Alex’s professional career spans both real estate investing and digital advertising. His background brings a uniquely well informed and strategically thoughtful advisory to clients from ownership, operations, and portfolio management perspectives.

Shivu Srinivasan‘s first deal was a multi-family property located on Regent Street in Alameda for $1,400,000. He “represented both the buyer and seller in this off-market transaction. The transaction is only one of three ever recorded in the city of Alameda to sell at or over $280,000 per unit. This was an excellent opportunity to acquire a stable asset  with high rental upside and a market CAP of 5.42%.”

After beginning his career as a commercial analyst with the U.S. the Department of Commerce, Shivu began working for the sales team at LoopNet, CoStar’s marketing platform, immediately establishing himself as the top producer. As a resident of the Bay Area for 7 years, he has an intimate knowledge of the regional market.

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